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Serena Williams advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday, defeating CoCo Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1 in 55 minutes. Coming off titles at Wimbledon and the London Olympics, Williams looked sharp against Vandeweghe, committing only nine unforced errors despite the tricky conditions. “I didn’t hit anything too hard, because the ball I wouldn’t have known where it was going t..
BANGALORE: A buoyant India will bank on their spin twins to sweep the short series against struggling New Zealand when the second and final Test starts in Bangalore on Friday. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took 12 wickets and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha six as India underlined their supremacy on home soil by winning the first Test in Hyderabad by an innings and 115 runs. Ross Taylor's Black Ca..
India's Somdev Devvarman made a first round exit from the men's singles of the US Open tennis tournament, going down to Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo at Flushing Meadows in New York on Monday. In a battle that lasted two hours and 41 minutes, Somdev went down 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 4-6 to the 94th ranked Spanish player. Somdev also faced a first round exit in the London Games, where he made a comeback af..
NEW YORK: Roger Federer began his campaign for a record sixth US Open with an easy 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over America's Donald Young, but insisted Novak Djokovic remains hot favourite to deny him an 18th major. Top seed Federer, playing in his 52nd consecutive Grand Slam tournament, brushed aside 81st-ranked Young, who only last week stopped a run of 17 defeats in a row but who now stands at three win..
Roger Federer and Andy Murray take the opening day spotlight matches as the US Open begins on Monday with the Swiss trying to create more tennis history. Federer, the top seed, comes into the last major of the season back on the world number one ranking and ready to make another winning impression when he begins first round play against American Donald Young. Murray begins with Russian Alex Bogomo..
NEW DELHI: Sachin Tendulkar sees a shadow of himself in Virat Kohli but the young Indian batsman says he literally worships the iconic cricketer and matching his feats would be nothing short of "mission impossible" for him. Kohli is the fastest to score 1000 and then 3000 ODI runs and has been India's most prolific scorer this year with five centuries which led to many comparing him with..
Off-spinner R Ashwin impressed with a six-wicket haul as India imposed the follow-on on New Zealand after ending the visitors’ first innings at 159 at the stroke of lunch on the third day of the opening cricket Test in Hyderabad on Saturday. With more than two days left in the match, the visitors still require 279 runs to avoid an innings defeat. The Indian spin duo of Ashwin and left-armer ..
LOS ANGELES: Cyclist Lance Armstrong plotted his career strategy on Saturday after the US anti-doping agency banned him from the sport for life and stripped him of the record seven Tour de France titles. USADA branded Armstrong a dope cheat on Friday, a day after the 40-year-old Texan said he would not pursue a bid to clear himself of charges that he used performance enhancing drugs to win cycling..
LAUSANNE: Jamaica's Yohan Blake ran the second fastest 100m of all time in Thursday, clocking 9.69sec at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting. World champion Blake, who was silver medallist behind Usain Bolt at the London Olympics, finished ahead of America's Tyson Gay in 9.83sec with Nesta Carter of Jamaica in 9.95sec. Bolt, the world record holder, wasn't running in the race, opting to line up in..
A century partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put India in a commanding position as the team amassed 438 before being bowled out at the stroke of tea on day two of their opening Test against New Zealand on Friday. Resuming at 307 for five after a 26-minute delay because of bad weather, India gained from the partnership between Pujara and Dhoni, who put on a fine ..