Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Gilchrist on retirement

Gilchrist made his one day debut in the year 1996 but he has retired now. That came as a shocker to the cricketing world. He told the reporters that dropping Laxman's catch made him realise that he is no longer agile and should shy away from the game. He added that he has taken the decision when he is in the pinnacle of his career, by achieving the feat of most number of dismissals by any keeper. So he is retiring with pride.

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Tait quits cricket indefinitely

Tait, the destructive bowler in the Australian side, has decided to give up cricket for a short span of time. Tait played a key role in the Australian world cup victory by claiming 23 wickets in the tournament. He cited emotional and physical exhaustion as the reasons to quit cricket indefinitely. His come back game against the Indians proved to be a useless one with Tait ending up without any entries in the wicket column. He said that he will undergo some special programs to recuperate soon. Tait's absence will leave the Aussies devastated. It is note worthy that Mcgrath has also retired from the ODI squad.

Harbhajan Singh's charges dropped

The announcement came as a relief for most of the cricket fans. All racism charges against Harbhajan Singh are dropped and the tour of India will continue as planned. Three weeks after the controversy erupted, the racism charge against Harbhajan Singh was found to be not proven by Justice John Hansen, hearing the appeal, on Tuesday. Harbhajan was instead charged with a Level 2.8 offence - abuse and insult not amounting to racism - to which he pleaded guilty and was fined 50 per cent of his match fees. Justice Hansen said that he was convinced that level 3.3 offense was not proven against Bhajji, instead he can be charged under level 2.8 for which bhajji pleaded guilty. Cricket Australia spokesmen said that both the Indian and the Australian cricket boards are happy with the decision.

Monday, January 28, 2008

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Filintoff hopes to return

ngland all rounder Andrew Flintoff said he hopes to make his return from injury this summer.

Flintoff, 30, underwent a fourth operation on his troublesome left ankle in October and has since been building up his fitness with rehabilitation periods in South Africa and the United States.

"I'm not making big statements about when I'll be playing again but, fingers crossed, I'll be OK for the summer," he told British daily The Sun on Monday.

"I'm just taking things steadily. It's not worked the last three or four times I've tried to get back so I won't rush it this time."

England host New Zealand and South Africa in test series this summer

Australia wins the series

The fourth and the final test match between India and Australia ended in a draw which meant that the Australians have retained their Border - Gavaskar trophy. Sehwag scored a beautiful 151 runs before getting out. Indians ended the day at 267 for 7. Both the teams managed to play out for a draw. It was disappointing that Dhoni failed yet again. Sachin was awarded man of the match whereas Brett Lee was awarded man of the series. It is worth to note that this is the last match for Gilchrist

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sania Mirza loses


Mahesh Bhupati and Sania Mirza lost in the finals of the Australian open to Sun and Zim. The match lasted only for a couple of sets and ended within an hour. They lost 7 - 6, 6 - 4 in straight sets. They came through the first set well but did not managed to hold on in the tie breaker. Chinese are well known for their performance and they have proved it again. They denied Sania her first career grand slam title.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Gilchrist Retires

Adam Gilchrist announced his retirement from the test cricket. He made this shocking announcement earlier today after the conclusion of the third day's play in Adelaide. He also said that he will retire from the ODI after the triangular series. Gilchrist currently surpassed the record for most number of dismissals by any wicket keeper. It would be really difficult job for Australia to find a replacement for him. This Adelaide test will be his last one. Earlier Australia ended the day at 322 for 3. The match is clearly heading towards a draw. R P singh injured himself and will not play for the next couple weeks.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Federer out of Aus open

It was a shoking defeat for Federer as he lost to Djokovic in straight sets earlier this day. Federer who was the defending champion was knocked out by the third seeded Djokovic in an uncharacteristically short match in which the final sets read 7 - 5, 6 - 1 and 7 - 6 against the world no.1. Now it will be the turn of Djokovic to face the music against Tsong in the finals which will be held tomorrow. Tsong knocked out Rafael Nadal in the other semi-final match. Federer committed too many unforced errors which lost the match for him. He should improve his game as he came out of a similar situation earlier in the tournament against Tipseravic. Meanwhile, Sania and Mahesh Bupathi advanced to the finals of the mixed doubles events. This is the first grand slam finals for the Indian tennis star Sania Mirza. Mahesh has won 6 mixed doubles title with 6 different partners. Let's hope he does that again.

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India in control

Indians ended their first innings at a mammoth total of 526 runs with half centuries from Kumble and Harbhajan Singh taking India past the 500 run mark. Indians started the day badly as they lost both Sachin and Dhoni in quick succession. Dhoni failing yet again in this innings as he managed only 16 runs of just 64 balls. Sachin crossed 150 run mark and fell to a bouncer from Lee. Indians were reeling at 359 for 7. That marked the beginning of the partnership between Kumble and Bhaji. Kumble played a captain's knock and scored 87 runs. Bhajji got out after crafting 63 runs to his credit. This is his second fifty in this series. They held a partnership of 107 runs. R P singh departed as soon as he came. Ishanth Sharma was unbeaten on 14. Kumble was the last wicket to fall to Johnson. Gilchrist crossed the world record for most number of dismissal by a wicket-keeper by taking the wicket of Kumble. Australians were 62 for no loss at stumps on day 2.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Dhoni on DADA

"It has affected the press more than us" said Dhoni when he was asked about the exclusion of Sourav Ganguly. Indian ODI captain dismissed reports about Ganguly's unhappiness and said that the practice sessions for the Adelaide test were going on as usual. Earlier Dhoni was blamed for DADA's exclusion. Ganguly and dravid were not informed before hand about their exclusion, so that really upset them. Alleged reports suggested that immediately after the announcement of the team Ganguly was unhappy and went to the beach to get out this mood. Dhoni has picked his own team that nealy contained all the players from the T20 winning side.

Sensex crash yet again

The Indian stock market tumbled for second day in a row today. BSE Sensex lost more than 2000 points in the intra day trade and NIFTY touched the 4500 mark and then both of them started recovering. Now BSE has recovered 1200 points but it is still at 16797 and NSE has recovered 450 points with its current tally of 4894. Mean while, the finance minister has asked the investors to stay calm and he assured them that this fall will not affect the market in the long run. Prime minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh said that Indian economy will not falter as it is having strong foundation and the investors need not worry about their future. Similar trend is reflected in the other Asian and American stock markets too.

Monday, January 21, 2008

SIR Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar


Its another honor at stake for Sachin Tendulkar. He has crossed several milestones in his careers and he will be remembered as the greatest cricketer of all time in the annals of cricketing history. This time, visiting British Prime minister, Gordon Brown has declared that sports persons like Sachin should be honored for his works. He also told that he will recommend his name for the 'SIR' title. There are only a few greats who have received such high accords from the British government. It includes greats like Donald Bradman, Edmund Hilary, etc. Sachin will be proud and so will be the whole India, if his name is accepted.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Ganguly dropped - ODI squad announced

The big three, Ganguly, Dravid and Laxman, were dropped for the ODI series which is set to begin from February. It also includes a T20 match. The squad lies like this, Sachin, Sehwag, Piyush, Ishanth Sharma, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Kartick, Dhoni (c & wk), Yuvraj Singh (vc), Munaf, Irfan Pathan, Rohit Sharma, Praveen Kumar. Mark my words, they will definitely face a humiliating defeat at the hands of Australians and the Sri lankans. The pitches will be of great challenge for such young guns to withstand. They will perish. They will bite dust. They will suffer

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Australian open

Federer survived a scare to come from behind and win a match in its fifth set. The match lasted for almost 4 hours and 15 minutes. Federer was given a run for his money by Tipsarevic. In the first set Federer dominated and led 5 - 3. But TIP broke the serve of fedex to win the first set 7 - 6. Later Federer won the second 7 - 5. The third set also went to the wire and TIP won the tie-breaker 7 - 6. But Fedex came back strongly and won the fourtrh 6 - 1. With that win everyone thought that it would be Federer all the way. But it was not so. TIP came back strongly and didn't allow federer to break his serve. Federer held his serve for long enough. The match proceeded as both the players had won 6 games each in the final set. Atlast, Federer managed to break TIP's serve when he was serving for his 9th game of the set. And then as usual Federer held on to the lead to proceed to the next round winning the final set 10 - 8. In some other match Sania Mirza succumbed to Venus Williams 7 - 6, 6 - 4. She reached the 3rd round, which was her best performance in any grand slam event. But after that she couldn't manage to survive. But she still has a chance in the doubles event.

India conquers Perth

Finally, the battle of Perth ended in just four days. Australians were sent packing out of WACA. Indians have created history by winning the third test match against Australia by 72 runs. India playing with 11 against 11 (not 13 or 14 this time) managed to take 20 Australian wickets in just under 2 days. That's really special. Australians have not lost a match in Perth for the past ten years. But by this victory, Indians halt the winning run of the Australia and denied Ponting to be the most successful captain with more consecutive wins in the history of test cricket. Earlier in the day Ponting and Hussey continued the proceedings until Ishanth Sharma struck. He dismissed Ponting for second time in the same match. Ponting misjudged the bounce and edged on back which was taken safely in the slips.
Hussey fell to R P singh's brilliant delivery. He was out LBW when he was on 43. Clarke was in sublime touch and continued to threaten the Indians. He along with Symonds scored at his own will. Jumbo got rid of Symonds and turned the tide. Gilchrist tried to settle in but captain, Kumble made a wise decision by giving the ball to Sehwag. Sehwag picked up two quick wickets to put Aussies in the back foot. From then on, it was India all the way. Finally R P Singh dismissed Tait to claim the much fought Indian victory. Australians fell short of 72 runs to their assigned 413 target. There will be wild celebrations all over the country and I'm going to join them.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Transfer News

Fred disappoints Tottenham fans as he plans to stay in the Lyon for years to come. He said that he was happy with the current club and will not leave to any other club. Lassa Diarra is confident of striking a 5.5 million deal for a move from Arsenal to Portsmouth. Lucas Podolski expressed his desire to play for Manchester City. So Sven Goran Ericsson is set to sign his first player for this year in the January transfer window. Seria A leaders Inter Milan have signed Maniche on loan for the rest of the season. Meanwhile Juventus are planning to sign Diego, the Brazilian play maker who is valued at 30 million pounds.

India in control

Indians are in full control of the third test match against Australia in Perth. Yes, its true. Indians are leading the Aussies by 170 runs. Sehwag and Pathan are still in crease. In a day which saw loss of 15 wickets (10 of them are Australians), Indians did managed to get out of the umpiring saga and performed extremely well. At close of play, Indians were 52 for the loss of 1 wicket. Wasim Jaffer was the man to go and tomorrow's play will determine the winner. If India manages to score 350 plus runs in the third day then they are the winners. But on the other hand, if Australians get rid of India below 300, then it will be their 17 straight win. So, the match is said to be evenly poised but the Indians have an edge over the Aussies. Let's hope for some real action on day three.

Kumble bags 600th wicket

It will in the history book as a golden page, Kumble became the first Indian bowler to cross 600 test wickets. On the second day of the Perth test Kumble achieved this feat by scalping the in-form Andrew Symonds. He is the third bowler in the world to cross the 600 wicket mark. Only Shane Warne and Muthaih Muralidharan are ahead of Jumbo. Australians were reeling at 179 for 6 in their first innings. Earlier Indians were bowled out for 330 runs. Dhoni managed to score only 19 runs, Pathan scored 27, Kumble out for 1 and RP singh for a duck. The Indian Pace battery ran through the Australian top order. Hussey out for duck, Rogers managing only 4 runs, Phil out for just 8 and Ponting getting himself out at 20. But Australia recovered from 67 for 5 to reach 148 for 5 at tea. Thanks to the sublime batting display from Andrews and Gilly. But then Kumble came in and took the wicket of Symmo in an important juncture. Indians are having the upper hand in this test match. But there is still a lot of time left for the Aussies to recover and turn the tables.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Sony and World Sports Group Bag IPL TV rights

It was the world's largest telecast deals in the cricketing history. The India based Sony television network and Singapore based World Sports Group bagged the rights for the Indian Premier League. They grabbed the ten year deal for over 1 billion USD. This is sub divided into 908 million dollars for telecast rights and 108 million dollars for promoting the event. The IPL is a BCCI-backed Twenty20 league involving eight franchises and its inaugural season will consist of 59 games and is scheduled to start in April 2008. Each franchise will play the others on a home-and-away basis, with the top four sides going through to the semi-finals. The two IPL finalists will also advance to the new Champions Twenty20 tournament, which features the best teams of the domestic Twenty20 tournaments, tentatively scheduled for October 2008.

Wenger frustrated with his team's attitude

Arsenal were supposed to be leading the group table with three points from the match against Birmingham. But they took their opponents very lightly and paid the price for it. Birmingham battled well to hold Gunners to a 1 - 1 draw. Wenger was very much frustrated. He later told that, "The crowd pushed us on, but we paid the price for losing concentration on the set pieces. We thought that it was going to be very easy but we didn't create that many chances." Arsenal were missing Thomas Rosicky and Robin Van Persie. But their efforts seemed to be below par when it came to handling the late pressure. It was a disappointing performance by the Arsenal for the fans. It was like rubbing salt to the wounds when Manchester united thrashed New Castle 6 - 0. Definitely this title race will go to the wire. Enjoy all the action here..

Hogg charges dropped

Indians drop charges agianst Bradd Hogg as a notion of good will. This decision came up after the Ponting - Kumble meet. Both captains were satisfied with the way the meeting went and were confident of carrying forward the game in its right spirit. In the meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh's hearing will most probably conducted after the end of the fourth test match in the down under series. Ranjan Madugalle, who presided over the meeting was happier and hoped that no more controversies mar the rest of the series. Bradd Hogg also welcomed the gesture.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Arsenal slips to second spot

Manchester United and Arsenal share the same points but Man U are leading the EPL table with respect to the goal difference. These were due to the last night premier league action. Birmingham salvaged a draw against the Gallic Gunners but Manchester United thrashed New castle 6 - 0. Arsenal opened their account by scoring in the penalty chance. But Birmingham scored as soon as the second half started and managed to held on to a draw. But it was Manchester united all the way. They scored six goals in all to win in an over-whelming manner and maintain a decent goal difference. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick and others like Tevez, Ferdinand scored the goals. Let's hope that Arsenal manages to win the forthcoming games and possibly regain the top spot at the end of the season.

J K Ritheesh is back

The 'Kaanal neer' hero, J K Ritheesh is back in the news. He is acting in the movie 'Naayagan'. Some unconfirmed reports suggest that he has voiced his protest against the ban of Jalli kattu. This is the traditional game which has been in India since 16th century. A bull is made to run at a bewildering speed and the youngsters around will try and control the bull. Usually, most of the people will get injured and only a few will manage to halt its run. Supreme court has banned this sport saying that bull is being tortured too much in this game. Protests have been coming from all angles and the farmers and others have planned to observe 'Black Pongal' in view of this ban.

Some Rugby News

I have some special interest in the sports department and hence I used to gather lot of information about the sports which are not so popular in my country. That's how I landed on this sport. While collecting the statistics I found that rbs6nations site was very useful to me. It helped me a lot by giving up to date information about the rugby game and its also having the future fixtures and predictions. This rugby podcast site, which I found while surfing, consists of information regarding the international, under20, under18 and many other rugby events. It is also having a lot of news about the women rugby which was very rare to find across the web. There are several nations playing rugby but nations like England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales are the formidable ones. Besides having textual reports this website boasts of having multimedia content related to match. You can watch the important moments of a match, if you have missed a match due to some reasons. They are also podcasting it on the mobile phones too but unfortunately it is only for those who are having an O2 handset. Along with these things they also have magazine, online store and fan zone, which are stocked with many interesting things for the rugby lovers. So if you are very much interested in playing rugby this site would be definitely useful for you.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Sehwag hits a ton

Karthick and Sehwag were set to score a ton for each of them but unfortunately Karthick missed out. But the highlight of the final day's play is the innings of Viru. He did a sort of Blitzkrieg attack on the opposition bowlers. He scored 113 runs off 78 runs. It included 18 fours and 2 sixes. Karthick was scoring steadily and made a fine knock of 97 runs before falling leg before wicket to Bulger. Jaffer managed only 21 runs in the second innings. But it became a usual thing for Yuvi to get out in single digit scores. He continued his sublime form by getting out after scoring three runsto Perera. Now Rahul Dravid and Irfan Pathan are at the crease with India scoring 281 for the loss of four wickets.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Yuvi fails yet again

Even in the practice match Yuvraj Singh failed to make an impact as Indians resumed their on field action on Day one of the warm up match in Australia against ACT XI. Indians declared the day at 325 for 9 with Wasim Jaffer missing out a well deserved century and Rahul Dravid, the only senior in the side, contributing 68 runs in the middle order. Sehwag, who was set to find a place in the playing XI for the next test, failed to capitalise on a good start. He got out in the same fashion as he has done i the past after scoring a well conjured 24 runs. Dinesh Karthick followed him y playing a loose shot after making 25 runs. Dhoni managed just 38 runs. But the greatest failure was Yuvi, who scored only two runs. ACT XI were 10 for no loss at stumps.

Arsenal held by Spurs

Arsenal manged to score a late equalizer to square the home match and there by maintaining the undefeated run. Tottenham looked to get away with a win and celebrate their first victory over Gunners since 1999 but Theo Walcott ensured that his side clinged to the feat for some more time by scoring a lucky goal past the Spurs' keeper. It was cruel on Spurs after they dominated for long spells but at least they have the consolation of going back to White Hart Lane for the second leg on January 22 with the tie still in the balance.

“Tottenham played well but we came back,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told Sky Sports. “In the second-half they were on top of us because we weren’t at our best physically but we came back to 1-1 so that’s a positive result.”

Spurs captain Ledley King, one of several young English players who would have impressed watching England manager Fabio Capello, said: “I thought we deserved to win the game.

“We knew they would come back at us, they always seem to come back and we are disappointed we didn’t get the win.

“It’s half the job done at the moment. It will be a tough game (in the second leg) but we’re ready for it.”

Ramos finally lost patience with Paul Robinson, dropping the goalkeeper to the bench after his latest error-strewn display against Reading on Saturday.

Robinson, who has already lost his England place this season, was replaced by Radek Cerny, the Czech keeper making just his fifth appearance this term.

As usual in the League Cup, Wenger fielded a mixture of precocious youngsters and experienced reserves, with Robin van Persie, back from a knee injury, in the starting line-up for only the second time in three months.

Lets hope Arsenal win their away match which is scheduled on 22nd of this month to ensure progress in the cup

Tata NANO


Tata proved his critics wrong by unveiling the world's cheapest car, TATA Nano. He drove his way into the gallery in his dream car and said that he has kept his promise by delivering the car at the price tag of Rs. 1 lakh. It is the much awaited car not only in the Indian market but also globally. He said that his car would meet all the requirements of clean standards and will have emissions lower than that of a two wheeler. He also said that he is planning to release it by the end of this year. The car is a beauty with 624cc engine which is at its back and has a length of only 3.1 meters. The petrol variant has the mileage of 23 kmpl and the diesel variant is expected to be released by the fall of this year. This will be the hottest cake if TATAs are able to maintain the quality when they are mass producing it. Let's hope it revolutionizes the entire car market.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Types of computer viruses

Types of computer viruses
Adam and Eve virus: Takes a couple of bytes out of your Apple.

Airline virus: You're in Dallas, but your data is in Singapore.

Anita Hill virus: Lies dormant for ten years.

Arnold Schwarzenegger virus: Terminates and stays resident. It'll be back.

AT&T virus: Every three minutes it tells you what great service you are getting.

The MCI virus: Every three minutes it reminds you that you're paying too much for the AT&T virus.

Bill Clinton virus: This virus mutates from region to region and we're not exactly sure what it does.

Bill Clinton virus: Promises to give equal time to all processes: 50% to poor, slow processes; 50% to middle-class processes, and 50% to rich ones. This virus protests your computer's involvement in other computer's affairs, even though it has been having one of its own for 12 years.

Congressional Virus: Overdraws your computer.

Congressional Virus: The computer locks up, screen splits erratically with a message appearing on each half blaming the other side for the problem.

Dan Quayle virus: Prevents your system from spawning any child processes without joining into a binary network.

Dan Quayle virus: Simplye addse ane ee toe everye worde youe typee..

David Duke virus: Makes your screen go completely white.

Elvis virus: Your computer gets fat, slow, and lazy and then self destructs, only to resurface at shopping malls and service stations across rural America.

Federal bureaucrat virus: Divides your hard disk into hundreds of little units, each of which do practically nothing, but all of which claim to be the most important part of the computer.

Freudian virus: Your computer becomes obsessed with marrying its own motherboard.

Gallup virus: Sixty percent of the PCs infected will lose 38 percent of their data 14 percent of the time (plus or minus a 3.5 percent margin of error).

George Bush virus: Doesn't do anything, but you can't get rid of it until November.

Government economist virus: Nothing works, but all your diagnostic software says everything is fine.

Jerry Brown virus: Blanks your screen and begins flashing an 800 number.

Madonna virus: If your computer gets this virus, lock up your dog!

Mario Cuomo virus: It would be a great virus, but it refuses to run.

Michael Jackson virus: Hard to identify because it is constantly altering its appearance. This virus won't harm your PC, but it will trash your car.

New World Order virus: probably harmless, but it makes a lot of people really mad just thinking about it.

Nike virus: Just Does It!

Ollie North virus: Turns your printer into a document shredder.

Oprah Winfrey virus: Your 200MB hard drive suddenly shrinks to 80MB, and then slowly expands back to 200MB.

Pat Buchanan virus: Shifts all your output to the extreme right of your screen.

Paul Revere virus: This revolutionary virus does not horse around. It warns you of impending hard disk attack---once if by LAN, twice if by C:.

Paul Tsongas virus: Pops up on December 25 and says, "I'm not Santa Claus."

PBS virus: Your PC stops every few minutes to ask for money.

Politically correct virus: Never calls itself a "virus", but instead refers to itself as an "electronic microorganism".

Richard Nixon virus: Also known as the "Tricky Dick Virus", you can wipe it out but it always makes a comeback.

Right To Life virus: Won't allow you to delete a file, regardless of how old it is. If you attempt to erase a file, it requires you to first see a counselor about possible alternatives.

Ross Perot virus: Activates every component in your system, just before the whole thing quits.

Ted Kennedy virus: Crashes your computer but denies it ever happened.

Ted Turner virus: Colorizes your monochrome monitor.

Terry Randle virus: Prints "Oh no you don't" whenever you choose "Abort" from the "Abort, Retry, Fail" message.

Texas virus: Makes sure that it's bigger than any other file.

UK Parliament virus: Splits the screen into two with a message in each half blaming other side for the state of the system.

Warren Commission virus: Won't allow you to open your files for 75 years.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Primera Liga

Another action packed night in whichReal Madrid restored their seven-point lead at the top of the Primera Liga on Sunday after downing Real Zaragoza, but it was far from comfortable for the leaders. Zaragoza created the better chances in the first hour of the match, but two goals in quick succession from Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robinho earned Real their ninth league win out of nine at the Bernabeu this season.

It also ensured Bernd Schuster's men did not see their advantage at the top of the table trimmed by second-placed Barcelona's victory on Saturday night. The opening 20 minutes passed by with precious little goalmouth action of note, with Real's best effort coming from a Julio Baptista header that was comfortably saved by Javier Lopez Vallejo.

At the other end, Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas also had a fairly comfortable start to the match, with Zaragoza's highly-rated strike duo of Ricardo Oliveira and Diego Milito being kept relatively quiet.

The game began to liven up after that though, with Oliveira convinced he had put Zaragoza ahead in the 22nd minute only to see his celebrations cut short by an offside flag, before Milito was denied by Casillas when clean through on goal.

Soon after Oliveira's disallowed effort, hosts Real created their best opening of the half through Miguel Torres, who was on as a replacement for the injured Gabriel Heinze. The young defender did well to work his way through the visiting defence and he was unlucky to see his chip over Lopez Vallejo blocked by a covering defender with the goal gaping.

Casillas was proving the busier of the two keepers in the first half though, and he was forced into a diving stop just before the break by Sergio Garcia'slow shot. League leaders Real continued to look out of sorts at the start of the second half as well, and Casillas was immediately called into action to push away Alberto Zapater's shot from the edge of the box.

Soon after that Real coach Schuster decided to make his second change of the match, bringing on playmaker Guti to the delight of the home fans. Despite that switch it was still Zaragoza who were looking the more likely scorers, and Carlos Diogo had a great chance to put his side ahead only to see his 59th-minute header superbly stopped on the line by Casillas.

Real were then saved by the woodwork two minutes later when Oliveira's shot from the corner of the area beat Casillas but ebounded back out off the far post. A first home league defeat in almost a year for Real looked on the cards at that point but, totally against the run of play, the champions managed to take an undeserved lead in the 66th minute.

For just about the first time in the match Robinho attacked his marker with speed and, having easily bypassed Zaragoza full-back Juanfran, the Brazilian then dinked in a pinpoint cross that Van Nistelrooy headed home from six yards out.

Robinho himself then made it 2-0 in the 77th minute. Zaragoza centre-back Sergio lost possession in Real territory and Baptista quickly fed the Brazilian who raced from the halfway line before firing home from the edge of the box. Raul could have made it 3-0 seconds later but he put the ball wide following Van Nistelrooy's low cross It was not to prove costly however even though Casillas was called into action to make two vital stops late on.

Brad Hogg charged

Atlast some actions against the champion side. Acting upon Chetan Chauhan's complaint ICC has charged the Chinaman bowler, Brad Hogg, with level 3 of ICC code of conduct. It has to be noted that earlier Harbhajan was also charged under the same code and was later found guilty. Brad Hogg was seen using foul language on Kumble and Dhoni in the field. His hearing is on 14th of this month and he could also face a ban of 2-4 tests, if found guilty.

Is this a victory?

Atlast ICC has officially announced that it has replaced the umpires by a new set and hence Bucknor will not be officiating in the third test. But unfortunately for this announcement itself most of the people were celebrating down the street. This is not a victory at all. Still we have Bhajji's decision pending. ICC has given him some respite by saying that he can play until the final verdict arrives. But I do not think there is any action taken against Punter, Clarke and Hogg. This clearly shows that somewhere something went terribly wrong. Now the fate of the series lies in the hands of ICC's decision. Meanwhile, Indian players took a day off from the happenings by enjoying the Sydney beach. Lets hope the series doesn't get uglier and ends in a fair manner.

Deepika and Nayanthara for Robot

This is the latest unconfirmed news about the Rajni starrer Robot, the two hot heroines of Indian film industry are set to join hands for this film. Already this mega budget film is making waves in the industry. Nayantara, who played superstar’s pair in ‘Chandramukhi’, is tipped to become his pair again, it is rumored that the latest Bollywood sensation Deepika Padukone would don an important role. Both girls are hot and happening. Nayantara has made everyone sit up and watch her by her stunning looks in ‘Billa’, while Deepika has grabbed the attention of entire nation by her magical charm in Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Om Santhi Om’. Going by the huge expectations of the mega budget film, the two popular heroines would definitely add colour to the science fiction story of Shankar. Lets hope Rajni rocks in this film too.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Who is Racist?

An Australian newspaper morphed Symonds' face with that of god Hanuman and published it after his truimph over Harbhajan Singh. This has led to strong protest across the country. Earlier, Bhajji was awarded a three match ban. But many believed that he did not utter any sort of nonsense. There were alleged reports that there is no direct evidence that proves Bhajji to be offensive. But the committee decided against him. BCCI has decided to appeal against the ban. The future of the ongoing series lies in this verdict. Reports suggest that Indians might cancel the tour if the ban is not lifted. They have not yet moved out of Sydney. Let's hope the ban gets lifted yet team India cancels its tour!?

Sunday, January 6, 2008

****ing umpiring decisions

In a match where Ricky ponting became the third umpire and Indians were playing against 13 on field opponents yet they manged to bring it down the wire. Top three batsmen were given out based on the appeals by the australians, worst of all Ganguly was given out by Ponting rather than the umpire. Just a chat with any Australians regarding this will land them into trouble of racial slur. Umpires have judged Sachin 4 out of 6 times wrongly when he was in the late nineties last year. Now a match which India could have won easily was forced to a defeat. Indians almost managed to come out of a defeat but the umpires stood in the way. BCCI has expressed concern over these things. They are planning to lodge an official complaint to the ICC. But I think it will not do any good, Ponting and the umpires have to be fined for breaching the rules and if this situation continues, the Indians should recall the tour. They should not have any regrets in doing so. Indians are cheated right from the start of the series down under. Seven decisions went against the Indian team when they were batting and four when they were bowling. So these decisions turned the match entirely in favor of Australia. The Australians should be 200 to 300 runs short but with the help of the umpires they have made it. It takes great team effort, technique and character to win a test match, in this manner, Ponting should be really proud about this win.

Please note : The four letters in the title is just "hurt" and not any other four letter word. click the play button twice to play the video.

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Unparalled old gems

After India has won the T20 world championship many believed that seniors are just burden to the team rather than assets. With Ganguly, Dravid and Laxman being out of form, Sachin with his injury woes, they all thought that team India will no longer require their services. Youngsters proved that in the shorter version of the game against Pakistan. But when it comes to test cricket, where technique mattered more than power, courage counted more than aggression, the youngsters failed. Dhoni, Yuvi and Jaffer have not crossed the 20 run mark in the first three innings of the test series down under. To accommodate Yuvraj, the entire Indian batting line up was shattered yet he failed three consecutive times. He failed to capitalize on the opportunity given to him by the team management.
If we have a look at the Australians, then we can learn that they will not compromise an established position for a new comer. For example Ricky ponting did not sacrifice his position for any new comer. They allowed the new comer as opener and he performed well. This is what the Indians should have done. When they are having the world's best one-down batsmen, why are you converting him as an opener and wasting him? Laxman is also know for his ability to bat with the tail. By sending him up the order, we are wasting him too. This is all done for Yuvi but he failed to cross the double digit mark.
Now coming Dhoni, he has not proved his point in test cricket. He "was" a great one-day player but in tests he still has room for improvement. He also cannot take his place in the test team for granted. He should put a price on his wicket, then only he will justify his selection. He got out playing similar shots in almost all the three innings. It would be better if we bring Sehwag in and reshuffle the entire batting order to the old one. Let's hope it is implemented sooner rather than the end of a series white wash.

Cesc Fabregas happy with Arsenal

Another speculation and another denial. This time its from Cesc. Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits it is flattering to be linked with Real Madrid, but has again insisted he is happy at the Gunners. Real have long been admirers of the Spanish international, and Fabregas revealed last summer he had spoken with president Ramon Calderon and sporting director Predrag Mijatovic during the close season. Real have so far been unable to bring the former Barcelona youth product back to his homeland, but reports in Spain continue to link the Primera Liga champions with the 20-year-old, with suggestions of a potential swoop this summer.

However, Fabregas is adamant he knows nothing about the rumours and that he is still fully committed to achieving success with Arsenal, with whom he signed an eight-year contract extension last season. "I don't know. We are in January and I don't know anything," said Fabregas in Spanish newspaper AS. "Everybody already knows it makes me happy that a team like Real Madrid wants me. It is a great compliment. (But) now I am at Arsenal and I want to win the Premier League. Right now, I would die for Arsenal. "Here I feel very relaxed and important, and for me that is fundamental. That is invaluable. I enjoy playing." Fabregas admits there is no way of knowing what the future holds for him, though.

"At the age I am now, with all that has happened and when you see how things change in football, it is very difficult for me to say that I am going to go or that I am going to stay," he added. "It depends on many factors. Now I am happy, but you never know what is going to happen."

Birthday Boy


Its time to celebrate for all A R Rahaman fans. He turns 42 today and will continue to rock. He is one of the greatest music directors the film industry has ever produced. His first film is Roja (Tamil). He has mesmerized all audiences without any language barriers. He has won several awards and appreciations. His highs include performing for on stage version of the famous Lord of the Rings, Bombay Dreams and more recently Sivaji. Most of his movies have become a hit due to his music alone. He is the favorite music director for millions of people across the globe and will continue to be the same.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Deepika - Yuvi

Deepika padukone turns 22 on saturday. She is in Australia for a film shoot. But reports suggest that she is there due to the invitation of Yuvi to watch play (pretty unfortunate). Some claim that the entire trip of Deepika is sponsored by Yuvaraj Singh and she will spend the birthday party with him. Earlier Deepika has hosted Yuvraj's birthday which came on the month of December. Before leaving to Australia Deepika visited a temple and prayed for the better performance of team India. Reports suggest that Dhoni is out of race and Deepika will pair up with Yuvi. But her presence has not improved the performance of both these youngsters. Let's hope the Yuvi - Dhoni pair up for more better performance.

Arsenal recaptures the lead

On the Christmas eve, Arsenal were a couple of points behind the title leaders Man U but it was only a short burst as Arsenal won the Boxing day and the New Year's matches. Now they are on top with fifty points with United trailing them by two. Man U lost the important match against Villa 2 - 1. But they managed to beat Birmingham. Arsenal, on the other hand, came from behind to beat Everton 4 - 1 and also pulled off an emphatic 2 - 0 victory against West Ham. So definitely each and every match will count. The title race will come down to the wire. Let's hope Arsenal continues its run and win the EPL.

Sachin "Ton"dulkar

Oops, he did it again!! Ya. But it is for the 38th time in his cricketing career, Sachin has gone past the triple digit mark. This time in a much needed situation. He was on 154 when he ran out of partners and India were dismissed for a mammoth 532 with Ishanth Sharma, RP singh and Harbhajan contributing nearly 200 runs. Sachin crafted his innings with 14 fours and a six. His innings over-shadowed the wristy Laxman's tremendous century of just 140 balls. Dhoni as usual failed with the bat managing to score only 2 runs. Harbhajan and Sachin's seventh wicket partnership was worth 129 runs in which Bhajji contributed 63 runs. RP Singh got out after a well made 13 runs. Lee dismissed Ishanth for 23 runs to seal his fifth victim of the match.