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 •  Badminton Tour Finals: Sindhu makes winning start
Sindhu, who had finished runner-up at the last edition in Dubai, dished out a superb game, mixing with patience with aggression, to edging the Japanese 24-22, 21-15.
 •  Champions League PIX: Spurs, Liverpool squeeze into last 16; Inter out
Images from the Champions League matches played on Tuesday
 •  Football Extras: Chelsea fan denies Sterling abuse was racist
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Hockey WC: Netherlands crush Canada, set up quarter-final with India
Dominating the proceedings, Netherlands scored five field goals through Lars Balk (16th minute), Robert Kemperman (20th), Thijs van Dam (40th, 58th) and Thierry Brinkman (41st) to register the comfortable win at the Kalinga Stadium.
 •  Olympian Krishna Poonia is now an MLA!
Contesting on a Congress ticket, Poonia, on Tuesday, won the Sadulpur assembly seat in Rajasthan, defeating sitting BSP MLA Manoj Nyangali.
 •  Cupid's arrow strikes: Archers Deepika, Atanu Das engaged!
The couple exchanged rings in an engagement ceremony in Ranchi on Monday and will tie the knot next year.
 •  Dos and don'ts for India in hockey World Cup quarters
'We need to play attacking hockey, our strength. When we try to play defensive, we tend to be too much defensive which provides more chances to opponents. We need to put pressure on them (from the start)'
 •  Ronaldo issues challenge to Messi
Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo would like Barcelona's Lionel Messi to leave Spain and rekindle their rivalry by joining him in the Italian top flight.
 •  Champions League: Blockbuster matches on cards this week
Inter, Liverpool sweating on last-16 spots
 •  Hockey WC: England beat NZ, to meet Argentina in quarters
England scored through Will Calnan's (25th minute) field strike and penalty corner conversion by Luke Taylor (44th) to register the comfortable win.
 •  PFA stands by City's Sterling over racism claims
The 24-year-old's comments came a day after he faced alleged racist abuse from a supporter during City's 2-0 Premier League defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
 •  World Tour Finals: Sindhu handed tough draw
Sindhu, who had finished runners-up at the last edition in Dubai, will have a tough task at hand as she has been clubbed with defending champion Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei and USAs' Beiwen Zhang in Group A.
 •  PIX: River Plate crowned champions in Madrid
River Plate battled back to beat arch Argentine rivals Boca Juniors 3-1 in extra-time in an unforgettable and unique Copa Libertadores final second leg, played in Madrid after violence had seen the original game postponed.
 •  La Liga: Bale strike gives Madrid narrow win
Gareth Bale ended a three-month goal drought in La Liga to give Real Madrid a nervy 1-0 win away to basement club Huesca on Sunday, taking his side back into the top four at the expense of Alaves.
 •  Hockey WC: Germany enter quarters, Pak sneak into cross-overs round despite loss
Olympic bronze medallist Germany defeated Malaysia 5-3 in a keenly-contested match
 •  How newspapers are fueling racism'...
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling believes newspapers are helping 'fuel racism' and 'aggressive behaviour' with their portrayal of young black players.
 •  Sports Shorts: Hamilton collects F1 trophy and eager for more
Lewis Hamilton looked forward to more success with Mercedes after collecting his fifth Formula One world champion's trophy at the governing FIA's gala awards on Friday.
 •  La Liga: Messi shines as Barca thrash Espanyol in derby
Lionel Messi scored two spectacular free kicks as Barcelona thrashed local rivals Espanyol 4-0 in Saturday's Catalan derby to move three points clear at the top of La Liga.
 •  Messi says Ballon d'Or snub was no extra motivation
Lionel Messi insisted his fifth-place finish in Monday's Ballon d'Or awards was not a motivating factor behind his sensational performance in Barcelona's 4-0 thrashing of local rivals Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday.
 •  Football Extras: Bayern cruise past Nuremberg to continue rise
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  PIX: Man City stumble at Chelsea, Salah shoots Liverpool top
Chelsea brought a whole new dimension to the Premier League title race when they handed Manchester City their first defeat of the season on Saturday to leave Mohamed Salah-inspired Liverpool as the new leaders.
 •  Hockey World Cup: India thrash Canada to storm into quarters
An impressive India thrashed Canada 5-1 to top Pool C and seal a direct berth in the quarter-finals of the men's hockey World Cup.
 •  Afghan 'Messi boy' forced to flee home
Murtaza Ahmadi, now aged 7, grabbed world headlines two years ago when his brother made him a shirt out of a blue and white plastic bag, with Messi's name and number 10 playing number.
 •  Is Mourinho happy at Manchester United?
The Portuguese has endured a difficult time of late at Old Trafford with United slipping to eighth place in the league.
 •  Shubhankar youngest Indian to win Asian Tour Order of Merit
The 22-year-old golfer is the fifth and the youngest Indian to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
 •  Hockey WC: China enter knockout stage; Ireland crashes out
Ireland crashed out of the men's hockey World Cup after losing 2-3 to England
 •  What is behind the rivalry between River Plate and Boca Juniors?
Argentine clubs River Plate and Boca Juniors will contest the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final, South America's equivalent of the Champions League, in Madrid on Sunday.
 •  What happened in Leicester City helicopter crash
British air accident investigators looking into the cause of the helicopter crash that killed Leicester City soccer club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha said on Thursday that the failure of the tail rotor mechanism had caused the pilot to lose control.
 •  EPL: Ranieri hopes to give friend Mourinho tough time at Old Trafford
Italian Ranieri takes his side, currently bottom of the Premier League, to United on Saturday and said he is looking forward to renewing his friendship with the man who replaced him as Chelsea manager in 2004.
 •  Can Team India repeat historic feat in Hockey World Cup?
With one win and a draw, India are currently placed on top of Pool C ahead of Belgium
 •  PIX: Fetch! Adorable canines play 'ball dogs' at London tennis event
Former British No 1 Tim Henman helped train the dogs for the December 6-9 tournament, which is held annually at London's Royal Albert Hall with plenty of the sport's veteran players taking to the court.
 •  PIX: Sania Mirza, Rathore cast their vote
Sports stars in Rajasthan and Telangana stepped out to cast their vote on Friday.
 •  Hockey WC: India look to seal direct quarterfinal berth
India would look to seal a direct quarterfinal berth with a win against Canada in their final Pool C match of the men's hockey World Cup on Saturday.
 •  Telangana polls: Gutta's name goes missing from voters' list, fumes
The 34-year-old Hyderabadi has not been able to cast her vote in the Telangana Assembly elections on Friday after her name was not on voters' list.
 •  After Murray, Mauresmo to coach Pouille
A statement from the French Tennis Federation on Thursday confirmed the U-turn by the 39-year-old who had been named in June to become the first woman to captain the French team.
 •  Isco finally finds net as Real Madrid stroll into King's Cup last 16!
Madrid went into halftime with a three-goal lead after Marco Asensio scored twice in three minutes and debutant Javi Sanchez also got on the scoresheet late in the half.
 •  Bollywood on their minds: Pak hockey team keen on 'Badhaai Ho'!
While players and teams from other participating nations can venture out as and when they wish, individual outings are a big 'No' for the Pakistani players. They are allowed to visit places in groups only and have to mandatorily inform the security a day in advance.
 •  Hockey WC: Minnows France stun Olympic champs Argentina
After New Zealand and Spain played out a 2-2 draw earlier in the day, World No. 20, the lowest ranked side in the competition, France needed an outright win to qualify for the cross-overs and they came out with intent to achieve the goal.
 •  Sardar Singh on what India need to do to reach Hockey WC final
"The start has been good. In the tournament, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Argentina and Australia are some of the best teams. We have started off well and need to keep the momentum going and continue with same energy," Sardar said on Thursday.
 •  PIX: United battle to draw with Arsenal, Liverpool march on
Tottenham Hotspur climbed to third with a 3-1 win over Southampton while Chelsea hung on to fourth spot, above Arsenal on goal difference, despite a 2-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
 •  Hockey WC: Germany beat Netherlands, Pakistan and Malaysia play out draw
Germany outclassed last edition silver medallist Netherlands
 •  Serena to resume quest for 24th grand slam at Australian Open
Serena confirmed her entry to the tournament she won for a seventh time on her last appearance in 2017.
 •  Football Extras: City edge Watford to extend lead, Bournemouth up to sixth
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Ballon d'Or: Who can believe Messi finished fifth?
Lionel Messi's fifth-place finish in this year's Ballon d'Or vote was absurd, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said of the Spanish champions' Argentina forward on Tuesday.
 •  IAAF athletes of the year are...
Kenya's marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge and Colombian jumper Caterine Ibarguen were honoured as IAAF athletes of the year at athletics' annual awards ceremony on Tuesday.
 •  Football Extras: PSG call off Saturday's Ligue 1 game
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  EPL updates: Klopp fined for running onto pitch in Merseyside derby
City's Aguero doubtful starter for Watford trip
 •  Hockey WC: Aus seal quarters berth after China hold Ireland
World No 1 Australia scored three goals in the final quarter to register their second consecutive win in Pool B at the Kalinga Stadium.
 •  Sports Shorts: Russian athletics federation remains banned
Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Tuesday
 •  Controversy at Ballon d'Or awards ceremony
Olympique Lyonnais and Norway forward Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural Ballon d'Or award for the best player in women's football on Monday but the moment was tarnished when DJ Martin Solveig asked her to 'twerk'
 •  Ballon d'Or 2018: Modric wins, breaks Messi-Ronaldo dominance
Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d'Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo's and Lionel Messi's decade-long hold on the prestigious award.
 •  Hockey WC: Olympic champions Argentina beat NZ 3-0
Argentina were the better side on display as they created more chances and scored three times through Agustin Mazzilli (23rd), Lucas Villa (41st) and Lucas Martinez (55th) to pocket full three points from the Pool A encounter at the Kalinga Stadium.
 •  EPL: Klopp charged by FA for wild celebrations
Arsenal's Aubameyang compared to Henry after his derby double
 •  German World Cup winner Matthaus to bond with India football fans
The Germany and FC Bayern Munich great, who took part in five successive World Cups -- from 1982-1998 -- is visiting the country as part of the Bundesliga Legends Tour designed to inspire and connect Indian fans to the German football league, a media release stated on Monday.
 •  Champions League to use VAR from knockout stages
European soccer's governing body opted against using VAR this season, despite the technology being employed by major European leagues in Spain, Italy and Germany, and the World Cup in Russia this year.
 •  Five talking points from the Premier League weekend
Leaders Manchester City kept up their unbeaten run with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday. Manchester United salvaged a 2-2 draw at Southampton, who sacked manager Mark Hughes on Monday.
 •  India looking to bid for 2032 Olympic Games
The response of the government has been cautious so far.
 •  Football Extras: Roma and Inter share spoils in Serie A thriller
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  La Liga PHOTOS: Barcelona reclaim top spot; Atletico salvage draw
Champions Barcelona reclaimed top spot in La Liga on Sunday by overcoming a dogged Villarreal side to win 2-0 at home with goals from stalwart defender Gerard Pique and youngster Carles Alena taking them above Sevilla.
 •  Saina, Kashyap invite Chiranjeevi, KTR to their wedding
The couple invited superstar Chiranjeevi for their wedding ceremony.
 •  Sania Mirza thanks 'auntie' Sindhu and Joshna
Sania shared a selfie with Indian badminton star PV Sindhu and Indian squash star Joshna Chinappa and thanked them for dropping in to meet Izhaan.
 •  'Cricket needs shorter format, hockey doesn't'
The FIH is planning an exhibition tournament of Hockey 5s next year but has ruled out the possibility of the format replacing the traditional 11-a-side contest in the Olympics.
 •  PIX: Arsenal and Liverpool grab dramatic derby spoils
The win allowed second-placed Liverpool to close the gap on league leaders Manchester City to two points.
 •  Hockey WC: How India came back after being a goal down in half-time
India gave away a goal in the eighth minute before bouncing back strongly after half time to lead 2-1. But Belgium struck four minutes from the hooter to snatch a 2-2 draw in an evenly-contested match.
 •  Hockey World Cup: Spirited India play out draw against Belgium
While Belgium dominated the first half, India did well to roar back in the second session. Belgium went into the half-time break with a 1-0 lead, but India fought back well to keep pressure on the opponents in the 2nd half.
 •  EPL PIX: Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0; Arsenal sink Spurs to go fourth
IMAGES from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday
 •  Sports Shorts: Wilder draws with Fury to retain WBC heavyweight title
Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Sunday
 •  Euro 2020 qualifying: Mouthwatering matches on cards
Holders Portugal must face Ukraine and Serbia in a tricky five-team Group B while world champions France drew Iceland and Turkey in Group H.The top two teams from each group qualify automatically. Unlike previous tournaments, the playoffs to decide the four other spots will be contested between the most successful teams from the four divisions of the Nations League who have not already qualified.
 •  When PM Modi met FIFA President Infantino
Modi met Infantino on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
 •  Football Extras: Juve's Ronaldo scores for fifth game in a row...
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  La Liga PIX: Real Madrid fumble their way to victory over Valencia
The European champions, who were humbled 3-0 by tiny Eibar last week, took a fortuitous lead when Valencia midfielder Daniel Wass nodded a Dani Carvajal cross into his own net in the eighth minute after former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista had failed to clear the danger.
 •  EPL PIX: Man City extend lead at top; United draw at Southampton
Manchester City overcame a spirited Bournemouth side 3-1 on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten streak and extend their lead at the top of the English Premier League to five points.
 •  Hockey World Cup: Pakistan lose to Germany, Dutch win easy
Four-time champions Pakistan produced a lion-hearted performance before going down 0-1 to Olympic bronze medallist Germany in their opening Pool D match of the 2018 Hockey World Cup.
 •  Hockey World Cup: Stern Belgium test awaits India
The Indians will have to be at their best in all departments to get the better of the ever-improving Red Lions, who will be out to prove a point after a not-so-impressive opener.
 •  How Tiger avoided penalty for double-hit
Under a rule implemented last year a penalty is not assessed if such an infraction is visible only in slow motion replays.
 •  Force India name disappears from Formula One
The team, who became Force India in 2008 after Indian beer baron Vijay Mallya bought Spyker F1, were taken over in August by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll after going into administration.
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