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Touch Wood(s)!

Tiger Woods is back where he belongs. He returned to the PGA tour last week after an eight-month absence due to injury. The World No. 1, who had been out of the circuit since his extraordinary 14th major tournament victory in the US Open in June last year, is back to defend his title at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The most influential player in the game today, Woods is sure to take golf to greater heights. Can’t expect anything less from this tiger of the fairways!

Skipper heroics

Pakistan cricket captain Younis Khan appeared unbeatable last week. His magnificent 313 against Sri Lanka in Karachi steered Pakistan to a draw in the first Test of the series. Khan, only the 20th batsman in the world to surpass 300 runs in a Test innings, guided the hosts past the follow-on target. His patient innings lasting 12 hours and 11 minutes featured 27 fours and four sixes from 545 balls. If this isn’t leadership stuff, what is?

Champ’s trail

It seems that world chess champion Viswanathan Anand is living dangerously these days. He just about managed a draw against Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine in the fifth round of Magistral Ciudad de Linares Chess tournament in Spain last week. With his second draw in the tournament, Anand has slipped to the third place at this stage. Buck up, champ! For us V is for Viswanathan.

Crushing defeat

Is Bhaichung losing his touch? Otherwise how else could East Bengal manage such a resounding victory over rivals Mohun Bagan in Calcutta last week? Both Jose Barreto and Bhaichung Bhutia were marked from the very beginning by East Bengal’s powerful defence in the I-League match, helping East Bengal pull off a stunning 3-0 victory. Predictably, the supporters of the men in red-and-yellow went completely berserk at the stadium.

You can’t get through this week without…

…watching the Windies take on England in the fifth Test mach in Trinidad which gets cracking on March 6. With England in desperate need for a victory, looks like cricket — whether of the India -New Zealand variety or the England-West Indies kind — will be the flavour of the week.

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