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 •  A pathway from schools to Olympics: Rathore's grand plan for Indian sports
Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Wednesday said the Khelo India initiative, which focussed on infrastructure development till now, will look to ensure all-round growth in its revamped form.
 •  Sindhu, Saina and Srikanth advance at Japan Open
Newly-crowned Korea Open champion P V Sindhu dished out another splendid performance edging past Japan's Minatsu Mitani for the second time in as many weeks to reach the second round of the women's singles at the Japan Open Super Series, in Tokyo, on Wednesday.
 •  Football Briefs: Klopp sick of defensive slips; Inter draw at Bologna
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Kohli set to tee off with Goenka
Virat Kohli, Sanjiv Goenka to raise funds for celebrity golf tournament
 •  Here's why Man United players must come to terms with squad rotation
Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera have hardly featured in Manchester United's early Premier League campaign but manager Jose Mourinho has assured the duo they are vital to his plans.
 •  Sports Shorts: Muguruza crushes Puig in Tokyo; WFI want foreign coach
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday
 •  New mom Serena Williams pens emotional letter to her 'classy' mother
The new mom, who gave birth to her first child, daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. earlier this month, wrote an endearing letter to her mother, Oracene Price, about what it has been like to see life through her point of view.
 •  PIX: Four-star Messi makes it a night to remember as Barca rout Eibar
The clinical Argentine Messi now has 11 goals in his last five games in all competitions and with record signing Ousmane Dembele injured and Luis Suarez rested, he put on a sensational show at Camp Nou to extend Barcelona's La Liga lead.
 •  Sports shorts: India women beat Belgium junior men's team
Britain's world number three Andy Murray stressed the importance of gender equality in tennis, saying the work ethic required to succeed is the same for both men and women.
 •  Liverpool knocked out of League Cup by Leicester
A night of wholesale team changes for the 11 Premier League sides in action produced one notable upset with top flight Stoke City losing 2-0 at second-tier Bristol City.
 •  Chitra, Lakshmanan strike gold at Asian Indoor
India's impressive show in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games continued as their athletes added two gold and one bronze on the fourth day ofcompetitions, in, Ashgabat, on Tuesday.
 •  What these Jharkhand girls are doing in Spain?
Real Sociedad provide coaches training to Jharkhand girls
 •  Football Briefs: Bayern Muenchen 'sorry' for Neuer
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  No coach, no problem as Pliskova targets WTA Finals
Former world number one Karolina Pliskova is confident that splitting with coach David Kotyza will not be a hindrance as she attempts to go it alone over the home stretch of the season, leading up to the WTA Finals in Singapore next month.
 •  South Africa's court to hear state's appeal against Pistorius in November
The state will argue that six years in jail is too lenient a sentence for the murder by Pistorius of Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend, in 2013.
 •  'Women work just as hard, sacrifice as much as men'
Britain's world number three Andy Murray has stressed the importance of gender equality in tennis, saying the work ethic required to succeed is the same for both men and women.
 •  France to play Davis Cup final against Belgium in Lille
The tie will be played on a hard court indoor surface with the roof closed.
 •  Amarjit named India captain for FIFA U-17 World Cup
Midfielder Amarjit Singh has been unanimously elected as the captain of Indian team for the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be held next month.
 •  No room for Australia, New Zealand in Asian Games: OCA chief
OCA president Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah said the Asian Games is already too big.
 •  Record-breaker! Around the world on a cycle in 78 days...
A British endurance cyclist has smashed the Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation of the planet on a bicycle, riding 18,000 miles (29,000km) in under 80 days.
 •  Rossi set for stunning return after double leg fracture
Italian great Valentino Rossi has not ruled out a return to MotoGP in Spain this weekend, three weeks after breaking his right leg, after getting back on a bike for some test laps on Monday.
 •  Tatas give F1 fans a taste of virtual-reality
Fans of Formula One got a taste of real-time virtual reality of the race, without the usual 30-second delay, after the 'world's first' live 360-degree technology was put to test at the Singapore Grand Prix, according to Tata Communications and Formula 1.
 •  Rooney pleads guilty to drink-driving, gets 2-year driving ban
Former England soccer captain Wayne Rooney received a two-year driving ban on Monday after pleading guilty in a British court to drink-driving
 •  EPL snapshots: Mourinho calls Pogba injury rumours 'nonsense'
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestions that midfielder Paul Pogba faces a lengthy lay-off because of a hamstring injury sustained in the Champions League defeat of Basel on Tuesday.
 •  Belgium beat Australia to reach Davis Cup final
David Goffin and Steve Darcis staged a thrilling comeback on Sunday to take Belgium into their second Davis Cup final in three years with a 3-2 victory over Australia.
 •  Davis Cup: Yuki scores consolation win after Ramkumar loses
India was left to battle it out in the Asian zone yet again after Ramkumar Ramanathan's defeat in the must-win fourth rubber of the Davis Cup match against Canada's Denis Shapovalov in Edmonton, on Sunday.
 •  Real Madrid ease past Sociedad to overcome league blip
Real Madrid put their title defence back on track with a comfortable 3-1 win over Real Sociedad at Anoeta on Sunday, despite missing several key players. Sociedad defender Kevin Rodrigues scored at both ends and Borja Mayoral and Gareth Bale netted Madrid's other goals to help them equal the consecutive scoring record of 73 games set by Pele's Santos between 1961 and 1963.
 •  Manchester Utd thrash Everton, Arsenal hold Chelsea goalless
Antonio Valencia's early thunderbolt put Manchester United en route to a 4-0 Premier League victory over Everton on Sunday, but they needed a flurry of late goals to finally subdue their unfortunate visitors.
 •  Is Hamilton close to winning fourth F1 title?
Lewis Hamilton took a huge stride towards a fourth Formula One title on Sunday with victory in an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix after Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out at the start.
 •  Dembele INJURED; Barca target Coutinho committed to Liverpool
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  France down Serbia to reach Davis Cup final
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Dusan Lajovic 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-2 to give France an unassailable 3-1 lead against Serbia and book their place in the Davis Cup final.
 •  A victory like none other: Tendulkar on Sindhu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, on Sunday, congratulated star India shuttler P V Sindhu for winning the Korea Open Super Series title in Seoul.
 •  Singapore GP: Hamilton wins after Vettel crashes out
Sebastian Vettel's hopes of vaulting back into the overall Formula One world championship lead were wrecked by a first corner collision on the opening lap of the Singapore Grand Prix.
 •  REVENGE was not on my mind: Sindhu
P V Sindhu on Sunday said the heart-breaking World Championship final loss was not on her mind when she was plotting the downfall of Japan's Nozomi Okuhara en-route to her Korea Open title in Seoul.
 •  Here's why Lewis Hamilton is trying to go vegan
Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says he is trying to go vegan out of concern for the planet, love of animals and his own health.
 •  Congratulate PV Sindhu on her triumph!
Indian badminton's golden girl P V Sindhu continued her golden run as she triumphed at the Korea Open on Sunday.
 •  Sindhu settles score with Okuhara, wins Korea Open
Rio Olympics and World Championship silver medallist P V Sindhu stood one step away from winning the Korea Open Super Series, in Seoul, on Saturday.
 •  Davis Cup: Bopanna-Raja lose as India's hopes suffer
India's World Group hopes suffered a huge setback as Rohan Bopanna and Purav Raja lost the crucial doubles rubber to hand Canada a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup Play-off tie, in Edmonton, on Sunday.
 •  PHOTOS: Barcelona edge past Getafe; Bayern rout Mainz
Barcelona snatched a late 2-1 win at Getafe with Paulinho's strike sending them seven points clear of arch-rivals Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
 •  EPL PHOTOS: City hit Watford for a six, Liverpool struggle
Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as free-scoring Manchester City climbed to the top of the Premier League with an irresistible 6-0 victory against Watford on Saturday.
 •  Vettel on pole in Singapore, Hamilton fifth
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel put himself on pole position to retake the Formula One lead from Lewis Hamilton after setting the fastest lap in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.
 •  Veteran Sardar recalled for Asia Cup, Mandeep named captain
Veteran midfielder Sardar Singh on Saturday returned to the national team as Hockey India named a strong 18-member squad under the captaincy of Manpreet Singh for the Asia Cup to be held in Dhaka from October 11-22.
 •  Davis Cup: India, Canada locked 1-1 after Day 1
Ramkumar Ramanathan fetched the crucial win but Yuki Bhambri made the day memorable even in defeat as India and Canada shared the honours on day one of the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie, in Edmonton.
 •  Sindhu inches closer to Korea Super Series glory
P V Sindhu progressed to the final of the women's singles event at the US$600,000 Korea Open Super Series, at the SK Handball Stadium in Seoul on Saturday.
 •  PHOTOS: World Cup fever hits Goa
The FIFA Under-17 World Cup Trophy arrived in Goa -- the land of beaches -- on Friday after mesmerising Mumbai last week.
 •  EPL: Chelsea urge fans to take care after train blast in London
Chelsea have released a statement urging fans travelling to Stamford Bridge for their English Premier League match against Arsenal on Sunday to take extra precautions in the aftermath of Friday's terrorism incident in London, as Parsons Green is near the club's stadium.
 •  TOP athletes to get monthly stipend of Rs 50,000; Paes snubbed
The Sports Ministry has chosen 152 athletes across disciplines for Rs. 50,000 allowance per month for their preparations for next year's Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
 •  Will Formula One return to India?
F1 CEO and chairman Chase Carey reiterated that Asia is a "tremendously" important region for the sport and India figures in their scheme of things for the future, if not now, with the calendar already packed till next year.
 •  'U-17 World Cup can have a big impact on Indian football'
The upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be held in the country next month could lead to a massive interest in football if the event gets good exposure in the media, said Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.
 •  Fan trouble mars soccer matches at European competitions
UEFA charges Arsenal and Cologne over crowd problems
 •  Korea Super Series: Sindhu moves into semis, Sameer ousted
Sindhu, who had won the silver at the World Championship last month, recovered from a mid-game slump to stave off the challenge from World No. 19 Minatsu Mitani of Japan 21-19, 16-21, 21-10 in a match that lasted 63 minutes.
 •  Shuttlers Sameer, Praneeth rise in BWF rankings
Ajay Jayaram, who skipped the ongoing Korea Open, slipped a place to be at 17th.
 •  Davis Cup round-up: Kyrgios distances himself from troubled Tomic
'You'd also be wrong if you tried to lump me in the same category as Bernard Tomic'
 •  Davis Cup, Day 1: A challenge in store for Bhupathi-led India v Canada
Ramkumar to play opening singles tie against Schnur, Yuki takes on Shapovalov on day 1
 •  Europa League: Fan trouble before Arsenal rally to win, Everton lose
Fellow Serie A sides Atalanta and Lazio also won while Portugal's Vitoria Guimaraes began their match against Salzburg with not a single European player in the team.
 •  Real Madrid star in news. No, it's not Ronaldo
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has defended team mate Gareth Bale after the Welshman was jeered by sections of the Bernabeu crowd during Wednesday's 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League.
 •  Look who is not surpised at Nadal, Federer's re-emergence
Indian tennis ace Leander Paes is not at all surprised with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer dominating once again, saying the ageing duo continue to 'reinvent' themselves.
 •  Sports Shorts: Mary Kom shocked; Miranda enters quarters
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday.
 •  Nothing to prove, my career speaks for itself: Paes
The 44-year-old veteran says he has not lost hope and by his own admission, he is still playing the game for the love of it.
 •  What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Following is a match by match look at the English Premier League's weekend fixtures:
 •  F1: Will Perez stay at Force India?
Sergio Perez expects to have his Formula One future decided before next month's Malaysian Grand Prix and said on Thursday that he is currently weighing up two options.
 •  When Varun Dhawan met soccer legend Ronaldinho!
Varun posted a picture of himself with the former Barcelona playmaker on Twitter.
 •  Of highs, lows and upsets at the UEFA Champions League
Wednesday night saw a few surprise results while a debutant club makes a mark
 •  Davis Cup: Young blood to the fore as India take on Canada
Shapovalov made the world take note of him with his shock win over Rafael Nadal at the Montreal Masters. He then became the youngest player to reach the fourth round of the US Open, only his second Grand Slam, last week.
 •  Ronaldo says Champions League is Real's for the taking
The reigning Ballon d'or winner gave a perfect start to his side's new campaign by scoring twice in Madrid's comfortable 3-0 win over Cypriot visitors APOEL in the opening match.
 •  ADORABLE! Meet Serena's baby girl
ADORABLE! Meet Serena's baby girl
 •  Mixed day for Indian shuttlers in Korea Super Series
Sindhu, Sameer progress to quarters, Kashyap ousted
 •  Champions League PIX: Real crush APOEL; English clubs off to good start
A summary of all the Champions League matches played across Europe on Wednesday
 •  It's official! Paris awarded 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles gets 2028
The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday awarded the 2024 summer Olympic Games to Paris and the 2028 edition to Los Angeles following a vote in the Peruvian capital.
 •  Wenger prefers EPL glory over Europa League
Arsenal can sustain a Europa League challenge but a top-four finish in the Premier League would be the best way to reach next season's Champions League, manager Arsene Wenger has said.
 •  5 reasons why India stand better chance to make World Group in Davis Cup
Zeeshan Ali said Indian players are expected to do well in the World Group Play-off tie
 •  Rafael Nadal reveals strong political views on Catalonia
'I don't understand Spain without Catalonia. I don't want to understand or see it'
 •  Highlights from the opening night of UEFA Champions League...
There is never a dearth of drama in European football and here is proof...
 •  Man United boss Mourinho won't cry over injured Pogba
Paul Pogba faces 'a few weeks'on the sidelines after injuring his hamstring.
 •  'We'll be talking about Rafa for years to come'
'If he can stay as healthy as he is now, without injury, motivated, looking after himself the way he is....'
 •  Champions League: Italian clubs flop but Barca, United score big wins
A summary of all the Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday
 •  Football Briefs: Former CSKA Sofia winger Nelson joins Chennaiyin FC
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Fans will shell out $105 to $1100 on World Cup tickets
Tickets for next year's World Cup in Russia will go on sale from Thursday with prices ranging from $105 for the cheapest seats at group stage matches to $1,100 for the most expensive seats at the final, FIFA said on Tuesday.
 •  Champions League: Ronaldo ripe for Real return
Cristiano Ronaldo is eager to return to action as he prepares for his first start of the season when Real Madrid begin their Champions League defence on Wednesday against APOEL Nicosia, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday.
 •  Meet the five-year-old archery prodigy from Vijaywada
Shivani, who hails from Vijaywada created the first record on Sunday by firing 103 arrows from a distance of 10 metres in just 11 minutes and 19 seconds with a compounding bow and Indian arrows.
 •  Nadal and Muguruza have more than just nationality in common
Garbine Muguruza officially became the world number one as the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) updated the rankings on Monday.
 •  Davis Cup: Bhupathi confident while Shapovalov and Co await India
'The boys have hit a lot of balls and are feeling good, so we are looking forward to the weekend'The Indian team, which had a week-long training camp in New York before reaching Edmonton, is set to make a fourth consecutive attempt to qualify for the elite World Group.
 •  A club from war-torn Azerbaijan set for Champions League baptism
Founded in 1992, Qarabag's Imarat Stadium is reduced to rubble and they play their home games 440km away in the capital Baku.
 •  Barca wary of dangerous Dybala in Champions League opener
Argentine Dybala has scored seven goals in four games for Juventus this season, including a hat-trick against Genoa in Serie A on August 26.
 •  'Motivated' Manchester Utd go through grind on Champions League return
'Being back in the Champions League is going back to the natural habitat. Manchester United (have been there) season after season'
 •  EPL: West Ham win gives Bilic perfect birthday gift
A deflected strike by Pedro Obiang in the 72nd minute and a goal from Andre Ayew five minutes later, when he stabbed home a loose ball from close range after a corner, were enough to end Huddersfield's unbeaten start to the season.
 •  EPL snapshots: Crystal Palace sack manager Frank de Boer
Media reports said former England manager Roy Hodgson was in line to replace De Boer at Selhurst Park.
 •  Champions League: Barca wary of Juve; Cahill 'itching' to face Qarabag
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is wary of the danger posed by Juventus forward Paulo Dybala ahead of their opening Champions League Group D clash on Tuesday.
 •  Sports Shorts: Indian challenge ends in World chess
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Monday
 •  Can ruthless Nadal surpass Federer's 19 slams?
'I really don't think much about these kind of things. I do my way, he does his way'
 •  Chelsea's Hazard targets Champions League glory
Chelsea footballer Eden Hazard says he is keen to win the Champions League title as his club begins its European campaign with a group stage match against Azerbaijani side Qarabag on Tuesday.
 •  Football Briefs: Immobile hat-trick destroys Milan's perfect record
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Manchester United 'stopped in time' after Fergie's departure: Mourinho
'That was quite an empty period in this club with no evolution in areas that are important'
 •  WATCH: That winning moment when Nadal got to Slam No 16
Nadal claimed his second grand slam title of the year -- having won the French Open in June -- beating No. 28 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, on Sunday.
 •  With no top 25 player to face, Nadal had it easy but...
...There was more to his win as he made a few variations to his game en route his 16th major
 •  Retracing Rafa's run to Sweet 16!
Here is a factual guide on the man of the moment...
 •  Nadal feels 'lucky' being part of an 'incredible era'
'I feel happy to be part of this rivalry, but at the same time, I played even more matches with Novak (Djokovic) than with Roger in such important matches, too'
 •  Anderson targets return to top 10 after special fortnight
'It's a tough loss, but it was obviously a great experience''I'd love to build on these two weeks'
 •  Business-like Nadal bags third US Open title
Rafael Nadal captured his 16th career Grand Slam title and third at the US Open
 •  Hingis wins second Slam in two days!
Switzerland's Martina Hingis and Taiwan's Chan Yung-Jan won the US Open women's doubles title on Sunday
 •  EPL PIX: Newcastle down Swansea; Burnley put heat on Palace
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday
 •  Meet Bundeliga's first female ref
Steinhaus, a 38-year-old police officer, has been a German FA referee since 1999 and taken charge of 80 second division matches since 2007.
 •  Sports Shorts: India shuttlers win big at Ukraine international
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Sunday
 •  Drama at World Chess Cup before Sethuraman holds Anish Giri
Grandmaster S P Sethuraman continued with his dream run and played out a fighting draw with higher ranked Anish Giri of Holland in the first game of the third round of World Chess Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia.
 •  EPL snapshots: Red card for Liverpool's Mane divides pundits
Senegal international Mane faces a three-match suspension from domestic games, although he will be available for Liverpool's Champions League tie at home to Sevilla on Wednesday.
 •  Football Briefs: Inter penalty awarded after video review; Bayern lose
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Celebrities hit the US Open courts
Look who we spotted at the Flushing Meadows this year.
 •  'If Stephens has ambition, she can win more Slams'
Sloane Stephens's US Open win could be the first of many Grand Slam titles for the young American, but there is a question mark on her ambitions, according to former world number one Mats Wilander.
 •  Nadal v Anderson: Get set for conflict of styles at US Open
Both men are 31 years old but have little else in common.
 •  That HUG says it all
"Sloane is truly one of my favourite people and to get to play her was really special," said Keys.
 •  Stephens has no sympathy for vanquished Keys at US Open
US Open champion Sloane Stephens said she has no pity for Madison Keys after thrashing her 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday's final, given the huge runnersup check her friend will receive.
 •  La Liga: Messi treble stretches Barca lead over Real
An insatiable Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Barcelona hammered Espanyol 5-0 in a local derby on Saturday to make it three wins from three and take full advantage after Liga champions Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Levante.
 •  All you need to know about US Open champ Sloane Stephen
Factbox on American Sloane Stephens, who beat compatriot Madison Keys 6-3 6-0 to win her first U.S. Open singles title on Saturday:
 •  Stephens routs Keys to win US Open title
Unseeded Sloane Stephens crushed fellow-American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 to win her maiden Grand Slam, in the US Open final, in New York on Friday.
 •  US Open women's final in numbers
Key statistics from American Sloane Stephens' 6-3, 6-0 victory over compatriot Madison Keys
 •  EPL PHOTOS: Manchester clubs head table, Chelsea roll on
London clubs' erratic start to the Premier League season improved with victories for Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal on Saturday but Manchester sides continued to make the running, with City and United the top two.
 •  Hingis and Murray win US Open mixed doubles title
Switzerland's Martina Hingis and Britain's Jamie Murray fought off a match point to defeat Hao-Ching Chan and Michael Venus 6-1, 4-6 (10-8) to claim the US Open mixed doubles title.
 •  Wasteful Real Madrid held at home by Levante
La Liga champions Real Madrid dropped points at home for the second game running when they drew 1-1 with Levante on Saturday, with Gareth Bale squandering a series of chances and Marcelo getting sent off late on.
 •  Football Briefs: Mbappe strikes as PSG beat 10-man Metz 5-1
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Sports Shorts: Lifter Pardeep books berth for 2018 Commonwealth Games
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Saturday
 •  Nadal gets his revenge against Del Potro... 8 years later!
'I wake up today and say to myself, 'Today is the day that I'll play'. I need to play with the right energy, and I need to increase the level of my game'
 •  Watch out for this Brazilian wonderkid at U-17 World Cup!
Named in the Brazil squad for the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup, wonderkid Vinicius Junior is set to become the most expensive footballer ever to play in a competitive tournament in India.
 •  Gen Next of American tennis vie for US Open crown
Keys and Stephens to put friendship to grand slam test
 •  Meet US Open women's finalists Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens
Here is a player profile, a look at the form and records of American Madison Keys and compatriot Sloane Stephens ahead of Saturday's US Open final (prefix number denotes seeding)
 •  EPL snapshots: Huddersfield's Wagner named manager of the month
Manchester City's Kompany out of Liverpool clash with calf injury
 •  US Open: Rojer makes political point in doubles triumph with Tecau
The 12th seeded Rojer and Tecau, who rallied from a set down to upset top seeded Henri Kontinen and John Peers in the semi-finals, needed just 86 minutes on a sunny Arthur Ashe Stadium court to add the US Open championship to the Wimbledon title they won in 2015.
 •  Pressure on aggressive Keys in all-American US Open final
Keys is expected to be the aggressor on Arthur Ashe Stadium against a more defensive Stephens, one of the best retrievers on the tour.
 •  Nearly-man Anderson fights off injuries, reaps rewards for perseverance
'There have been a lot of ups and downs and I feel really happy, I've always kept belief'
 •  US Open: What brought DelPo's downfall against Nadal
'When you don't have that confidence to play three, four hours with a good backhand against Rafa, is just matter of time to get down your game'
 •  US Open Pix: Nadal battles back to tame Del Potro for final spot
Rafael Nadal was at his awe-inspiring best as he recovered from a first set wobble to crush Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 in the US Open semi-finals on Friday and move within reach of a 16th grand slam title.
 •  US Open: Nadal crushes Del Potro, sets up Anderson final
Rafael Nadal was at his awe-inspiring best as he recovered from a first set wobble to crush Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 in the US Open semi-finals on Friday and move within reach of a 16th Grand Slam title.
 •  Sania Mirza out of US Open
Indo-Chinese pair were beaten 6-4, 6-4 by second seeds Martina Hingis and Yung-Jan Chan on Friday.
 •  Sports Shorts: Anand bows out of World Cup; Joshna in final
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Friday.
 •  England's Alli in trouble
FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against England midfielder Dele Alli after he made an obscene gesture during a World Cup qualifier against Slovakia, a spokesman for the world body said on Friday.
 •  Marijne's appointment defies logic, say hockey stalwarts
Hockey fraternity including three former captains on Friday expressed shock over the decision to appoint women's team coach Sjoerd Marijne as head coach of the Indian men's side, saying the abrupt move 'defies logic'.
 •  Sports minister Rathore picks men's hockey team coach
Women's national hockey coach Sjoerd Marijne was on Friday named chief coach of the Indian men's team -- a stunning decision given that the Dutchman has no prior experience of handling a senior men's side.
 •  Sunny Leone is co-owner of Premier Futsal team
Premier Futsal announced actress Sunny Leone as the co-owner and brand ambassador of the Kochi-based franchise Kerala Cobras.
 •  Saina teaches Shraddha badminton!
The Bollywood star takes tips from the athlete she will play in Amole Gupte's biopic.
 •  Meet the US Open men's semi-finalists
A look at the form and records of the four men's semi-finalists at the US Open.
 •  US Open finalist Stephens: From foot cast to walking on air
Sloane Stephens watched January's Australian Open from her couch, a large cast on her left foot rendering her immobile and raising questions in her mind about her ability to bounce back from the injury.
 •  Sania and China's Peng enter US Open semis
Sania Mirza reached her first Grand Slam semi-final of the year with China's Shuai Peng after outclassing Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova in the women's doubles, at the US Open, in New York.
 •  Venus not going anywhere despite US Open defeat
Venus Williams rejected the suggestion she might be content to serve as an inspiration to younger players after her 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 defeat to fellow American Sloane Stephens in the semi-finals.
 •  US Open semis: Stephens stuns Venus; Keys crushes Vandeweghe
Unseeded Sloane Stephens got the better of fellow-American Venus Williams in a thrilling contest to make it to her first Grand Slam final, at the US Open, in New York, on Thursday.
 •  Will Dembele make instant impact at Barcelona?
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde will be banking on new signing Ousmane Dembele to fill the gap left by Neymar's departure as he looks to overcome off-pitch difficulties when the Catalans take on Espanyol on Saturday.
 •  Sports Shorts: Ruthvika, Lakshya enter quarters; Joshna in semis
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday.
 •  Football briefs: Rooney disappoints Koeman
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Del Potro has done it once, can he do it again?
Del Potro eyeing another Rafael-Roger double in New York
 •  How the Williams sisters inspired US women...
The success of the American women at this year's US Open is nothing else than a reward from the Williams sisters' inspiration
 •  Chess World Cup: Anand loses to Kovalyov, Gujrathi wins with black
Five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Canadian Grandmaster Anton Kovalyov to leave the Indian on the verge of an early exit at the FIDE Chess World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia.
 •  Check out the US Open women's semi-finalists
Venus Williams will take on compatriot Sloane Stephens in one semi-final before her fellow Americans Madison Keys battles it out with CoCo Vandeweghe in the other in all-American semi-final in the women's singles at the US Open.
 •  After Arjuna, TT ace Amalraj targets top 100
'I am very happy to get national recognition of my long and hard work.'
 •  Centenarian Man Kaur sets sights on winning Laureus award
Centenarian sprinter Man Kaur, who has featured among the nominees for the prestigious 'Laureus World Best Sporting Moment of the Year 2017' Award, has sought the support of countrymen and sports enthusiasts around the world to vote for here in a global online poll.
 •  What caused Federer's downfall against del Potro
Roger Federer blamed troubled preparations for his US Open quarter-final exit on Wednesday, saying he had spent most of the time leading up to the year's final Grand Slam worrying about his back instead of focusing on training.
 •  US Open: Nadal thrashes teenager Rublev to enter semis
Rafael Nadal gave Russian teenager Andrey Rublev a tennis lesson on Wednesday, racing into the semi-finals of the US Open with a ruthless 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win that cleared the path for a possible showdown with rival Roger Federer.
 •  US Open: Del Potro knocks out Federer to set up Nadal semis
Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro knocked out third seed Roger Federer to set up a semi-final against Rafael Nadal, in New York, on Wednesday.
 •  US Open PIX: Keys downs Kanepi to set up all-American semi-final
A rampaging Madison Keys completed an American sweep of the US Open women's quarter-finals on Wednesday, dismissing Estonia's Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 to guarantee an American champion at the year's final Grand Slam.
 •  New sports minister Rathore gets cracking with stadium visit
Administrators will have to become more receptive to the athletes' needs -- this was Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore's message to officials during a surprise visit to check Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium's preparations for the upcoming Under-17 FIFA World Cup
 •  How Under-17 World Cup can benefit India's youngsters...
FIFA legends Carlos Valderrama and Marcel Desailly on Wednesday advised the Indian colts to view the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup as a huge opportunity to shine on the international stage and perform to their potential.
 •  Injured Murray likely to miss rest of season
Britain's world number two Andy Murray will "most likely" miss the rest of the season due to a hip injury that kept him out of the US Open.
 •  Federer and Nadal one step from dream semi-final
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are just one step away from a US Open semi-final clash but both face tricky challenges to set up what would be their maiden encounter at Flushing Meadows.
 •  Veteran Venus still grabbing her opportunities
The 37-year-old has enjoyed a renaissance season that has seen her reach the Australian Open and Wimbledon finals and sit just one victory away, against American compatriot Sloane Stephens, from playing for the US Open title for the first time since 2002.
 •  US Open PIX: Anderson beats Querrey; Stephens through
Kevin Anderson spoiled the American party at the US Open when the big-serving South African beat local favourite Sam Querrey 7-6(5), 6-7(9), 6-3, 7-6(7) to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final on Tuesday.
 •  Saina can excel under any coach, says Vimal Kumar
Vimal Kumar said he will miss working with Saina Nehwal but stressed it is important to support the Indian ace in her pursuit to excel at the highest level.
 •  PHOTOS WC qualifiers: Argentina held; Cape Verde shock SA
Tiny Cape Verde Islands catapulted themselves into surprise World Cup contention with a 2-1 victory away to South Africa.
 •  Del Potro has no chance against Federer, says Wilander
Former world number one Mats Wilander says only two things can keep Roger Federer from advancing - injury and distraction.
 •  PHOTOS: Venus sets up all-American semi at US Open
Venus Williams's renaissance year continued on Tuesday when she downed Petra Kvitova 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(2) in an electrifying atmosphere to set up an all-American US Open semi-final against Sloane Stephens.
 •  Sports shorts: Mittal wins silver at World Shotgun Championship
India's Ankur Mittal won silver medal in the men's double trap event at the ongoing ISSF World Shotgun Championship, in Moscow, on Tuesday.
 •  Revealed! Messi's new Barcelona contract signed by his father
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has reassured his club's supporters that Lionel Messi's new contract has been signed, albeit by the player's father.
 •  Want to be the next Indian hockey coach?
Taking a cue from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Hockey India advertised for the position for the first time on its website
 •  Davis Cup: Shapovalov leads Canada's challenge vs India
Canada named rising star and world number 69 Denis Shapovalov in its squad to take on India in the upcoming Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie, scheduled in Edmonton from September 15.
 •  FIFA U-17 World Cup: Pollution in Delhi a big worry
Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday instructed the states in the National Capital Region to take all possible measures to prevent any spike in air pollution levels during the upcoming Under-17 FIFA World Cup in Delhi to save India the blushes.
 •  Hazard hopes Chelsea and Costa can make peace
Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard relishes playing with striker Diego Costa and is keen for the Spaniard to resolve his stand-off with the English Premier League champions and return to action.
 •  Bopanna out of US Open after mixed doubles loss
Rohan Bopanna's campaign at the last Grand Slam of the season ended with defeat in the mixed doubles along with Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrwoski while India's juniors also fizzled out in the singles in the US Open in New York.
 •  'Desh bhakt' Harendra says best suited for India hockey coach job
World Cup-winning junior coach Harendra Singh is set to apply for the vacant senior men's team coach and feels he is best suited for the role.
 •  Mumbai fans get a chance to watch Valderrama, Desailly play!
The FIFA legends, including World Cup winner Frenchman Marcel Desailly, Colombian great Carlos Valderrama, Spain's Fernando Morientes, Mexican Jorge Campos and Nigerian Emmanuel Amuneke, will roll back the years and turn out for a short match at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
 •  Chess World Cup: Vishy Anand, Gujrathi, Sethuraman advance
Grandmaster and former Asian champion S P Sethuraman has knocked out former FIDE champion Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine in a big first round upset at the Chess World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia.
 •  We have buried our past differences, Saina on coach Gopichand
London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal wants to qualify for the Dubai World Superseries Finals after resuming her partnership with long-time mentor and chief coach Pullela Gopichand.
 •  4 things to watch out for on Day 9 of US Open
Petra Kvitova, who missed part of the 2017 season after a home invasion left her with a badly cut left hand, continues her remarkable comeback when she faces American Venus Williams.
 •  Meet the Russian teenager making waves in US
After a mature performance against ninth seed David Goffin, the 19-year-old set up an intriguing last-eight showdown with world number one Rafael Nadal.
 •  PHOTOS: Germany hit Norway for a six, England rally to win
Marcus Rashford's superb second-half strike earned England a 2-1 comeback victory over Slovakia on Monday that put them on the verge of qualification for next year's World Cup finals.
 •  US Open PIX: Ailing Del Potro survives, Federer eases through
The 2009 champion who will next face Roger Federer, saved two match points in the fourth set of what was arguably the best of the tournament so far.
 •  Federer and Nadal move within sight of landmark meeting
One of sport's great rivalries, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have clashed 37 times over the years but never stood across from each other on Flushing Meadows' hardcourts.
 •  US Open: Nadal, Pliskova breeze into quarters
World number one Karolina Pliskova needed just 46 minutes to defeat American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 6-0 at Arthur Ashe Stadium and punch her ticket to the quarter-finals at the US Open on Monday.
 •  Here's why Sindhu loves to hate her coach Gopichand
Silver medallist at Olympics and World Championship, Indian shuttler P V Sindhu has turned film producer to pay tribute to her coach Pullela Gopichand through a digital film on Teachers' Day on Tuesday.
 •  Hamilton happy to play the villain in Ferrari's backyard
Lewis Hamilton stepped out on to the Italian Grand Prix podium, high above the red tide of Ferrari.
 •  Indians @ US Open: Sania and Bopanna reach quarters, Paes-Raja out
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna have reached the quarter-finals of their respective events at the US Open but the fledgling partnership of Leander Paes and Purav Raja has fallen flat yet again.
 •  Sharapova back in business on and off court
Maria Sharapova's outfit sparkled even if her play sometimes didn't during her grand slam return at the US Open but the former world number one's run to the fourth round showed she is back in business on and off the court.
 •  Saina Nehwal returns to Gopichand Academy
Saina Nehwal has once again resumed her partnership with long-time mentor and former coach Pullela Gopichand and would be starting her training at his academy in Hyderabad after recovering from a thigh strain.
 •  US Open PIX: Sharapova, Shapovalov and Muguruza knocked out
Maria Sharapova's contentious and captivating US Open run came to an end on Sunday when Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova beat her 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the Flushing Meadows quarter-finals.
 •  Five things to watch out for on Day 8 of the US Open
Here are five things to watch for on day eight of the US Open on Monday.
 •  World Cup Qualifiers: Belgium qualify; Portugal, Sweden, Swiss win
Belgium became the first European team to qualify for next year's World Cup when a Romelu Lukaku header gave them a 2-1 win away to Greece on Sunday with the goals coming in a five-minute second-half spell.
 •  Sports Shorts: Anand wins, Harikrishna shocked; Kynan finishes sixth
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Sunday
 •  Baby No 2 for Daddy Djokovic
World No 4 Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena have become proud parents of a baby girl.
 •  F1: Hamilton wins Italian GP in style to take Championship lead
The triple champion, who started the race from a record 69th career pole position, led Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas to a runaway one-two finish in front of the massed ranks of red-shirted Ferrari fans.
 •  Will shooters benefit from Rathore's rise to sports minister?
The National Rifle Association of India on Sunday welcomed the appointment of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore as sports minister, saying the Olympics silver medallist would "add immense value to the development and growth of sports".
 •  World Cup qualifiers: Spain show dominance, Finland, Serbia win
Two brilliant strikes from Isco and a late goal from Alvaro Morata gave Spain a spectacular 3-0 win over Italy, their nearest challengers in Group G, to move into the driving seat for automatic qualification to the 2018 World Cup.
 •  Archery World Cup: Deepika makes first round exit
Four-time silver medallist Deepika Kumari was beaten by Tan Ya-ting in straight sets to make an embarrassing first round exit from the Archery World Cup Final in Rome on Sunday.
 •  Upsets on Day 6 at US Open: French Open champion ousted presents matches that shook up US Open.
 •  Nadal criticises delay in Fognini ban
He was slapped with $24,000 in fines on Friday but was allowed to play two matches in the doubles tournament with partner Simone Bolelli before the Grand Slam Board announced their decision to suspend Fognini on Saturday.
 •  How tearful Osaka handled the 'stupid question'
Naomi Osaka suffered more pain during her post-match news conference at the US Open
 •  Today at US Open: Main focus on women
Women's tennis's biggest names still remaining at the US Open take centre stage on Sunday with Grand Slam winners Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova all appearing on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
 •  Nadal survives early wobble to book last 16 spot at US Open
Nadal will next face Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov.
 •  US Open: After two marathons Federer sprints into fourth round
Chasing a sixth US Open title, Federer needed just one hour and 46 minutes under a closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium to put away the 31st seed Lopez, leaving plenty in the tank after being forced to go the distance in his opening two matches.
 •  Hamilton beats rain to break Schumacher's pole record
Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton took a record 69th Formula One pole position with a wet weather masterclass at the Italian Grand Prix.
 •  US Open PIX: Pliskova survives scare, Thiem eases through
Karolina Pliskova showed the steel of a world number one as she fought off a match point to claim a riveting 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 comeback win over Zhang Shuai in the US Open third round.
 •  MotoGP: Rossi leaves hospital after surgery on broken leg
Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi left hospital on Saturday morning, one night after surgery for a broken leg which looks set to end his title chances this year.
 •  Vishy Anand returns to World Cup after 15 years
Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand set to return to FIDE World Cup after 15 years with an aim to seal a berth at the 2018 Candidates tournament.
 •  F1: Force India pair clear the air after Spa collision
Force India's feuding team mates met on Thursday to reset their relationship after French rookie Esteban Ocon accused Mexican Sergio Perez of trying to kill him at last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.
 •  US Open: Sharapova hits back at Wozniacki
Maria Sharapova has shrugged off Caroline Wozniacki's criticism of US Open organisers for giving the Russian centre court billing in her return to Grand Slam tennis after a doping ban.
 •  Why Hockey India sacked coach Oltmans
Hockey India on Saturday sacked national coach Roelant Oltmans after a string of unimpressive outings at the international level.
 •  It's different in India, people want overnight results: Oltmans
India has always been a difficult place to work for foreign hockey coaches due to difference of opinion with national federations and bureaucratic hurdles.
 •  India @US Open: Paes-Raja in 2nd round; Sania, Bopanna lose
India's Leander Paes and Purav Raja sailed into the men's doubles second round in the duo's first outing at a Grand Slam but Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna crashed out of their respective events in the US Open.
 •  'Combination of Federer and Nadal': Is he the next big thing in tennis?
The charismatic 18-year-old Canadian has infatuated the New York crowds with his skill and on court panache that has made him the youngest man to make it into the fourth round of the US Open since American Michael Chang in 1989.
 •  Transfer talk: Why Barcelona failed to sign Liverpool's Coutinho
Barcelona abandoned their hopes of signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool after the Merseyside club demanded 200 million euros ($237.14 million) for the Brazil attacking midfielder, the Liga side's director Albert Soler said.
 •  US Open PHOTOS: Sharapova, Muguruza advance
Maria Sharapova's mix of grit and power were enough to see off American teenager Sofia Kenin 7-5, 6-2 in the third round of the US Open on Friday.
 •  Rafa vs Roger: That would be a dream final!
For all their celebrated Grand Slam past, Nadal and Federer have never clashed in a US Open final.
 •  It's a baby girl for Serena Williams!
Serena Williams has given birth to a baby girl, the first child for the former world number one tennis player, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou said on Twitter on Friday.
 •  Badminton Ranking: Sindhu remains steady at No 4, Saina, Srikanth climb up the ladder
Saina Nehwal, who won a bronze at the World Championship, jumped four rungs to be placed at the 12th spot, while Kidambi Srikanth also improved two positions in the latest BWF World ranking.
 •  Here's the secret formula to sporting success
Improving performances across a range of activities, including sport, might be as simple as applying an established but little known psychological theory, according to a recent study.
 •  Sports Shorts: Kynan raises medal hopes; Pacquiao withdraws
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Friday
 •  English clubs smash record in transfer spending
English football clubs splurged on the final day of the transfer window, laying out 210 million pounds to take total gross spending to a record-high 1.4 billion pounds as the Premier League again flexed its unrivalled financial muscles.
 •  UEFA opens Financial Fair Play investigation into PSG
French club Paris St Germain have been placed under investigation by UEFA to see if their recent transfer spending spree has broken the break-even rules of European soccer's ruling body known as Financial Fair Play (FFP).
 •  Check out PSG's BIG signing after Neymar
France teenage sensation Mbappe joins PSG from Monaco
 •  US Open: 4 things to watch out for on Day 5
Denis Shapovalov may not be old enough to drink in New York but is quickly becoming the toast of the Big Apple and the 18-year-old Canadian will again have a chance to light up the U.S. Open when he takes on Briton Kyle Edmund.
 •  Rooney charged with drink-driving offence
Former England captain Wayne Rooney has been charged with a drink-driving offence, Cheshire police said in a statement on Friday.
 •  India @US Open: Bopanna, Mirza advance to 2nd round
India's leading doubles players Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza began their US Open campaigns with victories in their respective events.
 •  Football PHOTOS: Ronaldo, Lukaku shine with hat-tricks
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo struck his fifth international hat-trick, including a spectacular volleyed opener, to lead the European champions to a 5-1 win over the Faroe Islands in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday.
 •  US Open PHOTOS: Nadal overpowers Daniel, Federer struggles
Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina powered into the third round of the U.S. Open with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Russian Evgeniya Rodina on Thursday.
 •  EPL transfers: Barkley snubs Chelsea, City fail to sign Sanchez
On a day of frenetic spending that took the Premier League total to a record far above one billion pounds ($1.29 billion), Antonio Conte's side also missed out on two of their other targets - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fernando Llorente.
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