Tanuj Lakhina
Tanuj Lakhina
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Bundesliga, LaLiga witness more away wins in empty stadiums, fewer draws in Premier League, Serie A goes the other direction

One of the compromises to bring football back from pandemic enforced break was empty stadiums. Premier League, Bundesliga, LaLiga and Serie A finished without fans in attendance. But did it alter the outcomes? We ran the numbers.

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Firstpost Masterclass: Devendra Jhajharia breaks down challenges of a para-athlete in javelin throw

Lauded with Arjuna Award (2004), Padma Shri (2012) and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2017), Jhajharia talks about his journey, what differentiates an able-bodied javelin thrower from a differently-abled athlete and what his training regime looks like in Firstpost Masterclass.

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LaLiga: In extended season, Real Madrid's title triumph a result of keeping eye on the prize in compact league

Real Madrid beat Villarreal to win LaLiga title for the first time since 2016/17 with 10 straight wins since the re-start.

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No handshakes, no talking into the ball: Divij Sharan enters 'new normal' of competitive doubles tennis in UK

Divij Sharan returned to competitive tennis for the first time since March. He played three matches alongside Vijay Sundar Prashanth on the British Tour in London.

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Turning Point: College tennis in US instilled belief in me before turning pro, says two-time NCAA champion Somdev Devvarman

Somdev Devvarman, who won the 2007 and 2008 NCAA singles titles, believes deciding to play tennis at the college level in US helped him significantly before turning professional.

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'We're happy to buckle down and help those who raised all of us': Somdev Devvarman gives back to tennis community

Somdev Devvarman intends to give back to the tennis community, that brought him and others up, during these difficult times with his 'Love All' initiative.

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WWE: ‘The wheels have fallen off’, The Undertaker finally says goodbye after 30-year wrestling career

Veteran WWE superstar The Undertaker announced he has no intention of getting back into the ring after defeating AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36.

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Firstpost Masterclass: Rohan Bopanna breaks down intricacies, technique behind much-loved single handed backhand

In this edition of Firstpost Masterclass, Bopanna breaks down the single handed backhand, the technique behind it, how it differs from surface to surface, the love affair that fans have with it and much more.

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15 years of Sunil Chhetri: Debut goal against Pakistan as Bhaichung Bhutia's replacement to record scorer for national side

It is now 5480 days since the moment Sunil Chhetri stepped up to the pitch in Quetta and he's gone from a "maybe" in the starting XI to the first name on.

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LaLiga: Lack of fans is going to be compensated by desire of returning to field, says former Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute

Former Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute discusses racism in football as LaLiga resumes after a three-month long break forced by COVID-19 with the Seville derby in an empty stadium.

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Football slated to suffer consequences of pandemic with reduced transfer budgets; India to scrape by largely unaffected

Football clubs across the world will be hit by the reduced earnings due to the coronavirus pandemic with chances of smaller ones going bankrupt. The impact in the top-5 European leagues would be felt in the transfer window.

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With lockdown bringing outdoor training to a halt, LaLiga Football Schools takes football to households with online sessions

Stationed in Madrid since March, LaLiga Football Schools Technical Director Javier Cabrera talks about the online training program which has expanded to 300 students in five weeks, what aspects are covered and the challenges faced.

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Premier League: A look at different mathematical models to determine final standings of 2019-20 season

Premier League return is still undecided and the 2019/20 season could yet not resume despite players returning to training. A look at mathematical scenarios in deciding the eventual table.

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LaLiga not to be played at neutral venues; eyes on June resumption, says India head Jose Antonio Cachaza

LaLiga India head Jose Antonio Cachaza talks about the challenges ahead for the Spanish league as clubs return to training.

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Gaizka Mendieta interview: The word 'fair' shouldn't be used in football, even less during these unprecedented times'

Former Valencia, Barcelona and Middlesbrough player Gaizka Mendieta believes football is in the hands of the health authorities and it will look different when it returns.

First Cricket News

My Favourite Match: When Anil Kumble scripted history and brought Feroz Shah Kotla to its feet

Not every day do you get to witness history. For me, Anil Kumble running through the Pakistan batting on a chilly Delhi day in 1999 would be memorable.

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David James interview: 'A cricket-like algorithm could be used to conclude Premier League season'

Former Liverpool, Kerala Blasters and England player David James discusses different options on currently stalled Premier League season, challenges for football, 2010 World Cup and picks his 'Teammates XI'.

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What if Europe's top five leagues ended as things stand in the middle of a pandemic enforced standstill?

European leagues are looking to find a solution to the 2019-20 season which has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. What if champions and relegation was announced based on current positions?

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Coronavirus Outbreak: What does cancellation of Wimbledon mean for tennis in 2020?

Wimbledon became the first Grand Slam tournament to be cancelled in a calendar year since Australian Open moved from December to January in 1986.

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Divij Sharan interview: ‘Tough situation to be in, but I like to look at the positives’, says doubles expert on tennis shutdown

With the tennis world coming to a halt in the middle of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Divij Sharan reveals his plans for the extended break, how it impacts a tennis player and on Olympics.