Anirban Majumder

Real Madrid - Barcelona: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Set to Tangle

on April 13 2012 11:52 AM

Barcelona and Real Madrid are going neck and neck in this season's La Liga. So are their two stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The two arch rivals will meet on April 22nd The 'El Classico" could decide who would win the league this time.

Ronaldo scored a hat trick on Wednesday against Atletico Madrid, and thus took his tally to 40 league goals, which also equals his own record of highest league goals in one season.It also made the Portugal forward the first player from Europe's major leagues to record two consecutive 40-goal seasons.

Ronaldo's hat trick put him one goal ahead of Messi in the league and took his overall season tally to 52.

Messi, however has scored 61 goals so far in this season. By now he is only two shy of Everton star Dixie Dean's tally of 63 goals, which were scored during the 1927-28 season.

Both, Messi and Ronaldo, can improve their tally on Saturday when they will face Levante and Sporting Gijon respectively.

Nadal - Djokovic: World's Best Players to Duel at Santiago Bernabeu This Summer

on April 11 2012 3:37 PM

History will be made on July 14 when the two best tennis players in the world meet at one of the most renowned sports venues in Europe.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will square off on a tennis court at Santiago Bernabeu, the home of Real Madrid, to raise funds for the Real Madrid Foundation and Rafa Nadal Foundation, both of which benefit disadvantaged children.

It will also celebrate the 110th anniversary of Los Blancos.

Organizers hope the event at the 80,000-seat stadium will break the world record for attendance for a tennis match set last year when 35,681 fans watched Serena Williams play Kim Clijsters in Brussels.

"The objective of this exhibition match is to set a spectator record for a game of tennis, exceeding 80,000," the nine-time European champions said on their Web site. 

Nadal, an ardent Madrid fan who tries to attend as many matches as possible, is thrilled to be taking part in the historic event.

On his Facebook page, Nadal posted: "Back to practicing, very happy because the Rafa Nadal Foundation's event has been confirmed at Bernabeu!"

Serena Williams: Tennis Star Looks Ahead After Winning Family Circle Cup Final

on April 09 2012 3:34 PM

Less than an hour after the Family Circle Cup finals began Sunday, Serena Williams was a 6-0, 6-1 winner and dancing on Stadium Court to the strains of "Hey Ya!" by Outkast.

With an emphatic win over Lucie Safarova, Williams claimed her first clay-court title since she won the South Carolina tournament in 2008.

On what has long been her shakiest surface, Williams looked as solid as ever.

In winning her 40th WTA title in the Family Circle Cup, Williams put an exclamation point on a dominant week, and signaled that she will be a force during Grand Slam and Olympic events this summer.

Williams went through a representative Family Circle field this week like it was a bowl of her favorite banana pudding. Her victory over 26th-ranked Safarova was just as lopsided, if not quite as impressive, as Saturday's 6-1, 6-1 semifinal trouncing of No. 5 Samantha Stosur.

"I don't know what was going on with me the last two matches," Williams told the crowd after the match. "But I hope I can keep it up. I definitely want to continue this," said Williams who will move from 10 to nine when the new world rankings come out.