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 •  Sports Shorts: Sindhu, Saina set up summit clash at Nationals
Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Friday
 •  Football Extras: Sala's body arrives in Argentina for weekend funeral
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Sportstar awards: Deepika, Ranveer cheer for Prakash Padukone
Badminton legend Prakash Padukone was bestowed with the Lifetime achievement award at the Sportstar Aces awards function in Mumbai.
 •  SAI requests CBSE to adjust board exam dates of shooters
The initiative by SAI is part of ongoingefforts of the government to help young athletes balance their sporting career and academics.
 •  'We cannot play football where 42 of our brothers have been martyred'
Minerva Punjab FC have requested the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to shift their upcoming I-League match from Srinagar or defer it in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack, saying the club is ready to forfeit if the game is not rescheduled.
 •  Gear up for year end battle between Davis Cup and ATP Cup
Rafael Nadal to play for Spain in new Davis Cup Finals while World No 1 Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, have already said they would support the ATP Cup -- seen as a rival team event to the Davis Cup -- when it begins in Australia just a few weeks after the ITF's flagship event.
 •  Tennis round-up: Halep to meet Svitolina in Doha semis
Playing in her first tournament with new coach Thierry Van Cleemput, Halep raced to a 4-0 lead in the opening set before her ninth-seeded opponent fought back to force a tiebreak.
 •  Europa League: Lacazette sent off in Arsenal loss; Chelsea, Napoli win
Arsenal had scored 10 goals in two matches against BATE Borisov in the same competition in 2017 but never looked like being as prolific in the freezing temperatures of Belarus.
 •  How much has Mourinho's departure cost Manchester United
Sacking Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho cost Manchester United 19.6 million pounds ($25.10 million), the English Premier League soccer club said.
 •  Can India clinch a medal in TT at 2020 Olympics?
Ace paddler Sharath Kamal, who clinched a historic mixed doubles bronze with Manika Batra at the Asian Games last year, feels the road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics seems difficult in the newly-introduced category, but once the spot is booked, a medal win is possible.
 •  Love at first sight! McLaren show off new F1 car
The blue and papaya orange MCL34 car was unveiled by 34 team employees at the former champions' Woking headquarters before Sainz and 19-year-old British rookie team mate Lando Norris stepped up to admire it.
 •  Racing Point ready to move on from cash-starved Force India era
Racing Point have put the cash-starved Force India days behind them and now have the resources to show Formula One what they can really do, the Canadian-owned team said.
 •  F1 remains ultimate dream for Maini despite sports car switch
Indian driver Arjun Maini's road to Formula 1 has become tougher with his shock switch to sports car racing.
 •  Football Extras: Real's Ramos says he got yellow card on purpose
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos risks being hit with an extra game suspension which would rule him out of a potential Champions League quarter-final first leg after admitting he got booked on purpose in Wednesday's 2-1 win at Ajax Amsterdam.
 •  Hima sprints from track to classroom in exam season
India's sprint sensation Hima Das doesn't want to be left behind in studies either and is juggling between training and board exams these days.
 •  Sr National badminton: Saina refuses to play due to uneven surface
Up against Shruti Mundada in the pre-quarters, Saina had a look at the surface and immediately made it clear that she won't risk playing on it given that the All England Championships are around the corner.
 •  Tennis round-up: Halep, Svitolina cruise into Qatar Open quarters
Earlier on Wednesday, Czech Karolina Pliskova was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a viral illness.
 •  Champions League: Real win as VAR denies Ajax; Spurs down Dortmund
Images from the Champions League matches played on Wednesday
 •  Sports Shorts: IAAF wants Semenya to lower testosterone level
Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Thursday
 •  Indian Football Roundup: Myanmar knock India out of Gold Cup
Hosts Mumbai City FC suffered their third defeat in a row after going down 0-2 to North East United FC in a lop-sided Indian Super League game, in Mumbai, on Wednesday.
 •  I have to keep learning new strokes everyday: Sindhu
P V Sindhu said she still has lots to learn and needs to add a few more shots to her repertoire to dominate world badminton.
 •  Football Extras: Move aside Neymar, Mbappe is here...
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Sports Shorts: Will chess be included in 2024 Olympics?
FIDE said in a statement that the game of chess has a "genuine global appeal" and that it has 189 national federations and 600 million people who practice chess globally.
 •  F1: Hamilton hungry for more with new Mercedes
Formula One champions Mercedes ran their new car for the first time at Silverstone on Wednesday with title holder Lewis Hamilton saying he felt 2019 could turn out even better than last season.
 •  How a refugee footballer's honeymoon turned into deportation nightmare
As the 25-year-old, who has refugee status in Australia, got off a plane in Bangkok on November 27, Thai immigration police were waiting to arrest him based on an Interpol "red notice" from Bahrain.
 •  Tough draw for Saina, Sindhu at All England Championship
PV Sindhu will open her campaign against South Korea's Sung Ji Hyun, while Saina Nehwal takes on Scotland's Kristy Gilmour in the first round.
 •  PIX: Pogba sent off as PSG outclass United; Roma win
Second half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe gave the impressive French side a clear advantage ahead of the return in Paris on March 6.
 •  Real ditch 'galacticos' for youth while Ajax export young blood
Ajax, four-times European Cup winners who are in the knockout stages for the first time in 13 years, have enhanced their reputation as a talent factory due to the rise of homegrown Dutch players Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt.
 •  Pele pays tribute to 'goalkeeper with magic' Banks
The death of the 81-year-old former England keeper was announced by his former club Stoke City on Tuesday.
 •  F1: Ricciardo inspired by Hamilton to do great things at Renault
'Renault Sport Racing managing director Cyril Abiteboul told reporters that Ricciardo could be the spark needed to ignite the team on track'
 •  Champions League: Ramos leads rejuvenated Real in 600th appearance
It compounded a woeful few months for the club as coach Julen Lopetegui came and went before former player Santiago Solari replaced him in November. They sat sixth in La Liga and appeared a team in decline, sorely missing forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus last summer.
 •  Minute's silence at Champions League, Europa League games for Sala
In memory of Emiliano Sala, a minute's silence will be observed at all Champions League and Europa League games this week, UEFA said on Tuesday.
 •  Shubhankar Sharma determined to find success in PGA Tour
Shubhankar Sharma believes he has the game to be a multiple winner on the PGA Tour
 •  Sports Shorts: Tokyo Olympics medal hopeful Ikee diagnosed with leukemia
Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Tuesday
 •  Football Extras: Ramsey leaves Arsenal after 11 years
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Rafael Nadal here to stay
Nadal eyes participation in Davis Cup Finals, 2020 Olympics
 •  Tennis Roundup: Osaka splits with coach Bajin
Naomi Osaka, winner of the past two Grand Slam tournaments, has parted ways with her coach Sascha Bajin.
 •  Rejuvenated Martial backs Solskjaer to extend United stay
Solskjaer took over as caretaker manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December and United have secured 10 wins in 11 games under his charge.
 •  Football Extras: Mourinho to get his own TV show in Russia
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Five talking points from the weekend in La Liga
Here are five talking points from the weekend in La Liga:
 •  Talking points from the English Premier League weekend
Here are five talking points from the weekend's action:
 •  Sports Shorts: Tobacco giant BAT returns to F1
Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Monday
 •  Best Sports Photos of the Week!
Best sports images from the week gone by
 •  Champions League: United look to extend winning run against PSG
United are unbeaten in all competitions since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December and their improvement is down to the Norwegian's insistence on an attacking style of play, as opposed to the defensive fare served up by his predecessor.
 •  Tennis Rankings: Do you know India's best ranked player in singles?
Reaping rewards of his consistent performance, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, on Monday, broke into men's singles top-100 for the first time in his career with a jump of six places that took him to 97.
 •  Football PIX: Barca made to sweat; Juventus extend lead
La Liga leaders Barcelona handed Real Madrid more hope in the title race as they drew 0-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, only avoiding defeat thanks to some outstanding saves by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
 •  Chelsea boss reacts to their 6-0 drubbing by City
Sarri unmoved as Chelsea capitulation harms top-four hopes
 •  Saina or Sindhu: Vote for the hottest showstopper
Take the poll below and let us know who is the hottest Lakme Fashion Week.
 •  EPL PHOTOS: Aguero equals Shearer record as City thrash Chelsea
IMAGES from EPL match played between Manchester City and Chelsea on Sunday
 •  Sports Shorts: Efficient Medvedev beats Fucsovics to win Sofia title
Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Sunday
 •  French club Nantes pay final tribute to deceased Sala
Sala, 28, had been flying from Nantes in western France to Wales on Jan. 21 to make his debut for Premier League team Cardiff City when the single-engined Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the sea.
 •  EPL PIX: Tottenham stay in title hunt with win over Leicester
Tottenham went ahead through Sanchez who scored his first goal for the London club by meeting Eriksen's whipped cross with a diving header in the 33rd minute, although Leicester's players complained he was in an offside position.
 •  Football Extras: Bayern beat Schalke 3-1 to cut Dortmund lead
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  EPL PIX: Liverpool back on top, United win at Fulham
IMAGES from the English Premier League match played on Saturday
 •  La Liga: Real back in title fight after Madrid derby victory
Real Madrid barged their way back into the Spanish La Liga title race with a 3-1 victory over Atletico Madrid in a feisty derby at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.
 •  Indian Football Roundup: India begin Gold Cup campaign on winning note
Indian women's football team defeated Iran by a solitary goal to begin their campaign at the Hero Gold Cup on a winning note at the Kalinga Stadium, in Bhubaneswar, on Saturday.
 •  Tennis round-up: India finishes 4th in Fed Cup after losing to Korea
India ended its campaign at the Fed Cup with a fourth place finish after losing the classification tie 1-2 to Korea as the team badly missed injured Karman Kaur Thandi, who did not play on Saturday, in Astana, Kazakhstan.
 •  Tennis is my life. I still have it in me: Sania Mirza
India's tennis star Sania Mirza is planning to make a return to the game by year end following the birth of her baby.
 •  EPL: De Bruyne may not start against Chelsea, says Guardiola
Knee injuries have sidelined him for large parts of this season, however, and the Belgium international has started only four Premier League games.
 •  Football Extras: Beckham to be honoured with statue in LA
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field.
 •  Football Extras: 'Manchester City is the best team in Europe'
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field.
 •  Federer chasing titles, not top ranking
Roger Federer is no longer chasing the top ranking and would rather be a contender at Grand Slams than battling Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal to be world number one, the Swiss tennis great said.
 •  Who should play Sania Mirza in biopic?
Tennis star Sania Mirza on Friday announced that a biopic on her will be made by Bollywood film-maker Ronnie Screwvala.
 •  Why ace shooter Rahi is worried for her future
Rahi Sarnobat, India's first female shooter to win an Asian Games gold, still has 'nightmares' about her financial security despite competing at the highest level for more than a decade.
 •  Olympic spirit back in Sarajevo, bridging ethnic divides
The Olympic spirit is back in Sarajevo after rival Bosnian ethnic elites set aside their differences to host the largest sport event in the country since the 1984 Winter Olympics and war of the 1990s.
 •  10 killed as fire sweeps through Flamengo soccer training centre in Rio
The fire broke out at Ninho do Urubu, a state-of-the-art training centre that was expanded and opened only two months ago.
 •  Ronnie Screwvala bets big on non-cricket sports
The growing interest in alternative sports is encouraging Ronnie Screwvala to extend the U Mumba brand from kabaddi to football and volleyball.
 •  Body from plane wreckage identified as footballer Sala: UK police
Wreckage was found on Sunday following a privately-funded underwater search and a body recovered on Wednesday and taken to southern England.
 •  King's Cup: Valencia fight back against Betis
Kevin Gameiro grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser for Valencia after Denis Cheryshev had reduced the deficit with 20 minutes remaining, leaving the tie in the balance heading into the second leg at the Mestalla stadium on February 28.
 •  Fed Cup: Ankita wins twice, India beat Thailand 2-1
Uppal said India didn't play to its potential but showed great fightback to clinch the tie.
 •  'Confident that Indian Davis Cup team will travel to Pakistan'
India were drawn against their Pakistan for an away Asia-Oceania Zone Group 1 fixture.
 •  Indian Football Roundup: Delhi Dynamos hold NorthEast; East Bengal's title hopes alive
NorthEast United FC were left to rue missed chances, particularly at the end, as they settled for a 1-1 draw against Delhi Dynamos FC in an Indian Super League (ISL) clash, in Guwahati, on Thursday.
 •  This woman conquered 7 marathons, in 7 days, over 7 continents
Susannah Gill battles brutal conditions to claim World Marathon title
 •  What you must not miss in the EPL this week
As Manchester City fans left Goodison Park after a 2-0 victory over Everton on Wednesday that sent their team back to the top of the Premier League, they aimed their chants across adjacent Stanley Park to title rivals Liverpool.
 •  Football Extras: India slips out of top 100 in latest charts
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Now you can watch football as if you are on the pitch
New TV technology to take fans 'inside the game'
 •  Mirabai Chanu wins gold on comeback from injury
The 24-year-old Manipuri lifted 82kg in snatch and 110kg in clean and jerk to finish on top of the podium after recovering from the injury, which required extensive physiotherapy.
 •  EPL PIX: Man City go top with win at Everton
IMAGES from the English Premier League match played between Everton and Manchester City on Wednesday
 •  King's Cup: Malcom rescues draw for Barcelona in Clasico
Brazilian Malcom, who started in place of Lionel Messi, curled home in the 58th minute to pull Barcelona level after Lucas Vazquez had fired Real Madrid ahead early on.
 •  How EPL World Cup stars are suffering with injuries...
Premier League leaders Liverpool suffered 12 separate injuries this season to players that took part in last year's World Cup in Russia, compared to 27 for title rivals Manchester City, according to a report published on Wednesday.
 •  PIX: Real Kashmir sizzle in the snow to go top of I-League
The fairy tale run of Real Kashmir Football Club in the I-League continued as the club from the Valley defeated Gokulam Kerala FC by a solitary goal to jump to top of the I-League.
 •  Davis Cup: India face Pakistan, may be played at neutral venue
No Indian Davis Cup squad has travelled to Pakistan since March 1964 and in that tie, held in Lahore, India had won 4-0.
 •  Football Extras: Infantino is sole candidate for president
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  Why Thailand blames Australia for arrest of refugee Bahraini footballer
Hakeem Al Araibi's case has drawn international criticism as a Thai court considers an extradition request from Bahrain for him to serve a 10-year sentence related to the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011. He denies the charges.
 •  Sports Shorts: Lakers' James passes 32k points in worst career loss
Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Wednesday
 •  Sports Shorts: Mourinho slips and falls at Russian ice hockey game
Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Tuesday
 •  Indian Football Roundup: Arrows stun Minerva in I-League
Indian Arrows stunned defending champions Minerva Punjab FC 2-1 to notch-up their fifth win of the 12th I-League season and leapfrog to the seventh position on the points table, in Bhubaneswar, on Wednesday.
 •  Fed Cup: In Sania's absence, Ankita holds key
Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi will have to punch above their weight when the battle to qualify for Fed Cup tennis tournament's World Group II,
 •  Football Extras: FFA ramps up campaign to free Bahraini refugee
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  The amazing Real Kashmir FC story
Real Kashmir FC proudly represents a region whose scars are getting a chance to be healed by the beautiful game.
 •  WATCH: Red Bull athletes mesmerise Mumbai with death-defying stunts
Red Bull FMX athletes Robbie Maddison, Alexey Kolesnikov and Tom Pages turned into Superman in front of the Gateway of India in Mumbai.
 •  Why next week is critical for Manchester City...
Manchester City's hopes of remaining in the Premier League title race will hinge on how the defending champions negotiate the next five days with matches against Everton and Chelsea, midfielder Bernardo Silva has said.
 •  EPL PIX: Leaders Liverpool falter again!
Leaders Liverpool faltered in the English Premier League title race for the second time in six days as they were held to a 1-1 draw at West Ham United.
 •  Body found in wreckage of plane carrying football player Sala
The wreckage of the aircraft that disappeared over the English Channel last month carrying Premier League soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot has been located, the marine scientist directing the search said on Sunday.
 •  Can India break All-England title jinx this year?
Pullela Gopichand hoped that one of the three prodigal talents he has shaped will end the 18-year-old title drought at the event this year.
 •  Sports Shorts: Red Bull and Mercedes to launch 2019 F1 cars on same day
Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Monday
 •  PIX: Drama-free Super Bowl halftime show
Maroon 5 threw just about everything at the Super Bowl halftime show: a gospel choir, a drumline, pyrotechnics, a giant letter "M" and even SpongeBob.
 •  Five talking-points from the weekend in La Liga
Barcelona's eight-game winning run was halted following a 2-2 draw with Valencia, Atletico Madrid lost 1-0 at Real Betis and a resurgent Real Madrid secured their fourth win in a row by beating Alaves 3-0.
 •  AMAZING Super Bowl PIX: Families take centre-stage as Patriots win
The New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 on Sunday in the lowest scoring Super Bowl played to capture the National Football League championship for a record-tying sixth time.
 •  Five talking points from the weekend's EPL
Here are five talking points from the weekend's action:
 •  PIX: Dutch boxer who fought Ali still riding punches in Bulgaria
Former Dutch boxing champion Rudi Lubbers, who lost to Muhammad Ali on points in a 12-round heavyweight fight in Jakarta four and a half decades ago, is back on his feet again.
 •  Football Extras: Real make it four in a row; PSG lose to Lyon
Karim Benzema scored his sixth goal in four games as Real Madrid beat Alaves 3-0 on Sunday for a fourth successive La Liga victory which took the European champions to within eight points of leaders Barcelona.
 •  PHOTOS: Aguero 'tricks' City to victory over Arsenal
Sergio Aguero's hat-trick led Manchester City to a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday and back into second place in the English Premier League, two points behind leaders Liverpool.
 •  EPL: Manchester United beat Leicester on Rashford's day
Marcus Rashford scored on his 100th Premier League appearance on Sunday to secure a 1-0 win over Leicester City that kept interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's dream start going at his old club.
 •  The latest news on Saina Nehwal biopic
Saina Nehwal is looking forward to her biopic and the ace shuttler says actor Shraddha Kapoor, who will be playing her role in the movie, has worked hard on the project.
 •  US President Trump tees off with Woods, Nicklaus
US President Donald Trump hit the golf course in Florida with two of the game's greats -- Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
 •  PHOTOS: Inspirational Messi rescues Barca; Bayern lose
Lionel Messi dragged Barcelona back from two goals down by scoring twice to snatch a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia in a thrilling encounter.
 •  EPL PIX: Higuain scores first Chelsea goals, Spurs go second
Chelsea's new signing Gonzalo Higuain netted his first two Premier League goals in Chelsea's 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town while Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min struck late for a 1-0 win over Newcastle United as they moved into second place.
 •  Sports Shorts: Kvitova beaten by Vekic in St Petersburg quarters
Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Saturday
 •  Bhupathi backs India's singles players after walloping
Keeping the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in mind, the sports ministry has included the doubles duo of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan, who won the Asian Games gold last year, have been kept in TOPS scheme.
 •  Tennis Australia backs Hewitt in fued with misbehaving Tomic
Twice Grand Slam champion Hewitt said last month that he had banned Tomic from playing in the Davis Cup and cut all ties with the player after receiving physical threats against himself and his family from his compatriot, including blackmail.
 •  Davis Cup: Italy thrash India to enter World Finals
World No 15 India will now compete in the Zone Group action later this year.
 •  Germany, Australia off to strong starts in Davis Cup qualifying
Australia eased ahead of Bosnia 2-0 as John Millman thumped Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 6-2 while Alex de Minaur overcame Mirza Basic 6-3, 7-6(0), before Millman revealed the team's larger goal under captain Lleyton Hewitt.
 •  Qatar stun Japan to lift Asian Cup for first time
Almoez Ali scored a spectacular overhead kick for a record ninth goal of the tournament to set Qatar on their way to a first Asian Cup triumph with a stunning 3-1 win over four-times champions Japan on Friday.
 •  Indian football round-up: FC Goa beat Mumbai City FC
All the results from the I-League and ISL matches played on Friday
 •  Kyle Walker tweet: Klopp unimpressed; Guardiola shrugs off
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has shrugged off suggestions that a mocking tweet by defender Kyle Walker could provide extra motivation for leaders Liverpool in their Premier League title battle.
 •  Sports Shorts: Sauber F1 renamed Alfa Romeo Racing
Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Friday
 •  Davis Cup: What went wrong for India?
Mahesh Bhupathi rued that his men failed to seize the opportunities against a much higher-ranked Italy
 •  Football Extras: Barcelona to meet Real Madrid in Copa del Rey semis
News of all that's transpired on and off the football field
 •  PHOTOS: Breathtaking images from Snowboard World Championships
The main event starts on Feb 1
 •  Good news for athletes! Sports Budget hiked by 200 cr
The significant gainers in the interim sports budget are SAI, the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) and the corpus meant for giving incentives to sportspersons
 •  Davis Cup: India staring at elimination after Italy take 2-0 lead
Andreas Seppi experienced some early hiccups before getting past Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 6-2 in the opening rubber, while 22-year-old Matteo Berrettini made a winning Davis Cup debut, cruising past India number one Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-4, 6-3.
 •  Huge drop in EPL January transfer spending
Spending falls for first time since 2012
 •  The girl Rafa will marry
Xisca is a supremely private person, so much so that she is not on social media. She does not discuss her relationship with her family either.
 •  Benzema double puts Real Madrid in King's Cup semis
The French forward, who joined the club in 2009, netted twice in the first-half to take his Real tally to 209 goals in 446 games, moving ahead of Mexican Hugo Sanchez into sixth place on the club's all-time top scorers list.
 •  La Liga to sponsor Davis Cup
Founded in 1900, the Davis Cup is the largest annual international team competition in sport, but has suffered as a spectacle since many top players began opting out.
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