Sports

The game matters most

The punishment handed out by a Supreme Court-appointed committee to teams and individuals involved in the betting scandal that hit the Indian Premier League two years ago ought to be welcomed by cricket fans


Two greats, one tournament

There are moments in the careers of sportspersons where they shift levels, repositioning themselves from being extremely good, to signalling they are among the game’s greats or that they will be in the course of time.


Yet another first for Sania

Twenty-eight-year-old Sania Mirza has become the first woman tennis player from India to be top-seeded in the ongoing Wimbledon or for that matter, any Grand Slam championship.


Board of Crony Capitalists in India

Indian cricket should not be run by politicians, big businessmen or even by cricketers, but by managers who know what it is to be accountable


FIFA should turn the page

Just a week ago, on the day of his election as FIFA president for a fifth term, Joseph S. Blatter remarked: “We don’t need revolutions, we need evolutions.”


The buck must not stop here

The problems transcend the integrity of select individuals who operate FIFA and run to the heart of the organisation’s structure


FIFA under a cloud

The arrest of some current and former FIFA officials by the Swiss police for extradition to the U.S. over federal corruption charges, and a subsequent raid in Zurich in a parallel investigation into the allotment of the


Consistency is the key

For the third time in six seasons, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings squared off in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) main event.


The Barca supremacy

FC Barcelona, the Catalonian club in Spain, is widely followed and its present generation of footballers revered for their style of football instilled and honed by Dutch footballing legend Johan Cruyff.


Lessons from the field

The passing away of Australia’s Phil Hughes last November after being hit on the head by a short ball, left the cricket world distraught and acutely aware of the very real dangers of playing the game.


City girls on top of the world

Two sportspersons from the same city - tennis star Sania Mirza and ace shuttler Saina Nehwal are holding the World No. 1 ranking in their respective disciplines.


Sania creates history, is first from India to seal top world ranking

Sania Mirza will become the first Indian woman to claim the number one doubles ranking after winning the Charleston title with partner Martina Hingis.


It’s show time, yet again

Less than a fortnight after the World Cup was beamed from across the seas from Australia and New Zealand, cricket will now be served in short, potent doses in India as the Indian Premier League (IPL) looms into view.


Numero Uno

For a country starved of successes at the individual level in world sport, Saina Nehwal’s feat of becoming the first Indian woman shuttler to reach the No.1 position in the world is a stupendous achievement.


The Australian supremacy

If there were any doubts about Australia’s preeminence in cricket’s world order, those were ruthlessly banished at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. A fifth World Cup crown in 11 editions — each achieved in a


For India, a bridge too far

And so it ended, not with a bang or a whimper, but something in between — India’s reign as world champion.


The business end, with optimism

It is fitting that the 30th anniversary of India’s defining victory in the World Championship of Cricket, which was celebrated this week, has coincided with the current team’s stirring run in the World Cup.


Cricket’s new boss

Any change at the helm of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) can be seen as an opportunity to end the crisis of credibility that has consumed the game’s administration in recent times.


India on a roll

Ardent fans of Indian cricket would have given a lot in exchange for the team’s current position in the World Cup.


Marching to its own beat

That the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a self-contained world, with an internal logic all its own, was abundantly clear from Monday’s player auction. Unlike 2014, this wasn’t a year for overhauls.