Berbatov, now part of Kerala Blasters for ISL

Kochi: Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has been signed up by Kerala Blasters as their marquee player ahead of the 2017-18 season of Indian Super League, the club announced today. Former Bulgarian international Berbatov, 36, will pair up with his former United teammate Wes Brown in the team co-owned by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. Announcing the arrival of Berbatov, Blasters tweeted from their official handle, “Golden touch,turns

Paul Collingwood to play with Pak in T20

London: Former England all rounder Paul Collingwood has been approached to play in a Twenty20 series in Pakistan next month as part of the campaign to bring top- level cricket back to the country. Collingwood admits he could be willing to take part in the landmark three-match series in Lahore providing security measures are in place. The touring side will be coached by Andy Flower, forming part of the International

Mayweather gets back to ring after two years

Las Vegas: Two years after retiring from boxing, Floyd Mayweather climbs back into the ring on Saturday chasing history and one last mammoth payday. The 40-year-old former welterweight champion will become the first boxer in history to post a perfect record of 50-0, if as expected, he proves too strong for Conor McGregor, the mixed martial arts star fighting in his first ever boxing contest. The 50th bout of Mayweather’s

Milos Raonic pulls out of US Open

New York: Milos Raonic has become the latest top tennis player to pull out of the U.S. Open, saying he had a procedure on his left wrist. The 11th-ranked Canadian, the runner-up at Wimbledon last year, announced his withdrawal from this season’s last Grand Slam tournament on Instagram last night. Raonic says he had “portions of the bone that have been causing the discomfort” removed. The U.S. Open starts Monday.

Spain probe widens a week after deadly attacks

Madrid: One week on from two vehicle rampages in Spain, police today probed the international connections of a terror cell after a suspect admitted the jihadists were targeting monuments in an even bigger attack. Officers carried out new raids Wednesday to root out a possible support network for the men, accused of ploughing vehicles into pedestrians on Barcelona’s busy Las Ramblas boulevard last Thursday and a seaside promenade in the

Qatar restores diplomatic ties to Iran

Dubai: Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran early today, disregarding the demands of Arab nations now locked in a regional dispute with the energy-rich country that it lessen its ties to Tehran. In announcing its decision, Qatar did not mention the diplomatic crisis roiling Gulf Arab nations since June, when Qatar found its land, sea and air routes cut off by its neighbors over Doha’s policies across the Mid-east.

Barca seeking 8.5 mn euros from Neymar

Barcelona: Barcelona are seeking at least 8.5 million euros ($10 million) from Neymar for breach of contract, t h e club said today as the bitter fallout rumbles on from h i s world record 222-million-euro move to Paris Saint- Germain. In this lawsuit, the club demands the amount already paid as a bonus for the renewal of his contract for breach of contract, 8.5 million euros in damages, and

Big win for Chennai Strikers

Ahmedabad: Chennai Strikers and Bengaluru Buddies won their respective ties against Hyderabad Hustlers and Gujarat Kings at the Indian Cue Masters League here, inching closer to secure a place in the semi finals. Strikers’ player Pankaj Advani and Vidya Pillai first beat Lucky Vatnani and Amee Kamani in the mixed doubles snooker, before Advani trounced Amir Sarkosh in the icon match. Pillai teamed up with Pandu Rangaiah to defeat Amee

Pak using India as excuse to support terror groups: US

Washington: Pakistan is using a perceived threat of encirclement by India as an “excuse” to continue its support to terrorists, a Trump administration official has said, dismissing concerns over Indian development activities in the war-torn country. “What India is doing in Afghanistan is not a threat to Pakistan. They’re not building military bases. They’re not deploying troops,” National Security Council (NSC) spokesman Michael Anton said yesterday. This is an “excuse”

Heavy monsoon rains kill 24 people in Pakistan

Karachi: At least 24 people were killed in heavy monsoon rains that wreaked havoc in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi in the last two days, officials said. The rain started on Monday and continued after intervals. The heavy downpour yesterday has since continued in the metropolis of over 20 million people. According to an official of Sindh government the death occurred due to electrocution, drowning and collapsing of buildings.

Trump lashes out at media in Arizona rally

Phoenix: President Donald Trump mounted an aggressive defense today of his response to a deadly far right march in Virginia, using a rally speech to condemn ‘dishonest’ media coverage of his widely criticized remarks. Trump faced bipartisan outrage after blaming “many sides” for violence at the rally in Charlottesville that took the life of an anti-fascist protester. Re-reading his statements following the clashes at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, he