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BFC end campaign in style, finish at 4th spot

Bengaluru: JSW Bengaluru FC finished their I-League campaign in fourth position after defeating Churchill Brothers 3-0 in their last match, here today. The result ensured they ended their campaign on 30 points from 18 matches. Churchill on the other hand finished with 20 points from 18 matches, their position in the table to be decided tomorrow. Keeping an eye on the forthcoming Federation Cup which kicks-off on May 7, BFC

WADA reinstates accreditation of Madrid lab

Montreal: The World Anti-Doping Agency announced the reinstatement of the Doping Control Laboratory of Madrid almost a year after it was barred from conducting anti-doping tests. The Madrid lab had its accreditation suspended on 6 June 2016, a move that WADA said was a direct result of the world anti-doping body’s March 2016 decision to declare Spain “non-compliant” with the World Anti-Doping Code. That ruling followed Spain’s delay in updating

Chelsea and Spurs face title tests

London: Antonio Conte will hope Diego Costa justifies his faith in having him rather than Everton’s Romelu Lukaku as his main striker and deliver another three points in Chelsea’s chase for the title tomorrow. Chelsea face their biggest challenge in their remaining five matches at Everton, who are on a run of eight successive home victories. However, Conte will hope they extend their lead over rivals Spurs to seven points

Sharapova 'extra help' questioned by Stuttgart opponent

Stuttgart: Kristina Mladenovic ramped up the pressure on Maria Sharapova ahead of their Suttgart semi-final when she claimed the Russian superstar was getting “extra help” in her comeback from a 15-month doping ban. Sharapova eased into the last four of the claycourt tournament by seeing off qualifier Anett Kontaveit for the third straight win of her comeback. The 30-year-old five-time Grand Slam winner has yet to drop a set and

Manchester Derby ends in stalemate

London: Manchester United held on for a goalless draw in a feisty derby with Manchester City after midfielder Marouane Fellaini was sent off for a headbutt in the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday. The Belgian was dismissed when, moments after being booked for a foul on Sergio Aguero, he tripped the Argentine and then, in clear view of referee Martin Atkinson, confronted him by pushing his

Rising Czech star is the new Navratilova

Prague: Czech teen sensation Marketa Vondrousova was being hailed as a rising star in the mould of tennis great Martina Navratilova after climbing 119 places in the WTA rankings in just two weeks. Ranked 233rd, Vondrousova won her maiden WTA title at the Biel/ Bienne Open on April 16, rising to the top from qualifying. A week later, she managed her Fed Cup debut in the Czech Republic’s defeat at

Nadal, Murray enter last 8

Barcelona: Third seed Rafael Nadal remained on course for a 10th Barcelona Open title after reaching the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kevin Anderson on Thursday. World number one Andy Murray also advanced as he stepped up his recovery from an elbow injury by breezing past Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4. It was Nadal’s 50th victory at the tournament and the Mallorcan never looked in danger against world

Chinappa, Pallikal enter last 8

Chennai: Local favourites Saurav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik sailed into the quarterfinals of the Asian Individual Squash Championship, here. Ghosal, the second seed in the men’s draw, outplayed Jordan’s 16th seeded Mohammad Alsarraj 11-8, 11-5, 11-2 to join top-seed Max Lee of Hong Kong, who beat countryman Wang Chi Him 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 in the last eight round. In the women’s event, Indian stars second seed Chinappa,

Sharapova wins on comeback after drug ban

Stuttgart: Maria Sharapova reached the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, defeating Italy’s Roberta Vinci in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday. The match was a highly anticipated contest given that it was the Russian’s first official match on the WTA Tour, marking her comeback from her 15-month ban dating back to the 2016 Australian Open. The 30-year-old won in an hour and 43 minutes, with

Asian squash championship: Velavan enters pre-quarters

Chennai: India’s Velavan Senthilkumar entered the pre-quarterfinals along with Harinder Pal Sandhu but Aditya Jagtap suffered a loss against Malaysia’s Mohammed Nafizwan Adnan at the 19th Asian Individual Squash Championship here yesterday. Senthilkumar, who had reached two PSA World Tour event finals recently, breezed past Soheil Shameli of Iran 11-1, 11-5, 11-5 in the first round and received a walk over from Farhan Zaman of Pakistan. Harinder defeated Reymark Begornia

Bopanna, Cuevas suffer first round exit at Barcelona

Barcelona: After the high of Monte Carlo Masters title triumph, India’s Rohan Bopanna and his partner Pablo Cuevas suffered a first round exit at the ATP Barcelona Open here. The unseeded Indo-Uruguay pair lost 6-7 (3) 6-7 (2) to the top-seeded combination of Henri Kontinen and John Peers. En route to their title win in Monaco last week, Bopanna and Cuevas had defeated the world No. 1 and No. 2