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Cover Story
Going? Going? not quite gone!
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have witnessed tough times but it’s hard to claim with conviction that they’re experiencing irreversible decline. Their biggest threats are still expected to be Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. For now, the kings are alive and well. By Priyansh.

Cricket
INTERVIEW/MITHALI RAJ
Batting for women’s cricket
“The future of Indian women’s cricket looks great, but again, it all depends on how we come up with a plan of action that not only helps sustain the passion of the current crop of young players, but also attracts more and more girls to the sport,” says Mithali Raj in a chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
FOCUS
This trio has talent to make it big
Armaan Jaffer (15 years), Sarfaraz Khan (16) and Shreyas Iyer (19) are among the most talked-about junior cricketers from Mumbai. A deluge of numbers tells their story. By Arun Venugopal.

Column
LONDON CALLING
Beefy’s IPL thoughts
As Ian Botham says, IPL is possibly the root of all cricket’s evil even if there is little corruption within that form of cricket; but there would be a revolt if IPL finished, writes Ted Corbett.

Football
STARWATCH
Gerrard relishing a return
Having come so close to winning the Premier League last May, the Reds captain believes they have to start turning their promise into something more tangible with manager Brendan Rodgers in his third season in charge, writes Carl Markham.
Marquee signing
Quality such as Angel Di Maria does not come cheap and Manchester United smashed the British transfer record when they paid GBP59.7 million to acquire the highly-rated Argentina winger. By Ben Cohen.
KICKING AROUND
No absolutes in the game
Playing not on the right wing as he had done in Brazil but in a free floating role, Argentina’s Angel Di Maria simply took the German defence to pieces in the friendly match in Dusseldorf. By Brian Glanville.

Chess
FOCUS
The Carlsen consent
After a period of suspense, World champion Magnus Carlsen has agreed to defend his crown against Viswanathan Anand in Sochi from November 5. By P. K. Ajith Kumar.

Cricket
ON THE BALL/W.V.RAMAN
The issue of suspect actions
It is better for a cricketer to be told early in his career if he is guilty of doing something wrong. This will enable him to unlearn the wrong things and practice his craft in the right possible manner.

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