1. Cricket: Ten Reasons Why IPL IV Failed to Capture Hearts, Minds and Wallets

    It was to be bigger,better, grander. However, it has not worked out that way—for IPL 2011. Television viewers' interest plummeted, ticket sales tapered off and there ...

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  2. Cricket Quips: Shoaib Akhtar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Harbhajan Singh

    (A non-cricketing persona to begin with, but cricket aficionados will not fail to recognize his genius) What he said: "This is not a family if no one plays soccer. No one is asking what can be done to improve soccer...

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  3. French Open 2011: 'Red, Red Clay' by Francesca Schiavone and Li Na

    Li Na finally won her first major at the ripe, old age of 29. Francesca Schiavone ’s hopes of defending her 2010 title were dashed by the daughter of a former badminton player...

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  4. French Open 2011: Can Roger Federer and Li Na Overcome?

    He did it. Roger Federer is through to his first major final since the 2010 Australian Open. He was written off. Yet he bounced back. Novak Djokovic can console himself that he almost took the match into the final set...

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  5. Wordy Retorts: Rafael Nadal, Robin Soderling, Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray

    What she said: “Or you are a big, big talent or now you can find 28 or 30 years old, and they use experience, they use body, mind. So for young player is much tougher now than before...

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  6. French Open 2011: Top 4 Seeds Match Wits in Men's Draw

    “The hunter has become the hunted.” Novak Djokovic has his sights lined up on his third major and the No. 1 ranking at the French Open . Barring his path to the final is Roger Federer , holder of 16 Grand Slams...

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  7. French Open : Tennis Talk from Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer Et Al

    We love our tennis stars. They slide, they run, they yell, they grunt, they shriek and they pull off breath-taking shots such that we lesser mortals feel or believe that we are in the presence of demi-Gods...

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  8. Biting Tongues: Dominic Cork, Rob Steen, Sepp Blatter, Shahid Afridi, Etc.

    What he said: “I’m a bit like Sepp Blatter at the moment in Hampshire: crisis, what crisis?” Dominic Cork compares himself and his county side, Hampshire ...

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  9. Club over Country: Insular Indians Wake Up to Dangers of IPL

    Let’s go ahead and admit it. India, as a cricketing nation, is insular. In the great ‘club versus country’ debate, Indian fans did not blink an eye when ...

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  10. Champion Speakers: Harsha Bhogle,Ravi Shastri,Andrew Strauss and Shane Warne

    What he said: “They are trying to be half-hour players; but for that, you’ll need to first be a good four-day player!” Harsha Bhogle believes that T20 players have to be good at the longer formats first...

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  11. French Open 2011: Realm of Possibilities in the Women's Draw Starring Sharapova

    No Kim Clijsters, no Caroline Wozniacki, no Samantha Stosur. The women’s round of 16 has a threadbare appearance...

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  12. Notable Absentees, Not Selections, Surprise in Indian Test Team for WI

    The Indian Test team for the West Indies tour has been announced. In a surprise move, Indian selectors rested Sachin Tendulkar. The master batsman will not feature on the entire West Indies tour...

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  13. Chatty Cricketers: Shane Warne, David Hussey, Adam Parore and Others

    What he said: “Perhaps my knighthood has been lost in the post. Sir Shane Warne—it has quite a ring to it, don’t you think?” Shane Warne jokes about being the only Wisden cricketer of the century not to be knighted...

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  14. French Open 2011: Great Balls of Babolat at Roland Garros

    They’re harder, they’re fluffier, they’re Babolat. They’re better? They’re faster—sure, at first. They’re the fresh tennis balls of Babolat ...

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  15. English Selection Dilemma's over Tea and Scones: An Insider's View

    The Sri Lankans are here. Raise the curtain on the Lions— English and Lankan. Can we have a Bell please? Yes, it’s Ian, in the mix. No Straussing about who’s going to lead the side...

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  16. IPL: Into the Play-Offs, into the Night, Wankhede and Chidambaram

    The suspense has ended. IPL play-offs have been decided. Super Sunday will repeat itself in two instalments on the 24th and 25th of May 2011, at the Wankhede...

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  17. Sachin Tendulkar, the "artiste" Dwarfs Sachin , the Cricketer?

    Sachin Tendulkar is an “artiste.” Not a mere cricketer, not a mere entertainer but a performer who uses creativity, imagination and skill arranging elements in such a way ...

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  18. French Open 2011: Party at Roland Garros, Come as You Are

    It’s official. This year’s French Open is not about Roger Federer . Was it ever? Except for that little aberration in 2009, with Rafa missing...

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  19. Mumbai Indians, Sachin Tendulkar Face Possible Relegation from IPL Playoffs

    The Mumbai Indians crashed to their third defeat in a row. Shane Warne had the last laugh in the clash of titans...

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  20. Wordy Jousts: Cricket's Wittiest Sound Off

    What he said: “He's gone from eating baked beans, margarita pizzas and cheese sandwiches to broadening his horizons a little bit." Shane Watson jokes about Shane Warne’s eating habits...

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  21. Shane Warne's Comeuppance: Who the Blazes Is Sanjay Dixit?

    Who the blazes is Sanjay Dixit? Very few cricket fans could have bothered to discover who Shane Warne ’s bete-noire was...

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  22. Adam Gilchrist Rallies Kings XI Punjab to Cusp of IPL Playoffs

    Royal Challengers Bangalore were brought down to earth by a double whammy of G-forces. Adam Gilchrist came to the party exhibiting his prowess in a master-class of aggressive batting at the top of the order...

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  23. Small Talk: S Badrinath, Jacques Kallis and Shane Warne

    What he said: “He told me that you are at the big stage, people are going to write good things and bad things about you. But at the end of the day, you want that. The trees with the most fruits get stones thrown at them...

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  24. Cricket: Musings on WI-Pak, SL Premier League and IPL Rumbles

    Another batch of random thoughts, in no particular order (are random thoughts ever sequenced?): West Indies beat Pakistan in the first Test match...

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  25. Maria Sharapova Conquers Rome and Samantha Stosur: Paris Awaits

    Up until the 15th of May 2011, Maria Sharapova had two clay court titles under her belt. Strasbourg 2010 and Amelia Island 2008 were her only clay court trophies of 22 on the WTA Tour...

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