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WEEK OUTBiggies pull out of CWGThe number of stars pulling out of Commonwealth Games is going up each passing day. Usain Bolt has shut the door to New Delhi, while his compatriots, Asafa Powell and Shely-Ann Fraser, too have turned away from the October games. Australian tennis players Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur have backed out citing security concerns and prior commitments. Coupled with the under-preparedness of the venues and the city, it has left many worried. What should ideally be a showcase for Delhi and India could potentially be a PR disaster of sorts.IntrospectionThe past week at Colombo hasn't been the best advertisement for Test cricket. Sure there were two double hundreds and three centuries, but to have no result after five days of cricket isn't what the wham-bam Twenty20 audience is looking for. Virender Sehwag's histrionics and Sachin Tendukar's virtuosity with the bat may have saved fans from falling asleep, but it's time the ICC takes a good hard look at what's going on.

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July 31, 2010


WEEK OUTBiggies pull out of CWGThe number of stars pulling out of Commonwealth Games is going up each passing day. Usain Bolt has shut the door to New Delhi, while his compatriots, Asafa Powell and Shely-Ann Fraser, too have turned away from the October games. Australian tennis players Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur have backed out citing security concerns and prior commitments. Coupled with the under-preparedness of the venues and the city, it has left many worried. What should ideally be a showcase for Delhi and India could potentially be a PR disaster of sorts.IntrospectionThe past week at Colombo hasn't been the best advertisement for Test cricket. Sure there were two double hundreds and three centuries, but to have no result after five days of cricket isn't what the wham-bam Twenty20 audience is looking for. Virender Sehwag's histrionics and Sachin Tendukar's virtuosity with the bat may have saved fans from falling asleep, but it's time the ICC takes a good hard look at what's going on.

WEEK INFerrari vs FerrariFerrari gave team orders a new twist when they asked Felipe Massa to magnanimously let Fernando Alonso overtake him. It allowed Alonso to make some inroads into Lewis Hamilton's lead in the drivers' championship, but for most F1 watchers, it was an ugly move. Massa, a true professional, paid heed to team's wishes, but he's a proud driver and Alonso shouldn't expect more freebies at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.Soccer's backIf waiting for the football season feels like waiting for Christmas, fear not. Though the English Premier League is still a few days away, the Europa League, whose third-round qualifying matches are currently on, gives Liverpool and Juventus fans a taste of what the new coaches have bought to the teams. Some exciting stuff that.

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July 31, 2010


WEEK INFerrari vs FerrariFerrari gave team orders a new twist when they asked Felipe Massa to magnanimously let Fernando Alonso overtake him. It allowed Alonso to make some inroads into Lewis Hamilton's lead in the drivers' championship, but for most F1 watchers, it was an ugly move. Massa, a true professional, paid heed to team's wishes, but he's a proud driver and Alonso shouldn't expect more freebies at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.Soccer's backIf waiting for the football season feels like waiting for Christmas, fear not. Though the English Premier League is still a few days away, the Europa League, whose third-round qualifying matches are currently on, gives Liverpool and Juventus fans a taste of what the new coaches have bought to the teams. Some exciting stuff that.

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