While India may want to portray itself as a nation top Davis Cup teams can no longer relax against, it's only because of the heroics of Brazil and Russia that the hosts are being afforded so much respect by Spain
It felt like PV Sindhu’s name hadn’t existed on the Indian map prior to her Rio success. It’s not like she hadn’t won medals and tournaments before.
Fortunately for Liverpool, as the league enters an era of the ‘Super-coach’, the club has its own rockstar in Jürgen Klopp; a man who could firmly put an end to the misery at Anfield starting with this season.
India will need its senior-most player, Sardar Singh, to revive some of his old form, if the team is to return with a first Olympic medal in 36 years.
At the end the bumpy yet wonderful Euro campaign for France, only misery remained as the overarching sentiment, wiping out all the boundless joy that preceded it.
France, one of the tournament favourites and expected finalists, face Portugal, the overachieving dark horses, in what promises to be a monumental Euro 2016 final.
France rode their luck and overcame their biggest challenge. Now, in Sunday’s grand finale, only Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal side, who are no strangers to grinding out results themselves, stand in the way of French glory.
Only two steps away from glory on home soil, France prepare for their toughest battle yet against Germany in Euro 2016 semi-finals
It took a while but France finally appear to be clicking into gear at Euro 2016.
If Germany versus Italy had been branded the final before the actual final, it certainly lived up to its billing – keeping in mind that major finals are rarely great to watch – and ended in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout triumph for the Germans.
In this edition of Euro, France simply haven’t clicked on the field, which is worrying for Deschamps who has tinkered with his side.
The Indian men’s hockey team created history on Friday by winning the silver medal at the 2016 FIH Champions Trophy. Here are the biggest takeaways from the series.
The late, late show by France may have downed a gritty Albanian team 2-0 but French coach Didier Deschamps learned that football is indeed a great leveller.
Two matches in and the pre-tournament suspicions can now be confirmed: the “golden generation” of Switzerland, as the current squad is often called, is desperately short of a finisher.
Switzerland may have come away with all three points against plucky Albania but they found themselves caught in one of football’s vague traps: the struggle to play against 10 men.
Riding largely on Dimitri Payet’s virtuoso display, France earned a tough 2-1 win over Romania in the Euro 2016 opener.
Performing in Zimbabwe has its benefits, especially if you're young. But matches against weaker teams is often a lose-lose situation.
That future is now. The time for France time has finally arrived. That summer of 2016 which they’ve long been building towards is here.
Expect a second-place group stage finish from Vladimir Petkovic's Switzerland and perhaps some glimpses of flamboyance from a couple of gifted individuals. But don't expect to be entertained.
Atletico Madrid head into the Champions League final at the San Siro in Milan as favourites, carrying with them an aura of intimidation that is rarely associated with a defensive-minded team.