From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.37 :: NO.10 :: Mar. 08, 2014
Star Poster: NEYMAR
In an age when English footballers are neglected by clubs in favour of foreign superstars, Wayne Rooney has earned unprecedented financial and symbolic recognition at a big club. Priyansh takes stock.
Grabbing the headlines
Luke Shaw, who does not turn 19 until July 12, has already made 54 first-team appearances for Southampton, attracting admiring glances from Chelsea and Manchester United.
Juan Mata has widely been seen as one of the best attacking players in the EPL ever since arriving at Chelsea and David Moyes, having endured a frustrating first summer in the transfer market as manager at Manchester United, was thrilled to complete the deal for Mata. By Sam Walker.
Tom Finney and Stanley Matthews were wingers of outstanding quality, each adept at the classical winger’s ability to beat his opposing full-back, putting him on the wrong foot with a body swerve, then carrying on to the goal-line before pulling the ball back into the goalmouth with the most dangerous pass in the game, writes Brian Glanville.
Toal’s focus total
“From a youth development point of view, things have got better. The youth academies were put into place, which gives India a real chance of moving forward. We now have our boys in five or six centres across the country. The best in the country play matches and train every day, so Indian football must get better,” Colm Toal, the AIFF Chief Coach of Youth Development, tells Ashwin Achal.
‘Golf is a beautiful game; It’s you versus yourself’
“I am at a point in my career wherein I need to really increase the intensity of work on my game and fitness to get to the next level. I am looking to do that over the coming months,” says Anirban Lahiri in a chat with G. Viswanath.
Looking to Rio 2016
Rio 2016 could turn out to be a watershed in Indian golf. With resistance from government agencies and their apathy in general, golf has not made a big impact on the Indian mindset. However, Anirban Lahiri is of the view that there is a way ...
Sky is the limit
Sergey Bubka’s previous world outdoor record stands at 6.14m, but with the new rules in place for records, Renaud Lavillenie’s 6.16 will now be the world record, not just the world indoor record. By K.P. Mohan.
Sergey Bubka, Olympic champion in 1988 and six-time world champion, has 35 world records to his credit, 17 of them outdoors. He has the top nine marks in the all-time outdoors list, topped by 6.14m, and holds the 10th (6.05m) jointly with ...
Hoping to do better
The year 2013 has been a fruitful one for Manikanta Raj as he won gold in 100m and 4x100 relay and a bronze in 200m in the Open Nationals held in Chennai. A profile by J.R. Shridharan.
When the hunter became the hunted
India had the chances to end its winless streak abroad. Against South Africa at the Wanderers, it blew a gilt-edged opportunity to win on the final day. The story continued at the Basin Reserve. When is this horrific run going to end, asks S. Dinakar.
NEW ZEALAND TOUR DIARY
India becalmed in windless Wellington!
Indian cricket’s multi-million superstars fail to close out an opportunity as gaping as Wellington’s famous Victoria Tunnel that connects the centre of the city to the southern suburbs, writes S. Dinakar.
Brendon’s big bash
Responsibility has brought the best out of Brendon McCullum, who made history at the Basin Reserve with a triple century. It has been a golden summer for both the skipper and his team. By S. Dinakar.
Six years of solid apprenticeship
With his maiden Test hundred recently, Rahane has taken the first step to holding his own in the Indian team and the last two overseas tours — to South Africa and New Zealand — have won him many admirers. By G.Viswanath.
It’ll be a tough ride
The pressure is definitely not on Team India in the Asia Cup and this may be a blessing in disguise for Virat Kohli and his team. Of course, the attention will be on Kohli when on the field and he will perhaps get a whiff of the burden of captaincy.
Bozoljac, a surprise winner
The temperamental Serb won the men’s title at the Bengal Tennis Association complex in Kolkata, which hosted a $50,000 ATP Challenger event for the first time. Amitabha Das Sharma reports.
Loyola College, Chennai, won the Fr. Balaiah Trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000 with a well-deserved 80-65 triumph over host Loyola Academy, Alwal, Secunderabad, in the sixth edition of the all-India inter-college basketball tournament. ...
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