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Ave Maria gallops to exciting victory

Hyderabad, Feb. 1: Favourite Ave Maria, trained by K.S.V. Prasad Raju and ridden by Suraj Narredu, won the telangana Cup, the main event of the races held here on Monday.

‘Dravid’s absence a big blow’

Chennai, Jan. 31: With Rahul Dravid out injured, India will go into their two-match Test series against South Africa without their batting backbone. Since his debut in 1996, Dravid has rarely missed a Test match. The last time he had to sit one out was in December 2005 when he was hospitalised with gastroenteritis during the Sri Lanka series, ending his record run of 93 consecutive Tests.

No referrals in South Africa series

Mumbai, Jan. 31: India has once again chosen not to employ the Umpires Decision Review System for the upcoming home series against South Africa.

Sree hopes to be fit for 2nd Test

Kochi Jan. 31: Paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth said on Sunday that he was fast recovering from a hamstring injury and was hopeful of playing in the second Test against South Africa starting on February 14 in Kolkata.

Ryder reveals untamed past

Wellington Jan. 31: New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has revealed that his wild childhood has been responsible for his sometimes self-destructive behaviour.

Skipper Afridi bites ball, Pakistan dust

Perth, Jan. 31: A wacky moment from Pakistan stand-in captain Shahid Afridi will cost him a spell on the sidelines as Australia completed a 5-0 series whitewash with an incident-filled two-wicket victory at the WACA here on Sunday.

Federer’s sweet sixteen

Melbourne, Jan. 31: Swiss great Roger Federer won his fourth Australian Open and 16th Grand Slam title to deny Andy Murray’s quest for British tennis history on Sunday. Federer’s remarkable level of consistency continued when he mastered the Scottish fifth seed in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (13/11) in two hours 41 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

Paes, Black crowned champs

Melbourne, Jan. 31: India’s Leander Paes kept his promise to Zimbabwean partner Cara Black when they won the Australian Open mixed doubles title on Sunday.

CWG shooting venue hits bulls eye

New Delhi, Jan. 31: The Karni Singh shooting range became the second Commonwealth Games venue after the revamped Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium to be dedicated to the nation by sports minister M.S. Gill here on Sunday.

Adebayor powers City past crisis-hit Pompey

Manchester, Jan. 31: Emmanuel Adebayor signalled his return to the Manchester City starting line-up with the opening goal as City defeated crisis club Portsmouth 2-0 at Eastlands.

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