World number one Serena Williams insists she is fit and ready for a shot at a seventh Australian Open title, downplaying a knee injury that forced her out of the Hopman Cup last week.

For Australia, choosing the captain is simple: the job goes to the best performing player. Leading from the front has always been Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s strong point as well.

FC Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi won the Fifa world player of the year award for a record fifth time in Zurich on Monday.

When India last arrived in Australia, there was a clear-cut goal. The focus was on the 2015 World Cup. The schedule, the training, the momentum was directed at peaking in February-March. There was a buzz around everything the team participated in, every act was related to how it will affect or benefit the team when the main show kicked off.

When David wins, it makes for a story. Goliath prevailing again is just things going by the script. But then, if you don’t control the narrative playing against a man who is in his first ATP final, then you wouldn’t be much of a world number four now, would you?

Disappointing around 25,000 spectators who had turned up despite the match being a dead rubber, the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and South Africa was called off without a ball being bowled due to rain and a soggy outfield at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

The cash-rich Indian Premier League will have a new title sponsor in its next edition after PepsiCo expressed interest in terminating its association with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Touring in the subcontinent normally comes with the baggage of dealing with frenetic travel, issues with food and sultry conditions. The experience of playing the Indian Premier League, though, has helped ease these problems. Having applied that experience successfully in Bangladesh where they swept the Twenty20 series, South Africa look to be on top of their game — at least in the shortest format — here as well.

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis struggled initially but found their form at the right time to progress through to the China Open women’s doubles quarterfinals in Beijing on Wednesday.

Reduced to ten men, Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) defended dourly to grind out a 1-1 draw against hosts FC Goa in the Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao on Wednesday.