Ho-Hockey

Ric Charlesworth’s appointment as the Technical Advisor of the Indian Hockey Federation, comes as a breath of fresh air in the stale environment and the condition in which the Indian Hockey functions...

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Ageing Woes for Cricketers

“Mr. Dependable”, “The rock”, “Mr. Consistent”, “The wall”; all titles, all conferred by critics and legends and opposing players as well as teammates who hold him in awe, all referring to one man- Rahul Dravid . . .

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The Iceman Cometh

The palms were sweaty, entire world was glued in to see a new champion crowned, will it be the rookie sensation- Hamilton, will it be the Defending Champion- Alonso or will it . . .

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Jose Mourinho – The Special One

So Jose Mourinho has parted ways with Chelsea. And ever since he did… there have been plenty of talks about how big a loss it will be for the club. His superb record with Porto prior to joining Chelsea only did justice to his ‘no holds barred’ personality with...

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The Rookie, The Spaniard and The Iceman!

The penultimate F1 grand prix kicked off with the rookie leading the pack with Kimi Raikkonen in second place. This Sunday Hamilton planned to seal his maiden world championship aspirations by winning it for Mercedes powered Mclaren. With the rain making its presence known in the race, it seemed...

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50 Over Cricket… RIP?

India’s recent game against Australia was as dull as it could get, something you might have expected if you are not a die hard Indian cricket fanatic. The mighty Aussies were efficient; India had the talent, but lacked the firepower. They had the aggression, but lacked sustained performance. A...

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LARA… Best Ever??

There is no doubt Brian Lara, Test cricket’s leading run-scorer, is among the greats. But how does he rate alongside recognised legends like Donald Bradman, Garfield Sobers, even Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar from the modern era? The problem is that number of runs scored is just one of the ways...

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Twenty20 over… what next for India?

The last ball of the tournament would probably be the perfect way to describe how it has been… Against a genuine speedster, Misbah-ul-Haq’s courageous attempt to scoop the ball down to fine leg might have been a four or even a six. But, with Joginder Sharma offering no...

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Twenty20 WC: Not for the faint-hearted!

After churning out their way to the semi-finals, the team11 and the billion supporters were all geared up for the big encounter, the India-Australia match. While Australia had the title of ‘World Champions’ to bank upon, India had the experience of Yuvraj, Dhoni, Harbhajan along with the raw aggression...

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Kimi Rules at Spa

Belgium is famous for two things; their waffles and the 14 Formula-1 car pile up in 1998. After a one year hiatus the Belgium grand prix is back. On the final leg of the European race circuit, Scuderia-Ferrari’s number one driver just closed up to the silver devils...

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Chak De India!

So India has won the Asia Cup 2007. Suddenly hockey is big news. Personally I think ‘Chak De’ starring SRK had much to do with it than any actual hockey-play . But if hockey is big news, turns out cricket is bigger news….any day. Despite losing the series to...

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We are a Mad Nation

Truly, we are a mad nation with passion parallel to Romeo’s eternal love! Not everyone gets to live in such high degree of insanity and craziness; I am among the lucky few chosen by God to dwell here. Therefore, similar to the like of mine born from the womb...

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Aur Woh . . .

All those looking forward to some marital advice …sorry to dash your hopes guys but you’ll have to look elsewhere. Science fiction freaks please check your imaginations too, cos that Spielberg variety of other is also ruled out…) for all those who have managed to stay with me, the...

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The Weighty Issues in Sports

Following revelations regarding the scarcity of food (created by Robert Mugabe’s new food laws), as encountered by South African cricketers in Bulawayo, a wave of high profile personalities has flocked to Zimbabwe to get a taste of the latest trend in instant weight loss. Yes, that is right- weight...

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The Plight of Indian Sport

Twenty four years ago, Team India brought pride to an entire nation when it lifted the prestigious Cricket World Cup. Thenceforth, sponsors began to queue, endorsers struggled to cash in and the ball was rolling. Steadily, as the sport transformed into a religion and its players into celebrities ....

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Sports Economy

There is a clear need for understanding the nature of the sports economy and its value to the economy as a whole. Sport has been a major source of revenue for the economy of several countries, and the sports economy that supports sustainable development. A unique aspect is that...

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The Red Devils – a football league apart

For those who are not in sync with the soccer world, RED DEVILS is the epithet used for one of Europe’s premier football clubs- MANCHESTER UNITED (based in England). To many of the club’s fanatic supporters including yours truly, the name “MANCHESTER UNITED” in it self evokes a sense...

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The brand called SPORT

Impossible is Nothing..I am what I am..Just do it..Not only do these lines rule the commercials on television but also speak volumes about an attitude. An attitude that is loaded with energy. Energy to excel. Excel in the most demanding exercise of physical strain. Excel in the world of...

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Crickey – A Colonial Legacy

'Many Continentals think life is a game; the English think cricket is a game’-George mikes When English colonialism swept the Asian and African countries, it had multiple implications. The English carried with them their culture, ethos and lifestyle along with ambition to establish their hegemony in...

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Is Doping a problem in Sports?

The personnel of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) must be familiar with the story of Don Quixote. Efforts to eradicate the use of doping in elite sports have been discredited as a losing battle so many times it is all but impossible to believe in an ultimate victory against...

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Soccer

’I was watching the Blackburn game on TV on Sunday when it flashed on the screen that George Ndah had scored in the first minute at Birmingham. My first reaction was to ring him up. Then I remembered he was out there playing.’ - Ade Akinbiyi Soccer! Soccer! What’s...

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WIMBLEDON: KNOW YOUR GRAND SLAM HISTORY

Wimbledon has always been a game of the champions. With another set of records been recently made the already existing rich history has become richer in all aspects.The beginning of this major tournament was as interesting as the life of the champions it has borne over the years.

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CRICKET = CRAZE

Every Indian eats,drinks and sleeps cricket. Yes,it is the religion of every Indian. It is good to be sporty but harmful to be obsessed with a sport. The lines below will focus on how an obesession for a sport can be dangerous to an individual, to the society and...

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