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President Pranab Mukherjee will confer the country's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna upon Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on 4 February at a ceremony to be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.A report on India Today said that Tendulkar will receive the award just months after retiring from the sport. The rehearsal of the ceremony will take place on 3 February.Tendulkar will become the first sportsperson to receive the award after he was chosen for it along with scientist CNR Rao. The decision to give Tendulkar the award was announced shortly after the Master Blaster played his 200th and final Test against West Indies in his hometown Mumbai.The statement from Rashtrapati Bhavan said: "That he has been honoured with several awards is testimony to his extraordinary brilliance as a sportsman." Tendulkar and Rao will become the first men to receive the honour after musician Bhimsen Joshi, who got it in 2009.Click here to read the full report.

Champions League: Sporting Lisbon eliminated as Chelsea cruise to 3-1 victory

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Champions League: Sporting Lisbon eliminated as Chelsea cruise to 3-1 victory

Sporting Lisbon was eliminated from the Champions League after losing 3-1 at Chelsea on Wednesday, with the Portuguese side surrendering second place to Schalke in the final round of games in Group H....


McLaren set to announce 2015 drivers

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McLaren set to announce 2015 drivers

McLaren are set to announce the return of Fernando Alonso at a news conference on Thursday with British media tipping the Formula One team to retain Jenson Button in a lineup of champions.The team, ...

Time to make the BCCI choose between Team India and the IPL

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Time to make the BCCI choose between Team India and the IPL

The BCCI likes to tell everyone that is a private body and therefore it has the right to operate free from outside interference. It fed the Supreme Court this very line in Wednesdays hearing of the Mu...

Indian Super League is here to stay, but what about the I-League?

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Indian Super League is here to stay, but what about the I-League?

The ISL came and, quite rightly, conquered over the sporting world of India. With crowds of over 20,000 at each game, it is quite easy to see the popularity of the tournament. Yet with the end of the ...

Ricky Ponting appointed head coach of the Mumbai Indians

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Ricky Ponting appointed head coach of the Mumbai Indians

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has been appointed head coach of Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians, the club announced on Wednesday.The 39-year-old, who retired from international crick...

England's Craig Kieswetter set to miss Cricket World Cup 2015

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England's Craig Kieswetter set to miss Cricket World Cup 2015

Taunton: England wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter is unlikely to play at the 2015 Cricket World Cup because of a serious eye injury.Somerset, Kieswetter\'s English county side, says in a...

SC says act against Meiyappan in IPL corruption case, keep Srinivasan out of it

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SC says act against Meiyappan in IPL corruption case, keep Srinivasan out of it

Cracking the whip in the Indian Premier League corruption case, the Supreme Court on Tuesday insisted that action must be taken against Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan\'s ...