1. Australian Open 2011: Marking The Continual Rivalry Between Nadal and Federer

    Today—the 17th of January—marks the start of the 2011 Australian Open. History will be made at the Asia-Pacific Grand Slam if Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal clinch the men’s title...

    Linus Fernandes Written by Linus Fernandes about over 3 years ago 1,081 reads 20 comments

  2. IPL: Lalit Modi, the Know-It-All, Really Knows It All (Satire)

    Wikileaks , the pro-transparency website, has released transcripts of the Parliamentary Standing Committee hearing into the running of the IPL...

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  3. League of Champions: Out of the Indian Premier League (Satire)

    The dust has settled on the IPL auctions.The players have been bought (or not).The teams have been formed (or not). The franchises are happy (or not). The rumour mills, however, have been overactive...

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  4. Bolshoi the Boxer Forms the Indian Doggy League (IDL) (Satire)

    My dog, Bolshoi The Boxer, said to me this morning: “Botox and I are going to form our own super sports league.” “Hmm…. That’s interesting.” I reply, sipping my ante meridiem cuppa tea...

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  5. Tennis Bytes:Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi Triumph in Chennai and Other Tales

    Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes have done it again. The Indian Express triumphed at the 2011 Aircel Chennai Open, subduing the Dutch-American pair of Robin Hasse and David Martin 6-2, 6-7 (3), 10-7...

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  6. Jacques Kallis, South Africa's Gentle Giant: Gen Now's Finest Cricketer

    Jacques Kallis is the finest all-rounder and best cricketer of the modern generation. Yet he has failed to capture the imagination; he is not spoken of in the same breath as Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag or Ricky Ponting...

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  7. India vs. South Africa: Series Ends Tied One All, Jacques Kallis Steals Honours

    I must admit that I am relieved that the twin Test series in South Africa and Australia have ended. The cricket has been exhilarating, the battle has seesawed between the sides and there has been no respite from the all-encompassing media hype...

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  8. Poms Dispatch the Ashes Post-Haste to England: Aussies Go Down 1-3

    It has been an exhilarating month-and-a-half for cricket aficionados. The two Test series in the antipodes, Australia and South Africa, witnessed enchanting, entertaining cricket from all sides...

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  9. Bolshoi the Boxer Discovers the Ego (Satire): Kevin Pietersen, Brylcreem Hero

    My dog, Bolshoi The Boxer, asked me this morning: “Am I egoistic? Do I have a large ego?” “What makes you think that? Has someone said something to you? Have ...

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  10. Anil Kumble Bids Farewell To IPL, Will Be Chief Mentor To RCB

    Anil Kumble will not be on sale in IPL 4. The former India captain and leg-spinner has withdrawn his name from the list of players for the Jan 8-9 auction. The move, by itself, is not a surprise;its timing and suddenness has aroused speculation...

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  11. Tennis Bytes: Of Grand Slam Rivalry, Aces for Charity and Indian Hopes

    Will 2011 see more head-to-head matches between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal ? The man from Mallorca certainly hopes so...

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  12. IPL and Ranji: Of Re-Slotting and Mumbai's Early Exit

    If you don’t like the bracket you’re in, you can re-slot yourself in a higher one. That’s the message Saurav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble have sent out...

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  13. India Make It 1-1 Against South Africa:Takeaways from the Second Test at Durban

    The second Test at Durban ended with India triumphant, levelling the series 1-1. A few takeaways from a thrilling encounter: VVS Laxman is very, very special. He has proved that before and did so anew...

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  14. Indian Hockey: World Series Hockey May Set Off a Conflagration

    There’s trouble brewing in the small state of Indian Hockey. Or maybe it’s gold rush fever. You cannot have smoke without a fire unless it’s dry ice. What would you call that—a smoke screen? But I digress...

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  15. Unveiling the Fantastic Four on the ATP Tour: A Whole New Level

    Marvel comic book fans will surely have heard the news. The Fantastic Four will no longer be a fearsome foursome. The comic book creators will dispose of one member in the January issue ...

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  16. Tennis Bytes: Of Wild Cards, Sania Mirza's Parivar and Reduced Body Fat

    Two matches for charity saw the No. 1 and No.2 players in the world faceoff in Zurich and Madrid. The matches billed “Match For Africa” and “Joining Forces For the Benefit Of Children” finished with scores tied 1-1...

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  17. IPL: Player Auctions, Australian Absences and Pakistani Stalemate

    The IPL show moves on. The IPL player auctions are scheduled for January 8 and 9 in Bangalore. Over 400 players will go under the hammer. Each team has a cap of $9 million to be played with...

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  18. Bolshoi, the Boxer, Believes It Paes To Be Leander's Muse (Satire)

    (First published on h ttp://maketimeforsports.com ) Bolshoi, my pet Boxer, wishes to act in a Hollywood picture. “I have decided that I will become a film star. I want to win an Oscar for the country...

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  19. Sachin Tendulkar: Why Graeme Smith Called Him Out

    Graeme Smith scathed Sachin Tendulkar for not doing enough on the final day to try and ensure a draw. The South African skipper believed that the great should have shielded the tail-enders, that the master showcased a dereliction of duty...

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  20. A Tale of Two Tests: England vs. Australia, South Africa vs. India

    Two tests began on the 16th of December, 2010: One at Perth, the other at Centurion. The similarities were striking: Both pitches were expected to have something for the speed demons...

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  21. Sachin Tendulkar's 50th Ton: An Essay in Patience

    Sachin Tendulkar scores yet another century. What’s the big deal? Oh, it’s his 50th one. Is this the best of the lot? Not by a long shot. Was it made in adverse circumstances? You could say that...

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  22. Of Sania Mirza, Almost a Swiss Miss and Four Consecutive Slams (Maybe)

    The WTA Tour may have shut down shop for the year. But the International Tennis Federation show rolls on. And doesn’t Sania Mirza know it...

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  23. IPL: Court Battles, Keralite Preparations and Moral Leadership

    For the BCCI, it has not been a good week by any standard. Their No. 1 test side has floundered in the series that could decide who has bragging rights...

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  24. India Crumble at the Centurion: Bolshoi the Boxer Flies To South Africa (Satire)

    My dog, Bolshoi The Boxer, wants me to buy him a plane ticket to South Africa. Bolshoi is a huge cricket fan and the performance of the Indian cricket team in the first Test at the Centurion has him worried...

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  25. Ashes 2010, Third Test: Musings on Australian Preparations

    Ricky Ponting feels that the Perth pitch will allow him the luxury of playing four fast bowlers. Horses for courses is the theory in play. It may well be a ploy that could backfire...

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