● Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar broke one of the few records he had left untouched — he became the first person to hit a double century in a One Day International (ODI). His unbeaten 200 off 147 balls playing through all the 50 overs against South Africa in the second ODI in Gwalior last Wednesday is the highest score in an ODI ever since they started, almost 39 years ago. Tendulkar broke the 13-year-old record of former Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar who made 194. Anwar’s record was matched by Zimbabwe’s Charles Coventry last year. The only record Tendulkar is yet to break is Brian Lara’s 400 not out in a Test match. Just give him time!
● Swiss skier Carlo Janka (see pic) won the giant-slalom gold at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud, whose blistering second run made up for his 11th place in the first race, won the second place. Fellow Norwegian Aksel Svindal earned bronze and his third medal of the Winter Olympics after taking gold in the Super-G and silver in the downhill. US skier Bode Miller, who has already won three medals, slipped and missed a gate midway through his first run and was disqualified.
Rio backs out
● Rio Ferdinand’s problematic back is back in the news. The England footballer will miss the friendly against Egypt as well as Manchester United’s Carling Cup final after he strained his back while training last week. There goes Ferdinand’s chance to lead his country into their final friendly before Fabio Capello names his provisional World Cup squad.
hit and misses!
● Saina Nehwal continued her winning streak but the other Indian girls went down to the Japanese girls in the Uber Cup (Asia Zone) badminton championship held in Nakornratchasima, Thailand. Nehwal had won the first set and was leading in the second when her Japanese opponent retired, handing over a win to the world number seven. Unfortunately, the Indians could not hold on to this early advantage and went down to Japan 4-1.
You can’t get through this week without…
● …Catching the ANZ Ladies Masters golf tournament that is being held between March 4 and 7 at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Australian Katherine Hull won the title in 2009. Lets see which of the 138 participants win this time!