SPORTS

India primed to take on aggressive Oz

Pune: On a fairytale 19-match unbeaten streak, India would seek extension of their incredible dominance on home turf when they clash against an aggressive Australia in the four-Test series, beginning here tomorrow. The series against the Steve Smith-led side is the fourth and last home series of the 2016-17 season for India, who have conjured up emphatic victories over New Zealand (3-0), England (4-0) and Bangladesh (one-off Test). India are going

Aguero stars as Man City sink Monaco in thriller

Manchester: Sergio Aguero starred as Manchester City beat Monaco 5-3 in a breathless and dizzyingly end-to-end Champions League last 16 first-leg encounter at a rocking Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Raheem Sterling put City ahead, only for Kylian Mbappe to level and Radamel Falcao to score twice — the second goal a magnificent chip — as Leonardo Jardim’s side moved into a 3-2 lead. But City struck three times in the last 19

Shooters impress new rifle coach Oleg Mikhailov

New Delhi: They may not have been setting the stage ablaze in recent times but newly-appointed rifle foreign coach Oleg Mikhailov feels Indian shooters are among the ‘best in the world’ and all they need is a bit of polishing in their technique. Mikhailov, who had coached the Brazilian pistol team at the Rio Olympics last year, has so far spent about 10 days with the likes of Sanjeev Rajput and Tejaswini

Griezmann among goals as Atletico gain upper hand

Leverkusen: Antoine Griezmann was among the scorers for Atletico Madrid as they weathered a late storm against Bayer Leverkusen to claim a 4-2 victory in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann scored to put the Spanish side two goals up at the interval, but Leverkusen pulled one back through Karim Bellarabi at the start of the second half. A Kevin Gameiro penalty then restored

Ton-up Taylor leads Black Caps batting revival

Christchurch: A record-breaking century from Ross Taylor steered New Zealand to an imposing 289 for four in the second one-day international against South Africa on Wednesday. Taylor completed his ton in dramatic fashion with a boundary off the last ball of the innings to finish 102 not out and claim a New Zealand record of 17 ODI centuries. The 32-year-old, who had shared the record of 16 with Nathan Astle, received solid support

Ben Stokes to skip Ireland ODIs to play 14 IPL games

London: After fetching a record deal Rs 14.5 crore deal at the IPL auctions, England’s richest cricketer Ben Stokes will now skip his country’s two-match ODI series against Ireland as he will be available for the entire duration of 14 league matches of Rising Pune Supergiants. Mumbai Indians’ Jos Buttler and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Chris Woakes will also be available for entire league stage and will only return post 14 May,

Virat thrives on responsibility: Harbhajan Singh

Pune: Ace off-spinner Harbhajan Singh termed Indian captain Virat Kohli as ‘an intense cricketer’ who thrives on responsibility. “Virat (Kohli) is a very intense cricketer. He likes to take on the responsibility and expects the same from his team. That has really worked well and the team has performed beyond expectations,” Harbhajan said during a session at the ‘SporTale’ – sport themed literary festival. While talking about comparison between Tendulkar