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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

The Indian cricket team lost to England by an innings and 159 runs in the second Test at Lord’s. (Reuters)
The Indian cricket team lost to England by an innings and 159 runs in the second Test at Lord’s. (Reuters)

The golden era of results in Test cricket is here

The oldest and longest format of cricket is now alive and kicking. One reason for this is that its tendency to generate a result is at an all-time high

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni being welcomed on his arrival after winning IPL 2018, at the Chennai Airport, in Chennai.  (PTI)
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni being welcomed on his arrival after winning IPL 2018, at the Chennai Airport, in Chennai. (PTI)

IPL: BCCI announces schedule for 2 weeks, CSK to play RCB in opener

  • The opening game has been scheduled for 23 March in Chennai, the BCCI announced in its schedule comprising 17 games
  • A total of 17 matches will be played during this two-week phase across the 8 home venues of the respective franchises

Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Ajax Amsterdam v Real Madrid - Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Reuters)
Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Ajax Amsterdam v Real Madrid - Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Reuters)

Four narratives around Champions League 2019

  • The knockout stages of this year’s Champions League kicked off this week
  • Here is a look at four storylines that could end up defining the title race

This photo from 2018 Formula 1 season shows (L) Charles Leclerc from Sauber F1 Team donning the Alfa Romeo sponsored polo T-shirt and (R) Sebastian Vettel from Scuderia Ferrari. The iconic Italian luxury carmaker Alfa Romeo is  from the same Fiat stable as Ferrari. (Reuters)
This photo from 2018 Formula 1 season shows (L) Charles Leclerc from Sauber F1 Team donning the Alfa Romeo sponsored polo T-shirt and (R) Sebastian Vettel from Scuderia Ferrari. The iconic Italian luxury carmaker Alfa Romeo is from the same Fiat stable as Ferrari. (Reuters)

Return of the car manufacturers to Formula 1

  • With Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo increasing its involvement, Formula 1 will have four carmakers leading a team each for the first time since 2009
  • To win in F1 today, one has to throw money. And mostly, only car manufacturers can do that

Desai making a raid during U Mumba’s match against Jaipur Pink Panthers.(File Photo)
Desai making a raid during U Mumba’s match against Jaipur Pink Panthers.(File Photo)

The rise of kabaddi and the demise of hockey

  • Since the launch of the Pro Kabaddi League, interest in kabaddi has risen and it now competes with football as India’s most popular sport after cricket
  • Kabaddi’s resurgence is also confirmed by another measure: Google Trends

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 in Pune (Twitter)
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 in Pune (Twitter)

Where does centre’s 1,575 crore sports budget go?

Over the last ten years, the share of the national sports federations in the central government’s overall sports budget has tripled

Astra Sharma hits a return at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne (Photo: AFP)
Astra Sharma hits a return at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne (Photo: AFP)

From medicine to tennis: Astra Sharma's fascinating journey 

  • At the end of 2016, she was ranked 974 in WTA singles rankings
  • In just over two years, she has broken into the top 250 women tennis players in the world

The changing geography of Ranji Trophy winners

  • Growing commercialization and changes in formats and rules are broadening the scope of contenders in the premier domestic cricket competition
  • Since 2008-09, as many as 26 teams have made it to the quarter-finals, 18 to the semis, 11 to the finals and there have been five winners

FILE PHOTO: India's Hardik Pandya celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of England's Stuart Broad. (Reuters)
FILE PHOTO: India's Hardik Pandya celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of England's Stuart Broad. (Reuters)

BCCI lifts bans on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul

  • Batsman Rahul and all-rounder Pandya were sent home from India's tour of Australia two weeks ago
  • The two cricketers had been in limbo since their suspension on 11 Jan due to a split in the two-member CoA over next course of action

Juventus' forward and former Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo leaves with his Spanish girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez after attending a court hearing for tax evasion in Madrid (AFP)
Juventus' forward and former Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo leaves with his Spanish girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez after attending a court hearing for tax evasion in Madrid (AFP)

Cristiano Ronaldo avoids jail but hit by hefty fine for tax fraud in Spain

  • The court sentenced him to a two-year jail sentence that it immediately reduced to a fine of 365,000 euros
  • Ronaldo, who last year joined Italian champions Juventus, returned to Madrid for a brief court appearance which lasted around 40 minutes

As many as 53 of Roger Federer’s 99 titles have come in the top-tier tournaments. Photo:AP
As many as 53 of Roger Federer’s 99 titles have come in the top-tier tournaments. Photo:AP

How Roger Federer’s tilt at 100 singles titles stands out

Federer's 99 singles titlesthe second-most everare a cut above the men in his vicinity in three ways: quality, longevity and versatility on the turf.

File Photo: AP
File Photo: AP

India crash out of AFC Asian Cup with 0-1 defeat to Bahrain

India finished outside the top two after the the group's other game between UAE and Thailand ended in a 1-1 draw

Kidambi Srikanth is managed by sports marketing firm Baseline Ventures, which was instrumental in getting the tie-up in place. Photo: Getty Images
Kidambi Srikanth is managed by sports marketing firm Baseline Ventures, which was instrumental in getting the tie-up in place. Photo: Getty Images

Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth signs 4-year deal with Li-Ning

The deal, which is valued at 35 crore for a period of four years, will comprise sponsorship and equipment supply

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

The contrasting game plan of  Liverpool, Manchester City

The top-ranked sides in the English Premier League are separated by just four points, and by their approach to movement and workload on the field

Netmeds is title sponsor for upcoming India-New Zealand ODI, T20 series

Netmeds is the title sponsor for the One Day International (ODI) and T20 series scheduled to be held in New Zealand from 23 January to 10 February 2019

IPL 2014 and IPL 2009 were hosted outside India due to general elections in those years. Representational Photo: AFP
IPL 2014 and IPL 2009 were hosted outside India due to general elections in those years. Representational Photo: AFP

IPL 2019 to be held entirely in India from 23 March

The decision has put to rest concerns that BCCI would be forced to host IPL 2019 outside India as the dates might have clashed with Lok Sabha elections due by May

This Indian Test team is now going to be hard to beat anywhere. In photo: Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli.
This Indian Test team is now going to be hard to beat anywhere. In photo: Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli.

From lambs abroad to lions, India tame Australia

Virat Kohli has shown he is fair to his players, leads from the front as the No. 1 batsman in the world and has brought in a culture of fitness

India captain Virat Kohli termed his team’s historic 2-1 series win on Australia soil as his “biggest achievement” which will give the current team a “different identity”. Photo: Reuters
India captain Virat Kohli termed his team’s historic 2-1 series win on Australia soil as his “biggest achievement” which will give the current team a “different identity”. Photo: Reuters

Australia series win my biggest achievement: Virat Kohli

It was at Sydney that Virat Kohli was annointed with permanent Test captaincy and it is at the very ground that he created an epic chapter in Indian cricket history