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 •  Mary Kom's gloves, Dhyan Chand's stick leave Ranveer spellbound
'Awesome experiencing the glorious history of the Olympic Games.'
 
 •  How to halt Nadal at French Open...
Underarm serve could be an effective weapon in halting Rafael Nadal's annual rampage on clay most just chuckled.
 
 •  How Klopp's rousing speech inspired Liverpool
Liverpool have put 2016's 3-1 defeat by Sevilla in Basel well behind them and are firing on all cylinders in Europe's elite club competition in this campaign.
 
 •  Sharapova seeks redemption on Roland Garros clay
Maria Sharapova was dogged by injury and controversy as she tried to get her career back on track.
 
 •  Football Briefs: Iniesta begins new chapter at J.League's Kobe
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field.
 
 •  The stars gear up for Roland Garros
It's French Open time!The tennis world's only clay court Grand Slam begins on Sunday and the best of the best will battle it out.
 
 •  Trump Bullies NFL; fine for players on anthem protests
National Football League will fine teams if players on the field refuse to stand for the national anthem
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Gatlin out with hamstring injury, Coleman skips 200
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Thursday
 
 •  Neymar's slim shoulders carry Brazil's burden of hopes
When Neymar left Barcelona for Paris St-Germain last August he knew the 2017/18 season would be stressful but even for a man who loves to make headlines this year has provided plenty of news, both good and bad.
 
 •  Sania among eight dropped from TOPS
The tennis ace's exclusion was on expected lines as she is expecting her first child with cricketer husband Shoaib Malik.
 
 •  Saina disappoints as Japan rout India 5-0 in Uber Cup
Saina Nehwal squandered four match points in her singles match as a young Indian women team bowed out of the Uber Cup Final after being hammered 0-5 by five-time champions Japan in a Group A match, in Bangkok.
 
 •  Football Briefs: Iniesta on way to Japanese club Vissel Kobe
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field.
 
 •  Can Spaniard Emery lead Arsenal into new chapter?
The 46-year-old has been hired to fill the sizeable void left by the departure of Frenchman Arsene Wenger who had been at the Arsenal helm since 1996.
 
 •  I have biological age of 23: Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has no plans to slow down and feels a decade younger than his 33 years
 
 •  From red carpet to red dirt, Muguruza the warrior
Being the reigning Wimbledon champion and former French Open winner has its perks for Garbine Muguruza, like being invited to walk the red carpet at this year's Oscars in Hollywood.
 
 •  Returning Serena Williams ready to deny Paris convention
Serena Williams has never been one to take too much notice of convention.
 
 •  Meet Arsenal's new boss
Arsenal have appointed former Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery as their new manager, the Spaniard succeeding the long-serving Arsene Wenger, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.
 
 •  India's first sports university to be set up in Manipur
Cabinet nod to ordinance to set up India's first sports university in Manipur
 
 •  SPOTTED! Sania Mirza is back from Dubai
Tennis star Sania Mirza was spotted at Hyderabad airport.
 
 •  Why neutral venue could work against Liverpool...
Jason McAteer believes the lack of an 'Anfield factor' at the Champions League final will give an experienced Real Madrid side a slight advantag
 
 •  All you need to know about Champions League final
Facts and figures ahead of Saturday's Champions League final between holders Real Madrid and Liverpool in Kiev:
 
 •  Ankita bows out of French Open qualifiers
India's Ankita Raina crashed out of the the French Open qualifiers with a 3-6, 6-7 defeat at the hands of Evgeniya Rodina of Russia in the women's singles first round in Paris.
 
 •  Serena could get Wimbledon seeding, despite French snub
The women's seedings at Wimbledon usually follow the WTA rankings list but can be tweaked by the All England Club in special circumstances.
 
 •  Real as hungry as ever, Zidane warns Liverpool
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has warned Liverpool that his side are as hungry as ever to win the Champions League, rejecting claims that the Spanish giants might have lost their edge ahead of Saturday's final in Kiev.
 
 •  'He's the one to win it'
Australian great Ken Rosewall will bestow the French Open trophy on the men's singles champion next month and sees only one grateful player ready to claim it -- Rafael Nadal.
 
 •  Sania Mirza: Fit, fab and pregnant!
Sania Mirza's sister, Anam showed off her working out.
 
 •  Harry Kane named England captain for World Cup
Striker Harry Kane will wear the captain's armband for England at next month's World Cup, ending speculation about who would lead Gareth Southgate's squad in Russia.
 
 •  French Open organisers snub Serena
Former world number one Serena Williams will not be seeded at this year's French Open, according to the organisers of the May 27-June 10 claycourt Grand Slam.
 
 •  World Cup goals: Scored in Russia, made in Poland
It takes artistry to win the World Cup -- and to make the goals that the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be aiming at next month.
 
 •  Suarez hopes to make headlines for right reasons at World Cup
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez heads to next month's World Cup in Russia looking for a measure of redemption after ending the previous two editions of the tournament in disgrace.
 
 •  Nishikori needs French Open success to reignite career
Japan's Kei Nishikori, who will arrive at Roland Garros without an ATP title for more than two years and desperate to prove that his career has not already peaked.
 
 •  World Cup: Can Iran break group stage hoodoo?
The stability and pragmatism of Carlos Queiroz's seven-year reign has firmly established Iran's as Asia's number one team, but the nation will go to the World Cup hoping to advance for the first time to the knockout phase.
 
 •  Ibrahimovic sent off for slapping opponent
Zlatan Ibrahimovic received a red card for slapping an opposing player in the head on Monday but the LA Galaxy were still able to eke out a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact without their marquee acquisition.
 
 •  Like him or not, Ronaldo is still indispensable for Portugal
Love him or loathe him, there is no denying that Cristiano Ronaldo has had a profound effect on Portugal's national team since making his debut against Kazakhstan in August 2003.
 
 •  Egypt's World Cup hopes hinge on Salah's lethal finishing
Mohamed Salah heads to the World Cup with the reputation of being one of the most lethal finishers in the game, and his country's hopes of making it to the knockout stages rest overwhelmingly on his shoulders.
 
 •  Liverpool can 'level' Real's experience with desire
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says his team can compensate for their lack of Champions League final experience by showing greater desire and work-rate than Real Madrid in Saturday's clash in Kiev.
 
 •  French Open Qualifiers: Prajnesh in 2nd round, Nagal, Ramkumar ousted
India's Prajnesh Gunnesweran won his encounter while Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal lost their respective men's singles opening round matches at the French Open Qualifiers.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: India demolish Australia in Thomas and Uber Cup
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Monday
 
 •  Why is it wrong to write off Portugal...
Cristiano Ronaldo shows no signs of flagging as he approaches his mid-30s but there are plenty of other worries for a team with an ageing central defence and a number of players struggling for form.
 
 •  With an eye on French Open, Ankita puts in the work for qualifiers
It all began at the WTA event in Mumbai and a phenomenal Fed Cup, where she remained unbeaten in singles and also beat a top-50 player. The performance brought about a change in perception about her.
 
 •  Watch: Barca captain Iniesta's goodbye to boyhood club, fans
Barca's fans held up a mosaic before the game reading "Infinite Iniesta". They later revealed a banner saying "Thanks for so much" in tribute to a player who came through the club's academy and spent 16 years pulling the strings in midfield, winning nine Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and six domestic Cups.
 
 •  Find out who will join Iniesta in Spain's World Cup squad
Lopetegui blends youth and experience in Spain World Cup squad
 
 •  Nadal back at number one ahead of bid for 11th French Open crown
The 31-year-old becomes world number one for a sixth time ahead of the French Open.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Iniesta and Torres given emotional send offs on final day of season
Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta lifted a ninth Liga title after his side beat Real Sociedad 1-0 on Sunday in an emotional final game for the midfielder at the Nou Camp while Fernando Torres scored twice in his final game for Atletico Madrid.
 
 •  Struggling Sanchez facing fight to justify United investment
Alexis Sanchez is facing a crucial period to justify his big-money wages at Old Trafford.
 
 •  Nadal wins Italian Open crown; Svitolina defends title
Rafael Nadal survived a fightback from Alexander Zverev to win a record eighth Italian Open 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 on Sunday.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: India should become sports-playing nation, says Tendulkar
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Sunday
 
 •  Dhoni gives Kidambi Srikanth a reason to smile
Kidambi Srikkanth is a big fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and he was in for a pleasant surprise when he received a cricket bat
 
 •  How to chill like Cristiano Ronaldo
'Peace and love,' the Portuguese ace captions the image with his partner Georgina Rodriguez.
 
 •  Zidane's son impresses on Real Madrid debut
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane handed a La Liga debut to his son Luca by starting him in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Villarreal in their final Liga game of the season, making the goalkeeper the third Zidane family member to play for the Spanish giants.
 
 •  FA Cup after effects: Conte committed; Mourinho defensive
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte declared himself 'a serial winner' after leading his side to a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday and said it was up to the club to decide whether to fire him.
 
 •  Football Briefs: Real throw away lead, draw final league game at Villarreal
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field.
 
 •  Rampant Nadal beats Djokovic, meets Zverev in Rome final
A rampant Rafael Nadal turned on the style to beat old rival Novak Djokovic 7-6(4), 6-3 on Saturday and reach his first Italian Open final since 2014. The top-seeded Spaniard will face defending champion Alexander Zverev who overcame fourth seed Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-6(13), 7-5 in the other semi-final.
 
 •  Chelsea edge Man United in Cup final with Hazard penalty
Eden Hazard's first-half penalty proved decisive as Chelsea salvaged their season by beating Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final in what is widely-expected to be manager Antonio Conte's swansong.
 
 •  Buffon bids tearful farewell to Juventus after 656 games
Talismanic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon bid a tearful farewell to Juventus after 17 seasons at the club when he played his last match for them in a 2-1 win over relegated Verona on Saturday.
 
 •  How Queen of tennis Serena prepared for royal wedding
American tennis star Serena Williams rose early on Saturday to get ready for her friend Meghan Markle's wedding to Britain's Prince Harry with a gold face treatment mask and personal make-up artist.
 
 •  Nadal sets up Djokovic semi-final in Rome; Zverev marches on
Rafael Nadal rallied from a set down to ease past Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the Italian Open quarter-finals on Friday and set up a mouth-watering clash against long-time adversary Novak Djokovic for a place in Sunday's final. Djokovic plotted a similar path to the Spanish clay-court king when the Serb lost the first set against Japan's Kei Nishikori before recovering to win 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 and seal an open-era record 51st career meeting against Nadal.
 
 •  Video: Real captain Ramos a rapper now, releases debut single
Ramos, 32, announced debut rap composition 'SR4' little more than a week ahead of Real's Champions League final against Liverpool in Kiev.
 
 •  Portugal drop nearly half of Euro-winning squad for World Cup
Centre forward Eder, who scored the winning goal in the Euro 2016 final against France, was among 10 players from that squad omitted from Santos's list. Other unlucky players included midfielders Andre Gomes and Renato Sanches, forward Nani and defender Eliseu.
 
 •  Nadal, Djokovic romp into Rome quarter-finals
Rafael Nadal swept into the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Thursday with a ruthless 6-4, 6-1 victory over Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov. The top seed, who will reclaim the world number one ranking from Roger Federer if he wins his eighth title in Rome, turned in a near-flawless performance, losing only five service points as he honed in on victory in an hour and 22 minutes.
 
 •  Tennis Roundup: Pliskova damages umpire's chair; Halep holds top ranking
Karolina Pliskova lost her cool over a line call and bashed a hole into the umpire's chair with her racket after suffering a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 defeat by Maria Sakkari in the Italian Open second round on Wednesday.
 
 •  Man City coach Guardiola extends contract to 2021
City became the first top-flight club to collect 100 points in a season and broke records for goals scored in a Premier League campaign (106), the most victories and best goal difference.
 
 •  Wenger backs Arteta to become Arsenal manager
British media reported that former Arsenal captain Arteta has emerged as clear favourite to take over from Wenger.
 
 •  Briefs: Legendary Buffon will play last game for Juve on Saturday
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field.
 
 •  Who will win 2018 FIFA WC? Here's a prediction... by a wealth manager
The predictions by the world's biggest wealth manager were based on a statistical model using the results from the previous five tournaments and controlling for factors such as team strength and success in the qualification phase.
 
 •  F1: Ferrari told to change wing mirrors for Monaco
In the interests of better visibility, teams were told last month they could fix mirrors to the halo head protection device that encircles the cockpit and that became mandatory this season.
 
 •  CWG champ Sikki realistic about India's chances at Asiad
'Need a couple of upsets to win medal at Asian Games'
 
 •  Phogat sisters dropped from Asiad camp for 'serious indiscipline'
Phogat sisters will have to explain their absence for any chance of a comeback, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) said
 
 •  Wenger's biggest Arsenal transfer regret
Failing to sign Cristiano Ronaldo is outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's biggest transfer regret
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Women hockey team in final of Asian Champions Trophy
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Thursday
 
 •  Neymar worried about foot as he prepares to return from injury
The striker is expected to be fully fit by the time Brazil kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17.
 
 •  Simeone urges Barca target Griezmann to stay at Atletico
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone praised the 'decisive' Antoine Griezmann after his two goals helped down Olympique de Marseille 3-0 in the Europa League final on Wednesday and tried to convince the striker to resist the lure of Barcelona.
 
 •  SHOCKING! Messi & Co. given manual on how to seduce Russian women
The head of the Argentine Football Association has apologised for the publication of a World Cup manual that included advice on how to woo Russian women.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Griezmann shines as Atletico thrash Marseille to win Europa League
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann struck twice as the Spanish side outclassed hapless Olympique de Marseille 3-0 on Wednesday to win the Europa League for the third time.
 
 •  Ronaldo and Ayushmann bond over football!
Ayushmann Khurrana met the footballing legend Cristiano Ronaldo in Madrid
 
 •  $500 million settlement reached in Nassar sex abuse scandal
The deal calls for the school to pay $425 million to the 332 victims represented in current litigation, with another $75 million set aside in a trust fund which could go to future plaintiffs who allege they were abused by Nassar, the attorneys said in a joint statement.
 
 •  Football Briefs: Everton sack Allardyce as manager
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field.
 
 •  Alexander-Arnold named in England World Cup squad
However, experienced goalkeeper Joe Hart and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere were both omitted from a squad announced on Wednesday via a social media video featuring young recreational players from around the country shouting out the names.
 
 •  Asian CT: Vandana's brace guides India to 3-1 win over China
Experienced forward Vandana sounded in the 4th and 11th minutes to hand her side a formidable lead early on before Gurjit Kaur converted a penalty corner in the 51st minute to seal the victory.
 
 •  'Indian paddlers' CWG showing has even forced China to take notice'
It was largely made possible by Manika Batra, who ended up winning four medals, the most by an Indian in Gold Coast.
 
 •  Egyptians use Mo Salah mania to sell Ramadan products!
Manufacturers have plastered his image on traditional Ramadan products ranging from pillows to lanterns "famous" and paper cut-outs as they try to cash in on his success to offset economic hardships caused by the government's financial reforms.
 
 •  FA Cup: Can Chelsea save their season? Will Mourinho surprise?
It might not save manager Antonio Conte's job but Chelsea can still salvage a disappointing season by winning Saturday's FA Cup final
 
 •  WATCH: Marcelo's son goes VIRAL with heading challenge
The eight-year-old son of Brazil left back Marcelo has gone viral on social media with the help of his dad's Real Madrid team mates and an already prodigious talent for heading the football.
 
 •  PIX: Don't miss Manchester City's title parade
Thousands of Manchester City fans lined the streets as the English Premier League champions celebrated with open-top bus parade.
 
 •  LMA Manager of the Year is...
Manchester City's Pep Guardiola was named Manager of the Year at a League Managers Association awards ceremony on Tuesday after leading his side to the Premier League title and a host of records.
 
 •  Griezmann hogs headlines before final as Barca stories swirl
The France international is widely expected to move to Liga champions Barcelona at the end of this campaign.
 
 •  Football Briefs: Mexico's Marquez in line to play in fifth World Cup
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  Sports Shorts: F2 driver says 'halo' saved his life
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Tuesday
 
 •  Tennis Roundup: Osaka eases past Azarenka; Djokovic, Nishikori advance
Naomi Osaka eased into the second round of the Italian Open on Monday with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over former world number one Victoria Azarenka, on a day in which local favourite Roberta Vinci called time on her career.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Heena bags gold, Nivetha bronze in Hannover
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Monday
 
 •  Football Briefs: Juve clinch seventh Serie A title; Neymar wins award
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field.
 
 •  After cricket and wrestling, now comes a volleyball league
The league will take up the caravan format where all teams move from one city to another during the course of the tournament
 
 •  Parents-to-be Shoaib-Sania at Medina pilgrimage
The Indian tennis icon, who is pregnant with her first child, had first visited the holy shrine with her father Imran, mother Nasima and sister Anam on Friday last.
 
 •  Italian Open: Rusty Wawrinka suffers early exit
Wawrinka, who was making his first appearance since February after recovering from a persistent knee injury, committed 30 unforced errors as he struggled to rediscover his rhythm on his return to clay.
 
 •  F1: Vettel defends Ferrari's Spanish strategy
The German, winner of the season's first two races, had been second before coming in for a fresh set of tyres while Hamilton won with one stop from pole position.
 
 •  EPL: Klopp praises Salah for keeping grounded
Guardiola says City's points record may last years
 
 •  Messi-less Barcelona lose 43-match unbeaten run at Levante
The shock of the season saw Barca suffer their first league loss since going down 2-0 to Malaga on April 8, 2017, ending an incredible, record-breaking sequence that had lasted 43 games.
 
 •  F1: How Hamilton dominated race to win Spanish GP
The win also set a record, one that Hamilton had previously shared with seven times champion Michael Schumacher, of 41 wins from pole position.
 
 •  Zverev crushes Thiem to win Madrid title
The 21-year-old German became only the fifth active player to win at least three Masters 1000 titles -- joining the 'big four' of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
 
 •  Manchester City, Salah break records as Liverpool take top-four spot
Records fell on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday as Manchester City beat Southampton 1-0 to become the first team to reach 100 points and Mohamed Salah established a new Premier League goalscoring mark as Liverpool clinched a top-four spot.
 
 •  Football briefs: Atletico finish second in La Liga; Bale leads Real rout
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field.
 
 •  Zverev faces Thiem in Madrid final; Kvitova wins record third title
Germany's Alexander Zverev won the battle of the young guns against Denis Shapovalov on Saturday to set up a Madrid Open final against Austria's Dominic Thiem.
 
 •  PIX: German giants Hamburg relegated; fans chaos engulfs stadium
Former European champions Hamburg SV were relegated for the first time on Saturday
 
 •  Thiem beats Anderson for first time to reach Madrid final
Austrian Dominic Thiem beat Kevin Anderson for the first time at the seventh attempt to reach the Madrid Open final for the second successive year on Saturday.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Briton Prescod claims shock 100m win
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Saturday.
 
 •  Spanish Grand Prix: Hamilton ends Vettel's pole run
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday in a Mercedes one-two that ended Sebastian Vettel's bid for a fourth in a row.
 
 •  Football Briefs: DC United coach confirms Rooney interest
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  Nadal loses No 1 ranking; plays down Thiem hiccup
Rafael Nadal has played down the significance of his quarter-final defeat by Austrian Dominic Thiem at the Madrid Open
 
 •  Nadal's record run on clay ended by Thiem
Rafael Nadal suffered a shock 7-5, 6-3 defeat by Austrian Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open quarter-finals on Friday, a result that means the Spaniard will lose the world number one ranking.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Pregnant Sania on a pilgrimage to Medina!
India's tennis star, who is pregnant with her first child, is visiting the Gulf nation with her family including her father Imran, mother Nasima and sister Anam.
 
 •  Football Briefs: Is Rooney heading to MLS?
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Indian paddler signs with top German club
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Friday
 
 •  Neymar on target to regain fitness by World Cup but PSG future unclear
Brazil forward Neymar aims to get fully fit in time for next month's World Cup following foot surgery but his future at Paris St Germain looks rather uncertain.
 
 •  Madrid Open: Nadal breaks McEnroe's record; Sharapova out
World number one Rafael Nadal set a new record of winning 50 consecutive sets on a single surface by beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Madrid Open quarter-finals.
 
 •  Why Mohamed Salah deserves to win the Ballon d'Or
'The silky touch, the swerving runs, the parabola pass perfection, the goals -- Salah on a football pitch these days is a sporting experience so celestial you feel inebriated just witnessing it.' 'It is football of the gods: Pure, eye-popping and incomprehensible,' applauds Dhruv Munjal.
 
 •  EPL: Manchester United secure second place
Manchester United secured the point they needed to finish second in the Premier League with a dull 0-0 draw at West Ham United on Thursday.
 
 •  Wenger urges successor to 'respect' Arsenal values
'There is a special bond in this team. There is something waiting to come out that is special. Hopefully that will come out next season'
 
 •  Football Briefs: Former Man United manager Ferguson out of intensive care
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  Australian Open: Sameer, Praneeth enter quarters
Indian shuttlers B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma lived upto their billing and registered straight game victories to progress to the quarterfinals of the men's singles event at the Australian Open in Sydney, on Thursday.
 
 •  Will Barca legend Iniesta move to Australia?
Top A-League clubs have expressed interest in signing departing Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta for the next season, Football Federation Australia (FFA) chief executive David Gallop has said.
 
 •  Why Olympic medallist Narang was axed from TOPS
Six athletes from the track and field, shooting and weightlifting disciplines were on Wednesday inducted into the Target Olympic Podium Scheme, with the Sports Ministry including discus thrower Seema Punia and leaving out seasoned shooter Gagan Narang.
 
 •  Madrid Open: Nadal marches on; Wozniacki, Muguruza knocked out
World number one Rafael Nadal recorded his 20th straight win on clay as he began his quest for a sixth title in Madrid, defeating Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-1.
 
 •  La Liga: Dembele delights Nou Camp; Ramos has night to forget
Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele scored twice and produced a mesmerising display to fire his side to a 5-1 win over Villarreal on Wednesday which stretched the champions' unbeaten run this season to 36 games with two remaining.
 
 •  EPL: Huddersfield cheer escape, Man City break more records
Huddersfield Town were left celebrating wildly after securing their Premier League safety on Wednesday with a dramatic and resilient 1-1 draw at Chelsea, a result that looks almost certain to condemn Swansea City to relegation.
 
 •  'Spurs' top-four finish a massive achievement'
Tottenham Hotspur's success in claiming a top-four Premier League finish on Wednesday to guarantee Champions League football next season has been a "massive achievement", manager Mauricio Pochettino said.
 
 •  Tennis Roundup: Edmund stuns Djokovic in Madrid second round
Milos Raonic overcame third seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the third round at the Madrid Open on Tuesday and set up an all-Canadian clash with teenager Denis Shapovalov.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Praneeth, Sameer progress in Australian Open badminton
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday
 
 •  Football Briefs: Germany's Neuer doubtful for World Cup
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  Indian-born Dutch skater in Mumbai in search of biological parents
It has taken Das and her twin sister 32 years to visit India. The two sisters were just eight months old when they were adopted by a Dutch couple who raised them "like any proud parent would".
 
 •  Guardiola not thinking of new deal with Manchester City yet
City won their 2nd Premier League on Sunday and, ahead of the season's final home game against Brighton, Guardiola said he is in no rush to sign a new contract.
 
 •  Here's how India is preparing for Tokyo Olympics
Rathore said the government was 'leaving no stone unturned' to train 200 elite athletes for the 2020 Olympics
 
 •  Serena's French Open campaign in doubt after another withdrawal
The 23-times grand slam winner made her comeback at Indian Wells in March and has not played since her opening round defeat by Japan's Naomi Osaka at the Miami Open.
 
 •  Will Murray recover in time for grass-court season?
Johanna Konta hopes fellow Briton Andy Murray will be in action at this year's Wimbledon despite media reports claiming that the Scot has suffered a setback in his recovery from hip surgery.
 
 •  'Swansea hoping for miracle to avoid relegation'
Swansea City's defeat to Southampton on Tuesday means their Premier League survival depends on other teams but manager Carlos Carvalhal has not given up hope of a miracle.
 
 •  'Woods' best golf will never be repeated'
Tiger Woods in his prime played the best golf ever seen and it is highly unlikely those heights will ever be reached again, Phil Mickelson said.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: FIFA fines Russia over racist chants at France friendly
A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Tuesday
 
 •  Injury concerns for Champions League finalists Real, Liverpool
Zidane plays down Ronaldo injury; Liverpool's Gomez sidelined after surgey
 
 •  Mourinho shares his thoughts on Portugal, Argentina at FIFA World Cup
'Without Cristiano, it would be impossible. But with him nothing is impossible'
 
 •  WATCH! This champ strips naked for his winning press conference
Welshman Williams reflects on world title win, naked
 
 •  Here's what led to Chelsea's revival...
Chelsea's 1-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday shows they have rediscovered the kind of work ethic it takes to get results in the Premier League, defender Gary Cahill said.
 
 •  Football Briefs: Koscielny out of World Cup
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  Tennis round-up: Djokovic powers past Nishikori; Wozniacki advances
Former world number one Novak Djokovic showed signs of a return to form with an impressive 7-5, 6-4 victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori in the opening round of the Madrid Open on Monday.
 
 •  Is Griezmann closing in on Barca move?
Frenchman Griezmann has a 100 million euro ($119 million) release clause in his contract and Spanish media reported that Barcelona are ready to pay it.
 
 •  Sports shorts: Another top-10 finish for Aditi
Young Indian golfer Aditi Ashok notched up her second successive top-10 finish by finishing tied-sixth at the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic, in Texas.
 
 •  Check out Wenger's post-retirement plans
Arsene Wenger suggested on Sunday that once relieved of his duties as Arsenal manager in a week's time he could think about life as a fan of the London club he served for 22 years - and have fun shouting at his successor.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Real's Bale denies 10-man Barca win in feisty Clasico
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale lashed home to deny La Liga champions Barcelona victory in an ill-tempered 'Clasico' which finished 2-2.
 
 •  EPL: Arsenal mark Wenger's final home game with win; Chelsea close on top four
Chelsea moved within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League after a 1-0 victory over Liverpool thanks to an Olivier Giroud header at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Narang-Ghatkar win silver medal in shooting meet
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Sunday
 
 •  Football Briefs: Atletico surrender unbeaten home league record with Espanyol loss
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  Football backs 'Fergie', the greatest manager of all
Football world has been left so shocked by the news of the serious illness to Alex Ferguson
 
 •  Sir Alex Ferguson recovering in hospital following brain surgery
Alex Ferguson, the most successful manager in Manchester United's history, underwent emergency surgery on Saturday for a brain haemorrhage, the club said.
 
 •  EPL PIX: West Brom stay afloat; Stoke City relegated
Swansea City's hopes of salvaging their place in the Premier League suffered a potentially grievous blow as Ryan Fraser's deflected strike earned Bournemouth a 1-0 win on Saturday to secure another season of top-flight football for the Cherries.
 
 •  'India should aim double digit medals in 2020 Olympics'
Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra today said that the country should aim to win 'double digit' medals at the Tokyo Olympics
 
 •  Kvitova wins first Prague title
Petra Kvitova won her third title of the year as she fought back from a set down to beat Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the Prague Open final on Saturday.
 
 •  Sindhu on a string of narrow final losses
Her frequent losses in the finals and the accompanying criticism does not affect ace shuttler PV Sindhu, who, on Saturday, said playing in the summit showdown of a tournament itself is 'a big achievement'.
 
 •  'Saina and Sindhu are precious diamonds'
Pullela Gopichand called P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal -- his two most successful pupils -- as 'precious diamonds'.
 
 •  Semenya breaks her own 1500m record despite controversy
Caster Semenya put aside the controversy over a planned rule change in athletics regarding hyperandrogenism to win the women's 1,500 metres
 
 •  Sai Praneeth beaten in semis of New Zealand Open
B Sai Praneeth went down fighting to second seed Jonatan Christie of Indonesia in the men's singles semi-finals of the New Zealand Open badminton in Auckland on Saturday.
 
 •  Neeraj can throw close to 90m this year: World champion Vetter
The list of Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra's admirers has grown with reigning World champion Johannes Vetter predicting a bright future for the Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
 
 •  Brighton stun Manchester United, ensure survival
Brighton and Hove Albion made sure of Premier League football next season with two games to spare after a Pascal Gross goal gave them a memorable 1-0 home win over Manchester United on Friday.
 
 •  Football Briefs: Conte eyes win over Liverpool
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  Football Briefs: Rangers name Gerrard as manager
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  Neeraj shatters own national record, finishes 4th in Doha Diamond League
Star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 87.43m en route finishing fourth in a star-studded field in the season opening Diamond League series meeting, in Doha, on Friday.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Hockey India recommends Manpreet Singh for Arjuna
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Thursday
 
 •  Serena needs more time to prepare for clay-court season
American tennis ace Serena Williams has pulled out of next week's Madrid Open, saying that she needs more time to prepare for clay-court season.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Semenya athletics drama angers South Africa
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Friday
 
 •  'We are Liverpool, we don't fear anyone'
Liverpool feel they beat any team in the world at the moment and will play without fear in the Champions League final against 12-times winners Real Madrid later this month, winger Sadio Mane has said.
 
 •  Europa League: Costa haunts Arsenal again to send Atletico into final
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa haunted Arsenal again by firing his side to a 1-0 win in Thursday's Europa League semi-final second leg to send the Spaniards into the final and deny Arsene Wenger a dream end to his long reign as Arsenal coach.
 
 •  Wenger very sad as Atletico ruin his Arsenal farewell
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was sad and frustrated after missing out on the Europa League final following Thursday's 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid in his last European game in charge of the London club.
 
 •  Table Tennis: Koreas form unified team at world championships
The two Koreas will field a combined women's team at the table tennis world championships after the nations decided not to compete against each other in the quarter-finals, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) said on Thursday.
 
 •  Lakshya gives Lin Dan a scare before losing
Teenage shuttler Lakshya Sen reaffirmed his status as one of India's rising talent as he gave legendary Lin Dan a scare before losing in three games at the Auckland Open Badminton Championship, in Auckland, on Thursday.
 
 •  Liverpool's Klopp promises EXPLOSIVE Champions League final
Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp has said his team will be 'on fire' for the Champions League final
 
 •  Roma president slams referee after Champions League defeat
"If they don't get VAR in the Champions League, it is an absolute joke."
 
 •  Champions League: Liverpool hold off brave Roma to reach final
Liverpool reached the Champions League final after riding their luck to contain a fired-up AS Roma in a 4-2 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday that sent them through 7-6 on aggregate.
 
 •  Liverpool were lucky, says relieved Klopp
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp admitted they needed luck to get past AS Roma in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday after old defensive issues reared their head.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Shooter Rizvi is World No 1 in 10m air pistol
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Wednesday
 
 •  Not enough time with Harendra to change team's fortunes: Joaquim
Yesterday, women's coach Harendra Singh was made in-charge of the men's side, while men's coach Sjoerd Marijne was re-designated the women's coach in a rejigging of roles by the Hockey India following the medalless show of the teams at last month's Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
 
 •  Football Briefs: FIFA proposes staging new mini-World Cup
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 
 •  Will work hard to restore my confidence: Djokovic
Having exchanged a few shots with a young prospect after an intense training session in searing heat at his own tennis complex in central Belgrade, the 30-year old Serb conceded that the last 18 months have been testing.
 
 •  Exclusive! Dutee Chand is ready to start life anew
'An athlete is never tension-free,' India's champion athlete tells Rediff.com's Laxmi Negi.
 
 •  Malaysian shuttlers banned for betting, fixing offences
Malaysian shuttlers Tan Chun Seang and Zulfadli Zulkiffli have received 15- and 20-year bans after being found guilty of offences relating to "betting, wagering and irregular match results", Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Wednesday.
 
 •  Marcelo admits handball after Real thwart Bayern again
Real Madrid left back Marcelo admitted he was fortunate not to concede a penalty during their 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu, a let-off that helped the holders reach the Champions League final 4-3 on aggregate on Tuesday.
 
 •  PICS: Real Madrid see off Bayern to reach Champions League final
Holders Real Madrid reached the Champions League final for a third year in a row after taking advantage of Bayern Munich's carelessness in attack and defence to draw 2-2 in their semi-final second leg on Tuesday, and winning 4-3 on aggregate, at the Santiago Bernabeu, in Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday.
 
 •  India football captain Chhetri to be recommended for Padma Shri
The All India Football Federation is set to recommend Sunil Chhetri for the country's fourth highest civilian award -- the Padma Shri -- a huge recognition for the nation's all-time leading goal-scorer should he get the honour.
 
 •  Salah voted England's Footballer of the Year
Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has been voted Player of the Year by the Football Writers' Association (FWA) to complete the double of English soccer's major individual awards.
 
 •  Harendra is India's men's hockey coach; Marijne back to women's camp
In a surprise move on Tuesday, India's women's hockey coach Harendra Singh was named chief coach of the men's team while incumbent men's in-charge Sjoerd Marijne was sent back to the women's camp -- a fallout of the poor show by Manpreet Singh and Co. in the Commonwealth Games.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Nelson to end hurdling career; F1 live Twitter show
A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Monday.
 
 •  PICS: Anand, Karpov take on dozens of chess players in Jerusalem
Anatoly Karpov and Viswanathan Anand, two former World champions, took on dozens of children and teenagers in simultaneous chess games in Jerusalem on Monday as hundreds of onlookers watched.
 
 •  Alli and Kane on target as Spurs bolster top four hopes
Tottenham Hotspur's England duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli fired them to a comfortable 2-0 win over mid-table Watford that cemented their place in the top four at Wembley on Monday.
 
 •  Cilic marries long-time girlfriend in private ceremony
The wedding invites were sent to 400 guests, among them was Cilic's former coach Goran Ivanisevic.
 
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