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 •  PHOTOS: Federer makes winning return at Australian Open
Roger Federer made a winning return to competitive tennis after six months out of the game on Monday, thrilling a packed Rod Laver Arena as he beat qualifier Juergen Melzer 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the Australian Open second round.
 •  Australian Open: Knight in rusty armour Murray battles through
Andy Murray took to Melbourne Park's centre court as top seed at a grand slam for the first time in his career on Monday but the recently knighted Briton's victory over Illya Marchenko was far from a regal display.
 •  Aus Open PIX: Murray fights off Marchenko, fourth seed Halep stunned
PHOTOS from all the action on Day 1 of the Australian Open on Monday
 •  Ramos sees reverse in fortunes as Real's record run ends
Sergio Ramos has so often been Real Madrid's man of the moment but the captain saw the tables turn as his own goal helped his former club Sevilla to a 2-1 win over the La Liga leaders on Sunday, ending a record-breaking 40-game unbeaten run.
 •  'Switch hit': Big Bash cricket to Aus Open, Barty back with Beck win
The 20-year-old, free of a shoulder injury that forced her out of qualifying for last week's Hobart tournament, won her first match at the Australian Open at her fourth attempt with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Germany's Annika Beck.
 •  Mourinho-Klopp touchline confrontation adds to EPL publicity
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho played down the touchline confrontation that flared up between him and Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp near the end of Sunday's Premier League draw.
 •  Almagro denies money motivation after playing just 23 minutes!
'I was top 10, I have more than $10 million. I'm not going to play for $50,000. It is not the reason'
 •  Inspiring! This Marathoner wants you to break free
Partially paralysed but with unbreakable will power and determination, Nihad Panju has beaten the odds to become a fitness freak and is all set to run his 4th Mumbai Marathon on Sunday.
 •  Serie A: Juve's lead at the top cut after defeat at Fiorentina
Gonzalo Higuain pulled one back three minutes later with a typically opportunist goal, the Argentine's 13th in the league this season, to set up a tense final half hour.
 •  EPL: Exceptional Ibra to United's rescue again in Liverpool draw
Zlatan Ibrahimovic noted this week in his own inimitably self-regarding fashion that he had taken just three months to conquer England.
 •  Manchester City's title hopes hit by Everton teens
Manchester City's Premier League title hopes were delivered a grievous blow on Sunday as Everton's inspired Romelu Lukaku and teenagers Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman made it another crushing afternoon for Pep Guardiola.
 •  Aus Open: Federer, Kerber in the spotlight on day one
Andy Murray embarks on his first Grand Slam campaign as world number one with much stronger title credentials, even if he has lost five finals at Melbourne Park.
 •  PHOTOS: Simbu, Kitur emerge winners at Mumbai Marathon
Tanzania's Alphonce Simbu won the men's elite full marathon event while Kenya's Bornes Kitur bagged the women's title at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai, on Sunday.
 •  EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal enjoy big wins
Chelsea made light of striker Diego Costa's absence to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points with a 3-0 win at champions Leicester City.
 •  Chennai edge past Mumbai to win Premier Badminton League title
Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk produced a superb comeback against Ajay Jayaram in the deciding fifth rubber to help Chennai Smashers edge out Mumbai Rockets 4-3 in a thrilling final to clinch the Premier Badminton League season 2 title.
 •  EPL: Special hat-trick for new dad Kane as Spurs thrash West Brom
Kane, who became a father for the first time last Sunday, celebrated with a treble -- and it could have been more -- as Spurs coasted to a surprisingly easy win, their seventh straight victory in all competitions, to move into second in the table.
 •  FC Barcelona director removed after anti-Messi remarks
Barcelona removed Pere Gratacos as their institutional sporting relations director on Friday after he claimed that Lionel Messi "would not be as good" without his teammates.
 •  Tennis round-up: Tearful Muller wins in Sydney for first tour title
The 33-year-old left-hander from Luxembourg had lost all five of his previous tour finals but prevailed at the sixth attempt in the Australian Open warm-up event at the Olympic Tennis Centre.
 •  Serena defers engagement joy as 7th Aus Open in sight
The World No 2 announced her commitment to the social media entrepreneur shortly before the New Year and while it was "great", she was pushing it to the back of her mind, at least until after Melbourne Park.
 •  No Sir, confident Murray comfortable with being called 'Andy'
Losing five Melbourne Park finals would leave many believing they were destined to never win the Australian Open title but world number one Andy Murray remains confident that this could be the year he lays his demons to rest.
 •  Government ask AITA to conduct election as per Sports Code
To ensure that the National Sports Federations (NSFs) elect office bearers as per the Sports Code only, the government has hardened its stance and latest to fall in line is All India Tennis Association, which has agreed to elect its new President next month.
 •  Zico leaves FC Goa after three seasons in charge
In its immediate next step, the club is in the process of appointing a Technical Director, who has the relevant coaching experience and scouting knowledge within the Indian footballing ecosystem.
 •  Chelsea drop Costa after row over fitness?
Costa, the Premier League's leading scorer with 14 goals, will miss Saturday's game following a disagreement with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and a club fitness coach Julio Tous, the reports say.
 •  Yuki falls to make cut for Australian Open
There will be no Indian presence in the singles main draw at the Australia Open this year with Yuki Bhambri stumbling at the final hurdle, losing his third and final qualifying round match to Ernesto Escobedo, in Melbourne on Saturday.
 •  Holders Barcelona avoid Real Madrid in King's Cup draw
Holders Barcelona were drawn on Friday to play Real Sociedad in the quarter-finals of the King's Cup while Celta Vigo will take on Real Madrid.
 •  Sania-Strycova fail to cross final hurdle at Sydney International
Sania Mirza and her doubles partner Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova went down to Timea Babos of Hungary and Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets in the final of the Apia International tennis tournament in Sydney on Friday.
 •  Sports Ministry revokes IOA suspension
The Sports Ministry on Friday lifted the suspension on the Indian Olympic Association with immediate effect after it removed the corruption-tainted duo of Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents following widespread outrage.
 •  Tennis round-up: Konta wins Sydney title; Goffin retains Kooyong crown
Britain's Johanna Konta overpowered Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-2 in a one-sided victory in the final of the Sydney International on Friday to claim her second career WTA title.
 •  Djokovic faces huge test as he opens Australian Open defence
Top seed Andy Murray could meet Roger Federer or Kei Nishikori in the third round, while Serena faces tricky Belinda Bencic in opening round
 •  China faces one-year ban after trio stripped of Beijing golds
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it had disqualified weightlifting gold medallists Cao Lei (75kg), Chen Xiexia (48 kg) and Liu Chunhong (69kg) from the Beijing Games after they tested positive for prohibited substances.
 •  Who will wear the champions' crown at the Australian Open?
As the players warm up before the tournament, meet the players who could well be contenders for the 2017 Australian Open titles.
 •  King's Cup: Real claim record with last-gasp draw against Sevilla
Real Madrid set a Spanish record of 40 matches unbeaten in all competitions after they came back from two goals behind to snatch a 3-3 draw at Sevilla with a last-gasp equaliser from Karim Benzema in the King's Cup on Thursday.
 •  Djokovic. Novak Djokovic. Licensed to thrill
'007, Why not? Maybe this is the year. Seven in 17. I'm not a numerologist but it sounds good'
 •  FIFA Rankings: Constantine-coached India climb 42 places in less than two years
'The National Team gaining its best ranking since December 2005 shows that we are on the upsurge. The ranking enables us to be placed in pot two when the draw for the Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019 is to be conducted later this month'
 •  Murray joins Bolt, Ronaldo in running for Laureus award
The contest for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award promises to be one of the most competitive ever with the likes of Usain Bolt, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andy Murray vying for top honours.
 •  Murray, Kerber top seeds at Australian Open, Federer is 17th
World No 1s Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber have been named top seeds for the first major of the season, Australian Open, which will commences on January 16.
 •  Vijay Amritraj slams AITA decision to sack brother Anand as Davis Cup captain
Surprised by the sacking of his elder brother as India's Davis Cup skipper, the legendary Vijay Amritraj says Anand Amritraj is the country's best captain in the last three decades and it is quite against the trend to remove a winning leader.
 •  PHOTOS: Djokovic tries his hand at cricket
The 29-year-old Serbian tried his hand at different sports including cricket, football, wheelchair tennis and basketball during 'A Night with Novak' at the Margaret Court Arena on Wednesday night.
 •  PHOTOS: Messi fires Barca to victory, Southampton stun Liverpool
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were all on target as holders Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Wednesday to overturn a deficit from the first leg and advance to the quarter-finals of the King's Cup.
 •  Euro 2016 gave France massive financial boost
Last year's European Championship soccer tournament generated a 1.22 billion euro ($1.3 billion) boost for host France, a study commissioned by the French government showed on Wednesday.
 •  Financial caps could see Messi leave Barca for FREE!
The club could also sell other players to in order to create a new contract for Messi, who is the top scorer in La Liga this season with 13 goals.
 •  World's oldest soccer player to play another season!
Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura will extend one of soccer's longest professional careers by 12 months after the 49-year-old agreed a new deal with second division Yokohama FC on Wednesday.
 •  Paes-Sa oust top seeds; Sania-Strycova in quarters
Leander Paes and his new partner Andre Sa shocked the top-seeded pair of Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi in the ASB Classic in Auckland, to commence their partnership on a successful note on Wednesday.
 •  Mixed day for India at Australian Open qualifiers
The 534th ranked Yuki, who missed out on half the season in 2016 due to a tennis elbow injury, conjured up a 6-1, 6-4 win against his 116th-ranked American opponent.
 •  Inspiring! Two young footballers from Kashmir to play for Spanish club
Mohammed Asrar Rehbar and Basit Ahmed, two 18-year old footballers hailing from Srinagar city of Kashmir, have been shortlisted to play for Sociedad Deportiva Lenense, a third division professional club in Spain.
 •  PHOTOS: Lionel Messi statue in Buenos Aires broken in two
A statue of Lionel Messi in Argentina's capital has been broken in half, with the player's upper body, arms and head removed.
 •  PHOTOS: Manchester United turn frustration into jubilation
Manchester United turned frustration into jubilation as they planted one foot in the League Cup final after a late Marouane Fellaini header gave them a 2-0 win over Hull City in the first leg of their last four clash.
 •  FIFA to expand World Cup teams to 48. Do you support the move?
The new format will be made up of 16 groups of three teams.
 •  Want to work hard to stay No 1: Marin
She might have won almost all big events in a short span of her international career but Olympic champion and World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain says she is still hungry for titles.
 •  Jwala expresses desire to join BAI to change fate of doubles players
'I want to join the association in the administration, may be as an advisor to address the plaguing issues of Indian doubles'
 •  PIX: Russian teen ousts World No 1 Kerber; Sharapova to return
Angelique Kerber's build-up for next week's Australian Open suffered a setback with the German world number one going down in straight sets to Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina in the second round of the Sydney International.
 •  IOA drops Kalmadi, Chautala; to regain Sports Ministry's recognition
Facing a severe backlash for appointing scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents, the Indian Olympic Association has been forced to revoke its controversial decision.
 •  FIFA agrees to expand football World Cup to 48 teams
The World Cup will expand to 48 teams from its current 32, starting with the 2026 edition of football's showpiece tournament.
 •  Maradona backs plans to expand World Cup to 48 teams
Diego Maradona is delighted by plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams and Argentina's former captain said on Monday that it would rekindle interest in the tournament.
 •  The night Ronaldo stole the show
The night Ronaldo stole the show
 •  Why Tiger Woods texts McIlroy at 4am
World number two Rory McIlroy has said he still resents the Olympic Games for forcing him to choose between Britain and Ireland and revealed that Tiger Woods sends him texts in the early hours.
 •  Ronaldo wins FIFA's Player of the Year Award
'I'm very happy and I can say that 2016 was the best year of my career, the trophy shows that people aren't blind and watch the games.'
 •  Fit-again Geeta Phogat ready to Dangal in Pro Wrestling League
After days of speculation on her fitness, former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Geeta Phogat was on Monday declared fit to take part in the Pro Wrestling League.
 •  PHOTOS: Messi salvages draw for Barcelona, Juventus set record
Barcelona's Lionel Messi rescued a 1-1 draw at Villarreal with a sensational late free-kick on Sunday but could not prevent the champions finishing the weekend third in La Liga, five points behind leaders Real Madrid.
 •  Bungle in Dangal: Babita out of PWL, Geeta doubtful
The Pro Wrestling League's star quotient took a massive hit on Sunday after one of the Phogat sisters, who are in the limelight following a blockbuster biopic on their struggle, was ruled out of the ongoing season.
 •  I-League: 10-man Mohun Bagan pip Churchill Brothers
Former champions Mohun Bagan rode on a Balwant Singh first-half strike and held their nerves after being reduced to 10 men to secure a hard-fought 1-0 win over Churchill Brothers in their 10th I-League opener in Barasat on Sunday.
 •  Agut subdues Medvedev to lift Chennai Open title
The World number 14 subdued the young Russian 6-3, 6-4 to capture his fifth ATP singles title.
 •  FA Cup: Fourth-tier Plymouth hold Liverpool; Chelsea win
Determined defending and unstinting effort kept the League Two team in the game against opponents lying second in the Premier League, almost 70 places above them.
 •  PBL: Delhi Acers beat Chennai Smashers to register first win
Defending champions Delhi Acers defeated Chennai Smashers 5-2 to register their first win of the Premier Badminton Premier Season 2 at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium, in Bengaluru on Sunday.
 •  How to produce an Indian tennis champ
Tamil Nadu Tennis Association Vice President Karti Chidambaram says the top 5-6 players such as Yuki Bhambri, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sumit Nagal, Dhakshineshwar Suresh and Nitin Sinha should be supported to travel with a common coach and trainer, play 26 tournaments, out of which at least 18 are abroad, train for 20 weeks and have six weeks of rest in a year.
 •  Dimitrov stuns Nishikori to end trophy drought with Brisbane title
The 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 win at the Pat Rafter arena was the 25-year-old's first in four attempts against world number five Nishikori and will boost his confidence ahead of the Australian Open, which starts on January 16 in Melbourne.
 •  Europe football: Napoli snatch 95th minute win against 10-man Sampdoria
Draxler makes PSG debut as holders advance into French Cup last 32
 •  PHOTOS: Djokovic downs Murray to win Qatar crown
Novak Djokovic made an immense statement in his bid to rule men's tennis again when he defeated Andy Murray, the man who deposed him as world number one, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in an epic Qatar Open final in Doha on Saturday.
 •  Kuznetsova opens Sydney defence with win, seeds withdraw
Svetlana Kuznetsova opened the defence of her Sydney International title with a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 victory over Irina-Camelia Begu on Sunday as the Australian Open warm-up event suffered a pair of big-name withdrawals.
 •  Rooney matches Charlton to become Manchester United's leading scorer
Wayne Rooney made history by equalling Bobby Charlton's Manchester United record and becoming the club's leading all-time goalscorer after netting his 249th goal (543 matches) during an FA Cup match against Reading on Saturday.
 •  Matching Charlton beyond my imagination, says Rooney
Wayne Rooney said he could never have imagined equalling Bobby Charlton's Manchester United scoring record after bagging his 249th goal for the club in his side's 4-0 FA Cup win over Reading on Saturday.
 •  Five reasons for Real Madrid's unbeaten run
Real Madrid's 5-0 thrashing of Granada on Saturday equalled a Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions. Reuters Sport takes a look at the factors behind their run.
 •  Modi-Costa discuss football exchange programmes
PM Modi gifted Cristiano Ronaldo's autographed jersey by Portugal PM
 •  Agut to face Medvedev in Chennai Open final
Second seed and world number 14 Roberto Bautista Agut outclassed Benoit Paire in a lop-sided semi-final to set up the singles title clash of the ATP Chennai Open with young Daniil Medvedev, who rallied to reach his maiden ATP final, in Chennai on Saturday.
 •  PBL: Marin sees off Ponnappa as Hyderabad beat Bengaluru
Rio Olympics gold medallist Carolina Marin won her trump game after facing some anxious moments against Ashwini Ponnappa as Hyderabad Hunters defeated Bengaluru Smashers 4-3 in a sea-saw Premier Badminton League contest in Bengaluru on Saturday.
 •  I-League: Bukenya saves EB the blushes in season opener
Super sub Ivan Bukenya's strike a minute before the regulation time saved East Bengal the blushes as they managed to hold minnows Aizawl FC to a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the 10th I-League football tournament in Barasat (West Bengal) on Saturday.
 •  Gasquet inspires France to second Hopman Cup title
Kristina Mladenovic and Richard Gasquet beat Coco Vandeweghe and Jack Sock of the United States on Saturday to win France's second Hopman Cup title in Perth.
 •  Real Madrid go unbeaten and equal record after thrashing Grenada
Real Madrid equalled a Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions by crushing struggling Granada 5-0 on Saturday to go six points clear at the top of La Liga.
 •  Indian sweep medals at U-19 British Junior Open squash
It turned out to be a dream tournament for India as the boys the medals, winning a gold, silver and bronze, in the U-19 category in the prestigious British Junior Open.
 •  Sania ends 91-week reign as World No 1 despite Brisbane title
Her doubles partner, Bethanie-Mattek Sands now wears the 'Miss World No.1 crown'
 •  Pliskova breaks into top five after claiming Brisbane title
Czech Karolina Pliskova crushed Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-0, 6-3 with a barrage of winners to win the Brisbane International title on Saturday and signal her intent for this month's Australian Open.
 •  Siniakova captures maiden title with Shenzhen win
The Czech world number 52 had beaten top-10 players Simona Halep and Johanna Konta on her way to the final
 •  Guardiola wants Manchester City to become 'believers'
ManchesterCity manager Pep Guardiola had his spirits cheered with a 5-0 FA Cup thrashing of West Ham United on Friday that the Spaniard hopes will turn his side into "believers" for the rest of the campaign.
 •  Dimitrov vs Nishikori in Brisbane; Murray-Djokovic face off in Doha
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov upset top seed and defending champion Milos Raonic of Canada at the Brisbane International on Saturday to set up a title clash against Japan's Kei Nishikori.
 •  Australian Boys champion Anderson charged with match fixing
Australian teenager Oliver Anderson, one of the brightest young talents in tennis, has been charged by police with involvement in match fixing following an investigation, local media reported on Thursday.
 •  Nadal bows out, Nishikori eases into Brisbane semi
Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Brisbane International after going down at the hands of top-seed Milos Raonic of Canada in their quarter-final clash here on Friday.World number three Raonic recorded only his second victory over Nadal in eight meetings with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win in the last-eight contest that lasted two hours and 21 minutes.
 •  Intelligent Ronaldo accepts need to rest more: Zidane
Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted that he needs to rest more and that sitting out the odd game is in the interests of him and Real Madrid, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday.Real's all-time top scorer has missed four of his team's 15 league games this season, two more than in the whole of the last campaign, and he was a surprise omission from the squad for Wednesday's King's Cup game against Sevilla.Zidane remarked last year that he would prefer Ronaldo to rest more after injuries forced him to miss vital games at the end of the season, although the Frenchman appears to have reached agreement with his talisman this campaign.
 •  Croatian Cilic ready to challenge Big Four for Slams this season
'Goran had quite a big influence on me to change my mentality and focus on my game. He changed my serve, I started to get aggressive and that is what I needed in my career'
 •  Mourinho backs World Cup expansion, video technology
Jose Mourinho believes an expanded World Cup tournament would develop the sport in areas lacking strong soccer foundations without proving to be a burden for both clubs or players in major leagues.
 •  Pique wants refreeing to improve
'We want to play football and not roulette, which is what this type of refereeing provokes. The penalty claims by Neymar and me are clear but we already know how this works'
 •  Barcelona lose first leg of cup tie in fiery Bilbao affair
King's Cup holders Barcelona have a fight on their hands if they are to remain in the competition after losing a fiery first leg of their last-16 tie at Athletic Club 2-1 on Thursday despite playing the final 10 minutes with a two-man advantage.Spain striker Aritz Aduriz headed Bilbao in front in the 25th minute and the veteran produced an audacious flick to tee up youngster Inaki Williams to volley in the second three minutes later.Talisman Lionel Messi pulled a full-strength Barca side back into the game with a free-kick in the 52nd minute which came off the underside of the bar and over the line.
 •  I'm not going to retire in two or three years: Guardiola
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has clarified comments that suggested he was making plans for an early retirement, with the Spaniard insisting he was not ready to quit management.
 •  Leicester's Mahrez named African Footballer of the Year
Riyad Mahrez, who inspired Leicester City to an extraordinary Premier League title triumph last season, was named African Footballer of the Year on Thursday.
 •  Nice striker Balotelli banned for two matches
Mario Balotelli has been banned for two games after being sent off near the end of Nice's 0-0 draw with Girondins de Bordeaux on December 21, Ligue 1's disciplinary said on Thursday.
 •  Chelsea's Mikel joins China gold rush with move to Tianjin
Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel has become the latest big name player to join the Chinese Super League gold rush after leaving Chelsea for Tianjin Teda.
 •  Yuki ousted as India's challenge ends in singles at Chennai Open
An erratic Yuki Bhambri paid for his unforced errors as he was knocked out of the Chennai Open with a straight sets defeat against world number 47 Benoit Paire.
 •  Paes rules out retirement, says his comments were misread
The iconic Leander Paes has ruled out immediate retirement from the competitive tennis, saying his comments were misconstrued and he actually aims to capture another Chennai Open trophy next year and motivate his new partner to win his maiden Grand Slam title.Paes and Brazilian Andre Sa began the 2017 season with a defeat against Indian team of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan in the opening round on Wednesday night.
 •  Paes starts 2017 season with defeat in company of new partner
Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes began the 2017 season and his partnership with Andre Sa on a disappointing note as they crashed out of the Chennai Open with a straight sets defeat against rising stars Divij Sharan and Purav Raja in Chennai.Paes and his 111th partner were sent packing 4-6 4-6 in 67 minutes by Sharan and Raja, who enjoyed a successful 2016 season with four Challenger level titles and silently broke into top-70.Both Raja and Sharan are establishing themselves as force to reckon with as they look for their third ATP World Tour title at a home event.
 •  PHOTOS: Tottenham ends Chelsea's winning streak
Tottenham Hotspur denied Chelsea a record 14th consecutive Premier League win and loosened their grip on the title race as two Dele Alli headers secured a 2-0 victory.
 •  Federer stunned by teenager at Hopman Cup
Roger Federer's return from a six-month injury layoff suffered a setback when German teenager Alexander Zverev shocked the Swiss great 7-6(1) 6-7(4) 7-6(4) in an entertaining Hopman Cup tie on Wednesday.The 17-times grand-slam winner underwent knee surgery last February and, after missing the French Open with a back injury, announced in July that he needed extensive rehabilitation and would be sidelined for the rest of the season.
 •  Wawrinka and Nishikori reach Brisbane quarter-finals
World number four Stan Wawrinka began the new season with a straight-sets victory over Viktor Troicki in his Brisbane International debut on Wednesday.Second seed Wawrinka edged out Troicki 7-6(5) 6-4 to maintain his perfect record against the Serbian whose seventh attempt at beating the Swiss failed at the Pat Rafter Arena."I'm quite happy with my level at the start the year," Wawrinka said.
 •  Erratic Serena loses to 72nd ranked Brengle in Auckland
Serena Williams crashed out of the Auckland Classic after fellow American Madison Brengle pulled off a 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4 upset in a see-saw second round contest.
 •  PHOTOS: Arsenal's stunning comeback to snatch draw at Bournemouth
Out-battled for an hour by their modest south coast opponents, Arsenal belatedly sparked into life and Olivier Giroud's glancing header two minutes into stoppage time completed their remarkable recovery from 3-0 down.
 •  'Sports code must give primacy to athletes'
In the backdrop of the developments surrounding cricket in India, sixteen-time world champion in cuesports Pankaj Advani feels that any sports code would only yield results if athletes and measures to support them are given primacy."The world's sports policy needs to be centred on the athletes and their requirements. Only then will it be successful," he said on the sidelines of the 3rd Kolkata Open National Invitation Snooker Championship 2017 organised by the West Bengal Billiards Association which kicked off today at the Bengal Rowing Club.
 •  Nadal beats Dolgopolov on return to action in Brisbane
Rafael Nadal beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 6-3 in the Brisbane International first round on Tuesday to make a successful return to action following two-and-a-half months out due to injury.The Spanish former world number one, seeded fifth, made a sluggish start and fell 3-1 down in the first set against his Ukrainian opponent.But Nadal, 30, won four successive games to clinch the opening set and the 14-times grand slam winner broke twice in the second to see off 2012 Brisbane finalist Dolgopolov in one hour 15 minutes. He will next play Germany's Mischa Zverev.
 •  'Performance in 2016 was steady, will look to build on'
India chess ace Vishwanathan Anand said his performance in 2016 was steady and will look to build on it in the present year."This year (2016) my performance in tournaments has been basically very steady. I have recovered almost all the points from the start of the year and I was plus one in St Louis, in Moscow, in London. Ialso won couple of rapid events. I have something to build on because plus one should not be the extent of it, but at-least that is satisfactory compared to last year," he told reporters.
 •  Germany midfielder Draxler joins PSG from Wolfsburg
Germany midfielder Julian Draxler has joined Paris St Germain on a four-and-a-half year contract from VfL Wolfsburg, the French champions said on Tuesday.The 23-year-old was a member of the victorious Germany squad at the 2014 World Cup."For the first time in my career I will discover a new country, a new league and I am very proud to take this step in one of the best clubs in Europe," Draxler said in a club statement.
 •  My movements are still sluggish: Saina
Back in action after recovering from a knee injury, star shuttler Saina Nehwal says she needs good match practice to be at her best in the prestigious All England Championship in March."I am happy with my improvement. My movements are still sluggish. I still need good match practice," she told reporters here late last night after losing to top-ranked shuttler Carolina Marin in a Premier Badminton League (PBL) match.Saina had sustained an intra-articular injury (inside the joint) in her right knee and had lost in the group stage in the Rio Olympics. She later underwent a surgery and was on rehab.
 •  Ethiopia's star marathon duo ready to conquer Mumbai
The 26-year-old Abshero, a former world junior cross country champion, would be looking to make a big impact on his first trip to India with a personal best time of two hours, four minutes and 23 seconds, the best among those who have entered the race.
 •  Why Bopanna was axed for Davis Cup tie vs New Zealand
Rohan Bopanna was axed from the Davis Cup side since he pulled out of the Spain tie feigning injury, the All Indian Tennis Association sources claimed on Tuesday.
 •  For Kerala, ISL 3 finale was bigger than Euro 2016 final
Hero ISL received, in its third edition, a total viewership of 216 million as compared to around 207 million last year. One of the highlights of the season was the sharp increase in rural India viewership registering a cumulative figure of 101 million, indicating the widespread appeal of the sport.
 •  Guardiola ready to end managerial career
'I will not be on the bench until I am 60 or 65 years old. I feel the process of my goodbye has already started'
 •  Serena shakes out rust to advance in Auckland
World No 2 Serena Williams shook out any cobwebs from four months away from tennis with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over France's Pauline Parmentier in the first round of the Auckland Classic on Tuesday.
 •  Ibra's offside goal, questionable red card mark United's dramatic win
Manchester United clinched a sixth consecutive Premier League win for the first time since April 2015 as Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored second-half goals in a controversial 2-0 victory at 10-man West Ham United on Monday.
 •  Costa praises manager Conte for Chelsea turnaround
Chelsea striker Diego Costa credited manager Antonio Conte for the side's record-equalling run of 13 consecutive victories that has propelled them to the top of the English Premier League table.
 •  Wenger, Mourinho criticise EPL Christmas match schedule
'It's very difficult to play football in these circumstances within 48 hours. It's amazing for the fans around the world, everybody has the Premier League, I'm more than happy to do that but it's very hard for the players'
 •  Do Ronaldo, Messi feature in your World XI?
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann appear among the 55 nominees for the FIFPro 2016 World 11 released on Friday but England forward Wayne Rooney failed to make the shortlist for the first time.Portugal captain Ronaldo, led his country to victory at Euro 2016, while France forward Griezmann was the top player at the tournament.It is the first time that 25-year-old Griezmann has made the cut, but England captain Rooney is absent for the first time in the competition's 12-year history, after England crashed out of Euro 2016 to lowly Iceland.
 •  Djokovic recovers from slow start to begin year with win in Doha
Defending champion Novak Djokovic made a sticky return to action before recovering from losing the opening four games to beat Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff at the Qatar Open on Monday.
 •  EPL PHOTOS: Sunderland hold Liverpool; 10-man City beat Burnley
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Monday
 •  Chennai Open: Chung upsets sixth seed Coric in opener
Korean qualifier Hyeon Chung produced the first upset of the ATP Chennai Open by ousting last year's finalist Borna Coric with a straight-set win in the opening round of the $505730 hard court event in Chennai on Monday.
 •  PBL: Saina loses to Marin but Awadhe rout Hyderabad 5-0
Saina Nehwal lost to reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin but her side Awadhe Warriors still beat Hyderabad Hunters in a Premier Badminton League encounter at the Gachibowli indoor stadium in Hyderabad on Monday.
 •  Somdev lashes out: 'Unreliable' AITA not creating a culture and system
'If I keep criticising AITA, I won't get a call from them. I am still weighing my options. I have done a lot of good things, the work ethics, I have a lot to offer'
 •  Telangana Govt allots plot to Olympic silver medallist Sindhu
The land is located in Shaikpet village of Hyderabad district.
 •  India enter SAFF Women's Football final
India produced a clinical display to beat Nepal 3-1 to enter the final of the SAFF Women's Football Championship at the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri on Monday.
 •  Brisbane: Ferrer, Muguruza break Australian hearts
David Ferrer sent local favourite Bernard Tomic packing with an easy 6-3, 7-5 win in the opening round of the Brisbane International on Monday.
 •  On return to the tennis court, fit Federer keen to win another Slam
Federer walked out to a standing ovation from more than 13,500 fans at the Perth Arena at the Hopman Cup and breezed to an easy win over Evans, putting Switzerland 1-0 ahead in their match against Britain in the mixed team event.
 •  Oscar arrives in China to Shanghai SIPG fans cheers
Financial details of Oscar's transfer to Shanghai SIPG from English Premier League club Chelsea have not been released, but media reports have suggested Shanghai paid 60 million euros ($62.6 million) to lure the 25-year-old to the Chinese super league club.
 •  EPL: Giroud gem inspires Arsenal, Spurs rout Watford
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud produced a piece of New Year's Day magic to keep Arsenal in sight of Premier League leaders Chelsea while Harry Kane's double bolstered Tottenham Hotspur's ambitions as London's triple assault on the title continues.
 •  PBL: Olympic champ Marin beats Sindhu as Hyderabad pip Chennai
Olympic champion Carolina Marin kicked-off the second edition of Premier Badminton League, on Sunday, in style winning a closely contested encounter against PV Sindhu guiding Hyderabad Hunters to 4-3 win over Chennai Smashers.
 •  EPL: Kane and Alli strike twice as Tottenham crush Watford
Tottenham Hotspur steamed into the top four with Harry Kane marking his 100th Premier League appearance with a double in a 4-1 thrashing of Watford on Sunday.
 •  Leander Paes drops retirement hints
Legendary Leander Paes, on Sunday, dropped elaborate hints that he has reached the business end of his glittering career.
 •  Chennai Open: Yuki Bhambri qualifies for singles draw
Yuki Bhambri, making a comeback from an elbow injury, on Sunday qualified for the singles main draw of the Chennai Open.
 •  3 reasons why Somdev quit professional tennis
Passion in my game was dying, so hung racquet, says Somdev Devvarman.
 •  Somdev retires from professional tennis
Ravaged by injuries, India's star singles player Somdev Devvarman announced his retirement from professional tennis, bringing an abrupt end to what was once a promising career.
 •  Tendulkar, Sehwag, Sania wish fans a Happy New Year!
With the hope that 2017 will be a prosperous and peaceful year, Indian sports personalities took to Twitter to wish their fans a Happy New Year.
 •  'Listen to me, not your agent,' Mourinho tells Martial
Jose Mourinho urged Anthony Martial to resist the temptation to move away from Old Trafford.
 •  PHOTOS: EPL fans on New Year's Eve
Reaction from supporters of EPL clubs.
 •  EPL: Wijnaldum header gives Liverpool win over Man City
Liverpool finished 2016 second in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over third-placed Manchester City on Saturday.
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