Feb 19, 2019

Novak the Great reigns again in Australia

Where did this match rank among Djokovic’s greatest? “Right at the top,” he said, after destroying Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final to move ahead of Pete Sampras on the all-time Grand Slam titles list.

Briefing

Your Opinion

On the classification of spinners

How would one pin down the bowling profile of Sachin Tendulkar without running the risk of absurd verbosity? In his bowling heyday, he would send down the off-break, the leg-break, and the googly, with equal authority, besides the occasional medium pace!

For The Love of Sport

When I took on Jwala Gutta

Badminton became a passion and I would regularly participate in the All-India Kendriya Vidyalaya meets.

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Chess prodigies: Who next?

Let us talk of those young knights of Indian chess who have the potential to ascend the throne one day.

Star Struck

Rangana Herath: It was a pleasure playing alongside the heroes

I have been in international cricket (for nearly two decades), and have played with some of the biggest names.

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The Constantine effect on Indian football

Stephen Constantine’s influence on the Indian national team has been quite noteworthy considering the country’s journey in the international arena, where the achievements have remained few and far between in the last three decades.

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Chess nomads!

Following their heart, the duo chose to cover chess events, packing away their household assets in a warehouse at Badlapur in late 2017 and just now returning to a 'normal' life.

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Grand mastery still some way away!

Overall, the path to becoming a chess power looks bright. But India, though on course, has a long, long distance to go.

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A Ronaldo in Valladolid!

“I have always wanted to manage a club and I have been preparing myself since I quit professional football,” says Brazil’s 2002 World Cup star.

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Mayank Agarwal: I believe in scoring runs, and keep scoring runs

Sportstar caught up with the new star of Indian cricket, Mayank Agarwal, who is back to the domestic grind after an impressive debut in Australia as an opener.

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Mathias Boe: Life is what you make it

If not a badminton player, I would have been a footballer or a tennis player, says Denmark’s Mathias Boe.

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Dipa Karmakar: Looking for new vaults

With the difficulty level of the Produnova vault pruned because of inherent dangers, ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar is exploring other vaulting methods to score points.

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Sakshi Malik: Delighted with my Rio success

Sakshi Malik says now everybody knows her and they shower her with love and affection. “Everybody is hopeful that I will qualify for the next Olympics and win a medal there, too,” she says.

Last Word

The ‘R’ word – what sportsmen dread

As the end nears, sportsmen have to deal with the same question asked in different ways: “Are you ready to retire?”

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A bridge to the next level

Beginnings are tough but a move has been made. And that’s a start that the players had been longing for years.

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Building biceps!

It will be in the best interests of Indian wrestling if the PWL continues to give the sport — that has given the country four medals in the last three Olympics — a boost.

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A first taste of gold

Qatar’s Asian Cup win has not only put the country in the spotlight, but has also created a consensus that it won’t merely be a participating nation when it hosts the 2022 World Cup.

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Dakar conquered!

It was a big relief and a lot of weight was lifted off my shoulders. It was a surreal experience that I couldn’t believe.

Statsman

Shami powers his way to 100

The pace bowlers fastest to reach 100 ODI wickets, India's biggest ODI defeats in terms of balls left, and more.

Vantage Point

All hail the new queen, Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka, the first player to her first two majors back to back since Jennifer Capriati in 2001, harbours ambitions of sports immortality. She once told a reporter she wanted “to be the very best, like no one ever was.”

Vantage Point

Novak the Great reigns again in Australia

Where did this match rank among Djokovic’s greatest? “Right at the top,” he said, after destroying Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final to move ahead of Pete Sampras on the all-time Grand Slam titles list.