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Urgentina: Now or never for Albi-celestial at FIFA World Cup 2018
Thu, Jun 21, 2018

After the eye-opener against Iceland, the Albicelestes need to unburden their captain, Lionel Messi, who turns 31on Sunday and is running out of time to win the coveted Cup

FIFA World Cup 2018: A Colombian ‘creeper’ sneaks in against Japan
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

Columbia's Juan Quintero seemed a little disenchanted before he harmlessly sneaked the ball beneath the leaping Japanese wall on the way to the net.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar – a tormented genius who needs to find peace within
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

Neymar was, no doubt, hacked down frequently by the Swiss defenders, but then he had a painted target on his back thanks to his overindulgence with the ball

FIFA World Cup 2018: England, Tunisia hope no repeat of Marseille 1998 in Volgograd
Mon, Jun 18, 2018

England's encounter with Tunisia is a ghastly reminder of tear gas and beer bottles, flag burning and baton charging, burnt cars and petrol bombs, when England fans rioted with Tunisian counterparts for eight hours the day before the match.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Iceland version of catenaccio could pose a problem for Lionel Messi
Sat, Jun 16, 2018

Two years after frustrating Cristiano Ronaldo in the Euros, Iceland face the challenge of facing Argentina's dynamic attacking lineup led by Lionel Messi.

FIFA World Cup 2018: For Argentina, A L10NEL Messy situation in Russia
Wed, Jun 13, 2018

In Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala, Angel Di Maria and Giovanni Lo Celso, Argentina have some fine attack-minded players. The problem is, they all operate in more or less the same position as the finest of them all: Lionel Messi

FIFA World Cup 2018: Tiki ta-ta time as Spain give passing game a pass
Tue, Jun 12, 2018

Tiki-taka earned Spain world & European titles, but along the way the quest for ball possession mutated into ball obsession. Under Julen Lopetegui, however, La Furia Roja have moved on to a more direct style

Canary uncaged: Brazil, under Tite, looking to turn on the style at FIFA World Cup 2018
Sat, Jun 09, 2018

For years now, Brazil have played with prosaic pragmatism, winning neither hearts nor trophies. But under coach Tite, a fan of Socrates and Tele Santana’s Class of ’82, they’re looking to turn on the style .

Footbolshevism: Russia World Cup cannot shake off the Soviet past
Wed, Jun 06, 2018

As Russia braces to host its maiden World Cup, it can’t quite shake off the Soviet past, which discernibly shaped their footballing ideology.

AB de Villiers: A colossus who helped cricket take an evolutionary leap
Thu, May 24, 2018

AB de Villiers' greatness was not merely the volume or runs, the raft of records or the radicalism his stroke-play embodied. It was equally about his revving impact on the game.

IPL 2018: Evolutionary road of KL Rahul to produce a breakout year
Sun, May 20, 2018

KL Rahul's story of how he, a cricket-obsessed character, has fused grace with brute force to produce an astonishing breakout IPL year.

MS Dhoni: The Pythagoras of finishing in IPL 2018
Fri, Apr 27, 2018

MS Dhoni scripted a perfect chase for CSK, with their backs against the wall, against RCB. Deconstructing the CSK captain’s art of successfully chasing a target.

Arsene Wenger: Dreamer, romantic, visionary and perfectionist
Sat, Apr 21, 2018

Beneath the phalanx of trophies and statistical heaps, Wenger’s legacy is undoubtedly the philosophy he professed, embodied and infused to English football, which still shines as brightly as his Invincibles.

CWG 2018: P Gururaja arrives late, fashionably late
Fri, Apr 06, 2018

Gururaja become India;s first medallist at CWG 2018 after he won the silver medal in the men's 56kg category weightlifting.

CWG 2018: 16-year-old Manu Bhaker, India’s gold medallist with an unusual story
Sun, Apr 08, 2018

Manu Bhaker, a restless 16-year-old who gave up boxing and martial arts, indulges in bungee-jumping, finds time for needle-work, loves ice-skating and hates talking about her chances of being on the podium at Gold Coast.

Commonwealth Games 2018: Medal will improve my family’s living standard, says P Gururaja
Thu, Apr 05, 2018

P Gururaja says it's not only about individual glory but also about providing a decent livelihood for his family.

I keep thinking what would have happened if Dinesh Karthik hadn’t hit that six, says Vijay Shankar
Wed, Mar 21, 2018

Vijay Shankar rues the missed chance as he recalls his nightmare in the final T20I of the Nidahas Trophy against Bangladesh at Colombo.

Irani Cup: For 40-year-old Wasim Jaffer, 285 is not just a number
Fri, Mar 16, 2018

Wasim Jaffer might not be done breaking records yet, even if he shattered an incessant number of them en route to his unbeaten 285.

R Praggnanandhaa: The boy in pursuit to become the king
Sun, Mar 04, 2018

With the clock ticking down, it's getting increasingly difficult for R Praggnanandhaa to become the youngest Grandmaster. But whether he achieves it or not is of incidental value to his parents and coach, who believe he's earmarked for bigger feats.

From Ranji to Vijay Hazare Trophy: The incredible run of Mayank Agarwal
Sat, Feb 24, 2018

As they sit to pick team for T20I tri-series in SL, selectors will find it difficult to ignore Mayank Agarwal’s spectacular season: Beginning Ranji Trophy, he has amassed 1970 runs in 28 innings at a strike rate of 107.