Djokovic says needs to revive ‘consistency’ that saw him dominate men’s tennis

Monday, 26 June 2017

International tennis champion Novak Djokovic said he needs to rediscover the level of consistency that saw him dominate men’s tennis in the run up to Wimbledon. A year ago Djokovic arrived at Wimbledon as holder of all four grand slams. This time, he is down at world number four having seen all of his prized crowns removed from his possession - the rot setting in at Wimbledon last year when, as defending champion, he fell to Sam Querrey in the third round. “It does feel different ...

Trophy-winning Pak cricketers warmly welcomed home

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Hundreds of fans stayed up late to welcome home members of new Champions Trophy winner Pakistan in Lahore at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Messages such as “Champion of champions. Team Pakistan! Welcome back after such a tremendous victory” were emblazoned on banners erected at Allama Iqbal International Airport, along with a picture of the team carrying the trophy. Television footage showed supporters chanting “Pakistan Zindabad,” which means long live Pakistan, when four of the ...

Sporty hijabs encourage Muslim girls to hit field of play

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Muslim student athletes at one U.S. high school no longer have to be slowed down by worries that their headscarves might fall off. Deering High School in Portland, Maine, is providing sport hijabs with the goal of making Muslim girls comfortable - and boosting their participation in sports. The lightweight scarves stay put and are less bulky than other hijabs, garments that cover the hair and are worn by many Muslim women to express their faith. “We’re more confident on the ...

Women’s Cricket World Cup sees 10-fold jump in prize money to $2 mln

Friday, 5 May 2017

The 2017 Women’s World Cup will see a 10 times increase in prize money to $2 million with every ball of the tournament broadcast live, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said. The 2013 Women’s World Cup in India, when Australia won its sixth title by defeating West Indies in the final, had just $200,000 on offer as prize money. “The ICC Women’s World Cup is the pinnacle of the women’s game and as such the players should be rewarded appropriately,” ...

In tense political times, NBA heading to Israel this summer

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

As the NBA prepares to bring its Basketball Without Borders program to Israel this summer, league officials hope the first trip to the country can help bring children together during a time of increasing tension. Basketball Without Borders has visited cities across the globe since 2001, using the sport to promote cultural understanding and active living. The first camp was held in Italy, but brought together Vlade Divac and Toni Kukoc, teammates on the former Yugoslavian national team that grew ...

Art of deception will help spinners thrive in IPL

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Contrary to popular belief, Twenty20 cricket rewards brains as well as brawn with the smartest spinners able to find a way to nullify the most explosive batsmen, according to wily Indian Premier League (IPL) veteran Amit Mishra. Mishra’s 124 wickets rank second only to Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga’s 143 in the history of lucrative tournament and the Delhi Daredevils player said spinners were not merely cannon-fodder in the shortest form of the sport. “You must have ...

The next Usain Bolt? Jamaican 12-year-old girl 2 seconds from world record

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Dubbed the new Usain Bolt, a 12-year-old girl sprinter in Jamaica ran almost within two seconds of the 200m world record. Brianna Lyston won the 200m at the 2017 Boys and Girls Championships over the weekend, finishing at 23.72 seconds. The young athlete finished 0.88 seconds ahead of her nearest rival and 2.38 seconds behind the 21.34-second world record set by Florence Griffith-Joyner at the 1988 Olympics. Bolt also won his first sprinting medal at the same event in 2001 when he took silver ...

Pakistan teenage spinner Shadab Khan turning heads

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Pakistan has a long history of unearthing raw, talented players and in teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan, it looks like they may have discovered another star in the making.The 18-year-old made his international debut in last week’s Twenty20 series against the West Indies and could hardly have been more impressive, capturing 10 wickets against the world champions to be named player of the series.His main attacking weapon is the googly - a delivery that spins from the off side towards leg - ...

Danny Blind fired as Dutch national team coach

Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Dutch football association fired national coach Danny Blind on Sunday, a day after his team’s humiliating 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier in Sofia.KNVB director Jean Paul Decossaux said in a statement that Blind was removed because of poor results under his leadership.Blind said he believed the team was on the right path and that the Bulgaria defeat was “an incident.”“It’s a shame it ends here,” he added.Blind took over from veteran Guus ...

Debate rages about Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale despite Real win

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane's insistence on Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale featuring together is under scrutiny after the Champions League holders were outplayed for long periods at Napoli despite reaching the quarter-finals. Real's expensively assembled attacking trio, nicknamed the 'BBC', made just seven passes between themselves during the 3-1 come-from-behind win in Tuesday's last 16 second leg, with Ronaldo and Bale not passing to each other once. Despite a 3-1 ...

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