Villarreal flying high, Neville’s Valencia beaten

Villarreal stayed hard on the heels of the La Liga leaders when a Cedric Bakambu double secured a 2-0 win at home to Sporting Gijon on Sunday as Gary Neville was again denied a debut victory with Valencia in Spain’s top flight. Villarreal occupy Spain’s fourth Champions League qualification berth with half the season played, the position Valencia and Singapore ... Read More »

Donald considered quitting golf after confidence crisis

Golf – The British Masters – Woburn Golf Club – 10/10/15England’s Luke DonaldAction Images / Alex Morton/Files Former world number one Luke Donald considered quitting professional golf last May after a slump in form and a crisis of confidence dropped him out of the world’s top 50 for the first time in more than a decade. The 38-year-old Englishman topped ... Read More »

Bouchard heads to Melbourne Park with low expectations

Tennis – Aegon International – Devonshire Park, Eastbourne – 23/6/15Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard during a press conference after victory in the second roundAction Images via Reuters / Henry BrowneLivepic/Files Former golden girl Eugenie Bouchard is heading into the Australian Open with “zero expectations” of success after a year plagued by injury and poor form. Following a breakout year in 2014, the ... Read More »

Focus or you’re out, Ranieri tells Leicester players

Football Soccer – Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth – Barclays Premier League – King Power Stadium – 2/1/16Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri Action Images via Reuters / Alex MortonLivepic Leicester City’s over-achieving players will be sold if they lose their focus and slide down the table in the second half of the Premier League season, manager Claudio Ranieri said. The Foxes ... Read More »

Zidane a change for the better at Real, Modric says

Football Soccer – Real Madrid v Deportivo Coruna – Spanish Liga BBVA – Santiago Bernabeu stadium, Madrid, Spain – 9/1/16 Real Madrid’s new coach Zinedine Zidane in action REUTERS/SUSANA VERA Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric believes Saturday’s 5-0 drubbing of Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga in Zinedine Zidane’s debut as coach shows the former Real and France great is ... Read More »

Five-goal Napoli go top after Inter lose at home

Football Soccer – Inter Milan v Sassuolo – Italian Serie A – San Siro stadium, Milan, Italy 10/01/16 Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi (L) celebrates with his teammate Sime Vrsaljko after scoring a penalty against Inter Milan REUTERS/STEFANO RELLANDINI Domenico Berardi converted a penalty in the fifth minute of injury time on Sunday to give Sassuolo a shock 1-0 win away to ... Read More »

Wawrinka brushes past Coric for Chennai hat-trick

World number four Stan Wawrinka cruised past Croatian teenager Borna Coric 6-3 7-5 to claim his third successive Chennai Open title on Sunday. The top-seeded Swiss defeated the 19-year-old Coric, the youngest ATP World Tour finalist since Kei Nishikori at Delray Beach in 2008, to win his fourth title in six years in the Southern Indian city of Chennai. Wawrinka, ... Read More »

Swansea knocked out in first FA Cup giant-killing

Football Soccer – Oxford United v Swansea City – FA Cup Third Round – Kassam Stadium – 10/1/16Oxford players celebrate their win at the end of the gameAction Images via Reuters / Tony O’BrienLivepic ┬áPremier League Swansea City fell victims to the first major giant-killing of the FA Cup third round on Sunday when they lost 3-2 away to League ... Read More »

Where should Dhoni bat in ODIs?

What did Don Bradman’s duck in his last Test innings tell us? Exactly what Sachin Tendulkar’s middling last year of international cricket did. That in spite of all their herculean successes, both of them were human and as fallible. They might have performed like superheroes for the majority of their careers, but under their capes, they were flesh and bone ... Read More »

West Indies climb to No. 1 in T20 rankings

West Indies have claimed the No. 1 spot in the ICC T20 rankings after Sri Lanka, who had largely occupied the top rung since they won the World T20 in 2014, were caned by New Zealand in Auckland on Sunday. West Indies have 118.36 rating points, and are now marginally ahead of both Sri Lanka and Australia who have exactly ... Read More »