Jul 11, 2009

All power and no finesse

It is no fault of either Serena Williams or Venus Williams that they belong to a generation of programmed baseline bullies — a game at which ...

Briefing

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A coronation for the ages

Where Pete Sampras took 12 years to win 14 majors, Roger Federer needed just six for his 15 — a picture-perfect journey that began in 2003 at ...

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A hard working athlete

Of all the captains who have led England, I plump for Michael Vaughan because he has the stats to back his claims and because he was able to ...

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Profitable outing

India fought well to triumph 2-1 in the four-match ODI series in the West Indies. It was essentially a three-match affair with rain preventing ...

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He means business

Mitchell Johnson has added the intimidatory edge to his bowling and this was evident in the series victory in South Africa. “That’s what being ...

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Needless controversy

The Baichung Bhutia issue has re-ignited the feud between traditional rivals, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. And quite interestingly, it has very ...

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Is the game in chaos?

There remains every bleak reason to fear for what will happen when a tournament as bloated and over populated as the World Cup descends on ...

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Essien heads the herd

His extraordinary versatility has seen the African footballer star at right-back, left-back and in central defence, as well as in his favoured ...

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Kirkland’s career in safe hands

The likeable Wigan custodian continues to impress on the days when he is fully fit, and he may yet force his way back into the reckoning to add ...

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United's surprise signing

It may be that Michael Owen can help Manchester United win the run-of-mill matches more easily, so allowing his team-mates to conserve energy ...

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‘I try to be who I really am’

Viswanathan Anand’s chess philosophy is very simple. “Enjoy what you do. Always experiment a lot and have a fresh perspective. Never be afraid ...