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FIFA 2026 World Cup to expand to 48 teams

Zurich, Jan 10 : The 2026 football World Cup will be expanded to host 48 teams from the present 32, FIFA’s world governing body announced on Tuesday.

“The FIFA Council unanimously decided on a 48-team #WorldCup as of 2026: 16 groups of 3 teams,” FIFA tweeted after the voting.

The tournament will have an initial stage of 16 groups of three teams. Two teams from ...

Gujarat bowl out Mumbai for 228

Indore, Jan 10: Gujarat bowled out defending champions Mumbai for 228 on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy final here on Tuesday. The doughty challengers were on two for no loss at close of play at the Holkar Cricket Stadium.

Put in to bat, Mumbai openers Prithvi Shaw and Akhil Herwadkar (4) failed to give a good start as Herwadkar was adjudged leg before wicket off pacer Rudra Pratap...

Fan touches Dhoni’s feet during warm-up match

Mumbai, Jan 10: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's popularity has diminished not a whit even after he quit the limited overs captaincy. A devoted fan on Tuesday breached security and ran into the Brabourne Stadium ground here to touch the iconic wicketkeeper-batsman's feet during a warm-up match against England.

As Dhoni officiated in his farewell warm-up match as skipper of India A, a man jumped t...

Odegaard joins Heerenveen on loan until 2018

Amsterdam, Jan 10: Dutch football club Heerenveen presented on Tuesday Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, who arrived on loan from Real Madrid until 2018.

Odegaard told reporters that this loan is the best decision to continue his development. The 18-year-old arrived at Real Madrid on January 22, 2015, from Norway's Stromsgodset and played at Real Madrid Castilla, reports Efe.


Kenyan Olympic medallist to train in Finland

Nairobi, Jan 10: Olympic 400m hurdles silver medallist Boniface Tumuti Mucheru of Kenya will pitch his training camp in Finland, aiming to polish his skills ahead of the World Championships in London in August. The 24-year-old has redefined the boundaries of Kenyan athletes in global championships when he held out strongly to claim silver at the Rio Olympics.

But he now wants to improve...

Barcelona ready for King’s Cup game with tension over referees

Madrid, Jan 10 : Catalan football giants Barcelona have to overcome a 1-2 defeat from the first leg of their King’s Cup pre-quarterfinal when they entertain Athletic Club Bilbao in the Camp Nou stadium here on Wednesday night.

Barcelona go into the game on the back of a 1-1 La Liga draw against Villarreal which left chief coach Luis Enrique commenting that they need Real Madrid to...

West Indies Cricket Board appoints new CEO

St. John’s, Jan 10: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced that Englishman Johnny Grave would take up the position of chief executive officer from February in the hope of expanding its commercial footprint, improve its management, and develop a better relationship with players.

Grave replaces Michael Muirhead in the post, following the Jamaican’s decision to step...

‘Nadal can make a strong comeback’

New Delhi, Jan 10 : Rio Olympic gold medal-winning shuttler Carolina Marin believes her compatriot Rafael Nadal can shake off his recent injury troubles and return to the pinnacle of tennis.

Former World No.1 Nadal has endured a painful 2016 — a wrist injury curtailed his quest for a record 10th French Open, forced him to skip Wimbledon and then continued to trouble him throughout...

Uruguay’s Nacional in talks with Ronaldinho

Montevideo, Jan 10: Uruguay's Club Nacional de Football have made a bid to sign Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho, the club's president has said.

Ronaldinho, 36, has been without a club since parting ways with Rio de Janeiro side Fluminense in September 2015, reports Xinhua news agency.

"We are trying (to sign him), even though it's difficult.

"We have been in talks ...

‘Security threat to foreign cricketers in Pakistan excessive, unmanageable’

London, Jan 10 : The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) chief Tony Irish has described the security threat to foreign players and teams in Pakistan as “excessive and unmanageable”.

Irish’s comments come in light of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) extending an invitation to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to tour the country for two ...

IOA apologises, revokes Life President posts to Kalmadi, Chautala

New Delhi, Jan 10 : The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has revoked the decision to appoint scam-tainted former chiefs Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as its Life Presidents.

In a letter to the Ministry of Sports dated January 9, IOA President N. Ramachandran claimed that the national Olympic body has not passed any resolution to honour the controversial duo.

“In ...

England beat India A by three wickets

Warm-up match

Mumbai, Jan 10 : Riding on Sam Billings' brilliant 93, England defeated India A by three wickets in the first 50-over warm-up match at the Brabourne Stadium here on Tuesday.

Billings, Jason Roy (62), Jos Buttler (46) and Liam Dawson (41) were the major contributors for the visitors, who chased down India's 304-5 with 1.1 overs and three wickets to spare.


India U-17 team beat Belarus 1-0

New Delhi, Jan 10: The Indian U-17 football World Cup squad defeated Belarus U-18 by a solitary goal in their second match of the Granatkin Memorial Cup in Russia on Tuesday.

A 68th minute tap-in by Komal Thatal proved to be the difference between the two sides in a rather drab match where only a few chances were created by both teams.

The first real chance of the match came in ...

Tough day for junior boys at National TT

Vadodara, Jan 10: There was no respite for the top eight seeds in junior boys section as 56 qualifiers joined the total of 64 players in Stage 2 knockout phase of the 78th Junior and Youth National Table Tennis Championships here on Tuesday.

This meant that none of the seeded players was accorded first-round byes at the SAMA Indoor Complex.

On the other hand, the junior girls we...

Jwala unhappy with PBL scoring system

New Delhi, Jan 10: Indian doubles specialist Jwala Gutta on Tuesday appeared critical of the new scoring system adopted by the Premier Badminton League (PBL), saying it will only hamper the technique of the shuttlers.

Jwala, who along with Ashwini Ponappa clinched the gold in women’s doubles in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, said the quality of the game will definitely go down with ...

Villarreal's Musacchio out for six weeks after wrist surgery

Villarreal (Spain), Jan 10 :  Villarreal's defender Mateo Musacchio underwent surgery on the fracture of his right wrist and will be out for the next six weeks, the Spanish football club announced on Tuesday.

The surgery was carried out on Tuesday at a medical centre in Valencia and the medical team at Villarreal confirmed that it was successful and the defender will be discharged ...

Punjab thrash UP to take lead over others

Pro Wrestling League

New Delhi, Jan 10: Punjab Royals maintained their winning streak to clinch the lead over others by defeating Uttar Pradesh Dangal 5-2 in a Pro Wrestling League (PWL) tie at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.

Punjab are now on six points from four matches. They lost the first match of their campaign before registering three consecutive vict...

Want to show Spain there is more than football: Marin

New Delhi, Jan 10 : Rio Olympics gold medallist shuttler Carolina Marin believes her trail-blazing achievements can inspire her fellow Spaniards to choose badminton as a career option in the football-crazy country.

The 23-year-old Marin, the lone European in the top-10 of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings beat India’s P.V. Sindhu in the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics t...

Sakshi to lead Delhi’s challenge against Haryana

New Delhi, Jan 10: Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik will spearhead the Delhi Sultans’ challenge when they take on Haryana Hammers in a Pro Wrestling League (PWL) contest at the K.D. Jadhav Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday.

Delhi skipper Sakshi will take on Tunisia’s Olympic medallist Marwa Amri in the women’s 58kg category bout during Wednesday’s contes...

Dhoni to be felicitated at India-England Eden ODI

Kolkata, Jan 10: India's outgoing limited-overs team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be felicitated by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) when India play their third and final One-Day International match against England here at the Eden Gardens.

Dhoni stepped down as India's ODI and T20I captain recently. Test skipper Virat Kohli has been appointed as Dhoni's successor. The third...

Sharapova set for comeback at Stuttgart in April

Moscow, Jan 10: Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova is set to make her comeback, following a doping suspension, on April 26 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, the tournament organisers announced on Tuesday.

“Fans of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix can look forward to Maria Sharapova making her eagerly-awaited return to professional tennis at the long standing tournament ...

Pakistan court issues arrest warrant against Akram

Islamabad, Jan 10: A local court in Karachi on Tuesday issued arrest warrant against former star cricketer Wasim Akram, after he failed to appear before the court during last 31 hearings of a case. Akram himself had lodged the case in August last year at Bahadurabad police station against Major (retd) Amirur Rehman and others. The court issued bailable warrant against Akram and asked him to appear...

Azharuddin files nomination for HCA president’s post

Hyderabad, Jan 10: Former India cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin on Tuesday filed nomination for the post of president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA). After filing the nomination papers, he exuded confidence of winning the election, likely to be held later this month.

The post fell vacant after Arshad Ayub had to relinquish his post following the Supreme Court verdict on ...

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