1. Australian Open: Brilliant Li Na Ends Up Second-Best

    It wasn’t a masked ball at the Rod Laver Arena on Saturday, yet the final moments led to some spontaneous unmasking...

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  2. Sachin Tendulkar Running Way Ahead Of The Cricketing Pack

    Sachin Tendulkar is on a different planet. Like Usain Bolt he’s left the competition to settle matters between themselves as he blazes ahead...

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  3. Wimbledon 2010: Rafael Nadal Explodes on Centre Court

    Rafael Nadal once again picked the final day of a big championship to turn in a regal performance. He was clinical in his 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 demolition of Czech Tomas Berdych. Berdych had a great Wimbledon...

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  4. Roger Federer: A Lost Magician

    Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was this magician from Switzerland who came down to London and used his racket as a wand every summer from the first Monday to the last Sunday of the Wimbledon fortnight...

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  5. Wimbledon 2010: Stinging Roger Federer and Limping Rafael Nadal Advance

    “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Roger Federer could have easily used the Mark Twain quote at the press conference after his straight sets victory over Arnaud Clement in the third round at the All England Club...

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  6. Wimbledon 2010: Rough Ride Ahead for Roger Federer

    If the first few days at the All England Club are an indicator to go by, then the men’s draw is more open than it has ever been since Roger Federer beat Mark Philippoussis in the 2003 Wimbledon final...

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  7. Rafael Nadal: The Return Of The King

    Rafael Nadal had probably spent one long year thinking about this. Since the age of 19, when he first lifted the French Open title, he had been unbeaten on Paris clay and last year ...

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  8. 2010 French Open Women's Final: No Dessert for Samantha Stosur

    Samantha Stosur forgot to save her best for the last. On the all important Saturday it was Italy’s Francesca Schiavone who stole the thunder and left very little for the Australian to work with...

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  9. French Open: Rafael Nadal Has Bigger Accounts to Settle

    Just as Roger Federer has feet of clay when it comes to playing Rafael Nadal on the red clay of Paris, similarly Nadal has some serious questions to answer on surfaces other than clay...

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  10. Roger Federer Still has Accounts to Settle

    On his 19th birthday, Rafael Nadal made a blistering entry to the tennis world by beating world-ranked No. 1 Roger Federer in the 2005 French Open semifinal. He then went on to win the title two days later on his maiden attempt...

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  11. Afghanistan Answers Cricket's Call

    When Afghanistan took on India on Saturday at the World T20 championship American novelist Marvin Cohen’s words came to my mind: “Life is an elaborate metaphor for cricket...

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  12. Twenty20: A Country for Old Men

    In comparison to the well-over-a-century-old Test Cricket and almost four decades of One Day Internationals, Twenty20 can certainly be called the ‘New Kid in Town’; a smash hit and wonderful song of The Eagles...

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  13. Why Cricket Needs a New Game Plan

    They are as sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing. — The Merchant of Venice When Christopher Martin-Jenkins used this Shakespearean beginning to ...

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  14. Mumbai Indians Survive Brutal Pathan Assault

    The Indian Premier League's sponsors and marketers got just what they were hoping for in the contest between the Mumbai Indians and the Rajasthan Royals: a great cricket match...

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  15. The Bloody Purge of Pakistan Cricket

    “After Kardar’s retirement, Pakistan cricket was thrown to the wolves, the cricket bureaucrats whose progeny still rule the game,” Imran Khan once said of Abdul Hafeez Kardar, the father figure of Pakistani cricket...

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  16. In Admiration Of Roger Federer

    There is this funny anecdote that effectively drives a serious point home. A man well over 100 years was asked the secret of his long life...

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  17. That Was a No. 1 Performance

    “We wanted to be at the top of the table; we know we have the players to keep being No 1,” Harbhajan said after the game. “We are very happy and it’s fantastic to win the way we did...

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  18. Cricket in Focus: ''The Mumbai Meat Market''

    “Say that cricket has nothing to do with politics and you say that cricket has nothing to do with life,” wrote journalist and cricket commentator John Arlott...

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  19. The Joy of Test Cricket

    Had Rahul Dravid abused the cricket administration it still would have been an understatement at the angst he must have felt for having been dropped from the ODI side after having been given just five innings after a gap of two years...

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  20. Sachin Tendulkar: The Master and the Pupil

    It is quite a compliment if a knock of 163 runs off 133 balls with 16 fours and five sixes is being referred to as a serene knock; but that can happen in the 20th year of Sachin Tendulkar’s ...

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  21. South Africa And India In Wonderland: “Curiouser and Curiouser!”

    It says something about Australia—and a whole lot more about the other world teams—that with just two seasoned world-class batsmen, two proven performers with the ball and aided by an all-rounder ...

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  22. Roger Federer's Whispering Feet Keep Him Afloat

    In 2008, Roger Federer lifted the US Open trophy in New York and ended what could arguably be called his worst year. Federer’s worst year coincided with Rafael Nadal’s best season till date...

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  23. Federer and Roddick Light Up Crazy Wimbledon Sunday

    Far too many headlines and news pieces could be found on Andy Murray being the man who would stop Roger Federer from winning his 15th Grand Slam title before Andy Roddick altered the script...

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  24. In the Best Traditions of Pakistan Cricket

    “Pakistan now moves ahead with the momentum that makes them so lethal by their side. It would be tempting to put your money on them but it would not be wise: Some things are best left uncertain...

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  25. Lifeless Pitches Will Kill Test Cricket

    Notwithstanding our victory , cricket in the recent India-Australia series has flattered to deceive; it’s been good but not great. And that is because the wickets have by and large been lifeless...

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