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Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. (AP)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. (AP)

From pain to pleasure: Novak Djokovic's rocky road to magnificent seven

  • Djokovic is now just two behind Nadal's total of 17 Grand Slams and five shy of Roger Federer's record of 20
  • Djokovic's ability to thrive among the greats has never been in doubt, but the size of his heart often led to questions

Sean Desai becomes first NFL coordinator of Indian descent
Sean Desai becomes first NFL coordinator of Indian descent

Sean Desai becomes first Indian descent to be named as NFL coordinator

The longest-tenured member of the Chicago Bears’ coaching staff, Desai was hired as a quality control coach in 2013 under Marc Trestman. He worked with defensive backs and linebackers while also assisting on special teams through the 2018 season before being promoted to safeties coach.

A file photo of Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO). (REUTERS)
In watching a Pujara rise above his pain; in watching a team of neophytes, cobbled together with duct tape, perform prodigies, we momentarily rise above our own pain. (Photo: AFP)
In watching a Pujara rise above his pain; in watching a team of neophytes, cobbled together with duct tape, perform prodigies, we momentarily rise above our own pain. (Photo: AFP)

Revenge of the lambs at the Gabbatoir

  • A day of unbelievable cricket at Brisbane can make you, albeit momentarily, forget even the most deeply-felt griefs
  • In no other field of endeavour do you take such selfless delight in the accomplishment of others, in achievements that in actuality make no particular difference to your own lives

Lasith Malinga (Photo: Getty Images)
Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane, left, congratulates teammate Shardul Thakur after dismissing Australia's Tim Paine during play on day four of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia. (AP)
Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane, left, congratulates teammate Shardul Thakur after dismissing Australia's Tim Paine during play on day four of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia. (AP)

BCCI likely to allow 50 percent crowd attendance for England Tests

  • The first two Tests will be held in Chennai, beginning on February 5, while the next two will be played at the renovated stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad

Brisbane: Indian players celebrate after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket test match at the Gabba, (PTI)
**EDS: IMAGE POSTED BY @BCCI ON JAN. 19, 2021**Brisbane: Indian players celebrate after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket test match at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. India won the four test series 2-1. (PTI Photo) (PTI01_19_2021_000066B) (PTI)
**EDS: IMAGE POSTED BY @BCCI ON JAN. 19, 2021**Brisbane: Indian players celebrate after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket test match at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. India won the four test series 2-1. (PTI Photo) (PTI01_19_2021_000066B) (PTI)

BCCI announces 5 crore bonus after triumphant win of India against Australia

  • BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah tweeted within minutes of each other to make the announcement of a bonus
  • India chased down 328 in the final Test to end Australia's 32-year unbeaten run at the Gabba, Brisbane

India overhauled the target with 18 balls to spare in a match that went down to the wire.
Mumbai Indians was also the top scorer in the Brand Strength Index (BSI), with a BSI score of 76.9 out of 100
Mumbai Indians was also the top scorer in the Brand Strength Index (BSI), with a BSI score of 76.9 out of 100

Mumbai Indians registers highest brand value in IPL 2020

  • The team marked its stronghold in the sponsor market by registering a 7.1% spike in its brand value, according to a global brand valuation agency
  • Ever since the inception of the IPL, Mumbai Indians has sustained a growth trajectory clocking a cumulative 69% surge across the 13 editions

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth
Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal  (Photo: AFP)
File Photo: Both the Australian and Chinese races were cancelled entirely last year as the pandemic ripped up the sporting calendar (AFP)
File Photo: Both the Australian and Chinese races were cancelled entirely last year as the pandemic ripped up the sporting calendar (AFP)

Formula One postpones Australian GP, China uncertain

  • Australia was given a new date of Nov. 21 for what would normally be the season-opener in Melbourne
  • China's race in Shanghai was postponed due to ongoing travel restrictions making the scheduled date impossible

Saina Nehwal tests positive for Covid ahead of major tournament (REUTERS)
India's Mohammed Siraj reacts after a ball to Australia's David Warner, right, during play on day three of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. (AP)
India's Mohammed Siraj reacts after a ball to Australia's David Warner, right, during play on day three of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. (AP)

Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj allegedly abused racially, BCCI lodges complaint

  • According to BCCI sources, Siraj was allegedly referred to as a 'monkey' by a drunk spectator in one of stands at the Sydney Cricket Ground, reliving the infamous Monkeygate episode of the Indian team's tour of Australia in 2007-08

Former India cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
BCCI chief and former Team India captain Sourav Ganguly.
Melbourne:Indian supporters wave flags as they cheer their team on during play on day four of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia.  (AP)
Melbourne:Indian supporters wave flags as they cheer their team on during play on day four of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia. (AP)

Thousands to get tested as Australia-India match named possible Covid hotspot

Health authorities said the man in his thirties was not infectious while at the famed Melbourne Cricket Ground on the second day of play

Photo PTI
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