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The Deccan Herald

Roman Abramovich’s $2.86 billion ambition has been fulfilled. Chelsea have won the Champions League. They walked the most tenuous of tightropes, but they  beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties after drawing 1-1 in regulation. This was perhaps the worst and the ugliest team of the Abramovich era, but, ultimately, it was the most successful. Bayern dominated the match statistically....

Roger Federer will begin the 2013 season more motivated than ever to compete for tennis’ biggest prizes. The 31-year-old was unable to make it three titles in a row at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Monday night as he went down 7-6 (8/6) 7-5 to world number one Novak Djokovic in a high-class final at London’s O2 Arena. Federer is six years older than...

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Muller and his Bayern Munich colleague Miroslav Klose both netted braces to secure a comfortable 4-0 victory over minnows Kazakhstan. The victory now means Germany are firm favourite to qualify directly from Group A as group winners, boasting a significant lead over their nearest challengers Belgium and Austria with fifteen points, having scored seventeen goals and...

Sebastian Vettel will start the season-opening Australian Grand Prix from pole position after a dominant qualifying performance in Melbourne.  The reigning world champion set a lap of 1 minute 23.529 seconds to top the timesheets by almost eight tenths ahead of McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton. The Brit produced a last-gasp effort to grab a front-row slot in front of Vettel’s...

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer breezed through their opening matches at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. While home favourite Andy Roddick crashed out, the world numbers one and two respectively progressed to the third round with the minimum of fuss. Nadal was not broken en route to a 6-4 6-4 win over Kei Nishikori while Federer had a more difficult task on paper...

Andre Stolz produced a final round of 68 to win the Indonesia PGA Championship by a stroke from Rory Hie in Jakarta. The 40-year-old’s four-under-par effort saw him finish on 14 under for the tournament and edge out local hero Hie as birdies at the 17th, where he sank a 35-foot putt, and 18th proved decisive. A couple of years ago I thought I would never play...

England’s progress to the quarter-finals was unconvincing, involving a succession of improbably tight finishes against allcomers in Group B. That was not remotely the case at the Premadasa Stadium as openers Dilshan (108 not out) and Tharanga (102 not out) each hit irresistible hundreds in an unbroken stand of 231 to power their team to victory with more than...