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Top stories of the week: Anand rolls back the years, goodbye 2017

Viswanathan Anand (centre) beat Vladimir Fedoseev (right) in a two-game tie-break to win gold at the 2017 World Rapid & Blitz Championship in Riyadh. Ian Nepomniachtchi (left) finished third. Salah Malkawi/ Getty Images

Missed catching up on the latest in Indian sport? Worry not, as ESPN gives you the lowdown on the top stories of the past week.

Champion again

Viswanathan Anand's last-minute sign-up for the World Rapid and Blitz Championship in Riyadh fetched him a title in a format he believed didn't suit an aging multiple-time champion like him any more. The 48-year-old beat Vladimir Fedoseev in a two-game tie-break to reclaim the world rapid crown. It was the perfect demonstration of his mastery over age and time. "I came with a pessimistic frame of mind but it has just been the most wonderful surprise," Anand said. "It was as though time had stood still." He had last won the world rapid title in 2003.

Read more: Anand: Becoming world champion again is the most amazing feeling


Our celebration of 2017

As 2017 drew to a close, ESPN India took a long celebratory look back at the year. We started with lists of the top stories and the best quotes of the year. Readers also got a chance to take a quiz and test how well they remembered the year in Indian sport. Our big year-end story was on Kidambi Srikanth, who had an unforgettable year with four Superseries wins. With quite a few Indian badminton players having an impressive 2017, we also did a breakdown of the year for the country in the sport. And yes, we also revealed our most-read stories of the year.

Read more: The year of Srikanth

Also read: ESPN India's top 10 stories of 2017


Sushil books Commonwealth Games berth

Sushil Kumar will represent India at the 2018 Commonwealth Games after winning the selection trials in New Delhi last week. He won three bouts on the day, including a 7-3 win over Parveen Rana in the final bout. The victory was marred by an ugly clash that saw the brother of one of his opponents -- Parveen Rana -- beaten up, allegedly by some of Sushil's supporters. The victim said the attackers threatened to kill him and also prevent Parveen from participating in the Pro Wrestling League, set to take place in January.

Read more: Sushil Kumar to represent India at 2018 Commonwealth Games after winning selection trial


Mohun Bagan's No. 600

After Mohun Bagan became only the third team -- after East Bengal and Churchill Brothers -- to score 600 goals in NFL/I-League history, we looked at a few interesting numbers behind the feat. The first goal for Mohun Bagan was scored by Dipendu Biswas in their second NFL game in 1997-98. With 94 goals in NFL/I-League, Brazil's Jose Barreto leads the all-time goal-scoring tally for the club -- the second and third place being held by Odafa Okolie (51) and Bhaichung Bhutia (25). Mohun Bagan's most prolific goal-scoring season till now has been 2011-12, when they scored 51 goals across 26 games, with Okolie scoring 26 times in his first season for the club.

Read more: Mohun Bagan soar past 600 goals in national league


Europe beckons Dheeraj

Indian Arrows goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem quit the I-League team last week to pursue a career in Europe. "Right now Dheeraj feels he has reached whatever level he could in the age group stage in India. He wants to test himself against senior players at the elite level," said Anuj Kichlu, his agent. While the Manipur-based goalkeeper has no contract in hand, he is keen on testing himself in Europe. His first stop will be at Scotland Premier League Club Motherwell FC.

Read more: Dheeraj Singh quits Indian Arrows to pursue opportunities in Europe

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