Rio Ferdinand launches boxing career (The Tribune) 3 hours 55 min ago

London, September 19 

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand said today he is launching a new career as a professional boxer two years after retiring from football as a way of channelling his anger. The 38-year-old former Manchester United star, who quit football in May 2015, is taking part in online betting firm Betfair’s “Defender to Contender” project.

Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca died of breast cancer shortly before his retirement and he has since lost his mother, also to cancer. “I’ve been through quite a few things in my life,” Ferdinand said. “This is a way of trying to...

Banned Rooney gets lift to training (The Tribune) 3 hours 55 min ago

London, September 19 

Everton striker Wayne Rooney was given a lift to training today after he was banned for two years for drink-driving. The 31-year-old was disqualified from the roads for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order by a judge on Monday.

Rooney, wearing a black baseball cap, arrived at the club’s Finch Farm training complex in the passenger seat of a black Range Rover to prepare for the club’s League Cup tie at home to Sunderland on Wednesday.

Neymar-Cavani penalty spat a ‘war of egos’

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Milan, September 19 

Italian motorcycling ace Valentino Rossi has returned to training just 18 days after suffering a double leg fracture, his Movistar Yahama team confirmed.

Rossi underwent surgery in Ancona, in eastern Italy, on September 1, a day after a crash in training, discharging himself from hospital the following day.

The 38-year-old rode his first couple of laps around the Misano circuit on Monday before the session was cut short by rain, his team said.

“The evaluation of Rossi’s physical condition was inconclusive,” the team said with a decision...

No room for Aus, NZ in Asian Games: OCA chief (The Tribune) 3 hours 55 min ago

Ashkabat (Turkmenistan): The influential head of the Olympic Council of Asia has dashed hopes that athletes from Oceania nations, including Australia and New Zealand, might be able to compete in the Asian Games from 2022. Athletes from the two countries took part in the Asian Winter Games as “guests” in Sapporo earlier this year and the Australian Olympic Committee said talks were being held about extending the invitation to the summer versions. Nineteen Oceania nations are represented for the first time at the ongoing Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan but OCA president...

DDCA rejects Lodha reforms (The Tribune) 3 hours 55 min ago

Sabi Hussain

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 19

In an act of defiance, the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) today rejected most of the Lodha committee recommendations in a voting conducted through secret ballot.

DDCA's latest brazenness has put the hosting of the India vs New Zealand T20I at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on November 1 in jeopardy, with the Supreme Court likely to come down heavily on the association. The Committee of Administrators, too, could refuse to release the funds for hosting the match. DDCA also runs the risk of...

Indian women end Europe tour on a high (The Tribune) 3 hours 55 min ago

Antwerp, September 19

The Indian women’s hockey team ended its Europe tour on a high after getting the better of the Belgium junior men’s team 4-3 in a thrilling encounter. Gurjit Kaur (7th and 11th minutes) and captain Rani (13th and 33rd minutes) scored two goals each to give the visitors their first win of the tour. India had played out a 2-2 draw with the Belgium junior men’s team and lost twice to the women’s team of the Netherlands’s Den Bosch club.

India started the match with some enthralling attacking play as they earned a penalty corner in the seventh minute, which...

Chitra, Lakshmanan clinch gold (The Tribune) 3 hours 55 min ago

Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), September 19 

India’s impressive show in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games continued as the country’s athletes added two gold and one bronze on the fourth day of competitions here today.

Govindan Lakshmanan and PU Chitra clinched the gold medal in the men’s 5000m and women’s 1500m races, respectively, while Dharmender won the bronze in the men’s freestyle 70kg belt wrestling. 

India’s medal count swelled to three gold, two silver and two bronze. India are ninth in the medal tally. Hosts Turkmenistan stayed on the top with 39 gold, 27...

Cibulkova, Garcia ease into Round 2 (The Tribune) 3 hours 55 min ago

Tokyo, September 19 

Fifth seed Dominika Cibulkova made a solid start to her campaign at the Pan Pacific Open, beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 6-3. She will play Katerina Siniakova in the next round, after the Czech beat another Slovak, Jana Cepelova, 6-3 6-4. Caroline Garcia cruised into the second round, beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4 6-3. 

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova came from a set down to beat Catherine Bellis 4-6 6-0 6-4, and confirm a second-round meeting with Wang Qiang, conqueror of eighth seed Kristina Mladenovic.

Daria Kasatkina also had to recover from a...

Murray bats for gender equality (The Tribune) 3 hours 55 min ago

London, September 19

Britain’s world No. 3 Andy Murray has stressed the importance of gender equality in tennis, saying the work ethic required to succeed is the same for both men and women.

Murray, who is seen as the voice of women’s equality within the game for his previous views on various issues, was coached by former Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo for two years from 2014.

The Scot, who won seven titles and reached two Australian Open finals with Mauresmo, said he had a better understanding of the struggles women face in the game because of the partnership.


Match under cloud, CAB under scanner (The Tribune) 3 hours 55 min ago

Subhash Rajta

Tribune News Service

Kolkata, September 19

The second ODI between India and Australia has come under a dark cloud of uncertainty. It’s been raining continually here since last night and, more worryingly, there’s a forecast of more rain in the coming days, and Thursday’s match is in the real danger of getting truncated game or even washed out. Even if it doesn’t rain on match day, Kolkata’s past record in getting the ground ready for the game after rain, to put it mildly, isn’t encouraging.

In 2015, a T20 match between India and South Africa had to...

Zampa’s getaway: A bad ball (The Tribune) 3 hours 55 min ago

Tribune News Service

Kolkata, September 19

It’s a myth that wrist spinners like to see batsmen going after them all the time. It holds true only when the charging batsman ends up getting stumped, or holes out to the fielders in the deep. But when a batsman makes a good connection, and the ball repeatedly goes flying over the ropes, the wrist spinners, no matter how fearless and attacking they are, get hurt and discouraged like any other bowler and look for an escape route.

Adam Zampa, the Australian leg-spinner, who was carted for three consecutive sixes by Hardik...

New Delhi: Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy has withdrawn from the junior World Championships after levelling allegations of favouritism against the selection committee, a charge that the Badminton Association of India (BAI) rubbished today. The 15-year-old, who is ranked 12th in BWF’s junior world rankings, was one of the six selected shuttlers and was supposed to play in the girls’ singles event at next month’s championship in Jakarta. The team also includes India’s chief national coach Pullela Gopichand’s daughter Gayatri Gopichand. Vaishnavi’s grandmother Jakka Sowjanya Reddy has written a letter...