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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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India vs. England ODI Series: Preview

A stimulating test series is set to be followed by an accelerating limited overs format in England. The five-match one day series and the only T20 international is India’s last gasp at redemption and an opportunity for England to impose themselves in One Day cricket.

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La Liga 2014-15 Preview

It is that time of the year in Spain when football powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona are tipped to win the Primera División. La Liga kicks off today and Los Blancos and Blaugruna are already the talking points this year, like the past few.

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Outcry of an Indian Cricket Fan

Dear Indian cricket team,Your recent exploits in England has left me awestruck. I feel sad and angry at the same time. After finally ending the wait for an away win at Lord’s, you literally crushed all my hopes of the revival of Indian (test) cricket.

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Premier League: The shaping of top teams

The English Premier League (EPL) kicks-off today. The build-up to the season only indicates that 2014-15 EPL is shaping up to be an exciting one. The three months gap has seen Germany becoming World Champions, England out in the first round, a change in leadership at Manchester United, and...

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India’s Big Test

The team can relax in whatever way possible. If softball, football, spending time in a shooting range or watching their football teams in action can help their cricket, then be it. But the fans are tired of the importance of “process than the result”. The process is not pleasing...

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Commonwealth Games, 2014

The Commonwealth Games include athletes from 71 nations, although the Commonwealth of Nations, which is an intergovernmental organisation, consists of only 53 states. Most of the members of the organisation were territories of the former British Empire but are now considered free and equal by the London Declaration of...

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Pro Kabaddi League: Five Days To Go

Though India will have the highest number of players participating in the League, the tournament will also witness the participation of players from Afghanistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Canada, England, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

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Battle for Pride: Second Test Match

For India there are plenty of positives which can be taken from the first test match, with Stuart Binny having an impressive debut and Bhuvneshwar Kumar giving an all round performance. The biggest decision which MS Dhoni has to take is whether to play Ravichandran Ashwin in place of...

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Racism Haunts Cricket Again

There was a heated argument between Ishant Sharma and Joe Root, followed by an intense attack by James Anderson on Ravindra Jadeja. The battle went on even in the dressing room, where James Anderson allegedly pushed Jadeja when both teams went in for lunch on day two of the...

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First Test Match Ends In A Pale Draw

Surprisingly this test would be remembered for the batting of the tail-enders with Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and James Anderson all making their maiden fifties. Joe Root and James Anderson entered their names in the record books with the highest partnership of 198 runs for the tenth wicket in...

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Messi Under Strategized Guard At The Finale

The fist-clenching semi final matches between Argentina and Netherlands, and Brazil and Germany gave clues away to prepare better for the finals. While the match between Brazil and Germany was a lesson for the next set of semi finalists, the match between Argentina and Netherlands has given tactical clues...

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Netherlands V/S Argentina: Semifinal Review

The game which went over hundred and twenty minutes was pretty much even. Both teams played cautiously as lessons from the first semi final between Brazil and Germany was looming largely over their heads. Netherlands had more of the ball possession, but failed to seize opportunities to net even...

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Klose: What You Should Know

Klose created history at the game last night against Brazil. Breaking Ronaldo’s number of goals in the total world cup matches played, Klose emerged with a new record of sixteen goals. This is not only interesting but worth high appreciation. Klose, in an interview before the 2014 world cup...

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England V/S India Test Series Preview

India has played a few warm up matches. The team has also recalled Gautam Gambhir which will hopefully boost their batting lineup. India will be depending a lot on Virat Kohli and Cheteshwara Pujara for the stability in the middle order. On the other hand, Mohommad Shami will lead...

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Is This The End For Roger Federer?

The ageing process has to happen, and a physically demanding sport like tennis, it has to happen sooner or later for Federer too. We have all enjoyed his majestic shots and the brilliance he has displayed on the tennis lawns for more than a decade, but the problem with...

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Football Fever In India Is Here To Stay

In Delhi too, football fever runs high. A tired eye is sure to be a sign of the previous late-night match. From sleep overs to making casual bets, football fans are going crazy over FIFA this season. Facebook newsfeeds are filled with updates about favourite players and teams. Anger...

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Four Biggest Blasts of FIFA 2014

"Why Focus When You Can Day Dream?” Lionel Messi would say: Yes! You saw it right. It was a free kick in the literal sense of the term. The Nigerian goalie welcoming the ball right into the net. Just watch him follow the ball with his eyes.

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Luis Suarez: What You Didn’t Know About Him

Having lost their opening games against Italy and Costa Rica respectively, Thursday’s match was really important for both England and Uruguay. In fact if one were to go by the words of Daily Mail’s John Cross, England could be next in line, after Spain, to leave the tournament during...

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Rafael Nadal: Journey Of A Star

Another French Open Title, his fifth in a row and ninth overall. Looks like winning the French Open title has become his habit. Yes I am talking about the extraordinary tennis champion Rafael Nadal who on Sunday defeated Novak Djokovic in the French Open Singles with a score of...

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Kolkata Knight Riders: Why They Deserve To Win

There was a time when everyone laughed at this team. From their performance to their owner’s attention seeking gimmicks—everything was criticized. The same continued for the first three seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL). I’m sure you’ve guessed that I am talking about the Kolkatta Knight Riders (KKR).

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The Game We Loved…

While Indian cricket fans were still mourning team India’s loss in the ICC T20 World Championship, Wednesday with it brought back the excitement associated with the game of cricket—the Indian Premiere League (IPL). With hardly any sponsors lining up to be a part of the seventh installment of the...

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Lessons Learnt From T20 Finale

With my family not being a cricket fan, I hardly get a chance to watch matches on television. The same was the case on Sunday, when India was battling it out against Sri Lanka, and so I was all set with my laptop to watch the score updates online....

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A Leap For India

Hockey fans all over India celebrated late in the evening as India held Germany to a 3-3 draw in the final group match of the Hero Hockey World League Final on Monday. A match that kept the spectators on their toes with anxiety—India’s brilliant performance stunned the world number...

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A Tribute To Rahul Dravid

Jammy. Mr Dependable. The Wall. I think you have guessed who I am talking about, if not then please just hit yourself hard on your head and buy a General Knowledge book. Jokes apart, I am referring to the most sound and the most handsome cricket player that the...

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Fall Of The Champions

When the Indian team set foot on the lush Super Sport Park, Centurion for the third and the last ODI of the series, everybody knew that either a victory or the predicted showers will be the visitor team’s saving grace. As luck would have it, the inclement weather did...

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The Bharat Ratna Debate

Sachin Tendulkar’s glorious career came to a picture perfect end when he was awarded with the much deserving Bharat Ratna. The Master Blaster has to his credit an array of records which include amassing the highest number of runs in both one day internationals and tests, and also scoring...

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Sachiiiiin, Sa-chin!

So far I had refrained myself from writing about Sachin because, frankly, there is nothing more to write about him than what has already been written. And, I was afraid that with my limited writing skills, I wouldn’t be able to do justice to the great man, nor...

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As Felt By A Sachinist

Cricket united a country of billions. I remember being a kid on a holiday somewhere. We were in a hotel’s parking and we were going for lunch when I spotted a group of people huddled around a transistor listening to the match going on at the time. I walked...

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The Legend’s Last

So Sachin Tendulkar played his last match on Friday. He scored 74 runs, despite his fans’ hopes for him to score his 101st test century. Nevertheless, he came as a promising young talent, played and became a legend and left the grounds as “God of Cricket”.

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Spare A Thought For Death Bowler

There was an eerie silence last Saturday in the stadium of Mohali when Ishant Sharma finished the 48th over of the Australian innings. The game had changed its course and the match that looked well settled in India’s lap suddenly jumped in favour of Australia. But, what transpired in...

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Sports To The Rescue

Afghanistan has been viewed as a disturbed country by everyone. The Taliban has been merciless in their operations to stamp their authority in a region that was once a peaceful. The people of this country have little to look forward to other than the daily mundane atrocities that they...

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Virat Kohli: Changing The Tide of Time

Something extraordinary took place at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on October 16, 2013. The Indian batting came down like an avalanche for the Australian side. While there was the ever so classical innings of 141* by Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli stole everyone’s hearts who saw him bat...

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Ajit Agarkar Calls It A Day

Writing tributes in cricket is supposed to be quite easy; a little poetry, a couple of statistics and references to memorable moments that enticed the world. But, when I think of Ajit Agarkar, the aforementioned process can’t be used in the same way as it can be done for...

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Cricket Commentary Has A Foe In BCCI

Cricket is regarded as the only game in the world that has its own ebb and flow, but the traits in the game make it a riveting watch than the rest. In cricket, the encounter between bat and ball lasts only a few seconds and those few seconds define...

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Think Before You Appeal

“I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing that God ever created on earth - certainly greater than sex”. – Harold PinterAfter reading Harold Pinter’s views on cricket, I have realised that I am not the only one who thinks of cricket as something more than a...

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An Open Letter to Dravid

Phew! This is going to be hard. I’ll try to express myself one sentence at a time. The sadness that I felt during your retirement press conference is still lodged in my head. What a painful sight that was, not only for you but for us cricket lovers as...

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Sach is Life, Tendulkar!

Shivaji Park is a holy place for Indian cricket. It is the place where Mumbai's affection towards the game sparkles. And it’s also the place where Ramakant Achrekar found a boy for Indian cricket. His name was Sachin Tendulkar. India didn't know it yet, but she was about to...

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Onions Sting!

Onions are a major part of an average Indian’s staple diet. According to a survey by BBC India, the people of India eat their way through approximately 15 million tonnes of onions in a year. Almost every traditional dish uses them, and so the price hike of onions pinches...

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Why The Hurry?

Television channels were bustling with breaking news on Friday. By the time people could register the fact that the accused in the Delhi Gang Rape were sentenced to death, their television screens were hit with another breaking news:

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Sports And Doping

He said, “The government and the National Anti-Doping Agency are working towards dope free sports in the country in association with stakeholders to rid sports of this menace and create a clean and healthy environment for sports in India.”

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Cricket: An Overrated Sport In India

Cricket is indeed a hyped and over rated sport in India to the extent that people organize havans (Hindu holy ritual) to pray for the performance and betterment of the Indian team. You will be surprised to the see the kind of money that is spend when it comes...

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IPL Vs BCCI

N. Srinivasan has resumed his post as the president of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) after he was given a clean chit by the probing panel. And of course, his son-in-law, Gurudas Meiyappan has also been proven as “not guilty” in the IPL (Indian Premier...

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