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IOC to start audits for sports bodies over Olympic money

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach leaves after a news conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, December 10, 2015. The International Olympic Committee wants to make sure the billions of dollars of cash distributed to stakeholders for the development of sport is being used appropriately and will ask for audits of every major contribution handed out, IOC President Thomas Bach said ... Read More »

UK government warns Sports Direct it will act if wage laws flouted

Sports Direct (SPD.L), the British sportswear retailer controlled by high profile businessman Mike Ashley, came under fire in the British parliament on Monday over allegations it has not been paying the minimum wage. The FTSE 100 company has been in the spotlight after the Guardian newspaper reported last Thursday that lengthy and unpaid security checks of staff at its main ... Read More »

IPL Draft: Pune grabs Dhoni, Ashwin; Raina, Jadeja go to Rajkot

India’s limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the top draw in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 draft here on Tuesday and was picked up by the Sanjeev Goenka-owned Pune franchise at the stipulated price of Rs.12.5 crore. Left-hand batsman Suresh Raina was picked up by the Rajkot franchise owned by Intex Mobiles. The Rajkot team also successfully bid ... Read More »

BWF Super Series Finals: Japan’s Kento Momota, Nozomi Okuhara win singles titles

Japanese shuttlers Kento Momota and Nozomi Okuhara emerged champions in the men’s and women’s singles categories, respectively, in the BWF Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex here on Sunday. While world No.5 Momota beat Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen 21-15, 21-12 in 36 minutes, world No. 4 Okuhara overcame world No. 3 Yihan Wang from China 22-20, 21-18 in an hour ... Read More »

Saina Nehwal should focus more on mental strength: Prakash Padukone

Badminton legend Prakash Padukone says that in order to improve on the mental aspect, which he feels will play a vital role in clinching the gold at 2016 Rio Olympics, top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu should engage the services of a sports psychologist at the earliest. “I think Olympics is a test of mental character. Whoever is ... Read More »

Vijender Singh laughs off Samet Hyuseinov’s threats of a thrashing​

Samet Hyuseinov has promised to send Vijender Singh back to India “beaten and broken” come December 19 but the Indian boxing star merely breaks into laughter at the very mention of the threat, saying he would respond in kind inside the ring. Speaking to PTI from Manchester, Vijender (75kg) said he has increased his sparring sessions ahead of his third bout and is focusing on endurance ... Read More »

Viswanathan Anand finishes 9th in London Classic; Magnus ​Carlsen wins

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out a draw with Anish Giri of Holland to finish ninth in the London Classic while Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the event here. Reigning world champion Carlsen also won the Grand Chess Tour after winning the Classic on a lucky final day for him. Anand ended the Classic on 3.5 points out of a possible nine, winning one, ... Read More »

Mika Hakkinen believes Fernando Alonso should not take one-year sabbatical from F1

Madrid: Former Formula One world champion Mika Hakkinen of Finland says that giving Spanish driver Fernando Alonso a one-year sabbatical is “not a good idea”. Hakkinen’s statements came after McLaren CEO Ron Dennis hinted at the possibility of giving Alonso a break for one year until the end of the preparations to get the team’s vehicle ready for competitions, reports ... Read More »

Mercedes engineer in `theft` row not heading to Ferrari

A Mercedes engineer being sued by the world champions after facing accusations of data theft will not be joining rivals Ferrari in the “foreseeable future”, the Italian giants said Wednesday. Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) revealed Tuesday they were taking legal action against Benjamin Hoyle, who was reported to be on the verge of joining Ferrari at the start ... Read More »

US Grand Prix will happen, says Bernie Ecclestone

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone expects next year`s U.S. Grand Prix in Austin to go ahead, despite lingering doubts about state funding, but is less certain about the sport finding new owners in the near future. “It will be (on), for sure, they will sort their finances out,” the 85-year-old said in a wide-ranging post-season interview with Sky Sports television. ... Read More »