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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Shashank Nair


Shashank Nair works as a sports journalist with Indian Express.

Tokyo 2020: Favourites Chaudhary, Verma, Elavenil hit by nerves at crucial moments
Sun, Jul 25, 2021

What Chaudhary and Verma have garnered here are certain moments and instances – ones that they will pore over with their coaches and reflect in private.

Explained: Mirabai’s Olympic medal, and why Manipur is churning out world-class weightlifters
Sat, Jul 24, 2021

Tokyo Olympics 2020 - Mirabai Chanu wins silver medal in weightlifting: Rice, sports club culture, and killer instinct help Manipur produce a world-class lifter like silver-medalist Chanu.

Fashion sense: How different countries decide their outfits
Fri, Jul 23, 2021

A look at some of the unique uniforms that different countries will sport at the Tokyo Games.

The evolution of the butterfly
Thu, Jul 22, 2021

The International Swimming Hall of Fame credits Australian swimmer Sydney Cavill for introducing the butterfly.

India’s medal count at Tokyo Olympics: More than 2 but not double-digit
Sat, Jul 24, 2021

A look at some disciplines and athletes that have performed consistently at the international stage and would be in with a shot for a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

The block that keeps the NBA Finals alive
Thu, Jul 15, 2021

The Phoenix Suns have done well to win the first two games of these NBA Finals and were close to taking one of the two games on the road.

In PM’s Tokyo pep talk: Ice-cream for Sindhu and biopic on Vinesh
Wed, Jul 14, 2021

In a conversation with P V Sindhu, who famously had to lay off ice-cream in the run-up to silver at the Rio Olympics, Modi wondered if there was a similar restriction this time.

NBA Finals: How Giannis Antetokounmpo powered Bucks to Game 3 win against Phoenix Suns
Tue, Jul 13, 2021

The Milwaukee Bucks breathed life into the NBA Finals by winning the first of two home games 120-100 on the back of a 41-point, 13-rebound performance by Giannis Antetokounmpo

Explained: How Roberto Mancini has transformed Euro finalists Italy
Tue, Jul 13, 2021

As Roberto Mancini's team sets foot on Wembley today against England for the Euro 2020 trophy, it will be this growth that is set to be put to test.

NBA Finals: Chris Paul turns back clock to inspire Suns in Game 1
Wed, Jul 07, 2021

Chris Paul turned back the clock to sink in 32 points and make nine assists, as the Suns recorded a 118-105 win.

NBA final explained: Bucks play Suns in unlikely final
Tue, Jul 06, 2021

As unlikely finalists as they may be, the Bucks and Suns have deserved to get this far. After all, they did beat the highly-favoured and star-studded Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets respectively.

Explained: Why the Ronaldo-Fernandes combination is Portugal’s best bet against Belgium today
Mon, Jun 28, 2021

How does Fernandes operate for his club? How does Ronaldo’s position affect Fernandes in the Portuguese setup? Can Ronaldo and Fernandes co-exist in the same team?

Igor Stimac counts obstacles in path of Indian football’s progress
Sat, Jun 19, 2021

Igor Stimac explains why progress for Indian football on the international stage can’t be achieved overnight.

Flair and curlers light up Copa America
Wed, Jun 16, 2021

A timeless classic from Lionel Messi and an intricately designed web of passes borne from a set-piece by Colombia are a reminder of the quality on display at the Copa America in Brazil.

India achieve the bare minimum, qualify for Round 3 of Asian Cup qualifiers
Wed, Jun 16, 2021

Both goals were scored by Afghanistan players as goalkeeper Ovays Azizi dropped a routine catch into his own goal in the 75th minute to give the Indians the lead.

With Brandon Fernandes as a pivot, India steer into a new direction
Tue, Jun 15, 2021

Two years from Igor Stimac's reign beginning, India have six points in seven matches in the Group E of FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiers and are currently third among five teams.

Christian Eriksen: A Spurs legend and a free-kick expert
Sun, Jun 13, 2021

Eriksen in Tottenham – a club where he cemented his legacy as Danish great in the English Premier League.

Explained: Why Kante is undervalued despite consistent excellence
Tue, Jun 01, 2021

The 30-year-old’s stellar performance in the biggest match in club football proved the impact he can have on a football pitch as he finally starts to get the recognition it deserves.

Manchester City’s 13-year journey to the Champions League final
Sun, May 30, 2021

Manchester City could become the first team since Borussia Dortmund in 1997 to win the Champions League final on debut, ending a 13-year wait since the Abu Dhabi takeover.

Manager Unai Emery’s Midas touch in the Europa League
Fri, May 28, 2021

Four hard-fought wins at the Europa level, thrice with Sevilla and now with Villarreal have cemented manager Unai Emery’s claim as the greatest of Europe’s second-tier competition.

Explained: Why are Man Utd fans so angry with the Glazer family that owns the club?
Wed, May 26, 2021

Manchester United are currently owned by the six Glazer siblings — Avram, Joel, Kevin, Bryan, Darcie and Edward. How did the Glazer reign at Manchester United begin? Why are fans so angry?

How does Aguero’s impending arrival at Barcelona help them keep hold of Messi?
Wed, May 26, 2021

Aguero and his magical centre of gravity are apparently headed for Catalan shores – answering Barcelona’s need for a striker to replace Luis Suarez.

Explained: Do Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett form the greatest NBA Hall of Fame class in history?
Tue, May 25, 2021

The late Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bean Bryant, San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan and Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (BHoF) as part of the class of 2020.

Messi, Ronaldo, Lewandowski, Mbappe, Kane — Will the Big 5 join football’s mass migration?
Tue, May 25, 2021

Despite the global pandemic seriously denting the biggest clubs in the world and their revenues, the transfer market may tell a different story.

Explained: How the dispute over Maradona’s inheritance is playing out like a soap opera
Tue, May 18, 2021

According to Julio Chiappetta, an Argentine journalist close to Maradona, the footballer’s total earnings through his career were in the ballpark of $500 million but his true net worth was somewhere close to $75-100 million.