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Perspective
Changing England, but for how long?
WE are in the middle of an Ashes series that has changed, at least for the moment, England's sporting landscape. The successful Olympic bid has been largely forgotten. The cricket has rendered nondescript the start of the Premiership season, ...

Cover Story
The Nadal juggernaut
The Federer-Nadal race is shaping up for an interesting conclusion, and what promised to stretch expansively into the Federer era might snap a lot earlier than anticipated, writes VIJAY PARTHASARATHY.

Tennis
US OPEN PREVIEW/WOMEN
Russians Vs the rest
While the girls from Moscow and Siberia won three of the four majors in 2004, Serena in Melbourne, Justine Henin-Hardenne in Paris and Venus at Wimbledon marked the return of the old guard this year. The future of women's tennis will depend on how this dynamic plays itself out in the US Open, writes S. RAM MAHESH.

Cricket
OLD TRAFFORD TEST
The day the result came second
THE England and Wales Cricket Board don't sell tickets for the fifth day of a Test. Quite right too. In the present helter skelter that is international cricket few Tests go beyond the fourth day and the old-fashioned draw is as rare as a prize ...

England Diary
The battle is hotting up
Whether the Aussies are the best team in the world or not, the on-going Ashes series is an absorbing and enjoyable contest.

Cricket Corner
COLUMN BY BOB SIMPSON
A matter of grave concern
Australia's signature tune has been missing in this Ashes series so far and it has not been able to tune its batting to the beat of the English attack.

Typhoon Talk
COLUMN BY FRANK TYSON
From virtual to actual Test match reality
AUSTRALIA'S wafer-thin, two-run loss to England in the Edgbaston Test and its subsequent poor showing in the Old Trafford nexus has forced Ponting's antipodean Ashes seekers on to the back foot — out of the realm of Virtual International ...

Inside Cricket
COLUMN BY WAINGANKAR
The same old excuses
INDIAN cricket is not a joke. It's a cricketing comedy. One doesn't know whether to laugh or cry. First it's the appointment of the coach. Then the statements of the coach. We begin to be optimistic. We are told of the progress each cricketer is ...

Cricket
This India, this captaincy
HOW come Sandeep Patil is always the fall guy in our cricket? There was this `flash' neo-Hindi channel that, in announcing the return of the native, Sourav Ganguly, as India captain, startlingly named Virender Sehwag as Dada's deputy for the ODI ...

Feature
The class of Warne
DURING a period when Muttiah Muralitharan and Anil Kumble have also left their footprints on the path to cricketing immortality, is Shane Warne the greatest spinner of his time? Test cricket's first 600-wicket man is still spinning his way to ...

Athletics
ASIAN PREVIEW
Overall standards have gone up
ASIAN athletics is on the upsurge. It now has a double World champion in Rashid Ramzi, a two-time World champion and World record holder in Saif Saaeed Shaheen apart from four Olympic champions from the Athens Games. While the phenomenal ...

Kicking Around
COLUMN BY GLANVILLE
When players were powerless
STEWART IMLACH was one of the best British left wingers of the time. Never better than in the 1959 FA Cup Final at Wembley for Nottingham Forest against Luton Town, making his team's first goal for Roy Dwight, uncle of Elton John — whose ...

Comment
Winning demands conservatism and adventure
PHIL MICKELSON looks like an amiable dentist, but has spent much of a career trying to play like Rocky. Once he even tells Tiger Woods he's hitting the ball further than him, which is a bit like blowing a kiss to Mike Tyson. Phil Mickelson ...

Sporting Pastime
QUIZ CORNER
1. Name the sporting legend born in Cootamundra who would have turned 97 today i.e. August 27. 2. What did Victor Boin, the Belgian fencer, do — the first to do so — in 1920 at Antwerp? 3. Which famous South American soccer team ...

Down Memory Lane
Unchallenged master
Dhyan Chand dominated world hockey in the 1930s and 40s at the same time as Don Bradman was casting a massive shadow over world cricket.

Tribute
Magician with the stick
THEY hailed him as a wizard, a magician, a maestro, an idol and a gift to mankind. Contemporary lexicons are devoid of epithets that are panegyrical enough to portray the persona of Dhyan Chand. The world of sports remembers with nostalgia, ...




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