From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.36 :: Sep. 09, 2010
At a time when sport in India is in the throes of several controversies, Arjun Atwal's historic victory in the $5.1 million Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour provides the much-needed feel-good factor to the sports lovers of the country, writes Rakesh Rao.
Chinks sink India
Given its shoddy batting in the competition, India did not deserve to win the Micromax ODI tri-series. A triumph would have masked some of the serious issues facing the side. With the World Cup only months away, the defeat here might be a blessing in disguise, writes S. Dinakar.
A break too long
The organisers get the schedule wrong. While a reserve day following a match-day is understandable, there was little need to stretch the competition more by giving the players an extra day of rest. After all, this is the era of back-to-back games and often hectic travel, writes S. Dinakar.
Younger lot disappoints
Like Dhoni mentioned, the selectors and the team management can only provide encouragement and chances, but form is something that individuals have to deal with on their own.
The Anand episode
The unfortunate incident involving chess master Viswanathan Anand only confirms the insensitivity that marks the treatment of a champion by a society that believes sport in India is cricket and little else, writes Vijay Lokapally.
The curious case of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
In the run-up to the elections of the World Chess Federation, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov trashes allegations of corruption against him. “I have sunk hundreds of millions of my own dollars into the sport. How can I donate from one pocket and take it back into another?” the FIDE chief counters in a chat with Raakesh Natraj.
Di Maria must win over fans at Real Madrid
A quick and technically gifted player, Angel di Maria, has caught the eye both in his home country, Argentina, and with Benfica in Portugal, from where he joined Real Madrid this summer.
Heskey, a rolling stone
An unselfish, solid player or an under-achieving, waste-of-space striker? Heskey's lengthy career divides the opinions of football fans across the country and a look at his history reveals he has never been one to consistently please the crowds. By Leanne Rinne.
All About Walcott, Bellamy and Cole
Despite the three proving themselves time and again, the pundits are always gunning for their heads on frivolous issues, writes Brian Glanville.
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