Ronaldo Sees Red As Real Madrid and Barcelona Both Register Wins

The race for La Liga’s top spot continues to be intriguing as both Real Madrid and Barcelona registered wins in their respective matches. Madrid was away to Cordoba in a tricky fixture. Real got off to the worst possible start as they fell behind in the third minute. Sergio Ramos handled Bebe’s shot inside the penalty area. Up stepped Nabil Ghilas as he calmly converted from the spot to give the host a surprise lead.

The Water Girl Of India: Bhakti Sharma Sets The World Record In Antarctic Ocean

Indians aren’t globally recognized for swimming and this win has surely given the nation a small place in this hitherto unfamiliar territory. With this laudable win, Bhakti has broken the earlier records of British open water swimmer, Lewis Pugh, and American swimmer, Lynne Cox. She was only 22, and the youngest in the world, when she crossed seven seas, including four oceans, in 2012. She also won the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award in the same year. She has been pursuing open water swimming for the last 10 years. Akhilesh Joshi, the Chief Executive Officer of Hindustan Zinc, said, “We are very proud of Bhakti Sharma for this rare achievement. The whole country is proud of her and particularly girls who would be seeing her as inspiration to join swimming. Her achievement only proves that given the right support and opportunities, India can produce many such talents.” Hindustan Zinc had sponsored her Antarctic expedition.

Ballon d’Or 2014 Winner: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Remember the profound (sometimes, awkward) silence when your favorite (sometimes, a rival) football player is about to make a penalty kick? Remember that moment when his foot is in mid-air, about to strike the ball and, the beads of sweat trickling down the goalkeeper’s face? Well, if you find yourself nodding away while reading this, you are a certified football fan! It goes without saying that you have stayed up nights to catch a game of your favorite football club. It is also pretty obvious that you have picked up fights with people who support a rival team; and most of your discussions seem to culminate in one question, “who is going to get the Ballon d’Or?” So, here it is, soccer lovers, the FIFA Ballon d’Or, 2014 has been awarded to none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Birth Of Ranji Trophy: Remembering The Beginnings Of Cricket In India

So it was after a meeting in 1934, the Cricket Championship of India, popularly known as the Ranji Trophy of our times, breathed into life. The first season that stretched between 1934 and 1935 had 15 teams divided into four zones. The game followed a knock-out format and had another unique point system that continues till today. As per this point system, teams gain points according to their performance in the first innings and in the wake of a draw, these first innings lead points help determining the winning team.

India’s Test Match Voodoo

The conditions may have not been conducive every time, but the truth remains, the bowlers have just not been good enough. The Indian batting may look settled, and by the time you read this, India may be piling runs in Sydney (287-3 at the time of writing), but it won’t amount to anything; the maximum these runs will do is draw the test, and not win it. The match was out of India’s reach on the first day itself, when Australia motored to 348-2. India has been left with no option to play the catch-up game again for the umpteenth time in the series, and just like that, the series is gone to Australia, 2-0 (given there is no collapse in this test). The batsmen have fared very well this series, just the inability of bowlers to take wickets has cost the matches. Test matches aren’t won by 500 runs per innings, but by 10 wickets per innings. India has just lacked the quality to do that. The team has conceded 500+ runs in every first innings – a feat the bowlers would not like to remember.

India Announces Final Fifteen To Defend World Cup Title

India had already announced its thirty probable for the WC some time back and made clear that none of the above-mentioned players were on the list. It’s time to look forward, they had said. With this point in mind, today, selectors set and ruled out 15 players from the list to select the final squad for the WC.

India’s Last Chance To Rediscover It’s Lost Glory In Sydney

Now, that the angry Virat Kohli has been named the captain of the team, India should look to rediscover the lost glory. Tomorrow, when India and Australia will come face-to-face at the Sydney Cricket Ground, emotions will be cascaded. For Australia, it will be the best chance to pay tribute to Hughes, who died on the very same ground a few weeks ago doing what he loved most, while India on the other hand, would look to end the series with a win.

Saina Nehwal: Finally Recommended For The Padma Bhushan Award.

Lashing out on the micro blogging site, Nehwal sent tweet after tweet in an attempt to articulate her disappointment and question SAI’s decision. On January 5, 2015, Saina wrote, “I saw the news in Times of India about the Padma awards and I was really sad to see that my name was not sent to Ministry of home affairs.” Continuing to express her displeasure, she added, “I heard that Sushil Kumar’s name was sent for Padma award as a special case, while my name was not sent to Ministry of home affairs by sports ministry. The ministry guideline says that there needs to be a gap of five years between two Padma awards. So if they can send his name, why they didn’t recommend my name as I have completed the five years gap. I felt bad about it.” According to her statement, Saina’s application for recommendation had been rejected last year on the grounds that she had to complete five years before receiving the second Padma award. As she was accredited with the Padma Shri Award in 2010, she applied for the Padma Bhushan Award for 2015 as she accomplished the eligibility criteria laid down by SAI.

World Cup Dreams And The Men In Blue

The final stroke came out of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s bat as he swung his arms freely to hit a mighty sixer; and thus India had won by six wickets with 11 more deliveries to go. It was also Sachin’s last world cup and the victory was perhaps the best farewell gift he would cherish for the rest of his non-cricketing years.

New Year Of Premier League Clubs

The league leaders must be jubilant entering 2015, and they have every reason to be. Chelsea has become a formidable squad under Jose Mourinho this season.

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