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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

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal during the International Champions Cup soccer match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur in Singapore,  (Photo: AP)
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal during the International Champions Cup soccer match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur in Singapore, (Photo: AP)

Cristiano Ronaldo won't face Vegas rape charge

  • Ronaldo's attorney, Peter Christiansen, wasn't immediately available to comment
  • Prosecutor Steve Wolfson said in a statement Monday that after reviewing a new police investigation, he determined that sexual assault claims can't be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and no charge will be filed

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) sends US boxer Keith Thurman to the mat during the first round of their WBA super world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. - Pacquiao won a 12 round split decision. (Photo by John Gurzinski / AFP)
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) sends US boxer Keith Thurman to the mat during the first round of their WBA super world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. - Pacquiao won a 12 round split decision. (Photo by John Gurzinski / AFP)

Brilliant Pacquiao downs Thurman to capture WBA crown

  • Pacquiao floored Thurman with an electrifying combination in the first round and remained on the front foot throughout a pulsating 12-round duel
  • Although the bloodied Thurman rallied in the later rounds to narrow Pacquiao's lead, the judges scored it in the Filipino's favour

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Ravichandran Ashwin bowls with stationary left arm in TNPL

  • The 32-year-old is known for his different bowling actions from time to time and he was at it again in the Tamil Nadu Premier League
  • Playing for Dindigul Dragons, Ashwin bowled a ball with his left arm not moving at all and to add to the unpredictability he also bowled the ball with his wrong foot

Umpire Dharmasena at World Cup duty
Umpire Dharmasena at World Cup duty

Dharmasena admits his 'error' on six runs awarded on overthrow in WC final

  • Says he did not have the luxury of TV replays at the ground and does not regret the decision he made
  • Dharmasena had signalled to add six runs to England's total, instead of five, when Martin Guptill's throw from the deep raced to the boundary ropes after being deflected off a diving Ben Stokes' bat

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England's Eoin Morgan with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and the World Cup trophy outside number 10 as Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow look on (Photo: Reuters)
England's Eoin Morgan with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and the World Cup trophy outside number 10 as Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow look on (Photo: Reuters)

Not fair to have a result like this: Eoin Morgan on the dramatic World Cup final

  • Hosts England lifted their maiden World Cup owing to a superior boundary count to New Zealand
  • Morgan has also been in touch with Kane Williamson, with the duo trying to make sense of the drama that transpired at Lord's a week ago

A file photo of Sachin Tendulkar (Photo: Reuters)
A file photo of Sachin Tendulkar (Photo: Reuters)

Sachin Tendulkar, Allan Donald inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

  • Sachin Tendulkar became the 6th Indian to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame
  • The previous Indian bigwigs into the ICC Hall of Fame are Sunil Gavaskar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid

File photo: Zimbabwe players celebrate the wicket of UAE batsman Ashfaq Ahmed during their cricket world cup qualifier match at Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe has been suspended from international cricket because of government interference.  (AP )
File photo: Zimbabwe players celebrate the wicket of UAE batsman Ashfaq Ahmed during their cricket world cup qualifier match at Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe has been suspended from international cricket because of government interference. (AP )

ICC suspends Zimbabwe Cricket over 'political interference'

  • The punishment comes after the Zimbabwe Cricket Board was suspended by the government last month and replaced with an interim committee
  • Zimbabwe were due to compete in the men's World T20 qualifiers in October and November

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic (R) holds the winner's trophy and passes runner up Switzerland's Roger Federer (L) during the presentation at the end of the men's singles final on day thirteen of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships in London. (Photo: AFP)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic (R) holds the winner's trophy and passes runner up Switzerland's Roger Federer (L) during the presentation at the end of the men's singles final on day thirteen of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships in London. (Photo: AFP)

With his Wimbledon win, has Djokovic dethroned Federer as the greatest?

In the tricky business of measuring greatness, Novak Djokovic is making a strong case for the title of the greatest men’s tennis player of all time

In our review period, the highest winning home percentage was in the 1996 to 1999 block, of 59%. (Photo: AP)
 England's Ben Stokes shakes hands with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May.  (Reuters )
England's Ben Stokes shakes hands with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. (Reuters )

Ben Stokes likely to be knighted for his World Cup heroics

  • Ben Stokes went on to redeem himself with a superlative performance at the World Cup, amassing 465 runs and claiming seven wickets for England
  • Eleven English cricketers have been knighted for services to cricket till now

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At its peak, an estimated 13.5 million people tuned into the finals between England and New Zealand on Hotstar (Photo: AFP)
England's captain Eoin Morgan (C) holds the World Cup trophy as he celebrates with England's Jason Roy (2L), and England's Jos Buttler after winning the 2019 Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on July 14, 2019. - England won the World Cup for the first time as they beat New Zealand in a Super Over after a nerve-shredding final ended in a tie at Lord's on Sunday.  (Photo: AFP)
England's captain Eoin Morgan (C) holds the World Cup trophy as he celebrates with England's Jason Roy (2L), and England's Jos Buttler after winning the 2019 Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on July 14, 2019. - England won the World Cup for the first time as they beat New Zealand in a Super Over after a nerve-shredding final ended in a tie at Lord's on Sunday. (Photo: AFP)

"Add up jersey numbers to announce winner with highest total": Twitter mocks ICC

  • ICC was the butt of ridicule on the social media platform for letting England lift the World Cup on basis of the number of boundaries scored
  • Both former and current players also chimed in over the rule

England's Ben Stokes during the Super Over Action. (Reuters)
England's Ben Stokes during the Super Over Action. (Reuters)

What Ben Stokes said to Jofra Archer before the start of Super Over

  • England set New Zealand a victory target of 16 runs in the Super over after both teams were tied on 241 after 50 overs
  • Stokes is no stranger to heartbreak in a high-pressure game, having conceded four successive sixes in the T20 World Cup final loss to the West Indies in Kolkata three years ago

London: England's captain Eoin Morgan is sprayed with champagne as he raises the trophy after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019.  (Photo: AP)
London: England's captain Eoin Morgan is sprayed with champagne as he raises the trophy after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Photo: AP)

Twitter interaction between ICC and Wimbledon cuts through the tense moments

  • Novak Djokovic won his fifth Wimbledon title beating Roger Federer in an epic final
  • The Twitter interaction between ICC and Wimbledon provided some relief on a day that was mostly spent by fans biting their nails

England's Jos Buttler celebrates winning the world cup with team mates after running out New Zealand's Martin Guptill (Photo: Reuters)