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VOL.29 :: NO.03 :: Jan. 21 - 27, 2006

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The ghosts of 1998 and 1982
IT could well be the footballing equivalent of Ethiopia believing the country can colonise the United States, taking advantage of American brashness and confidence. But sport being slightly more unpredictable than politics and commerce, ...

Cover Story
Ricky Ponting, with 28 Test centuries, is hot on the heels of India's Sachin Tendulkar (35 centuries) and West Indian Brian Lara (31 centuries). Going by his recent performances, especially against South Africa, the Australian appears poised to inch ahead. The race is truly on, writes VIJAY LOKAPALLY

An appeal for cricketing decorum
ALL summer in Australia, cricket umpires have been interrogated rudely and pressured with incessant appeals and not enough eyebrows have been raised. Evidently this is part of modern sports' `whatever it takes to win' attitude, where mental ...

Cricket Corner
Targeting the umpires
IS over-appealing leading to the spate of very poor umpiring decisions in international matches over the last 12 months? An appeal should be a request to the umpires to consider whether a batsman is out or not out. Unfortunately, the aggression ...

Here & There
Seniors grace Ranji
BY direct and indirect methods, wittingly and unwittingly, three senior players brought Ranji into sharp focus this season. Sourav Ganguly giving two matches a miss, for personal reasons, created a storm because an incensed Kiran More went ...

Run rain at Bagh-e-Jinnah
INDIA's only tour game against Pakistan `A' at Bagh-e-Jinnah ground brought for the side a definite gain in the form of two opening partnerships from Gautam Gambhir, searching for runs, and Wasim Jaffer, on a comeback trail. The two notched up ...
For Tendulkar, it began here 16 years ago
THERE is an air of expectancy at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. The Indian cricket team will be flying out to Pakistan on what should be an eventful campaign across the border. The morning of January 5 is foggy and chilly, ...

The Athlete's search for his best
THE one constant in the athlete's life is struggle. Not just with opponent, or with situation, or with surface, or with conditions. Always the athlete's finest skirmish is with the self. In his scuffle with doubt, in his tussle with confidence, ...

Peaking late but right
Ivan Ljubicic has the game to take him up a notch. His groundstrokes and his shots off the baseline are not for the faint-hearted, and with the increasing rarity of the single-handed backhand comes its increasing beauty, writes NANDITA SRIDHAR
Basking in the warmth of Chennai
CARLOS Moya has a secret he won't hit and tell. If sheer crowd support, crowd frenzy and court magic could win titles, then Goran Ivanisevic would have won four Wimbledon titles instead of one, and the British, Australians and the French would ...
Scent of a successful pair
THEY are only three tournaments old as a pair, and comparisons are already being made, opinions aired, and judgements given. Entering the 2006 Chennai Open doubles championship on a wildcard, Rohan Bopanna and Prakash Amritraj captured the hearts ...
Ring in the new
IN the first week of 2006, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) implemented the new doubles rule in its tournaments across the world including Chennai, Doha and Adelaide. The new rules apply only to ATP and ATP Challenger events and not ...

Kicking Around
Wide wonder Cole
WHEN Jose `the Mouth' Mourinho, Chelsea's loquacious manager, recently called Joe Cole "untouchable" I believe we knew what he meant. It was part of a sustained eulogy in which he praised the way that Cole, in his view, had at last found his ...

Down Memory Lane
Football's envy, hockey's pride
AMONG a glittering array of Indian legends, Leslie Walter Claudius stands out as arguably the greatest living hockey player today. His record in the Olympics of three gold medals (London 1948, Helsinki '52, Melbourne '56) and a silver medal (Rome ...

RAILWAYS all the way
AS the saying goes, "Cometh the hour, cometh the man... ." Well, Riyazuddin Qureshi, the unflappable Indian Railways forward and shooter, proved just that. With the captain and main shooter Trideep Rai benched, thanks to five fouls — the ...
"There is no money for sportsmen in Serbia... "
ZORAN LUKIC is a passionate man. Not only is he obsessed with basketball he also exhibits the same pride and intensity for his country — Serbia-Montenegro. The 34-year old is on a mission to India. On a request from FIBA's Zoran Radovic ...
Boquets and brickbats
THE 56th edition of the Senior National Basketball championships, which concluded at the Shri Shiv Chatrapathi Kreedapeet recently, had a few firsts. For the first time, all the matches were played on three indoor courts. Credit must be given ...

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