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Say it again: The best sports quotes of 2014

As the year 2014 draws to a close, here is a list of some of the best quotes from the sporting world.

Sports leagues multiply but not the money

India might be becoming a nation of leagues, but profits don’t seem to be trickling in for the franchises just yet. However, in the race to outdo each other, it will be a survival of the fittest. HT dissects the multiple leagues that have mushroomed.

2014: A year to reckon for sporting afficiandos

The Football World Cup held in Brazil was undoubtedly the biggest sporting event of 2014. But the year also saw the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, T20 world Cup and many others. Here are 9 events which ensured that sports afficiandos had something to talk about throughout the year.

Srikanth ends year on a high, reaches fourth spot in rankings

Kidambi Srikanth continued his meteoric rise in world badminton as he ended the season by becoming only the third Indian male shuttler to break into the top five, reaching a career-high fourth after hovering in the 40s in the beginning of the year.

They came, they saw, they conquered: Top 10 sportspersons of 2014

With a plethora of major sporting events taking place in 2014, a lot of new heroes emerged onto the scene, while many forgotten ones came out of oblivion and stamped their mark. Here are 10 athletes who were in the news this year.

Shiva Keshavan continues to plough on despite meagre means

Keshavan has had to depend on self-funding and help from private organisations to keep his dream running. It is bearing fruit too. Months after getting a personal coach, American Duncan Kennedy, his first ever in a long career, the athlete claimed silver in the 17th Asian Championships in Nagano, Japan, held on Sunday.

The headlines that shook the sporting arena in 2014

From Maria Sharapova not knowing who Sachin Tendulkar is, to boxer Sarita Devi refusing her medal at the Asian Games, 2014 has witnessed a number of sports controveries; here are the top 10 sporting events that created the wrong headlines.

Shiva Keshavan wins silver in Asian Luge Championships

Keshavan, who has participated in five Winter Olympics, clocked 49.934 seconds to cover the 1,326 metre long ice track in the men's luge competition at the Spiral Olympic Sliding Centre in Nagano.

Muhammad Ali hospitalised with pneumonia, ‘stable’

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who has suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for three decades, was in stable condition after being hospitalised with a 'mild' case of pneumonia, his spokesperson said.

Atwal ends four-year title drought, wins Dubai Open

Arjun Atwal ended a four-year title drought by winning the inaugural Dubai Open by one stroke on Sunday after South Korean teenager Wang Jeung-hun bogeyed the final hole.

My appetite for chess has recovered: Anand

Buoyed by winning the London Chess Classic, five-time world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand said he is looking forward to play games in 2015 with renewed zeal and enthusiasm.

There’s more to off-road biking than just the bike

Off-road riding is one of the most physically demanding sports and the Dakar just takes it a few notches higher, writes Sukhwant Basra.

Terrific Tai tames Saina Nehwal in semifinals in World Super Series

Indian ace Indian Saina Nehwal's invincible run came to a shocking halt after Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying handed her a heart-breaking three-game loss in the semifinals of the BWF World Super Series Final badminton tournament in Dubai on Saturday.

My best is yet to come, says Viswanathan Anand

Indicating that he is still hungry for success, five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand on Friday said he is not quitting the game anytime soon and is preparing to play more tournaments in the coming year after a decent performance in 2014.

Michael Phelps gets suspended sentence for DUI

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was given a one-year suspended sentence and 18 months probation after his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding, a judge said on Friday.
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