From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.27 :: NO.38 :: Sept. 18 - 24, 2004
DURING a time when the Indian cricket team is grappling with a crisis, with its much celebrated batting coming under scrutiny, the International Cricket Council's (ICC) inaugural awards arrives as a shot in the arm for Sourav Ganguly's ...
Sleeping Tiger, Flying Dragon
The mystery of the missing medals. By S. S. Vasan.
A lot more needs to be done
INDIA had won only three individual bronze medals since independence. The eight-time Olympic champion had not won a hockey medal, since the gold in Moscow in 1980.
An Athens list
1 The number of chances Yelena Isinbayeva had to go for gold in the women's pole vault after fellow-Russian and archrival Svetlana Feofanova cleared 4.75m (she went on to take not just the gold, but beat her own World record as ...
IT was the Oscar night for cricket. The cream of international cricket had assembled at the Alexandra Palace in north London, but the event lacked the glitter one had looked forward to.
Run-feast for Kiwis
Astle's tally was the joint highest-ever for the tournament and helped steer New Zealand to a first innings total of 347. That's the biggest one-day international score at the Oval and the highest in Champions Trophy history. It wasn't a ...
Some consolation for India
INDIA makes hay while Flintoff is away. The headline summed it up so well as England tasted defeat in the NatWest Challenge but not before having wrapped up the series.
THE OVAL MATCH
India outclassed yet again
THIS time the bowlers let the team down. Sourav Ganguly took immense pride in claiming that he had an incisive set of bowlers who knew how to adapt.
ON a rare evening of sunshine in Amstelveen, Shoaib Malik appeared exhausted, returning from a practice session at the picturesque VRA ground. Malik's infectious smile was in place as he entered the team hotel lobby. These are happy times for the ...
Days of tough pros who know their trade
ANGERED by the humiliating loss to India, and amid angry calls for "fixing responsibility," Pakistan cricket officials launched an (unofficial) investigation to find reasons for their team's dismal performance.
AN Andrew Flintoff-countering `wave' Sourav's shirt ceased to be as we viewers saw India go NatWest!
The Aussie way of thinking
SO much seems to be written these days about how to play one-day cricket that I thought it would be of interest to have a look at the thinking of the Australian team.
The host's splendid show
SOUTH AFRICA'S tour of Sri Lanka started very promisingly, but ended on a disappointing note when it lost the fifth and the final ODI to suffer a 5-0 whitewash.
Fighting injury, finding
WHEN Sachin Tendulkar injured his back we went from scouring Wisden to studying Gray's Anatomy; when he injured his toe, podiatry became part of the office vocabulary; now that he's got tennis elbow, we're learning how to pronounce lateral epi condylitis.
MARK MILES will step down as ATP chief executive officer at the end of 2005, after 15 years in the job.
PAKISTAN'S chairman of selectors Wasim Bari has been warned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as to his future conduct after his criticism of umpire David Shepherd. And ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed also told Bari that while he would ...
Rooney's class can take United to its old days
WAYNE ROONEY (in pic. with Alex Ferguson) could be exactly the player Manchester United have lacked for some time now the missing link, if you like. I'm talking about the sort of striker who drops deep and connects the midfield ...
MAXIM SOROKIN is the archetypal chess product of the Soviet system. His gaze on the battle-field that the chessboard becomes, is that of an army general cool, calm and in command.
FIJI'S Vijay Singh replaced Tiger Woods as the world's number one ranked golfer by winning the PGA Deutsche Bank Championship. With playing partners Singh and Woods level at the 14th tee in an electric atmosphere, Singh swiped the ranking ...
MORE than 5,000 supporters showed up for Roma's pre-season friendly the first match since Rudi Voeller took over as its new coach. He was a last-minute replacement for Cesare Prandelli, who resigned unexpectedly to be with his ailing ...
REAL MADRID striker Ronaldo and his girlfriend model Daniella Cicarelli plan to marry in January at a ceremony in Paris. Cicarelli, 24, who is a hostess on Brazilian MTV told the Globo TV network the couple planned to wed on Jan. 2. ``I ...
JUICY QUOTES -- PAUL FEIN
I think the success of the Russian girls is determined by the women coaches. Nowhere in the world there are so many female coaches. In the USA they are mostly men. Yes, the (Spartak) tennis school doesn't have any money... but the school has ...
Does cricket in the sub-continent breed selfishness?
MATTHEW HAYDEN should remember that an Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid, the ICC Cricketer of the Year, is also arguably the greatest team-man in contemporary world cricket. He can teach the Aussie opener a lesson or two in selflessness and team ...
Executing the pull shot
ONE of the ways to stand up to the quick bowlers is to play the pull shot when you are tested with short stuff around the ribcage. Not only will the bowler get the message but it can also fetch you a fair amount of runs. Of course, the pull can ...
Souness appointed manager
GRAEME SOUNESS was appointed manager of Newcastle United after he resigned from Blackburn Rovers where he had been in charge since 2000. Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd told Sky Sports News: "Graeme Souness leaves Blackburn Rovers to take up ...
Wales team robbed
WALES lost more than just two World Cup qualifying points in its recent match against Azerbaijan after thieves struck. A delay at Baku airport following the 1-1 draw allowed thieves to steal 20 footballs, Wales squad kit and personal items from ...
A scathing attack from Terry Butcher
FORMER England captain Terry Butcher has launched a stinging attack on David Beckham, claiming he has not had a good game for three years. The Real Madrid midfielder Beckham, whose performances in Euro 2004 came in for criticism, again had a bad ...
No retirement for now, says Henry
EURO flop Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has admitted he considered retiring from international football after France's disappointing exit from Euro 2004. The holders were beaten by eventual winners Greece at the quarter-final stage in Portugal. ...
Gerrard feels England has to improve
STEVEN GERRARD has claimed England "need to move up to the next level" before they are good enough to win major tournaments. Skipper David Beckham and senior defender Gary Neville both felt Sven-Goran Eriksson's men were equipped to achieve ...
Indian Army lifts Magnolia Trophy
THE Ace Basketball Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in style and the All-India men's basketball tournament it hosted to highlight its function turned out to be a veritable feast for the local fans. All the top teams, barring Punjab Police, ...
Jharkhand girls retain title
THE Jharkhand girls retained the Dhanoa National sub-junior women's hockey championship held in Kapurthala recently. This was the fourth consecutive final appearance for the Jharkhand team and the girls played outstanding hockey to defeat the ...
Kerala bags a double
KERALA called the shots in the South Zone inter-state badminton championship which was held in Bangalore recently. It took both the men's and women's titles, thus assuring itself of a place in the senior National inter-state championship, ...
WHEN Arsenal, early this season, surpassed the long standing unbeaten record held by Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest of 42 games, there was much applause and inevitably perhaps, frequent comparisons with Cloughie's team, largely but not always in Arsenal's favour.
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