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 •  Pistorius murder sentence doubled to 13 years
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday increased Oscar Pistorius' murder sentence to 13 years and five months after the state argued that his original sentence of six years was "shockingly lenient".
 
 •  PHOTOS: Arsenal lose but advance; Milan, Villarreal through
AC Milan, Villarreal and Nice reached the knockout stage of the Europa League after posting wins on Thursday in the penultimate round of the group stage.
 
 •  Brazil striker Robinho given 9-year term for rape in Italy
An Italian court sentenced former AC Milan and Brazil forward Robinho in absentia to nine years in prison on Thursday after convicting him of taking part in a gang rape of an Albanian woman in 2013.
 
 •  He is India's answer to Cool Runnings...
Shiva Keshavan has often been described as India's answer to Cool Runnings, befitting as it was the film of Jamaica's unlikely bobsleigh team which played a role in inspiring his own unique story.
 
 •  ISL 4: Chennaiyin FC outplay NorthEast United FC
Chennaiyin FC bounced back from a losing start in Indian Super League season 4 as they beat North East United FC 3-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.
 
 •  Sindhu sails into Hong Kong Open quarters, Saina exits
Second seed PV Sindhu sailed into the women's singles quarter-finals with a comfortable win over Japan's Aya Ohori in the Hong Kong Open Superseries, in Hong Kong on Thursday.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Chawrasia grabs Hong Kong lead
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday
 
 •  Champions League PIX: Manchester Utd's progress on hold; Chelsea in last 16
A summary of Wednesday's matches in the UEFA Champions League.
 
 •  Here's when Federer felt insulted
Can one imagine that Tennis ace Roger Federer, who has claimed 19 Grand Slams in his career, was once insulted saying he is good for nothing but to serve coffee.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: US Olympic champ Douglas says doctor sexually abused her
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday
 
 •  Why Trump is calling this sportsman's father 'ungrateful fool'
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday reignited a feud with the father of one of the three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, calling him an 'ungrateful fool' in a series of early-morning tweets.
 
 •  Big money still at stake in F1 finale
The Formula One season winds up in Abu Dhabi on Sunday with both titles won, Lewis Hamilton aiming to close the year on a winning note and big money still at stake for those further down the paddock pecking order.
 
 •  Hong Kong Open: Saina, Sindhu, Prannoy enter 2nd round; Kashyap, Sourabh ousted
London Olympics bronze medallist Saina staved off a spirited challenge from World No 44 Mette Poulsen of Denmark 21-19, 23-21 in a 46-minute match.
 
 •  Sevilla coach's cancer revelation fuelled fight back vs Liverpool
The 48-year-old Argentine saw his side produce a stirring fight back from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday and Spanish media reported that he told his players about the illness at half-time.
 
 •  Champions League PIX: Real thrash APOEL 6-0; Liverpool held in thriller
Images from Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday
 
 •  Grand Slam innovation: Australian Open to introduce shot-clocks
Players will have an additional five seconds between points at next year's Australian Open but time-wasters will have nowhere to hide thanks to the introduction of shot-clocks.
 
 •  Why these Kolkata giants don't get investors
Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan and East Bengal need to put their complaints aside and do some 'soul-searching' on why they have failed to attract the kind of investors needed to play in the more glamorous Indian Super League, AIFF General secretary Kushal Das said on Tuesday.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Yuki makes winning start; 5 Indians boxers in quarters
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Tuesday
 
 •  EPL: 'Arsenal can challenge Man City in title race'
Arsenal can cut down the deficit to Premier League leaders Manchester City and challenge for the title this campaign, midfielder Granit Xhaka said.
 
 •  Tennis Rankings: Dimitrov surges to career-best third spot
The victory saw him move up by three places to stand only behind Spain's Rafael Nadal and Swiss star Roger Federer.
 
 •  Vijender set to face Commonwealth champion Fielding
British and Commonwealth Super middleweight Champion Rocky Fielding has been ordered to defend his newly-acquired super-middleweight title against Indian superstar Vijender Singh as per the latest Commonwealth Boxing Council bulletin.
 
 •  First Look: India football captain Chhetri's sangeet ceremony
After the big fat super wedding of tennis ace Serena Williams to billionaire Alexis Ohanian last week, India football captain Sunil Chhetri will take the plunge on December 4.
 
 •  Struggling Griezmann does not regret staying at Atletico
'I haven't always expressed myself well. I said I would like to play with Neymar and Mbappe, but that doesn't mean I want to go to PSG'
 
 •  EPL: Brighton recover twice to salvage 2-2 draw with Stoke
The visitors went ahead through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting but Pascal Gross equalised just before the break only for Kurt Zouma to head Stoke back in front moments later. Jose Izquierdo then levelled for Brighton on the hour to earn a deserved point.
 
 •  Remembering Novotna: A true winner who was famed for a sporting 'choke'
Jana Novotna was a true winner but it was the misfortune of the brilliant Czech, who died on Monday aged 49, to always be recalled for one of sport's most famous and heart-rending meltdowns despite her collection of 100 tennis titles.
 
 •  Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies
After a long battle with cancer, Jana died peacefully, surrounded by her family in her native Czech Republic
 
 •  Indian football mourns former AIFF chief Dasmunsi's death
The 72-year-old, also an eminent Congress leader, passed away today after being in coma since 2008, when he had suffered a stroke.
 
 •  Dimitrov sets sight on Grand Slam titles after ATP Finals triumph
Dimitrov has enjoyed the best season of his career in 2017, clinching four titles overall, including his first Masters title in Cincinnati.
 
 •  Football Briefs: Juve beaten at Samp; Schalke move to 2nd
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  La Liga: Barcelona to appeal Suarez, Pique yellow cards
Marcelino dismissed but Valencia keep pressure on Barcelona
 
 •  EPL: West Ham fail to play to strengths under Moyes
Former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland manager Moyes, who replaced the sacked Slaven Bilic, has a track record of turning to a good old-fashioned No. 9 to grind out results.
 
 •  Should have left UCLA players in jail in China: Trump
Trump's comments on Twitter came the day after LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball, downplayed Trump's involvement in the three athletes' release.
 
 •  The genius and magic of Andrea Pirlo
'For more than two decades, Pirlo, with the velvety touch, penetrative eye, and parabola-pass perfection, roamed the middle of the park like a creative colossus.'
 
 •  Dimitrov comes of age to win ATP Finals title
Grigor Dimitrov claimed the biggest title of his career and sent out a huge statement of intent as the stylish Bulgarian beat David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to win the ATP Finals.
 
 •  After a lull, Sunday goals dhamaka in ISL 4
Bengaluru FC had a satisfying Indian Super League debut as they beat Mumbai City FC 2-0 in their opening encounter with Spaniard Eduardo Martin Garcia and skipper Sunil Chhetri on target.
 
 •  Ethopians brave smog to clinch Delhi Half Marathon races
Current woman world athlete of the year Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia clinched gold in her debut race while compatriot Berhanu Legese won the men's event in the Delhi Half Marathon in New Delhi on Sunday.
 
 •  Dimitrov snaps Sock jinx, to set up Goffin final
Grigor Dimitrov stood one win away from the biggest title of his career on Saturday after ending his Jack Sock jinx to reach the final of the season-ending ATP Finals at the 02 Arena.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Suarez inspires Barca, Real and Atletico in derby stalemate
Real Madrid and Atletico each slipped 10 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after an intense Madrid derby finished goalless and the Catalans picked up an 11th victory in 12 games by winning 3-0 at Leganes.
 
 •  EPL PIX: Manchester clubs win again; Arsenal and Chelsea cruise
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday
 
 •  Meet the first man who defeated Nadal and Federer in 2017
Goffin stuns Federer to reach London final
 
 •  NEUFC vs Jamshedpur FC: Another goalless stalemate in ISL 4
The goalless stalemate in the fourth edition of Indian Super League (ISL) continued for a second successive day as debutant Jamshedpur FC held NorthEast United FC to a 0-0 draw in Guwahati on Saturday.
 
 •  Controversy brews for this Olympic medallist once again
Sushil Kumar on Saturday brushed aside the hat-tricks of walkovers en-route his gold at National Wrestling championship, stating that the situation was beyond his control.
 
 •  Ronaldo wants 7 children and as many Ballon d'Or awards!
Just few days after becoming a father for the fourth time, Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed that he wants a total of seven children and same amount of Ballon d'Or awards.
 
 •  First Look: Serena Willams and Alexis Ohanian's fairy tale wedding
Vogue magazine, who were given exclusive rights to the photographs of the 'wedding of the year', put out some pictures from the Beauty and the Beast-themed wedding on their Instagram page.
 
 •  Football Briefs: Dortmund lose at Stuttgart; Coleman for Sunderland job
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  Murray splits with coach Lendl for second time
Murray was coached by Lendl from 2011-14 before he rejoined his team in June last year, helping Murray capture his second Wimbledon title and his second Olympic gold in Rio.
 
 •  Willian concedes, 'difficult' for Chelsea to play catch-up
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are second and third respectively, a point ahead of Antonio Conte's men.
 
 •  Ethiopia's Olympic champion Ayana loves Bollywood movies!
She can't quite recollect the names of either the films or the actors but Ethiopia's World and Olympic 10,000m champion runner Almaz Ayana says Bollywood movies are her favourite indulgence whenever she gets some time to herself.
 
 •  ISL 4: ATK-Kerala Blasters play out goalless draw in opener
This was the first time that ATK drew their first away match in an ISL match, having won in the earlier three occasions.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Salman, Katrina light up ISL opening night
Here are pictures from the glamorous evening...
 
 •  Ibrahimovic, Pogba, Rojo back from injury for United
Striker Ibrahimovic and defender Rojo are back training with the first team after suffering serious knee ligament injuries last season while midfielder Pogba has shaken off a hamstring problem that has kept him out of the side since September.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Wrestler Sandeep Yadav banned for four years
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Friday
 
 •  ATP Tour Finals: Time up for Thiem as Goffin reaches semi-finals
Belgian Goffin, thrashed by Grigor Dimitrov two days ago, appeared to be feeling the effects of that mauling as he went 3-0 down with a whimper, but came alive to win 15 points in a row during a first-set comeback.
 
 •  Hitched! Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian say 'I do'
According to reports, the couple married at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans with select few.
 
 •  Sindhu suffers shock defeat in China Open quarters
P V Sindhu's title defence lay in tatters after suffering a shock straight-game loss to hitherto unknown Chinese Gao Fangjie in the quarter-finals of the China Super Series Premier in Fuzhou.
 
 •  End of the road for former hockey captain Sardar?
Veteran midfielder Sardar Singh was on Friday dropped from India's 18-member squad for next month's Hockey World League Final, while the fit-again Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra made comebacks.
 
 •  Mourinho keen to see out Manchester United contract
The 54-year-old Portuguese is nearing the halfway point of his deal and guided United to the League Cup and Europa League titles in his first season.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Sock stuns Zverev, Federer rolls on
Jack Sock became the first American to reach the last four of the ATP Finals in 10 years when he stunned world number three Alexander Zverev in a firecracker of a match on Thursday.
 
 •  Arsenal striker Giroud ruled out of Tottenham game; Aguero fit
Giroud, who has scored once in 10 league appearances this season, netted in France's friendly win over Wales last Friday.
 
 •  EPL: All-action Lallana returns to give Klopp selection headache
Injuries have blighted Liverpool's start but Adam Lallana is back in full training after damaging his thigh pre-season and is expected to feature while another injury concern, Sadio Mane, also trained on Wednesday after tweaking a hamstring on international duty with Senegal.
 
 •  BWF rankings: Prannoy breaks into top-10
US Open champion Prannoy, who had reached a career-best World No 11 ranking last week, improved a place further to grab the 10th spot. He has been rewarded for his consistent performance this season where he reached the semi-finals at the Indonesia Open and French Open.
 
 •  ATP Tour Finals: Perfect Federer downs Cilic
Cilic, eliminated after two three-set losses, was hoping to end his year on a high in the city where his Wimbledon dream was ended in this year's final by Federer - the Croatian sobbing on court after suffering blisters.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Czech police end probe into Kvitova stabbing case
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday
 
 •  China Open: Sindhu enters quarters; Saina, Prannoy crash out
Ace Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy crashed out in the second round of the China Open Super Series after suffering straight game defeats in their respective events.
 
 •  Federer beats Woods to become highest-paid athlete
World No 2 Federer became the first player to book his place in the semi-finals of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals by seeing off a spirited challenge from 20-year-old Alexander Zverev of Germany 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 6-1 in a thrilling round robin clash that lasted two hours and 11 minutes on Tuesday.
 
 •  Peru overcome New Zealand to clinch final World Cup spot
His 6-0, 6-2 thrashing of Belgium's David Goffin in the O2 Arena followed Monday's tense three-set win over Dominic Thiem when he became the first Bulgarian to take part in the elite tournament for the top eight players in its 48-year history.
 
 •  PIX: Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah receives knighthood
The four-time Olympic champion, who was honoured for his services to athletics by the Queen on Tuesday, described the moment as "incredible".
 
 •  Soccer: Maradona wants to helm Argentina again; Klopp in hospital
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  ATP Tour Finals: Sublime Dimitrov thrashes Goffin to reach semis
The 26-year-old has not always handled the expectations placed on his shoulders after he won the Wimbledon junior title in 2008 with a game style uncannily like Federer's.
 
 •  China Open badminton: Saina, Sindhu, Prannoy advance to second round
While Saina made short work of USA's Beiwan Zhang, second seed Sindhu had to dig deep to get the better of Japanese Sayaka Sato.
 
 •  Serena Williams set to marry Alexis Ohanian in lavish do on Thursday?
Reports suggest that the 23-time Grand Slam champion will marry Ohanian at a lavish ceremony in New Orleans on Wednesday.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Bronze for Advani in long-up format at World Billiards
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday
 
 •  Shoaib Malik sends wife Sania a special birthday message
Sania also received warm birthday greetings from other cricketers and Bollywood celebrities.
 
 •  Here's why Nadal, Sock and Thiem were all up at 4am!
Rafael Nadal and the world's best men's tennis players found themselves having to endure a 4 a.m. meeting in the freezing cold after fire alarms forced them to evacuate their central London hotel on Tuesday.
 
 •  This young gun has it all!
Roger Federer has paid a glowing tribute to Alexander Zverev, hailing the 20-year-old German as having the 'full package' of skills.
 
 •  Football Friendlies: Argentina star Aguero collapses, Germany unbeaten
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  Serena looks STUNNING in first post-baby red-carpet appearance
Serena Williams made her first public appearance since the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia in September, at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York City.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: India hold Myanmar in Asian Cup
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Tuesday
 
 •  Teary farewell for Buffon after Italy's World Cup failure
Tearful goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon ended his 20-year Italy career in the saddest possible way on Monday with their first failure to qualify for the World Cup in 60 years.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Nadal's season ends in painful defeat by Goffin
The spirit was as strong as ever but Rafael Nadal's troublesome knee failed him in the end as the Spaniard quit the ATP Finals after a painful defeat by Belgium's David Goffin.
 
 •  Heartbreak for Italy as they fail to qualify for World Cup
Goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon announced his retirement as the Azzurris unable to qualify for first time since 1958.
 
 •  ATP Tour Finals: Dimitrov marks debut with narrow victory over Thiem
The opening match in the Pete Sampras Group produced a feast of stylish backhands from both players but it was Dimitrov, the first Bulgarian to qualify for the tournament in its 48-year-old history, who overcome some late jitters to prevail.
 
 •  Baby No. 4 for Cristiano Ronaldo. Congratulate him!
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo became a father for the fourth time after girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to a baby girl Alana Martina.
 
 •  Sports shorts: Croatia, Switzerland seal World Cup spots
Croatia clinched a place in next year's World Cup finals on Sunday after holding Greece to a goalless draw at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Athens to complete a 4-1 aggregate victory in their playoff tie.
 
 •  Why this coach is offering Indian football star a Myanmar passport
Myanmar coach Gerd Zaise praised Indian National Team skipper Sunil Chhetri highly
 
 •  All of a sudden Federer doesn't agree with Nadal
Federer dismisses Nadal's suggestion to play ATP Finals on clay
 
 •  Freeze Frame: A Super Sports weekend, in pictures
Rediff.com gives you a peek into these action-packed moments from the weekend, frozen in time...
 
 •  Zverev beats Cilic in impressive ATP Finals debut
The 20-year-old German, ranked three in the world, was hot and cold against Croatia's Marin Cilic but, when it mattered most, he produced his best tennis to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
 
 •  This ex-NBA player throws b'day bash worth $1m for daughter
You might have heard of celebrities throwing extravagant parties, but this bash from a basketball legend will leave you dumfound.
 
 •  How ISL has fuelled the rise of Indian footballers
Many Indian footballers have improved by leaps and bounds thanks to the exposure of playing in the Indian Super League in the last three seasons.
 
 •  Federer has no regrets at finishing second to Nadal
Roger Federer says he does not regret passing up the chance to topple great rival Rafael Nadal from the top of the world rankings at the ATP Finals in London this week.
 
 •  Formula One: Vettel wins Brazilian GP, Hamilton fourth
Hamilton, who clinched his fourth world championship in Mexico two weeks ago, started from the pitlane after crashing in qualifying but led the race after 31 of 71 laps when others pitted.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Anushka-Virat up style quotient at Indian Sports Honours
Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the stars that lit up the night at the awards ceremony...
 
 •  ATP Finals: Federer opens with win over American Sock
The 36-year-old was given a thorough workout by Sock although had he been a little more clinical the scoreline would have been more heavily-weighted in his favour.
 
 •  Record-breaking Nadal ends year as World No 1
"It has been an amazing year. One year ago, for sure I never dreamed about being World No. 1 again at the end of the season. It's something that means a lot to me. But the season is not over."
 
 •  Tennis round-up: Sania suffers knee injury; Chung wins Next Gen Finals
Sania, the country's finest woman doubles player, who began the year with the number one ranking, closed it at number 9.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Cuest Advani wins 17th world title
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Sunday
 
 •  Football friendlies: Silva leads Spain's assault on Costa Rica
Silva struck twice in the second half to further stretch the 2010 World Cup winners' lead after Barcelona's Jordi Alba had fired them into the lead in the sixth minute and Alvaro Morata had doubled their advantage midway through the first half.
 
 •  FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Goalless draw secures Tunisia finals berth
Images from the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers played across the globe on Saturday
 
 •  US footballer Solo accuses ex-FIFA boss Blatter of sexual assault
US women's team goalkeeper Hope Solo accused former FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexual harassment, claiming the veteran administrator touched her inappropriately during an event three years back.
 
 •  Golf: Randhawa shares lead in Manila, Lahiri in top-10 in Mexico
India's Anirban Lahiri gave himself a good shot at another top-10 finish with a steady two-under 69 at the OHL Classic golf tournament.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Italy on the verge of missing World Cup after Sweden loss
Sweden beat Italy 1-0 to gain the upperhand after their World Cup playoff first leg on a chilly night, while a young England side held Germany goalless and Belgium drew 3-3 with Mexico despite Romelu Lukaku's double but France eased to a 2-0 victory against Wales.
 
 •  What moved Neymar to tears after Brazil win
Brazil forward Neymar denied he had problems with his team mates at his club Paris St Germain and was moved to tears after being given the backing of his national team coach Tite.
 
 •  All India Football Federation set for BCCI-style overhaul
A Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said like the Indian Cricket Board, AIFF can also be asked to frame an amended constitution incorporating the suggestions of the Delhi high court.
 
 •  Sports shorts: Chelsea's Hazard eyeing a move to Real Madrid?
Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard says it "would be a dream" to play under French great and current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane in the future.
 
 •  This young gun had just 1 bad match during a sensational season
Reaching ATP Finals like winning a tournament, says Zverev
 
 •  'Huge responsibility on your shoulders,' PM Modi tells U-17 team
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the India Under-17 football team in New Delhi on Friday as he encouraged the youngsters to stick together and represent the country at the highest level in the years to come.
 
 •  Here's why young gun Chung is enjoying the short clock
South Korea's Chung Hyeon said he hopes the shot clock being tested out at the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan will become a regular feature on the Tour because it allows him to clean his spectacles without worrying.
 
 •  Ferrari had the tools to win this year BUT...
Ferrari had all the tools to be successful this season but mistakes and mechanical issue thwarted the team's title ambitions, according to Kimi Raikkonen.
 
 •  FIFA World Cup playoffs: Croatia rout Greece, Swiss win
Croatia edged closer to next year's World Cup with an emphatic 4-1 home win over Greece on Thursday in the first leg of their two-legged playoff.
 
 •  Sehwag in NADA's Appeals Panel, dope tainted Kunjarani in ADDP
Sehwag and Lamba, who played 76 first-class matches for Delhi between 1967 and 1981, are in the six-member panel headed by retired judge R V Easwar.
 
 •  WATCH: After Asian gold what is Mary Kom's next target!
Fresh from her fifth Asian Championships gold medal, Indian boxing star M C Mary Kom said her fit body helps her feel invincible despite close to two decades in a contact sport.
 
 •  When will Indian doubles players become world beaters?
Seasoned shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa is impressed with the progress made by India's doubles players on the Pro circuit but says they will take some time to develop into world beaters.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Paes-Raja reach quarters, Sharan out
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday
 
 •  Maradona cozies up to controversial Venezuelan President
Maradona backs Venezuela's Maduro, signs for World Cup coverage
 
 •  Here's why Vandeweghe thrives on team atmosphere
Coco Vandeweghe thrives on team play and said on Wednesday she hopes to cap a breakthrough season by leading the United States to victory over Belarus in this weekend's Fed Cup final.
 
 •  Messi wants to avoid THIS team in World Cup draw
Lionel Messi has identified Spain as the one country he hopes to avoid in the group stages of the World Cup finals next year.
 
 •  India thrash Turkmenistan 3-0, end AFC U-19 campaign on high
Skipper Amarjit Singh opened the scoring in the 74th minute, Abhishek Halder doubled the lead in the 80th and Edmund completed the tally with a strike in the 92nd as India dominated the proceedings for the better part of the game.
 
 •  Saina beats Sindhu in final; Prannoy shocks World No. 2 Srikanth
H S Prannoy outwitted World No 2 and title favourite Kidambi Srikanth in a thrilling final to win the men's singles title at the 82nd Senior National Championship, in Nagpur on Wednesday.
 
 •  Magnificent Mary claims historic fifth gold at Asian Championships
M C Mary Kom notched up her fifth gold medal at the Asian Women's Boxing Championships, winning a fiercely-contested summit clash in the 48kg category in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Wednesday.
 
 •  Andy Murray and wife blessed with 2nd child
Earlier in July, it was announced that Murray and Kim are expecting their second baby.
 
 •  Nadal will be fit for London, reckons coach Moya
Nadal, 31, pulled out of the Paris Masters before his quarter-final match last week after experiencing discomfort in his right knee during his third-round win over Pablo Cuevas.
 
 •  Murray insists he will return in time for Aus Open, Federer cautions
Former world number one Andy Murray is targeting a return to competitive tennis at the Brisbane International in January in the lead-up to the Australian Open.
 
 •  Federer to face debutant Zverev in ATP Tour Finals
World No 1 Rafael Nadal, who is hoping to recover from a knee injury to play in the season-ending showpiece, heads the other group and will face Belgian David Goffin, Bulgarian debutant Grigor Dimitrov and Austrian Dominic Thiem.
 
 •  Elated at your accomplishment: PM Modi to Mary Kom
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, congratulated boxer M C Mary Kom for clinching a historic fifth gold medal at the Asian women's Boxing Championships in Vietnam.
 
 •  Like Roger Federer's new look?
Federer played one game in a kilt.
 
 •  Every medal I have won is a story of a difficult struggle: Mary Kom
Every medal is a story of struggle, says the indomitable M C Mary Kom, who considers her fifth Asian Championship gold medal special as it came despite the many roles she has had to play outside the ring in the past one year.
 
 •  Bad news for line judges, Next Gen players like Hawk-Eye calling
Tennis line judges might grimace when they hear it, but players reacted positively to them being replaced by computerised calls on the opening day of the Next Gen ATP Finals on Tuesday.
 
 •  UCLA basketball players arrested in China
Three UCLA men's basketball players were arrested in China for shoplifting on Tuesday, a day ahead of US President Donald Trump's first official visit there, according to several media reports.
 
 •  Custody battle keeps Azarenka out of Fed Cup
Victoria Azarenka will miss this week's Fed Cup final in Minsk against the United States due to an ongoing custody battle with her baby son's father, the former world number one said on Tuesday.
 
 •  Are you ready for Next Gen revolution in tennis?
The future arrived late but after some old-fashioned glitches, two Russian trailblazers fired the first shots in what could be a revolution in tennis at the Next Gen ATP Finals on Tuesday.
 
 •  F1: Force India to take more risks with fourth place secure
Force India are now 99 points clear of fifth-placed Williams, and 165 behind third-placed Red Bull, with a maximum 86 remaining to be won.
 
 •  Football Briefs: Meet West Ham United's new coach
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  IOA executive council overrules president, shifts AGM venue
Ramachandran's support in the council has been reduced to a few members and if some are to be believed he can be removed from his post before or during the AGM on December 14.
 
 •  Indian boxers pack a punch at Asian Championships
Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom remained on course for a fifth gold medal at the Asian Boxing Championships after she advanced to the final of the event on Tuesday.
 
 •  How international break can boost Man United's chances
Manchester United's injured players can utilise the international break to regain full fitness while key squad members can get much-needed rest, manager Jose Mourinho has said.
 
 •  Are Real Madrid fans really supportive?
Pepe has blasted the Liga club's fans as "unenthusiastic", contrasting the hushed atmosphere of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium with the cauldron of noise he is now exposed to with Turkish champions Besiktas.
 
 •  Is the Premier League title race over already?
Manchester City's eight point advantage after 11 games is leading to talk of the Premier League title race being over in November, but as Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho noted - English football has a habit of throwing up surprises.
 
 •  Italy soccer legend Pirlo hangs his boots
The 38-year-old won the 2006 World Cup, two Champions League titles and six Serie A trophies.
 
 •  Football Briefs: Chhetri winner for 2017 AFC Cup Goal of Tournament
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  Sports Shorts: ATP apologises for Next Gen 'sexist' draw ceremony
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Monday
 
 •  HC says AIFF rules breach Sports Code, sets aside Patel's election
The court had appointed former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi as the administrator-cum-returning officer to conduct the fresh polls to the sports body.
 
 •  Tennis rankings: Sharan breaks into top-50, Sania drops to 9th spot
According to the latest rankings issued on Monday, the left-handed Sharan is ranked 50th after gaining a place. He had reached the final of the last three tournaments he participated in, winning the ATP 250 European Open, while ending runner-up at Challenger events in Brest and Tashkent with different partners.
 
 •  West Ham United sack manager Slaven Bilic
The Croatian replaced Sam Allardyce in June 2015 and led the club to a seventh-placed finish in his first season. He also oversaw their move to the London Stadium last season, but has won just two out of 11 league games in the current campaign.
 
 •  Are these up and coming players the future of men's tennis?
Men's tennis steps into the unknown next week when the young guns expected to follow in the footsteps of the current golden generation contest the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.
 
 •  This obsessive coach has his sights at bigger goals
Harendra Singh has a penchant for delivering results whenever entrusted with an assignment and has now set his sights at bigger goals after guiding the Indian women's team to Asia Cup triumph
 
 •  After loss, Mourinho doesn't want to talk about stats
Jose Mourinho downplayed the importance of the eight-point gap that Premier League leaders Manchester City hold over his side after a 1-0 loss at Chelsea on Sunday.
 
 •  No Barcelona, Bayern comparisons until City win titles, says Guardiola
Pep Guardiola is pleased with the Premier League side's improvement and form over the past two months but will not make any premature comparison with his former clubs.
 
 •  BLOW to Man United title bid
Chelsea a 1-0 win over Manchester United in a compelling Premier League clash on Sunday
 
 •  EPL PHOTOS: Man City continue winning streak, Tottenham edge past Palace
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Silver and bronze for India in Commonwealth shooting
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Sunday
 
 •  Sock snatches last ATP Tour finals spot with Paris title
American Jack Sock clinched the last spot in the ATP Tour finals when he beat Serbian qualifier 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 to win the Paris Masters title on Sunday.
 
 •  Indian women break jinx, lift Asia Cup
Goalkeeper Savita produced a stunning save in a tense shootout as India won the Asia Cup to secure qualification in next year's hockey World Cup following a nerve-wracking win over China in the final on Sunday.
 
 •  Shiv Kapur wins first Asian Tour title
India's Shiv Kapur won the Panasonic Open by three strokes on Sunday to win his first Asian Tour title at home and second of the year.
 
 •  Asian boxing: Sarita, Sonia enter semis, assured of medals
L Sarita Devi (64kg) and Sonia Lather (57kg) advanced to the semifinals and assured themselves of medals at the Asian women's Boxing Championships.
 
 •  Graf backs Williams to break Court's record
Serena Williams can 'absolutely' surpass Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles if the American returns to tennis after giving birth earlier this year, former world No 1 Steffi Graf said on Sunday.
 
 •  Sock on brink of Tour finals after setting up Krajinovic showdown
Jack Sock ended local favourite Julien Benneteau's run at the Paris Masters with a 7-5, 6-2 victory to reach the final and move to the brink of an ATP Finals spot on Saturday.
 
 •  EPL: Liverpool crush woeful West Ham
Liverpool cranked up the pressure on West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic with a 4-1 victory at the London Stadium, while Burnley's remarkable start to the Premier League season continued thanks to a 1-0 victory at Southampton on Saturday.
 
 •  Alcacer steals limelight from Messi as Barca sink Sevilla
Paco Alcacer enjoyed a rare outing for Barcelona by scoring twice in the club's 2-1 La Liga win over Sevilla at the Nou Camp on Saturday.
 
 •  Mary Kom leads India's charge at Asian Boxing Championships
Mary Kom defeated Chinese Taipei's Meng-Chieh Pin in a split verdict in the quarter-finals to make the last four stage of the light flyweight (48kg) category.
 
 •  Aditi survives scare to win Abu Dhabi Open golf
Young Indian golfer Aditi Ashok made a triumphant return to the Ladies European Tour by clinching the Fatima Bin Mubarak Ladies Open after surviving a few anxious moments in the closing stages.
 
 •  EPL: Manchester City set the standard for United at Chelsea
The challenge against champions Chlesea on Sunday is for Manchester United to show that they can replicate the confident and businesslike win that City showed a month ago.
 
 •  FIFA writes to India's football federation over outside interference
India's football federation (AIFF) has been reminded by FIFA that it cannot be influenced by legal or political inference from inside the country, the global soccer body said.
 
 •  Sindhu slams Indigo for rude behaviour, airline rejects claims
Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu on Saturday accused an Indigo ground staff of misbehaving with her while travelling from Hyderabad to Mumbai, even as the airline rejected the celebrated shuttler's allegations.
 
 •  Nadal's participation in Tour finals in the balance
World number one Rafa Nadal's participation in the season-ending Tour finals hung in the balance when the Spaniard pulled out of the Paris Masters with injury on Friday.
 
 •  Satnam still harbours the NBA dream
Satnam Singh may have endured a tough time with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA, but he isn't ready to give up just yet.
 
 •  Isner keeps Tour finals hopes alive as Nadal withdraws in Paris
John Isner pushed on towards a Tour finals spot on Friday when he made it through to the semi-finals of the Paris Masters with a 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 win over Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro as the tournament was hit by the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal.
 
 •  French laboratory suspended from anti-doping activities
France's main anti-doping laboratory, already under a provisional ban, has been suspended from carrying out anti-doping activities for up to six months because of analytical issues, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Friday.
 
 •  Wozniacki celebrates her engagement to NBA star
Caroline Wozniacki is again engaged to another athlete!
 
 •  Nadal pulls out from Paris Masters
Nadal's participation in the season-ending Tour finals hung in the balance when the Spaniard pulled out of the Paris Masters
 
 •  India stun Japan 4-2, enter women's Asia Cup hockey final
Goals from Gurjit Kaur (7th, 9th minutes), Navjot Kaur (9th) and Lalremsiami (38th) ensured India's entry into Sunday's final where they will face China.
 
 •  Why Ferrari could leave F1 after 2020
Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne said while he supported cost-cutting, there are other strategic issues under discussion that could force Ferrari to consider racing elsewhere.
 
 •  Commonwealth shooting: Yet another clean sweep for India
Indian shooters Prakash Nanjappa, Amanpreet Singh and Jitu Rai made a clean sweep in the 50m pistol event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships
 
 •  Nadal reaches quarter-finals of Paris quest
Rafael Nadal continued his quest for a maiden Paris Masters title when he survived a second set blip to beat Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas
 
 •  Europa League: Arsenal through, Everton go out
Troubled AC Milan were held to a goalless draw by AEK Athens
 
 •  Is Spanish clubs' golden era in Europe coming to an end?
Spanish teams have ruled with an iron fist in Europe for the last few years but a disappointing round of results in the Champions League has left the media wondering if this dominant era might be grinding to a halt.
 
 •  Has the crisis of Real Madrid begun?
Cristiano Ronaldo played down talk of crisis at Real Madrid after the European and Spanish champions were trounced 3-1 on their Wembley debut against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.
 
 •  Does he have it in him to eclipse Ronaldo?
I'll eclipse Ronaldo as highest paid athlete: McGregor
 
 •  Srikanth rises to career-best World No. 2 ranking
India ace Kidambi Srikanth was rewarded for his sensational run this season as he grabbed a career-best ranking of World No. 2 after jumping two places in the latest BWF ranking released on Thursday.
 
 •  Mary Kom in quarters of Asian Boxing Championship
The 34-year-old, who is a five-time world champion besides being an Olympic bronze-medallist, beat local favourite Diem Thi Trinh Kieu in a split verdict in the opening round of the light flyweight (48kg) category.
 
 •  Narang wins silver, Annu Raj clinches bronze
Olympic bronze-medallist Gagan Narang won a silver medal in the men's 50m rifle prone event of the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Brisbane.
 
 •  PIX: Record-breaking Aguero lifts City to victory; Liverpool cruise
Manchester City's all-conquering season reached new peaks as Sergio Aguero became the club's all-time top scorer with a decisive goal in a thrilling 4-2 victory at Napoli that put them into the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Tottenham stun champions Real Madrid
Dele Alli condemned Champions League holders Real Madrid to a horrendous Wembley debut with two goals as Tottenham Hotspur reached the last 16 with a stunning 3-1 victory.
 
 •  Commonwealth Shooting: Pooja, Rizvi bag gold as India dominate
Indian pistol shooters, on Wednesday, pulled off a clean sweep in the 10m air pistol event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championship with Shahzar Rizvi, Omkar Singh and Jitu Rai winning gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.
 
 •  Padma Shri for badminton's new superstar Srikanth?
Kidambi Srikanth, whose stature has grown immensely following a phenomenal 2017, was nominated for the prestigious Padma Shri award by former Sports Minister Vijay Goel.
 
 •  Check out F1's proposed major change for 2021
Formula One will have simpler, cheaper and noisier engines from 2021 as part of a "road map" for the future presented to teams on Tuesday that could entice new manufacturers to enter the sport.
 
 •  Mourinho explains Lukaku penalty snub
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku was quick to grab the ball when his team were awarded a penalty in the 78th minute of their Champions League game against Benfica.
 
 •  5 reasons why it will be a difficult season for Chelsea
Antonio Conte's return to Italian football on Tuesday proved such a chastening experience as he watched his Chelsea side dismantled by AS Roma in the Champions League that he worries they could be set for a "very difficult" season.
 
 •  Champions League: Barcelona, Atletico held; Higuain rescues draw for Juve
Barcelona must to wait to confirm a place in the Champions League last 16 after dropping points for the first time in Group D in an absorbing 0-0 draw at Olympiakos Piraeus on Tuesday.
 
 •  Champions League: United close to knockout stage; PSG, Bayern cruise
Manchester United are almost certain to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League after they beat Benfica 2-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday to make it a perfect four wins in Group A.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: India assured of medal at Asian Boxing
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday
 
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