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 •  Is Ferrari favouring Sebastian Vettel?
Ferrari are giving Sebastian Vettel the Michael Schumacher treatment, according to the German's main title rival Lewis Hamilton.
 
 •  Nadal begins pursuit of title; Kyrgios ready to play through pain
Rafael Nadal returns to his favourite tournament, albeit not his preferred court, to begin pursuit of a record-extending 10th French Open title on Monday against Frenchman Benoit Paire.
 
 •  A day of violence from soccer hooligans...
Levski Sofia fans force players to remove shirts after derby defeat
 
 •  No win but no regrets as Alonso returns to F1
Fernando Alonso left the Brickyard on Sunday without a fairytale victory to cap his Indy 500 adventure but had no regrets as he prepared to return to his Formula One day job with McLaren.
 
 •  Tears flow as Totti bids farewell to Roma after 25 years
Francesco Totti brought down the curtain on a remarkable 25 years at his only professional club on Sunday.
 
 •  French Open PIX: Kerber stunned, Kvitova wins on return; Thiem advances
Images from all the action from Day 1 of the French Open played at Roland Garros in Paris on Sunday
 
 •  Football Briefs: Diego Costa will go only to Atletico
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  F1: Vettel first Ferrari driver since Schumi to win Monaco GP
Finnish team mate Kimi Raikkonen, who started on pole for the first time in nine years but lost the lead in the pitstops, made sure of a Ferrari one-two with Hamilton finishing seventh for Mercedes after starting 13th.
 
 •  With feet of clay, Kerber wilts under weight of expectations in Paris
'Right now I think that I have to find to myself again and just trying to forget the clay court season as soon as possible'
 
 •  Kvitova makes emotional winning comeback at French Open
The twice Wimbledon champion, a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2012, looked poised and focused, treating the sparse Court Philippe Chatrier crowd to a few exquisite drop shots and lightning-quick forehands.
 
 •  Sarita, Pinki return to amateur boxing after apologizing
The two boxers, who had signed up with the Indian Boxing Council (IBC), will be re-joining the national camp after submitting letters of apology to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) for abruptly leaving the amateur circuit.
 
 •  India's Bhavani Devi strikes gold at World Cup Fencing C'ship
In the final, she beat Sarah Jane Hampson of Great Britain 15-13 on points.
 
 •  FA Cup title win has no bearing on future: Wenger
'It would be a bit ridiculous that 20 years depends on one game and that the future of the club depends on one game'
 
 •  Messi's master-class inspires Barcelona to Copa del Rey title
Barca, who had a rather disappointing season, managed to restore some pride with victory over last season's second division champions in what was the final match to be played at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon Stadium.
 
 •  Arsenal down 10-man Chelsea to lift FA Cup
Arsenal denied Chelsea the double with a 2-1 victory in an enthralling FA Cup final.
 
 •  Roundup: Tsonga wins first claycourt title; Stosur wins in Strasbourg
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga polished his preparation for the French Open in style by claiming his maiden claycourt title, beating Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6(2), 7-5 in the Lyon Open final on Saturday.
 
 •  'No Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, no ISL'
Indian football's traditional clubs Mohun Bagan and East Bengal on Saturday joined hands to declare an unofficial war against Indian Super League (ISL), threatening to disrupt the cash-rich event if their three-point demand isnot met with.
 
 •  Wawrinka storms back to win Geneva tournament
World number three Stanislas Wawrinka stormed back from a set down to beat German qualifier Mischa Zverev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and retain the men's title in Geneva on Saturday.
 
 •  Raikkonen takes Monaco pole for Ferrari
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen took pole position for the showcase Monaco Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday with world championship leading German team mate Sebastian Vettel alongside him on the front row.
 
 •  Meet the most popular driver in F1
Formula One is feeling a fresh wave of optimism under its new owners, while Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are the two most popular drivers, according to an extensive fan survey released on Friday.
 
 •  Nuremberg Cup: Bertens cruises to second consecutive title
Title holder Kiki Bertens swept aside Czech qualifier Barbora Krejcikova 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday to win her second consecutive Nuremberg Cup in a successful dress rehearsal for the French Open starting on Sunday.
 
 •  Rohit fails dope test, to be stripped off Asian youth medal
Young javelin thrower Rohit Yadav is set to be stripped of the silver medal that he won at the Asian Youth Athletics championship after he tested positivefor a banned substance.
 
 •  How kabaddi challenges cricket's might
Kabaddi may now be behind only cricket in the popularity stakes.
 
 •  5 reasons why Nadal is favourite to regain Paris throne
Nadal has turned back the clock to sweep through the European claycourt season with titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid and is a daunting obstacle for anyone with genuine title ambitions.
 
 •  Kerber out to find elusive love for French Open
World number one Angelique Kerber is out to find a love for clay in Paris on the French Open courts, with the out-of-form German traditionally struggling on this surface.
 
 •  Djokovic excited by 'new vibe' with Agassi
Defending champion Novak Djokovic says he is excited to have created a "new vibe" by inviting Andre Agassi to work with him during the French Open which starts on Sunday.
 
 •  Why Thiem can dream big at French Open
Dominic Thiem, the only player to beat claycourt giant Rafael Nadal on the red dirt this season, is one of the dark horses at the French Open - and the Austrian feels he deserves the tag.
 
 •  Top women's contenders at the 2017 French Open
Penpix of the top women's contenders at the 2017 French Open:
 
 •  Tennis Roundup: Zverev beats Nishikori; Tsonga in final
Mischa Zverev took some of the limelight back from younger brother Alexander when he beat second seed Kei Nishikori to reach the Geneva Open final on Friday.
 
 •  Top men's contenders at the 2017 French Open
Penpix of the top men's contenders at the 2017 French Open:
 
 •  Factbox: A list of French Open women's champions over time
List of French Open women's singles champions
 
 •  Factbox: A list of French Open men's champions over time
The 2nd major of the year, the French Open will start on the weekend.With the clay-court grand slam starting on Sunday, here is the list of French Open champions over the years
 
 •  Wimbledon fire: Firefighters tackle blaze on practice courts
The London Fire Brigade were called to put out a blaze at Wimbledon on Friday, the All England Club said.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Rooney decided on United future; Rossi recovering
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Friday.
 
 •  French Open: Djokovic to face Granollers, Nadal meets Paire
In the women's draw, defending champion Garbine Muguruza will play 2010 French Open winner Francesca Schiavone
 
 •  Beckham sold for 350,000 euros
David Beckham sold himself - or at least the chance to play in a soccer match with him - for 350,000 euros ($390,000).
 
 •  Women's tennis comes of age as youngsters battle to keep up
With five of the top 10 in the current rankings aged 28 or older, form suggests another pair of seasoned campaigners could contest the title match at the French Open, which starts in Paris on Sunday.
 
 •  Arsenal need to stop this Chelsea player if they are to lift FA Cup
'It was a different game (away) and we perhaps let individuals have a bit too much space. Hazard went on a bit of a run and put the ball in the net'
 
 •  First Look: Djokovic working on finding lost mojo with coach Agassi
Djokovic had named Agassi as his new coach on Sunday, following his defeat to Alexander Zverev in the Italian Open final.
 
 •  India bow out of Sudirman Cup after losing to China
India's campaign at the Sudirman Cup ended after they went down 0-3 against top seed and 10-time champions China in the quarter-finals of the mixed team championship in Gold Coast.
 
 •  What exactly is wrong with Murray? Becker, McEnroe try to find out...
Andy Murray's wretched form ahead of the next week's French Open has left pundits including Boris Becker scratching their heads about what exactly is wrong with the world number one.
 
 •  Murray struggling with illness on French Open eve - reports
World number one Andy Murray is battling to recover from illness before the French Open begins on Sunday.
 
 •  Bengaluru FC eyeing Indian Super League spot?
Bengaluru FC submit bid as ITB submission deadline ends.
 
 •  Geneva Open: Paes-Lipsky pair move to semis
Leander Paes and Scott Lipsky progressed to the semifinals of the ATP Geneva Open after getting a walkover from their opponents Rogerio Dutra Silvaand Paolo Lorenzi.
 
 •  Lyon Open: Tsonga saunters into semis, Raonic joins him
Home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga sauntered into the semi-finals of the Lyon Open with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Russian youngster Karen Khachanov on Thursday.
 
 •  Roma legend Totti to say goodbye after nearly 3 decades at the club
"From Monday, I'm ready to go again. I'm ready for a new challenge," said Totti on his Twitter feed.
 
 •  'Poets don't win many titles,' Mourinho does!
Juan Mata praised Jose Mourinho's remarkable knack for coming out on top on the biggest occasions after Manchester United beat Ajax Amsterdam 2-0 on Wednesday to signal the Portuguese coach's 12th triumph in a final from 14 attempts.
 
 •  King's Cup: Enrique eyes one last trophy in Barca swansong
Luis Enrique is set to leave a mixed legacy when he departs Barcelona but the coach can go out on a high by lifting a third consecutive King's Cup when his side meet Alaves in Saturday's final in Madrid.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Rooney left out of England team for World Cup qualifier
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday
 
 •  Why Djokovic-Agassi combo sounds 'interesting'
Djokovic and Agassi are deep thinkers about the sport and McEnroe said that their partnership, however long it lasts, can be a meeting of minds
 
 •  Indian athlete suspended after meldonium found in room
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) carried out a search at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala last month and seized containers of the substance from the athlete's room, its director general Navin Agarwal told Reuters by telephone.
 
 •  World No 1 Murray finds it tough to motivate himself
The Scot said the last few months had been difficult and he had had some problems with his elbow early in the year.
 
 •  Barcelona 'fully support' Messi after fraud sentence
La Liga club Barcelona have expressed their support for Argentine striker Lionel Messi and his father after the Spanish Supreme Court upheld their prison sentences over tax fraud charges, although neither are expected to go to jail.
 
 •  Arsenal face defensive crisis ahead of FA Cup final
With Shkodran Mustafi also an injury doubt, manager Arsene Wenger is running out of central defensive options.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Manchester United outclass Ajax to win Europa League on emotional night
Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a goal in each half as their team comfortably outclassed Ajax Amsterdam to win an emotional Europa League final 2-0 and qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.
 
 •  Kyrgios envious of fast progressing 'Sacha' Zverev
Australian Kyrgios was beaten in his first match in Lyon on Tuesday by Argentina's 94th-ranked Nicolas Kicker -- serving nine double faults during a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 defeat.
 
 •  Sudirman Cup: India shuttlers qualify for knockout stage
The Indian badminton team sealed a place in the knockout stage of the Sudirman Cup mixed team championship, despite Indonesia pulling off a stunning 3-2 victory over Denmark in the last match of the Group 1D in Gold Coast, Australia, on Wednesday.
 
 •  Mohun Bagan say won't submit ISL bid document
The former I-League champions collected the Invitation To Bid document on the last day and Thursday is the submission deadline.
 
 •  Barcelona star Messi loses appeal in tax fraud trial
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday
 
 •  Frenchman Cottalorda to coach Indian women boxers
The 41-year-old, who is a member of the European Boxing Confederation's coaches commission, will be joining the boxers in the first week of June.
 
 •  Sindhu elected as member of BWF Atheletes' commission
The 21-year-old Indian topped the ballot with 129 votes as she led a trio of women onto the BWF Athletes' Commission.
 
 •  Injured Halep '50-50' for French Open
Kvitova to decide on participation on Friday
 
 •  Europa League final importance waned after Manchester attack: Neville
'Players like Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard -- they've been brought up in this city. Paul Pogba was brought up in the city from the age of 14. They will find if difficult'
 
 •  Real Madrid sign 16-year-old Brazilian for 46 million euros
Real Madrid reached an agreement with Brazilian side Flamengo to sign 16-year old forward Vinicius Junior in July 2018.
 
 •  QUIZ: Are you a Roland Garros know-it-all?
How much do you know about the French Open?
 
 •  Back at full power, Nadal closing in on La Decima
Since returning in January Rafael Nadal looks a man reborn. No wonder it is hard to find anyone not backing him to claim 'La Decima' in Paris.
 
 •  Sharapova handed wild card for Rogers Cup in Toronto
Maria Sharapova's comeback from a doping ban will include an appearance at the Rogers Cup in August after the former world number one was granted a wild card by the organisers of the Toronto tournament on Tuesday.
 
 •  French Open could be 'tense' after UK bombing: Pouille
Security worries could create a tense atmosphere at the French Open this year after a bomb attack on a British concert hall killed 22 people, French tennis player Lucas Pouille said.
 
 •  Rs 47 crore spent in Pro Kabaddi auction: Nitin most expensive player
The Pro Kabaddi player auction netted a consolidated price of Rs 46.99 crore for 227 players selected over two days of intense bidding between 12 franchises.
 
 •  Sania-Shevdova crash out of Nurnberg WTA event
The top seeded pair of Sania Mizra and Yaroslava Shvedova crashed out of the Nurnberg WTA event following a shock first round defeat against Chia-Jung Chuangand Misaki Doi, in Nurnberg, on Tuesday.
 
 •  Geneva Open: Paes-Lipsky pair move to second round
Leander Paes and Scott Lipsky progressed to the second round of the ATP Geneva Open after battling past Tommy Robredo and David Marrero, in Geneva, on Tuesday.
 
 •  No, no never! That's what Sakshi said about Bollywood
Sakshi made it clear that she has no plans of entering Bollywood.
 
 •  'Agassi could bring something special to Djokovic'
Novak Djokovic could be on the verge of 'something special' after teaming up with Andre Agassi for the French Open, former Roland Garros runner-up Henri Leconte said on Tuesday.
 
 •  When Manchester City and United came together
Touching tributes have poured in from Manchester's two football clubs, as well as a number of prominent players have expressed their condolences to the family and friends of the victims, some of whom were young children.
 
 •  Sports shorts: Chelsea's Conte named Manager of the Year
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Tuesday
 
 •  Former champion Kvitova set for Wimbledon return post stabbing
Twice champion Petra Kvitova is set to play at Wimbledon this summer, less than seven months after she was stabbed by an intruder in her home, a member of her support team told Reuters on Tuesday.
 
 •  PHOTOS: La Liga champs Real Madrid felicitated by local govt offices
After taking home their first La Liga trophy in five years, Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. took their celebrations from streets in CelebesPlaza to the Town Hall.
 
 •  Vulnerable Murray must stop Sampras-like slide as French Open beckons
With the French Open starting on Sunday, Murray has accrued 1,210 to the 4,915 of Rafael Nadal and looks a pale imitation of the player who won his last 24 matches of 2016 to knock Novak Djokovic off his pedestal and seize power in men's tennis.
 
 •  Former MotoGP champion Hayden dies after cycling accident
Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden died five days after the American was hit by a car while cycling in eastern Italy, his Honda World Superbike team said.
 
 •  World Cup: Shocking! Ace shooter Jitu fails to qualify for final
Ace shooter Jitu Rai failed to make it to the final of the men's 10m Air Pistol at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup (Rifle/Pistol), in Munich, on Monday.
 
 •  French Open: Yuki, Ramkumar bow out of qualifiers
Yuki Bhambri went down fighting while Ramkumar Ramanathan suffered a tame defeat as the two Indians bowed out of the French Open Qualifiers, in Paris, on Monday.
 
 •  Moscow FIDE: Harikrishna finishes tied 10th
Indian Grand Master Pentala Harikrishna ended his campaign at Moscow FIDE Grand Prix with a draw against GM Teimour Radjabov.
 
 •  'Pakistani players not welcome for Pro Kabaddi League'
The government made it clear that it will not allow Pakistani players to compete in the Pro Kabaddi League, slated for next month, unless the neighbouring country stops 'sponsoring terrorism'.
 
 •  Wounded Arsenal favourites for FA Cup?
Arsenal are favourites to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final as they will be motivated to end their season on a high.
 
 •  Rafael Nadal is the man to beat at French Open
German Alexander Zverev says he cannot rest on his laurels after beating Novak Djokovic to win the Italian Open on Sunday and has set his sights on bigger titles in order to retain his place in the world's top 10.
 
 •  Guardiola promises improvement after first English season
Manchester City are already working on how they can improve next season after sealing a spot in the Champions League, manager Pep Guardiola said as he mulled over potential targets in the summer transfer window.
 
 •  Here's why Real Madrid deserve La Liga title
Real Madrid's consistency and hard work made them worthy La Liga champions, captain Sergio Ramos said after their 2-0 win at Malaga on Sunday ended a five-year wait for the title.
 
 •  REVEALED! What cost Barcelona La Liga title
Barcelona's inconsistency over the season had cost them the La Liga title, coach Luis Enrique has said.
 
 •  5 ways Real Madrid broke Barca's La Liga stranglehold
Real Madrid became La Liga champions for the first time since 2012 on Sunday with a 2-0 win at Malaga, denying arch-rivals Barcelona three consecutive league titles.
 
 •  Real title win 'an incredible feeling' for Zidane
Zinedine Zidane declared that leading Real Madrid to their first La Liga title in five years, and 33rd overall, was one of the happiest days of his glittering sporting career.
 
 •  Ronaldo hands Real first La Liga title since 2012
Real Madrid ended their five-year wait for the La Liga title on Sunday as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema scored in a 2-0 win at Malaga, clinching a 33rd league triumph.
 
 •  PIX: Champions Chelsea bid farewell to captain Terry
Stamford Bridge erupted in celebration on Sunday as departing Chelsea captain John Terry lifted the Premier League trophy in Antonio Conte's record-breaking first season in charge, but the carnival atmosphere had a bitter-sweet edge.
 
 •  Djokovic names Agassi as coach
Novak Djokovic confirmed he will be coached by Andre Agassi at the French Open after being humbled by German youngster Alexander Zverev in the final of the Italian Open on Sunday.
 
 •  Tottenham's Kane wins Golden Boot again
Harry Kane won the Premier League Golden Boot for the second successive year after scoring a second hat- trick in four days as Tottenham thrashed relegated Hull City 7-1 on Sunday.
 
 •  EPL PIX: City, Liverpool in Champions League; Arsenal victory in vain
Manchester City made sure of third place in the Premier League when they romped to a 5-0 win at Watford on Sunday to ensure a Champions League berth for next season.
 
 •  EPL: Chelsea score five against Sunderland in Terry's final league game
Chelsea celebrated their title and captain John Terry's last game at Stamford Bridge with a 5-1 defeat of relegated Sunderland on Sunday , bringing their season's Premier League win tally to a record 30 games.
 
 •  Zverev stuns Djokovic to win Italian Open
German youngster Alexander Zverev pulled off the biggest win of his career on Sunday when he beat world number two Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 to win the Italian Open on Sunday.
 
 •  Serie A: Juventus beat Crotone to clinch sixth successive title
Juventus clinched their sixth successive Serie A title, and completed a third league and cup double in a row, when they beat relegation-threatened Crotone 3-0 on Sunday.
 
 •  Divij-Raja wins first title of 2017 season
Divij Sharan and Purav Raja won their first title of the 2017 season and maiden on the clay courts by lifting the Bordeaux Challenger trophy.
 
 •  Italian Open: Svitolina wins after Halep falters
Elina Svitolina won the women's singles at the Italian Open final to claim her fourth title of the season on Sunday after her opponent Simona Halep sunk without trace in the final set.
 
 •  Vineeth strikes as Bengaluru beat Bagan to lift Fed Cup
CK Vineeth showed his predatory skills with double strike in the extra time as Bengaluru FC beat Mohun Bagan 2-0 to win the 38th Federation Cup football tournament.
 
 •  Chess Roundup: Harikrishna wins against Ian; Vaishali wins gold
Indian Grand Master Pentala Harikrishna beat Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi in his eighth round tie in the Moscow FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow.
 
 •  Veteran Gatlin claims 100 metres victory at Japan Golden Prix
Veteran American sprinter Justin Gatlin fended off the challenge of a host of Japanese hopes when he won the men's 100 metres at the Golden Grand Prix in Kawasaki on Sunday, crossing the line first in 10.28 seconds.
 
 •  Sharapova faces 10-match marathon to win Wimbledon
Maria Sharapova will probably have to win 10 matches to claim a second Wimbledon title this year after deciding on Friday not to request a wildcard for the championships.
 
 •  How can unfit doctors treat athletes: Mary Kom on IOA row
In the wake of the ongoing enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against two doctors who were sent by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to the Rio Olympics, Indian boxer and Rajya Sabah Member of Parliament Mary Kom on Sunday said that those who are not qualified should not be sent for competitions.
 
 •  EPL's Player of the Year Kante completes unique hat-trick
Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante was named Player of the Year by the Premier League on Sunday, adding a third individual accolade to a list of achievements this season that includes winning a second consecutive Premier League title.
 
 •  French Open champion Muguruza retires injured in Rome
Spaniard Garbine Muguruza withdraw from the Italian Open semi-finals with a neck injury on Saturday, eight days before she is due to start the defence of her French Open title at Roland Garros.
 
 •  La Liga: Zidane hails 'spectacular' squad as Real close in on title
Zinedine Zidane hailed Real Madrid's remarkable strength in depth as the key to his side entering their final game of the season at Malaga on the brink of lifting their first La Liga title since 2012.
 
 •  Djokovic eases into Rome semis after rain delay
The Serbian second seed will now play Austrian Dominic Thiem, who shocked seven times winner Rafa Nadal on Friday but has lost his previous four encounters with Djokovic, in the evening semi-final.
 
 •  Halep cruises into Italian Open final
The sixth seed, a winner in Madrid last weekend for the second year in a row, will meet either Spain's French Open champion Garbine Muguruza or Ukraine's Elina Svitolina in Sunday's final.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Harikrishna holds Tomashevsky in FIDE Moscow GP
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Saturday
 
 •  Bopanna, Sania knocked out of Rome Masters
Meanwhile, in the WTA event, third seeded-pair of Sania Mirza and Yaroslava Shvedova lost 3-6, 6-7(7) to second seeds Yung-Jan Chan and Martina Hingis in the semi-finals of the $3,076,495 red clay event.
 
 •  Sacked Vineeth gets Sports Ministry backing
India national team and Bengaluru FC footballer, CK Vineeth was given the pink slip by Kerala Accountant General for lack of attendance
 
 •  Errant boxer Vikas deposes before BFI disciplinary committee
'I have been told by the committee members that I should now join back training and start preparing for the World Championships. I think the committee members are empathetic towards whatever happened'
 
 •  Halep, Muguruza through to Italian Open semis
She will now play Dutch 15th seed Kiki Bertens, who saw off Australian qualifier Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-3, in Saturday's semi-final on the red Foro Italico clay.
 
 •  World Cup Archery: Indian men win gold in Compound Team event
Competing as a team for the first time, India defeated 10th seeded Colombia's Camilo Cardona, Daniel Munoz and Jose Carlos Ospina 226-221 in a one-sided final this morning.
 
 •  Raja-Sharan beat Paes-Lipsky to enter Challenger final
Third seeds Raja and Sharan got the better of second seeds Paes and Lipsky 6-2, 6-3 in a lop-sided semi-final.
 
 •  Italian Open: Thiem ends Nadal's unbeaten run on clay in Rome
Beaten twice by Nadal in the space of a month, in the Barcelona and Madrid Open finals, Thiem took his revenge by handing the 30-year-old Spaniard a first clay court defeat of the season in Rome.
 
 •  Sharapova won't request Wimbledon main draw wildcard
The 30-year-old Russian, who returned last month from a 15-month doping ban, said on her website she would play in the qualifying event staged the week before.
 
 •  Nepotism? CBI launch probe into 2 undeserving medicos in Rio contingent
It is alleged that Dr Pawandeep Singh and R S Negi did not have requisite qualification and experience but were sent with the Indian contingent for the 2016 Rio Games.
 
 •  Moscow chess: GM Harikrishna goes down fighting to Gelfland
Coming into the day at the back of a splendid win and a day's rest, the World No. 16 Indian, playing with black pieces, could not maintain his momentum and despite giving a tough fight in a game that lasted for 52 moves, failed to avert his second loss of the campaign.
 
 •  Archery World Cup: Indian compound team enter final
India's compound men's archery team advanced to the final of the season's first World Cup, in Shanghai, on Friday.
 
 •  Will manager Wenger continue at Arsenal?
Wenger's future at Arsenal will be decided after FA Cup final
 
 •  Will Murray, Wawrinka lift their game at French Open?
World number two Novak Djokovic expects Stanislas Wawrinka and Andy Murray to lift their game at the French Open despite failing to make an impact so far in the clay court season.
 
 •  Why Arsenal star Sanchez is frustrated...
Arsenal have the players and qualities to challenge for the Premier League title and their failure to do so is frustrating, striker Alexis Sanchez has said.
 
 •  Rome Masters: Bopanna,Cuevas in quarters
Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas came from behind to knock out seventh seeds Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez, sealing a quarter-finals berth at the ATP Rome Masters.
 
 •  Italian Open: Wawrinka falls, Djokovic into quarter-finals
Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka became the latest high-profile casualty at the Italian Open on Thursday when the Swiss was knocked out in the third round by American John Isner.
 
 •  Alonso is one step away from 'Triple Crown of Motorsport'
If Fernando Alonso were to beat the odds and win the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, the double Formula One world champion will be one step away from the 'Triple Crown of Motorsport'.
 
 •  Williams sees off Konta to reach Rome quarters
Venus Williams powered into the Italian Open quarter-finals on Thursday with a dominant 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 victory over fifth seed Johanna Konta.
 
 •  The 12-year-old goalie who will represent India
Sujal Kahar is all set to represent India at the Football for Friendship tournament in Russia.
 
 •  EPL: Four-goal Kane helps Spurs punish Leicester
A rampant Harry Kane netted four goals and livewire Son Heung-Min scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Leicester City 6-1 in an action-packed Premier League clash on Thursday.
 
 •  WADA could bar Russia from Olympics
Russia could be banned from participating in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics if proposed changes to the World Anti-Doping Agency Code announced on Thursday are fast-tracked.
 
 •  Former MotoGP champion Hayden in intensive care after accident
Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden spent a second day in intensive care on Thursday after colliding with a car while cycling in eastern Italy.
 
 •  Sharapova gets wildcard for Wimbledon warm-up event
Former world number one Maria Sharapova has been handed a wildcard to the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Birmingham in June.
 
 •  'Kochi stadium fit to host U-17 World Cup matches'
Tournament director of the Local Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi made the announcement at a press conference in Kochi after inspecting the works being carried out in the stadium and the training sites.
 
 •  Mallya to remain India's top representative in FIA
Vijay Mallya remains India's top representative in world motorsport body FIA at a time when he is facing extradition to India over charges of unpaid debts and money laundering.
 
 •  Djokovic on why 'smart' Federer pulled out of French Open
Roger Federer made a smart decision by pulling out of this month's French Open, where he has less chance of adding to his 18 Grand Slam titles than on the sport's quicker surfaces, world number two Novak Djokovic said on Thursday.
 
 •  Can anyone in men's draw challenge Nadal at French Open?
World number one Andy Murray will be ready for Roland Garros despite his poor recent form, nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal has said.
 
 •  EPL: Man United held by Southampton in goalless stalemate
Southampton missed a penalty as they held a makeshift Manchester United side to a 0-0 draw in a tepid Premier League clash on Wednesday.
 
 •  Italian Open: Muguruza survives day of shocks, Kerber out
Garbine Muguruza emerged as a favourite to win the Italian Open after beating Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko to reach the third round after world number one Angeliquer Kerber had earlier bowed out to Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Juventus win Coppa Italia; Monaco claim Ligue 1
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday.
 
 •  La Liga: Real Madrid on verge of title after Ronaldo inspires
Cristiano Ronaldo fired Real Madrid to a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo on Wednesday to take Zinedine Zidane's side three points clear at the top of La Liga.
 
 •  Paes-Lipsky storm into Bordeaux Challenger semis
Indian tennis legend Leander Paes and American Scott Lipsky beat French pair of Laurent Lokoli and Maxime Janvier in straight sets to sail into the semi-finals of the Bordeaux Challenger, in Bordeaux, France, on Wednesday.
 
 •  AFC Cup: Bagan dent Bengaluru FC's chances with 3-1 win
Jeje Lalpekhlua (9th minute), Kean Lewis (74th) and Bikramjit Singh (80th) scored for Mohun Bagan while Seminlen Doungel (52nd) found the target for Bengaluru FC in the Group E match.
 
 •  Former MotoGP champion Hayden hit by car in Italy
Media reports said the "Kentucky Kid", who won the MotoGP championship on a Honda in 2006, is in a serious condition.
 
 •  Former Livepool footballer Kuyt hangs his boots
The much anticipated announcement came after Kuyt captained his club to an emotional title victory with a 3-1 win over Heracles Almelo, and he led fevered celebrations in front of some 150,000 people in Rotterdam on Monday.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Boost for Real Madrid as Nacho's suspension lifted
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday.
 
 •  East Bengal bite the bullet, take ISL bid papers
Though a bid cannot be expected from either of the two Kolkata giants just because the document has been taken up for consideration, this is a sign that both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are easing their stance against the IMG-Reliance owned league.
 
 •  Nadal through to last-16 in Rome after Almagro retires with injury
Nadal, who is the clear tournament favourite and looks to be in the form of his life on clay this season, raced into a 3-0 lead before Spanish compatriot Almagro felt his left knee with less than half an hour played.
 
 •  Sharapova ready to 'rise up again' after being left out of French Open
'No words, games, or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many'
 
 •  Bereaved Pogba to miss Man United's clash against Southampton
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will miss his side' s Premier League clash against Southampton on Wednesday as he has to attend his father's funeral.
 
 •  Ignored by Deschamps, but Benzema not giving up on France recall
'I asked the coach for an explanation. An explanation can be just two minutes long. It's not complicated ... But I am still at the coach's disposal. The coach knows this''I have the feeling that my name is being manipulated for reasons that have nothing to do with football'
 
 •  What Sharapova must do after French Open snub
Maria Sharapova can rise above the furore surrounding her return from a 15-month doping ban if she accepts the decision to deny her a wild card entry to the French Open without rancour, former world number three Pam Shriver has said.
 
 •  Sharapova retires hurt in Rome, Wimbledon main draw hopes hit
Maria Sharapova retired injured from her second round match with Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at the Italian Open on Tuesday.
 
 •  Italian Open: Murray thumped by Fognini, Djokovic eases through
Defending champion and world number one Andy Murray was swept aside by home favourite Fabio Fognini at the Italian Open on Tuesday, being completely outplayed in a 6-2, 6-4 defeat.
 
 •  Here's why Sharapova was DENIED French Open wildcard
The president of the French tennis federation (FFT) said he had a moral responsibility to deny Maria Sharapova a wildcard invitation to this month's French Open as the sport continues its fight against doping.
 
 •  EPL: Man City on brink of Champions League spot, Arsenal win
Manchester City moved back into third place and almost guaranteed Champions League qualification thanks to a 3-1 home victory against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium.
 
 •  Paes-Lipsky move to Bordeaux Challenger quarters
The second-seeded Indo-American duo defeated unseeded Bourgue-Barrere 6-2, 7-5 in their first round encounter to sail through to the last eight.
 
 •  No French Open wildcard for two-time champion Maria Sharapova
The 30-year-old Russian, who made her comeback last month after serving a suspension following a positive test for heart drug meldonium at last year's Australian Open, had hoped for a favour from the French Tennis Federation (FFT) because her ranking, currently 211, does not warrant an automatic place.
 
 •  Injured Kyrgios out of Italian Open?
Kyrgios was due to play Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round in Rome, but was replaced by lucky loser Alexandr Dolgopolov in the men's draw.
 
 •  'Cristiano is one of the greatest in history, but Messi is better'
'I hope Messi wins something with his national team and not only with his club, then he would have won everything with everyone'
 
 •  Arsenal fighting to stave off Champions League 'disappointment'
Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League table with two games to play. They will miss out on finishing in the top four for the first time in more than 20 years if they win their remaining matches but Liverpool and Manchester City do not drop points.
 
 •  Mourinho bemoans 'crazy' fixture congestion
'The accumulation of the games, I never had that'
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Cavani named best Ligue 1 player
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Tuesday
 
 •  AP govt amends Act to appoint Olympian PV Sindhu as Group-1 officer
Certain provisions in the Andhra Pradesh (Regulation of Appointments to Public Services and Rationalisation of Staff Pattern and Pay Structure) Act, 1994, prevented the appointment of the badminton player as any recruitment in public service should only be through the AP Public Service Commission, selection committee or employment exchange.
 
 •  Bayern, Barcelona would have sacked me by now : Pep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Bayern Munich and Barcelona would have sacked him if he had overseen a similar campaign to the one his Manchester City team have had at either of the European powerhouses.
 
 •  Present perfect, future tense for Aizawl FC
India's prolific film industry churns out scores of movies with plotlines bordering on the absurd every year but even Bollywood might have dismissed as too preposterous the story of the rise of soccer club Aizawl FC.
 
 •  Stop and refresh: Key for Federer, Nadal's return
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have returned to tennis in blistering form this season because they were able to recharge during injury layoffs last year, former world number two Alex Corretja has said.
 
 •  Terry mulls over retirement
Chelsea captain John Terry is assessing whether to retire from football after the Premier League champions' final game of the season against Sunderland on Sunday.
 
 •  Drug cheat Ben Johnson ad draws anger
A disgraced athlete ero returns... to much dismay.
 
 •  Sharapova targeting return to the top
Maria Sharapova says she is not looking too far ahead after returning from a doping suspension but concedes she is eager to be competing for the biggest titles in tennis again.
 
 •  Terry in the limelight for good and bad
John Terry has had many highs and a few lows in his two decades at Chelsea, so it was fitting that he was both hero and villain in what was possibly his last full appearance for the club he joined as a 14-year-old schoolboy.
 
 •  EPL: Chelsea celebrate title with romp against Watford
Departing captain John Terry led his Chelsea champions to a rip-roaring 4-3 victory over Watford on Monday, scoring the first goal on an evening of celebration, fireworks and streamers rather than vintage football at Stamford Bridge.
 
 •  Federer pulls out of French Open
"Regrettably, I've decided not to participate in the French Open," Federer said on his Facebook page on Monday.
 
 •  Tennis rankings: Kerber regains World No 1 spot; Nadal moves to 4th
The latest tennis rankings have been announced by the ATP and WTA
 
 •  Mohd Anas smashes national record, qualifies for World C'ships
The 22-year-old Anas clocked 45.32 sec under hot and humid conditions at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. He also qualified for the World Championships to be held in London in August. The entry standard for the World Championships stands at 45.50secs.
 
 •  Sharapova advances in Rome, but will she make Wimbledon main draw?
Should the 30-year-old three-time Rome champion, ranked 211 in the world, reach the semi-finals, she would almost certainly earn an automatic Wimbledon main draw slot ahead of the May 22 rankings cut-off date.
 
 •  Murray says health key to hopes of prolonging his career
'I mean, a lot can change in a week in tennis... So I don't think that just because you do well the previous year means that you're going to have a good event the next year'
 
 •  Tottenham sign off from the Lane in a blaze of glory
It is their best finish for 54 years, since the glory days of the 1960s when the club was setting new standards in English football under Bill Nicholson.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Real Madrid thrash Sevilla to home in on title
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 400th goal for Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane's side closed in on a first La Liga title since 2012, easing to a 4-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday while Neymar hit a hat-trick for Barcelona, who thrashed Las Palmas 4-1.
 
 •  F1: Force India hit with strange sanction
Force India collected one of Formula One's stranger sanctions on Sunday when they were given a suspended 25,000-euro ($27,317.50) fine for a breach of the rules concerning driver numbers on their cars.
 
 •  Nadal overpowers Thiem to win fifth Madrid title
Rafael Nadal consolidated his flying start to the clay-court season by taking a record-extending fifth Madrid Open title on Sunday, battling past a determined Dominic Thiem to win 7-6(10-8), 6-4.
 
 •  EPL PIX: Spurs take runners-up spot in White Hart Lane finale, Reds win
Photos from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday
 
 •  Asian C'ships: Grappler Sumit takes silver as India end with 10 medals
After conceding a point, the Indian grappler was quick to pull back two points by overpowering his opponent and throwing him out of the mat.
 
 •  Motor Racing: Force India record season's best finish at Spanish GP
The upgrades brought for the weekend helped the team significantly in the 66-lap race after Perez and Ocon had qualified eighth and 10th in the qualifying.
 
 •  Formula 1: Hamilton wins Spanish GP, Vettel second
The Mercedes driver's 55th career win was hard-fought and tense, however, with Ferrari's Vettel seizing the lead at the start and in the hunt all the way to the finish as the tyre strategies played out.
 
 •  Chess: Harika settles for a draw in Rd 4 in Malmo
World No. 10 Indian, playing with black pieces, had to be at her defensive best to avoid conceding the game.
 
 •  'Cramped schedule' renders Chhetri doubtful for rest of season
India's star striker Sunil Chhetri is in doubt for India's Asian Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan as well as the international friendly against Lebanon next month, according to his I-League club Bengaluru FC's chief executive officer.
 
 •  India claim 2 medals at World Para Athletics Grand Prix
Ramudri Someshwara Rao won a gold medal in the 200m race and Hokato Sema bagged a bronze in shot put.
 
 •  U-17 World Cup ticket to cost less than Rs 50 but there's a catch!
The catch here is that one has to buy the season tickets to get the discount of "about 60 per cent".
 
 •  Conte's straight talk after rumours of move to Inter make rounds
The champion coach to stay and improve Chelsea next season
 
 •  EPL: Man City rise to third, Arsenal maintain top four hunt
Manchester City survived a stirring Leicester City fightback to claim a 2-1 win that lifted them above Liverpool into third in the Premier League on Saturday.
 
 •  Nadal ends Djokovic hoodoo to reach another Madrid final
A red hot Rafael Nadal ended a seven-match losing streak against Novak Djokovic in emphatic fashion by thrashing the world number two 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the Madrid Open and move within a step of a third consecutive clay-court title.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Pique illness leaves Barca short-staffed
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Saturday
 
 •  Asian Wrestling: Punia bags India's first gold
Bajrang Punia (men's 65kg) posted an impressive victory on the penultimate day of the Asian Wrestling Championship on Saturday.
 
 •  Lewis Hamilton back on pole in Spain
Lewis Hamilton took pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Saturday with Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel alongside the Mercedes driver on the front row.
 
 •  How Luiz has become Chelsea's defensive rock
Chelsea's David Luiz never really looked cut out for a role as a defensive rock in one of England's meanest rearguards.
 
 •  10 games which made Chelsea EPL Champions
Key moments in Chelsea's Premier League title-winning season.
 
 •  EPL title in the bag, Conte sets sights on FA Cup
Antonio Conte spent the immediate aftermath of Chelsea's title-winning 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Friday being bounced skywards by his players but once back on terra firma his mind was already focusing on the next target -- the double.
 
 •  How Conte steered Chelsea to EPL title
Antonio Conte's title ranks as one of the finest of the Abramovich era because this title was so unexpected. Out of the blue, in fact.
 
 •  Chelsea score late winner to clinch EPL title
The victory, Chelsea's 28th of the season, put the long-time league leaders 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have only three games left to play.
 
 •  Nadal sets up Djokovic showdown in Madrid
Saturday's match between Djokovic and Nadal will be the 50th between the two great rivals, who have won a combined 26 Grand Slam titles.
 
 •  Sakshi settles for silver at Asian Championships
Star grappler Sakshi Malik bagged a silver medal for India in the ongoing Asian Wrestling Championship after losing to Japan's Risako Kawai in women's 60kg category in New Delhi, on Friday.
 
 •  Nadal, Murray back Pique's revolutionary format for Davis Cup
The centre-back was at the Madrid Open earlier this week, reportedly to discuss a 16-team knockout tournament with ATP Tour chief Chris Kermode. It would potentially replace the former World Team Cup event on the ATP calendar that was played from 1975 to 2012 ahead of Roland Garros.
 
 •  Wrestlers Sakshi, Vinesh, Divya in gold medal round of Asian C'ship
Competing for the first time in women's 60kg category after jumping up the weight division from 58kg, Sakshi hardly broke a sweat en route to the final.
 
 •  Alia Bhatt lends her support to Indian football
Now, the sensational actress has lent her support to Indian football as the country prepares to host the FIFA Under-17 Word Cup in October, later this year.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Under-fire Sharapova gets Navratilova backing
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Friday.
 
 •  After football Sachin Tendulkar pads up for Pro Kabaddi
The cricket icon is a co-owner of the Chennai franchise, one of the new teams added to the sport league
 
 •  United cling on against Celta in tense match to reach Europa final
Ajax to face United in final despite defeat at Lyon
 
 •  Madrid Open: Murray sent packing, Nadal, Djokovic ease into quarters
The Briton, who was thrashed 6-3 6-1 by the Croatian in the Dubai Championships in 2015, performed poorly in the first set and after recovering in the second he then surrendered his serve in the seventh game, giving Coric three break points.
 
 •  Madrid Open: Kuznetsova crushes Bouchard in quarters
The Canadian set the tournament alight with a scintillating, three-set win over Maria Sharapova on Tuesday after her outspoken comments about the Russian returning from her 15-month doping ban, including calling her a cheater.
 
 •  Justice Mudgal elected head of FIFA Governance Committee
Justice Mukul Mudgal was on Thursday elected as head of FIFA's governance committee at the world football governing body's 67th Congress in Bahrain's capital city of Manama.
 
 •  Asian Wrestling: Anil, Jyoti bag bronze for India on Day 2
Anil Kumar also faced a similar fate during the quarter-finals of 85kg, going down to Japan's Atsushi Matsumoto 0-7, but was fortunate to enter the bronze medal round after the Japanese grappler ensured a place in the gold medal round.
 
 •  Sindhu rested for Thailand Open, Saina to play the three big series
India will be sending full teams for the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold (May 30-June 4), Indonesia Open Super Series (June 12-18) and Australian Open Super Series (June 20-25).
 
 •  Vijender terminates agreement with Queensberry Promotions
WBO Super Middleweight Asia Pacific champion Vijender Singh, who has been unbeaten in the professional circuit, has decided to terminate his agreement with Queensberry Promotions with immediate effect.
 
 •  AIFF extends support to 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar
'Indians living in Qatar will play a significant role in making the 2022 World Cup a success'
 
 •  'Manchester United should be embarrassed by their EPL performance'
Manchester United should be "embarrassed" at trailing Premier League leaders Chelsea by 19 points and Jose Mourinho's first year in charge will not be considered a success even if they win the Europa League, former skipper Roy Keane said.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Dortmund's Bartra returns to training after bus attack
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday.
 
 •  Why Chelsea deserve top position in EPL
Chelsea's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough on Monday moved them seven points clear at the top with three games left and a win at West Brom will make them champions.
 
 •  F1 team signs this Indian teen as development driver
Indian teenager Arjun Maini has joined the US-owned Haas Formula One team as a development driver alongside 18-year-old American Santino Ferrucci.
 
 •  Mourinho's 'not special any more', Chelsea hail 'The Confather'
How quickly affections can switch in soccer. Where once they would serenade coach Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge with an operatic flourish, now Chelsea fans have fallen headlong for another man driving them inexorably to the Premier League title.
 
 •  Glorious failure a fitting finale for Atletico's Calderon
In the dying minutes of their Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid, a thunderstorm rolled in and drenched Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon stadium.
 
 •  EPL: Sanchez, Giroud send Arsenal up to fifth
Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud were on target as Arsenal won 2-0 at Southampton on Wednesday to move up to fifth in the Premier League and fuel their hopes of a late push for the top four.
 
 •  Juventus vs Real Madrid: Get ready for 'beautiful final'
Zinedine Zidane was thrilled to steer Real Madrid to a second consecutive Champions League final in which his team will bid to defend their title against his former club Juventus.
 
 •  Champions League: Real survive Atletico onslaught to reach final
Real Madrid survived an early Atletico Madrid onslaught to reach the Champions League final 4-2 on aggregate on Wednesday and set up a mouth-watering clash against Juventus.
 
 •  Djokovic, Nadal battle through at Madrid Open
The Spaniard, who has never gone beyond the quarter-finals in a grand slam, grew in confidence in the second set, however, with the backing of the home support on the Manolo Santana court and saved two break points before forcing a decider.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Totti declines to confirm retirement at end of season
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday.
 
 •  Asian Wrestling C'ship: Harpreet bags bronze
Harpreet bagged his second successive bronze medal at the Asian Championship after defeating Junjie Na of China 3-2.
 
 •  EPL: Wing back Moses credits Conte for reviving his career
Nuggets of news coming from the English Premier League
 
 •  F1 legend Berger hopes for a miracle over Schumacher's recovery
Not much is known about Schumacher's current condition following a skiing fall, but it was emerged in court earlier in May 2017 that he still could not walk.
 
 •  Here's why Sharapova is getting wildcards
The level of media coverage surrounding Maria Sharapova's return to tennis from a doping suspension has been a key factor in the five-time Grand Slam winner being offered wildcards to events, men's world number one Andy Murray has said.
 
 •  Dope-tainted India goalkeeper gets three weeks to prove innocence
India goalkeeper Subrata Paul has three weeks to present his case before an anti-doping panel after his 'A' sample tested positive for a banned substance, the chief of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) said on Wednesday.
 
 •  FIFA asks Man United for details of Pogba deal
FIFA have asked Manchester United for information about Paul Pogba's world record transfer from Juventus, following leaks which claimed to give details about the huge deal, a spokesman for the governing body said on Tuesday.
 
 •  Honeymoon over for golf star McIlroy
After a five-week layoff that saw him wed American Erica Stoll in an Irish castle, soak up the sun on a Caribbean honeymoon and strike a new multi-million dollar equipment deal, Rory McIlroy is keen to start a new chapter in his life at The Players in Florida this week.
 
 •  Bopanna-Cuevas bite the dust in Madrid Open first round
Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas were knocked out of the Madrid Masters after being crushed in straight sets in the opening round of the men's double event here last evening.
 
 •  AIFF website hacked
The All India Football Federation's (AIFF) website on Tuesday was hacked by an anonymous group called 'Zero Cool'.
 
 •  Allegri hoping Juventus can end wait for European glory
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri shunned the plaudits after his side move closer to the treble by beating AS Monaco to reach the Champions League final on Tuesday.
 
 •  Alves leads Juventus into Champions League final
Juventus defender Dani Alves produced an inspired display capped by a stunning volleyed goal in a 2-1 win over AS Monaco on Tuesday that took the Italians into their second Champions League final in three years.
 
 •  Why did Vikas Krishan pull out of the Asian Championships?
Why did Vikas Krishan give his opponent a walkover in an Asian Championship semi-final?
 
 •  Madrid Open: Murray sails into third round
World number one Andy Murray beat Romanian Marius Copil 6-4, 6-3 to reach the third round of the Madrid Open on Tuesday.
 
 •  What Paes and I were able to achieve will never be replicated: Bhupathi
'I don't think you can fault us for not trying. We kept giving our best shot because we know how special a relationship it is for not just us but the country as well'
 
 •  Bindra lashes out at NRAI after shooters stranded at airport
Bindra said that the official team manager left the athletes "to fend for themselves".
 
 •  Here's why Real will not sit and defend their lead
Real Madrid will attack city rivals Atletico Madrid in their Champions League semi-final second leg and not sit back and defend their 3-0 lead as they chase a place in the final, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday.
 
 •  Want to become an NBA star? Here is your chance...
'This initiative is not about finding more sponsors or marketing partners. It's about developing elite basketball prospects'
 
 •  Tour de France champ unhurt after hit-and-run case
The 31-year-old three-time winner of the world's biggest bike race, tweeted a picture of the twisted remains of his "totaled" training bike, saying he had been deliberately knocked off by the driver.
 
 •  Why panels like Lodha are needed for all National Sports Federation
India's greatest ever Olympian Sushil Kumar strongly feels that panels similar to one headed by Justice RM Lodha to clean up the Board of Control for Cricket in India mess, is required to bring in more accountability and transparency in functioning of National Sports Federations (NSF).
 
 •  Sharapova set for wildcard entry in Birmingham
Former world number one Maria Sharapova will be awarded a wildcard by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to play at next month's Aegon Classic in Birmingham.
 
 •  Vikas won't be allowed to compete in World Series of Boxing
Indian boxer Vikas Krishan, who forfeited his semi-final bout in the Asian Championships, won't be allowed to compete in the World Series of Boxing and will have to explain his no-show to a disciplinary committee of the national federation.
 
 •  Will Real Madrid dash Atletico's dreams?
Atletico Madrid have built a reputation for gargantuan achievements under coach Diego Simeone and have not given up hope of a remarkable turnaround against Real Madrid in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg.
 
 •  Agassi to take over as Djokovic's new 'supercoach'?
Former World No. 1 and Wimbledon champion has emerged as the surprised as the surprise candidate to take over Novak Djokovic's coach, The Daily Telegraph reported.
 
 •  FIFA boss vows to fight racist 'idiots'
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he intends to talk with Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari, the victim of racist abuse in Italian football, and vowed to fight racist 'idiots'.
 
 •  Fit-again Kashyap racing against time for CWG qualification
After missing out on Rio Olympics last year due to a knee surgery, a fit-again Parupalli Kashyap is racing against time to regain his place in the Indian team and defend his title at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
 
 •  Venky's face local backlash after Blackburn's relegation to third tier
Blackburn Rover became the first former English Premier League champions to be relegated to the third tier.
 
 •  Why Mumbai missed out on U17 football World Cup final
'Mission XI Million is the most ambitious football engagement programme to date in India.'
 
 •  'Motivated' Bouchard claims victory over Sharapova in thriller
Eugenie Bouchard pulled off her first win over Maria Sharapova with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 triumph in the Madrid Open on Monday in a thrilling contest full of tension after the Canadian had called the Russian a cheater following her doping ban.
 
 •  EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea close in on title after Boro thrashing
Chelsea moved within three points of clinching the Premier League title with a 3-0 victory that condemned Middlesbrough to relegation on Monday after goals from Spaniards Diego Costa and Marcos Alonso plus a tap-in by Nemanja Matic.
 
 •  Football Writers' Player of the Year award goes to...
Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has been named Player of the Year by the Football Writers Association(FWA) on Monday, adding to his list of accolades this season, including the PFA Player of the Year award.
 
 •  Leander Paes, Rhea Pillai fail to resolve dispute
The Supreme Court, on Monday, said it cannot force ace tennis player Leander Paes and his estranged live-in partner Rhea Pillai to arrive at a settlement in a maintenance case.
 
 •  Champions League: How Monaco can make comeback against Juventus
AS Monaco, beaten 2-0 at home in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Juventus, will have to make history in Tuesday's return if they are to end Ligue 1's long absence from the final.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Maradona head coach of UAE's Al-Fujairah
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Monday.
 
 •  In defeat, Mourinho remains optimistic
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho both insisted the London side's 2-0 win on Sunday was not about them, or their rivalry, but in many ways it was.
 
 •  In battle of big servers Cilic wins
Marin Cilic warmed up for this month's French Open by capturing his first claycourt title in five years with a 7-6(3), 6-3 win over Canadian top seed Milos Raonic in the Istanbul Open final on Sunday.
 
 •  Here's why top four finish is IMPOSSIBLE for United
Jose Mourinho admitted that Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Arsenal means it will now be "impossible" for Manchester United to finish in the top four.
 
 •  Slick Arsenal end Manchester United's unbeaten run
Arsenal scored twice in three minutes through a deflected Granit Xhaka strike and Danny Welbeck's header to claim a deserved 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday and inflict a first Premier League defeat on the visitors in 26 games.
 
 •  Kavinder, Manoj, Satish qualify for World Championships
Third seed Satish Kumar (+91kg) and sixth seed Manoj Kumar (69kg) were among the three Indian boxers who qualified for the World Championships after winning their respective box-offs at the Asian Championships in Tashkent, on Sunday.
 
 •  EPL: Man City thrash Palace to move into third place
Manchester City strengthened their Premier League top-four aspirations with a 5-0 thrashing of a woeful Crystal Palace side at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
 
 •  Azlan Shah: Rupinderpal's brace seals bronze for India
Rupinderpal Singh converted two penalty corners as India outclassed New Zealand 4-0 to clinch a bronze medal in the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, in Ipoh, on Saturday.
 
 •  Asian Boxing Championships: Shiva, Sumit settle for silver
Fourth seed Shiva Thapa (60kg) became the first Indian boxer to clinch three consecutive Asian Championships medals, while Sumit Sangwan (91kg) notched up his maiden podium finish as both boxers settled for silver medals at the continental showpiece, in Tashkent, on Saturday.
 
 •  Relief for Aizawl FC! No immediate I-League, ISL merger
The All India Football Federation, on Saturday, ruled out an immediate merger of the I-League and the Indian Super League, deciding that the former will remain the country's top-tier tournament for the next two-three years.
 
 •  Kipchoge runs fastest marathon but...
Eliud Kipchoge ran the quickest recorded marathon on Saturday, crossing the line at the Monza Formula One track in two hours and 25 seconds but missing out on an ambitious attempt to break the two-hour barrier.
 
 •  EPL: Tottenham suffer crushing title blow
Tottenham Hotspur's exhilarating Premier League title surge came to a shuddering halt as they lost 1-0 at West Ham United on Friday to leave Chelsea needing six points from four games to be crowned champions.
 
 •  Defamation row: HC upholds order dismissing Kirti Azad's plea
While refusing to reject a plaint filed by HI and its president against Azad, a single judge had noted that Article 105 of the Constitution does not allow an MP to make defamatory statements outside Parliament.
 
 •  Olympians oppose new athletics world record proposals
A proposal for new world record ratification rules that could have a retroactive effect faced opposition from the World Olympians Associations (WOA) on Friday, who said it would cast suspicion on all past performances.
 
 •  Azlan Shah: India lose to Malaysia 1-0, fail to enter final
A listless India slumped to a heart-breaking 0-1 defeat to hosts Malaysia in their last league match as they failed to reach the final of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament for the second consecutive year in Ipoh, Malaysia on Friday.
 
 •  First football team from Kashmir set to play on foreign soil
Real Kashmir FC made their I-League debut last season and had mixed results, winning three of their six fixtures in the preliminary round.
 
 •  'Aizawl's threats are unfair, AIFF won't be intimidated'
'Till a new road map is decided the old one continues. Why is somebody complaining? You cannot complain on a hypothetical situation. But if they want to shout let them shout, we are not going to be intimidated'
 
 •  Ronaldo to sit out for Granada visit, no problem says Zidane
'I speak with Cristiano all the time and I know him very well. He knows that until now he played 60-70 games a season and the accumulation of all those years meant he needs to rest a little'
 
 •  Messi's four-match Argentina ban lifted
'Despite the fact that the FIFA Appeal Committee considered Lionel Messi's behaviour as reproachable, the former concluded that the evidence available was not sufficient to establish...(sanctions) could be applied'
 
 •  BFI to seek answers from Vikas over Asian C'ship walkover
However, the Indian did not report for weigh-in on Friday morning.
 
 •  BAI finally gives shuttlers prize money for 2014 Commonwealth Games!
Saina was awarded a cheque of Rs 25 lakhs for her title-winning performance at the Australia Super Series in 2016, besides becoming the first Indian to become the World No. 1 and reaching the finals at All England champion in 2015.
 
 •  Asian Championship: Shiva in final, Vikas settles for bronze
Fourth seed Shiva Thapa (60kg) stunned Olympic bronze-medallist and top seed Dorjnyambuug Otgondalai of Mongolia to enter the Asian Boxing Championships final, in Tashkent, on Friday.
 
 •  'Aiming to find winning spark', Djokovic parts ways with coaching team
A winner of 12 Grand Slam titles, the Serb has suffered a noticeable dip in form since winning his maiden French Open last June, relinquishing top spot in the ATP rankings to Briton Andy Murray five months later.
 
 •  Button's one-off return to Formula One, here's why...
The Briton will be stand-in driver for Fernando Alonso at Monaco GP
 
 •  Neymar, Barcelona ordered to stand trial for corruption
Brazilian forward Neymar has been cleared of fraud but still faces a corruption trial in Spain in connection with the value of his 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona, the Spanish National High Court said on Thursday.
 
 •  FIVE memorable Arsenal v Manchester United clashes
Arsenal host Manchester United on Sunday in a clash crucial to both clubs as they try to finish the season in the top four of the Premier League. We look at five standout matches between the clubs.
 
 •  Europa: Rashford rocket gives United away win in semi
Manchester United's teenage striker Marcus Rashford struck a stunning second-half free-kick to secure a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo in their Europa League semi-final, first leg on Thursday.
 
 •  Pakistan says India should not be given international sporting events
The National assembly's Standing Committee on Sports in Pakistan observed that in recent months, India had been trying to isolate Pakistani sportspersons by depriving them a chance to compete in international events.
 
 •  An epic weekend beckons as Wenger and Mourinho renew rivalry
A fixture that once enjoyed the cachet of a heavyweight title fight -- and often resembled one on the pitch as England's preeminent teams slugged it out -- has been relegated in status with United fifth and Arsenal sixth in the Premier League.
 
 •  Wenger wants players to focus on themselves during United's visit
'Now even winning our games does not guarantee us to be in the Champions League, that is what we have to achieve'
 
 •  La Liga: Can Real keep title hopes alive at Granada?
Barca must beat Villareal on the weekend if they are to stand a chance of overhauling Real in the run in.
 
 •  India rises to 100 in FIFA rankings after 21 years
This is India's best-ever FIFA Ranking since April 1996 when India were also ranked 100.
 
 •  The man who scripted Aizawl's fairytale success
Khalid Jamil scripted one of India's most remarkable sporting success stories.
 
 •  Nastase slams 'small-minded' Wimbledon over Royal Box snub
Former Romanian world number one Ilie Nastase called Wimbledon organisers "small-minded" after they announced he would not be invited to the Royal Box at this year's championships.
 
 •  Paes-Sa, Sharan-Raja advance to quarters in Estoril
Fourth seeds Leander Paes and Andre Sa progressed to the Estoril Open quarter-finals and also joining them in the last-eight pairs were Divij Sharan and Purav Raja.
 
 •  What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
 
 •  Buffon celebrates 100th Juve Champions League game in style
Gianluigi Buffon celebrated his 100th Champions League game for Juventus in typical fashion on Wednesday, making a string of brilliant saves in a 2-0 win at Monaco in the first leg of their semi-final.
 
 •  Champions League PIX: Higuain double sends Juve close to final
Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain struck twice as the Italian side produced a masterful all-round display to beat Monaco 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.
 
 •  Europa League: Traore brace puts Ajax on course for final
Ajax Amsterdam produced a performance worthy of the club's illustrious past when they crushed Olympique Lyonnais 4-1 on Wednesday to move to the brink of their first European final since 1996.
 
 •  AFC Cup: Bengaluru FC stunned by Bangladesh's Abahani
Bengaluru FC conceded two late goals in dramatic fashion as they lost 0-2 to 10-man Abahani Limited Dhaka of Bangladesh in their AFC Cup group match in Dhaka.
 
 •  Wimbledon keeps Sharapova guessing on wildcard entry
Former champion Maria Sharapova's hopes of playing at this year's Wimbledon championships could hinge on a June 20 meeting of tournament organisers unless the Russian hits form in forthcoming events in Madrid and Rome.
 
 •  Nastase not welcome at Wimbledon this year
Former Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase will not be welcome at this year's Wimbledon championships and could be stopped at the gate if he tries to attend.
 
 •  Vikas, Shiva in semis, qualify for World C'ships
Top seed Vikas Krishan (75kg) and fourth seed Shiva Thapa (60kg) were among the four Indian boxers who qualified for the World Championships and assured themselves of medals by advancing to the Asian Championships semi-finals, in Tashkent, on Wednesday.
 
 •  AS Roma great Totti to retire at end of season
AS Roma's all-time appearance record holder and top scorer Francesco Totti is to call time on his 24-year career with the club and retire from soccer at the end of this season, the club's new sporting director Monchi said on Wednesday.
 
 •  Wimbledon organisers hike prize money for 2017 championship
This year's Wimbledon singles tennis champions will receive 2.2 million pounds ($2.84 million) each - a hike of 200,000 pounds for both the men's and women's winner, organisers said on Wednesday.
 
 •  A whopping 2.2 million in prize money awaits 2017 Wimbledon champ!
In percentage terms, it is those first round losers who benefit the most -- their 35,000 pounds prize being almost 17 percent up on last year, reflecting the club's commitment to the lower reaches of tennis.
 
 •  I-League champs Aizawl FC threaten 'fast unto death' if relegated
Aizawl FC have threatened to 'fast unto death' after finding themselves in the bizarre position of staring at relegation next season despite winning India's top division title on Sunday.
 
 •  Azlan Shah hockey: Mandeep 'tricks' as India edge Japan 4-3
Having squandered the early lead provided by a penalty corner conversion from Rupinderpal Singh, India were trailing when Mandeep got into his goal-scoring act in the second half.Having squandered the early lead provided by a penalty corner conversion from Rupinderpal Singh, India were trailing when Mandeep got into his goal-scoring act in the second half.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Maradona to visit Kolkata for a 2-day trip in September
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday
 
 •  Savannah Challenger: Ramkumar staggers through to Round 2, Yuki ousted
Young Indian Davis Cupper Ramkumar Ramanathan advanced to the second round of the Savannah Challenger but Yuki Bhambri, who has returned to circuit after a month, went down fighting in the Gimcheon event in Korea.
 
 •  'India can't have sporting ties with terrorism-sponsoring Pakistan'
'Terrorism and sports can't go along and Pakistan should understand that'
 
 •  India captain Sreejesh ruled out of Azlan Shah tourney with injury
Sreejesh has a painful right knee due to a ligament injury that generally takes two to three months to heal, a team source said on Wednesday, ahead of India's preliminary league fixture against Japan.
 
 •  Atletico hoping against hope as history repeats itself at the Bernabeu
Real's victory at the Santiago Bernabeu means they are poised to knock Atletico out of the competition for the fourth successive year.
 
 •  Here's why Murray expects Sharapova to play at Wimbledon
The Russian can qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon by reaching the semi-final of either the Madrid or Rome tournaments.
 
 •  All hail Ronaldo the Real Madrid centre-forward!
The Portuguese forward, who also scored a treble in the quarter-final against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu, and five goals across that tie, is revelling in the central striker's role he has adopted this season.
 
 •  Trickster Ronaldo puts Real on verge of Champions League final
The Portuguese forward put his team on the verge of their third final in four years and took his tally to 103 goals in the competition as he helped Madrid vanquish their neighbours at the Santiago Bernabeu.
 
 •  India denies visa to Pakistan wrestlers for Asian Championship
The Pakistan Wrestling Federation on Tuesday claimed that its national team has been denied visa by the Indian High Commission for the upcoming Asian Championship scheduled to be held in New Delhi from May 10-14.
 
 •  India squander lead to lose 1-3 to Australia in Azlan Shah
India put up a spirited show before squandering the early lead to go down 1-3 against defending champions Australia in a league match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament, in Ipoh.
 
 •  Footballers Bembem Devi, Jeje nominated for Arjuna
One of the biggest names in the women's game, the 36-year-old Bembem called time on her illustrious international career at the end of the South Asian Games last year in Shillong.
 
 •  Preview: Free-scoring Mbappe and Monaco face Juventus wall
Mbappe, 18, has scored 18 goals in his last 18 competitive games, including three in the 6-3 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund in the last eight.
 
 •  Asian Boxing C'ships: Shiva, Sumit enter quarters
Shiva, a World Championships bronze-medallist and a two-time medallist at the Asian meet, edged past Kyrgyzstan's Omurbek Malabekov in a split verdict to make the last-eight stage, where he will face Chinese Taipei's Chu-En Lai in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Europe calls for new record ratification laws
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Tuesday
 
 •  EPL: Liverpool's Coutinho hopeful of quick return after leg injury
The 24-year-old limped off the pitch in the first 15 minutes of the match at Vicarage Road and was replaced by Adam Lallana but manager Juergen Klopp said that the Brazilian had not been badly injured.
 
 •  The Indian runner who made history in Boston
'I ran with the Indian flag throughout and, believe me, it is a fantastic feeling.'
 
 •  Italians and racism in sport: UN hails Pescara's Muntari for walk-off
Muntari said he had complained that parts of the crowd, including a group of children, had hurled racist insults at him from the start of his Italian team's game at Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday.
 
 •  First Look! Mommy-to-be Serena rocks the red carpet at Met Gala
The mother-to-be showed off her baby bump in a flowing green gown as she entered with fiancé Alexis Ohanian.
 
 •  EPL: Can nets 'one of the great Liverpool goals' for top-four push
A game that had been meandering along amid much mediocrity came to life on the stroke of halftime when Can's extraordinary overhead scissors kick from Lucas's chipped through ball rocketed into the top corner.
 
 •  La Liga: Stumbling Sevilla upset by Malaga in Andalusian thriller
Despite two goals from Franco Vazquez, Sevilla's defeat leaves them on 68 points, three behind third-placed Atletico Madrid, but now only five clear of fifth-placed Villarreal -- and they still have to visit Real Madrid on May 14.
 
 •  Ibrahimovic set to make full recovery after successful knee surgery
United's leading goal-scorer suffered knee ligament damage during the 2-1 Europa League quarter-final win over Anderlecht last month and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
 
 •  Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna for Sardar Singh?
Hockey India (HI) recommended senior player and former captain Sardar Singh forthe Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honour.
 
 •  Why this photograph of Aizawl FC fans is trending
Why this photograph of Aizawl FC fans is trending
 
 •  After Saina, biopic on PV Sindhu
Ace shuttler PV Sindhu, the first Indian woman to bag a silver medal at the Olympics, is the latest athlete whose story is set to be portrayed at the big screen.
 
 •  Aizawl FC's success story is harbinger of hope for Indian football
Relegated in their debut season, Aizawl FC were readmitted to make up the numbers when Goan clubs fell out with the All India Football Federation over the I-League and Indian Super League merger issue. They made the opportunity count by winning the I-League in only their second season to script a rare and incredible story in present-day Indian football.
 
 •  Asian Boxing Championship: Vikas, Gaurav advance to quarters
Top seed Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) advanced to the quarter-finals, giving India a good start at the Asian Boxing Championships in Tashkent on Monday.
 
 •  Champions League: Will Atletico be fourth time lucky?
Atletico aim for Champions League revenge against Real at fourth attempt.
 
 •  EPL: Spurs beat Arsenal to keep up title challenge
Tottenham Hotspur beat local rivals Arsenal with second-half goals from prolific pair Dele Alli and Harry Kane on Sunday to maintain their Premier league title challenge.
 
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