RugbyU: Hayman laments `politics` blocking Armitage`s England return

 Carl Hayman has hit out at the "political decisions" that could end up barring Steffon Armitage from England duty at this year`s World Cup.

AFC would back any China World Cup bid: Alex Soosay
AFC would back any China World Cup bid: Alex Soosay

China`s hopes of one day hosting a World Cup would receive the full backing of Asia`s governing body more than 25 years after the idea was first mooted, according to AFC general secretary Alex Soosay.

Japan legend Homare Sawa makes cut for sixth World Cup

Homare Sawa, Japan`s all-time leading scorer and most capped international, will play in a record sixth women`s World Cup after battling back from a year-long absence to make the squad for Canada.

Zimbabwe appoint Dav Whatmore as new coach
Zimbabwe appoint Dav Whatmore as new coach

 Dav Whatmore has signed a four-year contract to coach Zimbabwe, the country’s cricket board said on Thursday.

Mohammed Shami officially ruled out of IPL-8
Mohammed Shami officially ruled out of IPL-8

The BCCI on Thursday officially confirmed that India's pace spearhead Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League due to a knee injury sustained during the ICC Cricket World Cup last month.

Chinese soccer faces ping pong challenge, says Sven-Goran Eriksson
Chinese soccer faces ping pong challenge, says Sven-Goran Eriksson

Chinese football could struggle to attract youngsters away from table tennis and badminton and needs a home-grown star playing in Europe before it really takes off, ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson told AFP.

Brazil to host first Indigenous Peoples World Games
Brazil to host first Indigenous Peoples World Games

A year after hosting the football World Cup and a year before staging the Summer Olympics, Brazil is set to stage a new international event -- the Indigenous Peoples World Games.

Hopefully World Cup experience will help India: Sourav Ganguly
Hopefully World Cup experience will help India: Sourav Ganguly

Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said the experience garnered from the recently concluded World Cup in Australia should help the Indians become a better side.

Sepp Blatter says CONCACAF should get extra World Cup slot
Sepp Blatter says CONCACAF should get extra World Cup slot

FIFA president Sepp Blatter`s suggestion on Thursday that the CONCACAF region should be given an extra automatic qualification spot at the World Cup was met with a swift reply from UEFA president Michel Platini.

Jadeja incident affected me during World Cup, says James Anderson
Jadeja incident affected me during World Cup, says James Anderson

England pace spearhead James Anderson says the altercation with India's Ravindra Jadeja during the Trent Bridge Test last year "affected" his performance in the cricket World Cup where he claimed just five wickets in six matches.

Virat Kohli hits out over criticism of Anushka Sharma
Virat Kohli hits out over criticism of Anushka Sharma

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli on Friday lashed out at people for criticising girlfriend and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma for the Indian team's exit from the recently concluded cricket World Cup.

Pure love as Germany hammer Brazil again
Pure love as Germany hammer Brazil again

 Silvia Neid admitted she had fallen in love with her Germany team after romping to a 4-0 friendly win over Brazil in a pre-women`s World Cup friendly on Wednesday.

England will rebound from World Cup debacle: Graeme Swann
England will rebound from World Cup debacle: Graeme Swann

Former England bowler Graeme Swann has predicted a surprisingly bright summer for the national squad at home and has tipped the squad to rebound from their World Cup disaster and beat New Zealand in the upcoming Test series.

James Rodriguez to make Real Madrid comeback
James Rodriguez to make Real Madrid comeback

Colombian World Cup star James Rodriguez will start for Real Madrid against Granada on Sunday after a two month layoff with a foot injury, Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed.

ICC World Cup: New Zealand need Brendon McCullum at helm to keep winning, says Stephen Fleming
ICC World Cup: New Zealand need Brendon McCullum at helm to keep winning, says Stephen Fleming

Brendon McCullum`s inspirational captaincy has lifted New Zealand and the flamboyant batsman should continue leading the side in all three formats at least until next year`s World Twenty20, former captain Stephen Fleming said.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Brendon McCullum receives Sir Richard Hadlee Medal
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Brendon McCullum receives Sir Richard Hadlee Medal

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been awarded Sir Richard Hadlee medal, the country's highest cricketing honour, for his inspirational leadership and exemplary batting at a glittering ceremony, here.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia coach Darren Lehmann defends Brad Haddin, aggression
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia coach Darren Lehmann defends Brad Haddin, aggression

Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann has defended wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and the team`s vocal aggression during their World Cup final win over New Zealand.

Mustafa Kamal resigns as ICC president, makes veiled attack on N Srinivasan
Mustafa Kamal resigns as ICC president, makes veiled attack on N Srinivasan

Days after he was snubbed from the ICC World Cup final post match presentation, Bangladeshi ICC president Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday resigned from his post.

Mitchell Starc to miss start of IPL 2015 due to knee strain
Mitchell Starc to miss start of IPL 2015 due to knee strain

Australian speedster Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the initial few weeks of the forthcoming Indian Premier League due to a knee niggle.

Anshuman Gaekwad wants selectors to persist with current Indian team for next World Cup
Anshuman Gaekwad wants selectors to persist with current Indian team for next World Cup

Impressed by India's good showing in the cricket World Cup, former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad believes the current lot of players should be persisted with and they will deliver in the next 50-over showpiece event in England.