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Posted On June 10, 2016By Akshay LadIn Sports

Euro 2016: A peek at history – football comes home

EURO 1996: The slogan for Euro 1996 was ” Football Comes Home” and with that kind of entitlement, the hosts England needed to deliver in front of their home fans. But their preparations for the event got embroiled in controversy and it involved their star player Paul Gascoigne , aka Gazza. England were knocked out in the semis by eventual winners Germany in a penalty shootout. Germany upstaged edged out the Czech Republic in the final. EURO 2000: Xavier loses the plot: France became the first team to hold theRead More

Posted On June 9, 2016By Akshay LadIn Local, Sports, Top Stories


The International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Wednesday finally declared its verdict in the three-month-long saga involving  Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova and her failed drug test. The federation announced a potentially career-ending two-year suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, meldonium. My initial reaction to the judgment was one of shock, instantly labelling it as “harsh”. After all, Sharapova had only been using the drug illegally for a couple of months (it had been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited substances list on 1 January, 2016, and Sharapova was notified of a positive testRead More
Former Goa Cricket Association (GCA) Treasurer Vilas Desai, who is backed by Sanguem MLA Subash Phaldesai, on Wednesday demanded a thorough inquiry into the misappropriation of funds by the GCA managing committee. Addressing the media, GCA life members and former players, Desai said the government should suspend the GCA committee and appoint an administrator. “An IAS officer needs to be appointed as an administrator and inquire into the scam,” he said. Desai said the fake account scam is just the tip of the iceberg there being many more. Vilas Desai,Read More
Soccer fans flocking to France for the Euro 2016 championship will be able to download a free ‘terror alert’ app that will warn them of an imminent threat if French security services uncover potential danger. The terror alert app project, available in French and English, has been piloted by the French Interior Ministry. The app user has to agree to provide their geolocation to be notified of “unexpected events” related to the ongoing flood situation in France, as well as “in case of a suspected attack,” The Local reports, quotingRead More
Fans were leaving Lyon’s football stadium after a mock Northern Ireland-Ukraine match, when two fake suicide-bombers pretended to blow themselves up in the crowd. Volunteers posing as fans played dead, dozens more were injured, and the crowd panicked and charged. Police rushed to secure the area while paramedics treated victims oozing fake blood. This simulated disaster scene last week was one of at least 30 doomsday scenarios staged by police and emergency services across France in the run-up to the Euro 2016 football tournament, which begins on 10 June. AsRead More
मुख्यमंत्री नाराज फिफा साठी फातोर्डा मैदानाच काम मंद गतीने देशात पहिल्यांदाच होणाऱया युवा विश्व फुटबॉलच्या आयोजनाची संधी गोव्याला लाभली आहे मात्र 2017 साली होणाऱया या फुटबॉल स्पर्धेसाठी उभारण्यात येणाऱ्या साधन सुवूधी मंद गतीने आकार घेत आहे मुख्यमंत्री पार्सेकर यांनी रविवारी या कामाची पाहणी करून नाराजी व्यक्त केलीRead More
Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself “The Greatest” and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, is dead. Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complication “After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,Ali had suffered for three decades from Parkinson’s, a progressive neurological condition that slowly robbed him of both hisRead More

Posted On June 3, 2016By Akshay LadIn National News, Sports, World News

French open finals: Paes vs Sania

Indian tennis stars Leander Paes and Sania Mirza reach mixed doubles finals at the French Open after winning their respective semi-final matches; Paes with Swiss partner Martina Hingis, and Sania with Croatian partner Ivan Dodig, to face each other in final today. India will be looking out for the mixed doubles finals contests that will see the pairs of Paes-Hingis and Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig in action. Interestingly, Mirza and Hingis who played as doubles partners earlier in the tournament will now be across the net. Paes and HingisRead More
In a late night development, Goa police arrested Elano Blumer, captain of ISL winning team Chennaiyin FC, for allegedly assaulting co-owner of FC Goa team Dattaraj Salgaoncar during post-match celebrations here. “Salgaoncar has formally lodged a complaint with us and we have placed Elano under arrest,” Margao police inspector CL Patil told PTI at midnight. The incident occurred during celebrations on the ground after Chennaiyin defeated FC Goa in the final of the Indian Super League. Srinivas Dempo, the second co-owner of Goa, who was present during the incident, saidRead More

Posted On October 30, 2015By Akshay LadIn Sports, Top Stories

ISL: Injury-Hit FC Goa Face FC Pune City

FC Goa are refusing to press the panic button despite his team being hit hard by injuries ahead of their league match against a high-flying FC Pune City in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) here on Friday. FC Goa chief coach Zico confirmed injuries to Joffre Gonzalez, Keenan Almeida, Reinaldo Oliveira, Darryl Duffy and Victorino Fernandes and said marquee player Lucio’s fitness was yet to be ascertained. “We still have to assess Lucio. Yesterday he practiced well with the team but we have to see him in training today,”Read More