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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.

FIFA's corruption crisis: Reactions from around the world

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FIFA's corruption crisis: Reactions from around the world

Football's governing body FIFA was rocked early Wednesday morning by the arrests of six senior officials from the Baur Au Lac Hotel in Zurich by the Swiss Police in connection with a US Department of ...


Brazil backs corruption probe into FIFA, says committed to 'truth' and 'transparency'

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Brazil backs corruption probe into FIFA, says committed to 'truth' and 'transparency'

Rio de Janeiro: The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said it backed a corruption probe into world body FIFA following the arrest of seven top officials Wednesday, including the man who led the C...

It was a World Cup of fraud, we are showing FIFA a red card: IRS chief Richard Weber

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It was a World Cup of fraud, we are showing FIFA a red card: IRS chief Richard Weber

The United States accused soccer officials of corrupting a sport loved by billions Wednesday, warning the investigation is not over and seeking the extradition of suspects arrested in Switzerland.Atto...

Chuck Blazer: whistleblower at epicenter of FIFA arrests

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Chuck Blazer: whistleblower at epicenter of FIFA arrests

New York: Once the most important man in US soccer, Charles "Chuck" Blazer turned on FIFA to become the central figure in a wide-ranging graft investigation that threatened Wednesday to brin...

Six arrested FIFA officials oppose extradition to US, says Swiss justice ministry

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Six arrested FIFA officials oppose extradition to US, says Swiss justice ministry

Six of the seven top FIFA officials arrested on Wednesday in Zurich as part of a twin corruption probe are opposing their extradition to the United States, the Swiss justice ministry said.It said they...

Bribery in bidding for 2010 South Africa World Cup, says US Attorney General Loretta Lynch

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Bribery in bidding for 2010 South Africa World Cup, says US Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Corrupt officials at world soccer's governing body FIFA took bribes during the process that awarded the 2010 World Cup to South Africa, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch alleged Wednesday."Around...

Umpire row: No sympathy for Nadal from Federer, Wawrinka

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Umpire row: No sympathy for Nadal from Federer, Wawrinka

Roger Federer on Wednesday admitted that allowing leading players to pick and choose who umpires their matches could set a difficult precedent for tour organisers.After easing past Spain's Marcel Gran...