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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

Fifa wants Iran to end its ban on women entering stadiums that breaches international soccer statutes prohibiting discrimination (Photo: Reuters)
Fifa wants Iran to end its ban on women entering stadiums that breaches international soccer statutes prohibiting discrimination (Photo: Reuters)

Women can attend qualifiers, Iran assures Fifa

  • Iran has barred female spectators from stadiums since 1981
  • Fifa had demanded Iran allow women free unlimited access to stadiums following the ‘Blue girl’ incident where a woman killed herself after being arrested trying to access a stadium

The proposal for qualifying races would see the cars lining up in reverse championship order with the overall points leader last (Photo: AP)
The proposal for qualifying races would see the cars lining up in reverse championship order with the overall points leader last (Photo: AP)

F1 weighs qualifying races for 2020, drivers slam idea

  • Current rules make overtaking difficult and the finishing order varies little from the starting grid
  • Formula One qualifying takes place in three phases over an hour on Saturday under the current format

European football has evolved over the last decade. Some top clubs have adapted, some are still finding their feet (Reuters file)
European football has evolved over the last decade. Some top clubs have adapted, some are still finding their feet (Reuters file)

How European football changed in the last decade

Top teams in all five leading European football leagues are showing two shifts: short passes over long balls, open play over set-pieces

Virat Kohli is 34 rating points behind Steve Smith. (Photo: AP)
(Photo: Reuters)
Australia's Steve Smith hits a four.  (Reuters)
The 30-year-old remembered 2016 T20 World Cup match against Australia and said that Dhoni made him run like in fitness test. (@imVkohli)
The 30-year-old remembered 2016 T20 World Cup match against Australia and said that Dhoni made him run like in fitness test. (@imVkohli)

With Dhoni picture tweet sparking rumours, Kohli learns a social media lesson

  • For Virat Kohli, the T20 International against Australia was one match he has not really talked about much in last three years unlike his other knocks
  • The 30-year-old remembered 2016 T20 World Cup match against Australia and said that Dhoni made him run like in fitness test

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Indian Cricket Coach Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma arrive for a ceremony, wherein Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium will be renamed as Arun Jaitley Stadium, and a pavilion stand at the stadium will be renamed after Virat Kohli, in New Delhi on Thursday.  (ANI )
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Indian Cricket Coach Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma arrive for a ceremony, wherein Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium will be renamed as Arun Jaitley Stadium, and a pavilion stand at the stadium will be renamed after Virat Kohli, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI )

DDCA renames Feroz Shah Kotla as Arun Jaitley stadium

  • Cricketer-turned-politician Chetan Chauhan also paid rich tribute to Arun Jaitley
  • DDCA also unveiled a new pavilion stand at the Feroz Shah Kotla after skipper Virat Kohli

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

Dhoni not retiring, confirms BCCI chief selector

  • A deluge of speculations emerged after India skipper Virat Kohli shared his image along with Dhoni on Twitter
  • In the Test squad, Rahul has failed to find a spot while Shubman Gill has been named in the squad

Federer, Nadal and Djokovic remain most successful players, with the highest win percentage this year (Photo: Reuters)
Federer, Nadal and Djokovic remain most successful players, with the highest win percentage this year (Photo: Reuters)

The chinks in Federer's armour

While Federer’s service game remained stronger than his rivals, his performance in high-pressure situations was what sold him short in Grand Slams

Former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott (File photo: Reuters)
Virat Kohli embraces Rohit Sharma after a match (File photo: Reuters)
Virat Kohli embraces Rohit Sharma after a match (File photo: Reuters)

Difference of opinion cannot be seen as conflict: Shastri on Kohli-Rohit rift

  • Shastri, who was reappointed as as coach last month, argued that Rohit would not have scored five hundreds in the World Cup if there were serious differences between him and Kohli
  • Ahead of the team's departure to the Caribbean, Kohli too had dismissed the reports of rift

Cricketer Dinesh Karthik. Photo: PTI (PTI)
Australia's Josh Hazlewood celebrates taking the wicket of England's Craig Overton to win the match and retain the Ashes (Photo: Reuters)
Australia's Josh Hazlewood celebrates taking the wicket of England's Craig Overton to win the match and retain the Ashes (Photo: Reuters)

Joe Root says Test defeat 'hard to take' as Australia retain Ashes

  • England, set a huge target of 383 to win at Old Trafford, were bowled out for 197 following some spirited lower-order defiance
  • Root hailed Steve Smith, who has scored an astonishing 671 runs at an average of 134.2, including three hundreds in the series

Bianca Andreescu of Canada with the US Open championship trophy after beating Serena Williams of the USA in the women's singles final on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on Saturday (Photo: Reuters)
Bianca Andreescu of Canada with the US Open championship trophy after beating Serena Williams of the USA in the women's singles final on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on Saturday (Photo: Reuters)

Canada toasts 'Queen B' Andreescu after major triumph

  • All of Canada, it seemed, was clinging on to Andreescu's every shot during a bold performance in which she dominated rallies with punishing groundstrokes to overwhelm Serena in straight sets
  • The 19-year-old's triumph dominated front pages across the country

A file photo of M.S. Dhoni (Photo: Getty Images)
A file photo of M.S. Dhoni (Photo: Getty Images)

Selectors should have proper talk on Dhoni's future: Kumble

  • Kumble has also said that Rishabh Pant has shown a lot of ability to be a regular at least in the T20 format
  • Kumble also said that if Dhoni is really in the scheme of things for the T20 World Cup next year, he should be playing every game

The BCCI got a screen grab of Karthik seen wearing Trinbago Knight Riders jersey and relaxing in the dressing room along side Brendon McCullum. (PTI)
The BCCI got a screen grab of Karthik seen wearing Trinbago Knight Riders jersey and relaxing in the dressing room along side Brendon McCullum. (PTI)

BCCI issues showcause notice to Dinesh Karthik for attending CPL match

  • Karthik was seen in Trinbago Knight Riders dressing room and attending their opening CPL match against St Kitts & Nevis in Port of Spain
  • Karthik didn't seek any permission from the BCCI to attend the event in the West Indies

Virender Sehwag at the HT-MintAsia Leadership Summit 2019 in Singapore
Virender Sehwag at the HT-MintAsia Leadership Summit 2019 in Singapore

Be you, celebrate and enjoy the game: Virender Sehwag

  • 'More than technique and method, I concentrated on ball and hitting, which gained me a name,' said former Indian batsman at HT-MintAsia Leadership Summit 2019 in Singapore
  • 'I can look like Sachin, play like him but cannot perform like him. I changed my style of play once I realised this,' said Sehwag

Steve Smith celebrates his century at Old Trafford.  (Action Images via Reuters)