Germany wrote a new chapter in the history of international football as they became the first European team to lift the World Cup in South America, clinching a hard-fought 1-0 win over Argentina in the final, their triumph coming on the back of steely resolve and blood on the pitch here.
Substitute Mario Goetze scored the all-important goal in the 113th minute, combining with another sub Andre Schurrle, who provided him the assist, leaving thousands of Argentine fans heartbroken.
The BCCI has refused to separate the IPL from the BCCI, insisting that it is a tournament owned and operated by the Board, and also turned down the recommendation to keep players away from employment by the parent companies of their IPL franchises. Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/section/84/sports
Neymar’s hat-trick lit up a powerful Brazil performance as the 32 nations taking part in this year’s World Cup tested out their squads on a busy night of friendlies on Wednesday which also brought victories for Spain, Germany and France. Barcelona forward Neymar was unstoppable for tournament hosts Brazil as they demolished a poor South Africa side 5-0 in the Soweto Soccer City stadium which hosted the 2010 final between Spain and the Netherlands.
At the innings break, Varun Aaron sought out Wasim Akram for some bowling advice. He might have been better off playing this game against Afghanistan instead. In fact, not only Aaron, it was inexplicable that India didn’t go with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishwar Pandey today and named an unchanged squad for their first ever ODI against Afghanistan. It was a perfect opportunity to give the reserves some game time in a dead rubber.
Top officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have decided to approach the home ministry with a request to allow IPL matches in first week of May. By the first week of May, seven of the nine phases of the polling will be over. “We will be requesting the home ministry again and will seek their approval to allow BCCI to hold matches in those states where elections are over in first week of May. We are mulling all options. Since this is a domestic tournament we want...
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will join Inter Milan in the close season after eight years of success with the English champions, the Serie A side announced on Wednesday. The 32-year-old Serbia central defender said last month he would be leaving the Premier League club at the end of this term and was looking at moving to a team outside England.
Big Picture Thanks to that man Shahid Afridi, yet again, but thanks mostly to their own inadequacies, India are out of the Asia Cup. The fact that they were banking on Bangladesh to pull off upsets in successive matches just to keep them alive showed India probably didn't merit a place in the final anyway. If Bangladesh had beaten Pakistan, India would have still needed to keep up their end of the equation. They would have had to beat Afghanistan and win with a bonus point. India will still...
it was just another stop on just another recruiting sweep in talent-rich Florida. Robert Wimberly, assistant coach at Liberty University, visited Westwood High in Fort Pierce when the head coach there, Waides Ashmon, told him about a player who was injured during his junior year but playing again as a senior.
Sunil Gavaskar has trained his guns at India coach Duncan Fletcher and it isn't a pretty sight -- not for the India coach anyway. In a column that has appeared in the Times of India, the legendary Indian opener has called for a 'younger' coach; a coach who will not be looking to put his feet up at the first possible chance. The losses in South Africa and New Zealand have clearly disillusioned the former opener, who in recent times has also spoken against the Indian team's selection policy and...
The IPL 2014 has begun amidst much fanfare with Deepika Padukone and Shahrukh Khan dancing to the tunes of their songs. The first match between MI and KKR saw some new players and some old champs flicking their bats and running after the ball. It was an exciting match with KKR in control right from the beginning. Last year champions MI struggled to get near the winning score but finally gave away all its wickets 41 runs short of victory. Cheers to KKR for winning the first IPL 2014 match!
The quarter-finals are set to begin at Brazil 2014 with a pair of mouth-watering ties on the menu, European heavyweights Germany and France locking horns before the hosts tackle fellow South Americans Colombia.Germany's vast array of titles might give them the air of favourites, but Die Nationalmannschaft have struggled against France in the past, recording just eight wins to 11 losses and six draws in 25 previous meetings. Despite their long rivalry, the two neighbours have met only...