Boxing legend Ali hospitalized with `mild` pneumonia

Boxing legend Ali hospitalized with `mild` pneumonia

London, Dec 22 - Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital on account of diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia.

Addressing the media, spokesman Bob Gunnell said that the former three-time heavyweight champion, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, was in a stable condition and prognosis was good, the BBC reported.

Not revealing any further details, he also asked that privacy of Ali's family be respected, the report added.

Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1984, three years after his retirement from boxing. (ANI)

Messi, Suarez shines as Barca thrashes Cordoba 5-0

Lionel Messi

London, Dec 21 - Spanish giants Barcelona brushed aside newly-promoted opponent Cordoba 5-0 to close the gap on table leaders Real Madrid to one point as Luis Suarez scored his first goal in the league, with Lionel Messi netting two late brace to clinch an easy win.

Spain forward Pedro gave the Catalans an early lead, before Suarez, who was banned until October for biting, netted a second one shortly after half-time. The lead was further extended by Gerard Pique's stunning header in the 80th minute before Messi netted a brace to register an invincible win before full-time.

Mourinho claims Hazard set to sign new deal with Chelsea

Mourinho claims Hazard set to sign new deal with Chelsea

London, Dec 20 : Chelsea football team manager Jose Mourinho has said that Belgian Eden Hazard is set to sign a new contract with the club and could go on to become one of their greatest players.

Hazard would reportedly sign a five-year contract worth around 2,00,000 pounds-a-week.

Mourinho claimed that Hazard would sign, adding that his club always told him that the situation would finish with a new contract, so he was never worried about that. He also stated that the Belgian has the potential to become a club legend, but warned that he needs to win titles, the BBC reported.

FIFA insists Russia, Qatar will stay as 2018, 2022 WC hosts

FIFA insists Russia, Qatar will stay as 2018, 2022 WC hosts

London, Dec 20 : Despite FIFA executives unanimously agreeing to publish a legally appropriate version of a report into allegations of World Cup bidding corruption, the world football's governing body insisted that Russia and Qatar would stay as hosts of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments respectively.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he asked the executive committee to vote in favour of publishing the report, but he later insisted that there was no reason for Russia and Qatar to lose their rights to stage future World Cups.

Oz beat India by four wickets in second Test to gain 2-0 lead in four-match series

Oz beat India by four wickets in second Test to gain 2-0 lead in four-match seri

Sydney, Dec 20 : Despite an impressive first innings total of 408, the Indian team failed to keep up their momentum against Australia as they lost the second Test by four wickets at the Brisbane Cricket Ground.

Australia currently lead the four-match series 2-0 having won the first Test by 48 runs.

The Australian pace attack headed by spearhead Mitchell Johnson let loose all hell on the Indian squad in the second innings, wrapping the tourists up for just 224 runs.

Joe Hart extends stay at Man City upto 2019 post singing new long-term contract

Joe-HartLondon, Dec 20 - England football team goalkeeper Joe Hart has signed a new contract with Manchester City that would keep extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium until 2019.

Hart, who joined City from Shrewsbury in 2006, said that he is really happy, adding that he has been at City a long time now and he wants to keep that going. He claimed that the club's doing amazing things at the moment, adding that they have created history and they want to keep doing that.

Phelps gets one-year suspended prison sentence post pleading guilty to drink-driving

'Michael Phelps'London, December 20 - American swimming great Michael Phelps has been handed a one-year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to drunken driving.

The 18-time Olympic gold medallist has also been ordered to serve 18 months of supervised probation , which would mean he has to totally refrain from drinking alcohol, the BBC reported.

Earlier in the year, he was also caught driving at a speed of 84mph in a 45mph zone.

ISL final, preview: Atletico de Kolkata vs Kerala Blasters

ISL final, preview: Atletico de Kolkata vs Kerala Blasters

Mumbai - After nearly 10 weeks of exciting action featuring 60 scintillating encounters, a mouth-watering clash between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters promises to provide the perfectly high-voltage finale to the inaugural Indian Super League football tournament here on Saturday.

A dash of cricketing flavour has been added to the contest given that Kerala are co-owned by Sachin Tendulkar and ATK are co-owned by Sourav Ganguly. The two icons are expected to cheer their respective teams from the stands, along with what is expected to be, a sell-out crowd.

Twitter abuzz with calls for KP's recall after selectors remove Cook as ODI captain

'Alastair Cook'London, Dec 20 - Social media exploded after the news of Alastair Cook being removed as England's ODI captain was revealed with selectors handing captaincy reins to Eoin Morgan in a bid to improve their chances at the World Cup next year.

With the ECB making such a big decision on the u-turn, there have been plenty of calls to consider recalling axed batsman Kevin Pietersen to the England team.

Steve Harmison calls timing of removing Cook as ODI skipper 'naughty'

'Steve Harmison'London, Dec 20 - Former England fast bowler Steve Harmison feels that the timing of Alastair Cook's removal as the squad's ODI captain was 'naughty'.

The England and Wales Cricket Board took England's captaincy reins from Cook on Friday, a day before the 15-man squad for the 2015 World Cup was to be announced, naming Eoin Morgan as the new skipper.

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