I will be an Indian till I die, says Sania Mirza

Hyderabad, July 24 : Tennis star Sania Mirza Thursday said she will "remain an Indian until the end", after a politician attacked the Telangana government for naming her the state's ambassador.


CWG opening ceremony full of Scottish flavour

Glasgow (Scotland), July 24 : With symbols of the Forth Bridge west to Edinburgh, Scotch whisky barrels, Edinburgh Castle gate and cannon, Scottish Tartan kilt at the central stage, the opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Scotland's largest city presented a combination of sports and culture in a distinguished Scottish style.


Bravo defends sending Pooran in Super over

Port-of-Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), July 24 : Red Steel skipper Dwayne Bravo has defended his decision to allow 18-year-old Nicholas Pooran to take on Sunil Narine in a Super Over against the Guyana Amazon last week.


Moores gives senior England players 'kick up the backside', asks them to deliver

London, July 23 : England cricket team coach Peter Moores has given his senior players a verbal 'kick' up their 'backside' and told them that it is time to deliver.


'Furious' Fury mistakenly challenges top women footballer to a bout

Wellington, July 23 : British heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury has mistakenly challenged a top women's football player to a bout.


Delhi HC to hear plea on BCCI as national sports body

New Delhi, July 23 : The Delhi High Court Wednesday agreed to hear a plea seeking to declare the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as a national sports body.


Pakistan to play two football matches against India next month

Karachi, July 23 : Footballers from Pakistan and India will face each other in a two-match series next month in India.


PCB names committees to sell media rights of two international series

Karachi, July 23 : The Pakistan Cricket Board has named bid committees for selling media rights for two upcoming international series and the newly introduced Pakistan Super League (PSL).


Forbes rates Dhoni as fifth most financially valuable athlete on earth

Johannesburg, July 23 : India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the fifth most financially valuable athlete on earth, according to Forbes Magazine.


Boycott says Cook will not quit England captaincy unless six wild stallions pull him out

London, July 23 : Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has said that Alastair Cook is too stubborn to quit captaincy and would not move unless they get six wild stallions to pull the skipper out.


Moores does not doubt Cook's ability to lead England out of present slump

Johannesburg, July 23 : England coach Peter Moores has backed captain Alastair Cook again and has no doubt that the skipper could lead the squad out of their present slump.


Buttler replaces 'injured' Prior in England squad for third Test against India

London, July 23 : England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has been replaced by Jos Buttler, who plays for English county cricket club Lancashire, for the third Test against India.


Haitian Sony Norde is Mohun Bagan's fourth foreign recruit

Kolkata, July 23 : Mohun Bagan have signed Haitian footballer Sony Norde as their fourth foreign recruit for the forthcoming football season, the city soccer giants announced Wednesday.


India at Commonwealth Games Thursday

Glasgow, July 23 : The following is the list of Indians participating on the first day of competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games here Thursday.


Athletico de Kolkata biggest spender in ISL draft

Mumbai, July 23 : Athletico de Kolkata were the biggest spenders, splurging Rs.3.91 crore in buying 14 Indian players at the two-day Indian Super League (ISL) players' draft that concluded here Wednesday.


BJP decries Telangana honour for Sania Mirza

Hyderabad, July 23 : The BJP Wednesday criticised Telangana for appointing tennis star Sania Mirza its brand ambassador and giving her a grant, saying she is a non-local and "daughter-in-law" of Pakistan.


Haryana CA drub Orissa as Khod slams second ton

Bangalore, July 23 : Haryana CA (Cricket Association) pulled off a fine 136-run win over Orissa CA after Abhimanyu Khod (104 not out, 120b, 11x4, 4x6) and Sunny Singh (112, 105b, 15x4, 2x6) struck centuries in the KSCA's All-India cricket tournament here Wednesday.


Indian girls eyeing a winning start against Canada

Glasgow, July 23 : The mix of youth and experience will be the key for India when the women's hockey team starts its campaign against Canada in the 2014 Commonwealth Games here Thursday.


Sports Minister asks IOC to intervene in 'patka' row

New Delhi, July 23 : Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Wednesday has asked the the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take up the issue of Indian basketball players being barred from 'patkas', a head covering in place of a turban, at the 5th FIBA Asia Cup held in China.


India to lead CWG opening ceremony parade

Glasgow, July 23 : India, by the virtue of being the previous hosts, will lead the Commonwealth Games 2014 opening ceremony parade around Celtic Park here Wednesday night.


Niroshan Dickwella included in Sri Lanka Test squad

Colombo, July 23 : Uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella has been included in the Sri Lanka squad for the second and final Test against South Africa which starts at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground here Thursday.


Thirimanna to lead Sri Lanka cricket team at Asiad

Colombo, July 23 : Left handed batsman Lahiru Thirimanna will skipper the Sri Lanka cricket team at the Asian Games to be held at Incheon from Sep 19 to Oct 4.


India's Asia Cup performance is a milestone, says coach

New Delhi, July 23 : India basketball coach Scott Flemming has dubbed the country's performance in the recently held 5th FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China, as "a significant milestone for the national team".


Kiwi spinner suspended from bowling in international cricket

Dubai, July 23 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) Wednesday confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of New Zealand off-spinner Kane Williamson to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.


Scottish minister sees CWG as inspirational

Glasgow, July 23 : Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has expressed confidence that the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games will be "an inspiration" to cities in Scotland which have the ability to manage the international event well.


Dream come true for Buttler, surgery time for Prior

London, July 22 : New England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler finally gets the Test status after serving as a One-Day cricketer and this, he says, is a "dream come true".


Morkel a great support bowler, says Robin Jackman

Johannesburg, July 22 : Former England Test bowler Robin Jackman has described Morne Morkel as one of the best support bowlers he has seen.


Court ruling makes me rightful PCB chairman: Najam Sethi

Lahore, July 22 : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has said that a Supreme Court ruling has established him as the rightful head of the board.


Cook will never improve as a player, says Ponting

Karachi, July 22 : Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has written the England cricket team Captain off by stating that Alastair Cook will never improve as a player for the rest of his career.


Waqar counting on Ajmal for Sri Lanka series

Karachi, July 22 : Pakistan's national team head coach Waqar Younis is reportedly banking on ace off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to win the series against Sri Lanka.


Matt Prior to miss rest of summer over 'fitness problems'

London, July 22 : England wicketkeeper Matt Prior will stay off the fields this summer due to several fitness problems, a report has revealed.


Steyn credits coach Donald for 'red-hot run'

Johannesburg, July 22 : South African fast bowler Dale Steyn credits Coach Allan Donald for the outstanding match figures of 9 wickets for 99 runs against Sri Lanka.


Prior drops out, England calls Buttler

London, July 22 : England cricket selectors Tuesday replaced an out-of-form wicketkeeper Matt Prior with rookie Jos Buttler in the 13-member squad for the third Test against India starting Sunday at Southampton.


CSA didn't want Philander's tempering footage to be broadcast

Johannesburg, July 22 : South Africa reportedly put pressure on broadcaster Ten Sports to not show Vernon Philander's ball-tampering footage in the first Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa.


Alastair Cook should step down as England captain, says Nasser Hussain

Johannesburg, July 22 : Former England cricket team captain Nasser Hussain insisted that Alastair Cook should step-down as captain after a 95-run defeat by India at Lords.


James Anderson hearing to be held on 1 August

Dubai, July 22 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that Gordon Lewis AM, the Judicial Commissioner, will hold the hearing of England fast bowler James Anderson via video conference on Friday 1 August.


Sharma, Kumar and Vijay rise in ICC Test player rankings

Dubai, July 22 : Players to make an upward movement on the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings, following the historic win against England at Lord's on Monday, include; man of the match Ishant Sharma, fellow fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, opener Murali Vijay and middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane.


Rooney favourite to succeed Gerrard as England captain

London, July 22 : Wayne Rooney is emerging as the favourite to become the new England captain after Steven Gerrard quit international football last night.


Mumbaikars hail team India for conquering Lords

New Delhi, July 22 : Feeling proud of the Indian cricket team for securing its first win against England at the historic Lords cricket ground after 28 years, joyous Mumbaikars congratulated the team and prayed for many more such records.


KSCA All-India cricket: Orissa CA snatch slender lead

Bangalore, July 22 : Orissa CA snatched a crucial one-run lead against Haryana CA on the third and penultimate day of the KSCA All-India cricket tournament here Monday.


ISL franchises go for big names in players draft

Mumbai, July 22 : The Indian Super League (ISL) franchises went all out for the big names in Indian football on the first day of the player's central draft here Tuesday.


India riding on Olympic glory to conquer Glasgow

Glasgow, July 22 : India will be expecting a lion's share of medals from shooters, boxers, wrestlers and shuttlers at the 2014 Commonwealth Games starting here Wednesday but it would be difficult to match the record medal haul of 101 in the last edition at home.


Modi wishes Indian athletes taking part in CWG

New Delhi, July 22 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his best wishes to the Indian athletes participating in the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow from July 23 to Aug 3.


James Anderson hearing Aug 1

Dubai, July 22 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis will hold the hearing of England fast bowler James Anderson via video-conference Aug 1.


Ishant, Bhuvneshwar, Vijay rise in ICC rankings

Dubai, July 22 : India's 95-run win over England at Lord's Monday, only their second at the 'home of cricket' in 82 years, has seen their youngsters make noticeable improvements in the ICC Test player rankings. India leads the five-match series 1-0 with the third Test to start in Southampton July 27.


Misplaced jacket forces gold medallist shooter out of CWG

London, July 22 : Malaysia suffered a huge blow as its Commonwealth Games shooting gold medallist Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim was not allowed to compete in Glasgow Games as her jacket was lost en route to Scotland.


We want to face Australia in final: Sardar Singh

Glasgow, July 22 : Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh wants a repeat of the 2010 Commonwealth Games final against Australia at this edition of the tournament which begins here July 25.


Captain Ritu expects women's hockey team to fire at CWG

Glasgow, July 22 : Going by the present form, Indian women's hockey team captain Ritu Rani seems very positive and assured of a striking show from her young teammates at the Commonwealth Games here July 24-Aug 2.


Sania Mirza is Telangana's brand ambassador

Hyderabad, July 22 : The Telangana government Tuesday appointed ace tennis player Sania Mirza as its brand ambassador.


Ishant Sharma comes of age

London, July 22 : He was a teenager when Greg Chappell, then the India coach, wanted to summon him as a replacement towards the tail end of India's 2006-07 tour of South Africa. This did not happen.


Serena tops WTA rankings, Sania maintains 5th place in doubles

New Delhi, July 22 : American star Serena Williams continued to occupy top spot in the singles WTA rankings while former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki climbed two places to 13th. India's Sania Mirza maintained her career-high fifth place ranking in the doubles.


Novak Djokovic retains singles top spot, Paes 13th in doubles

New Delhi, July 22 : Serbian Novak Djokovic sits atop the ATP singles rankings with 13,130 points while Spaniard Rafael Nadal is not far behind in second place with 12,670 points. Meanwhile, with 4,250 points Leander Paes is the top ranked Indian in men's doubles, retaining his 13th place.


Asian Games: Kazakh weightlifters eye three gold medals

Almaty (Kazakhstan), July 22 : Alexey Ni, head coach of the national weightlifting team of Kazakhstan, has said his team aim to win three gold medals at the Asian Games this year in Incheon, South Korea.


Sammy to play for Tasmania in Big Bash

Tasmania (Australia), July 22 : West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy is to make his debut in Australia's Big Bash League (BBL) this summer after signing with the Hobart Hurricanes.


Vaughan joins list of ex-skippers to question whether Cook shall continue to captain England

Johannesburg, July 21 : Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has joined the list of ex captains to question whether Alastair Cook should continue to captain the English side


Steyn rates match-winning Galle Test performance among his best

Johannesburg, July 21 : South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has rated his performance in the Galle Test against Sri Lanka among his best and has said that former fast bowling great Allan Donald's videos inspired him ahead of the series-opener.


Shakib Al Hasan begs Bangladesh cricket authorities to review six-month ban

Johannesburg, July 21 : Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has begged his country's cricket authorities to review a six-month ban for bad behaviour and has pledged to behave in a more mature way in future.


'Disappointed' Botham says England bowlers not learned lesson from 1st innings against India

London, July 21 : Former England Test cricketer and captain Ian Botham has said that the host side's bowlers have not learned their lessons from their first innings against India in their ongoing second Test at Lord's.


Star striker Drogba set for Chelsea return as player-coach

London, July 21 : Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who helped the club win the Champions League during his time there, is reportedly set to return to Stamford Bridge as a player-coach at the start of next week.


Ghosts haunt England squad at night, force Broad to change hotel room

London, July 21 : England cricketers' recent poor performance might reportedly be due to a presence of ghosts in their five-star hotel in London.