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  • Cricket-India go from butterfingers to electric-heels in the field

    By Sudipto Ganguly MUMBAI, March 1 (Reuters) - It is one of the accepted truths of international cricket that fielding is not India's particular forte but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men have taken bold steps towards altering that reputation at the World Cup. Too often in the past, India's fast bowlers have been liabilities in the field, while during the recent test series in Australia the team's close-in catching was simply woeful. The infusion of some young, athletic fielders had already led to an improvement in India's performance in that aspect of limited-overs matches but the team took it to an even higher level last Sunday, outshining even South Africa. India did enough with both bat and ball during their 130-run win in their second World Cup match but what might have surprised South Africa, known for their agility and tight fielding, was the athleticism of their opponents.

  • Skiing U-turn made me a champion, says Djokovic

    By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - The dedication to sporting excellence which moulded Novak Djokovic into the world’s top tennis player was preceded by a passion for skiing which remains one of his greatest joys, the 27-year old Serb told Reuters on Sunday. Cutting a relaxed figure following afternoon practice less than 24 hours after losing the Dubai Open final to Roger Federer, the eight-times grand slam champion explained the tough decision which changed his life. “My father was a skiing instructor and competitor as well as my uncle and aunt and I really do come from a family which nurtures a skiing culture.

  • Japan's Nishikori soars to ATP world number four
    Japan's Nishikori soars to ATP world number four

    Record-breaking Japan superstar Kei Nishikori rose to fourth in Monday's new world rankings, equalling Kimiko Date-Krumm as his country's highest-ranked tennis player. Nishikori, last year's US Open runner-up, now trails only Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal after leapfrogging Britain's Andy Murray, meaning he will avoid the top three until the semi-finals at the major tournaments.

  • Soccer-La Liga results and standings

    March 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the La Liga matches on Sunday Sunday, March 1Eibar 0 Athletic Club 1 Real Madrid 1 Villarreal 1 Sevilla 0 Atletico Madrid 0 Valencia 2 Real Sociedad 0 Saturday, February 28Granada CF 1 Barcelona 3 Malaga 3 Getafe 2 Rayo Vallecano 4 Levante 2 Almeria 0 Deportivo Coruna 0 Friday, February 27Espanyol 1 Cordoba 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Real Madrid 25 20 1 4 75 23 61 2 Barcelona 25 19 2 4 70 15 59 3 Atletico Madrid 25 17 3 5 50 22 54 -------------------------4 Valencia 25 16 5 4 45 21 53 -------------------------5 Sevilla 25 14 4 7 42 30 ...

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