#MUNJUV: Ronaldo is coming home – along with United’s possible defeat

The 2010-11 footballing season will be fondly remembered as one of Manchester United’s most memorable seasons as they romped their way to a record-breaking 19th league title. The Red Devils reached the UEFA Champions League Final too and although they suffered heartbreak at the hands of Barcelona, the club will fondly remember the season as the one where they finally knocked Liverpool “off their perch”. England’s greatest club marvelled. The same season was one to forget for Juventus. The Bianconeri laboured their way to finish a mediocre seventh, repeating their final position from the previous season. Their struggles were laid bare ...

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The unholy alliance between WWE and Saudi Arabia

The year 2018 has brought with it a promise of progress. While Pakistan’s the new leadership has been taking steps towards economic growth, Saudi Arabia is apparently adapting to the 21st century modus operandi and opening its doors to the world. In one of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s (MbS) progressive reforms, the Kingdom opened new cinemas for the first time in decades. They followed it up by lifting the driving ban on women, which was a much-applauded move. Adding to the propaganda of change is World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), the American sports entertainment conglomerate, which signed a 10-year, $450 million ...

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Has Novak Djokovic become the greatest tennis player of all time?

Serbia’s national animal is the wolf, with a commonly held myth that Serbs have evolved from wolves, not apes. It is also often said that it’s impossible to tame a wolf. Following this logic, Serbs would exhibit attributes that characterise them as individuals who cannot be subdued.  Novak Djokovic would then epitomise a typical Serb. It was business as usual this past Sunday at the majestic Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena in Shanghai, where Djokovic cruised to win the Rolex Shanghai Masters 1000. A stunning performance by ‘the Serbinator’ has contributed to yet another accolade in a glittering career which ...

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Is it time to bring back Mohammad Hafeez permanently?

There is no denying that Pakistan had a dismal Asia Cup this year. Barring the one-sided victory over Hong Kong, it was clear that this current Pakistan team has many flaws. But could those flaws be rectified with the inclusion of Mohammad Hafeez in every format? Is it time to recall the ‘professor’ into the team permanently? Hafeez was initially left out of the Pakistan Test squad for the series against Australia. However, the decision was quickly reversed by Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq, and it proved to be correct, as Hafeez went on to score a century very quickly; his ...

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McGregor can pass racist and Islamophobic insults, but Nurmagomedov can’t react to it?

“Let’s talk now”, said Khabib Nurmagomedov, as his fists pounded Irish fighter Conor McGregor. In the ring, the Russian fighter humbles his opponent. Ten minutes later, the cocky Irishman taps out. The fight is over. The Russian has won it convincingly; an easy victory after a much hyped fight. But wait, the fight is apparently not over yet for the Dagestani fighter, also known as The Eagle. Despite a dominating victory, he is still angry. That anger needed only a nudge in the right (or wrong) direction, and that push was provided by McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis, who ...

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Men in Green vs Mighty Australia: Has Pakistan selected the best team for the job?

How do we even assess the embarrassing performance exhibited by Pakistan at the 2018 Asia Cup? If we briefly sum it up, we can definitely detect complacency, lack of mental durability and a mismanagement of human resources. Now, after its heart-wrenching exit from the event, Pakistan cricket’s next adventure is a two-match Test series against Australia, which starts tomorrow.  The Inzamamul Haq-led selection committee has announced a 17-member squad to face the team that ranks third in Test rankings. However, it seems the selection committee hasn’t learned from past mistakes and has picked players that are either inexperienced or unsuitable ...

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Because how can the GOAT Ronaldo ever rape a woman, despite her saying ‘no’ and ‘stop’?

Cristiano Ronaldo is so many things; father, son, partner, friend, mentor, hero, celebrity, athlete, and now an alleged rapist. Fans all over the world are offended; how is it that the hero they have put on a pedestal is accused of such a heinous crime? Is this a conspiracy by Lionel Messi fan boys to drag down Ronaldo’s good name? His admirers have come together to show their loyalties and back their forever favourite. In the midst of all this, I, a former Ronaldo fan, choose not to give him the benefit of the doubt. In cases of sexual ...

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Rashid Khan, the Afridi of Afghanistan: When heroes emerge out of rubble

During my last visit to Karachi a few months ago, I spent some time going through the school assignments and homework of our family cook’s children. As I did so, I insisted on the importance of hard work in order to succeed in life. “You have to work extremely hard in school so you get good grades and then go to the army, as your father wants you to become a general in the Pakistan Army one day, InshaAllah,” I continued to lecture them. My words echoed the dreams and aspirations of not only our cook, but so many other ...

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AsiaCup’18: Dear Pakistan, you can’t be a champion if you only play against the weakest

Now that Pakistan has been put out of its misery and the dust is finally starting to settle, let’s get back to the drawing board. There is a lot that went wrong but it wasn’t entirely unpredictable. Give me an opportunity to walk you through the events that transpired when the nation was still high on the Champions Trophy victory. Immediately after becoming champions, Pakistan hosted a weak Sri Lankan team in the UAE. They cruised their way to an ODI clean sweep. Confidence went skyrocketing and a bubble of illusion was formed. Pakistan’s cricketers celebrate the dismissal ...

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#PakvsInd: What was to be a nail-biting clash, quickly became a one-sided affair

The entire nation was abuzz as the Asia Cup began, knowing that Pakistan and India were scheduled to face off in multiple matches, and hoping for a repeat of the magical display witnessed during the final of the Champions Trophy 2017. Given the performances Pakistan has delivered since then, one would think we would be the favourite to win, but given that India is an immensely strong side, the matches were sure to be nail-biters. Unfortunately, we all know how the first match turned out, as what was expected to be a nail-biter became a one-sided affair in which India ...

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