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CL: Brilliant Bayern humiliate hapless Barca with 8-2 crushing

German champions Bayern Munich utterly humiliated Barcelona with a stunning 8-2 victory that sent them through into the semi-finals of the Champions League in an extraordinarily emphatic manner. Thomas Mueller scored twice for a Bayern, who led 4-1 after 31 astonishing minutes, as Lionel Messi and his team mates were condemned to a thrashing that felt like the end of an era for the club.

15 Aug 2020 8:10 am
Tata shows interest in IPL title rights

The Tatas, already an official IPL partner, are being seen as front-runners as BCCI looks to raise over Rs 300 crore in the middle of a raging pandemic. With the Indian cricket board also set to bring in two more official partners - expanding the pool from three to five - the IPL is set to make up almost 75% of what it ended up losing in the wake of Chinese mobile manufacturer Vivo India's exit.

15 Aug 2020 8:10 am
PCA requests Yuvraj Singh to be player-cum-mentor

Punjab Cricket Association has requested former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh to come out of retirement and become a player-cum-mentor of the state team but he is yet to respond.

14 Aug 2020 11:10 pm
Sikki Reddy, Kiran undergo COVID-19 tests again

Doubles badminton player N Sikki Reddy and physiotherapist Kiran Challagundla on Friday underwent COVID-19 tests for a second time, a day after testing positive for the virus which forced the national camp to be halted in Hyderabad.

14 Aug 2020 10:10 pm
Governed by IFs' charter, can't implement certain provisions of Sports Code: NSFs

A majority of the country's derecognised national sports federations (NSFs) has problems in following the contentious age and tenure clause of the sports code in their functioning.

14 Aug 2020 9:10 pm
F1: Hamilton sets the pace in second Spanish Grand Prix practice

Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton went fastest in second practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday with Mercedes again looking dominant after losing out to Red Bull last weekend.

14 Aug 2020 9:10 pm
All I-League matches to be held in Kolkata under strict protocols: AIFF

All matches of this season's I-League and second division league qualifiers will be held in Kolkata with strict health and safety measures in place to deal with the COVID-19 threat, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said on Friday.

14 Aug 2020 9:10 pm
Important to look into the anxiety factor: Anil Kumble

Suitably 'masked' in these extraordinary times, director of cricket operations of Kings XI Punjab, Anil Kumble, watched from afar as five of his players sweated it out under overcast skies at the Just Cricket ground on Friday. Always the thinking man, the former India captain believes it will be critical to manage the mental space of players.

14 Aug 2020 9:10 pm
Mercedes are now ready to sign new F1 deal, says Wolff

Mercedes Formula One boss Toto Wolff cast fresh doubt on his future on Friday while signalling that the champions were now prepared to sign a new deal with commercial rights holders Liberty Media.

14 Aug 2020 8:10 pm
Unacademy, Dream11 submit formal 'EOI' for IPL title sponsorship rights

Education technology company Unacademy and fantasy sports Platform Dream11 have submitted their 'Expression of Interest' to become title sponsors of this year's Indian Premier League, replacing Chinese mobile phone company Vivo.

14 Aug 2020 8:10 pm
After first ton, didn't know there were 99 more to follow: Sachin

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of his first international hundred, former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said he never knew that he would score 99 more hundred in his career after scoring his maiden ton. At the age of 17 years and 112 days, he became the third-youngest batsman to score a Test ton.

14 Aug 2020 8:10 pm
PCB ropes in Yousuf, Razzaq as coaches of its High Performance Centre

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has roped in former captain Mohammad Yousuf and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq as coaches of its High Performance Centre (HPC) in Lahore.

14 Aug 2020 7:10 pm
You will not win an Olympic gold by doing same as others: Vikas Krishan

Juggling careers in amateur and professional boxing is tough, admits star Indian boxer Vikas Krishan Yadav but the Commonwealth Games champion says it is absolutely essential to his goal of an unprecedented Olympic gold.

14 Aug 2020 6:10 pm
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju virtually launches Fit India Freedom Run

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday virtually launched the Fit India Freedom Run, a country-wide event that promises to become a fitness phenomenon.

14 Aug 2020 6:10 pm
'Forced break more challenging for wrestlers yet to qualify for Oly'

India's ace wrestler Bajrang Punia says competition time lost due to the coronavirus pandemic has made it more challenging for those who are yet to qualify for the postponed Tokyo Olympics. Bajrang said grapplers like him, who have already sealed their tickets for the Olympics, have a clear goal and mind-set -- prepare for the pinnacle of the sport in the best possible manner.

14 Aug 2020 5:11 pm
Arsenal sign Willian from Chelsea on three-year contract

Arsenal have signed Brazil winger Willian on a three-year deal, the Premier League club said on Friday. The 32-year-old joins Arsenal on a free transfer after failing to agree on a new long-term contract with Chelsea.

14 Aug 2020 4:10 pm
Spain, Eng, Ger confirmed for FIFA U-17 Women's WC in India

Defending champions Spain, England and Germany were on Friday named for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup to be held in India next year on the basis of their rankings, after the European qualifying tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

14 Aug 2020 4:10 pm
McDonald to miss Australia's tour of England to fulfill IPL commitments with RR

Australia's senior assistant coach Andrew McDonald will miss next month's tour of England owing to a pre-existing commitment with his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR), the country's cricket board said on Friday.

14 Aug 2020 4:10 pm
Players coming to IPL after CPL will have an edge: Ashish Nehra

Players who will be coming into the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year after playing the Carribean Premier League (CPL) would have an advantage, according to former fast bowler and former Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling coach Ashish Nehra.

14 Aug 2020 4:10 pm
Scottish Open: Decent start by Tvesa, Aditi recovers

Tvesa Malik opened her campaign at the Ladies Scottish Open with an even par round in tough conditions to be placed Tied 22nd. Meanwhile, Aditi, who started with two-over 73, was Tied-48th.

14 Aug 2020 3:10 pm
IPL-bound England, Australia players can only play from Sep 26

England and Australia's IPL-bound players are likely to miss the first week of the tournament after it was announced that the two teams will play six white-ball games from September 4-16 in England. A total of 29 players from England and Australia are part of the eight IPL squads including top draws like David Warner, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Steve Smith and this year's record buy Pat Cummins.

14 Aug 2020 3:10 pm
Australia confirms England tour, Glenn Maxwell returns to squad

Australia confirmed on Friday next month's limited-overs tour of England, boosting the England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) bid to navigate past a financial crisis brought by the novel coronavirus.

14 Aug 2020 1:10 pm
Michael Jordan's sneakers sold for $615,000, new record

A pair of Michael Jordan's game-worn sneakers sold for $615,000, Christie's auction house said, shattering a record set just months ago by the sale of another pair of the basketball legend's shoes. The sneakers were a pair of Air Jordan 1 Highs that the NBA megastar wore during a 1985 exhibition match in Italy when he dunked the ball so hard it shattered the glass backboard.

14 Aug 2020 11:10 am
Gianni Infantino believes he is 'untouchable', says ex-FIFA chief Sepp Blatter

FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who is facing a criminal probe in Switzerland, hinks he is untouchable, his deposed predecessor Sepp Blatter said on Thursday.

14 Aug 2020 10:10 am
Leipzig's astonishing rise reaches new heights

There is little in modern football that can truly be described as a fairytale romance but RB Leipzig's journey from Germany's regional league system to the last four of the Champions League in just 11 years surely gets close.

14 Aug 2020 10:10 am
'So much pressure': Simeone defends Atletico after Champions League exit

Diego Simeone said Atletico Madrid were weighed down by the pressure and intensity of a long season as they crashed out of the Champions League on Thursday against Leipzig.

14 Aug 2020 10:10 am
Most Aussie Olympians against Games protests: Survey

Most Australian Olympians believe protests should not be allowed in competition or on the podium, a survey showed Friday, despite calls for greater freedom of expression at the Games.

14 Aug 2020 10:10 am
Test cricket is the ultimate: Mandeep Singh

With two back-to-back T20 World Cups coming up in two years, the IPL might be a big hope for Mandeep to be back in the reckoning for an India call-up. But playing Test cricket for his country is the ultimate dream of the Punjab batsman.

14 Aug 2020 10:10 am
TOPS development list: Dope-tainted athlete in, Swapna ignored

The list of 258 sportspersons includes javelin-thrower Rohit Yadav, who was caught for doping by NADA in 2017 after winning the silver medal in Asian Youth Athletics Championship. Swapna, who won the women's heptathlon gold at the 2018 Asiad, has been overlooked.

14 Aug 2020 10:10 am
BCCI and National Cricket Academy on the same page, reports suggest otherwise

BCCI and National Cricket Academy on the same page, reports suggest otherwise

14 Aug 2020 9:29 am
Serena rallies past Venus, builds confidence for US Open

Serena Williams rallied to defeat sister Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday in a second-round matchup of Grand Slam champions at the WTA Top Seed Open.

14 Aug 2020 9:10 am
Curran 'shocked' over Anderson doubts as England great hurts Pakistan

Sam Curran said he was shocked at James Anderson's international future being called into question after the England great returned to form with two wickets on the first day of the second Test against Pakistan at Southampton on Thursday.

14 Aug 2020 9:10 am
CL: Leipzig beat Atletico to book historic meeting with PSG

Leipzig stunned Atletico Madrid 2-1 on Thursday to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time as Tyler Adams' 88th-minute winner earned them a showdown with Paris Saint-Germain.

14 Aug 2020 9:10 am
Ex-South Africa skipper Graeme Smith hits back at race bias claims

Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith responded to allegations of bias against black players by stating that he had 'personal relationship challenges' with several other players during his time in charge. Smith has been accused of allowing black players to feel isolated during his time as captain. Smith captained South Africa in a world record 108 Test matches from 2003 until 2014.

14 Aug 2020 9:10 am
Bianca Andreescu won't defend US Open title over lack of form

Bianca Andreescu has said she will not defend her title at the US Open in New York as the COVID-19 pandemic has compromised her ability to reach her highest level of form. The 20-year-old Canadian, who has not competed since she suffered a knee injury last October at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, joins a growing list of high-profile players to pull out of the Aug 31-Sept 13 event.

14 Aug 2020 9:10 am
Nair never had Covid-19, it was just mild fever: KXIP

This is absurd, there is no truth in these reports. He had some mild fever, thats all. Nothing to do with coronavirus. Hes perfectly alright and has started training. All our boys have started their training in their respective cities, Kings XI Punjab's chief executive Satish Menon told TOI. The team is all set to depart for UAE for IPL starting on Sept 19.

14 Aug 2020 9:10 am
Cracks between BCCI and National Cricket Academy?

With batting legend Rahul Dravid at the helm, the academy has time and again insisted that it is trying to put better work policies and a clearer, more structured vision in place but that, BCCI members say, should happen only once the BCCI and the academy together acknowledge that at the moment, the NCA is a glorified government hospital where nobody wants to go.

14 Aug 2020 8:10 am
Makani lodges complaint against Shah, Ganguly with BCCI ombudsman

Naresh Makani, who claims to be a life member of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) and a treasurer of the Cricket Association of Jharkhand, has lodged a complaint against BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah with the BCCIs Ethics Officer DK Jain, against the continuance of their tenure beyond what is permitted by the BCCIs new constitution.

13 Aug 2020 11:10 pm
Hamilton says engine mode change not a problem for Mercedes

Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has shrugged off a plan to restrict cars' engine modes in qualifying, saying it will have little impact on slowing his dominant Mercedes team.

13 Aug 2020 11:10 pm
PV Sindhu's father feared this situation, took a lot of precautions

Though Covid-19 brought the national badminton camp to a grinding halt and many shuttlers are in danger of contracting the virus after Sikki Reddy and physio Kiran tested positive, world champion PV Sindhu may not be in the danger zone.

13 Aug 2020 11:10 pm
Allegations hurtful, was never in charge of team selections: Smith tells Tsolekile

Cricket South Africa's director of cricket Graeme Smith on Thursday categorically denied recent allegations levelled against him by ex-wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile around team selections during his time as captain of the national team and termed them extremely hurtful.

13 Aug 2020 11:10 pm
Ferrari pledge full support to struggling Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel will have Ferrari's full support in his battle to recover his form after a torrid start to the 2020 season - starting with a new chassis for this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

13 Aug 2020 10:12 pm
Dhoni tests negative for COVID-19, to join CSK camp in Chennai

Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni has tested negative for COVID-19. Dhoni will now be arriving in Chennai for a one-week training camp on Friday ahead of the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League.

13 Aug 2020 10:12 pm
Naresh Makani lodges complaint against Jay Shah with BCCI ombudsman

Naresh Makani, who claims to be a life member of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) and a treasurer of the Cricket Association of Jharkhand, has lodged a complaint against BCCI secretary Jay Shah with the BCCIs Ethics Officer DK Jain, against the continuance of his tenure beyond what is permitted by the Lodha reforms.

13 Aug 2020 9:10 pm
No repeat of Champions League 'Final Eight' in future, says UEFA chief

The 'Final Eight' format for the Champions League will not be repeated in future, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has told AFP, saying it is impossible to find space in an already packed calendar.

13 Aug 2020 9:10 pm
Pakistan did not have much idea about bowl-outs at 2007 WT20: Pathan

Former India allrounder Irfan Pathan has said Pakistan were not prepared for the bowl-out which was played between the two teams during the 2007 inaugural World T20 Group D match after the game was tied.

13 Aug 2020 8:10 pm
Sikki Reddy, physio test positive for Covid-19, most top shuttlers came in contact with the duo

The novel coronavirus had hit the national badminton camp as Tokyo Olympics hopeful Sikki Reddy and physio Kiran Challagundla tested positive on Thursday. The national camp, which began after a gap of three-and-half months on August 7, is facing an abrupt closure as many shuttlers including Sai Praneeth, Kidambi Srikanth and chief coach Pullela Gopichand came in contact with these two.

13 Aug 2020 8:10 pm
Sialkot sowed seeds of Manchester hundred: Tendulkar

Test-saving hundreds have become extinct now but Sachin Tendulkar carved out one such innings exactly 30 years ago, the seeds of which were sown during one afternoon in Sialkot, eight months prior to that gloomy Manchester day. It was on August 14, 1990, that Tendulkar scored the first of his 100 international centuries, a majestic 119 not out on a fifth day track to save the game for India.

13 Aug 2020 8:10 pm
'Stay away from social media': Langer tells young sportspersons

Australian head coach Justin Langer has one piece of advice for young sportspersons across the world: stay away from social media. With the advent of social networking sites, sportspersons around the world, at times, have to deal with abusive and threatening messages online and Langer believes zero social media is the key.

13 Aug 2020 7:11 pm
Top five: Highest wicket-takers in a calendar year

Top five: Highest wicket-takers in a calendar year

13 Aug 2020 6:23 pm