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My attitude won’t change, no matter how much I wanted to go, says Messi on Barcelona

Lionel Messi Friday announced he was not leaving Barcelona after the club said his transfer would cost him 700 million euros. Messi said he had been looking to leave for a year.

‘Impossible’ $825 million release clause keeps Messi at Barcelona

Rumours had circulated that Messi would reunite with his former manager Pep Guardiola in the English Premier League for Manchester City.
Harbhajan Singh | Photo: Twitter | @harbhajan_singh

After Suresh Raina, now Harbhajan Singh pulls out of IPL citing personal reasons

The cricketer said Chennai Super Kings team management was informed about his decision and requested everyone to respect his privacy.

India’s Sumit Nagal loses to Dominic Thiem in straight sets, exits US Open

Nagal lost 3-6 3-6 2-6 to the second-seeded Austrian Thiem, who celebrated his 27th birthday with a commanding performance at the Arthur Ashe stadium Thursday.
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Deepak Punia, 2 other wrestlers, test positive for Covid-19

Olympics-bound Punia, Navin, and Krishan are all part of a national camp at the SAI Centre in Sonepat.
File photo of BCCI headquarters in Mumbai

BCCI contingent member, in Dubai to oversee IPL, tests Covid positive

The development comes after 13 members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent, including two players, tested positive for the dreaded virus last week.
A pedestrian walks past the Olympic rings outside the Japan Olympic Museum near the New National Stadium, the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Tokyo | Photo: Kiyoshi Ota | Bloomberg

Tokyo is planning a stripped-down 2020 Olympics, but no one knows what that is

As plans begin to take shape, sports director of the Tokyo Organizing Committee says details that previously went unnoticed, like the sounds athletes make, will take on more focus.
Players of Chennai Super Kings, including Mahendra Singh Dhoni captured on 21 August leaving for the United Arab Emirates from Chennai airport for IPL 2020 | ANI Photo

All CSK members, except 13 who tested Covid positive earlier, test negative, says team CEO

Viswanathan earlier stated that even the 13, including Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad, were among those who returned negative in tests conducted Monday. He later revised his statement.
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Malfunction causes stalemate — India, Russia declared joint winners of online Chess Olympiad

Russia was initially declared the winner after 2 Indian players lost out on time after suffering a server problem. The decision was reviewed after a protest by India.

2 players among CSK’s 13 Covid-positive staff & Raina’s withdrawal threaten team’s IPL bid

On Saturday, Chennai Super Kings announced that the team's all-rounder Suresh Raina has pulled out of the Indian Premier League citing 'personal reasons'.

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Lt Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa | File photo: Twitter | @AsimBajwaISPR

Nawaz Sharif or Asim Bajwa, corruption scandals in Pakistan turn into never-ending soaps

In Pakistan, no one seems interested in demanding stronger, more independent institutions which would do due diligence away from the public glare.
The Reserve Bank of India | File photo: Bloomberg

Stringent Kamath panel suggestions mean not many stressed firms can avail of RBI debt recast

RBI has implemented KV Kamath panel’s recommendations in totality, including parameters like high debt service coverage ratio and investment grade rating.

Defence

Representational image for India-China relations | File photo: Bloomberg

China wanted ‘no escalation’ on hotline call in the day, tried to capture territory at night

Hours before trying to push in 1,000 soldiers near Pangong Tso on 28 August, Chinese PLA had called Indian Army to avoid escalatory action and night patrolling.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Fort Modi is impregnable despite China, Covid, job losses. Only one leader can defeat him

Critics wonder why voters aren’t turning against Modi. But a well-entrenched Indian leader has never been defeated by a rival; only Modi can do that to himself.