Fergie apologises for national anthem performance

After receiving a backlash over her national anthem performance at the NBA All-Star Game, singer Fergie has issued a formal apology. “I’ve always been honoured and proud to perform the national anthem and last night (Sunday) I wanted to try something special for the NBA. I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t …

Lazio emerge from bad patch with 2-0 win over Hellas Verona

Lazio defeated relegation-bound Hellas Verona 2-0 to end a three-match losing streak and vault over Inter Milan into fourth place in the Serie A football championship. The protagonist for Simone Inzaghi-coached Lazio was centre-forward Ciro Immobile, who scored a brace in the 55th and 60th minutes on Monday, reports Efe. Despite the obvious superiority of …

Arsenal signs record 5-year sponsorship deal with Emirates airline

Arsenal signed a record sponsorship deal for another five years with their current partner Emirates airline, the English Premier League club announced on Monday. The London club and the Dubai-based airline first signed a sponsorship contract in 2006, and on Monday extended the deal until the end of the 2023/2024 season for an undisclosed sum, …

Chinese club Beijing Guoan signs Las Palmas’ Jonathan Viera

Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan on Monday reached an agreement with Las Palmas to sign Spaniard Jonathan Viera, the La Liga club announced on its website. Las Palmas retains 30 percent of any future transfers, as well as incentives in the event the Chinese club were to win any tournament, the Spanish club stated, …

CAS confirms investigation into Russian athlete’s doping case

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday announced that it has opened a case for possible doping involving an Olympic athlete from Russia who won bronze in the mixed doubles curling at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. The CAS confirmed in a statement released on Monday that its anti-doping division had opened a new …

Lorentzen breaks Olympic record to take 500m speed skating gold

Norway’s Havard Lorentzen broke an Olympic record to take gold in the men’s 500m speed skating at the PyeongChang Winter Games on Monday. Lorentzen’s time of 34.41 seconds beat the previous record, set by Casey Fitzrandolph in Salt Lake City in 2002, by just 0.01 seconds, reports Efe. Local favourite Cha Min Kyu followed in …

Indonesia aims to complete Asian Games preparations by June

The government of Indonesia says it expects to finish all preparations for the Asian Games, including infrastructure construction, match preparation and other measures by June, Vice President Jusuf Kalla confirmed here on Monday. Kalla revealed that all work, including construction of sporting venues, in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta and in Palembang city, the provincial capital of …

Barcelona aim to stay unbeaten in difficult Chelsea test (Preview)

Catalan football powerhouse FC Barcelona aim to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they face a difficult trip to play Chelsea in the first leg of their last 16 UEFA Champions League tie on Tuesday night. Barcelona visit London unbeaten after 24 games in the La Liga, bettering the previous best start to …

Super Cup qualifiers to start on March 12, final on April 22

The final round of the much-anticipated Super Cup will be played between March 31 and April 22 while the qualifiers for the same are slated to take place between March 12-31, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said in a statement. After the AIFF League Committee meeting at the Football House here, the members decided …

I-League: Minerva look to get back to top with win over Gokulam (Preview)

After suffering a defeat at home to East Bengal, Minerva Punjab FC will look to come back to winning ways and get closer to the I-League silverware when they take on seventh-placed Gokulam Kerala FC at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium here on Tuesday. Gokulam are in blazing form after beating both the Kolkata powerhouses …

Chinese Vice Premier to attend PyeongChang Olympics’ closing ceremony

Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong will attend the upcoming closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics as the President’s envoy, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Monday. Liu had previously served as vice president of the Beijing 2008 Olympics Organising Committee and is the official responsible for the portfolios of sports, culture and health …

Northeast coach Grant urges AIFF to improve refereeing standards

Unhappy with the standard of refereeing during their Indian Super League (ISL) matches, Northeast United head coach Avram Grant on Monday urged the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to conduct a thorough feedback procedure and analyse the performance of the referees for the betterment of the tournament. In their last game and already out of …

Federer claims top spot, becomes oldest ever ATP World No. 1

Switzerland’s Roger Federer became the oldest ever World No. 1 in the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals world singles rankings released on Monday after his victory at the Rotterdam Open. Unseating Spain’s Rafael Nadal, the 36-year-old reclaimed the top spot for the first time since October 29, 2012, reports Efe. On Sunday, the 20-time Grand …

Reported doping case may affect Russian athletes’ flag future

A reported doping case involving a Russian athlete could affect whether or not his team will march behind the Russian flag at the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Russian media reported that traces of the banned substance meldonium were found in the A-sample of Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, who won a bronze medal …

Ice hockey body to consider keeping joint Korean team for next Olympics

Ice hockey’s global governing body said on Monday that it will consider keeping the joint Korean women’s team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), said at a press conference that he feels “very, very happy” about how the unified team has come together to …

Thiem wins 2nd Argentina Open; Molteni-Zeballos prevail in doubles

Austria’s Dominic Thiem claimed his second Argentina Open title, defeating Slovenia’s Aljad Bedene 6-2 and 6-4, while Argentina’s Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos topped Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in doubles. Thiem, 24, on Sunday needed just an hour and 30 minutes to knock off Bedene in the clay-court final, adding his ninth …

Norway takes two golds to top medals table at Winter Olympics

Snow sports powerhouse Norway grabbed two gold medals on Sunday to top the medals table at the Winter Olympic Games here. Norway, the cross-country-crazed nation, first saw its 16-year gold medal drought in the men’s 4×10-kilometre relay come to an end, and then claimed another gold through Oystein Braaten in freestyle skiing men’s slopestyle, reports …