From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.10 :: Mar. 08, 2012
After 24 rounds of the La Liga, Real Madrid finds itself 10 points clear, a position even the most myopic of Barcelona supporters would not bet on recovery from. Some of the credit for the apparent revival must, of course, go to Jose Mourinho and his team but Barca's failings have as much to do with it. In the indisputable duopoly the Liga is, all it needs for one to look good is for the other to look bad, writes Shreedutta Chidananda.
Ace drag-flicker Sandeep Singh slammed five goals, including a hat-trick, as India qualified for London Olympics men's hockey after missing the 2008 edition, by spanking France 8-1 in the final of the qualification tournament in New Delhi on ...
Art of managing a side
A certain element of humility is perfectly consistent with managerial success; even at the highest level, writes Brian Glanville.
Another No. 9 hero
Magpies manager Alan Pardew claimed that Papiss Demba Cisse was his first choice replacement for Andy Carroll, who departed for Liverpool 12 months earlier, and after his debut against Aston Villa it was easy to see why. By Joseph Fitzpatrick.
Carroll begins to roll
Liverpool's recent 6-1 FA Cup win over npower Championship visitors Brighton — in which Andy Carroll scored the decisive goal to make it 3-1 in the second half — was in fact the first time he, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez had started a game together. He got his captain's man-of-the-match nomination but there had been signs in recent times that Carroll was starting to look like he could deliver on the expectations his hefty transfer fee produced.
LET'S BE FRANK
Mancini, the winner in Tevez battle
By accepting an apology from Calos Tevez, the Manchester City manager has just landed a striker who was the side's leading scorer for the past two seasons, a man who knows the team inside out. A man whose energy and commitment when he is on a football pitch has never been in doubt. What's more, a player who will be desperate to show the world, as well as City's supporters, that he is not a perennial problem boy. By Frank Malley.
Players with immense possibilities
With the emergence of talented players such as Peter Forrest and Mitchell Starc, the future of Australian cricket looks very bright. Over to S. Dinakar.
AUSTRALIA TOUR DIARY
They need to rein in their tongues
The talk of a rift in the Indian camp gains momentum. Some say there is a communication break-down. This time, however, the cricketers have only themselves to blame. They should have been more careful with their words. By S. Dinakar.
It is not fair, Rajasthan
Rajasthan created history by winning the coveted Ranji Trophy in 2010-11 and followed up by retaining it in the current season. The State unearthed a few local players who performed well to supplement professionals, Chopra, Kanitkar (together below) and Parida, to achieve the enviable distinction. But for reasons best known to the current administrators, the three were deemed as untouchables post the retention of the trophy and were not called for the celebrations held in recent weeks.
‘Happy to be back racing full time'
“It's very hard for any driver to get into F1! But coming from India the challenge is greater as it's a sport that hasn't yet been able to reel in the fairly significant sponsorship numbers that drivers need. This means that it's still hard for drivers to climb the ranks to F1, let alone compete in F1 itself,” says Karun Chandhok in a chat with Arun Venugopal.
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