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Perspective
Hockey sticks are for hitting the ball, not men
STEM this rot. This should be the stern message to the Indian Hockey Federation to deal with violence on and off the field. If a reminder was needed it came with shocking impact in the Jawaharlal Nehru tournament. The fracas between players of ...

Cover Story
THE GENIUS
More than 100 successive weeks as No.1, five of the eight slams in two seasons, an incredible 24 successive final wins, 6-0 in grand slam finals and only 10 losses in 164 matches over the last two years — all just go to prove Roger Federer's mastery, writes S. RAM MAHESH

Tennis
AUSTRALIAN OPEN PREVIEW
The search for the extraordinary
At the Australian Open, the matches to watch are pencilled in not on reputation but appeal, writes ROHIT BRIJNATH
Charge of the young brigade
In the tough world of men's tennis, two youngsters, Karan Rastogi and Sanam Singh, have shown immense promise, which augurs well for India, writes KAMESH SRINIVASAN

Typhoon Talk
COLUMN BY FRANK TYSON
Champs don't come along everyday
RICHIE BENAUD is the Golden Tonsils of cricket telecasting. But if he is to fulfill his self-declared ambition for the next four years he will have to add to his already considerable eloquence, the silver tongue of a second Cicero come to ...

Cricket Corner
COLUMN BY BOB SIMPSON
South Africa's strange tactics
EVER since South Africa were reintroduced to the ICC after their dark apartheid days, I have been suggesting that they would have to change their style of cricket, if they hoped to beat the best in the world. My assessment was based on their ...

Inside Cricket
COLUMN BY WAINGANKAR
Pitches & umpiring: sore issues still
THE new regime of the Board of Control for Cricket in India is busy exploring all avenues to generate a huge amount of money. This is an excellent approach, and well done, BCCI. The game needs money and it's good to see it being marketed ...

Kicking Around
COLUMN BY GLANVILLE
Addio Carver
Jesse Carver was a Liverpudlian, a first-class footballer good enough to play centre-half for Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers.

Chess
LOOKING BACK
`As a player, I continued to grow and experiment'
I guess in the World Championship in San Luis if I could have avoided a loss, it would have kept the title race close to the very end and put more pressure on him (Veselin Topalov).

Chat
RIC CHARLESWORTH
Multi-faceted
THINK hockey, think Australia and the name that springs to mind is Ric Charlesworth. Author of three books on coaching, Charlesworth's achievements in life itself would be worthy of being compiled into a couple of books at the ...

Focus
JEROEN DELMEE
Man of strong convictions
JEROEN DELMEE has played an important role in the Netherlands reaching the pinnacle of glory in hockey. Winner of five Champions Trophy gold medals with the Dutch team (1996, '98, 2000, '02 & '03), World Cup winner ('98 Utrecht) and double ...

Boxing
`The Thrilla in Manila': Fight of a Lifetime!
`It will be a killer, and a chiller and a thrilla when I get the gorilla in Manila — proclaimed Muhammad Ali. ONE of the most electrifying boxing bouts in history took place under the auspices of perhaps one of the most corrupt ...

Cricket
GREAT TEST MATCHES
Of Fazal's skill and guts
It was more skill than luck that saw Fazal Mahmood, known around the world as the `matting king', scythe through the England batting in a dramatic spell.

Kabaddi
SENIOR NATIONALS
Big boost for the game
THE 53rd Senior National Kabaddi championship for men and women at Uppal Municipal Stadium (Hyderabad) seemed to be an event with a big difference. It seemed as if size mattered in every aspect. Sixty-one teams (both men and women) took part in ...

Book Review
Bookmark for hockey lovers
6th International Hockey Year Book 2006 — International Editon — by K.Arumugam. Field Hockey Publication, 13/330,DDA Flats, Madangir, New Delhi-110062. Price Rs. 250. ARUMUGAM is an avid chronicler. His passion for facts and ...

Letters
Letters
Sir, — The on-pitch fracas between players and officials during the Nehru hockey tournament (won by Indian Airlines — in pic) in New Delhi is disgraceful. Even more bewildering is the neglect with which the Indian ...


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