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Barcelona Gunning for European History

On Tuesday night after a Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona found their way past an Arsenal side at the Emirates –few can bet against the Blaugrana becoming the first side to successfully defend their European crown in the Champions League era. Playing against one of the leading English sides this season away

An in-form India welcome Pakistan to the Asia Cup

Two days after being cleared by their Government to play in the World T20 tournament next month, Pakistan face India in their opening match of the 2016 Asia Cup. While the game serves as a mere precursor to their marque clash in Dharamshala on March 19, it will be a

Why blame Arsene Wenger for Arsenal’s defeat to Barcelona?

For the first 45 minutes, when Arsenal faced Barcelona in the first leg of their Round of 16 Champions League, it seemed the Emirates faithful had reason to believe. The Per Mertesacker-led defence had kept Barcelona at bay, the Catalan side having failed to register a shot on target in

A faltering Asia Cup searches for purpose

Did you know that the team that will represent India at the upcoming World T20 left the country over the weekend despite being hosts of the marque tournament? They’ve hopped across the border to Bangladesh to play the Asia Cup (now in a Twenty20 format) which begins on February 24

Djokovic on course for a Golden Slam

Novak Djokovic is arguably the greatest individual sportsman on the planet today. Usain Bolt comes close, but heck! His season, boils down to 2 or 3 big races a year. But the ‘Bomber from Belgrade’ as he came to be known early on, now reigns supreme over men’s tennis and

Manchester United should sack Louis Van Gaal immediately!

The Europa League defeat at FC Midtjylland should have been the last straw. But Manchester United, presumably with the fear of a pay-out clause, doggedly refuse to sack manager Louis Van Gaal. And Van Gaal, in his infinite wisdom, refuses to resign. In between all of this the club are out

Farewell blues? What farewell blues?

  If Brendon McCullum was meant to be nervous on the opening day of his final Test he didn’t show it one bit. In an innings that epitomised his entire career, McCullum smashed 145 of 79 balls in the second Test versus Australia in Christchurch. Reaching three digits in 54 balls,

Wayne Rooney’s injury adds to Manchester United’s growing list of woes

Two years ago David Moyes was hailed for getting club captain and legend Wayne Rooney to sign a contract extension at Manchester United, thereby rejecting the overtures of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. Both managers have subsequently been sacked and that extension, which kept Rooney as the top earner at United,