Dec 31, 2005

Vibrant growth

As the dynamic FIH President Els Van Breda Vriesman put it in perspective, 2005 was significant for development in more ways than one, writes ...

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Vibrant growth

As the dynamic FIH President Els Van Breda Vriesman put it in perspective, 2005 was significant for development in more ways than one, writes ...

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African revolution surprises the world

Going by the World Cup Qualifiers, Germany 2006 could usher in a new array of stars and perhaps a fresh power equation, writes S. R.

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The best last year are the best again

There was no stopping Isinbayeva, just as there seemed to be no limits for Bubka in his time. And there looked no barriers were insurmountable ...

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Federer is stoppable after all!

If Roger Federer wasn't toppled, he was certainly compelled to scrap over his gilded throne; and what an engrossing scrap it proved, writes ...

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Several eventful happenings

Through the year, Topalov's rise was meteoric, Anand remained consistent, but Kramnik slipped in the rankings, writes RAKESH RAO FOR more ...

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Brave new India

The advent of newcomers meant there was pressure on the Indian seniors to perform. If some complacency had crept in, it had to be shrugged away ...

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Challenging Brazil — but who?

NOW that the draw for the 2006 World Cup finals has been made — and please don't ask me by what perverse alchemy England were rated number two ...

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Eventful 2005

The passion that rose during the Ashes and the maturity shown by the spectators during the India-Pakistan series also went a long way in ...

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Sharad Pawar has his job cut out

Sharad Pawar (below, seen with Ganguly) solved a lot of cricketing problems in Mumbai by appointing a Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC). One ...

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Skill quotient

THE trickiest part of filling in football pools, is picking the away-winning sides. And in the past half a dozen years, the Indian Test XI have ...

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The sequence — 2005

JANUARY As a wild card, makes a good debut at the Australian Open. She becomes the first Indian woman to reach the third round of a Grand ...

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Two can play the itinerary game

THE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) got the itinerary it wanted as soon as the BCCI power equation changed. THE England and Wales ...

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Split wide open in Zimbabwe

The year 2005 had its share of controversies with the Ganguly-Chappell spat taking the centre stage, writes N.U. ABILASH A CITY that is ...

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Lanka spun, drawn and quartered

INDIA played smart cricket and outplayed Sri Lanka to win the Videocon Test series by a handsome margin on a not-so-pit-like-pitch at the ...

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The triumphs & tragedies

No athlete perhaps lifted the mood or dazzled the senses more in 2005 than Ronaldinho , whose feet own an intelligence that qualifies them for ...

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In the big league

Sania Mirza won one title from two finals in 2005. She is expected to win a few more in 2006 if everything goes well, writes KAMESH SRINIVASAN.

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ANIL KUMBLE