From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.03 :: Jan. 17, 2009
As Roger Federer braces up for his 10th straight Australian Open, an event he has won thrice, the big question is will he be able to draw level with the great Pete Sampras’ record of 14 majors? By S. Ram Mahesh.
Strauss faces biggest test
Never have the new captain’s diplomatic skills been more needed than in the wake of Kevin Pietersen’s self-destruction. By David Hopps.
Revolt rebounds on fallen Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen's departure was the inevitable consequence of a growing mutual mistrust, writes David Hopps.
The ups and downs of Pietersen's captaincy
August 4, 2008: Kevin Pietersen replaces Michael Vaughan as England's Test captain and also takes over the one-day captaincy from Paul Collingwood. August 6: England's coach Peter Moores contacts Pietersen for "clearthe- air talks" ...
The ECB did the right thing
The long and short of it was that Pietersen was found wanting in terms of strategy and once things went wrong, he started looking for venues to deflect the criticism in order to escape the none too pleasant task of carrying the can.
It’s six-in-a-row for Ganguly
The champion from Kolkata won just four games, but, importantly, he didn’t lose a single encounter in the all-play-all tournament featuring 13 men. He, in fact, was the only unbeaten player, writes P. K. Ajith Kumar.
Six years ago, Akshayraj Kore decided to take a break from chess to concentrate on his studies. Now he is not so sure if that was a wise move. If the 21-year-old’s sterling performance in the National ‘A’ ...
INTERVIEW/ SURYA SHEKHAR GANGULY
Looking for motivation
Surya Shekhar Ganguly is happy to have created history in Mangalore. However, he rates his first National ‘A’ title he won in Kozhikode in 2003 as his best. The champion spoke to P. K. Ajith Kumar soon after his victory in Mangalore.
Humpy looks ahead
Koneru Humpy no doubt enjoys her status as the World No. 2 in women’s chess, but her ultimate goal is to win the world title. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.
He has the spark
Vidit, the World under-14 champion, has already set his sights firmly on becoming a Grandmaster in 2009, writes V. V. Subrahmanyam.
Liverpool and its Gerrard woes
Steven Gerrard is always a vigorous competitor, but neither on nor off the field could he be considered a violent man. Yet, the history of himself and his family is strangely intertwined with violent people, writes Brian Glanville.
WHO REIGNS IN SPAIN
Keen to be Real deal
Lassana Diarra’s no-nonsense style of play is exactly what Real requires at the moment as it looks to put a disastrous start to the season behind and attempt to reduce the 12-point gap between the side and Barcelona, writes Paul Hirst.
Chelsea’s economy drive continues
The extent of the economising at Stamford Bridge has surprised club insiders, who describe the restrictions on complimentary tickets as “petty”. By Duncan Castles.
In the spotlight
Stephen Ireland progressed through the youth ranks at Manchester City, breaking into the first team in the 2005-2006 season, and he has been almost an ever-present in the starting line-up in the last two seasons, writes Neil McDonald.
Shooting the Gunners to safety
Arsenal was facing a dreary draw until substitute Nicklas Bendtner finished crisply from an acute angle, with six minutes remaining, to keep alive the team's interest in fourth place. Amy Lawrence reports.
Chelsea stripped of its competence
Chelsea had not been beaten so heavily by Manchester United since 2002, the year before Roman Abramovich’s takeover. Kevin McCarra reports.
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