Sarita Devi Ban: Growing Concerns About AIBA’s Functioning

Are all games and sporting events nothing but an open treasure house where every sportsperson is expected to bag as much glitter-gold, silver, bronze? The logic writ large through the international body’s decision is simply as follows- get them, grab them. Issues of fairness and sportsmanship do not seem to matter at all. All it argues is that grab your medals and if you fail, you have not tried hard enough and if you feel you deserve more, well you are not the judge after all!

Liverpool’s Woes

Any discussion around Liverpool’s performance is incomplete without bringing the departure of Luis Suarez as the focal point. A big void has been left by Suarez, but to mitigate the loss, as many as nine players were bought in the transfer window; adding depth to the squad for the club’s European obligations, being the other reason. Suarez’s absence has been felt a great deal. The Reds have been far from convincing in the opposition’s half, in both creativity and finishing.

India VS West Indies: A Not-So-Relevant Tie

In a few months time, India goes down under to defend their World Cup, and even if this series gives the players some match practice, it is highly inconclusive. The conditions in India are miles apart from Australia and New Zealand. Indian pitches, a batsmen paradise and suited for slow bowling, are not enough to test the skill set of the players. This series cannot prove to be enough evidence to conclude on the best XI for the World Cup, which is to be played on fast, bouncy, and seaming tracks. The ability to play fast bouncers and the moving ball cannot be evaluated on Indian tracks.

Roger Federer: Age Is Just A Number

En route to winning his 23rd ATP Masters 1000, Federer proved that he is still one of the best in business. Raking numbers is not the perfect way to measure Federer’s win in China. The process was more delightful than the result. The manner in which he annihilated world no. 1, Novak Djokovic (in the semi-final) made the fans wonder if it was 2014 or 2006-07. The 17-time Grand Slam champion was back to his very best. His slick movement, powerful shots, serve and volley game, and precise returns, marked a complete performance.

Chelsea vs Arsenal: Off-field Drama Eclipses On-field Action

It was surprising coming from a seasoned manager like Wenger, but it was a long time coming. Yesterday, Mourinho finally managed to get under his skin. The off-field rivalry between Wenger and Mourinho has been something to watch out for. After calling Wenger a “Specialist in Failure” (last year on his 9-year-old trophy drought), Mourinho refused to apologise for his comment prior to the match. The action reflected more of a personal feud.

Sarita Devi: What Went Wrong in the Semi-Final

The story doesn’t end here. What followed was disheartening. The fact that she had to borrow money from journalists to lodge a protest speaks volumes. “Not one Indian official came to us and consoled or even spoke to us”, said Devi. This was followed by her rejection of the bronze medal and handing the medal itself to her South Korean opponent on the podium.

ISL: The First Football Professional League

The Indian Super League was officially launched on August 28 by ISL team owners, Abhishek Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, John Abraham, Sachin Tendulkar, the brand ambassador of the League, Varun Dhawan and the founding chairperson of the Football Sports Development (FSD), Nita Ambani in Mumbai.

UEFA Champions League: The Champions’ groups announced

Anxious eyes were watching the UEFA Champions League (UCL) draw streaming at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco yesterday. The Champions League draws have been announced. Starting September 16, the best teams from their respective home leagues would be fighting to be crowned the best in Europe.

Manchester United: The Misery Continues

Louis Van Gaal took charge as the Manager; he changed the playing style, and brought in some players. Result: two defeats and one draw in the three matches played in competitive football, including the most shocking recent scoreline of 4-0 against MK Dons, a third tier side in the Capital One Cup.

US Open 2014: Another One In The Bag For The Big 4?

This US Open, the Big 4 has been trimmed to the Big 2. Rafael Nadal’s absence due to a wrist injury, and Andy Murray’s poor run of form, has left Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the only representatives of the boastful group.

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