India Defeats New Zealand By Six Runs In A Thriller, Clinch ODI Series 2-1

New Delhi: India has defeated New Zealand to win the all-important third ODI by six runs and clinch their seventh successive bilateral series by 2-1 margin. 

Rohit Sharma (147 off 138) and ViratKohli (113 off 106) conjured up classy hundreds to fire India to a record 337 for six after being put into bat.

The target was imposing but New Zealand fought gamely through Colin Munro (75 off 62), Kane Williamson (64 off 84) and Tom Latham (65 off 52) before being restricted to 331 for 7 in the wake of some fine death bowling by JaspritBumrah.


PV Sindhu Beats Chen Yufei In French Open Super Series To Enter Semis

New Delhi: World championship silver medallist PV Sindhu has defeated Chen Yufei of China in straight games to storm into the women's singles semi-final of the French Super Series.

This is Sindhu's first-ever last-four appearance in the tournament. The Olympic silver medallist took just 41 minutes to brush the challenge of World No. 10 Yufei 21-14, 21-14 in the quarter-finals.

By virtue of this win, Indian had avenged upon her opening round loss to the Chinese at the Denmark Open, last week.


Swiss Great Martina Hingis Announces Retirement

New Delhi: Swiss great Martina Hingis has announced she will retire from tennis at the end of this week's WTA Finals.

"Looking back now, it's hard to believe that almost exactly 23 years ago I made my professional debut," Hingis said on her Facebook page.

"The years that followed have been some of the most rewarding years of my life, both personally and professionally, but I believe the time has come for me to retire, which I will be doing after my last match here in Singapore."

The retirement will be Hingis's third in a long and illustrious career during which she claimed 25 grand slam titles since her WTA Tour debut in 1994, five in singles, seven in mixed doubles and 13 in women's doubles.
Hingis first decided to end her career as a 22-year-old in 2003 due to persistent injuries after picking up all five of her singles crowns as a teenager, comprising three Australian Opens, as well as lone Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles from 1997-99.

The Swiss returned to the tour in 2006 and although she found more success in doubles than singles, she retired for a second time a year later after being handed a two-year ban for testing positive for cocaine.

Hingis returned to the sport for a third time in 2013 and has enjoyed another successful spell of doubles tennis in the latest comeback, winning four women's and six mixed doubles grand slam titles from 2015-17 in company of Indian ace SaniaMirza.


Cristiano Ronaldo: The Treasure Hunt Continues

New Delhi: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Lionel Messi and Neymar to win the Best FIFA Men's Player award for the second year running.
Ronaldo, who won the inaugural prize last year, was presented the award at the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London on Monday.
The Portugal captain had been favourite to claim the accolade after a year that saw him help Madrid to a third Champions League crown in four seasons and a first La Liga title in five years, as well as the FIFA Club World Cup.
Ronaldo scored twice as Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final, while also finishing top scorer in the competition with 12 goals.
The award, which covers the period of Nov. 20, 2016, to July 2, 2017, is voted for by national team coaches, captains, selected media and fans. Once again, neither Messi nor Ronaldo voted for each other.
All tallied, Ronaldo won 43.16 percent of the total votes, while Lionel Messi came away with 19.25 percent and Neymar just 6.97 percent.
Ronaldo and Messi have operated as a duopoly with the award, or its equivalent, over the last decade. Ronaldo has taken the title in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Messi was the winner in the years in between – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most famous Portuguese soccer players in the world and has played for Manchester United and Real Madrid.
“This is the real me. I am a humble person, a feeling person. A person who cares about others, who wants to help others. And I want to be involved in doing that for many, many, many years.”  - Cristiano Ronaldo
He is the highest paid footballer in the world and in the history of football. Each year he earns a base salary of $40 million and extra $30 million from endorsements.
At the age of 17, Ronaldo played his first professional game for the ‘Portuguese Super League.’
In 2003, for the first time, Manchester United paid such a young player 12 million pounds as a signing amount. After this there has been no looking back.
He showed his promise early on in the 2004 FA Cup final, scoring the team's first three goals and helping them capture the championship. 
In 2008, a year after signing a five-year, £31 million contract, Ronaldo again justified his high salary when he put together one of the club's finest seasons in history, setting a franchise record for goals scored (42), and earning himself the FIFA World of the Year honor.  
Speculation swirled that he wanted to play elsewhere. So in 2009, when Spanish soccer club Real Madrid agreed to pay United a record $131 million for the chance to sign him, nobody was all that surprised to see Ronaldo leave United. 
In addition to his FIFA World Player of the year award, Ronaldo has also won the coveted Ballon d'OR, the Golden Boot, and been named the UEFA Club Forward of the Year, among other honors during the course of his career.
On July 10, 2016, Ronaldo added another emotional victory to his accolades, leading Portugal to the European Championship final against France as his national team's captain.
On June 2010 Ronaldo became the fourth footballer ever to have a wax statue at the Madame Tussauds museum in London.
In his hometown there is a museum, Museu CR7 which is dedicated only to Ronaldo containing his trophies, medals, rare pictures and everything related to Ronaldo.
Ronaldo was doubtful about wearing the Number 7 shirt because he thought it would be too much pressure on him as the number 7 shirt was worn by legends like Johnny Berry, Eric Cantona and David Beckham. After wearing it, he was forced to live up to the number.
Ronaldo has won the FIFA world player of the year award, Ballon d’Or, the Golden Boot, and has been named the UEFA Club Forward of the Year as well.
Ronaldo also has a fashion boutique named CR7 and models for men’s fashion wear. The store is famous for featuring diamond studded clothing.
He is rich and famous but is always involved with charity, fund raising and donations to NGOs. He has funded schools in Gaza and also acts as the Ambassador to Save the Children and The Mangrove Care Forum in Indonesia.
Some Amazing Facts about Ronaldo:
Arnold Schwarzeneggar has labelled Ronaldo as the fittest athlete in the world. His body fat ratio is just 10%!
Ronaldo has an amazing ability to jump really high. This gives him an advantage to make goals as he can jump head and shoulders higher than other footballers.
He can produce 5 times more G-force than a cheetah during a take-off on his jump! His free kick speed is 13.1 kmph, equivalent to a space shuttle!
Ronaldo donates blood regularly and does not smoke or have any tattoos on his body.
He is also philanthropic at heart. In November 2012, Ronaldo sold the golden boot he had won in 2011 for €1.5 million and gave the money to fund schools for children in Gaza. In December 2012, Ronaldo joined FIFA's '11 for Health' programme to raise awareness amongst kids of how to steer clear of conditions including drug addiction, HIV, malaria and obesity.
Early Life of Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo was born on February 5, 1985 and was named Ronaldo after the then US President Ronald Reagan.
He grew up in a poor family and had to share a bedroom and bathroom with his older brother and two older sisters.
He started playing soccer at an early age when he was just eight. He was always running away from doing homework.
He was nicknamed ‘cry baby’ because he felt bad when he used to pass the ball to his friends and they couldn’t score.
A very popular student in school, Ronaldo was expelled at the age of 14 for throwing a chair at his teacher who Ronaldo thought disrespected him. He then turned his entire attention to soccer and went on to become the world’s greatest soccer player.
But at the age of 15 Ronaldo was diagnosed with ‘racing heart’. His condition was serious and would have made him let go of football. But a surgery saved him and he went back for his training.

BCCI Set To Pay Huge Compensation ToKochi Tuskers


New Delhi: The BCCI is set to pay a huge compensation of more than Rs 800 crore to disbanded IPL franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala for terminating their contract in 2011.

"Kochi Tuskers has demanded Rs 850 crore as compensation. We discussed the matter at IPL GC meeting and we will now place the matter before general body. Let them take a call but obviously some negotiations are needed," IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said after the meeting.

Kochi Tuskers owners in 2015 had won an arbitration challenging BCCI decision to encash bank guarantee citing breach of contractual agreement.

The RC Lahoti headed panel had directed BCCI to pay Rs 550 crore as compensation with 18 percent annual penalty on failing to do so.

For the past two years, BCCI was adamant in neither paying compensation nor taking back the franchise in the IPL.