45-member Indian shooting squad for World Cup

 A 45-member Indian shooting contingent, among the largest in the competition along with the United States, Russia and China, will look to grabbing as many as possible 2016 Rio Olympics quota berths of the 34 available at the year's first combined (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun) World Cup to be held here from August 8 to 15.

South Africa’s first post-isolation captain Clive Rice dies
South Africa’s first post-isolation captain Clive Rice dies

South Africa`s first captain of the post-isolation era Clive Rice died on Tuesday after battling a brain tumour, local media reported.

The 66-year-old had appeared to be in remission after visiting India earlier this year to receive robotic radiation treatment in Bangalore.

Champions Japan face England threat to World Cup title
Champions Japan face England threat to World Cup title

Champions Japan face a real threat from England as the Asian giants look to keep their Women`s World Cup title defence on track in Wednesday`s semi-final in Edmonton.

Diego Maradona`s father 'Don Diego' passes away
Diego Maradona`s father 'Don Diego' passes away

Diego Maradona`s father "Don Diego" passed away on Thursday, local media reported, with the 87-year-old failing to recover from long-standing coronary and respiratory difficulties.

I regret missing the World Cup game against Australia: Mohammad Irfan
I regret missing the World Cup game against Australia: Mohammad Irfan

Pakistan's seven-feet tall left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan has recovered completely from the injury that had cut short his World Cup campaign but he still regrets missing the quarter-final against Australia in the mega-event earlier this year.

FIFA's woes could be clubs' gain, says Tom Fox
FIFA's woes could be clubs' gain, says Tom Fox

Leading clubs could benefit from the corruption storm engulfing FIFA if the world soccer body fails to clean up its act convincingly, Aston Villa`s American chief executive Tom Fox suggested on Wednesday.

Swedes have not ruled out World Cup boycott, says FA chief
Swedes have not ruled out World Cup boycott, says FA chief

Sweden`s soccer authorities have not ruled out the possibility of a World Cup boycott in the wake of the controversy surrounding the re-election of Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, Swedish FA chairman Karl-Erik Nilsson told Reuters on Monday.

Hong Kong coach fires back in naturalised player row
Hong Kong coach fires back in naturalised player row

Hong Kong coach Kim Pan-gon has told local players to quit moaning and work harder following rumbles of discontent about the number of foreigners in the squad for the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Dale Steyn may cut short Bangladesh tour to focus on 2019 World Cup
Dale Steyn may cut short Bangladesh tour to focus on 2019 World Cup

South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn has hinted that he may not be available for the upcoming one-day international away series against Bangladesh in July, as he wants to be fully fit for the next World Cup.

Film on 1983 World Cup to go on floors in early 2016

 National Award-winning director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan’s next film, based on India’s victory in the 1983 cricket World Cup, will go on floors early next year.

Future bright for Indian football: Mikael Silvestre
Future bright for Indian football: Mikael Silvestre

Former French International Mikael Silvestre on Saturday said his contract with Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League football tournament was over and he's now a 'free player'.

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.