From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.15 :: Apr. 11, 2009
Tiger Woods’ game is presently not yet sandpapered to the point of optimum efficiency, but he will be a factor at the Masters because putting is always a factor at the Masters. He cannot overwhelm a field anymore, he cannot hit longer than so many anymore, but what separates him still is his toughness. He may not win the Masters, but if there’s a 14-footer to decide it, he won’t be scared, writes Rohit Brijnath.
Since last summer, Gautam Gambhir, the diminutive left-hander, has been steadily etching a place for himself and after his centuries against New Zealand, it will be difficult to overlook him whenever the topic centres around the Indian batting line-up.
Jesse Ryder, who always has time for kids, is a potentially great batsman, freak athlete and is capable of incredible things for a man of his size, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
Kellner makes amends
The 22-year-old Hungarian was very much at home on the clay courts of the Jaidip Mukerjea Tennis Academy, as he lifted his second ITF title of his career. Amitabha Das Sharma reports.
Andy Murray mows down Novak Djokovic
A Masters Series event, it is considered the biggest title outside the four Grand Slams, and Murray's calm and carefully constructed performance was initially more than good enough and eventually just about good enough to live up to the accolade. By Richard Jago.
Taufik Hidayat proves his class
With his title triumph, the 29-year-old Indonesian served a reminder to all that he is still a force in the highly competitive men’s circuit. V. V. Subrahmanyam reports.
Known for his versatility, John O’Shea has played all across the back for Manchester United, in central midfield and even enjoyed a brief stint in goal against Tottenham in 2007 following Edwin van der Sar’s dismissal, writes Rory Tevlin.
WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
A victory in the end
This was the first authentic challenge Fabio Capello’s England had experienced at Wembley in a competitive match. For a spell, that was engrossing for a side unmoved by most of the games at the venue, writes Kevin McCarra.
Fabio Capello and England have to make do as best they can with centre-backs not really up to the task.
Macheda comes off the bench to rescue United
The contemporary United pride themselves on control more than daredevil football, yet improvisation had been essential on this occasion. With Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic and Paul Scholes suspended, Sir Alex Ferguson also had to cope with the absence through injury of Rio Ferdinand and Dimitar Berbatov. By Kevin McCarra.
It’s Button again
The Brawn GP driver’s success was rewarded with only half the customary allocation of points as the race was stopped by torrential rain before reaching the three-quarters cut-off point beyond which full points are awarded. By Alan Henry.
It’s not over yet for McLaren
All the signs are that the FIA has accepted that Lewis Hamilton was put in a very difficult position by his team and this may mean that McLaren will be more likely to incur the penalty than their world champion driver, writes Alan Henry.
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