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Looking to restore order
Wimbledon is where Roger Federer seeks his first Grand Slam title of the season. This is where the five-time winner’s success or failure in the latter half of the year and his hold on the No. 1 spot could be determined, writes Nandita Sridhar.

Tennis
FEATURE
Out to have a great time
This year in Melbourne the crowds at the Australian Open adopted Ana Ivanovic as “Aussie Ana”, and by the end of the French Open the Parisian crowds, not the easiest to impress, had taken her to their hearts too. Now it seems only a matter of time before Wimbledon follows suit, writes Stephen Bierley.
Changing faces at the top
Since Roger Federer became the men’s world No. 1 in February 2004, the women’s game has seen six players occupy the top spot.

Cricket
TRI-SERIES
Staying focussed
Pakistan, which was seemingly under a siege, showed character when it mattered and found the right answers at the business end of a competition, writes S. Dinakar.
TRENT BRIDGE TEST
A walk in the park for host
England won by an innings and nine runs against a poor New Zealand side and took the series 2-0 and, incredibly, all those fans basking in the sunshine knew that is how it would be, writes Ted Corbett.
ENGLAND DIARY
Stuart’s surprise decision
Funny, but we are saying only a couple of days ago how grey Stuart MacGill looks round the temples and wondering how much longer he will continue. The next thing we know he announces his retirement, rings his mate Beau Casson to tell him the news and suggest he may take his place, writes Ted Corbett.
FOCUS
Perhaps the worst has passed
The West Indians are bowling intelligently, playing a balanced side, batting with application and generally giving an admittedly patchwork Australian side an unexpectedly uncomfortable ride, writes Peter Roebuck.

On The Ball
W.V. RAMAN COLUMN
The skipper has done a good balancing act
Dhoni has the qualities to become as successful a captain as Ganguly but it will depend on how well he handles the bowlers.

Kicking Around
BRIAN GLANVILLE COLUMN
Italians in London
Giovanni Trappatoni’s amazing record of six championship victories as manager of Juventus cannot be matched.

Euro 2008
FEATURE
A tournament thriving on dodgy defences
It's the frailty and fallibility of all the leading teams which is making Euro 2008 such fantastic fun to watch, writes Kevin McCarra.
HOLLAND V ITALY (GROUP C)
When things went awry for Italy
On a night of chaos at the Stade de Suisse, in Berne, the Netherlands pumped in three goals without reply to register its first victory over Italy since the World Cup of 30 years ago. Kevin McCarra reports.
SPAIN V RUSSIA (GROUP D)
Under Villa’s thumb
Ironically, the hero of the Spanish victory was David Villa, the man whose position in the starting line-up was the cause of some debate in the build-up to the event. Mike Perez reports.
CZECH REPUBLIC V PORTUGAL (GROUP A)
A Ronaldo show
Though the Czechs started brightly, it was Portugal which scored first. Then came the goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma that underlined the Portuguese domination. Laura Stevenson reports.
Co-host shown the door
Turkey’s Arda Turan stunned Switzerland with an injury-time goal at a rain-soaked St. Jakob-Park Stadium to knock the Euro 2008 co-hosts out of the tournament.
Boos for Les Bleus
The opening tie of Group C was drifting to a grim goalless stalemate when the big screens at either end of the arena flashed up an image of the UEFA president, Michel Platini, flanked by his compatriot Bernard Laporte, sitting numbed in the ...
Ibrahimovic ends drought
Greece’s defence of their European Championship title started with defeat in Salzburg. Sweden’s striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had not scored for his country since October 2005, smashed into the top corner in the 67th minute to pave the way for ...
GERMANY V CROATIA (GROUP B)
A chastening defeat
Germany had no answer to Croatia’s moves as Slaven Bilic and his men dictated the afternoon, writes Kevin McCarra.
Luck smiles on Austria
Austria veteran Ivica Vastic levelled three minutes into injury time to earn a point against Poland with a controversial penalty. Roger Guerreiro’s first goal for his country looked to have given Poland a win against the Euro 2008 ...
HOLLAND V FRANCE (GROUP C)
Holland on the rampage
Marco van Basten's in-form team sank the French in the same way they did world champions Italy in an earlier group match, writes Steve Douglas.
ITALY V ROMANIA (GROUP C)
Bravo Buffon!
Gianluigi Buffon, hanging in mid-air as if this were a wire routine in a kung-fu movie, denied Adrian Mutu from the penalty spot to hand Italy a lifeline. It was a save that defied belief, writes Dominic Fifield.
SPAIN V SWEDEN (GROUP D)
Spain’s midfield blues continue
One of the first rules of any tournament is not to get too excited too early about Spain, and Luis Aragones’ much fancied side appeared to be reverting to type until Villa scored the winner, writes Paul Wilson.
A Greek tragedy
Greece lost their grip on the European Championship title after Konstantin Zyryanov’s winner earned victory for Russia in Salzburg and knocked out the holders. Otto Rehhagel’s men were never given much hope of making history ...
BLOGWATCH
It’s anarchy but refreshing
As Euro 2008 heads into its climactic phase, bloggers and message-boarders are in fine form, as Karthik Krishnaswamy finds out.

Pool
8-BALL, 9-BALL NATIONALS
Rafath shows his class
The Asian Games gold medallist in snooker displayed a fine touch, good positioning and aggressive potting to win his maiden 9-Ball title. S. Sabanayakan reports.

Sports Extra
Geet Sethi's endeavour
Geet Sethi is involved in a project named Olympic Gold Quest Sports Foundation. He is teaming up with badminton legend Prakash Padukone, and the two are striving to arrange funds to assist Indian sportspersons with Olympic medal prospects.

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