From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.17 :: Apr. 25, 2009
The old boys have been making a huge impact in the IPL largely due to their skills which have made them everyday cricketers unlike the ones who fire once in a while. The IPL is reckoned by some as a mixture of cricket and business, but thanks to the skilful old boys the cricketing element is still intact. Otherwise, it will be more of a social carnival than an interesting format of the game, writes W. V. Raman.
It is veterans’ show
Kumble sent the Rajasthan Royals crashing to defeat when it started the defence of its crown at Newlands while Tendulkar led the Mumbai Indians to victory over the Chennai Super Kings.
Tiger Woods is a better golfer than Mickelson and he will go down as the greatest player in history. He is also the most driven - coveting Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major championships like a child covets his best friend's toys. He will climb that mountain in the end but at what price to his reputation as a sportsman and, even more importantly, what price to his soul? By Lawrence Donegan.
A morale boosting victory for India
Though it would be wise not to read too much into the victory in Ipoh, it’s certain that Indian hockey is moving in the right direction. By S. Thyagarajan.
A poignant anniversary
The Police, owing to their ineptness, were primarily responsible for the Hillsborough stadium disaster on April 15, 1989 in which 96 helpless, innocent Liverpool fans were crushed to death.
Chelsea shut the door on Liverpool
The team that Rafa Benitez named appeared devoid of any attacking inspiration save for their fantastic Spanish striker Fernando Torres. Gerrard was to be rested, and in so doing the Liverpool manager appeared to have sacrificed his side’s European ambitions in favour of the search for his first Premiership title, writes Harry Catchpole.
Ronaldo's missile sets up clash with Arsenal
The outcome is therapeutic for holders Manchester United, who are now in better shape to make a successful defence of the Champions League, even if they will have to deal with a reviving Arsenal in a semifinal whose first leg is at Old Trafford. By Kevin McCarra.
English hegemony in Champions League
The dominance of English clubs in Europe is evident. With the Champions League semifinals approaching, three of the remaining four contenders hail form England — Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. By Harry Catchpole.
The predatory English
To say that young Macheda has the so called Big Match Temperament to go with his formidable skills would be to put it mildly. But the $64,000 question: should he be playing for Manchester United at all, and what does it tell you — as if there were not enough evidence already — of the alarming phenomenon of rich English clubs purloining teenaged European stars? An analysis by Brian Glanville.
Sebastian Vettel springs a surprise
The 21-year-old German not only defied the downpours to give Red Bull their first win in 74 attempts, but also led home a one-two for the team from Milton Keynes. By Maurice Hamilton.
Grant ends title drought
The Englishman, ranked No. 13 in the world, put paid to the hopes of the giant killer, Hisham Mohammed Ashour of Egypt, winning the final in straight games. Amitabha Das Sharma reports.
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