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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

FILE PHOTO: Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona (R), his daughter Giannina and his ex-wife Claudia Villafane (L) cheer for Boca Juniors during their First Division soccer match against Rosario Central in the Argentine championship in Buenos Aires. (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona (R), his daughter Giannina and his ex-wife Claudia Villafane (L) cheer for Boca Juniors during their First Division soccer match against Rosario Central in the Argentine championship in Buenos Aires. (REUTERS)

Diego Maradona's death may trigger family inheritance battle

  • Angered over a dispute with his daughter Giannina last year, Diego Maradona threatened to donate all his wealth, including properties, luxury cars and sponsorship contracts, to charity

Diego Maradona holds up his team's trophy after Argentina's 3-2 victory over West Germany at the World Cup final soccer match at Atzeca Stadium in Mexico City. (File photo: AP)
Diego Maradona holds up his team's trophy after Argentina's 3-2 victory over West Germany at the World Cup final soccer match at Atzeca Stadium in Mexico City. (File photo: AP)

Maradona to be buried Thursday outside Buenos Aires: spokesman

Maradona, who died of a heart attack Wednesday at the age of 60, will be laid to rest in the Jardin de Paz cemetery, where his parents were also buried, Sebastian Sanchi said

View of an improvised altar set up by Fans of Argentinos Juniors' football team where Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona used to play outside Argentinos Juniors' Diego Armando Maradona Stadium to  (AFP)
View of an improvised altar set up by Fans of Argentinos Juniors' football team where Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona used to play outside Argentinos Juniors' Diego Armando Maradona Stadium to (AFP)

Why Maradona was better than Messi and Ronaldo

It is one thing to be a brilliant player surrounded by other brilliant players. But Maradona made magic out of mediocre materials.

Diego Maradona with the World Cup trophy in 1986 after Argentina defeated West Germany in the final, (Photo: Getty Images)
FILE - In this June 10, 1987 file photo, former Brazilian soccer player Pele, center, clasps hands with Italian captain Alessandro Altobelli, left, and Argentine captain Diego Maradona, after he is awarded the FIFA honor medal before the start of the final match between Argentina and Italy in Zurich, Switzerland.  The Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, died from a heart attack on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at his home in Buenos Aires. He was 60. (AP Photo, File) (AP)
FILE - In this June 10, 1987 file photo, former Brazilian soccer player Pele, center, clasps hands with Italian captain Alessandro Altobelli, left, and Argentine captain Diego Maradona, after he is awarded the FIFA honor medal before the start of the final match between Argentina and Italy in Zurich, Switzerland. The Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, died from a heart attack on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at his home in Buenos Aires. He was 60. (AP Photo, File) (AP)

Pele mourns Maradona: 'I hope we'll play together in the sky'

  • Pele and Maradona, who often vie for the title of best footballer in history, had just celebrated milestone birthdays last month: 80 and 60, respectively

FILE PHOTO:  Argentina's soccer team head coach Diego Maradona attends a news conference in Marseille, February 10, 2009. Argentina will play France in an international friendly soccer match at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille on February 11.    REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Argentina's soccer team head coach Diego Maradona attends a news conference in Marseille, February 10, 2009. Argentina will play France in an international friendly soccer match at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille on February 11. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (REUTERS)

Obit: Argentine soccer genius Maradona saw heaven and hell

Rising to stardom from a grimy Buenos Aires slum to lead Argentina to World Cup victory, Maradona was a rags-to-riches story in his soccer-mad homeland and gained the iconic status of fellow Argentines Che Guevara and Evita Peron

Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona (Action Images via Reuters)
People line up at a walk-up COVID-19 testing site in Miami Beach, Florida on November 17, 2020. - US biotech firm Moderna on November 16, 2020 announced its experimental vaccine against Covid-19 was almost 95 percent effective, marking a second major breakthrough in the quest to end the pandemic.
Moderna released early results from a clinical trial with more than 30,000 participants, after American pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech last week said their vaccine was 90 percent effective. (Photo by Chandan KHANNA / AFP) (AFP)
People line up at a walk-up COVID-19 testing site in Miami Beach, Florida on November 17, 2020. - US biotech firm Moderna on November 16, 2020 announced its experimental vaccine against Covid-19 was almost 95 percent effective, marking a second major breakthrough in the quest to end the pandemic. Moderna released early results from a clinical trial with more than 30,000 participants, after American pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech last week said their vaccine was 90 percent effective. (Photo by Chandan KHANNA / AFP) (AFP)
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Covid-19 vaccine progress gives Tokyo Olympics a tailwind

  • Major hurdles remain, but Games’ organizers prepare for athletes to get shots

Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (REUTERS)
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. Under the partnership, MPL Sports will provide kits for the men's, women's and Under-19 Indian teams and it will also be allowed to sell licensed Team India merchandise (Photo: AFP)
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. Under the partnership, MPL Sports will provide kits for the men's, women's and Under-19 Indian teams and it will also be allowed to sell licensed Team India merchandise (Photo: AFP)

BCCI names MPL Sports as India's new kit sponsor until 2023

The agreement will run from this November to December 2023, replacing sportswear giant Nike whose five-year extension signed in 2016 ended this year.

People waiting to get tested in Adelaide (Photo: Reuters)
FILE PHOTO: A policeman walks past a logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during a governing council meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at BCCI headquarters in Mumbai April 26, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A policeman walks past a logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during a governing council meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at BCCI headquarters in Mumbai April 26, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta (REUTERS)

BCCI appoints MPL Sports as kit sponsor of Team India

  • MPL Sports has signed a three-year agreement with BCCI, starting from November this year to December 2023. MPL Sports’ association with BCCI will begin with the upcoming India’s tour of Australia which starts 27 November in Sydney

 Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez
Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians  during the final of IPL 2020 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, in Dubai on Tuesday. (BCCI/IPL/ANI Photo)
Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians during the final of IPL 2020 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, in Dubai on Tuesday. (BCCI/IPL/ANI Photo)

IPL 2020 delivers even in Covid times

Cancelling the whole tournament would have left a $536 million hole in the pocket for the world's richest cricket board

Winner Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium  (AFP)
Mohamed Salah (AP)
Krunal Pandya of Mumbai Indians. (PTI)
Krunal Pandya of Mumbai Indians. (PTI)

Cricketer Krunal Pandya detained at Mumbai airport by DRI

  • Krunal Pandya has played 71 matches for Mumbai Indians in the IPL
  • Krunal Pandya was part of the Mumbai Indians team which won its record fifth IPL title on November 10, defeating Delhi Capitals in the final match in Dubai

Mumbai Indians player Trent Boult celebrates the wicket of Delhi Capitals batsman Marcus Stoinis during the Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 final cricket match, at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 (PTI)
Mumbai Indians player Trent Boult celebrates the wicket of Delhi Capitals batsman Marcus Stoinis during the Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 final cricket match, at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 (PTI)

Mumbai Indians hammer Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets to take fifth IPL title

  • Brilliant hostile bowling led by Trent Boult, who took 3-30, restricted Delhi to 156-7
  • Mumbai powered to 157-5 with eight balls to spare and captain Rohit Sharma hitting 68.

(File photo) (AP)
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