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 •  Sharapova reacts to criticism from Eugenie Bouchard & co
Maria Sharapova's love for tennis has only grown stronger during her 15-month doping ban, the five-times Grand Slam winner has said as she continues her comeback from the suspension.
 •  Football Roundup: Mourinho satisfied with United's progress; Ajax hold Nice
This and more from the happenings in the world of football
 •  Why Asian Champ Chitra was excluded from World championships squad
Former national champion PT Usha on Wednesday clarified that Kerala athlete P U Chitra was not included in the team for the World championships as she did not meet the qualifying mark set by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
 •  Recovering Djokovic to miss the rest of the season
The 30-year-old former world number one retired with an elbow injury during his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych this month.
 •  The fall of great Novak Djokovic
Here is a timeline of Djokovic's decline since the last of his 12 Grand Slam titles.
 •  Sports Shorts: Hamilton can equal pole record; ISL gets AFC nod
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday.
 •  Sports Shorts: Harikrishna holds Vaganian in 1st round of Biel Chess
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Tuesday
 •  Football Briefs: Muller double helps Bayern see off Chelsea
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  SHOCKING! Khashaba Jadhav's 1952 Olympic medal up for auction...
The family of Khashaba Jadhav, who won India's first individual Olympic medal, has put it up for auction to garner funds for building a wrestling academy named after him.
 •  Tennis fans, are you ready for 'Mumbai Open'?
India will host its first WTA tournament in five years when the city of Mumbai stages a $ 125,000 event in November, giving home players an opportunityto compete with the world's top-50.
 •  India enjoys best FIFA ranking. So, what's the story?
But how much has the national team actually improved?
 •  Can he be a 'complete package' at Man United?
Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku does not consider himself a complete striker but is optimistic of creating his "own history" at Old Trafford.
 •  Novak Djokovic likely to miss US Open
Former world number one Novak Djokovic is in doubt for the US Open due to his elbow injury, Serbian media reported, citing the country's Davis Cup team doctor.
 •  Sports Shorts: Tomic boasts of 'amazing' achievements; Spieth wins
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Monday
 •  Football Briefs: Julia Roberts is a Red; United down Real
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Prannoy clinches US Open title
HS Prannoy notched up a thrilling three-game win over Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap in an all-Indian final to clinch the $ 120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold in Anaheim, California.
 •  Sports Shorts: Froome claims fourth Tour title
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Sunday.
 •  Will ISL inspire youth to take up football as career?
The ISL 2017 witnessed a spike of over 103 per cent in domestic players' salary as compared to the inaugural year, as the 10 clubs together spent Rs 48.85 crore on Sunday to secure signatures of 156 players in the player draft in Mumbai.
 •  Mary Kom denies deriding remarks against fellow boxers
Olympic bronze-medallist and five-time world champion M C Mary Kom on Sunday denied reports that she made disparaging remarks against fellow male boxers like Shiva Thapa and Manoj Kumar during a meeting of the national observers in New Delhi.
 •  How shuttler Kashyap made comeback after career-threatening injury
Enduring the worst injury phase of his career, Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap says he had doubts if he would be able to play again after dislocating his right shoulder at the Premier Badminton League in January.
 •  ISL Draft: Lyngdoh, Anas Edathodika join 'Crorepati Club'
Defender Anas Edathodika and midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh emerged as costliest picks for an identical Rs 1.1 crore by new outfit Jamshedpur FC and two-time champions ATK respectively in the Indian Super League domestic players draft in Mumbai on Sunday.
 •  World Para Athletics: Silver for Sharad, bronze for Bhati in high jump
Sharad and Bhati participated in the T-42 category of men's high jump event.
 •  Football Roundup: Man Utd, Liverpool fans called him 'black monkey'
This and more from the happenings in the world of football
 •  It sucked being in vacuum of Big Four: Andy Roddick
International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Andy Roddick said on Saturday he was honoured to have played in the era of the Big Four, but also acknowledged that they caused him no end of frustration during his career.
 •  Tennis Roundup: Vardhan bags 2nd title, Paes loses
Vishnu Vardhan won his second Challenger level title of the season with Japanese partner Toshihide Matsui but four other Indians, including Leander Paes, tumbled out of various ATP events across the globe.
 •  Sports Shorts: Kashyap, Prannoy reach semis at US Open
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Saturday.
 •  Football Roundup: Conte confirms Costa has no future at Chelsea
This and more from the happenings in the world of football
 •  This Neymar picture started all the rumours
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde, who will lead the club for the first time in Saturday's pre-season match against Juventus, has dismissed speculation linking Neymar with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
 •  Bolt breaks 10 seconds for first time this season
Usain Bolt ran under 10 seconds for the first time this year as he narrowly won the 100 metres at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday.
 •  Sports Shorts: Clijsters, Roddick to be inducted into Hall of Fame
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Frisday.
 •  Football Roundup: United top City in Houston derby
This and more from the happenings in the world of football
 •  Here's why the Amritraj brothers are disappointed
Shifting of India's only ATP event from Chennai to Pune after 21 years has disappointed the Amritraj brothers.
 •  Vishy Anand on Kasparov's surprise return to chess...
The 47-year-old former World champion is taking some time off before he gets down to tournament play in St. Louis, United States, where the focus would be on Russian chess legend Garry Kasparov, who is making a surprise return to the game.
 •  Football Briefs: Monaco say forward Mbappe approached without consent
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field on Thursday
 •  Tendulkar on kabaddi and encouraging kids to take up sport
"It is important for people to stay healthy and there is no better way than taking up some sporting activity," he said at a function here to unveil the jersey of "Chennai Thalaivas" which is making its debut in Pro Kabaddi League this season.
 •  Sports Shorts: Manpreet suspended for doping; Kashyap knocks out top seed
Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap knocked out top seed Lee Hyun Il of Korea in the men's singles opening round of the US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Anaheim, United States.
 •  NBA MVP Durant heads to India to promote league
Durant, named Most Valuable Player in this year's NBA Finals, will be in New Delhi next Thursday to open two new basketball courts, funded by his charity foundation, and coach the country's top prospects at the NBA Academy India.
 •  Chelsea agree deal to sign Morata from Real Madrid
Chelsea agreed a deal to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, subject to the Spain international agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.
 •  After 21 years, Chennai Open ready for exit from city
Pune is likely to grab the hosting rights of India's only ATP 250 event, Chennai Open, from next year with the backing of the Maharashtra state government.
 •  Baby No 4 on the way for Ronaldo
Real Madrid star confirms girlfriend Georgina's pregnancy.
 •  All the president's fault! Day blames Trump for late arrival
Australian golfer Jason Day on Wednesday offered an unusual excuse for arriving later than planned for practice at the British Open -- it was US President Donald Trump's fault.
 •  Football Roundup: Mourinho targets 15-year stay at Man United
This and more from the happenings in the world of footbal.
 •  Asian champion shot-putter Manpreet fails dope test
Asian champion shot-putter Manpreet Kaur has been caught in the dope net after testing positive for a banned stimulant, a massive embarrassment for the country which might lose the gold meda clinched by her earlier this month.
 •  Football Roundup: Spanish soccer federation head arrested
This and more from the happenings in the world of football.
 •  Roger Federer and Me, by Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin: 'When Roger plays cricket, he likes to play as me'
 •  India's 2020 Olympic campaign has a new champion
'Athletes get Rs 600 daily for their diet.''My kids eat chocolates for Rs 600!'
 •  Federer qualifies for ATP Finals for record 15th time
Roger Federer has secured his place in the ATP Finals for a record 15th time after the Swiss world number three won a record eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday, the Association of Tennis Professionals confirmed on Monday.
 •  Totti ends playing career; appointed Roma director
The 40-year-old former Italy forward confirmed the end of his playing career after a remarkable 25 years at his only professional team.
 •  Hamilton could walk away from F1...or maybe not
Lewis Hamilton has hinted he could walk away from Formula One at the end of the season, while also indicating it was highly unlikely.
 •  World Para Athletics: Amit Kumar wins silver
India's Amit Kumar Saroha clinched a silver in men's club throw F51 competition in World Para Athletics Championships in London on Monday.
 •  Meet Roger Federer's adorable twins
Federer was cheered on by his wife Mirka Federer and children Charlene Riva, Myla Rose, Lenny and Leo.
 •  Will Wimbledon victory change Muguruza's life?
Wimbledon women's champion Garbine Muguruza says she will savour her victory in order to prevent a similar slump in form to the one she suffered after winning the French Open in 2016.
 •  Football Briefs: 'Ronaldo will retire at Real Madrid'
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Tennis Rankings: Do you know India's best ranked player in singles?
Career best rank of 168 in singles for Ramkumar
 •  PHOTOS: Federer, Muguruza sizzle at Wimbledon Champions' Dinner
Wimbledon champions Roger Federer and Gabrine Muguruza stole the show at the Wimbledon Champions' Dinner in London on Sunday.
 •  PHOTOS: When Hollywood biggies descended at Wimbledon
Be it cheering for Roger Federer or Garbine Muguruza at the Wimbledon final, the Hollywood brigade made their presence felt at both, the women's and men's final at Wimbledon over the weekend.We caught a few cine stars watching their tennis heroes in action at the All England Club...
 •  Cilic on what caused meltdown in Wimbledon final
Marin Cilic, thrashed by Roger Federer in straight sets in Sunday's Wimbledon final, said he had been suffering from a blister in his foot during the showpiece clash.
 •  Special: Relive Federer's super 8 Wimbledon titles
Here is a break-up of how the modern tennis great got to his 8 victories at the hallowed turf of the All England Club
 •  PHOTOS: Anti-Trump protests staged at US Women's Open golf
There had been calls for moving the tournament, which was awarded to Trump National in 2012 long before he officially entered politics, by women's groups angered by his campaign rhetoric and behavior they found to be misogynistic.
 •  'If you keep believing, you can go far'
'I always believed.''I kept on believing and dreaming I could get back'
 •  Wimbledon champion Muguruza eyes more trophies not rankings
The 23-year-old says the points and calculations are far from her mind and it is the big events such as Wimbledon and next month's US Open that fire her up.
 •  Will Federer return to his favourite Wimbledon next year?
'I guess you would have laughed if I told you I was going to win two slams this year'
 •  Tour de France: Froome survives French coup attempt to retain lead
Dutchman Bauke Mollema, the strongest and smartest of the breakaway riders, who had three top 10 finishes on the Tour, won the 189.5-km stage from Laissac-Severac L'Eglise but the action was elsewhere.
 •  PHOTOS: Hingis-Murray are Wimbledon mixed doubles champions!
After fellow Swiss Roger Federer had claimed a record eighth Wimbledon singles title, Hingis and Murray delighted the Centre Court crowd with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over reigning champions Heather Watson of Britain and Finland's Henri Kontinen.
 •  Federer wins record eighth Wimbledon title as Cilic crumbles
Ruthless Roger Federer thrashed suffering Croat Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon singles crowns on Sunday, five years after landing his seventh.
 •  Record-breaking Federer goes past Sampras, Renshaw
Roger Federer is the oldest male player to win a Grand Slam title since Australia's Ken Rosewall won at Melbourne Park in 1972 at the age of 37.
 •  Sports Shorts: Double point finish for Force India at British GP
Sahara Force India enjoyed a double points finish at the 'home' British Grand Prix with Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finishing eight and ninth to collect six points for the team, in Silverstone, on Sunday.
 •  Hamilton wins British Grand Prix to slash Vettel's lead
Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix for the fourth year in a row on Sunday while Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel suffered a penultimate lap puncture that slashed his championship lead to a single point.
 •  Tale of two coaches, two sisters for magnificent Muguruza
The Venezuela-born 23-year-old has the distinction of being the first player to beat both Venus and sister Serena in Grand Slam finals.
 •  Cilic ready to step up against record-chasing Federer
In last year's quarter-finals at the All England Club, Federer saved three match points before edging out Cilic in five sets and the closeness of that match is comforting for the Croat.
 •  Meet Wimbledon men's and women's doubles champions
Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the Wimbledon women's doubles title for the first time, while Poland's Lukasz Kubot and Brazil's Marcelo Melo won the Wimbledon men's doubles crown.
 •  Tour de France: Froome regains control as Matthews wins stage 14
The defending champion came seventh, one second behind stage winner Michael Matthews of Australia as Aru, who started the day with the yellow jersey on his shoulders, lost 25 seconds to the Briton in the final effort, a 600-metre climb at an average gradient of 9.6 per cent.
 •  Error-prone Venus heaps praise on Muguruza after Wimbledon heartbreak
The manner of her defeat inevitably led to speculation that the 37-year-old may have had a physical problem that stopped her from competing with the effectiveness she had shown in earlier rounds.
 •  Athletics Nationals: Lakshmanan wins gold in 5000m; New records made
The 27-year old Lakshmanan, who bagged a gold medal at the recently concluded Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, has already qualified for the World Championships to be held in London next month.
 •  Football Briefs: 'Ibra may stay at United'; ATK get new coach
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field on Saturday
 •  Putin bars dopers from Kremlin grants
The payment of Kremlin grants will cease the month after anti-doping authorities find an athlete, coach or sports specialist guilty of involvement in the use of performance- enhancing drugs, Putin's decree said.
 •  Meet new Wimbledon champ Garbine Muguruza
Here is a Factbox on Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, who beat American Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 to win her first Wimbledon singles title on Saturday:
 •  Muguruza eclipses Venus to take first Wimbledon crown
In the first women's final played under the Centre Court roof, a high-quality first set gradually built towards a captivating conclusion after both players began with two comfortable service holds.
 •  Cilic challenge awaits Federer as he seeks historic 8th Wimbledon crown
Already one of the greatest sportsmen of his era, Roger Federer will become the most successful man in Wimbledon history if he can beat Croatian Marin Cilic on Sunday's final and claim an unprecedented eighth men's singles title.
 •  Sports Shorts: Ramkumar makes Winnetka Challenger final
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Saturday
 •  F1 British Grand Prix: Hamilton on pole at home
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen will join the Mercedes driver on the front row, with championship-leading teammate Sebastian Vettel qualifying third.
 •  Federer gives us a peek into his life after tennis
In beating Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets, the Swiss became the first man to reach 11 finals at the All England Club -- making the contention that, after knee surgery and a six-month layoff, he is back to his best at 35 more compelling than ever.
 •  Federer not ageing, just proving his greatness in tennis: Berdych
'If you look at the other guys who are 35-36, I think you can very clearly see that the age and the years on tour are affecting them. But not with him'
 •  World Para Athletics Championships: Gurjar wins javelin gold
In the absence of Paralympic gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia, Sundar, who had been disqualified from his event in Rio 2016 due to technical reasons, found redemption and took home the gold medal and the tag of world champion with a personal best throw of 60.36m.
 •  I have mountain to climb against Federer in final, says Cilic
Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic said he had a "big mountain to climb" to defeat seven-time champion Roger Federer, but that winning the title would mean the world to him.
 •  Federer outclasses Berdych to reach Wimbledon final
Roger Federer beats Tomas Berdych 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 to reach the final!
 •  Muguruza poses formidable final hurdle for Venus
Venus Williams will try to become the oldest woman to win Wimbledon for 109 years on Saturday although, ominously for her the last time a 37-year-old reached the final, it was a Spaniard who ruined the script.
 •  Pencil me in for Wimbledon final next year, says defeated Querrey
Defeated Wimbledon semi-finalist Sam Querrey said his tournament run had convinced him he could beat the world's best players, and next year he planned to go one better and make the final.
 •  Cilic into Wimbledon final with hard-fought win over Querrey
Croatian Marin Cilic reached his first Wimbledon final with a 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-5 victory over American Sam Querrey on Friday.
 •  Ronaldinho ready to light up Premier Futsal again
'The 2nd season season is here and it will be a bigger success in the following years'
 •  Tour de France: Froome survives danger as Sky execute perfect plan, Barguil wins
Chris Froome remains in contention for a fourth Tour de France title after Team Sky put the pressure on their rivals with a perfectly executed plan in Friday's 13th stage, won on Bastille Day by France's Warren Barguil.
 •  Who do you think Tendulkar is cheering for?
Look who was watching the Wimbledon men's singles semi-final between Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych on Friday.
 •  Hingis hails 'amazing' Venus
Former world number one Martina Hingis said on Friday it was "amazing" that her old rival Venus Williams has reached the Wimbledon final at the age of 37.
 •  Wimbledon special: Meet India's young and confident tennis duo
Meet India's newest Girls' Doubles pair of Mihika Jain and Mahak Yadav.
 •  Force One? Force Racing? What will Mallya call his F1 team?
Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya has steered his Formula One team through a decade of growth and is looking forward to another, although the 'India' moniker looks destined to be dropped.
 •  Wimbledon: Bopanna-Dabrowski ousted in mixed-doubles quarters
The 10th seeds and French Open champions lost 7-6(4), 4-6, 5-7 to the unseeded Finnish-British combo in exactly two hours on centre court.
 •  Ricciardo may give the 'Shoey' the boot
'The juice from the foot is not something I wish to drink. Especially someone else's'
 •  Serena 'rooting' for Venus to win her 6th Wimbledon crown
Venus has beaten Muguruza in three of their four meetings to date
 •  There's something unique about this year's Wimbledon men's semis
World No 5 Roger Federer's possible records aside, it is the first time since 2003 that the semis have featured four men outside the top four in the world rankings.
 •  Missing India? There's nothing to miss, says Mallya
'It isn't as if I have any emotional ups and downs. I have done absolutely nothing wrong. In fact I am glad that it is finally before a UK court and an impartial court. So we wait and see how it plays out''If you look at my role in the team, there's nothing for me to miss. I am participating in all the decision-making and I've got a virtual pit wall at home. I miss being around but I'm also happy in my space. My time will come and I'll go back to the tracks'
 •  With big little sister absent, Venus is doing it for herself
Venus Williams carrying the hopes of the Williams clan while her younger sibling takes time out to have a baby.
 •  Venus eclipses Konta to reach Wimbledon final
Venus Williams ended Johanna Konta's fairy tale run 6-4, 6-2 to reach her first Wimbledon singles final since 2009.
 •  I didn't know what to do, says crushed Rybarikova
Magdalena Rybarikova, who was crushed by Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Thursday, said she was tired and nervous going into the match and had no idea how to respond to her opponent's superb shot-making.
 •  Muguruza faces another Williams final showdown
Garbine Muguruza is aiming to become the first Spanish woman for 23 years to win Wimbledon - and yet again a Williams sister stands in her way.
 •  Tour de France: Bold Bardet wins stage as Froome surrenders yellow to Aru
Frenchman Romain Bardet timed his final effort perfectly to win the 12th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday, setting up a thrilling second half of the three-week race as defending champion Chris Froome showed a rare sign of weakness.
 •  Is 30 the new 20 in tennis?
As another Grand Slam crown looks set to be snaffled by a man in his thirties this weekend, tennis fans lamenting a dearth of dynamic up-and-comers need not worry, says former world number one Mats Wilander.
 •  Muguruza crushes Rybarikova to storm into Wimbledon final
Spain's Garbine Muguruza reached her second Wimbledon final in three years with a thumping 6-1, 6-1 win over Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova.
 •  Should Murray take some time to evaluate his fitness?
Andy Murray should focus on regaining full fitness rather than rushing to be ready for the US Open, Boris Becker said on Wednesday after the world number one was beaten in the Wimbledon quarter-finals by Sam Querrey.
 •  Harikrishna stuns Aronian to climb to top spot in Geneva
India's Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna dished out a stellar performance to beat world No. 4 Levon Aronian of Armenia in the sixth round to climb to top of the leaderboard at the Geneva FIDE Grand Prix chess tournament.
 •  Fighting-fit Federer fears for stricken rivals
Federer, who skipped the French Open this year to give his body time to recover from his incredible exploits in the first half of the season which he began by winning an 18th major at the Australian Open, said he hoped Murray would not live to regret battling through the pain barrier.
 •  Football Briefs: Alves ends speculation, joins PSG
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field on Thursday
 •  Wimbledon: Bopanna advances to quarters; Sania knocked out
India's Sania Mirza crashed out of the mixed doubles competition while Rohan Bopanna and his partner entered the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships.
 •  I don't have to prove anything to anyone: Vijender
His first fight of the year could fetch Vijender Singh his second title but the Indian boxing star says save for minor tweaks in technique, he isn't making any special preparations for the showdown with China's Zulpikar Maimaitiali next month.
 •  WATCH: Andy Murray slays sexist reporter in two words
This is not the first time that Murray has won our hearts with his stance against sexism.
 •  Konta humbled to be facing stellar Venus
'I think what Venus and her sister have given our sport is absolutely tremendous. The way they've elevated women's tennis is truly inspiring'
 •  Confident Cilic eyes first Wimbledon final
'I would say winning the US Open has helped me for all these grand slams I have played so far, and I believe the rest of my career''It's great for me to hear that even he, and a lot of players around, even ex-players, when they were looking before the tournament started, that they were seeing me as a player that could go quite deep (into the tournament)'
 •  Felled Djokovic considers break after 18 painful months
The three-time champion retired hurt from his quarter-final against Tomas Berdych after he had lost the opening set and was down a break in the second.
 •  Hips don't lie for beaten Murray at Wimbledon
Andy Murray failed to overcome a troublesome hip injury.
 •  Wimbledon PIX: Djokovic exits, Federer, Cilic power into semis
PHOTOS from day seven of the Wimbledon championships at the All England Lawn Tennis in London on Wednesday
 •  Wimbledon: Querrey shocks defending champion Murray in quarters
24th seed American Sam Querrey caused the biggest upset at this year's Wimbledon as he stunned defending champion Andy Murray 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1, in the quarter-finals, on Wednesday.
 •  How veteran Venus is preparing for Konta barrage
American veteran Venus Williams was sharpening her reactions for the barrage of big serves she can expect in her Wimbledon semi-final against British favourite Johanna Konta on Thursday, going through a relentless practise routine on the eve of battle.
 •  Tour de France: Boiling-hot Kittel claims fifth stage win
German Marcel Kittel was once again a cut above as he claimed his fifth victory in this year's Tour de France, winning the 11th stage in emphatic style on Wednesday.
 •  Football Roundup: Sanchez will stay at Arsenal
This and more from the happenings in the world of football.
 •  PCI washes its hands off apathy towards blind para-swimmer
The Paralympic Committee of India on Wednesday washed its hands off the reported incident of a blind para-swimmer being left to fend for herself in Berlin, saying the sanctioned amount could not be distributed due to the non-availability of court-appointed committee chairman.
 •  Will it be a Federer vs Murray final at Wimbledon?
Seven-time champion Federer faces last year's runner-up Milos Raonic in his quarter-final on Wednesday after defending champion Murray, who is chasing a third SW19 title, takes on big-serving American Sam Querrey for a place in the last four.
 •  Venus draws on spirit of Serena in Wimbledon quest
In a professional career lasting more than two decades, Venus Williams is closing in on a 50th WTA title and credits her longevity to a love of the game and a desire to constantly improve.
 •  'Big three' eye semi-finals but face tough challenges
The 'Big Four' has become a 'Big Three' with the shock exit of Rafael Nadal, and the remaining trio of Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will all be aiming to prove their elite credentials in Wednesday's quarter-finals.
 •  Meet tennis' new World No 1
Czech Karolina Pliskova rose to the top of the WTA rankings without striking a ball on Tuesday as results at Wimbledon saw her overhaul Germany's Angelique Kerber.
 •  'Agent' Pogba played big role in Man Utd move, reveals Lukaku
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba played a "big role" in Romelu Lukaku's decision to join the Premier League giants from Everton, the Belgian striker has said.
 •  Big hitters vie for Wimbledon semis spot
Inspired Cilic vs 'tired' underdog Muller
 •  Wimbledon PIX: Konta makes history, Muguruza, Venus race into semis
PHOTOS from day seven of the Wimbledon championships at the All England Lawn Tennis in London on Tuesday.
 •  Djokovic complains about delay and 'hole' on Centre Court
Second seed Novak Djokovic complained of a "hole" on Centre Court at Wimbledon after beating Adrian Mannarino in his delayed fourth-round match on Tuesday.
 •  Tour de France: Kittel snatches fourth stage win, Froome stays in yellow
German Marcel Kittel claimed his fourth victory in this year's Tour de France when he powered to an impressive Stage 10 win in a bunch sprint on Tuesday as Briton Chris Froome retained the overall lead.
 •  Indians at Wimbledon: Mahak ousted, Desai advances in girls singles
Mahak Jain suffered a tame defeat to crash out of girls singles event of the junior Wimbledon championship while Zeel Desai got lucky as she lost the first set but still advanced to the pre-quarterfinals after heropponent retired mid-way into the contest, in London, on Monday.
 •  IOC approves awarding both 2024, 2028 Games in September
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday voted in favour of awarding hosting rights for the 2024 and 2028 summer Olympics at the same session in September, pending agreements with Paris and Los Angeles.
 •  Djokovic eases past Mannarino into Wimbledon last eight
Second seed Novak Djokovic eased into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a routine 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-4 win over France's Adrian Mannarino on Tuesday.
 •  Football Roundup: Bayern sign Rodriguez on loan; Solanke joins Liverpool
Bayern Munich have signed midfielder James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on a two-year loan deal with an option to buy the player, the German champions said on Tuesday.
 •  Nadal's early exits at Wimbledon
Here's a look at Nadal's other early exits from the tournament:
 •  French Open champion Ostapenko keen to show her best against Venus
Latvian Jelena Ostapenko believes she is getting better with every round and hopes to showcase the best of her abilities against five-time champion Venus Williams in the Wimbledon quarter-finals later on Tuesday.
 •  With Nadal out of the way, Wimbledon is fit Federer's for the taking
'I feel like I'm rested enough. I've had... not the toughest matches. I can look at this quarter-final (on Wednesday against Milos Raonic) in a totally relaxed fashion'
 •  Passionate Nadal grateful to crowd for support in near five-hour battle
'Just thanks for the support. I tried. I'm sorry for the crowd that were supporting me, but it was great to feel all their support'
 •  Watch: Head-banging Nadal and his Monday blues
So by now we all know what has transpired at Court No 1 in Wimbledon on Monday.
 •  Nadal-slayer Muller emerges from the shadows to march forth
Although he had beaten Nadal 12 years ago at Wimbledon, few gave Luxembourg's Muller a chance on Monday against the fourth seed and French Open champion.'This is definitely the biggest victory since then, since I came back, especially at that stage of a grand slam, playing one of the guys who is dominating the tennis this year again. Definitely the biggest win'
 •  Djokovic in action on day of women's quarter-final
The Serbian second seed's match against France's Adrian Mannarino was delayed because of the epic five-setter between Gilles Muller and Rafael Nadal.
 •  Nadal makes no excuses after 'lost opportunity' in thriller
He paid for losing the first two sets 6-3 6-4 and while he hit back impressively to win the next two by the same margin, he was unable to complete what would have been only his fourth recovery from two sets down.'I played well for moments, but I was a lot of times fighting against the score, too many times in the fifth'
 •  PHOTOS: Muller knocks out Nadal; Federer and Murray sail through
Defending champion Andy Murray eased into the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the 10th successive year with a 7-6(1), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Benoit Paire on Monday.
 •  Sania knocked out of Wimbledon women's doubles
Sania Mirza and Kirsten Flipkens were on Monday knocked out of the women's doubles event of the Wimbledon Championships by Swiss great Martina Hingis and Yung-Jan Chan.
 •  Wimbledon PIX: Ostapenko's double dream alive; Halep, Konta advance
PHOTOS from day seven of the Wimbledon championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on Monday
 •  Kerber knocked out by Muguruza, loses No 1 spot
Top seed Angelique Kerber was knocked out of the last-16 of Wimbledon by Garbine Muguruza on Monday, ensuring she will lose her world number one ranking.
 •  'Don't blame Wimbledon courts for players' tumbles'
Wimbledon's courts are playing as well as ever and there is nothing unusual in the slipping and sliding that disrupted some matches in the tournament's first week, the head of All England Lawn Tennis Club said on Monday.
 •  Meet the youngest Ladies European Tour winner and more...
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Monday
 •  How Asian Athletics proved historic for India
The absence of top stars took some sheen away but India's record-breaking medal haul and a maiden top-of-the-table finish made the just-concluded 22nd Asian Athletics Championship here a memorable one.
 •  Here's why Hingis is not impressed with younger players
Former number one Martina Hingis is not impressed by the current crop of young players whose main focus is on hitting harder, rather than developing an all-round game, the Swiss veteran said.
 •  Can top players deal with problems better?
Ivan Lendl says it is the ability to deal with distractions and overcome obstacles such as a lack of playing time that sets the top players in the world apart from the rest.
 •  Why 40-year-old Grand Slam champion is real possibility
Stanislas Wawrinka started the run at last year's US Open, followed by a 35-year-old Federer at Melbourne Park and Rafael Nadal in Paris.
 •  Today at Wimbledon: Big Four must switch off cruise control on Manic Monday
The 'Big Four' of men's tennis have made it into the second week of Wimbledon unscathed and largely untroubled while the women's draw remains wide open, but "Manic Monday" could offer major clues as to the destination of this year's titles.
 •  Why Nadal must be wary of lefty Muller
'Of course I feel that I can beat Rafa. He is looking good and injury free. But if I didn't think I could win I would not bother going out on the court'
 •  The Highs and Lows of Rooney's career
Here is a fact file on the former Manchester United captain
 •  Manchester United's Rooney rejoins boyhood club Everton
'Everton can confirm that Wayne Rooney has rejoined the club from Manchester United on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee'
 •  Formula One: Mercedes' Bottas pips Vettel to win Austrian Grand Prix
Hamilton, Bottas's team mate, started in eighth place after a grid penalty triggered by an unscheduled gearbox change and finished fourth.
 •  Zverev wants to go the distance at Wimbledon
The 20-year-old Alexander Zvarev has not dropped a set in the Championships so far and is confident ahead of his 4th round match against last year's runner-up Milos Raonic.
 •  Manchester United-bound Lukaku looking to make history at Old Trafford
British media reported that the fee for the 24-year-old would be around 75 million pounds ($96.68 million), making him the club's second most expensive signing after last year's world record deal for French midfielder Paul Pogba.
 •  Sports Shorts: Ajax's Nouri out of danger after collapsing on pitch
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Sunday
 •  Indians at Wimbledon: Sania advances in women, mixed events
Capping off a great day for India, Sania Mirza advanced to the third round of both the women's and mixed doubles events, while Rohan Bopanna and Purav Raja also won their respective mixed doubles matches at the Wimbledon in London.
 •  Here's why India pulled out of Pro League...
The International Hockey Federation has confirmed India's withdrawal from its ambitious Pro League, one of FIH's flagship tournaments offering Olympic qualifying berths to the top four teams in both men's and women's events.
 •  Federer subdues old-school Zverev to reach Wimbledon last 16
Federer is safely into the second week at the All England Club for the 15th time.
 •  Wimbledon Pix: Kerber, Muguruza, Dimitrov advance into fourth round
PHOTOS from day four of the Wimbledon championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on Saturday
 •  Djokovic means business as he reaches fourth round
Three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic roared his way into the fourth round with a 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(2) defeat of unpredictable Latvian Ernests Gulbis on Centre Court.
 •  Asian Athletics Day 3: Sudha clinches gold in 3000m steeplechase
Sudha Singh clinched a gold in women's 3000m steeplechase event to swell India's medal tally on the third and penultimate day at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar on Saturday.
 •  Belgium striker Lukaku arrested, issued citation in Beverly Hills
Belgium soccer player Romelu Lukaku, who is close to joining English Premier League club Manchester United, was arrested in southern California and issued a citation after failing to heed noise warnings, Beverly Hills police said on Saturday.
 •  Tour de France: Calmejane defeats cramp to win stage, Froome stays in control
Lilian Calmejane rode fought off a bout of cramp to claim a dramatic solo win in the eighth stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, as the overall favourites stayed quiet on the eve of a punishing day in the Jura mountains.
 •  Wayne Rooney at Everton for transfer talks
Manchester United's former England captain Wayne Rooney was pictured at Everton's training ground on Saturday ahead of a proposed transfer back to the boyhood favourites he first joined aged nine.
 •  Sports Shorts: Harikrishna holds Adams in Geneva FIDE GP
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Saturday.
 •  Mattek-Sands faces surgery over ruptured tendon
American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, whose agonising on-court injury shocked Wimbledon, says she will need surgery and faces being sidelined from the game.
 •  Austrian Grand Prix: Bottas on pole
Finland's Valtteri Bottas kept champions Mercedes on pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday after title-chasing team mate Lewis Hamilton was hit with a five-place grid penalty.
 •  Here's why players are criticising Wimbledon courts
The courts are not the same as they used to be in the past are not in good condition.
 •  Manchester United agree fee for Everton's Lukaku
British media reported that the fee for the 24-year-old would be around 75 million pounds ($96.68 million), making him the club's second most expensive signing after last year's world record deal for French midfielder Paul Pogba.
 •  Illegal coaching accusation irks Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka was anything but amused when Kim Clijsters accused her of benefiting from "illegal coaching" from her players' box during her nail-biting victory over Britain's Heather Watson in the Wimbledon third round on Friday.
 •  Federer enters the unknown against Zverev
If seven-times champion Roger Federer is to be stopped from advancing to the last 16, Mischa Zverev will have to do something to disturb his cool.
 •  Agassi on how he plans to help Djokovic find the killer touch
Andre Agassi says that he and Novak Djokovic need to learn to trust each other if their partnership is to deliver results for the world number four.
 •  Murray overcomes brutal tussle to reach last 16
The world number one and defending champion was far from his best against the 29th-ranked Fabio Fognini, but still booked a fourth-round spot with a rip-roaring 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 win on Friday.
 •  Tour de France: Kittel wins dramatic sprint as Froome retains yellow jersey
The seventh stage of the Tour de France burst into life at the finish on Friday as Marcel Kittel claimed his third victory in this year's edition, pipping Edvald Boasson Hagen to the line in the final sprint.
 •  Wimbledon Pix: Azarenka dashes Watson's dreams, Nishikori beaten
PHOTOS from day four of the Wimbledon championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on Friday.
 •  Nadal scorches into Wimbledon second week
Nadal kept up his bid for a third Wimbledon and French Open double, putting on an ominous show to beat Karen Khachanov 6-1 6-4 7-6(3) on Friday on Centre Court and reach the last 16.
 •  Asian Athletics Day 2: India athletes bag four golds amid drama
India continued its fine run at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships, winning four gold medals so far on a rain-hit second day of the competitionin Bhubaneswar.
 •  Indians at Wimbledon: Challenge ends in men's doubles
Purav Raja and Divij Sharan turned it around amazingly after losing the first two sets but eventually fell short in an energy-sapping five setter, shortly after Rohan Bopanna also lost his men's doubles second round at the Wimbledon championships, in London on Friday.
 •  U17 World Cup: India drawn with Ghana, USA and Colombia
India were on Friday drawn with two-time champions Ghana, United States and Colombia in a tough Group A of the FIFA Under 17 World Cup.
 •  Did Tomic get off lightly for 'bored' comments?
Brad Gilbert, former coach to Andre Agassi and Andy Murray, believes Australian Bernard Tomic got off lightly for his comments about being bored at Wimbledon and could have been suspended from the game.
 •  Zhi gets four-game ban for handshake snub
China captain Zheng Zhi was handed a four-match suspension by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) on Friday following his failure to lead his Guangzhou Evergrande team mates into a post-match handshake with match officials last weekend.
 •  Geneva FIDE GP: Harikrishna opens campaign with a win
The Indian Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna started off his Geneva FIDE Grand Prix on an astounding note, defeating Russian GM Alexander Riazantsev inhis opening round game in Geneva.
 •  'Sportsperson of the Year' award goes to...
Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu was bestowed with the Sportsperson of the Year award during the 'Maruti Suzuki Sportsperson of the Year' Charity Gala Awards on Thursday night.
 •  Messi prison sentence lifted in exchange for fine
A Spanish court said on Friday it has exchanged a 21-month prison sentence handed to Soccer player Lionel Messi for tax fraud last July for a quarter-of-a-million-euro fine.
 •  Sachin settles for silver at Asian youth boxing
India thus finished the tournament with a silver and five bronze medals, gold eluding the country for a second successive edition.
 •  FIFA releases glimpse of official ball for Under-17 World Cup
The parent body of the sport, gave the world a glimpse of the ball by posting a picture of it on FIFA's official Twitter handle.
 •  India approached to fix Hockey World League match vs Pakistan?
Will ask England to probe India's fixing attempt charge: FIHThe complaint was lodged with the FIH after Indian team manager Jugraj Singh asked HI to take up the matter seriously with the FIH in his post-tournament report.
 •  Indian decathlete fails dope test at Asian Athletics meet
Jagtar's urine sample 'A', collected during the Federation Cup National Championships in Patiala last month by the NADA, has returned positive for meldonium and he has been put under provisional suspension.
 •  Today at Wimbledon: Nadal, Murray lead third-round charge
Both are in superb form and have yet to drop a set at this year's championship. Britain's Murray, the number one seed, will face 28th ranked Fabio Fognini from Italy while Spaniard Nadal will go up against Russian Karen Khachanov, ranked 30.
 •  Wimbledon PHOTOS: Federer and Djokovic cruise; Pliskova crashes out
PHOTOS from day four of the Wimbledon championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on Thursday.
 •  Paes loses in first round of men's doubles at Wimbledon
Veteran Leander Paes' 23rd appearance at the Wimbledon Championships ended with a first-round defeat in a gruelling five-setter against Julian Knowle and Philipp Oswald, in the men's doubles.
 •  Asian Athletics: Lakshmanan, Manpreet win gold medals on Day 1
Shot putter Manpreet Kaur and long distance runner G Lakshmanan grabbed gold medals on a remarkable opening day for India at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships as the hosts won seven medals to sit atop the medal tally, in Bhubaneswar, on Thursday.
 •  Hamilton still has 'utmost respect' for Vettel
Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton said he still has "the utmost respect" for Formula One title rival Sebastian Vettel after accepting a public apology from the Ferrari driver on Thursday.
 •  Mattek-Sands hospitalised screaming in pain after Wimbledon fall
Mattek-Sands was playing Romania's Sorana Cirstea on outside Court 17 when she appeared to slip as she approached the net at the beginning of the third set then collapsed awkwardly to the grass.
 •  Swiss court rejects Platini's appeal against FIFA ban
Switzerland's highest court rejected former European soccer boss Michel Platini's bid to overturn his four-year ban from the sport over ethics violations, the court said on Thursday.
 •  War of words between Force India drivers Perez and Ocon
French Formula One rookie Esteban Ocon needs to change his attitude and understand what racing is about, Force India team mate Sergio Perez said on Thursday as tension between the two showed no sign of easing.
 •  'Bad Boys' Tomic and Medvedev fined
Australian Bernard Tomic has been fined $15,000 after post-match comments saying he had been "bored" during his first round exit from Wimbledon and had faked injury.
 •  U-17 World Cup: India coach targets quarters finish
De Matos was appointed head coach in March this year and in a short span of time, he has tried to build a team ready to fight the best.
 •  Sports Shorts: United agree 75m pound fee for Everton's Lukaku
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday.
 •  Not extinct, but odds stacked against serve and volleyers
Dustin Brown's audacious attempt to unseat defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray with a show-boating brand of serve and volley tennis was always likely to end in failure.
 •  Indians at Wimbledon: Jeevan's debut ends, Sania advances
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan's Grand Slam debut ended in the first round itself.
 •  Why this TT star won't pose for Playboy again?
Germany's Olympic silver-winning paddler Petrissa Solja wants the focus to be firmly on her game as she gears up for the Ultimate Table Tennis in India next week.
 •  FIFA Rankings: At 96, India above Canada, Iraq, Finland
The Indian National Football Team achieved its best-ever FIFA Ranking since February 1996 as they were ranked 96 in the July FIFA Rankings released on Thursday.
 •  New coach Jwala Gutta wants to improve doubles
Women's doubles coach Jwala Gutta said she would use her new role to bring the focus on them.
 •  Nishikori, Osaka keep Japanese flag flying high in SW19
Japan continued to maintain a keen interest in both singles tournaments at Wimbledon after Kei Nishikori advanced to the third round with a win over Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky on Wednesday and Naomi Osaka followed suit in the women's draw.
 •  Tennis: Who's the greatest server? It's complicated
Putting all the stats together, 6ft 11in tall Ivo Karlovic emerges as arguably the strongest contender. He tops the lists for number of aces, aces per match and percentage of service games won.
 •  When flying ants invaded Wimbledon
Wimbledon was invaded by thousands of flying ants on Wednesday, causing much annoyance to players, officials and ticket holders alike - but there was little anyone could do to drive out the pests.
 •  Will new mum Azarenka get more facilities?
New mum Victoria Azarenka wants to see more child-friendly tournaments on the WTA Tour, saying not enough is done to help players travelling with young families.
 •  Wimbledon 2017: The most shocking upsets so far...
Check out the most shocking upsets at this year's Wimbledon.
 •  Beckham Junior to take up tennis?
David Beckham's son Romeo is a talented tennis player with "a lot of potential" according to world number 11 Grigor Dimitrov, who gave the 14-year-old lessons prior to the start of Wimbledon.
 •  Today at Wimbledon: Federer, Djokovic aim for match-point glory
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will be out to complete unfinished business at Wimbledon on Thursday after both were denied a chance to savour match-point glory in their first-round matches.
 •  Wimbledon PHOTOS: Murray, Konta delight home fans; Kvitova knocked out
PHOTOS from day three of the Wimbledon championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on Wednesday.
 •  Red-hot Nadal rolls over American Young
Rafael Nadal continued his imperious run of form as he swept aside American Donald Young 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in the Wimbledon second round on Wednesday.
 •  Wimbledon: Raja-Sharan enter second round
Unseeded Indians Purav Raja and Divij Sharan entered the second round of the men's doubles event at Wimbledon with a hard-earned four-set victory over British-Portuguese pair of Kyle Edmund and Joao Sousa in London.
 •  Sports Minister throws weight behind Dutee Chand
Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Wednesday threw his weight behind beleaguered athlete Dutee Chand, saying they stand with the sprinter and will strongly pursue her case.
 •  India goalkeeper Paul let-off with a warning in doping case
Veteran India goalkeeper Subrata Paul on Wednesday earned a massive reprieve after the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) revoked his provisional suspension, letting him off with a warning with regards to violation of anti-doping rule earlier this year.
 •  Football legends, PV Sindhu to attend FIFA U-17 WC draw in Mumbai
Legendary footballers Esteban Cambiasso and Nwankwo Kanu along with Indian sporting icons Sunil Chhetri and P V Sindhu will attend the official draw for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be held in India later this year.
 •  Half-naked Ronaldo enjoying all the attention!
After letting the world know of the arrival of his twin babies via Instagram, the Real Madrid star has started using the app rather regularly, posting intriguing pictures of himself.
 •  Messi to remain at Barcelona until 2021!
Messi, who scored 37 times in La Liga last season, has been at Barcelona since the age of 13, rising through their youth system to become one of the most successful and recognisable footballers in the world.
 •  'Super Coach' Gopichand on what can further propel Indian badminton
'I think for the next generation to come up, we need to put a system in place which actually identifies and nurtures talent. We have grown exponentially but there is lot more which needs to be done''It's not only my academy, all academies across the country are running full. There are many, many parents who want their kids to give up everything and concentrate on badminton'
 •  F1: Temp set to rise in Austria as Vettel and Hamilton face off
'Every great Formula One season is marked by a great rivalry. Last year it was our internal battle between Lewis and Nico and this year it seems that the fight is on between Ferrari and Mercedes and Lewis and Sebastian'
 •  Wimbledon injury pull-outs raise questions about motives
Federer said the rate of dropouts would fall if the slams switched to best-of-three-sets rather than best-of-five as it would mean matches were more like "a sprint to the finish line" rather than being "a marathon" but the people he really felt sorry for on Tuesday were the fans.
 •  India golfer Shiv Kapur qualifies for British Open
Kapur, who is currently placed 305 in the world rankings, holds the Indian record for the best finish at the US Open thanks to his tied 23rd place at the 2014 edition.
 •  Messi likely to retire at Camp Nou with possibility of new deal
According to, Messi was set to return to the Catalan capital with his family at the weekend, but will now not be back until around July 12.
 •  Pepe joins Besiktas after 10 controversy-filled years at Real Madrid
His contract with Real expired last month and, according to reports in the Turkish media, he will sign a two-year contract with Besiktas.
 •  Mid-match madness! Venus made to change bra during rain break
Williams's bra was a clear violation of the All England Lawn Tennis Club's dress rules which state that 'any undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration) must also be completely white except for a single trim of colour no wider than one centimetre (10mm)'.
 •  'I was bored,' Tomic says after first-round defeat at Wimbledon
Australia's former great hope Bernard Tomic admitted he was "bored" during a listless first-round defeat by Germany's Mischa Zverev at Wimbledon on Tuesday.
 •  When Federer, Djokovic almost played a practice match on Centre Court
Wimbledon fans with Centre Court tickets suffered the disappointment of seeing the opponents of title contenders Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic retire early in their matches - but they might have been given a bonus contest between the pair.
 •  More records for Federer but no match point glory
Fans who had poured in to see the Swiss master in action witnessed him fire down a 10,000th career ace and chalk up a record 85th win at Wimbledon, surpassing the benchmark he had shared with Jimmy Connors.
 •  World champion Sagan kicked out of Tour de France
Slovakian Peter Sagan elbowed Mark Cavendish off balance as the Briton was trying to force his way between him and the safety barrier, and Cavendish was sent crashing heavily.
 •  Wimbledon PHOTOS: Djokovic, Federer and Kerber advance
PHOTOS from day two of the Wimbledon championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on Tuesday.
 •  India wants to host U-20 FIFA World Cup in 2019
Bracing up to organise the Under-17 World Cup later this year, AIFF president Praful Patel stated that this would be the next "logical step for the development of football in India".
 •  Here's why badminton players need Sushma Swaraj's help
Top shuttlers, including Parupalli Kashyap and H S Prannoy, are waiting for their passports to fly out of the country.
 •  Will Hockey India League be scrapped in 2018?
As per some media reports, Hockey India has informed the International Hockey Federation (FIH) that there will be no HIL in 2018 because of financial concerns related to some franchises.
 •  Spotted! Kate Middleton at Wimbledon
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrived for the first day of Wimbledon on Monday with a dramatic new hairstyle to watch Andy Murray play his opening match.
 •  Revealed! This player appeared at Wimbledon while pregnant
Mandy Minella of Luxembourg played at Wimbledon while four and a half months pregnant.
 •  Low and slow Wimbledon grass makes 'Rafa as much a favourite as Federer'
Wimbledon's grass is slower than when Sampras and all the classic serve-volley specialists ruled the roost and, though it still offers a lower bounce than clay or the hard courts that dominate the circuit, it seems that the difference is becoming marginal.
 •  Haas leaves Wimbledon with heavy heart but bag full of memories
The 39-year-old German, awarded a wildcard for his 16th and final appearance at the All England Club, had to accept his body was "not cooperating anymore" as he slumped to a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 first-round defeat by Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans.
 •  Daniil Medvedev: The man who beat Wawrinka at Wimbledon
Russian Daniil Medvedev, fresh from upsetting world number three Stan Wawrinka in the first round at Wimbledon, said he was now targeting a run to the last eight at the All England Club.
 •  24 hours before Asian meet, fresh trouble for Dutee Chand in gender row
Case to be re-opened, IAAF to return to CAS
 •  Break won't do any good for 'lion-hearted' Djokovic, feels Agassi
But Agassi, who began working with Djokovic at the French Open last month, says Djokovic is motivated to do the hard work required now, rather than later.
 •  PHOTOS: Serena joins in Wimbledon drills from afar
As the first day's play got under way, she posted a video clip on Instagram of her pounding backhands on a clay court despite being absent from the tour since winning the Australian Open in January as she is expecting her first child.
 •  Today at Wimbledon: Federer, Djokovic get their campaign underway
Federer begins the pursuit of a record eighth Wimbledon title and a record 85th match win at the grass court major; Djokovic hoping to curb dismal slide
 •  His aggressive forehand to the fore, Nadal cruises into Rnd 2
Rafael Nadal moved seamlessly from months of clay court success to a satisfyingly smooth first-round victory on grass as he opened his Wimbledon campaign with a commanding 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Australian John Millman on Monday.
 •  Laid low by sore knee, Wawrinka shown door by energetic Russian
The Swiss three-time grand slam champion was out-gunned by 21-year-old Medvedev, who had the Centre Court crowd on their feet as he pulled off a dazzling array of winners to wrap up a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory on his first Wimbledon appearance.
 •  Wimbledon PIX: Murray, Nadal, Halep march into Rnd 2; Wawrinka stunned
Images from all the action from Day 1 of the Wimbledon on Monday.
 •  No further action against Ferrari's Vettel over collision with Hamilton
The German, a four times world champion, was given a 10 second stop-and-go penalty during the race for angrily banging wheels with his Mercedes rival while they were behind the safety car.
 •  Here's why Nick Kyrgios withdrew from Wimbledon early
Nick Kyrgios, who retired injured from Wimbledon on Monday, knew he was struggling with a hip injury even as he came out on court but he wanted to give his favourite tournament a shot.
 •  Venus on fatal car crash and missing Serena
Venus Williams broke down in tears during her post-match news conference at Wimbledon on Monday when asked about a recent motoring incident she was involved in, which led to the death of a 78 year old Florida man.
 •  What sore hip? Murray opens Wimbledon title defence in style
Andy Murray was still troubled by the sore hip that had bothered him in the build up to Wimbledon - but they weren't enough to stop him from marching straight into the second round.
 •  Former Chelsea captain Terry joins Championship side Aston Villa
Former Chelsea and England captain John Terry has joined Championship side Aston Villa, the club's owner said on Monday.
 •  Sports Shorts: Chennaiyin FC appoint Englishman Gregory as Head Coach
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Monday
 •  Andy Murray to be daddy again!
World number one Andy Murray is all set to embrace fatherhood for the second time.
 •  Mallya reminds Force India drivers that team comes first
Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya reminded drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon that the team must take priority after a collision at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix wrecked hopes of a first win in Formula One.
 •  Look who Serena's coach is backing at Wimbledon
Two-time winner Petra Kvitova and world number three Karolina Pliskova will be tough to beat at Wimbledon because the tournament's grass courts suit their games down to the ground, Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou has said.
 •  This is how India's prolific footballer unwinds
For Vineeth, family comes above everything else and he treasures the time he spends around them.
 •  Djokovic winning Wimbledon should not surprise anyone: Agassi
Novak Djokovic has lost his aura of invincibility but coach Andre Agassi says nobody should be surprised if the Serb goes on to claim his fourth Wimbledon title this month.
 •  And tennis players' favourite venue is...
And no, it doesn't begin with a W...
 •  The top men's contenders at Wimbledon
Check out the top men's contenders at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships:
 •  The top women's contenders at Wimbledon
Could French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko serve up another shock at Wimbledon this year? Or will world number one Angelique Kerber get her season back on track at Wimbledon?
 •  At Wimbledon, it's all white, but it's not boring!
A look at the trends and the controversies at Wimbledon and it's very strict dress code.
 •  Germany survive Chile onslaught to win Confederations Cup
A dramatic game featured missed chances, defensive howlers, scuffles and two video reviews, one producing a highly controversial outcome in the second half.
 •  I'm fit for Wimbledon, says home favourite Konta after fall
A shaken Konta pulled out of last Friday's semi-final, raising doubts over her participation at Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.
 •  Djokovic's timely adjustments on grass to boost Wimbledon chances
It was his first tournament win since January and has left the world number four confident of mounting a challenge at Wimbledon, where he has been drawn against Slovakia's Martin Klizan in the first round.
 •  Froome survives Tour de France early crash
Chris Froome got a brutal reminder of the unpredictable nature of the Tour de France when he crashed to the ground in Sunday's second stage, recovering to finish with torn shorts as German Marcel Kittel powered to victory at the end of a huge sprint.
 •  Confederations Cup: Third-place finish for Portugal, beat Mexico 2-1
Portugal, who missed a spot kick given thanks to the video assistant referees 16 minutes into the match, were awarded a second penalty after 104 minutes when Miguel Layun handled the ball.
 •  Defending champion Murray fit for Wimbledon
The world number one opens his defence against Alexander Bublik, a lucky loser ranked 134, on Centre Court in front of his home fans on Monday.
 •  Filipinos, social media stunned by Pacquiao defeat
Manny Pacquiao's camp today slammed the officials after the Filipino great lost his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title in a controversial unanimousdecision to Australia's Jeff Horn.
 •  Wimbledon losses have not left scar on Nadal's mind
Rafael Nadal is adamant that he will not be discouraged by the memory of recent Wimbledon woes as he prepares to follow up his landmark 10th French Open triumph with a third success on the sport's most storied lawns.
 •  Here's why it will be special Wimbledon for new mom Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka is looking forward to a special Wimbledon after arriving with an'extra member' in tow.
 •  Neeraj Chopra finishes 5th in Diamond League
Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra finished at a respectable fifth position in a 10-man elite field after producing a best effort of 84.67m at the prestigious Diamond League in Paris on Sunday.
 •  Jeff Horn stuns Manny Pacquiao to win WBO welterweight world title
Australia's Jeff Horn stunned Filipino Manny Pacquiao in a bloody Brisbane battle to claim a unanimous 12-round decision and win the WBO world welterweight title in front of 50,000 fans at Lang Park on Sunday.
 •  Pliskova sends out Wimbledon warning with Eastbourne win
Karolina Pliskova gave herself the perfect pre-Wimbledon tonic by lifting the Aegon International title on the grass at Eastbourne.
 •  Tour de France: Froome makes instant impact as Thomas wins opener
Reigning champion Chris Froome wasted no time flexing his muscles at the Tour de France as he powered to sixth place in a treacherous opening time trial won superbly by Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas on Saturday.
 •  Venus Williams says she is heartbroken by fatal Florida crash
Tennis star Venus Williams said she was heartbroken by the death of a man in a two-car crash in Florida that a police report blamed on her driving, breaking her silence about the fatal accident three weeks after it occurred.
 •  Djokovic wins Eastbourne, brings Ancic into coaching team
Novak Djokovic looked to have regained his confidence and form just in time for a concerted Wimbledon assault as he carved out an emphatic win over Gael Monfils in the Aegon International grasscourt final at Eastbourne on Saturday.
 •  Women's PGA: Aditi tied-12th alongside Lydia Ko, Michelle Wi
Aditi Ashok is in a great position to launch her challenge over the weekend at the KPMG Women's PGA Championships.
 •  Infantino says 'nothing in the way' of using VAR at World Cup
FIFA President Gianni Infantino signalled that he is in favour of introducing video assistant referees (VAR) at next year's World Cup following its success at the Confederations Cup, although he conceded the system needs to be improved.
 •  PHOTOS: Meet Mr and Mrs Messi!
Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo's wedding.
 •  Hamilton on being the first black driver in F1
The three-time World champion talks about the challenges of being the first black driver in F1, why he credits his family for his success, what was his first car, what he says to his critics who say that he's not focussed on racing, how many more years does he think he has in F1 racing.
 •  Djokovic cruises into Eastbourne final
Novak Djokovic sharpened his grasscourt game ahead of next week's Wimbledon by beating Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 on Friday to reach the Aegon International final on another rain-disrupted day at Eastbourne.
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