Skipper Dhoni avoids media yet again

Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni avoided the media for the second time in two days in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal, but coach Stephen Fleming defended the captain, saying he was well known for being reclusive. “That’s his style. In this case, I can represent the team well,” said Fleming replying to a query on why Dhoni did not turn up to take questions from the media

Federer: It's too early for me to retire

Roger Federer has dismissed claims that he is ready to hang up his racket. The 31-year-old has limited tour appearances in recent years in a bid to ensure he is as fit as possible for the grand slams. And having won at least one of the four majors every year since his breakthrough in 2003, including a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title last year, the world No. 3 insists he has no

Carlsen beats Radjabov in Norway, narrows gap with Karjakin

Sergey Karjakin recovered well from his first loss yesterday by holding a difficult position with black against Vishy Anand. The Russian grandmaster is still leading but Magnus Carlsen is now half a point behind him after grinding down Teimour Radjabov in an ending. Something went terribly wrong for Jon Ludvig Hammer, who lost to Levon Aronian in just 24 moves in a theoretical Grünfeld. Nakamura-Svidler and Topalov-Wang Hao ended in

Norway chess: Viswanathan Anand held by Svidler; Carlsen beats Karjakin

World champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw against Russian Peter Svidler as black while world number one Magnus Carlsen turned the tables on Sergey Karjakin of Russia for a twist in the tale of Norway Chess 2013 Super Tournament here. After a shocking loss at the hands of American Hikaru Nakamura, Anand played it solid as black and did not have any problems in warding off the challenge

Punjab Crush Bangalore To Keep Playoffs Hopes Alive

Adam Gilchrist played a blinder of an innings to help Kings XI Punjab register an emphatic 7-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore and keep the playoffs race wide open. Gilchrist led from the front as he remained unbeaten on 85 off 54 balls. Gilly’s flamboyant knock was studded with 10 fours and three sixes. Rajagopal Sathish smacked a four towards mid on to take Punjab to victory target for 175

NISHIKORI STUNS FEDERER IN MADRID Masters

Japan’s world No. 14 Kei Nishikori dumped defending champion Roger Federer out of the Madrid Masters at the third round stage yesterday as he beat the 17-time Grand Slam champion 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. Federer, who returned to the tour in the Spanish capital after a two-month layoff, was broken in the fifth game of the first set as Nishikori went onto seal it comfortably 6-4. The Swiss seemed to have

Djokovic knocked out of Madrid Masters

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was knocked out in the second round of the Madrid Masters after a 6-7 (6), 7-6 (8), 3-6 defeat to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in a match lasting three hours and five minutes. A tight, hard-fought first set was taken by Dimitrov in the tie-break and Djokovic looked to be heading out of the tournament late Tuesday night in the second set when Dimitrov broke his

David Miller Kills RCB

David Miller played one of the finest knock of the IPL season to snatch victory for Kings XI Punjab from the jaws of defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the PCA stadium on Monday. His 38-ball hundred resurrected Kings XI from 64 for 4 and he was chiefly responsible for the 99-run blaze scored in the last five overs of the chase to pull off a coup against a team

Wimbledon hikes prize money by 40 percent

This year’s singles champions at Wimbledon will each receive $2.4 million after the All England Club increased overall prize money by a record 40 percent for the biggest total payout in tennis history. Prize money will total $34.4 million, an increase of $9.9 million from last year. The club called it the largest single increase and biggest total prize fund in the history of professional tennis. Wimbledon also announced Tuesday that it plans to build aretractable

Rajasthan Royals Beats Pune

Ajinkya Rahane struck a scintillating 67 while Rahul Dravid produced an age-defying innings to maintain Rajasthan Royals’ impeccable ‘home’ record as the hosts defeated Pune Warriors by five wickets in a thrilling Pepsi Indian Premier League match, in Jaipur  on Sunday. The dew was a factor in Jaipur, but Rahul Sharma’s long-hops in a game-changing 17th over could not be blamed on the environment alone. With 43 needed off 24

MI crush CSK

Mumbai Indians’ Mitchell Johnson and Kieron Pollard were part of a compelling story in the Pepsi-IPL-VI contest against Chennai Super Kings here on Sunday. A full house rubbed its eyes in disbelief as one of the safest pair of hands put down three catches in succession at point. For Pollard, the three cut shots played by Michael Hussey off Johnson should have been sitters given his high standards. Johnson came

Gambhir, Yuvraj dropped from India's CT squad

Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh have been dropped from the India one-day squad for the Champions Trophy. Dinesh Karthik earns a recall, and Umesh Yadav returns from injury. Shikhar Dhawan, who grabbed the headlines during the home Tests against Australia and has done well in the IPL since recovering from injury, has made the 15. Paceman Irfan Pathan and Vinay Kumar also forced their way into the team announced by BCCI