Manuel Neuer cautious over Ballon d`Or prospects
Manuel Neuer cautious over Ballon d`Or prospects

Germany`s World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on Friday played down his prospects of securing the World Player of the Year award over holder Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Terry and Costa keep Chelsea top of tree
Terry and Costa keep Chelsea top of tree

Chelsea showed why they are the Premier League leaders with a comprehensive 2-0 dismissal of London neighbours West Ham United in Friday`s early Boxing Day fixture.

Time is running out for Shane Watson: Allan Border
Time is running out for Shane Watson: Allan Border

World Cup winning former Australian captain Allan Border is extermely critical of senior cricketer Shane Watson's inconsistent performance and fears that time might just be running out for the 33-year-old all-rounder, rated as one of the best players of his time.

Michael Clarke impressive in Channel 9 commentary 'debut'
Michael Clarke impressive in Channel 9 commentary 'debut'

His cricketing future may be under cloud of doubt after his latest hamstring injury but a dapper Michael Clarke was impressive in his 'debut' as a media pundit for the 'Channel 9' network during the third cricket Test that got underway.

Goa hoping to carry forward ISL success to Federation Cup
Goa hoping to carry forward ISL success to Federation Cup

The Goa Football Federation (GFA) is confident of hosting a successful Federation Cup despite hurdles the once popular tournament faces.

Delhi lad Rashid Khan equals RCGC record
Delhi lad Rashid Khan equals RCGC record

Delhi lad Rashid Khan equalled the Royal Calcutta Golf Club course record with a phenomenal nine-under 63 to jump to second place from overnight tied 14th on day two of the McLeod Russel Tour Championship here on Friday.

Mayur Mehta's swim feat recognised by records book
Mayur Mehta's swim feat recognised by records book

Swimmer Mayur Mehta's feat of crossing the shark-infested Strait of Gibraltar 15 years ago as a 15-year-old has been recognised by Limca Book of Records in its 2014 edition.

India vs Australia, 3rd Test - Day 1: Statistical highlights
India vs Australia, 3rd Test - Day 1: Statistical highlights

Statistical highlights of the opening day's play in the third India-Australia cricket Test here on Friday.

Midfielder Arata Izumi to lead Pune FC in Federation Cup
Midfielder Arata Izumi to lead Pune FC in Federation Cup

Long-serving midfielder Arata Izumi will lead a 20-member Pune FC squad at the 36th edition of Federation Cup football tournament commencing in Goa on December 28.

South Africa vs West Indies: Alviro Petersen goes early as Proteas make pedestrian start
South Africa vs West Indies: Alviro Petersen goes early as Proteas make pedestrian start

South Africa made a slow start to the second test against West Indies, reaching lunch on 68 for one following the loss of struggling opener Alviro Petersen at St George`s Park on Friday.

West Ham rib Chelsea with `19th-century` tweet
West Ham rib Chelsea with `19th-century` tweet

West Ham United poked fun at Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho with a tongue-in-cheek Twitter message ahead of the teams` Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Friday.

Manuel Pellegrini sets Manchester City target of 87 points to retain EPL title
Manuel Pellegrini sets Manchester City target of 87 points to retain EPL title

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has set Manchester City a target of 87 points to retain their English Premier League (EPL) crown.

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka: Craig McMillan dubs Brendon McCullum 'most destructive'
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka: Craig McMillan dubs Brendon McCullum 'most destructive'

New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan Friday described skipper Brendon McCullum as the most destructive batsman to have played for his country after the right-hander blasted a 74-ball ton against the Sri Lanka in the opening day of the first Test here.

Mumbai FC rope in Rafi, Lawrence for upcoming I-League
Mumbai FC rope in Rafi, Lawrence for upcoming I-League

Former India football captain Climax Lawrence and striker Mohammed Rafi have been retained by their I-League club Mumbai FC for the upcoming edition of the championship, starting January 17.

Ankita Raina downs Romanian qualifier to enter NECC-ITF final
Ankita Raina downs Romanian qualifier to enter NECC-ITF final

India's top woman singles player Ankita Raina, the fourth seed, entered her third USD 25,000 event final when she ousted Romanian qualifier Cristina Ene in three sets in the semi-finals of NECC-ITF tennis tournament at the Deccan Gymkhana here on Friday.

Centenary of Christmas truce remembered in poetry
Centenary of Christmas truce remembered in poetry

The 100th anniversary of the Christmas truce during World War I has been remembered with a video featuring a poem recited by past and present players, managers and officials across England.

QPR's Rio Ferdinand hoping to be busy during holiday fixtures
QPR's Rio Ferdinand hoping to be busy during holiday fixtures

After nearly 20 years spent working through the Christmas holidays Rio Ferdinand could be forgiven if he wanted to put his feet up and enjoy the fruits of his long career.

500 Christmas gift baskets for children; other side of controversial Luis Suarez
500 Christmas gift baskets for children; other side of controversial Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez is not all about biting, diving and racism charges. On the eve of Christmas, the Barcelona star showed his humane side by sending gift baskets for children and families at a hospital in Uruguay.

Missing striker Nile Ranger listed as wanted by Blackpool
Missing striker Nile Ranger listed as wanted by Blackpool

English football club Blackpool's striker Nile Ranger was reported to have gone missing for two weeks.

Indian boxers pack a punch but administrative mess continues in 2014
Indian boxers pack a punch but administrative mess continues in 2014

Inside the ring, the men and women who mattered gave their blood, sweat and tears to conquer adversity with elan but outside, sparring for power continued to cast a shadow on Indian boxing in a year which was sparkling in parts but also blighted by some unsavoury controversies.