Apr 17, 2018

Osaka vs Kasatkina, a rivalry for the future

Their contrasting personalities and playing styles make Naomi Osaka and Daria Kasatkina an intriguing new rivalry. Their talent and boldness make them the new leaders of the Next Gen of women’s tennis, along with reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, another exciting 20-year-old.

Briefing

Last Word

Hard road ahead for Smith

Steve Smith will still be in his 20s when he rises from the dead; age and talent will still be on his side. Had he retired just before the Cape Town Test, he might have been spoken of as a batting great, a role model. The role model is now a cautionary tale.

Short Takes

Hockey runs in Dhanraj Pillay's blood

Your idea of perfect happinessWhen I am on the ground training children.One big wishTo see the Indian men’s and women’s teams finish on the podium at ...

Gennext

Siddhanth Gupta: ‘Dribbling’ past opponents

“When compared to the other players of his age category, he doesn’t have the fear of playing against older and better opponents.”

Fox In The Box

An Arsenal sans firepower and a disjointed United

What is wrong with Arsenal and Manchester United? The Gunners are struggling to string together five decent results on the trot, while United, despite spending a fair bit of money on transfers, isn’t doing as well as expected with its brand of football rapidly diminishing.

Star Struck

‘Watching her documentaries gives me goosebumps’

For all of P. T. Usha Ma’am’s achievements and victories, her humility is something I admire the most. I love her showcase that has all the medals she had won!

On The Write Line

A cricketing extravaganza

Over the years the IPL has made stars out of players, who otherwise would not have come to the fore in the traditional form of the game and has also made a few millionaires — some deserving, some lucky.

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IPL 2018: RCB, an all-terrain vehicle!

What this squad does is give RCB various options for differing conditions across the country. With a good group of Indian fast bowlers and spinners, Kohli will hope he can finally lay hands on that elusive IPL trophy.

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Geared up for the Games

India hockey star Sreejesh is eager to begin the campaign at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games — the first of our many challenges this year — and what better way to start than to play against Pakistan in the first match!

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IPL 2018: RR, the return of the desert fox!

True to its reputation, the Rajasthan Royals outfit led by Ajinkya Rahane strikes a perfect balance between star power and youth.

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CWG Cycling: A long way to go

 India did quite well in the Asian Track Cycling Championship held in Nilai, Malaysia, winning four medals including three gold and a bronze.

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CWG weightlifting: Sathish Kumar is the main hope

India’s main medal hope in the Games is S. Sathish Kumar, who had claimed the gold in the 77 kg category in Glasgow 2014.

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CWG Hockey: The Aussies pose a big challenge

A semifinal spot should not be too difficult for India, but for that it would have to win at least three of its four league games against tricky opponents.

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CWG Table Tennis: Rankings give a sense of euphoria

The 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast will have seven gold medals on offer.

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CWG basketball: Hoping for a better show

The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games marks the second coming of basketball to the multi-sport extravaganza.

CWG 2018

CWG Athletics: Seema and Neeraj favourites to win gold

With eight medals, including three gold in the last four editions, discus throwers have been India’s best bet at the Games.

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C’wealth Games: Swimming against the tide

India hasn’t yet reached a stage where it could hope to be in contention for a medal in the Commonwealth Games.

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CWG Wrestling: A reputation to live up to

India has been a strong contender in Commonwealth Games wrestling. And in the Gold Coast Games, top names like Sushil Kumar, Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat are expected to keep the national flag flying.

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CWG Gymnastics: Aruna Reddy carries India’s hopes

India is expected to do well in individual apparatus events during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

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CWG Shooting: We are on the right track, says Heena Sidhu

The Indian shooter looks forward to a “very successful Games.”

Squash

CWG Squash: Dipika and Joshna look to defend doubles gold

The Indian squad boasts of experienced players who have been professionals long enough to tide over the sudden loss of reputed foreign coach Achraf Karargui.

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CWG Shooting: Looking to better Glasgow performance

In the 2018 Commonwealth Games, there will be 17 gold medals up for grabs in shooting - nine for men and eight for women.

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CWG Badminton: Aiming for an unprecedented haul

India’s anticipated medals tally in badminton at the upcoming Commonwealth Games could well beat the previous best of four in 1998, 2010, and 2014.

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CWG Boxing: All eyes on Mary Kom & Co.

India is fielding 12 boxers in Gold Coast with the hope of bettering its performance; Vijender Singh is the most successful Indian boxer at the Commonwealth Games in terms of number of medals won.

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Gold Coast preview: An event bankrupt of stars

A number of star athletes have given the Commonwealth Games a go-by in the past, and the story in Gold Coast is not going to be any different. Nevertheless, with 6000 athletes from 71 countries, the Games will witness the emergence of new talent and new champions.

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IPL 2018: A blow without a warning!

David Warner's absence is definitely a setback, but Sunrisers Hyderabad is confident of its bench strength.

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IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders, a good mix!

One of the top performers in the IPL, the Kolkata Knight Riders has two titles under its belt. And, with regard to 2018, new captain Dinesh Karthik exudes confidence.

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Time to come down heavily on the cheats

Former India cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi feels this is a godsend opportunity for the ICC to put its foot down and set an example of fairness of cricket, which must be seen and heard in every nook and corner of the cricketing world.

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Europe’s football dystopia

Foreign investors have flooded European football. Qatar and UAE de facto own PSG and Manchester City, and thus reshape the landscape. A European super league is no longer implausible.

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MI: Gearing up its offence for defence!

Mumbai Indians is the only team to win the IPL thrice. But can it defend the title it won last year? In fact, Chennai Super Kings has been the only team in IPL history to bag back to back trophies.