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Real miss chance to widen lead

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during their match against Villarreal. 	— AFP

Real Madrid missed the chance to move four points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga after being held to a 1-1 draw by Villarreal on Sunday.

Chelsea capture League Cup

  Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho celebrates on the pitch as his players pose with trophy following their League Cup triumph—AFP

John Terry set Chelsea up for a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s League Cup final as Jose Mourinho claimed the first trophy of his second stint as manager of the London-based outfit.

World Cup 2015: Proteas challenge for Ireland

 South Africa’s Farhaan Behardien at a training session in Canberra, the eve of their Pool B match against Ireland— AFP

Ireland go into Tuesday’s World Cup clash against South Africa in Canberra faced with a question that even fanciful Test nations have struggled to find an answer for.

Swing kings hope to check run riot

Mitchell Starc

Prior to this World Cup, there were plenty of pundits forecasting the tournament would descend into an orgy of run-scoring, with bowlers reduced to cannon-fodder.

Pat Cummins to miss Afghan match


Australia’s Pat Cummins is set to miss Wednesday’s World Cup clash against Afghanistan after the fast bowler’s latest injury setback, Cricket Australia said on Monday.

World Cup 2015: Maxwell mocked for ‘choke’ gesture


Australia’s Glenn Maxwell was both mocked and praised on Monday after video emerged of him making a ‘choking’ gesture just moments before Kane Williamson launched the giant six that won Saturday’s Wor

After quake, Japanese dancers samba their way out of depression

Megumi Kudo (centre) with her mother Taeko in Rio de Janeiro. —AFP

When she sways to the sensual beat of samba, Megumi Kudo also heals the wounds in her mother’s heart from a huge earthquake that shattered their home city in Japan 20 years ago.

Snazzy smartphones to challenge Apple


Several big Asian phone companies launched new high-end smartphones and other wireless gizmos on today, hoping to challenge US giant Apple in a big year for wireless gadgets.

Smog film goes viral in china with 155 million views

An online documentary on China’s notorious smog has become a viral sensation with more than 155 million views just one day after it was released, state media said Monday.

Wild ponies ride to rescue of Czech ecosystem


Wild ponies vanished from Czech soil thousands of years ago but are now making a comeback thanks to an imported herd that conservationists hope will rescue an unique ecosystem.

There always comes a time when you have to heed Jesus who said: “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” So this time I will render unto the finance m

The devil, they say, is in the details. There is a world of difference between the Budget speech of Arun Jaitley, peppered with smart announcements, and the real numbers in the Budget documents.