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‘Mortal’ Naman Mathur strives to keep gaming alive in India after PUBG Mobile ban
Fri, Jan 08, 2021

The 24-year-old Mathur finished the year as third in the ‘Mobile Player of the Year 2020’ category at the E-sports Awards 2020 and among YouTube’s most successful live streamers of the year.

LOOKING AHEAD, 2021 AND BEYOND: The new Olympians
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

Traditionalists may still scoff at esports and breakdancing, but their push towards mainstreaming shows the changing profile of the Olympic Games

2020 THE LOST YEAR: In the post-PUBG shuffle, it’s adapt or perish for esports aspirants
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

With loss of on-site events and ban on the popular game, esports lost momentum this year

Bajrang Punia, India’s international wrestler
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

Grappling style, social media posts and just his name has made him one of the most popular competitors around the world, more than those with richer medal hauls

Ambedkar warned us about dangers of bhakti in politics; bhakti in sport is the same: Ramachandra Guha
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

Ramchandra Guha, in an interview with The Indian Express, talks about his initiation to cricket, witnessing India’s rise, all the pitfalls that came along.

After a pandemic-forced break, Bajrang Punia reboots in Austin
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

Starts build-up to Tokyo by competing in a higher non-Olympic weight-class

Everybody loves Tyson
Tue, Dec 01, 2020

The 'exhibition' proved to be value for money as Jones Jr & Iron Mike left most watchers happy; YouTuber Jake Paul knocks out NBA Nate

Explained: Why Ibrahimovic and Bale are questioning the use of their images in FIFA 21
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

Two high-profile footballers have questioned the use of their names and likeness in the new FIFA 2021 video game, shining light on the complex world of footballers and their image rights.

Explained: Why Medvedev’s ATP Tour Finals win doesn’t signal change of guard in tennis yet
Tue, Nov 24, 2020

On Sunday, Daniil Medvedev defeated Dominic Thiem 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 to lift the year-ending trophy, becoming the fifth player in as many years to win the tournament for the first time.

Mental integration: How Aussie cricketers are seeking help for mental health issues
Thu, Nov 19, 2020

Kane Richardson’s isn't the first case of Australian cricketers choosing to sit out due to non-cricketing reasons. Of late, numerous players have asked for sabbaticals and Cricket Australia has been sensitive.

How Pakistan gamers joined hands for Kashmiri’s Indian PUBG team
Fri, Nov 13, 2020

In Pakistan, meanwhile, the competitive PUBG season had been ravaged by Covid and a ban of their own in July. So Team Freestyle, the inaugural Pakistani champions in 2018, jumped at the opportunity.

Explained: Why the sale of a Boston Red Sox player has fans worried about a curse
Wed, Nov 04, 2020

In 2020, Red Sox let go of another generational talent in Markus Lynn 'Mookie' Betts, who won the championship with LA Dodgers last Wednesday, leaving Bostonians fearing if the 'Curse of the Bambino' is back

Assured of her mat-craft, Ritu Phogat uses improved striking for second-round TKO win
Sat, Oct 31, 2020

Ritu Phogat registered a second-round TKO win at the 'ONE Championship: Inside The Matrix' event in Singapore, taking her MMA record to 3-0.

The great Khabib Nurmagomedov era ends on a sensational note
Mon, Oct 26, 2020

MMA's lightweight legend retires an undisputed, unbeaten champion on Saturday, after a memorable win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi, months after losing his father-trainer to Covid-19

UFC 254 Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje: Why all-out brawler is Khabib’s toughest test yet
Sun, Oct 25, 2020

At stake are the UFC lightweight championship and the Russian's unbeaten record, but there's more to the fight than meets the eye. 

Conquering mind to rule the court: Iga Swiatek’s secret to French Open success
Tue, Oct 20, 2020

For Iga Swiatek, her sports psychologist Daria Abramovicz channelled the youngster's love for AC/DC, Pink Floyd and Guns N' Roses and advanced mathematics into tools.

Two French Open champions, Nadal and Swiatek, restore order to an anxious year
Tue, Oct 13, 2020

The dates were different, but Nadal brought some semblance of order to a chaotic year. Swiatek made it better by restoring faith in the future.

Explained: How Nadal beat Djokovic at the French Open 2020
Mon, Oct 19, 2020

Nadal won 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 to claim the 13th French Open title – taking him level with Roger Federer’s record of most Major titles.

Iga Swiatek: Her top-spin, a new high for women’s tennis
Sun, Oct 11, 2020

At 19, Iga Swiatek is the youngest winner at Roland Garros since Rafael Nadal in 2005.

French Open: Iga Swiatek, the math-head who can write history
Sat, Oct 10, 2020

Using geometry of the court and her measured tennis, 19-year-old aims to solve the Kenin problem to become the first Polish woman to win Grand Slam.

French Open 2020: Ons Jabeur ignites tennis’ Arab Spring
Wed, Oct 07, 2020

Before Ons Jabeur, the 423-million strong Arab world had accounted for five top-100 players; the only woman being Selima Sfar.

IPL 2020: Hitting the ground running, and getting injured
Tue, Sep 29, 2020

IPL 2020 Injuries: The majority of cricketers jumped into their first, high-profile assignment since the lockdown after a month-long quarantine/training period in UAE. And experts believe such factors could lead to increased risks.

Explained: Why Rafael Nadal isn’t happy with the new official ball at Roland Garros
Fri, Oct 09, 2020

The scheduling of French Open — two weeks after US Open — was already a challenge, but the new balls have seemingly made it worse.

‘If Deano was here, he would have…’: Co-commentators remember the Professor, the player and the leader of the Dugout
Fri, Sep 25, 2020

The IPL commentary 'Dugout' couldn't stop grieving or celebrating the life and times of Dean Jones, cricket's ticking brain with the bright red book, during Thursday's KXIP vs RCB match.

Sweating it on Miami beach: How Dominic Thiem became the player who loves a fifth set grind
Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Numbers from Dominic Thiem's triumph earlier this month corroborate the theory.

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