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 •  The sailor who made history for India
'At the Asian Games I had a dream, to stand on the podium and have the tri-colour hoisted.''I missed one thing in Jakarta -- the national anthem being played.''I hope to make it happen at the Olympics by winning gold.'
 •  Youth Olympics: Triple jumper Chitravel clinches bronze
This was India's second athletics medal in these ongoing Games after Suraj Panwar clinched a silver in men's 5000m race walk event.
 •  PHOTOS: Brazil down Argentina; Belgium held by Netherlands
A stoppage-time goal from Miranda gave Brazil a 1-0 win over South American rivals Argentina in a foul-strewn friendly, while Netherlands secured a 1-1 draw at neighbours Belgium.
 •  Nations League: Griezmann double helps France down Germany
Germany, who crashed out at the group stage in the World Cup in Russia, suffered their sixth defeat of 2018.
 •  Denmark Open: Saina rallies to advance; shock loss for Sindhu
Third seed Sindhu lost 17-21, 21-16, 18-21 to Zhang in another tough opening encounter that lasted 56 minutes.
 •  Youth Olympics: Panwar wins silver in men's 5000m race walk
India's Suraj Panwar clinched a silver in men's 5000m race walk event in the ongoing Youth Olympic Games to open the country's medal account in athletics in Buenos Aires.
 •  Tennis round-up: Halep withdraws from Moscow event
Halep sustained the injury last month while training for the Wuhan Open, where she lost in the second round. She then retired midway through her opener in Shanghai.
 •  PM felicitates athletes on return from Asian Para Games
The gold medal winners were given a cash award of Rs 30 lakh each, while silver and bronze medallists took home Rs 20 lakh and Rs 10 lakh respectively.
 •  Football Friendly: Japan stun World No 5 Uruguay in thriller
Inspired by 24-year-old playmaker Shoya Nakajima and forward Takumi Minamino, who finished the night with a brace, Japan stunned Oscar Tabarez's side, who are ranked fifth in the world.
 •  'Tiger Woods, the only athlete bigger than the sport'
Jeev, whose career took a hit because of incessant injury breakdowns, praised the American for winning his 80th PGA Tour title last month, which was his first in five years.
 •  Turkish prosecutor seeks 12-year jail term for Barcelona's Turan
Turan has been accused of sexual harassment, unlicensed possession of weapons and causing intentional injury over the fight with singer Berkay Sahin, Anadolu news agency said.
 •  Mourinho charged by FA over abusive language
The Portuguese coach was reported to have directed an insult in his native language towards a camera which was live tracking him down the touchline after his side's 3-2 comeback win at Old Trafford.
 •  Will Bolt accept professional football deal in Malta?
Maltese champions Valletta FC said they hope to sign the eight-times Olympic gold medallist in time for him to participate in their Maltese Super Cup match on December 13 against Balzan.
 •  Nations League: Ruthless England leave Spain shell-shocked
England ran riot by scoring three first-half goals to stun Spain and earn a 3-2 away win in the Nations League on Monday as they moved back into contention in League A Group 4 with their first victory on Spanish soil for 31 years.
 •  Meet Tata Open Maharashtra's star attraction!
South Korean tennis player Hyeon Chung will be a star attraction at the second edition of Tata Open Maharashtra beginning in December.
 •  Southgate says Premier League's early start has taken toll on players
The English top flight was the earliest of the major European leagues to start this season, kicking off on Aug. 10, a week before Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie A and a fortnight ahead of Germany's Bundesliga.
 •  Tennis Round-up: French Open champ Halep ends year as World No 1
The 27-year-old Romanian beat Sloane Stephens at Roland Garros to win her maiden Grand Slam title in June and will have spent 40 weeks at the top of the rankings by the end of the season.
 •  Football Roundup: Barca defensive problems mount
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Youth Olympics: India men and women's hockey teams settle for silver
Skipper Vivek Sagar Prasad's brace went in vain as Malaysia made a valiant fight back in the second half to clinch the yellow metal.
 •  Nations League: Portugal 'B Squad' hammer Scotland 3-0
Debutant Helder Costa opened the scoring on his international debut for an experimental Portugal who made 10 changes from the team which started the 3-2 Nations League win in Poland on Thursday.
 •  Wrestler Simran wins silver at Youth Olympics
India's wrestler Simran settled for a silver in women's freestyle 43 kg category competition after she lost to Emily Shilson of United States in the final bout at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.
 •  Djokovic crushes Coric to win fourth Shanghai title
The 14-times Grand Slam champion will surpass Roger Federer as world number two when the next edition of the ATP rankings are released on Monday.
 •  Veteran Paes claims his second title of 2018
Leander Paes won his second Challenger level title of the season, lifting the Santo Domingo Open trophy with partner Miguel Angel Reyyes-Varela.
 •  Schumacher's son Mick wins European F3 title
Mick Schumacher, the 19-year-old son of seven-times Formula One world champion Michael, won the European Formula Three title.
 •  PIX: Depay shines as Netherlands thump Germany
Memphis Depay scored one goal and put in an exhilarating all-round display as the Netherlands outclassed Germany 3-0 in their UEFA Nations League clash.
 •  Youth Olympics: Indian men's, women's teams enter hockey final
The Indian men's and women's teams advanced to the final of hockey 5s competition in the Youth Olympics after registering emphatic wins over their respective opponents in Buenos Aires.
 •  Hazard would love to work with Mourinho again!
Hazard, who will face his former manager when Chelsea host United in the league next Saturday, admitted he made a complacent start to that campaign.
 •  Messi should not be considered footballing God, roars Maradona
'It's useless trying to make a leader out of a man who goes to the toilet 20 times before a game'
 •  Sports Shorts: Sharma in joint lead in Kuala Lumpur
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Saturday
 •  Tennis Round-up: Paes in Santo Domingo Open final
It will be the second consecutive final for Paes and Angel, who also reached the final at Montrrey Challenger last week, ending runners-up to Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Marcelo Arevalo.
 •  Lippi's China held scoreless by India in 'Earth Derby'
It was the first meeting between the countries in more than two decades and has been dubbed 'The Earth Derby' as it features nations that are home to a third of the world's population.
 •  Para Asiad: India record best-ever showing with 72 podium finishes
In the last edition in 2014, India won 33 medals (3 gold, 14 silver, 16 bronze).
 •  Shanghai Masters: Coric stuns Federer, faces Djokovic in final
Coric was quick out of the blocks at the Qi Zhong Stadium as he broke in the opening game against the top seed and only lost five points on serve to clinch the first set in 34 minutes.
 •  Shuttler Kashyap loses passport in Amsterdam, seeks help from MEA
The 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medallist lost his passport in Amsterdam on Friday night and is now stranded in the city in The Netherlands. He is supposed to leave for Odense on Sunday for the Denmark Open.
 •  Arsenal legend Henry named head coach of French club Monaco
Henry, who started out playing for Monaco and went on to enjoy a stellar club career with Arsenal and Barcelona, has been working as assistant coach for the Belgian national team but has never been in charge of a team in his own right.
 •  Youth Olympics: Shuttler Lakshya bags silver; women's hockey team in semis
Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen settled for a silver medal after he lost in the men's singles final against Li Shifeng of China in straight games at the Youth Olympics.
 •  Bolt fires two goals in Mariners trial
The 32-year-old Jamaican, who is hoping to win a contract ahead of the Mariners' 2018-19 A-League campaign, was in the thick of the action as the Mariners recorded a 4-0 win over Macarthur South West United.
 •  Nations Cup: Lukaku double lifts Belgium to win; Croatia hold England
Romelu Lukaku scored twice to earn Belgium a 2-1 victory over Switzerland in the Nations League on Friday, lifting the mood in the country after a week marred by match-fixing allegations.
 •  Hockey Team set KBC hot seat on fire with Sr Bachchan
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan welcomed the Indian Hockey team on his quiz show titled 'Kaun Banega Crorepati.
 •  Youth Olympics: Manu wins silver, men's hockey team progresses to semis
Young shooting sensation Manu Bhaker became the second Indian after judoka Tababi Devi to win two medals at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) after winning a silver while the men's hockey team moved to the semi-finals with a 4-2 win over Poland, in Buenos Aires, on Friday.
 •  Federer, Djokovic advance to Shanghai semis
Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer returned to form to beat Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-6(4) and reach the Shanghai Masters semi-finals on Friday.
 •  Asian Para Games: India win 5 gold, Deepa wins 2nd bronze
Deepa Malik produced her best effort in her fourth attempt, a 9.67 metre throw to win the bronze medal.
 •  Bolt fires two goals in Australia's Central Coast Mariners trial
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt scored two goals in his first start for the Central Coast Mariners in a trial match on Friday that he hopes could pave the way for a professional contract as a soccer player.
 •  PIX: World Champions France held to a draw; Spain crush Wales
France substitute Kylian Mbappe engineered two late goals to rescue a 2-2 draw against Iceland and spare the blushes of the world champions in their friendly.
 •  PKL can give the IPL a run for its money
'At a time when sports leagues are often smothered by the allure of spurious glamour, it is easy to forget what makes them so exciting in the first place: The sport itself.''At its core, the PKL has a fast-paced, engaging sport working for it.''Simply put, kabaddi, with its end-to-end action and oscillating fortunes, is almost never dull to watch,' says Dhruv Munjal.
 •  Here's what Hazard has to do to win Ballon d'Or...
Chelsea's Eden Hazard believes he may need to join a Spanish club in order to be crowned the world's best player, but he ruled out a move in the January transfer window.
 •  Asian Para Games: Clean sweep of medals for India in men's high jump
Sharad Kumar smashes continental record for gold in men's high jump
 •  Football Roundup: AFC nominates I-League for best developing football league
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Tennis Roundup: Federer battles past Bautista Agut in Shanghai
Twice Shanghai Masters champion Roger Federer was far from his best against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut but did enough to reach the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win on Thursday.
 •  Youth Olympics: Archana loses bronze play-off, women's team lose
India endured a medal-less outing at the Youth Olympics after the gold rush of the previous three days as the women's hockey team lost to Argentina and rising table tennis player Archana Kamath went down in the bronze medal match in Buenos Aires.
 •  Terry named Aston Villa assistant manager
Smith, who developed a reputation for playing exciting, attacking football at Brentford, is a Villa fan and will replace Steve Bruce, who was sacked last week following the second tier side's dismal start to the season.
 •  Injured SV Sunil in serious doubt for hockey World Cup
'I am still hopeful because a week has already passed and recovery from the LCL injury generally takes four weeks. Let's see what happens'
 •  PIX: Nadal joins volunteers in clean-up op after floods in Majorca
The tennis star also opened the doors of his Rafael Nadal Academy to those who were affected by the storm.
 •  Silver for javelin thrower Gurjar at Asian Para Games
In the same event, Rinku picked up a bronze medal to make it an India-dominated podium. The F46 category of disability covers upper limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement.
 •  When soccer players were charged over attacks...
Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner has been charged with violence after an incident last month with a Copenhagen taxi driver, the driver's lawyer said on Thursday.
 •  Messi to be part of world-renowned entertainment troupe
Cirque du Soleil to make show on Lionel Messi
 •  Football friendlies: Win evades Italy again, held by Ukraine
Coach Roberto Mancini made eight changes to the starting line-up from the team which lost 1-0 to Portugal in the Nations League in their last outing where he in turn had made nine changes from the previous game.
 •  PIX: Aishwarya cheers for Abhishek's kabaddi team
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya joined Abhishek to support the team from the stands.
 •  PIX: Cyclone Titli fails to dampen hockey stadium's inauguration
Cyclone 'Titli' did dampen the spirits of hockey fans to some extent but not veterans like Dilip Tirkey and Dhanraj Pillay who were excited about the exhibition match played, in Bhubaneswar, on Wednesday.
 •  Chaudhary bosses his way to shooting gold at Youth Olympics
Saurabh Chaudhary claimed the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event at the Youth Olympic Games, in Buenos Aires, on Wednesday, capping off the Indian shooting team's best-ever outing in the mega event on a rousing note.
 •  Tennis Roundup: Federer survives Medvedev scare in Shanghai
Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer battled past in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the last-16 at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.
 •  Sultan of Johor Cup: India beat Australia, seal semifinal spot
The Indian junior men's hockey team recorded its fourth successive victory at the Sultan of Johor Cup with a 5-4 win over defending champions Australia, assuring a semifinal spot.
 •  Real Kashmir: Changing the goalpost in Valley for better
The first club from Jammu and Kashmir to qualify for the I-League is slowly building up
 •  Coulthard backed 'W series' will see women race in F1
No woman has competed in Formula One since 1976 but organisers of the 'W Series' hope to provide a platform for them to develop skills before taking on the men further up the motorsport ladder.The idea of an all-female series is not new but has been controversial in the past, with top women racers adamant they want to compete against the men rather than be separated.
 •  Youth Olympics: Indian women's hockey team thrash Vanuatu 16-0
Forward Mumtaz Khan (8th, 11th, 12th, 15th) scored four times and Chetna scored thrice (6th, 14th, 17th) to help India achieve the dominating win on Monday night.
 •  Sindhu comes out in support of #metoo movement
Reputations, especially in Bollywood, took a beating when people such as Tanushree Dutta and Vinta Nanda named Nana Patekar and Alok Nath for alleged misconduct years ago.
 •  Nations League update: Injured Matic withdraws from Serbia squad
The 30-year-old joins Luke Shaw in the treatment room after the left back pulled out of the England squad with an injury on Monday.
 •  Can France emulate World Cup-Euro double?
The 44-year-old Pires was a member of the French side and teammate of current national manager Didier Deschamps that won the tournament for the first time at home in 1998.
 •  Usain Bolt ready to play for his footballing future
The 32-year-old eight-time Olympic gold medallist is trying to transform himself from global athletics superstar to professional football player and hopes to win a contract for the Mariners ahead of the 2018-19 Australian top flight campaign.
 •  Football Roundup: Belgium raids top soccer clubs over fraud
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Asiad Para Games: Gold for archer Harvinder
Harvinder defeated China's Zhao Lixue 6-0 in the W2/ST category final to claim the top honours and take India's gold tally to seven. The W2 category of impairment covers athletes with paraplegia, diplegia or double leg amputation below the knee, requiring wheelchair.
 •  Youth Olympic champ Jeremy looking to bulk up for Tokyo Games
Newly crowned youth Olympic champion Jeremy Lalrinnunga wanted to follow the footsteps of his boxer father but no sooner did the teenager see the unadulterated use of strength in weightlifting he had his heart set on the sport.
 •  Refugee team to take part at Tokyo 2020 Olympics: IOC
IOC President Thomas Bach asked members of the Olympic body at its session in Buenos Aires to support the creation of a refugee team, along the lines of the one that competed at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. The members responded with applause.
 •  Three more women accuse Ronaldo of rape?
Mayorga's lawyer Leslie Stovall has claimed that she received a call from a woman 'having had a similar experience (like that of Mayorga's)', according to British media.
 •  How FIFA plans to boost women's football
FIFA said in a statement that it would work closely with member associations through workshops and special initiatives to "encourage female empowerment" through football.
 •  Who will win WTA Player of the Year?
Other nominees for the prize are Angelique Kerber (Germany), Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic and Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark).
 •  Youth Olympics: Manu, Jeremy make it a day of golden firsts for India
Indian shooter Manu Bhaker won gold in women's 10m Air Pistol in Youth Olympics on Tuesday.
 •  Indian sports' 'me too' moment?
Indian badminton player Jwala Gutta, on Tuesday, raked up past complaints of 'mental harassment' and selection biases, saying that what she went through fell under the ambit of the ongoing Me Too movement.
 •  Tennis Roundup: Who will bag the WTA Player of the Year award?
World Number one Simona Halep and Japan's Naomi Osaka are among the players nominated for the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Player of the Year award.
 •  Respect ball kids, Federer tells fellow pros
Tennis players need to respect ball boys and ball girls, Roger Federer said in the wake of a row following Fernando Verdasco's rant over a sweaty towel.
 •  Has Mourinho become easy target for criticism?
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has become an easy target for criticism after his club's slow start to the season, but the players themselves must take more responsibility, according to former Reds striker Wayne Rooney.
 •  Age fraud in ISL? Is Jamshedpur FC's Gourav Mukhi 16?
AIFF to probe Jamshedpur FC player's age discrepancy issue
 •  Can in-form Hamilton break Schumacher's F1 records?
Lewis Hamilton's record already bears comparison to Michael Schumacher's, and in some areas exceeds the great German's achievements.
 •  Mizo weightlifting sensation wins India's first Youth Olympics gold
The 15-year-old from Aizwal, who is also a world youth silver-medallist, lifted a total of 274 kg (124 kg +150 kg) to finish on top.
 •  Ekta wins club throw gold for India at Asian Para Games
Ekta Bhyan won India's fourth gold at the Asian Para Games by topping the women's club throw event in Jakarta.
 •  Will Chelsea's Hazard join Real Madrid?
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard still hopes he can one day fulfil his dream of playing for Real Madrid.
 •  F1: Mission impossible for Vettel as Hamilton nears fifth title
The German's hopes of winning a fifth Formula One title this season moved away from slim and closer to non-existent at Suzuka.
 •  Ronaldo among first nominees for Ballon d'Or award
Ronaldo's nomination comes after the 33-year-old last week denied rape allegations levelled against him by a woman who sued him in court in the United States.
 •  Balotelli will get Italy recall when in form: Mancini
Balotelli was recalled after a four-year absence and given the captaincy for Mancini's first matches in charge in May but the 28-year-old has played only three times for his French club Nice this season and failed to score.
 •  Tennis Round-up: Wawrinka, Kyrgios stunned in Shanghai
Coric, who had failed to win a match in his last two appearances in Beijing and Shenzhen, saved two break points at 3-3 in the second set and clinched the first four games of the decider to record his 32nd match win of the season.
 •  Asian Para Games: 11 medals for India, javelin thrower Sandeep smashes world record
Sandeep Chaudhary claimed the top honours with a best throw of 60.01m, which he managed in his third attempt.
 •  Youth Olympics: Shooter Mehuli settles for silver in 10m air rifle
Mehuli had topped the qualifying with a score of 628.8 earlier in the morning and led the eight-woman finals field after 10 shots with a score of 104.3, 1.1 ahead of Stephanie.
 •  Talking points from the weekend in the English Premier League
Liverpool and champions Manchester City drew 0-0 at Anfield while Chelsea and Arsenal enjoyed comfortable away wins. City are top on goal difference from Liverpool and Chelsea with Arsenal two points behind.
 •  Five talking points from the weekend in La Liga
Barcelona drew 1-1 at Valencia after Real Madrid lost 1-0 away to Alaves, allowing Sevilla to go top of La Liga with a 2-1 home win over Celta Vigo on Sunday. Here are five talking points from the weekend's La Liga action.
 •  Liverpool boss Klopp slams 'senseless' Nations League
Klopp and his City counterpart Pep Guardiola were satisfied with their team's displays in a tight, tactical encounter which finished 0-0 at Anfield, but the German was clearly frustrated to now lose his players for international duty.
 •  After 23 years, Chelsea legend Terry hangs up his football boots
The central defender has been without a club since leaving Championship (second-tier) side Aston Villa following their playoff defeat by Fulham at Wembley Stadium last season.
 •  Devi wins India's first ever Olympic medal in judo at Youth Games
Thangjam Tababi Devi became India's first judo medallist at the Olympic level, claiming a silver at the ongoing Youth Games after losing to Venezuela's Maria Giminez in the final of the women's 44kg category.
 •  Guess which team is leading La Liga? Not Real or Barca...
Sevilla became surprise Liga leaders on Sunday after beating visiting Celta Viga 2-1 while champions Barcelona drew 1-1 at Valencia thanks to another Lionel Messi strike but are still without a victory in their last four league games.
 •  PIX: Mahrez miss leaves City, Liverpool and Chelsea all level at top
Manchester City are top on goal difference, with Chelsea second and Liverpool dropping to third, two points ahead of Arsenal, who routed Fulham 5-1.
 •  Indian shuttlers win five medals in Asia Junior championship
Meghana and Tasnim pair defeated Korean duo of Yeo Jin Gong and Da Yeon Jeong 23-21, 21-18 in the final to secure the Under-15 girls doubles title.
 •  Jamshedpur FC hold Bengaluru FC to 2-2 draw on Cahill's ISL debut
Jamshedpur piled up the pressure as the first-half progressed but their final delivery into the box lacked clarity. Mario Arques struck a dangerous free-kick at Gurpreet Singh's goal but it sailed inches over the bar.
 •  Youth Olympics: Shooter Tushar Mane bags silver
Mane, who qualified third for the final, shot 247.5 to win the silver while Grigorii Shamakov took the gold with 249.2. Aleksa Mitrovic of Serbia won the bronze with a score of 227.9.
 •  Stunning Farah claims Chicago Marathon for European record
After biding his time for much of the race, the British four-time Olympic track champion surged to the lead in the final four miles and broke Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew to shatter the European marathon record of 2:05:48 despite wet and sometimes windy conditions.
 •  Tennis round-up; Medvedev shocks Nishikori to win Japan Open
Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev stunned home favourite Kei Nishikori in Tokyo on Sunday, winning the final of the Japan Open 6-2, 6-4 in just over one hour.
 •  EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal thrash Fulham 5-1; Chelsea win
IMAGES from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday
 •  Sultan of Johor Cup: India maul New Zealand 7-1
Prabhjot Singh (6th minute), Shilanand Lakra (15th, 43rd), Harmanjit Singh (21st), Mohd Faraz (23rd), Abhishek (50th) and skipper Mandeep Mor (60th) were the goal scorers for India.
 •  Vettel blames Verstappen for costly collision
Sebastian Vettel blamed Red Bull's Max Verstappen on Sunday for a Japanese Grand Prix tangle that dealt a huge blow to the Ferrari driver's fading Formula One title hopes.
 •  Brawls overshadow Khabib's UFC title win over McGregor
Three of the Russian's team were arrested and later released on a black night for a sport that has struggled to win mainstream acceptance for 25 years.
 •  Hamilton wins in Japan; closes in on F1 title
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, the Briton's closest rival, finished only sixth after an early collision with Red Bull's Max Verstappen left the German fighting back from 19th place.
 •  Real Madrid's troubles deepen with loss at Alaves
Real Madrid's miserable run of results continued as they slid to a shock 1-0 La Liga defeat at Alaves by conceding a goal deep in stoppage time on Saturday, marking their longest run without scoring in over 33 years.
 •  EPL PIX: Sanchez rescues United and Mourinho with late winner
Manchester United battled back from two goals down to beat Newcastle United 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday as a 90th-minute winner from Alexis Sanchez completed a spirited comeback to ease the pressure on manager Jose Mourinho.
 •  PIX: Bayern thumped at home; Dortmund top Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund stayed top of the Bundesliga by beating Augsburg 4-3, while titleholders Bayern Munich were thumped 3-0 at home by Borussia Moenchengladbach.
 •  Ronaldo on target again as Juve maintain perfect start
Unstoppable Juventus maintained their perfect start to the season after 10 matches when first-half goals from Rodrigo Bentancur and Cristiano Ronaldo gave them a 2-0 win at Udinese in Serie A on Saturday.
 •  ISL-V: FC Goa beat holders Chennaiyin FC
FC Goa handed defending champions Chennaiyin FC a 3-1 defeat in an Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Chennai, on Saturday.
 •  Roundup: Nishikori through to final; Sevastova to face Wozniacki
Home favourite Kei Nishikori defeated Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-6(2), 6-1 in the semi-finals of the Japan Open on Saturday, setting up a final against Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev.
 •  Sultan of Johor Cup: India beat Malaysia in opener
The Indian junior men's hockey team started their campaign at the eighth Sultan of Johor Cup with a hard fought 2-1 win over hosts Malaysia, in Johor Bahru, on Saturday.
 •  Vettel defends Ferrari's tyre gamble in Japan qualifying
Ferrari, expecting rain, sent Vettel and team mate Kimi Raikkonen out on the intermediate tyres at the start of the final shootout phase of qualifying.
 •  Hamilton storms to 80th pole in Japan, Vettel ninth
Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel qualified only ninth.
 •  ISL-V: Bhumij's late strike helps Mumbai City hold Kerala Blasters
Pranjal Bhumij scored a stoppage time goal to help Mumbai City FC hold hosts Kerala Blasters to a 1-1 draw in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL), in Kochi, on Friday.
 •  Ronaldo rape accusations: Juventus shares dip
Shares in top-tier Italian football club Juventus fell sharply, on Friday, with a trader attributing the move to rape allegations against its recently acquired star player Cristiano Ronaldo.
 •  Chess Olympiad: Indian men finish sixth; women eighth
India had a disappointing outing at the 43rd Chess Olympiad with the men's team finishing a poor sixth and the women ending their campaign at a lowly eighth spot, in Batumi, on Friday.
 •  China Open: Emotional Osaka battles past Zhang into semis
US Open champion Naomi Osaka fought back tears and rallied from a set down to outlast Zhang Shuai 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the China Open quarter-finals on Friday.
 •  'Ronaldo ready to play despite rape allegations'
Juventus coach Massimo Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to play for the Serie A team against Udinese on Saturday.
 •  After Asiads, her life has changed but she has not changed...
Asian Games heptathlon gold medal changed her life as she became a star but Swapna Barman, on Friday, said she sometimes get nervous and scared of the people's high expectations.
 •  One issue still clouding 2020 Olympic swimming venue...
Tokyo 2020 organisers are determined to stage Olympic swimming events in the city centre Odaiba Marine Park venue despite continuing confusion over the water quality.
 •  Why Bhupathi's IPTL shut shop
Mahesh Bhupathi was on Friday accused of non-payment of dues by the production company that was involved in the broadcast of his star-studded league International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) but the Indian tennis ace said he is not responsible for the situation.
 •  PHOTOS: Wins for Arsenal, Chelsea and Milan; Sevilla upset
Arsenal enjoyed a 3-0 win in Azerbaijan against Qarabag in the Europa League on Thursday and AC Milan beat Greece's Olympiakos Piraeus 3-1 but Sevilla suffered a shock defeat by Russians Krasnodar.
 •  Sponsors EA, Nike concerned about Ronaldo rape claims
Nike has worked with Ronaldo since 2003 and in 2016 announced a lifetime deal with him worth which could be worth as much as $1 billion.
 •  ISL: ATK suffer second successive defeat
The home side, who kicked off the fifth ISL season with a 0-2 loss to Kerala Blasters, were reduced to 10 players in the 32nd minute when Sena Ralte was sent off for a sloppy challenge.
 •  Keane hits out at Manchester United's 'cry babies'
'Don't get that worried about what the manager's said about you... you get out there and play. You can follow it up after the match but when the game's going on liven up. Play with pride, play with energy, play with spirit.'
 •  Southgate to coach England until 2022 World Cup
Southgate, who had two years left on his deal, will now lead England into the Euro 2020 tournament and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
 •  Tennis Round-up: Wozniacki, Kvitova book WTA Finals berths
Zhang Shuai stunned Wimbledon Champion Angelique Kerber 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 in the China Open on Thursday to set up a quarter-final clash with Naomi Osaka.
 •  Sports Shorts: Jayaram enters Chinese Taipei Open quarters
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Thursday
 •  Force India had 2.2m pounds worth dues to be paid before July
The report also revealed the parlous finances of the Vijay Mallya-owned team at the time they were taken into administration last July.
 •  'Messi eats at his own table', says Alba after Wembley masterclass
Messi ran amok at Wembley Stadium, slicing Spurs apart with incisive passes from deep, such as the one that allowed Philippe Coutinho to open the scoring, and was as dangerous as ever in front of goal, firing in the Catalan side's final two goals to end their winless run of three games.
 •  Ronaldo left out of Portugal squad; Morata, Koke return to Spain fold
Costa, Alba excluded from Spain squad
 •  Indian Super League has not made much progress: Pires
Pires signed for FC Goa in the opening season of the ISL in 2014. However, after a year-long stint with the club, the world-cup winning Frenchman announced retirement.
 •  Napoli's Milik robbed at gunpoint after Liverpool win, says report
The Polish player was driving through the Varcaturo district of Naples at around 2 am when the motorbike blocked the road and forced him to stop, the report said.
 •  PHOTOS: Maestro Messi fires Barcelona to win at Spurs
Lionel Messi lifted Barcelona out of their recent slump with two goals in a vintage display as his side survived a tenacious Tottenham Hotspur fightback to claim a 4-2 victory in Champions League Group B on Wednesday.
 •  PIX: Napoli stun Liverpool; Neymar treble inspires PSG
Liverpool failed to muster a single shot on target in a Champions League game for the first time since a 1-0 defeat to Benfica in February 2006.
 •  Aston Villa sack Bruce as manager
Aston Villa have terminated the contract of manager Steve Bruce following a dismal start to the season, the English Championship club said on Wednesday.
 •  Chess Olympiad: Indian men lose to Armenia; women held by Italy
India men's team's medal chances took a hit as Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran lost a crucial match which resulted in Indian men's team shock defeat at the hands of eighth seeded Armenia in the ninth round of the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Batumi.
 •  ISL-V: FC Pune City hold Delhi Dynamos in close contest
Miguel Angel Portugal's Pune City managed to earn a hard- fought 1-1 draw at the death against home side Delhi Dynamos in their Hero Indian Super League opener, in New Delhi, on Wednesday.
 •  Soccer star Ronaldo denies rape accusations
Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday denied rape allegations levelled against him, saying his conscience was clear and that he would calmly await the results of any investigation.
 •  World chess gets first new president in over two decades
The World Chess Federation elected its first new president in more than two decade, on Wednesday, choosing former Russian deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich as its head after an election marred by mud-slinging and recriminations.
 •  Is it time for Mourinho to go?
Manchester United skipper Antonio Valencia apologised for liking an Instagram post that called for manager Jose Mourinho to be sacked after Tuesday's goalless draw against Spanish side Valencia in the Champions League.
 •  Sports Shorts: Del Potro powers on in Beijing as Dimitrov bows out
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Wednesday
 •  Will Mourinho be the first EPL manager to leave this season?
Under-fire Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been priced odds-on to be the first Premier League manager to leave his job this season.
 •  What Vettel must do to stay in F1 title race...
Sebastian Vettel may need to rely on a stroke of luck at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday if the German wants to keep alive his diminishing hopes of claiming a fifth Formula One title.
 •  Champions League PIX: United held by Valencia; City win
IMAGES from the Champions League matches played on Tuesday
 •  League Cup: Southampton beat Everton on penalties
Saints' keeper Angus Gunn saved Theo Walcott's penalty and defender Cedric slotted his effort past Maarten Stekelenburg to put the visitors into the last-16 where they will play away at Leicester City.
 •  Champions League: Real Madrid suffer shock loss to CSKA Moscow
The result continued a dismal streak for Madrid, who have won only two of their last five games in all competitions
 •  ISL-V: Jamshedpur FC blank Mumbai City FC
Jamshedpur FC began their Indian Super League campaign on a winning note as they defeated Mumbai City FC 2-0, courtesy goals by Spanish Mario Arques and Pablo Morgado, in Mumbai, on Tuesday.
 •  Chess Olympiad: Indian men beat Czech Republic, Hungarian eves shock Indian women
Krishnan Sasikiran guided Indian men to a 2.5-1.5 win over Czech Republic but the women's team suffered a shocking 1-3 defeat against Hungary in the eighth round of the 43rd chess Olympiad, in Batumi, on Tuesday.
 •  CL Preview: Be optimistic, Pochettino urges depleted Spurs ahead of Barca clash
Tottenham Hotspur will be without five key players for at least two weeks due to injury, but manager Mauricio Pochettino was in upbeat mood ahead of the Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday.
 •  Tennis Roundup: Muguruza falls to Sabalenka in Beijing 2nd Rd
Former world number one Garbine Muguruza was beaten 7-5, 6-4 by Aryna Sabalenka in the China Open second round on Tuesday while an ailing Jelena Ostapenko lost 6-0, 6-0 to Wang Qiang.
 •  Never lose hope...This 'keeper gets national call-up at 42!
Slavia Sofia's 42-year-old goalkeeper Georgi Petkov has rejoined the Bulgarian national squad ahead of their UEFA Nations League matches against Cyprus and Norway.
 •  NADA brings tennis players, National championship under its ambit
Widening its net, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has, for the first time ever, collected samples from close to 20 tennis players competing at the National Tennis Championships at DLTA Complex, in New Delhi.
 •  How to reduce time-wasting in EPL...
The ball was in play in Burnley's 2-1 win for just 42 minutes and two seconds out of the regulation 90 minutes.
 •  Ryder Cup fan 'loses sight' after being hit by Koepka drive
Ryder Cup organisers are helping a spectator who said she had been blinded after being struck in the eye by a tee shot played by American Brooks Koepka during the weekend's match against Europe, they said on Tuesday.
 •  Champions League Preview: Depleted Real highly motivated for CSKA test
Champions League holders Real Madrid will have to work around a string of injuries to key players in a tough match against CSKA Moscow, manager Julen Lopetegui said on Monday.
 •  'Door open for Guardiola return'
Pep Guardiola would be welcomed back to Barcelona with open arms after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the door is always open for the La Liga side's former player and coach to return to the Nou Camp.
 •  Soccer star Ronaldo sued for alleged rape
A Nevada woman has sued Cristiano Ronaldo and is participating in a police investigation of the global soccer star for an alleged rape at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009, according to a complaint filed by her lawyer.
 •  ISL: NEUFC, FC Goa share spoils in exciting draw
Ferran Corominas (14th, 38th) scored a brace while Federico Gallego (8th) and Bartholomew Ogbeche (53rd) found the net for the hosts.
 •  Chess Olympiad: Indian men beat Egypt; Women hold Georgia
In the women section being held alongside, Indian women played out a hard-fought draw against experienced Georgia 1 team. All the games were drawn.
 •  Mourinho not feeling the pressure as Valencia test looms
United have struggled this season, collecting 10 points from their opening seven Premier League matches and being dumped out of the League Cup by second-tier Derby County.
 •  'Memory of US Open win is like biting into green tea ice cream'
Naomi Osaka trying to move on from 'bittersweet' maiden Grand Slam title
 •  Djokovic reveals reason behind renewed success
'I had to learn to be patient. I am a different player and a different person than I was three years ago. I still believe I can repeat that 2015-2016 streak when I won four slams in a row, I wouldn't be here if I didn't.'
 •  Gritty India edged out by Korea, fail to qualify for FIFA U-17 WC
The four semi-finalists from the AFC U-16 Championship qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in Peru. India had taken part in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup by virtue of being the host team.
 •  Asian Para Games: Indians denied entry to Athletes village
A top official of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) said that the para-athletes were initially denied entry when they arrived at the Games Village as the Sports Ministry had not till then cleared funds to the tune of US$2.5 lakh.
 •  Manu Bhaker named India's flag-bearer at Youth Olympic Games
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra made the announcement during the send-off ceremony in New Delhi on Monday.
 •  Delhi likely to host Davis Cup tie against Italy
A total of 24 teams will play in the knockout Qualifiers on February 1 and 2 to decide which 12 teams will play the year-end Finals.
 •  Football Roundup: Lille overcome Marseille; PSG win
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Five talking points from the Premier League weekend
Mourinho's tinkerings meant a first start of the season for midfielder Scott McTominay, playing on the right of a three-man defence, while Anthony Martial played instead of the dropped Alexis Sanchez. On this evidence, more changes may be needed when United take on Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday.
 •  Ryder Cup the winner as fans make it a success
What set Le Golf National apart, however, was the unrivalled viewing experience for the fans -- most spectacularly the 7,000-capacity grandstand looming over the first tee.
 •  Five talking points from the weekend in La Liga
Leaders Barcelona and Real Madrid were held to draws while Sevilla made up ground on the top two and Alaves slipped after a promising start. Here are five talking points from the weekend's La Liga action.
 •  Sports Shorts: Jayaram, Sourabh to lead Indian charge at Chinese Taipei Open
Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Saturday
 •  La Liga wide open as Real, Barca, Atletico stumble
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, find themselves in the bizarre situation of having made poor starts to the campaign
 •  Chess Olympiad: India play draw against Russia
Indian men's chess team, led by five-time world champion Vishwanathan Anand, played a 2-2 draw against the Russian squad in the sixth round of the ongoing 43rd Chess Olympiad, in Batumi, on Sunday.
 •  Tennis star Martina Hingis announces pregnancy
Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis has announced her pregnancy on the occasion of her 38th birthday.
 •  Russian Grand Prix: How the Formula One teams fared
Team by team analysis of Sunday's Russian Grand Prix (listed in championship order):
 •  Ryder Cup: Who said what...
Triumphant European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn said his 12 players had made his job an "easy one" during a weekend in which they comprehensively outplayed the United States in France.
 •  Vettel does the maths and decides he still has a chance at F1 title
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel could see his hopes of a fifth Formula One world title fading with the Sochi sunset on Sunday after falling 50 points behind Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton with five races remaining.
 •  Weary Woods sleepwalks his way to four Ryder Cup losses
Tiger Woods accepted responsibility for the American defeat at the Ryder Cup after slumping to a fourth straight loss at Le Golf National, beaten 2&1 by Jon Rahm in the singles on Sunday.
 •  F1: Verstappen stands out on 21st birthday
Max Verstappen celebrated his 21st birthday in style on Sunday with the Red Bull driver carving from the back of the Russian Grand Prix grid to first in the space of 19 laps.
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