The pressure Andy Murray feels at Wimbledon actually helps him concentrate better, the defending champion has said. A third Wimbledon title will put Murray in a group that includes Briton Fred Perry, world number four Novak Djokovic and German great Boris Becker. It is nerve-racking, I get very nervous and I feel the pressure before Wimbledon every year, Murray said.
Richie Richardson of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the sanction after Sana Mir's side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. The charge had been laid by on-field umpires Chris Brown and Jacqueline Williams and reserve umpire S Saikat.
Young German side face Mexican challenge in Confederations Cup. The Fisht Stadium in Sochi will host the second Confederations Cup semi-final between Germany and Mexico. Even though Germany lack most of the stars that won the World Cup in 2014, the young guns have shown that they cannot be taken lightly either. Mexico came second in their group behind Portugal, coming from behind in all three of their group games - winning two games and finishing level in the other.
Watford defender Craig Cathcart has signed a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club till June 2021, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. The 28-year-old has made 84 appearance for the club since joining from Blackpool in 2014. Cathcart struggled with a hernia injury and featured in only 15 league games last season but new Watford manager Marco Silva, who replaced Walter Mazzarri last month, opted to tie down the long-term future of one of his most experience players.
The brother of IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiant's owner Sanjeev Goenka, Harsh Goenka, has taken slammed Kohli in the wake of his differences with head coach Anil Kumble. Goenka, who was quite vocal about MS Dhoni during the entire IPL season this year, took to Twitter to mock Kohli and the entire cricket administration in the country. Posting a sarcastic tweet Goenka mapped out the roles and responsibilities of candidate whosoever applies for India head coach.
Telangana's Sindhuja Reddy is all set to represent the US national women's cricket team. According to a press release from the Telangana government, the 26-year-old has been selected as wicketkeeper-batswoman. Sindhuja hails from Amangal village in Nalgonda district and will be part of the US squad in the World Twenty20 Qualifiers in Scotland in August. She impressed the selectors with her skills both as a batswoman and a wicketkeeper after turning out for local clubs in the US.
Later Liverpool publicly announced they ended their interest in the centre-back and issued a statement apologising to the Saints. Later a preliminary investigation from the Premier League officials were checked but reports state that there will be no further action taken against Liverpool by the authorities. According to reports, the evidence the authorities have got is not sufficient enough and unless any new evidence arrives, the case will be closed.
Ravi Shastri applied for the vacant position of India coach on Tuesday. Former India opener Sudhir Naik, who had a tiff with Ravi Shastri in 2015, says if Shastri is appointed as coach it is just like a backdoor entry. To appoint Shastri at this point is just like a backdoor entry. Naik questioned whether India players will pay attention to another coach, especially after the reported issue with Kumble's style of functioning.
Wimbledon will start on July 3, 2017. One of the four Grand Slams in a year but there is a certain beauty to Wimbledon. Numerous things make Wimbledon stand out from the rest - Australian Open, French Open and US Open. The qualifying determines who will fill the vacant 16 men's singles and 12 women's singles spots in the draw. For the first time in the tournament's history, qualifying is a ticketed event and is being broadcast live on select networks.
Swansea have parted company with full back Franck Tabanou after reaching an agreement to end the remaining one year of the 28-year-old's contract at the Liberty Stadium. The club and Tabanou reached a 'compromise agreement' to end the remaining one year of his contract in order to help the 28-year-old find a new club, Swansea said in a statement. Tabanou failed to make an impact for the Welsh side, making only three appearance since arriving from Ligue 1 club St Etienne in June 2015.
Shuttler H S Prannoy, who shot to fame by shocking Olympic champion Chen Long and silver medallist Lee Chong Wei in the recent Indonesia Super Series Premier, is aiming to be more consistent in his bid to win big titles. Prannoy, who is currently ranked world number 21 in men's singles, had emerged as a giant-killer when he trounced reigning Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei and Olympic champion Chen Long in consecutive two days in the Indonesia Super Series Premier earlier this month.
Michelle Payne, the first woman jockey to ride a Melbourne Cup winner, has been stood down after failing a doping test, racing stewards said on Wednesday. Racing Victoria stewards will conduct an enquiry on Friday into the results, the state authority said in a statement. Ms Payne was advised of (the) findings and stood down from riding in races and trackwork by stewards on 23 June 2017, RV said.
Vivo, after winning the IPL title sponsor bid for the next five years, wants to build on IPL gains. The current deal will swell Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) accounts by Rs 440 crore, yes Rs 440 crore, every year. Cricket is big in India and IPL is only getting better and bigger with each passing year. Vivo, in May, also penned down a five-year deal for Kabaddi when they were named title sponsor of Pro Kabaddi League.
India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who is in a magnificent form, would once again be hoping to continue the purple patch and score runs in the upcoming match. The left-handed batsman posted a video on his Instagram handle where he, along with skipper Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Hardik Pandya, are seen spending time at the gym. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav and Shikhar Dhawan could be seen in the image posted by Pandya.
Fit-again British middle distance runner Laura Muir is keen to double up at August's world championships in London, according to her coach Andy Young. She has got the qualifying times and is keen to do both. It is still over a month away and we have got to be cautious around the foot.
Odisha is ready and raring to host the prestigious 22nd Asian Athletics Championships at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. Kalinga Stadium, the venue of Hockey World Cup in 2018, has laid out the best-in-class athletics track for the event and readied top standard infrastructure meeting all norms of International Association of Athletics (IAAF). It is double the number from 497 of 40 nations in the last edition held in Wuhan, China in 2015.
I have never been less than confident that we will beat the All Blacks. The players now head back to their Super Rugby teams for the last two rounds of the regular season. None have a winning record and none have tasted victory over a New Zealand team in 23 attempts this year. The Wallabies, meanwhile, showed glimpses of brilliance in each of the three tests but they were easily forgotten among a litany of handling errors.
When Sushil Kumar returned from the London Olympics 2012, everyone conveniently forgot of the dramatic fashion in which he reached the final of the men's freestyle 66 category. Five years and an Olympics later, Sushil's semifinal opponent Akhzurek Tanatrov of Kazakhstan has still not forgotten the match that cost him a final berth. From what it appeared in the videos, one of the most popular wrestlers of India Sushil Kumar bit the ear of his opponent, after he was lagging 0-3 in the third round.
An unapologetic John McEnroe has proposed competition between men and women players to prove his claim that 23-time grand slam singles winner Serena Williams would be ranked like 700 in the world if she competed on the men's circuit. Three-time Wimbledon champion McEnroe said Williams was the best female player ever but said her performance on the men's circuit would be an entirely different story.