What he said:
“Zimbabweans pride themselves on being hospitable. So even in this match, we keep throwing them a lifeline.”
Zimbabwean coach, Alan Butcher, throws up an innovative excuse for letting their opponents, Bangladesh, off the hook in the Test at Harare.
What he really meant:
“We do want the Bangladeshis returning for more. They’re the only team we can beat regularly.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“We take pride in losing matches at home.”
The spectre of ‘book-fixing’ raised its ugly head at the annual inter-school ‘book cricket’ competition last Sunday, the 8th of May 2011.
The school championship , over the years, has been dominated by Shuddersharam English Medium School and Potter High School.
This year, it was no different.
The final saw familiar antagonists confronting each other.
World No.3 Roger Federer called up Belgian Kim Clijsters to express his sympathy for her freak disco-dancing injury at her cousin Tim’s wedding.
Kim thanked him and asked for his advice as to how best to recover and avoid similar injuries in the future.
The great Swiss reportedly broke into song on the telephone, yodelling to the tune of Genesis’ ‘I can’t dance’:
Djokovic is now truly bold, beautiful and bald. He capped a marvellous 2010 by leading Serbia to its first ever Davis Cup championship in front of a raucous, baying and partisan home crowd in Belgrade.
The Davis Cup always manages to evoke strong emotions; incredible comebacks are the need of the hour and happen more often than not.
This year’s final was no stranger to drama either. The score was even-stevens after the first day’s play. The top seeds on either side, Djokovic and Monfils justified their ranking and clinched wins over their less acclaimed opponents,Simon (6-3 6-1 7-5) and Tipsarevic (6-1 7-6(4),6-0) respectively.
Soderling takes home the Paris Masters for the first time.
Monfils could not use the momentum of the crowd to make inroads into the Swede’s game.
The first set was an one-sided affair with the tall Nordic breaking twice to take the set 6-1.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man! Or woman!
And may it never be said that Serena and Rafael don’t know how to party!
They came to the Wimbledon party and how!
Nadal, as though his year-long hiatus from the sport was a mere blip in the chasm of tennis time!
And Serena, who perhaps believes that it’s now time to just buckle down to it and claim her space in among the greats! Not that she does not belong there already but who’s to say that she might not have been the greatest?
Saina Nehwal completed a treble of wins last Sunday at the Indonesian Open. It was her 3rd consecutive tournament triumph ,an unbroken streak of 15 games without a loss. Saina is in the best form of her life and her ranking is now a stratospheric No. 3. The Indonesian Open ,though, lacked serious competition from the Chinese who preferred to compete in their local league. The Chinese are notorious for lying low before any major tournaments such as the World championship that is scheduled in the near future. They prefer to scout their opponents and exploit any detected weaknesses and in the meanwhile identify , groom and train their future stars. The Chinese depth in badminton and table-tennis is to be envied and emulated. Will Saina be able to carry her form into the world championship? Will the Chinese spring a surprise package , as they have been known to do before, and unveil a new star on the badminton horizon? Who knows? Only time will tell! But congratulations to Saina and good luck to her! Her star still shines bright in the barren sky of Indian sport.
Quote of the day:
You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun. – Al Capone