Sep 10, 2019

The Sethu revolution

Sethu FC has had a meteoric rise. It opened its doors to women only in 2016 and made the IWL semifinals just two years later, capping that with the title this year.

Briefing

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Manika Batra: I had to be selfish for table tennis

“I had stagnated while training at Sandeep sir’s academy. I had to think about my table tennis and take the hard call. I respect my decision and I am responsible for it,” says Manika Batra about her decision to part ways with her childhood coach.

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Tejaswin Shankar: Down jump street, above the bar

You have to lose something to win something, feels the high jumper. “But I think it’s a part of life and you should be patient, concentrate on the process rather than the results or participation and not expect too much too soon.”

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The Sethu revolution

Sethu FC has had a meteoric rise. It opened its doors to women only in 2016 and made the IWL semifinals just two years later, capping that with the title this year.

Food For Thought

Know what’s banned and what’s not

If athletes have not got the message that they are exclusively responsible, they must be from a different planet or they have intentionally cheated and are now using the food supplements as an escape strategy for their cheating.

On The Write Line

A healthy competition between Kohli and Smith

There is no doubt that a big score from one is going to fire up the other. That’s, of course, not good news for bowlers but that’s the way it is.

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Ajay Thakur: A more mature raider

“I didn’t know how to maintain myself, where to raid from, how to score points,” says the Tamil Thalaivas player. “Now I see how the team is placed, what the team needs, and play according to the situation.”

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Steve Smith: Rising from the Ashes

A little over a year ago, Steve Smith’s emotional press conference after the ball-tampering scandal was the defining image of Australian cricket’s dramatic fall from grace. But in the first Ashes Test at the beginning of August, the batsman, scoring two centuries, looked almost embarrassed with the praise directed by the Aussie fans.

Last Word

Of obsessive swimmers

Charles Sprawson’s book 'Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero', written nearly three decades ago is a pioneering effort, combining literature, cultural and sporting history with autobiography, a genre that is popular today, opening a window to a private passion while dealing with larger issues that are universal.

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Remembering V. B. Chandrasekhar: He gave the game his all

V. B. Chandrasekhar was an influential, forceful personality, always led by his passion for the game.

View from the paddock

F1 mid-season review: Lewis Hamilton well on his way to sixth title

While Ferrari grabbed all the headlines in pre-season testing, Mercedes have been the standout team thus far. And Red Bull, instead of the Italian giant, have emerged as the lead challenger to Mercedes.

Vantage Point

US Open 2019: All the contenders among the men and the women

Eighteen different women were crowned champions at the first 18 tournaments, a record streak to begin a WTA season. Equally surprising, the first three Grand Slam events produced three different queens. In the men’s section, however, the Big Three — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic — have shared the past 11 Grand Slam titles and 11 of the past 15 US Opens.

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Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn: Two stalwarts depart

When Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn were at their best, South Africa too was figuring among the top three of international cricket.

Statsman

More landmarks for Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli becomes the first batsman to score 20,000 runs in a decade, the fastest to score 10,000 runs as captain, and the first batsman to hit three consecutive ODI centuries in the Caribbean.

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Lukaku moves away from Manchester United, finally

Inter Milan completed the Belgian striker’s deal worth £73 million on the final day.

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Majid Beshkar: Badsha touches base

A rapturous crowd of around 2,000 East Bengal fans assembled at the Kolkata airport to receive the iconic Iranian forward recently.