McIlroy admits rivals' rise motivates him to improve game

McIlroy admits rivals' rise motivates him to improve game

Johannesburg, Oct.3 : World number three golfer Rory McIlroy has admitted that he is motivated to improve his game after witnessing a rich vein of form displayed by his rivals Jordan Spieth and Jason Day in the just concluded 2015 season.

The Northern Irishman, who ruptured his ankle ligaments in July before being ruled out for the British Open, was dethroned from the numero uno spot behind number two Day and top-ranked Spieth.

Spieth grabbed the Masters and US Open titles, while Day won the fourth and final major of the year at the PGA Championship.

Mirza-Hingis lift women's doubles title at Wuhan Open

Mirza-Hingis lift women's doubles title at Wuhan Open

Wuhan, Oct. 3 - Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis maintained their scintillating run as they clinched their seventh women's doubles title of the year at the Wuhan Open on Saturday.

The top seeded Indo-Swiss pair claimed a 6-2, 6-3 win over the Romanian pair of Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu in the summit clash that lasted one hour and nine minutes.

Mirza and Hingis have won seven women's doubles titles this year, including two Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, since joining forces in March. (ANI)

Djokovic thrashes `misfiring` Nadal in Thai exhibition match

Novak Djokovic

Johannesburg, Oct. 3 - World number one Novak Djokovic claimed a comfortable straight-set win over out-of-form rival Rafael Nadal at an exhibition match in Bangkok aimed at boosting tourism in Thailand.

The Serbian continued his rampaging form as he trounced Nadal 6-4, 6-2 in the sponsored event that lasted over an hour, Sport24 reported.

Relieved Mohammad Amir shows form with seven-for

Relieved Mohammad Amir shows form with seven-for

Karachi : Returning paceman Mohammad Amir took seven wickets in an innings of a domestic match in Multan today, saying he is overjoyed with his progress after being relieved of a spot-fixing ban.

The 23-year left-arm paceman is playing domestic matches as part of his rehabilitation under the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after a five-year ban ended earlier this month.

Along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif he was banned in a 2010 spot-fixing scandal which rocked the cricket world.

Rohit Sharma's maiden T20I ton goes in vain as JP Duminy steers South Africa past India

Rohit Sharma's maiden T20I ton goes in vain as JP Duminy steers South Africa

Dharamsala : Rohit Sharma's blistering century went in vain as South Africa began their long tour of India on a winning note by scripting a thrilling seven-wicket victory in the first Twenty20 International cricket match here.

Sharma (106) notched up his maiden T20 International century to give India a competitive total of 199 for 5 but the visitors rode on some sparkling strokeplay by J P Duminy (68 not out) and A B de Villiers (51) to overhaul the target with two balls to spare and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Smith urges Australia to shift focus on Kiwis

Steve Smith

Johannesburg, Oct.2 - Australia's new skipper Steve Smith has urged his side to switch focus to the upcoming tour against New Zealand after their two-Test matches against Bangladesh was called off due to security concerns.

The 26-year-old batsman said that focus has now moved on preparing for the New Zealand tour as it would be quite challenging to play against the latter, Sport24 reported.

He further described New Zealand tour as a 'magnificent opportunity', adding that he is extremely excited to lead the team against them.

Mata says United in `good shape` post first CL win

Juan Mata

London, Oct.2 - Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has expressed his happiness following his side 2-1 victory over the Wolfsburg in their Champions League clash, saying that his team is in a 'good shape' right now.

Mata said that he feels extremely happy right now, hoping that his team would continue the present form in the upcoming matches, the Daily Express reported.

Earlier, Mata scored an equalizer for United from the penalty spot before setting up Chris Smalling with an assist to claim their first win of the ongoing season.

Man U coach Van Gaal backs `team player` Young post England omission

Louis Van Gaal

London, Oct.2 - Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has backed winger Ashley Young , describing him as a fantastic 'team player'despite him again being omitted from the England squad.

The Dutchman said Young always thought of the team first, and added that he knew his role in the Manchester United squad very well.

Van Gaal admitted that he is really happy with Young's performance and said that the 30-year-old has the quality to play in a lot of positions.

FA gives conditional backing to Platini for FIFA president

Michel Platini

Johannesburg, Oct.1 - The English Football Association has confirmed that they will back UEFA president Michel Platini to succeed Sepp Blatter as a FIFA president, but added that issues surrounding him need to be 'fully examined'.

Platini has been questioned over claims that he received a 'disloyal payment' of two million Swiss francs from Blatter in 2011.

Speaking on the reasons for supporting Platini, the FA board had earlier said that the former is an excellent president of UEFA and he would bring same leadership qualities to FIFA if he succeeds Blatter, Sport24 reported.

Man U claim first Champions League win over Wolfsburg

Man U claim first Champions League win over Wolfsburg

London, Oct.1 - Manchester United claimed their first win of the ongoing Champions League season by sweeping aside Wolfsburg by a 2-1 margin at Old Trafford.

The German side first took a surprise lead during the first half, with midfielder Daniel Caligiuri scoring the opening goal in the fourth minute of the game.

But United midfielder Juan Mata ensured that the hosts got their first points on the board in Group B by scoring a penalty in the 33rd minute, the Mirror reports.

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