FIFA Rankings: Belgium end year as No. 1 ahead of France

PARIS, December 20: Belgium will end the year as No. 1 ahead of world champions France in the global rankings released by FIFA on Thursday. Belgium, beaten by France in the World Cup semi-finals, edge Didier Deschamps’ team by one…

Former cricketer WV Raman named coach of Indian women’s cricket team

Mumbai, December 20: Former Indian batsman W V Raman was on Thursday preferred over celebrated South African Gary Kirsten for the position of India’s women’s cricket coach despite dissention within the administrators over the selection process, a BCCI source told…

Manchester City survive shoot-out to reach League Cup semis

Manchester City survived a penalty shoot-out to reach the League Cup semi-finals as young keeper Arijanit Muric starred in the dramatic finale to the holders’ win over Leicester on Tuesday. LONDON, December 19: Manchester City survived a penalty shoot-out to…

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named Manchester United caretaker manager

LONDON, December 19: Manchester United have turned to former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to steady the ship until the end of the season, confirming the Norwegian as caretaker manager in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday. Solskjaer, who…

Sunil Chhetri wants to set example for teammates at Asian Cup

NEW DELHI, December 19: Sunil Chhetri has been the face of Indian soccer in recent times and the forward promised to lead by example in their return to the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates after an eight-year…

ICC orders PCB to pay 60% of cost claimed by BCCI in compensation tussle

DUBAI, December 19: The ICC’s Dispute Resolution Panel on Wednesday ordered Pakistan to pay 60 per cent of the cost demanded by the BCCI after the world body’s rejection of the PCB’s compensation claim which blamed India for lack of…

I never expected so much success: Lionel Messi

MADRID, December 19: Lionel Messi said he never expected to have such a successful career after receiving his fifth Golden Shoe on Tuesday, for being the top goalscorer in Europe last season. The Barcelona forward scored 34 times in La…

Australia beat India by 146 runs in Perth, level series 1-1

PERTH, December 18: India crumbled in the face of Australia’s remarkable metamorphosis and crashed to a 146-run defeat in the second Test on Tuesday, surrendering a rare hard-earned ascendancy in a series Down Under. The hosts levelled the four-match series…

Jose Mourinho leaves Manchester United after two years in charge

MANCHESTER, December 18: Manchester United have decided to part ways with manager Jose Mourinho after dropping 19 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool after a 3-1 defeat at Anfield. The team have struggled to perform well this season and they…

Ferrari to celebrate Schumacher’s 50th birthday with exhibition

Rome, December 18: Formula One legend Michael Schumacher will be honoured by Ferrari with a special exhibition to mark his 50th birthday on January 3, the Italian team confirmed on Monday. Schumacher, a seven-time Formule One world champion, suffered severe…