From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.19 :: May. 13, 2010
With a single-point lead and a goal-difference of nine over Manchester United, Chelsea's task in the final round looks easy, as all it needs is a draw against humble Wigan to win the EPL. But it could lose, in which case all Manchester United needs is a simple victory over Stoke in its final fixture. What will happen? Over to Ayon Sengupta.
By scoring the winner against Manchester City in a crucial EPL fixture, Paul Scholes of Man United gave his manager Alex Ferguson immediate vindication that such experience is truly priceless. By Alex Terrell.
Logic, Lazio fans' style
Why did Lazio fans cheer when their team lost to Inter Milan? Read on.
Cup of possibilities
If one can turn to the football itself, overlooking the security situation in south Africa, not always easy in these circumstances, the picture is becoming a little clearer about the tournament favourites, writes Brian Glanville.
Flying high, but hitting air-pockets
The IPL is a strong brand and notwithstanding the current crisis, ad revenues are expected to go up by 50 per cent in season four. Good news indeed for an event that has briefly walked the path of notoriety due to glitches in its administrative set-up, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
A tight-rope walk
The final verdict then, if it comes, has to damn the appropriate person without eroding brand IPL, disburse retribution without ruffling the feathers of the bigwigs who are to step into offices of power, and re-equate power lines without fraying the relationship between parties that need to work together to keep the government from coming down hard on the issue, writes Raakesh Natraj.
Turners should help India
Team India will hope to regain the trophy this time around as all the members have been playing a lot of T-20 cricket and if the first couple of games are any indication, the squad is on the right course. Besides, the sluggish pitches where the ball has tended to grip the surface will be a distinct advantage for the Indians as they have enough spinning options to exploit the conditions.
Indian players belie expectations
For once in the continental championship, the Indians were not just participating; they were seriously in contention for titles in two of the five sections. However, after India's most impressive, collective performance in the championship, there was disappointment that was hard to ignore, writes Rakesh Rao.
Steve Davis and the ham sandwich
I am not sure if Steve Davis or Joe Davis — no relation, by the way — or Stephen Hendry is the greatest player of all time. It does not matter a jot. In his twenties Davis was so much better than the rest he was unbeatable, writes Ted Corbett.
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