Lookahead: No mega events but plenty on the sporting menu in 2015
Lookahead: No mega events but plenty on the sporting menu in 2015

The lack of an Olympics or a soccer World Cup deprives 2015 of a single global focus for sports fans but a rich calendar of international events has more than enough world class action to satiate even the most refined palate.

New Zealand beat Pakistan to take series 3-2
New Zealand beat Pakistan to take series 3-2

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 68 runs in the fifth and final day-night international in Abu Dhabi on Friday, taking the five-match series 3-2.

James Rodriguez fit, Sergio Ramos doubtful for Club World Cup final
James Rodriguez fit, Sergio Ramos doubtful for Club World Cup final

Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez is available for Saturday`s Club World Cup final against San Lorenzo but centre back Sergio Ramos needs a late fitness test, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.

Fighting Sepp Blatter says he will not abandon FIFA
Fighting Sepp Blatter says he will not abandon FIFA

Sepp Blatter declared FIFA`s crisis to be over on Friday and said he would not abandon soccer`s governing body.

US swimmer Michael Phelps sentenced to 18 months probation for drunken driving
US swimmer Michael Phelps sentenced to 18 months probation for drunken driving

American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was sentenced on Friday to 18 months probation and a year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to drunken driving.

Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor returns from compassionate leave
Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor returns from compassionate leave

Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has returned from compassionate leave and is available for Saturday`s Premier League match against Burnley, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday.

Alastair Cook set to be axed as England`s World Cup captain: Reports
Alastair Cook set to be axed as England`s World Cup captain: Reports

Alastair Cook is set to be dismissed as captain of England`s one-day team ahead of the World Cup after the opener`s miserable run of form, according to reports on Friday.

Strikerless Manchester City need new approach against Crystal Palace: Manuel Pellegrini
Strikerless Manchester City need new approach against Crystal Palace: Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, without three first choice strikers, has urged his side to conjure up an alternative way of beating Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

South Africa vs West Indies: Vernon Philander shines as Proteas close in on victory
South Africa vs West Indies: Vernon Philander shines as Proteas close in on victory

Vernon Philander took five wickets as South Africa closed in on victory having reduced West Indies to 76 for two in their follow-on innings at the close of play on day three of the opening test on Friday.

David Moyes demands mental toughness from Real Sociedad players
David Moyes demands mental toughness from Real Sociedad players

Real Sociedad need to toughen up mentally if they are to reverse a poor away record when they travel to Valencia to face Levante in La Liga on Saturday, according to coach David Moyes.

Pope wishes Rome luck on Olympic bid but jokes "I won''t be around"
Pope wishes Rome luck on Olympic bid but jokes "I won''t be around"

Pope Francis on Friday wished Rome luck for its bid to host the 2024 Olympics, which may include some events in the Vatican, but then joked that he would not be around to enjoy them.

Chelsea unflustered by Manchester City surge, says Jose Mourinho
Chelsea unflustered by Manchester City surge, says Jose Mourinho

Chelsea will have no cause for concern if they are joined at the top of the Premier League by Manchester City, despite letting a healthy lead slip, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.

FIFA ethics committee has created problems, admits Sepp Blatter
FIFA ethics committee has created problems, admits Sepp Blatter

FIFA`s reformed ethics committee has created problems as well as solving them and needs to speed up its work, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

India vs Australia: 2nd Test, Day 3 - Statistical highlights
India vs Australia: 2nd Test, Day 3 - Statistical highlights

Statistical highlights on the third day of the second cricket Test between India and Australia here Friday.

Shiv Kapur in joint lead at Dubai Open golf
Shiv Kapur in joint lead at Dubai Open golf

Shiv Kapur birdied two of his last three holes in the second round to take a share of the midway lead at the inaugural Dubai Open golf tournament here on Friday.

IOA to fund NSFs, state units; reward for CWG, Asiad medalists
IOA to fund NSFs, state units; reward for CWG, Asiad medalists

Indian Olympic Association on Friday laid out a plan to improve its financial condition by deciding to attract corporate sponsorship to fund the national sports federations and state Olympic bodies while also announcing cash rewards for medal winners of the 2014 Commonwealth and Asian Games.

Pakistani players could face stiffer ban: FIH boss Leandro Negre
Pakistani players could face stiffer ban: FIH boss Leandro Negre

The FIH president Leandro Negre on Friday said that disciplinary committee of the parent body could hand out a stiffer punishment to the Pakistani hockey players Md Tousiq and Ali Amjad for making obscene gestures post their Champions Trophy semi-final win against India.

Dilip Vengsarkar bats for DRS after howlers in Tests Down Under
Dilip Vengsarkar bats for DRS after howlers in Tests Down Under

A slew of howlers by umpires in the ongoing India-Australia cricket Test series Down Under has convinced former captain Dilip Vengsarkar to come out in support of the Decision Review System (DRS), a technology whose use has been consistently opposed by BCCI.

MP Ranji player accuses Narendra Hirwani of using abusive language
MP Ranji player accuses Narendra Hirwani of using abusive language

Madhya Pradesh Ranji Trophy cricketer Udit Birla on Friday accused former Test cricketer and current chairman of state's selection committee Narendra Hirwani of using abusive languages over a telephonic conversation regarding his exclusion from the team.