articles by Dilip Unnikrishnan

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ISL 2018-19: Mumbai City FC's final hopes and psyche take a beating as FC Goa take 5-1 lead in semi-final

Mumbai City FC's psyche and first finals hopes took a severe beating as FC Goa thump five goals to win first leg of the semi-final.

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ISL 2018-19: Mumbai City FC coach Jorge Costa concedes tie to FC Goa after 5-1 demolition at home in first leg

Mumbai City FC coach Jorge Costa believes that there will be no miracles when his side takes on Goa in the second leg of the semi-final.

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ISL 2018-19: In David vs Goliath battle, Mumbai City FC must overcome psychological barrier against formidable FC Goa

That Mumbai’s unbeaten run was inspired as well as ended by two clinical performances from Goa shows the impact the Gaurs have had on the Mumbaikars.

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Maharashtra Open 2019: Kevin Anderson beats Ivo Karlovic in battle of giants to win Pune title at second time of asking

On Saturday, Anderson was up against another beloved underdog in Karlovic but the South African ensured that the memory of last year’s final’s loss didn’t come back to haunt him.

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Maharashtra Open 2019: Steve Darcis seeks to enjoy each match as it comes after incredible run at first tournament in 400 days

For a fighter who nearly saw his career end prematurely, every match from here on is one to savour for Steve Darcis.

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Jaume Munar interview: Spanish star on following mentor Rafael Nadal's mantras, importance of ATP NextGen Finals and more

Jaume Munar is the product of the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy in Mallorca and is tipped to lead the next generation of Spanish tennis stars.

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Kevin Anderson interview: World No 6 on not subscribing to labels, regaining belief in his game after injury-enforced hiatus and more

2019 will be the test of Kevin Anderson's steady progress with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic eager continue their renaissance and a host of NextGen players keen to prove themselves.

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Maharashtra Open 2019: Ramkumar Ramanathan falls short of memorable win over Malek Jaziri; Ernests Gulbis ousts Hyeon Chung

Ramkumar Ramanathan came close to an incredible win over fourth seed Malek Jaziri in a nervy match, while Ernests Gulbis stunned second seed Hyeon Chung.

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Maharashtra Open 2019: Ramkumar Ramanathan keeps Indian singles challenge alive with gritty win over Marcel Granollers

Ramkumar Ramanathan had his revenge over Marcel Granollers as he rallied back from a set down to reach the second round of the 2019 Maharashtra Open.

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Maharashtra Open 2019: Kevin Anderson criticises ITF for not collaborating with players enough before Davis Cup overhaul

World No 6 Kevin Anderson bemoaned ITF’s failure to collaborate with players before they overhauled the format of the 118-year-old Davis Cup.

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Maharashtra Open 2019: Kevin Anderson starts as favourite; tricky draw for Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Ramkumar Ramanathan

Top seed Kevin Anderson, now the main attraction following tournament regular Marin Cilic’s withdrawal, starts as favourite for the Maharashtra Open title.

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ISL 2018-19: Jorge Costa continues rebuilding process as Mumbai City pip Chennaiyin FC to move to second spot

Jorge Costa can afford to smile and be happy with the way his Mumbai side has improved over the course of the season. With their win on Thursday, the Islanders climb to second in the points table.

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ISL 2018-19: Mumbai City FC chase record unbeaten run against beleaguered champions Chennaiyin FC

Should Mumbai beat Chennaiyin, they will record their best-ever run in their history, something which they didn't manage in the 2016 season where they topped in the league stage.

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ISL 2018-19: Mumbai City's run reminds me of us from last season, says Chennaiyin FC manager John Gregory

Gregory said that the current Mumbai side and his Chennai team from last year had a winning mentality which saw them win matches even when their performances were not particularly good.

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino may not be entirely successful in implementing transfer reforms, says CIES' Pierre Cornu

According to the CIES' Pierre Cornu, FIFA may ultimately not be entirely successful in fulfilling its aim of curbing exorbitant transfer fees.

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NBA: Five-time All-Star Tim Hardaway on Warriors' era of dominance, changes in basketball since his retirement and more

When Tim Hardaway Sr. left the Golden State Warriors in 1996, the team were two years into their wretched 12-year run of not having an NBA postseason appearance. 22 years later, the Warriors are on the verge of completing a three-peat.

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ISL 2018-19: Bottom sides Chennaiyin, FC Pune City paying the price for flawed transfer policies, under-performing stars

With the likes of Bengaluru, NorthEast United, Jamshedpur and Goa getting off to a good start, Chennaiyin and Pune face an uphill task to qualify for the semi-finals after their poor start to the season.

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L&T Mumbai Open: Pranjala Yadlapalli ousted after coming within two points of memorable win over Luksika Kumkhum

Despite losing after coming within two points of a well-deserved victory, Pranjala Yadlapalli can take heart from the manner in which she faced a player of Luksika Kumkhum's calibre.

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L&T Mumbai Open: Back on comeback trail, Sabine Lisicki stutters yet again but hopes to 'turn things around one day'

Sabine Lisicki is finding life on the comeback trail, a bit tougher than she expected. She was out for most of 2018 with a shoulder injury and has only played 23 matches so far winning only seven.

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Mira Erda interview: 18-year-old driver talks about her rise in motorsport, plans for her own racing team and more

Mira Erda talks to Firstpost about her early days in racing, her experience in the JK Euro Series, plans for her racing team and more in a special interview.