The Tour de France 2013

Last week, Kenyan born Chris Froome emerged as the winner of the Tour de France in the general classification and went on to don the coveted yellow jersey. The 100th edition of the Tour de France saw Peter Sagan winning in the points classification and Nario Quintana grabbing the...

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Wimbledon 2013: Bizarreness Unprecedented

Last year's Wimbledon witnessed what came to be known as one of the biggest shocks in tennis history, Nadal's defeat by world number 100 Lukas Rosol. This year's Wimbledon, however, topped that in its very opening match—Nadal lost to world 135th Steve Darcis, a defeat more scandalous, and even...

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Another Victory For The King Of Clay

Sports is all about achieving the "impossible". Athletes are constantly pushing themselves to reach the perceived limits of human ability, and then once there, push to expand them even further. This Sunday, the world witnessed another stunning display of skill by Rafael Nadal in the final of the French...

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TVP Chat: Spot Fixing

The players – S. Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila - are all from the Rajasthan Royals team.This is what I woke up to in the morning. And as the day proceeded, everybody was talking about the incident. Be it in my office, on the road or even in...

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League Titles: Season Of Early Champions

Usually, league titles are wrapped up in the last few weeks of every football season. Last season in Europe, every league had a breathtaking finish. Manchester United were English champions for “twenty-or-so” seconds but somehow lost on the tightest of margins to Manchester City; Real Madrid won the Spanish...

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Bale, Suarez And Van Persie Lead

It is a strange tradition in the English Premier League that the voting process for the Player of the Year Award takes place before the season concludes its business. Already, the votes are being dutifully collected within the Professional Footballer’s Association (PFA) to see who will follow in the...

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Nothing New, Nothing Surprising

Survival of the fittest. That’s what everything in the world spins down to. Be it corporate culture, studies and exams or competitive sports. No one remembers who came second or third – the winner is always stamped on the crowd’s fond memories. In such a scenario of cut throat...

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Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid

This match was deemed to be the second half of the tie for which the world was holding its breath. Manchester United versus Real Madrid- two of the world’s richest, prestigious and most popular teams were playing for a spot in the Quarter Finals of the UEFA Champions League,...

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Thank You Lance Armstrong

It has exactly been a month since Lance Armstrong’s now infamous interview on the Oprah Winfrey Show. However, it is now known, through reports in various newspapers and testimony of the drug inspectors from the Unites States of America, that he lied even during the tell-all interview.

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Wrestled Out

The 15 member International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made the decision to do away with wrestling in the 2020 Buenos Aires Olympics. A ridiculous decision by any parameter, it has rightly sent shock waves in the sporting world and beyond, as wrestling is the foremost sport for building strength...

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Is The EPL Already Decided?

Every avid football fan remembers the last day of the 2011-12 English Premier League season. It was a historical day as the EPL title was won for the first time in decades by the rich and spendthrift Manchester City. They won the league based on goal difference (difference between...

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From Athlete To Paralyzed To Pilot

Janine Shepherd's story is just like a plot of a Hollywood movie.Shepherd started her career as a champion cross country skier. But her athletic career came to an end, while she was training for the Winter Olympics. She was run over by a truck during a training bicycle ride...

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January Transfer Window

The infamous January Transfer Window has finally come to an end. Managers at top clubs say that you can’t really buy quality players in January because nobody’s really available, or their values are highly inflated. It might not seem that crazy but a lot of haywire is caused conducting...

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A New Look For Galatasaray

Galatasaray Football Club, an eighteen time winner of the Turkish Super League, has undoubtedly shaken the footballing world by signing two top quality players in Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba. Clearly the two most surprising signings of the January transfer window yet, the club has pulled off two major coups...

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Where Are We In European Football?

European football or soccer, whatever you want to call it, is in motion and there’s a lot of news in the air. For most diehard fans, the month of January is the Transfer Window Month. It is a period of excitement and desperation as teams around Europe look to...

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Thanks For The Lies, Lance

“The truth is, if you ask me to choose between winning the Tour de France and cancer, I would choose cancer. As odd as it sounds, I would rather have the title of cancer survivor as winner of the Tour, because of what it has done for me as...

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Cricket Fights

Cricket is the second most highly watched sport throughout the world. From top batsman Sachin Tendulkar to the top wicket taker Mutthia Muralidaran had faced the controversies.The latest on field fight to make the news is the fight between Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels. For those of you who...

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Playing God

Sachin Tendulkar is widely regarded as the “God of Cricket” all over India. He’s made out to be perfect, flawless, and he’s worshipped - literally so. We’ve all heard the words “Cricket is my religion, and Sachin is my God” at some point of time or the other. Fans...

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Sports In Media

Sports are an important part of human society and have existed since roughly 2000 BC. A sport can be defined as “any form of physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aims to use, maintain or improve physical fitness and provide entertainment to participants and spectators.” Sport is...

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A Close Call

The whole nation let out a sigh of relief when Ashok Dinda finally took the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez in the 19th over. Hafeez had put up a fantastic front against the Indian team with 55 runs off 26 balls, in the second match of the India-Pakistan T20 series;...

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ODI Left Without Its Patron Saint

There was a time when the number of centuries made by the whole of Indian team did not amount to half the number of centuries made by Desmond Haynes. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (SRT) changed this. And in less than eight years after his debut, he broke Haynes’ record for...

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Kalmadi and Co.(rruption)

"Charges under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), 201 (destruction of evidence), 420 (cheating), 467, 468, 471 (relating to forgery), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and section 13(1) (d) read with section 13(2) (criminal misconduct by public servants) of the PC Act is ordered to be framed against all the...

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The Black Day Of Indian Cricket

These were some of the comments and news headlines of various respected celebrities and news channels all across India. The common man and the crazy fans had some similar sentiments. The reason was quite clear. No one had expected a team (the poms) to defeat the mighty Indian cricket...

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IOA’s Suspension: The Last Straw

The Indian Olympic Association was ordered by a Delhi High Court to hold its elections according to the new sports code which the government had laid down. However, being affiliated to the International Olympic Council means it must adhere to their guidelines. They should have listened when they were...

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Of Wives and Girlfriends

In any kind of sports competition, mainly football, cricket and tennis matches, you will be able to find similar set of people in different corners. There will be the coach of the team, who’s either staring blankly at the game and pacing up and down very calmly; if he’s...

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The Indian Grand Prix 2012

Well, this one’s been quite a wait. Into only its second year this time around, the Formula One Airtel Indian Grand Prix was expected to be bigger, better and more organized. Now that it’s done, it was neither bigger nor better organized. It was, however, better. I think it’s...

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The Formula1 Mania

As I stepped inside the Buddh International Circuit, the first thing that flashed in my mind was, “Is the experience going to live up to the hype created?” Thousands of people, acres of land, and a never-ending track (quite literally). An amateur to all kinds of sports, particularly Formula...

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Indian Gymnastics: Is It Set For A Revival?

Each time India participates in the Commonwealth Games or the Olympics, the tally of medals for India is always questioned. Till date, India has only won 22 medals in all the Olympic games combined, whereas the United States of America has won 2500 medals till date.India always under-performs and if...

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Champions League T20: It’s Back!

Champions T-20, where the best domestic teams slug it out for global glory is here. This year’s series is to be held in South Africa from Oct 9 to Oct 28. It is sure to be full of all the big controversies, the big hits, and the joyous moments,...

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The Super Eights are Here

Now is the time to get along with your buddies and paint your faces with the national flag. The time has come to cheer for the Men in Blue to achieve the treble (World Cup 2010 , World Cup –U 19,2012 and the ongoing World Cup T-20)

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Dear or Despicable: Attitudinal shifts in fame

Fame is a bee. Fame is a fickle friend. Fifteen minutes of fame. The irksome truth of such rhetoric platitudes is that fame is short-lived. Barring a few exceptions, whether it’s bollywood hotties, sylphlike supermodels, sports stars, business personages, scandalous politicians, mob hungry activists or a village child who fell...

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Lance Armstrong: The Death of a Legend

Lance Armstrong is a seven time winner of the Tour de France (the most grueling cycling race in the world) and, if that weren't impressive enough already, he gained these victories after successfully battling testicular cancer that had metastasized to his brain and lungs.

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Laughing Stock

Every four years, the world conspires successfully to make a laughing stock out of India. It’s called the Olympics. It is not an exaggeration to say that India has got the most shameful record in the Olympics compared to every other nation on earth.

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Is this the best that India can deliver?

By the latest records, China has won 61 medals at the London Olympics, surpassing the tally of the United States of America, the biggest ever medal winner at the Olympics. China is considerably using its human resource to its advantage, building an athletic and fit nation. In contrast, the...

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The Olympics – Platform for Perfection

Since 776 BC, the Olympics have staged the best of the athletes in the world, pitting them out against each other in a variety of competitions selecting the crème de la crème, the pinnacle of sporting perfection. Its roots as homage to god Zeus between a select few nationalities,...

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NBA Finals: It’s Miami this Time

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the pre-eminent men’s basketball league in North America. Founded in 1946, it is one of the major American professional sports leagues and NBA players are the world’s best paid sportsmen. Although being an American league, its influence around the globe is noteworthy.

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Cricket – A Game of Passion

The game started off as a leisure time activity for richer groups of the population, but the game was too big to be chained down to such a small future. It grew like an untamed forest fire and before it anyone realised it had extended itself to all corners...

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The Rise of the Underdogs!

Well, not the best way to get your way back into the game, but the recent victories of the team have shown, that his leadership skills may be turning around, and he may have found what he was lacking while steering KKR into the ground. As Ganguly fans rejoice,...

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The Unique Sport of ChessBoxing

Some forms of sports are said to close doors on people disqualified on certain parameters. For example, only a physically fit person can contest in contact and physical sports like Wrestling, Martial-Arts, Football etc.; while on the other hand only a mentally strong individual can win a game of...

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The Indian Cricket Apathy

Such is the captain fantastic of India. The biggest match possible in the cricketing world, his team started the chase on an average note losing 3 wickets at 114 runs. Next up should have been the man in form, Yuvraj Singh, who was, before this match, destroying the opponents...

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Yuvraj Singh- The world prays for you

There have been constant prayers and wishes going out for Yuvraj on all social networking sites and through the media. His fanclub is not limited to cricket and thus wishes are pouring in from all walks of life, especially Bollywood, where Yuvraj is the real hero. Other fans have...

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English Premier League

Being a die-hard Chelsea supporter for past 10 seasons, I was overwhelmed when a certain Mr. Roman came in with his Rubles in 2003 which not only saved our club to going into administration but also made Chelsea a club to reckon with for years ahead.

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The Leader

The case I’ll be discussing in my article is about a charismatic and controversial former captain of the Indian national cricket team, Sourav Ganguly. His leadership skills are not hidden from anyone. The case outlines the emergence of Ganguly as a leader, his spectacular rise and subsequent fall from...

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An Opportunity Called PLS

It is indeed a lifetime opportunity for the football fans of this country to witness the magical skills of these football greats live in the Indian stadiums. The circle, which was started with the visit of Bayern Munich to India, will take full shape with the launch...

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Rise of the Phoenix

The Battle of Isandlwana was one the greatest Under-dog wins in the history. When one stands in the deepest abyss and there can be no further fall, the only way could just be upwards. And Pakistan Cricket Team is the testament to that fact. Their recent demolition of the...

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Keep Batting and Keep Bowling

During his speech, Rahul spoke about the lesser number of people turning for the ODI’s and Test Matches in India. In India, which is supposedly a cricket crazy country and where everyone talks about cricket and has a strong opinion about the game and how the game should be...

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Change In Lifestyle

Having worked in half a dozen of World Events, European Event and National events in various capacities in IN and GB; I find India lacks the base of information bank on sports. The absence of proper counselling-mentoring-consulting-follow up with recent example being BCCI’s – Anil Kumble incident.

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India’s worst batting collapses in 2011

The India-England Test match series in 2011 too was full of erratic batting graphs of the Indians! The 4th Test match at the Oval was the epitomy of inconsistency in the Indian cricket history! Suresh Rains, Dhoni and the Indian lower order fell meagerly costing the match for the...

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Best Bowling Efforts in 2011

Pragyan Ojha: Indian bowlers really came off age in the recentlhy concluded series against the West Indies! Ojha’s figures of 6-47 against a formidable West Indian batting line up helped the Country retain the series victory. The final match ended in a draw!

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Cricket superstars

Sir Donald Bradman: Although Sir Bradman is old and history, the stories of his great talent and ability to milk the opposition single handedly is still fresh in the hearts and minds of the Cricket lovers! The great stories of his assault at his opposition, and his missed chance...

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Youth Icons (Women) according to the Youth!

Badminton: Saina Nehwal has become a household name since the time she started garnering International accolades! Currently ranked at Number 3 in the World rankings, this star has become popular among the youth because of her never dying spirit and dedication to pursue her passion! Despite inadequate infrastructure in...

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Get, Set…GO

F1 is a sports phenomenon that initially originated from Europe and went across the globe to become a rage. It today enjoys the cult following of a whopping 500 million plus fans. There are a lot of F1 fans in India too and now they'll be able to witness...

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10 Benefits of Yoga

Daily exercises of Yoga can help ease the aches and pains of the body. Several serious diseases have been cured by practicing certain asanas regularly! Meditation too acts as a relaxing agent on the body! Meditation and Yoga in tandem are the perfect blend for a healthy life!

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Top 5 Bodybuilders in the World

Ruhl began training at the age of 19 following a doctor’s recommendation after sustaining a knee injury while playing soccer. At 120lbs, Ruhl began training hard six days a week until deciding to compete on a professional level when he was 23. Years later and Ruhl has developed a...

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Top 5 Fastest Bike in the world

The Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle, introduced in 1998, was the first significant motorcycle in the true litre class (1,000 cc) "handling arms race" between the Japanese Big Four motorcycle manufacturers (Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha). When introduced, it took the class closer to a true racing motorcycle, and increased the...

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The Story

Does it mean that the Airline should be bailed out? Mallya claims that Kingfisher has been making losses due to the huge burden placed on the Airline sector in India. These includes high sales tax on aviation fuel (there has been a 70% rise in the cost of the fuel) and...

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Engineering The Sports

I don’t. Sports are so much popular in every part of the world that a huge investment is made to commercialize different types of sports. And where money, craze and passion come in technology automatically finds its ways. Every one wants their team’s performance to be best and world-class...

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STOP Match Fixing

One day it had to happen – sadly, but for the good of cricket, of us all…one day the dark side of cricket had to be brought to light by the law. The clean-up starts here. Or does it?

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Worst Match Fixing Scams EVER!!!

The Italian Football Federation said in October 2000 it had found eight players guilty of match-fixing. Three were from Serie A sideAtalanta and the other five played for Serie B side Pistoiese. The players were Giacomo Banchelli, Cristiano Doni and Sebastiano Siviglia(all Atalanta) and Alfredo Aglietti, Massimiliano Allegri, Daniele...

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The First Elite‐Fest of India

It bottles. Unlike Multiplex cinemas, they weren’t “specially” designed for the event and were sold at Rs. 15 alone. But that’s where the dissimilarity stopped between the foods stalls. Only Soft Drinks and Water bottles were fairly priced, everything else was again “exclusive”.

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The Identity of an Indian Cricket fan

The game in itself is nothing spectacular. There are more beautiful sports out there which, in today's fast paced world, are more entertaining and worth spending money on. But what defines a sport in this case is not just its marketability on a global scale. It is a matter...

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India’s Payback Time

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of Indian men’s Cricket team has always backed his team and more so, after the dismal and dismissive performance against England, in England during summer. But the fortunes seem to have changed this time around as India has been playing England in India in the...

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The Wonderwall

On April 3, 1996 when Rahul Dravid made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Singapore, he was a young, shy, boyish looking bBngalore lad who got out only after scoring 3 runs and failed to deliver. Almost 15 years later, as he dons the blue coloured clothing...

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Sport Climbing for Fitness!

At first glance, rock climbing seems complicated, difficult and dangerous. But climbers also look seriously fit, ripped, flexible... and insanely cool. Luckily for the average guy, there's also a very safe, accessible and regulated version of rock climbing – it's called sport climbing, and it's easily do-able in practically...

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Vicarious Sacrifice of the No.1 Test Side !

"MSD moved from an unsporting villain to goodwill icon", another one shoots , "Dhoni shows great sportsmanship" and many more cricket-pundits raved about how the Indian team cricket team showed great sportsmanship at Tent Bridge. Even though the acrimonious dispute looked poised to gobble down the entire test. ,...

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Sports is Costly! Way Costly!

Players who once used to play the game for the love of it, often spending money from their pockets, are now increasingly demanding a remuneration package befitting a CEO of a large multinational corporation. Some argue that sports is an art and that the talent of the player deserves...

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The Great Wall of India

I am quite the atheist when it comes to the religion of cricket in our country. I know its hard to believe that I even exist! But before you disown me and my article, being an atheist I must confess that I danced in my pyjamas on the...

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Knowing When to Stop

In the Sherlock Holmes story, “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder”, Jonas Oldacre stages his murder and implicates in it a young man by planting false evidence against the latter. The innocent fellow is drawn deeper and deeper into the trap, until Oldacre makes the mistake of planting a...

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