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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Edition 1: Sports

Tendulkar Magic
Sachin tendular has rated his dazzling 141-ball 175 in the fifth one-dayer against Australia as "one of his best" innings. While orchestrating a stiff chase of 351, Tendulkar looked on course to break the record for the highest individual score in an ODI innings but was undone by a slower ball from debutant Clint McKay in the 48th over, after which India ended four runs short.
"It was one of my best innings, I was striking the ball very well and we were chasing 351 so there was constant pressure," Tendulkar said. "We maintained the run rate and brought the game close, but in the end it was very disappointing."
After sliding to 162 for 4, India were put back on track for what would have been the second highest target achieved in one-dayers by a 137-run stand between Tendulkar and Suresh Raina. India were favourites after 42 overs, needing only 52 runs with a Powerplay still in hand and Raina and Tendulkar in top gear. However, a combination of clever bowling and tigerish fielding from Australia, and some inept running from India handed the visitors a 3-2 series lead.
Experts have compared this with his own innings at sharjah in 98, or 93 against Pakistan in worlcup 03, or with Kapil Dev’s 175 against Zimbabve in world cup 83. Which do you think is the best innings played by Indian batsmen in ODI?
Agassi Tainted
Andre Agassi's upcoming autobiography contains an admission he used crystal meth in 1997 and failed a drug test -- a result thrown out after he lied by saying he "unwittingly" took the substance.
According to an excerpt of the autobiography "Open" published Wednesday in The Times of London, the eight-time Grand Slam champion writes that he sent a letter to the ATP tour to explain the positive test, saying he accidentally drank from a soda spiked with meth by his assistant "Slim."
Agassi's first major championship came at Wimbledon in 1992, and he won a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. But by late 1997, he dropped to No. 141 in the rankings, and he was playing in tennis' equivalent of the minor leagues.
He resuscitated his career in 1998, making the biggest one-year jump into the top 10 in the history of the ATP rankings. The next season, he won the French Open to complete a career Grand Slam, then added a second career U.S. Open title en route to finishing 1999 at No. 1.
He along with Roger Federer are the only players to have career grandslam after 1975.
Suddenly another star has fallen from the sky.
Soumya Vishwanathan
Soumya Swaminathan achieved what only five other Indians have achieved in world chess - she has won the World Junior girls chess championship at Puerto Madryn in Argentina.
In the thirteenth and final round, Soumya, defeated Kubra Ozturk of Turkey for a place in world history. She became the third Indian girl after Koneru Humpy (2002) and Dronavalli Harika (2008) to win the World Junior Girls championship. The World Junior title had been won by V Anand (1987), P Harikrishna (2004) and Abhijeet Gupta (2008) also. India has retained the girl’s title.
Soumya has won several national titles including the national U-17 in 2004, and the national Junior titles in 2005 and 2008. Her rating is 2297 and she played at 2433 Elo and would be gaining about ten Elo points from this event. Soumya won eight games, lost two to the two players she tied on points and drew three games for the title.The highest rated player she defeated was second seed Xiaowen Zhang of China. She did not face the top seed Mary Ann Gomes of Kolkata.
Soumya was born in Palakkad in 1989 and her family shifted to Pune. Chess administrator in Pune Joseph D'Souza said, "In her trip to Europe last year, she made five norms in one and a half months." Soumya is hard working and is a commerce student from the BMCC College .
The Pune District Chess Association (PDCA) day announced an award of Rs 10 lakh for the 20-year-old Soumya Swaminathan, the first girl from the city to win the junior world chess championship
Swaminathan has faced sponsorship problems in the past and this award will help her immensely. She had received a scholarship of Rs 5,000 for a period of three years from the Indian Oil Corporation but that was nowhere near what she required to play at her level.
Another star in Rising

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