Tennis News Novak Djokovic makes history, thrashes Rafael Nadal to win seventh Australian Open title

first_imgNew Delhi: At the Rod Laver Arena, Novak Djokovic today battled his way past Rafael Nadal, who was playing at his favoured clay, in the Australian Open final with 6-3, 6-2, 6- win. With this extraordinary win, the 31-year-old has now 15 Grand Slam titles under his name.The Serbian world number one dominated the Spanish second seed to win his 15th Grand Slam title in just 2hr 4min on Rod Laver Arena.It put Djokovic, 31, out on his own ahead of Roger Federer and Roy Emerson, who both won six Australian Open men’s singles titles. Djokovic dropped to the court and kissed the ground after vanquishing his greatest rival. No two men have met more often in the Open Era, this was their 53rd meeting, and no pair have pushed one another harder or further. Their only previous final in Australia, in 2012, developed into a record-breaking 5hr 53min slugfest — the longest in Grand Slam history.A repeat of that epic never materialised with Nadal uncharacteristically nervous at the start and Djokovic taking immediate advantage. The Spaniard had not had his service broken since the third set of his first round match but that streak ended in a flash as the Serb came sprinting out of the blocks.Djokovic was in imperious control on his own delivery and won his first four service games without conceding a single point, even inducing Nadal to miss a forehand completely on the way to grabbing the set in 36 minutes. The second set followed a similar pattern, with Djokovic racing through games on his own serve, while Nadal struggled to hold. The pressure told in the fifth game and Djokovic broke again when Nadal hit a lob volley long after an exchange at the net.Djokovic had only conceded two points on serve in the entire match to this point but Nadal had his first sniff at breaking when he got to 30-15 ahead and deuce, twice. Djokovic had to withstand pressure for the first time in the match, overcoming the threat with a roar and a fist pump to go 4-2 ahead. The on-song Serb was so fired up he came straight out and broke Nadal again to go to 5-2 before serving out for a two-set lead with three aces in a row with just 1hr 16min on the clock.The statistics were as telling as the scoreline: Djokovic had served eight aces to Nadal’s one and made just four unforced errors while the Spaniard had coughed up 20. When Djokovic broke again in the third game of the third set it was just a matter of how quickly he would finish off Nadal. The end was swift, as Djokovic withstood one break point at 3-2 before administering the last rites in a flurry of winners off both wings.Victory extended his win-loss record against Nadal to 28-25 and squared the Grand Slam final count between the pair at 4-4.Djokovic has now completed a hat-trick of Slams following his wins at Wimbledon and the US Open. He will go to Paris in May for the French Open seeking to become the only man in the Open Era to win all four majors twice.(With agency inputs) For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Indian Premier League Moeen Ali disappointed at leaving IPL 2019 after Royal Challengers Bangalore stage resurgence

first_imgThe five-match ODI series against Pakistan will begin on May 8.Royal Challengers Bangalore are currently at the bottom of the table.Chennai Super Kings have qualified for the IPL 2019 playoffs. highlights Royal Challengers Bangalore still have a slim chance of reaching the playoffs in the Indian Premier League and will have to win the remaining games and hope other results go their way if they have to reach the top four in the IPL 2019 points table. With Chennai Super Kings qualifying for the playoffs after a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, the fight for the remaining three spots has intensified.When asked as to what has changed for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last four games, Moeen said the presence of Dale Steyn and his ability to take wickets in the powerplay has proven to be a vital factor. “Dale has been a huge impact. We did not take wickets in the powerplays. If you take four wickets in powerplays, most of the time you win matches. He has been a class act. The way he swings the ball is a brave thing to do. Probably that has been the missing factor, which cost us games,” Moeen said.A win for Royal Challengers Bangalore will keep them in the hunt for the playoffs while a loss could end their chances of reaching the last four. However, England will play Pakistan for five ODIs starting from May 8 and it will finish on May 19. Before the ODI series, they will play one Twenty20 International. New Delhi: Royal Challengers Bangalore were staring down the barrel with six consecutive losses. However, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali have all chipped in and ensured Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the next three out of four games. Kohli’s century against Kolkata Knight Riders was well-backed up by Moeen’s blazing 66 while he also chipped in with a crucial cameo against Chennai Super Kings. However, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s next game against Kings XI Punjab will be the last for Moeen as he leaves the IPL in order to prepare for the upcoming ODI series against England, which will be the last tournament before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.“It’s not ideal. I think it’s worse when there are three games to go. If there were 6, 7 games, it was a little more understandable. And knowing that there could be a chance of going through if we win all our games, then you miss out on a potential semifinal and stuff, but I will definitely keep an eye out and see how they are going, hoping that we are winning all our games,” Moeen said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Live Streaming Cricket, AUS vs WI, ICC World Cup 2019: Watch Australia vs West Indies Match Live at Hotstar and Star Sports TV

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Live Streaming Cricket, Australia (AUS) vs West Indies (WI), ICC World Cup 2019 Match at Hotstar & Telecast on Star Sports: In the tenth game of ICC World Cup 2019, West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl and they had the five-time champions in trouble. Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell all fell cheaply thanks to a good spell from Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas and Andre Russell. Steve Smith and Alxe Carey steadied the ship witha partnership of over fifty as Australia staged a revival. West Indies clashed against Australia 12 years ago during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 clash but Australia emerged victorious thanks to a wonderful century by Matthew Hayden.ICC World Cup 2019, 10th match: Australia vs West IndiesWhat time does the live coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Australia vs West Indies start?The 10th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 between Australia vs West Indies will start at 03:00 PM IST.Where will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Australia vs West Indies be played?The clash between Australia vs West Indies in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played atat the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.Where to watch online live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 game between Australia vs West Indies?You can watch the live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Australia vs West Indies on Hotstar from 03.00 PM onwards.When is the game between Australia vs West Indies in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?The game between Australia vs West Indies in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played on Thursday, June 6.Where can I check the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Australia vs West Indies?You can follow Live updates and Live Score on You can watch the live cricket match on Hotstar.Where can I watch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Australia vs West Indies?The match between will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports Select HD. Hindi commentary will be available on Star Sports 1 Hindi. last_img read more

Cricket News ‘Virat Kohli Always Puts….’: How Shoaib Akhtar Praised Indian Skipper

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar praised Indian captain Virat Kohli and said that the current skipper always puts his country before himself and that’s why Team India have emerged as the best team in the world.”I had earlier said that Virat Kohli will become a good captain after the World Cup because he is learning from his mistakes. He is learning well,” Akhtar said in a video posted on his Youtube channel. “He has learnt how to sort out India’s batting order and team composition. Virat Kohli is the best captain in the world but around him, there are so many poor captains.”India has recently registered their historic 11th home Test series win as they defeated South Africa comprehensively in the second match of the ongoing three-game rubber.The former Pakistani speedster also expressed disappointment about mediocre captaincy which is seen in contemporary times. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Washington looks to end streak vs USC

first_imgFAB FRESHMEN: Neither team has been afraid to put the ball in the hands of their freshmen. Onyeka Okongwu, Nick Rakocevic, Isaiah Mobley and Ethan Anderson have combined to account for 54 percent of Southern California’s scoring this season. For Washington, Isaiah Stewart, Nahziah Carter, Jaden McDaniels and Hameir Wright have combined to account for 68 percent of all Washington scoring, including 71 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.OFFENSE FROM ONYEKA: In 24 appearances this season, Southern California’s Okongwu has shot 60.9 percent.BEHIND THE ARC: Washington’s McDaniels has attempted 88 3-pointers and connected on 31.8 percent of them, and is 5 for 17 over his last five games.COLD SPELL: Washington has lost its last five road games, scoring 61.6 points, while allowing 68.8 per game.STINGY DEFENSE: Washington has held opposing teams to 37.8 percent shooting from the field this year, the 10th-lowest percentage among all Division I teams. The Huskies have allowed 39.3 percent from the field over their six-game losing streak, however.___ February 12, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWashington (12-12, 2-9) vs. Southern California (17-7, 6-5)Galen Center, Los Angeles; Thursday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Southern California looks to extend Washington’s conference losing streak to seven games. Washington’s last Pac-12 win came against the Oregon State Beavers 64-56 on Jan. 16. Southern California lost 66-64 to Arizona State on Saturday.center_img Washington looks to end streak vs USC Associated Press last_img read more

San Diego St. faces Boise State in MWC semis

first_img March 6, 2020 .OFFENSIVE THREAT: Malachi Flynn has either made or assisted on 53 percent of all San Diego State field goals over the last five games. Flynn has 37 field goals and 29 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Boise State is 0-5 when scoring fewer than 61 points and 20-6 when scoring at least 61.ASSIST RATIOS: The Aztecs have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Broncos. San Diego State has 42 assists on 73 field goals (57.5 percent) across its previous three games while Boise State has assists on 35 of 68 field goals (51.5 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The stout San Diego State defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 38.5 percent, the 10th-lowest mark in Division I. Boise State has allowed opponents to shoot 44.6 percent through 31 games (ranking the Broncos 267th). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBoise State (20-11, 12-7) vs. San Diego State (29-1, 18-1)Mountain West Conference Tournament Semifinals, Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas; Friday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: A ticket to the MWC championship game is ready to be punched as Boise State and San Diego State are set to square off. In the regular season, San Diego State won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last played on Feb. 16, when the Aztecs outshot Boise State 55.6 percent to 41.2 percent and had seven fewer turnovers en route to a 17-point victory. San Diego St. faces Boise State in MWC semiscenter_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

The Latest: Belgian soccer training sessions suspended

first_imgThe Latest: Belgian soccer training sessions suspended 1:35 p.m.AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak.According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300).The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus. All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date.The league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed.The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___ Associated Press The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus.___1:20 p.m.Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___3 p.m. “Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.___1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region. March 18, 2020last_img read more

CONCACAF president hails Gold Cup

first_imgCONCACAF president Victor Montagliani opened the official event to announce the group-stage matches and complete schedule for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The announcement was held Tuesday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA – first time host of the Gold Cup final.“Gold Cup is pinnacle of our CONCACAF football. Since the inaugural edition in 1991, the competition has produced many memorable moments and equally stunning results,” said Montagliani to the group composed of football and city dignitaries, representatives and head coaches from the qualified nations. “This is a day to celebrate the teams achievements, congratulations to all of you.”The procedures were conducted by CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio. The event featured U.S. national team legend Cobi Jones, San Francisco 49ers President Al Guido, and San Jose Earthquakes President Dave Kaval.The president underscored the competition’s importance to raise competitiveness and further develop the game across the Confederation. Furthermore, he spoke briefly about the ONE CONCACAF Vision, which focuses attention on good governance, football investment, solid leadership and strategic planning.“Our aim is at ensuring that we continue broadening participation for our Member Associations, while increasing competitiveness through development opportunities,” said Montagliani.Fourteen stadiums in 13 metropolitan areas across the United States will host the next Gold Cup to be played from July 7-26, 2017. ( read more

Blasts hit Borussia Dortmund team bus, leaving player hurt

first_imgBORUSSIA Dortmund’s team bus was attacked with explosives yesterday shortly before the start of their Champions League clash with AS Monaco, injuring defender Marc Bartra and forcing the match to be postponed by a day.German police said yesterday they did not know who was behind the attack, in which three explosions went off at 19:15hrs. near the hotel where the team was staying, but said the team appeared to be the target.Prosecutors said a letter had been found near the scene of the blast, but declined to give details of its contents and said it was not clear whether it was authentic.“At this time, it is still not clear what the real background to this act is,” Dortmund police chief Gregor Lange told a late night news conference in the western German city.Police earlier said there had been no risk to the Signal Iduna Park stadium, the largest in Germany, holding more than 80 000 fans, where the first leg of the quarter-final of Europe’s top club soccer competition was due to have been played.Lange said police assumed the team bus was deliberately targeted in the attack as it left the team hotel on the way to the stadium.The devices were placed in a bush alongside the street, Bild newspaper reported, without giving a source. A police spokesman had earlier said “the explosive devices were placed outside the bus”.Windows on the bus were broken but the damage was limited.Dortmund police said earlier on Twitter: “After the initial investigation, we assume that this was an attack using serious explosives.”While the motive was unclear, it revived memories of the November 2015 attacks in Paris that targeted entertainment venues including the Stade de France where France was playing Germany in a soccer friendly.A deadly truck attack at a Berlin Christmas market in December killed 12 people – putting the issue of security at the heart of the national election on September 24, in which Chancellor Angela Merkel is running in a tight battle for a fourth term.A spokesman for Borussia Dortmund said the injured player, Bartra, was being operated on for a broken bone in his right wrist and shrapnel in his arm.“The bus turned into the main street, when there was a huge boom, a real explosion,” Sky television quoted Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki as saying.“I was sitting in the back row next to Marc Bartra, hit by fragments … after the bang, we all ducked.”Bartra, 26, joined Dortmund for 8 million euros ($8.5 million) last year from Barcelona, after coming through the Catalan club’s youth system. He has made 12 appearances for the Spanish national team.Borussia Dortmund’s managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “The whole team is in a state of shock.”The stadium emptied quickly and without incident.AS Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic told Croatian newspaper 24sata: “We are currently in the stadium, in a safe place, but the feeling’s horrible.”Dortmund and UEFA said the match would go ahead today at 1645 GMT.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “I was deeply disturbed by the explosions which occurred tonight in Dortmund.”FIFA president Gianni Infantino said: “The thoughts of every one of us at FIFA are with the people of Dortmund, and the fans of both Borussia Dortmund and Monaco following today’s (yesterday) troubling events.”last_img read more

Slain referee Carabon was destined for great things, says TTFA

first_imgTHE Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has expressed shock and a sense of loss at the untimely passing of TT Pro League and Intercollegiate football referee Kyle Carabon.On Monday night, Carabon was found dead in his motor vehicle near the Tableland High School, off the Naparima/Mayaro Road. The referee, who was 25 years old, had been shot several times. The former football official was also a clerk at National Insurance Board.Head of the TTFA Referees’ Department Wayne Caesar expressed the belief that a part of the tragedy is that the referee had shown plenty of promise where officiating was concerned.“To say Kyle was an up-and-coming referee would be putting it mildly,” Caesar told the Trinidad and Tobago Express.“He was destined to be a FIFA official because at this stage he was proficient in all physical and technical aspects of the tough training regime.”According to reports, Hyland began refereeing approximately five years ago and quickly moved from zonal and community league assignments to join an ‘Elite Group’ of officials which handles the top-flight games in the nation, including the TT Pro League. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.last_img read more