One-club man Totti hangs up boots

Rome: AS Roma celebrated Francesco Totti’s final game after 25 seasons at the club by beating Genoa 3-2 to clinch second place in Serie A after 16-year-old Pietro Pellegri had given the visitors a shock lead. One-club man Totti, 40, came on in the 54th minute for his 786th appearance, and his 619th in Serie A, in what had been dubbed ‘Totti Day’ by Italian media. Diego Perotti grabbed a

Indian Railway won Indian Navy in basketball league

Coimbatore: Indian Railway, Delhi yesterday defeated Indian Navy, Lonavala 71-64 in a league match of All India Basketball tournament for 52nd Natchimuthu Gounder Cup for men, being played here. Preveenkumar top scored with 13 and Gaurav Olan 12 for the railways, while Amal 17 and Tudu 15 played well for Navymen. In another match, Indian Overseas Bank beat Coimbatore District Basketball Association (CBDA) 89-55. Sathishkumar potted 17 points for Bankmen,

England's much hope on Ben in Champions trophy

London: Ben Stokes would be the first to say England are more than a one-man team but if anyone sums up their revival in limited overs cricket it is the dynamic Durham all-rounder. Just over two years since a defeat by Bangladesh in Adelaide sealed their embarrassing first-round exit from the 2015 World Cup, England face the Tigers in the Champions Trophy opener at The Oval on Thursday with genuine

Juventus the final hurdle to history for Zidane's Madrid

Madrid: Even for a man and a club synonymous with European Cup glory, Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid stand on the brink of history in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus in Cardiff. Since the European Cup was rebranded and expanded into the Champions League in 1992, no team has been capable of defending the trophy. However, just 18 months into his first senior managerial role, Zidane is one match

New Barca coach to inherit the team's flaws

Barcelona: When you get to manage Lionel Messi, it sounds downright silly to talk about the challenges awaiting Barcelona’s coach-to-be. Yet whoever the Catalan club picks to replace Luis Enrique on Monday will not just be handed a star-studded team led by one of the best players in the world. The chosen one will also inherit a handful of small, but serious flaws whose handling will determine whether he is

Indian hockey team all set for invitational tourney

Bengaluru: Aiming to hit peak form in next month’s Hockey World League Semi Final, the Indian team today left for a three-nation invitational tournament in Germany starting 1 June. The 18-member squad, led by Manpreet Singh, left from the Kempegowda International Airport in the wee hours this morning after a two-week national camp at the Sports Authority of India campus here. At the tournament in Dusseldorf, India will play two

Messi magic helps Barca retain Copa title

Madrid: A Lionel Messi masterclass salvaged some silverware to end Barcelona`s season and gave coach Luis Enrique a victorious send-off as the Catalans retained the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 win over Alaves on Saturday. Messi opened the scoring then helped tee up Neymar and Paco Alcacer to lead Barca to a record 29th Cup triumph after Theo Hernandez`s brilliant free-kick had briefl y brought Alaves level. Victory means

City signs Monaco starlets Bernardo Silva

Manchester: Manchester City have begun what is predicted to be a record summer of spending across the Premier League by paying Monaco a reported 43 million pounds ($55 million) to sign versatile midfielder Bernardo Silva. “Manchester City are delighted to confirm Bernardo Silva will join the club from Monaco on 1 July,” the club said in a statement. The 22-year-old Portuguese has been instrumental in Monaco’s title win this season

Pujara slams tone for nottinghamshire

Nottingham: Cheteshwar Pujara completed his 39th class hundred on his home debut for Nottinghamshire in the County Championship Division Two here. The 29 year old, playing only the second game of his brief county stint, reached the three figures in 174 balls with 13  fours on day one of the match against Gloucestershire. The Indian batsman, however, will have to wait longer to complete 12000 First-Class runs after being dismissed

Zverev stuns Nishikori

Geneva: Mischa Zverev took some of the limelight back from younger brother Alexander when he beat second seed Kei Nishikori to reach the Geneva Open final on Friday. The German, whose younger sibling Alex won the Italian Open last week to reach number 10 in the rankings, produced some dazzling serve-and-volley tennis to beat Nishikori 6-4 3-6 6-3. Moscow-born Zverev, ranked 33, will face home favourite Stan Wawrinka in the

CDBA defeats Indian Navy

Chennai: Brothers A Mariappan (19 pts) and A. Vijay (32 pts) combined to give Coimbatore District Basketball Association (CDBA) 94-83 win over Indian Navy (Lonavala) in the opening Group B league fixture of the 52nd  all-India basketball tournament for men, for the Nachimuthu Gounder Cup, at the VOC Park Corporation Sports Complex courts in Coimbatire on Friday. The Navymen had finished runner-up in the all-India event at Periyakulam and among