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Bayern dismissive of Dortmund league clash

European champions Bayern Munich have dismissed Saturday's Bundesliga showdown against arch rivals Borussia Dortmund as no more than a clash for bragging rights between Germany's top sides.

Brand Dhoni overtakes Virat Kohli

India skipper MS Dhoni has overtaken Virat Kohli as the country’s priciest cricketer with endorsement fees of Rs. 13 crore, in spite of India’s loss to Sri Lanka in the recently concluded World T20 final in Bangladesh.

Kabaddi to get IPL-style treatment

Kabaddi in the country is headed for a dash of glamour, may be some fame and much needed money. If all goes to the plan, we could soon see the country's top Kabaddi players go under the hammer in an IPL-style auction, and even experience IPL-style after-parties.

Asafa Powell handed 18-month doping ban

Former 100m world record-holder Asafa Powell was handed an 18-month suspension on Thursday for his positive test for a banned stimulant.

T20 can affect technique, confidence: Richard Hadlee

Richard Hadlee feels pacers today are more versatile, but he mantains that a the line between innovation and waywardness still remains and the shortest format of the game may affect the confidence and technique of the bowlers.

CBI sets up dedicated unit to curb fixing in cricket

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has set up a dedicated unit, Sports Frauds Investigation Unit (SFIO), to tackle corruption in sports including match-fixing.

ICC paves way for Associate members to earn Test status

The ICC on Thursday paved the way for Associate Members to earn Test status by introducing the 'ICC Test Challenge' which will take place every four years between lowest ranked Test team and winner of ICC Inter-Continental Cup.

Champions League: Five reasons Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona

Atletico Madrid sealed an historic triumph over Barcelona on Wednesday as they progressed to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 40 years with a 2-1 aggregate victory. Here's how Diego Simeone's men overcame the Catalans.

Oscar Pistorius admits 'no reason' to fire shots

Under pummelling cross-examination, Oscar Pistorius admitted on Thursday that he had "no reason" to fire the shots that killed Reeva Steenkamp, as prosecutors began to zero in on apparent inconsistencies in key parts of his account.

Champions League: Bayern, Atletico into semis; Barca, Man Utd out

Atletico Madrid's resurgence continued just a year after they were forced to sell leading scorer Radamel Falcao to reduce their huge debts as they eliminated Barcelona to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 40 years.

Disgruntled Verma writes to ICC on Srinivasan

Bihar Cricket Association secretary Aditya Verma on Thursday wrote to ICC President Alan Isaac, pleading with him to stop sidelined BCCI chief N Srinivasan from attending the governing body's Executive Board meeting in Dubai.

Djokovic brings the fear factor: Somdev

Top seeds and 2013 finalists Serbia may boast of a wealth of tennis talent, but India's number one player Somdev Devvarman believes the team will lose the fear factor if Novak Djokovic does not turn up for the Davis Cup World Group playoff tie in September.

Dortmund go out in a blaze of glory

Borussia Dortmund may have missed out on a Champions League semi-finals berth following an agonising 3-2 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid but the German club can regard themselves as winners on many levels.

America warming up to big-ticket cricket

Most Americans who play or follow baseball and understand cricket a bit, find the latter similar but slower, and boring. But ESPN believes that can be changed.

Daredevils' leadership safe in KP's hands: Gary Kirsten

The Daredevils' decision to not retain players other than Pietersen has been to give the squad 'a fresh look' and avoid the baggage from last year where certain issues crept in.
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