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Euro 2020: More arrows in Italy’s quiver
Tue, Jun 22, 2021

Ingenious free-kicks just another weapon in burgeoning Italian arsenal

The Italian Renaissance: How Mancini’s team transformed into a goal-machine
Fri, Jun 18, 2021

From a strong-armed defensive firm, Italy have remoulded into a silver-footed attacking group. From habitual one-zero goal-grinders, they have reengineered into ravenous goal merchants.

Euro 2020: Mancini’s Italy spread wings, take flight
Wed, Jun 16, 2021

By creating width on field, Italy coach Mancini has mobilised wingers into action.

Euro 2020: The world at Kylian Mbappe’s feet
Tue, Jun 15, 2021

With searing speed, enviable skill and voracious appetite for goals, the possibilities are infinite for Kylian Mbappe at UEFA Euro 2020.

Sterling show: England striker shows his value, qualities
Mon, Jun 14, 2021

It was not a pass meant for Sterling. It might have been for Harry Kane who hulks the central territory, or it could have been for Phil Foden slicing in from the right wing. But it was Sterling who pounced in, from apparent in a tournament in his 13th match through four competitions -- gave England a 1-0 win over Croatia on Sunday in their UEFA Euro 2020 opener.

England evolve from set piece-reliant to irresistible creative force
Sun, Jun 13, 2021

Croatia knocked England out of the 2018 World Cup in what was a tactical coup, but England have traced an upward trajectory since then.

EURO 2020: Europe’s victory before kick-off
Fri, Jun 11, 2021

EURO 2020: Amidst the waning of the pandemic in the continent, some of the best players will put football back in the mindspace of fans.

Explained: The complications of holding Euro 2020 in 11 countries during the pandemic
Thu, Jun 17, 2021

The Euro 2021 will travel to 11 countries, tracing the length and breadth of the continent. The tournament will be spread from Bilbao to St Petersburg, Dublin to Baku, binding diverse cultures and climes, ideals and ideologies.

The long and short of travel at the Euros: Some teams play at home while others have to criss-cross Europe
Fri, Jun 11, 2021

For the first time in history, the Euro Cup is spread across 11 different venues in Europe this year.

Don’t board the flight if you think NZ have edge in the finals: Virat Kohli
Thu, Jun 03, 2021

Kohli fired up as team embarks on era-defining tour; World Test Championship final followed by Test series against England.

Mithali & Co ready for a leap into unknown in return to Tests
Wed, Jun 02, 2021

In her career that spans 20 years, Mithali has featured in just 10 Tests, of which two have come in the last 14 years.

UEFA Champions League Final: A ploy that failed, and one that triumphed
Mon, May 31, 2021

To unlock Chelsea's iron-wall backline, guarded by three solid centre-backs and two midfield enforcers, Pep Guardiola thought he required the collective ingenuity of his most creative players.

Mosquito attack distracts world chess title challenger Nepomniachtchi in Crypto Cup semifinal
Sun, May 30, 2021

A new terminology enters chess lexicon: The mosquito gambit. The 30-year-old Russian was seen swatting, swiping and swishing the air as the match unfolded, at times almost slapping himself on the face.

Mind games: Two intellectuals and chess on a football pitch
Sun, May 30, 2021

Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel's bond was forged not so much on the field but more on dinner tables at bars in Munich and Mainz, hours discussing football and football philosophies and dissecting tactics and formations.

Redeemer of lost causes: Luis Suarez
Tue, May 25, 2021

In taking Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title, Luis Suarez found redemption & identity for a career that has few shades of grey.

A crypto variation: Bitcoin as prize money in sports
Sun, May 23, 2021

Bitcoin springs up as winners’ prize with chess, football entering crypto space, finds SANDIP G

Alisson Becker: From saving goals to scoring them
Tue, May 18, 2021

Alisson part of long South American tradition of custodians making an impact at the other end.

City walk the Pep talk
Fri, May 14, 2021

Pep Guardiola shrugs off Manchester City’s November pain to gallop creatively to the English Premier League title

Ishant, Bumrah, Shami reunion raises hopes for India in England
Tue, May 11, 2021

Ishant, Bumrah & Shami will bowl together in a Test after more than a year, as India eye WTC crown & England series

Form over potential: India squad for WTC final, England Tests announced
Mon, Jun 14, 2021

To scale the twin peaks of clinching the World Test Championship and winning a series in England, India’s selectors have broken away from the much-trodden horses-for-courses path as well as their fixation with seam-bowling all-rounders and wrist spinners.

Explained: The secret behind Jos Buttler’s six-hitting prowess in IPL 2021
Wed, May 05, 2021

What are Jos Buttler’s favourite six-hitting shots? What role does stance play in Buttler’s batting?

Jos Buttler adds to Sunrisers Hyderabad’s misery
Mon, May 03, 2021

Buttler’s strength and Mustafizur’s subtlety swamp Hyderabad

Explained: How AB de Villiers has gone from Mr 360 to 180, and why it’s working
Wed, May 05, 2021

AB de Villiers has directly influenced three of RCB’s five victories, shellacking 204 runs at a staggering strike rate of 174 runs, the highest among any batsman who has scored more than 200 runs in this edition.

Old master does it again as young prodigy fails to take Capitals home
Wed, Apr 28, 2021

AB de Villiers continues to beguile, while Hetmyer’s dazzle ends in tears

A star in the making: Devdutt Padikkal
Sat, Apr 24, 2021

RCB opener and rising Karnataka star Padikkal has a good head on shoulders and is adept off the frontfoot and backfoot.