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Williams suffer shock defeat to crash out of Western & Southern...

Sakkari, who started the week with a decisive victory over American teenager Coco Gauff, trailed by a set and a break in her first meeting with the 23-time Grand Slam champion only to roll through the final set after two hours and 17 minutes to win the match 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-1 on Tuesday evening.

Ronaldinho returns to Brazil after house arrest in Paraguay

Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto Assis were whisked past dozens of journalists and fans at Rio de Janeiro's Tom Jobim international airport before being taken in a private car to a condominium in the affluent Barra da Tijuca district on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Sports body for deaf accuses Deepa Malik of favouritism on national...

The AISCD objected to the point that the 2016 Paralympic double medallist was included in the committee despite being the president of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).

Bayern Munich beat PSG to win 6th Champions League title

On the pitch on Sunday, the two coaches made changes in relation to the last game, with the Bavarian Hansi Flick going against expectations and selecting Kingsley Coman, who came from the PSG academy, in place of Ivan Perisic, reports Xinhua news agency.

Oliveira wins thrilling race at Styrian Grand Prix

Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) got the better of Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) at the famous final corner, on the final lap, to win his first MotoGP race in the 900th premier class contest.

PSG to face Lyon in Women’s Champions League semis

The two French sides join FC Barcelona and Wolfsburg, who booked their places in the last four on Friday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Sevilla beat Inter Milan to win sixth Europa League title

On Friday, the Spaniards turned the tides after Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring before a brace from Luuk de Jong made it 2-1. Inter equalised through Diego Godin before the break while Diego Carlos smoothed the way for the win late in the second half, reports Xinhua news agency.

Final list out; Rohit, Vinesh among 5 athletes to receive Khel...

This will be the first time in the history of National Sports Day awards that five sportspersons will be conferred with the Khel Ratna.

Bayern Munich beat Lyon to reach Champions League final

Having beaten Barcelona 8-2 in the quarterfinal, Bayern on Wednesday arrived into the semifinal as heavy favourites and did not disappoint, though Lyon made life difficult for them in the opening stages, reports Xinhua news agency.

Legendary Karnataka cricket pitch curator Kasturirangan passes away

"We regret to inform the sad demise of G Kasturirangan," Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) treasurer Vinaya Mruthyunjaya told media.

IPL 13: BCCI formally announce Dream11 as title sponsor

Dream11 (Sporta Technologies Pvt Ltd) is an Indian company based in Mumbai. Its association with sports has grown over the years and it is presently partnering a total of 19 sports leagues along with six Indian Premier League franchises.

Dhoni has always been emotionally detached from results, says Laxman

Dhoni, on August 15, announced his retirement from international cricket, thus bringing an end to an illustrious career spanning 16 years.

PSG beat RB Leipzig to reach first Champions League final

The surprise was the presence of striker Kylian Mbappe from the beginning of Tuesday's match, after the Frenchman's return from injury, but the evening belonged to Argentinian midfielder Angel Di Maria, who returned after suspension to score one goal and assist the other two, reports Xinhua news agency.

Rohit, four others recommended for Khel Ratna

According to sources, the National Award Committee met in the Capital on Tuesday and named the five athletes for the prestigious award.

Vinesh Phogat pulls out of national camp citing Covid scare

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) recently got a green signal from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to hold national camp from next month, despite the fact that many wrestlers were 'against it'.

India’s first full-fledged girls residential football academy launched

The academy will provide top of the line scientific training for young female players to achieve their dream of becoming a professional football player and also help them pursue a career in the sport.

Chetan Chauhan had tremendous attachment to Indian cricket, says Ganguly

Chauhan was admitted to a hospital after being tested positive for COVID-19 and breathed his last on Sunday.

Jennifer Brady clinches first WTA title at Top Seed Open

Brady didn't have to break much sweat as she defeated Teichmann 6-3, 6-4 in a match which lasted one hour and 42 minutes on Sunday.

Pink ball could be used in all Tests, suggests Vaughan

"It's a terrible look for the game," Vaughan was quoted as saying by BBC. "The more I watch this, particularly in England, the pink ball could be the solution - just play with it all the time," he added.

Bayern thrash Barcelona 8-2 to reach Champions League semis

Barcelona conceded eight goals for the first time since the 1946 defeat from FC Sevilla (8-0). It is also the first time since 2008 the Spain giants finished a season without a significant title, reports Xinhua news agency.

Michael Jordan’s rare sneakers fetch $615,000 at auction

London:   NBA legend Michael Jordan's game-worn sneakers have fetched $615,000 at an online auction.In partnership with Stadium Goods, Christie's hosted the 'Original Air: Michael Jordan...

Serena ousts Venus in thrilling Top Seed Open encounter

Serena, No. 1 seed, defeated Venus 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a thrilling match that lasted for two hours and 19 minutes on Thursday played at the Centre Court.

Defending champion Bianca Andreescu opts out of US Open

"After many discussions with those closest to me, I have made the difficult decision not to return to New York this year," Andreescu said in a statement posted on Twitter on Thursday. "I have taken this step in order to focus on my match fitness and ensure that I return ready to play at my highest level."

Documentary of 2020 Women’s T20 WC released on Netflix

The documentary, which will be available from Friday on Netflix, celebrates the 17-day tournament, which culminated with hosts Australia beating India in the summit clash in front of a record 86,174 spectators at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Club-level cricketer found dead at home in Mumbai suburb

27-year-old Karan Tiwari was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his Malad (East) flat on Monday night and a friend reportedly said that he committed suicide.

Eugenie Bouchard enters second round of Prague Open

Bouchard, currently world No. 330, defeated Kudermetova 6-0, 6-3 in 76 minutes on Monday and registered her first clay win since Gstaad 2018.

Former Australia cricketer Lorna Beal dies at 96

A right-handed batter and wicket-keeper, Beal took up cricket at the age of 12 before joining the South Hawthorn Ladies Cricket Club. It was during this time that she was selected to open the batting for Victoria and Australia.

Former WWE wrestler ‘Kamala’ passes away

Under the frightening face paint of Kamala, the 6-foot-7, 380-pound Harris battled the greatest Superstars in sports-entertainment history, including Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker and Andre the Giant. He wrestled more than 400 matches over the course of several stretches with the WWE.

Red Bull’s Verstappen wins F1’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Verstappen finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton and his Silver Arrows teammate Valtteri Bottas with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc finishing fourth and Red Bull's Alexander Albon securing the fifth spot.

National cycling camp to begin from August 14 in New Delhi

A team of 11 athletes, four coaches and 16 support staff have already reported to the camp and are undergoing mandatory quarantine, said SAI.

Yuzvendra Chahal announces engagement to Dhanashree Verma

"We said "Yes" along with our families #rokaceremony," said Chahal in his caption to a picture of the couple from the ceremony on his social media handles.

ISL: Garcia signs two-year deal with ATK Mohun Bagan FC

"I am very happy to continue playing in Kolkata and in the ISL for another two years. I am looking forward to wearing the Green and Maroon jersey and will give my best to the club," the 30-year-old said in a statement.

Rafael Nadal withdraws from US Open amid COVID-19 concerns

"After many thoughts, I have decided not to play this year's US Open," Nadal said on Twitter on Tuesday. "The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don't have control of it."

Marc Marquez ruled out of Czech GP due to broken arm

"After a heroic return just four days after surgery in Jerez, Marc Marquez will miss the Brno race with Stefan Bradl joining the Repsol Honda Team alongside Alex Marquez," the Repsol Honda Team said in a statement on their official website.

Talent is not the problem in our country, says Chhetri

"Talent is not the problem here. We could have plenty of Olympic gold medals. I know how hard the AIFF works to get a bigger pool of players. It is very important to give the young talented players the right food, training and so on. When all this is done, it can be a monumental growth," Chhetri, who turned 36 on Monday, said during the E-Delhi summit organised by Football Delhi to celebrate the occasion of his birthday.

British GP: Hamilton wins record 7th title in dramatic race

Hamilton extended his Formula One world championship lead to 30 points after he limped to the finish line in an astonishing climax to a race he had dominated from pole position.

Sergio Perez tests positive for COVID-19, to miss British GP

Perez was absent from the circuit on Thursday after self-isolating following what his team called an "inconclusive" test. But after being re-tested later in the day, it was confirmed he had registered positive for the virus.

East Bengal appoint Francisco Jose Bruto Da Costa as new coach

"East Bengal is delighted to confirm the signing of new coach Francisco Jose Bruto Da Costa," the club said in a late night announcement on Wednesday on their official Twitter handle.

Serie A: Cagliari stun Juventus, AC Milan crash Sampdoria

The Bianconeri claimed their ninth consecutive victory on Sunday, so Maurizio Sarri made several changes to the starting line-up on Wednesday evening.

Community Shield to be held at Wembley on August 29

While kick off time is yet to be announced, British media reports state that the match could allow a restricted number of supporters in the stadium.

Real’s Diaz tests COVID-19 positive ahead of City clash

The recently-crowned LaLiga winners revealed the 26-year-old has put himself under self-isolation at home but also stated that he remains in 'perfect health'.

Viswanathan Anand registers first win at Legends of Chess tournament

Anand needed just 45 moves to win the first round while he closed down the second round in 49 moves. The third ended in a draw.

IOA member writes to sports ministry, calls for removal of Rajiv...

Singh, in a letter to Union Sports Secretary Ravi Mittal, said Mehta is holding posts in various state level sports organisations besides holding the post in national level sports organisations and thus should be removed from his position in the IOA and other bodies.

Jamie Vardy wins Premier League’s Golden Boot award

He was, however, unable to score in Leicester's 0-2 final day loss to Manchester United on Sunday -- a result which meant the Foxes missed out on a Champions League place. Leicester finished fifth after their defeat and will compete in the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League.

Juventus clinch ninth consecutive Serie A title

This is Maurizio Sarri's first Scudetto in his coaching career, while he became the oldest coach to win the title aged 61 years and six months, reports Xinhua news agency.

2021 edition of Khelo India Youth Games to be held in...

In a video conference in which he was also joined by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and state Sports Minister Sandeep Singh, Rijiju said that an official announcement of the dates will be made only after the postponed Tokyo Games.

Anand suffers fourth straight loss in Legends of Chess tournament

Anand and Giri played out four draws before the latter secured a win in the Armageddon game (a tie-break) late on Friday night. The Indian, however, was able to pick up his first point of the tournament but he remains at the bottom of the table.

Formula 1 cancels US GP amid COVID-19 concerns

The race in the US was scheduled to take place at Circuit of the Americas in Texas' Austin in October, but the state has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic since its reopening.

PSG win French Cup title, but lose Mbappe to injury

The French striker limped off the pitch on Friday evening with an ankle injury after being tackled by Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin half an hour into the match, reports Xinhua news agency.

2020/21 Premier League season to begin on September 12

"Premier League Shareholders today agreed to start the 2020/21 Premier League season on 12 September 2020. The final match round of the campaign will take place on 23 May 2021. The Premier League will continue to consult The FA (Football Association) and EFL (English Football League) regarding the scheduling of all domestic competitions," said the league in its statement.

Henderson wins FWA Footballer of the Year award

Henderson was named as the winner of the annual prize ahead of Kevin de Bruyne (Man City), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd) and teammates Virgil Van Dijk and Sadio Mane.

Iran’s Azmoun wins Russian Premier League Golden Boot award

Azmoun and his Zenit St Petersburg teammate Artem Dzyuba both played 28 games and scored 17 goals, but the Iranian was ranked ahead of the Russian by virtue of having scored fewer goals from the penalty spot, reports Xinhua news agency. Azmoun scored just one penalty, whereas Dzyuba scored seven.

India’s mixed relay team silver at 2018 Asian Games upgraded to...

India's initial tally of 69 medals has thus now improved to 70. The new breakdown of medals from the 2018 Asian Games for India is now 16 gold, 23 silver and 31 bronze. Eight gold, nine silver and three bronze make up the 20 medals that have come from athletics.

Srabani Nanda becomes first Indian to return to competition amid COVID-19

The 29-year-old, who is training at the MVP Track Club in Jamaica, ran in a meet in the country and managed a time of 11.78 seconds. The Velocity Fest also featured some of the biggest stars from the country and Nanda's event featured double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Inter Milan held by Fiorentina in Serie A

With Romelu Lukaku back from injury, Inter coach Antonio Conte on Wednesday preferred Alexis Sanchez over Lautaro Martinez to partner the Belgian, while Christian Eriksen returned to the starting line-up, reports Xinhua news agency.

Always dreamed of this: Liverpool captain Henderson after lifting Premier League...

Naby Keita, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all scored goals for the Reds against Chelsea in what turned out to be a goal-fest at Anfield.

With eye on Tokyo Olympics, SAI extends contracts of 32 foreign...

SAI said that the decision was taken to ensure that athletes bound for Tokyo Olympics, which has been postponed by a year due to COVID-19 pandemic, can retain continuity in their training with the same coaches.

WADA suspends accreditation of NDTL for another six months

The suspension, which began on July 17, prohibits the NDTL from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples.

Ibrahimovic’s brace helps AC Milan beat Sassuolo in Serie A

The Rossoneri entered Tuesday's game on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run but were dealt a blow just 11 minutes into the game when Andrea Conti limped off, making way for Davide Calabria, reports Xinhua news agency.

Ronaldo scores twice as Juventus beat Lazio in Serie A

The competition for the top-scorer became intense as Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday bagged a brace and Ciro Immobile also managed to get on the scoresheet. The two strikers are the league's joint top-scorers with 30 goals each, reports Xinhua news agency.

Messi voted as world’s best by Bundesliga players, Klopp best manager

Messi received 54.8 per cent of the votes in the world's best player category followed by Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) and Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint Germain).

IPL is the pinnacle of all T20 tournaments, says Santner

Santner was among those players retained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK for this edition of the IPL which got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Serie A: AC Milan thrash Bologna 5-1, Atalanta held by Hellas...

Milan are on an unbeaten run after the resumption of the Serie A and fresh from a 3-1 midweek victory over Parma.

Former Australia captain Barry Jarman passes away

Having made his debut against India at Kanpur in 1959 at the age of 23, the wicketkeeper played 19 Tests from 1959 to 1969 and led Australia for one Test on the 1968 Ashes tour when regular skipper Bill Lawry was injured, leading them to a draw that meant Australia retained the Ashes.

Too early to know Tokyo 2020 solutions, says IOC chief

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee announced at the 136th session of the IOC - the first-ever session held by videoconference - that all the venues intended for the Games in 2020 have been secured for next year and confirmed the sports competition schedule, reports Xinhua news agency.

Inter Milan dominate SPAL 4-0 in Serie A

With hitman Romelu Lukaku still injured, Inter's coach Antonio Conte on Thursday night continued starting Alexis Sanchez to partner Lautaro Martinez, while Andrea Ranocchia was preferred in defense over Stefan de Vrij, reports Xinhua news agency.

Serie A: Juventus held by Sassuolo, AC Milan defeat Parma

On Wednesday, the Bianconeri were up by two goals just 12 minutes into the game when Gonzalo Higuain smashed in from point-blank range seven minutes after Danilo's opener, reports Xinhua news agency.

FIFA extends five-substitute option until August 2021

"Following the decision taken on May 8, 2020, to give competitions scheduled to be completed in 2020 the option of allowing teams to use up to five substitutes, The IFAB Board of Directors had agreed to review whether to extend this option further," FIFA said in a statement.

Pasalic’s hat-trick helps Atalanta thrash Brescia in Serie A

Atalanta entered Tuesday's game on the back of a 10-game unbeaten run, including a nine-game winning streak which was snapped by Juventus with a 2-2 draw last week, reports Xinhua news agency.

Serie A: Inter Milan up to second after win over Torino

On Monday, Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic's howler allowed Andrea Belotti to score the opener, but the Nerazzurri fought back to end a two-game winless run, reports Xinhua news agency.

BCCI appoints Hemang Amin as interim CEO

Speaking to IANS, a functionary said that it was an apt move at this point in time as Amin has been one of the hardest workers in the BCCI in the last couple of years.

CAS overturns Manchester City’s Champions League ban

Europe's governing body UEFA had banned City in February for breaching their Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations between 2012 to 2016 and they couldn't have taken part in Champions League or the Europa League for two years if CAS hadn't ruled in their favour.

Serie A: AC Milan hold Napoli 2-2 at San Paolo

Milan had showcased good form since the resumption of Serie A, managing four wins and one draw before Sunday's game, including a strong comeback win over Juventus in midweek, reports Xinhua news agency.

Ronaldinho loses appeal for release from house arrest

The 40-year-year-old and his older sibling Roberto Assis spent more than a month in prison for allegedly entering the South American country with fake passports, reports Xinhua news agency.

England’s World Cup winner Jack Charlton passes away

Leeds confirmed the news on their official website that their former centre-back had passed away on Friday night following a long-term illness.

Trinidad & Tobago to host CPL 2020 from August 18

The CPL will have a full season and will feature overseas and Caribbean players with the likes of Rashid Khan, Chris Lynn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Alex Hales and Kieron Pollard all set to take part, a statement on the tournament website said.

Bundesliga’s 2020/21 season to begin on September 18

The German Cup, on the other hand, will begin on September 30, 2020.

Sammy backs Ngidi after former SA players criticise pacer on ‘BLM’...

"The fact that some past players have an issue with Lungi Ngidi stance on #blacklivesmatter movement is actually the reason why we are still here today saying black lives matter. Smfh #standupbrother we here with u (sic)," he tweeted.

England vs West Indies: Michael Holding breaks down while discussing racism

On the second day of the ongoing first Test between England and the West Indies, Holding -- in an interview with Sky News' Mark Austin -- said he was thinking about his parents when he became emotional on TV.

Inter Milan held by Verona 2-2 in Serie A

On Thursday, Antonio Candreva took centre stage, scoring one goal and setting up another, but it was not enough as Miguel Veloso came up with the equaliser before the whistle, reports Xinhua news agency.