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 Glenn Maxwell's knock that followed ensured Brendon McCullum's knock went in vain after his explosive half-century took Chennai Super Kings past the 200-mark. Ravindranath K / The National

All is well with Punjab as Maxwell and Miller seal win against Chennai

The Australian missed out on a century but his 95 runs, along with Miller's unbeaten half-century, ensured Kings XI scaled a mighty peak of a target in a hot first game of Abu Dhabi's double-header.

 Sunderland manager Gus Poyet protests during the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at The Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northeast England, on March 15, 2014. Ian MacNicol / AFP

Sunderland going out of Premier League with a grumble

Northeast club have underwhelmed during seven-year stay in the top flight

 Hamburg players leave the field after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on March 30, 2014. AFP

Hamburg the dinosaur’s time may be up in Bundesliga

Ever-present for 51 years in the German top-flight, Hamburg face the prospect of relegation, writes Ian Hawkey.

 At 105 kg, Gabrielle Garcia has dominated the world circuit and loves many things about being in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Garcia seeks fresh challenge in MMA after her jiu-jitsu domination

Brazilian prides being a lioness in the sport but feels she can shed 25kg weight to pursue her MMA debut aspirations.

 England's Jonathan Trott hits out during the ICC Champions Trophy semi final match against South Africa at The Oval cricket ground, London June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Philip Brown

England’s Jonathan Trott sidelined with stress-related illness again

Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from professional cricket because of his stress-related illness as England and Wales Cricket Board and Warwickshire confirmed he will stop playing with immediate effect.

 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks on during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium on April 13, 2014 in Swansea, Wales. Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

‘That’s why we are a top club’ says Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech

Jose Mourinho’s men will temporarily claim the Premier League top spot if they beat Sunderland, leaving them in control of their own destiny in the title race ahead of a crucial trip to face Liverpool at Anfield on April 27.

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Blackhawks star Saad’s story of coming to America a happy one

April 13, 2014

Chicago winger a reminder of what can happen in a nation of immigrants

Presenting the rest of the NHL season’s best

April 6, 2014

Some of the year's most memorable moments do not get the recognition they deserve

NHL still tinkering with its post-season formula

April 6, 2014

League flirting with having more play-off teams from California than Canada

NHL: Penguins and Crosby marching on relentlessly

March 23, 2014

The Pittsburgh forward ensures exhaustion and short slumps do not hurt Penguins, writes Rob McKenzie

Hot start on ice for UAE in Challenge Cup of Asia

March 16, 2014

The UAE are bracing for a stronger test against Thailand after disposing of familiar Gulf opponents Kuwait 5-1 in the IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia opener on Sunday.

Southampton name Ralph Krueger – former coach of NHL’s Edmonton Oilers – chairman

March 12, 2014

Southampton announced on Wednesday they had hired Krueger, a one-time coach of the Oilers, the Swiss national ice hockey team and an adviser to the Canadian national team at this year's Winter Olympics.

UAE is hoping Zayed Sports City ice proves an advantage

March 9, 2014

The UAE will have their sights set on winning a championship on home ice when the International Ice Hockey Federation Challenge Cup of Asia begins on Saturday at Zayed Sports City.

Vancouver moves Roberto Luongo to Florida for prospects

March 9, 2014

Roberto Luongo is out of Vancouver, shipped to the Florida Panthers for mere prospects and leaving a team with a chance at making the play-offs for one buried in the standings.

Which bad NHL team will be good soon?

March 9, 2014

It’s not a hard and fast rule but one way to get to the top is to fall to the bottom, because that brings you the premier draft choices who can make a franchise, writes Rob McKenzie.

Best images from around the world in the past 24 hours — March 5

March 5, 2014

The National View blog looks at some of the best images from around the world over the past 24 hours.

Novelty of outdoor ice hockey Stadium Series risks wearing thin in NHL

March 2, 2014

Fans may be lapping up the outdoor games despite unpleasant weather, but some voices guard against an overdose, writes Paul Oberjuerge.

When the war was as cold as ice

February 25, 2014

Valeri Kharlamov died young, yet he endures as an embodiment of the traditional difference between the Russian style of hockey (elegant) and the North American (muscular).

Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin shrug off lack of scoring so far in Olympics

February 18, 2014

Canadian coach Mike Babcock, for one, isn't concerned about Crosby lack of a netter yet at the Olympics. 'Everyone evaluates Sid on scoring,' he said, 'I evaluate Sid on winning.'

Jonathan Quick gets the nod as starting goalie for USA hockey’s first Olympic game

February 12, 2014

The Los Angeles Kings goalie was selected over Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres and Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings for the Americans' opener on Thursday v Slovakia.