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VOL.38 :: NO.19 :: May. 09, 2015



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Cover Story
For a few dollars more
The West Indian players’ distrust of the board, after innumerable contract disputes, makes it only natural for them to prefer the IPL over national duty. The players and the IPL will be better served if the WICB can clean its act up, writes Shreedutta Chidananda.

Cricket
Striking success
For fast bowlers so used to getting the stick from explosive batsmen, Ashish Nehra’s wicket-taking ability comes like a kiss of life, writes Nandakumar Marar.

Football
KICKING AROUND
FIFA exposed
Thanks to Insight’s revelations we have abundant and outrageous chapter and verse on how Sepp Blatter himself did a deal with the Qataris, enabling him to stay in Presidential office, writes Brian Glanville.
FEATURE
The great English forwards
Wayne Rooney headed his 47th England goal against feeble Lithuania at Wembley, which put him firmly and almost inevitably in position to overtake Charlton (49). With the England manager Roy Hodgson bizarrely remarking that it was more difficult now to score England goals than in Charlton’s day. By Brian Glanville.
STARWATCH
Ready for the challenge
If the hat-trick against Sunderland does prove the catalyst for Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie to become a regular goal-scorer, manager Andrew Pardew will have himself the ideal winger, writes Glen Robertson.
Thriving at Emirates
Following his return from the World Cup, Mesut Ozil struggled for form in the early part of this season and injury led to him missing a further three months but he is now back to his best and Arsenal are reaping the reward. By Jack Maleham.
INTERVIEW
‘You got to have dreams’
Now in India, as the technical director of ISL franchisee Kerala Blasters’ grassroots programme, Terry Phelan spoke to P. K. Ajith Kumar about his illustrious football journey — which includes a shock win over eventual finalist Italy in the 1994 World Cup as part of the Republic of Ireland squad — and also his tryst with various top English clubs.

Golf
INTERVIEW
The healing Putt
“Golf teaches discipline and honesty, because you have to be honest to yourself first, then to your counterparts. It teaches you punctuality and patience. You can have a good round of golf one day and a bad one the next day,” says Bongi Mokaba, the Director of Events for Johannesburg and in-charge of the Joburg Open, in a chat with G. Viswanath.

Tennis
ASIAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Buoyed by the double
By jumping to a career-best rank of No. 22 in the world at the junior level, thanks to a double crown in the Asian Junior Championship, Pranjala Yadlapalli does her confidence a world of good, ahead of the junior Grand Slams in Roland Garros and Wimbledon, writes Kamesh Srinivasan.

Chess Corner
The cyclic shift

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