Zidane calls entire squad for Champions League final vs Liverpool

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Thursday summoned all of his 24 players to compete against Liverpool in the upcoming final of the UEFA Champions League in Kiev. Real Madrid is due to take on Liverpool on Saturday at the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in the Ukrainian capital, reports Efe. The Whites are vying for …

Trump cancels N. Korea talks; set back for personal diplomacy (Roundup)

United States President Donald Trump’s cancellation of his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a set back to his personal diplomacy and to the denuclearisation process in East Asia, even as Pyongyang showed it was destroying its nuclear test site. Hours before Trump’s dramatic announcement, North Korea destroyed the site where it …

Red Bull’s Ricciardo sets pace in 2nd free practice of Monaco GP

Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) on Thursday had the fastest time in the second free practice of the Monaco Grand Prix. Ricciardo clocked a best time of 1:11.841, ahead of his Dutch teammate Max Verstappen and Germany’s Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), reports Efe. The F1 World Championship leader and defending champion, Briton Lewis …

Zambia national football team’s coach resigns

Zambian national team head coach Wedson Nyirenda has resigned from his position, the country’s football governing body said on Thursday. “The Football Association of Zambia wishes to announce the resignation of Mr. Wedson Nyirenda as head coach of the Zambia national team with immediate effect,” Ponga Liwewe, the governing body’s general secretary, said in a …

Klopp names Liverpool’s 24-man squad for Champions League final

Liverpool’s head coach Jürgen Klopp on Thursday named the 24-man team traveling to the Ukrainian capital Kiev to take on Spanish giant Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final. There were few surprises on the team sheet which featured stalwart Anfield fixtures such as Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, James Milner and Emre …

India, Netherlands agree to boost trade, cooperate across multiple sectors (Roundup)

India and The Netherlands on Thursday agreed to boost bilateral trade and investment and strengthen cooperation across multiple sectors, including agriculture and food processing, water management and science and technology, following a bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte. Jointly addressing the media with Rutte after attending an India-Netherlands …

Atletico Madrid sign Hernandez from Villarreal

Atletico Madrid have signed a five-year contract with Villarreal’s Spanish midfielder Rodrigo Hernandez, both La Liga sides said on Thursday. Atletico Madrid reached an agreement with Villarreal months ago to sign Hernandez, reports EFE news agency. “Our club has reached an agreement with Villarreal over the transfer of Rodri. The midfielder will be an Atletico …

Real Madrid completes last practice before heading to Kiev

Real Madrid on Thursday completed a light practice that lasted less than 50 minutes in Ciudad Real Madrid, Los Blancos’ training facility in Madrid’s Valdebebas suburb. This was Real Madrid’s last practice in Spain before all available players travel to Kiev, Ukraine for the Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday, reports Efe. Madrid coach …

Watch TV only if you are physically fit, says research

Want to spend more time watching television’ If so, increase your fitness level and grip strength, else the screen time can double the risk of mortality, cardiovascular disease and cancer, warned a study. According to researchers, increasing the levels of strength and fitness may nullify the adverse health effects of spending a large portion of …

Skipper Henderson confident of Liverpool’s chances

Admitting that Real Madrid are the overwhelming favourites for this season’s Champions League final, Liverpool FC captain Jordan Henderson asserted that his teammates may upset the defending champions if they play to their full potential. With 12 European titles to their name, Real Madrid are the most successful team in the competition and Henderson is …

Online tickets sale for Hero Intercontinental Cup starts

The sale of online tickets for the forthcoming Hero Intercontinental Cup which kicks-off at the Mumbai Football Arena from June 1 has started, All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced on Thursday. India begin their campaign on the opening day itself when they take on a resurgent Chinese Taipei with Kenya and New Zealand, the other …

Iniesta signs for J-League’s Vissel Kobe

Spanish international Andres Iniesta on Thursday signed a contract with Japanese football club Vissel Kobe here. After weeks of speculation in the Japanese media surrounding the former Barcelona midfielder’s potential move, hundreds of reporters were in attendance as Iniesta’s transfer was finalized, reports Efe. “Iniesta will be signing up to play with Vissel Kobe after …

Argentina recommends vaccination before going to Russia

Argentina’s Ministry of Health recommended that those traveling to Russia for the World Cup get vaccinated against measles before departing, according to a statement from the Football Association of Argentina (AFA). It is recommended that the vaccination be given at least 10 days before traveling to the World Cup, which will be played from June …

Santa Fe hammers Emelec 3-0, qualifies for Copa Sudamericana

Colombia’s Santa Fe qualified for the Copa Sudamericana tournament after beating Ecuador’s Emelec 3-0. The defeat on Wednesday left the Ecuadorian team at the bottom of Group D and it was also eliminated from the Copa Libertadores, reports Efe. Santa Fe finished third in the group stage with seven points, thanks to the three goals …

Have a happy life: Bollywood celebs wish AB de Villiers on retirement

Bollywood celebrities like Anushka Sharma, Arjun Kapoor and Rahul Bose have wished luck and happiness to South African batsman AB de Villiers, who has announced his retirement from international cricket. AB de Villiers, who featured in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is for South Africa, sprang a surprise when he announced on Wednesday he …

IPL: Buoyant KKR pose tough challenge for heavyweights Hyderabad (Preview)

Despite their dominance throughout the league stages, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will have to bring their best to the table when they take on buoyant Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Qualifier 2 here on Friday. The winner of Friday’s big-ticket game at the Eden Gardens will take on Mahenda Singh Dhoni’s …