Jeev Milkha Singh, Koneru Humpy awarded Padma Shri

The ace golfer and the chess player were the only sportspersons in this year’s list of Republic Day awardees. The award follows a stupendous season for both, with Jeev winning on the European Tour and Humpy winning a medal at the Asian Games.

Super Aguri fail FIA crash test??

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Bengal beat K’taka, will meet Mumbai in final

Bengal, thanks to an Manoj Tiwary’s unbeaten 151, comfortably chased Karnataka’s target of 307 to reach their second successive Ranji Trophy final. Bengal will now face Mumbai in the final starting on the February 2. Karnataka will rue their decision to bat first on a wicket that favoured the seamers early on, and ended up conceding a lead of 149 in the first innings. They also missed their star performer Robin Uthappa, out on duty for India. Uthappa sizzled in his first match of the series at Chepauk (Check live scores on cricinfo.com).

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Two ‘keepers in the World Cup XI

Going by Dinesh Karthik’s fine performances, it almost sure that the Indian squad for the World Cup in the Windies will have both Dhoni and him. India might also end up playing the duo in the first XI, a welcome change from the days of the 1999 and 2003 World Cup where India employed current skipper Rahul Dravid to keep wickets.

Mumbai’s medium-pacers do the trick

Mumbai beat Baroda by 63 runs in their Ranji Trophy semi-final, thanks to their relatively new medium pacers Rajesh Varma, Swapnil Hazare, Abhishek Nair and Wilkin Mota. Mumbai, with a first innings lead of 91 runs, were reduced to 0/5, no runs for five losses, that is. However, the lower order ensured enough runs on the board for the team to force the win. Mumbai will next play either Bengal or Karnataka.

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Roddick better get some counselling

A-Rod may have thought he was playing perhaps his best ever, until he ran into the Fedex. The BBC story online rightly reads “Majestic Federer thrashes Roddick.” Hope Roddick recovers from this loss and continues with his good form, notwithstanding that it may not be good enough for Federer.

Who will halt the Fedex?

Will it be A-Rod or Nadal, or can Robredo pull off an upset?