A challenging title defence

It is amid grim expectations that India embarks on its defence of the cricket World Cup. The team has been in Australia since November and failed to win a single competitive game of cricket; the batting, on bouncy pitches, has wobbled; and the less said about the bowling the better.

Government is a spoilsport

Sports federations are seedy political fiefdoms. Corporates can inject funds, accountability and popular appeal

Restoring cricket’s purity

The most welcome feature is that the verdict addresses the BCCI’s credibility deficit in more ways than one.

Departing with a mixed legacy

The timing of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s retirement from Test cricket is consistent with his earlier choices as a cricketer and a team leader.

Accountability and autonomy

Sports have been dominated by business interests in recent decades, and big money and glamour often attract businessmen, politicians and assorted characters into sports administration.

A matter for concern

The death of Phil Hughes, three days before what would have been his 26th birthday, has left the cricketing world shattered.

Carlsen reigns supreme again

Five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand’s bid to regain the title was foiled in Sochi, Russia, with a game to spare.

Ridding IPL of its taint

The Supreme Court’s disclosure of four names among those investigated by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee marks another step in the excruciating process of cleaning up Indian cricket.

Some memorable moments

Agold medal in hockey in the Asian Games is always a great moment to cherish, rare that it has been since the sport was introduced in the Games in 1958.

Indian athletes' phenomenal performance in Asiad kindles hope of an improved show at Rio Olympics too

While India has won just one individual gold medal in its 92 years of participation at the Olympics, India did not win a single medal at Seoul in 1988 or at Barcelona in 1992.

Mary Kom does it again; becomes first Indian woman to win a boxing gold medal at Asian Games

Magnificent Mary just goes out and does things no one else has done, things few others consider doable.

Mary rules the ring

Becomes first Indian woman boxer to clinch Asian Games gold. She defeated Kazakhstan’s Zhaina Shekerbekova in the final of flyweight section

Kick-off time in Brazil

The $1.1-billion budget for the stadium has been exceeded by at least 1000 per cent, not to forget the inordinate expenditure on security and infrastructure.

Brazil’s ignominious football World Cup

We must understand that when Brazilians revolt against the World Cup, they aren’t questioning the role of football in their lives, but the use of the game as a breeding ground for new, larger inequities.

A failure of introspection

The lives of most team owners are intertwined in an elite world of business and film that thrives well beyond the IPL.

Gavaskar to captain IPL 2014

Mr. Sunil Gavaskar was a cricket player of great repute and eminence, a captain of the Indian cricket team and has wide experience in cricket-related activities.

A chance to cleanse the game

The Supreme Court order appointing former Indian cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar as interim head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India to manage the affairs of the Indian Premier League this year ought to be welcomed.

India has to set up new boxing body

The AIBA will make a final decision and rehabilitate a national federation as soon as it deems that it has found the right group of people who will support its principles.

Challenges for a new IOA

The continuation of State Olympic associations as voting-members in the IOA, in a clear attempt to manipulate vote banks, is much against the provisions in the Olympic Charter, and the wishes of the IOC and the government.

World Olympic body lifts IOA ban

Now the Indian contingent can sport the tricolour at the closing ceremony of Sochi Winter Olympics.