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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

Dean Jones starred in the famous 1986 Tied Test.pti
Dean Jones starred in the famous 1986 Tied Test.pti

Dean Jones never yielded an inch

Jones’s classic 210 in the celebrated Tied Test in 1986 was the springboard for Australian cricket to emerge from a longish period in the doldrums.

Abu Dhabi: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli attempts to catch the ball during IPL 2020 cricket match against Kings XI Punjab,  (PTI)
Dean Jones
Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals picks a catch during the match 4 of season 13 of the IPL 2020 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah on Tuesday (ANI)
Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals picks a catch during the match 4 of season 13 of the IPL 2020 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah on Tuesday (ANI)

Samson hits CSK out of park as Royals start IPL 2020 with 16-run win

Rated as the weakest among eight teams, Royals without a Ben Stokes or a Jos Buttler in their playing XI did most things right under skipper Steve Smith

The 19 September match, which kickstarted the two-month long league in UAE, was held between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. (PTI Photo/Sportzpics)(PTI19-09-2020_000243B) (PTI)
Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch of Royal Challengers Bangalore during the third Match of IPL 2020 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Monday (ANI)
Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch of Royal Challengers Bangalore during the third Match of IPL 2020 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Monday (ANI)

IPL 2020: Debutant Padikkal, Chahal get RCB off to winning start

Padikkal (56 off 42, 8 fours) displayed his highly rated talent before AB de Villiers (51 of 30) provided the much needed final flourish to take RCB to 163 after they were sent in to bat by SRH

Delhi Capitals players celebrate after defeating Kings XI Punjab in the super over during the cricket match of IPL 2020, at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. (PTI)
Delhi Capitals players celebrate after defeating Kings XI Punjab in the super over during the cricket match of IPL 2020, at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. (PTI)

KXIP appeal against 'short run' call, players seek more technology intervention

Before the match went into Super Over, the TV footage showed that square leg umpire Menon had erred in calling Chris Jordan for a 'short run' in the third ball of the 19th over, bowled by Kagiso Rabada

Kings XI Punjab player Mayank Agarwal reacts after Delhi Capitals player Marcus Stoinis took his wicket during an IPL 2020 match, at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai (PTI)
CSK player Faf du Plessis plays a shot during the first cricket match of IPL 2020 against Mumbai Indians, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE (PTI)
CSK player Faf du Plessis plays a shot during the first cricket match of IPL 2020 against Mumbai Indians, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE (PTI)

CSK beat MI by five wickets in IPL opener

Chasing 163 to win, Rayudu blasted six fours and three sixes in his blistering innings, while Faf du Plessis cracked 58 off 44 balls as CSK romped home with four balls to spare

MS Dhoni captain of Chennai Superkings (ANI)
When Djokovic was broken at love to even the second set at 3-3, he slammed his racket to the red clay in anger (AP)
When Djokovic was broken at love to even the second set at 3-3, he slammed his racket to the red clay in anger (AP)

Novak Djokovic loses cool again, breaks racket during Italian Open quarterfinals

  • 'That’s how, I guess, I release sometimes my anger and it’s definitely not the best message out there,' Djokovic said
  • Djokovic was earlier thrown out of the US Open for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball in a fit of anger

A view of the ground before the start of the first match (PTI)
A view of the ground before the start of the first match (PTI)

IPL: Stadium near empty but not quite enveloped in eerie silence

  • The 20,000-seater Sheikh Zayed Stadium was nearly empty, apart from the 22 men in the middle
  • The players and support staff have been tested several times in the run-up to the tournament opener and they will be checked for the virus every five days

(File photo: AFP)
Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni (PTI)
Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni (PTI)

'Fit and Fresh' Dhoni ready to lead Chennai in IPL

  • Due to his long break, there were concerns over Dhoni's readiness for the IPL
  • Apart from Dhoni, the Chennai side also boast experienced campaigners like Australian Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo of West Indies

Fantasy sports is one of the fastest growing gaming segments in India and IPL is the single most important tournament for these platforms. (HT)
Fantasy sports is one of the fastest growing gaming segments in India and IPL is the single most important tournament for these platforms. (HT)

Fantasy sports firms look to tap IPL frenzy, add new users

  • Fantasy sports industry is especially eyeing new users from tier 2 and 3 cities during IPL
  • Over 30-40% the year’s metrics for the industry will come from the two months of cricket played during IPL, say experts

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli (R) and AB De Villiers
Rajasthan Royals player David Millar during the net practice ahead of the upcoming IPL session, in Dubai on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Rajasthan Royals player David Millar during the net practice ahead of the upcoming IPL session, in Dubai on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

With sanitary pad sponsorship, Indian cricket team hits period taboos for six

Cricketers from IPL team Rajasthan Royals will be sporting the logo of a sanitary pad brand on their jerseys when the tournament kicks off on Saturday, a step they hope will fight stigma around periods

Barcelona's Lionel Messi sits on the bench during the pre-season friendly soccer match between Barcelona and Girona at the Johan Cruyff Stadium in Barcelona. (AP)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi sits on the bench during the pre-season friendly soccer match between Barcelona and Girona at the Johan Cruyff Stadium in Barcelona. (AP)

Lionel Messi wins court fight over trademark of his logo

Lionel Messi has been trying since 2011 to get the bloc-wide trademark rights for a logo consisting of an emblem with an M, with the name Messi underneath.

Cricket - Third One Day International - England v Australia - Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester - September 16, 2020 England's Joe Root celebrates with Eoin Morgan after taking the wicket of Australia's Mitchell Marsh Pool via REUTERS/Shaun Botterill (Pool via REUTERS)
Cricket - Third One Day International - England v Australia - Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester - September 16, 2020 England's Joe Root celebrates with Eoin Morgan after taking the wicket of Australia's Mitchell Marsh Pool via REUTERS/Shaun Botterill (Pool via REUTERS)

What are 'bio-secure bubbles'? The new normal for cricket tournaments

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan says that staying in bio-bubble is like living in Big Boss house

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