Euro 2012 proved that there's no analogy between economics and sports. Rohit Bhaskar
The Italians deserve respect but Spain still remain overwhelming favourites to defend their Euro crown, Franz Beckenbauer
writes. Match box
When tennis stars squabble like spoilt kids it isn’t a simple matter of ambitious individuals scraping for turf — there are larger issues involved. Governance comes into focus, as does player power, and also the minor matter of discipline.
I wrote the last time that I had been impressed by both Germany and Portugal and that I expected both teams to reach the semifinals and also possibly progress to the final. Franz Beckenbauer
writes. Escape to victory
Really? The federation is desperate enough to threaten Bhupathi to not partner Sania at the London Olympics. Sukhwant Basra writes. Quote rail
Ronaldo's men and Germany should make the semifinal but for the Netherlands to go home without a point is a fiasco. Franz Beckenbauer
writes. Vital stats
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Paes is now acting like a stubborn kid who won't go to the party unless he gets his candy, writes Sukhwant Basra
The president of the national tennis federation (All India Tennis Association) wears a 'startled deer' look nowadays. You know, the one that has been pinned by the mesmerising headlights of your car --- it can see doom loom but just can't figure out which way to bolt. Sukhwant Basra writes. Stinging questions
The first game of a tournament is always the hardest for every team, especially the favourites. That's how the 1-1 draw between Spain and Italy came about. As usual we saw two teams playing neat, combination football without threatening the goal very much. Franz Beckenbauer
The national tennis federation finds itself between a rock and a hard pair. Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna have conveyed to the body that they are only available for selection as a team. AITA has written back to ascertain whether their availability is conditional to their pairing. Word from their camp suggests it is. Sukhwant Basra writes.
Which Indian is one of the best left court doubles players in the world? Which is one of the greatest from the right side? The answers are Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes, and that's the pairing selectors should be looking at to represent India at the London Olympics.
Poland, Ukraine deserve a chance to use the sport to gain wider acceptance. N Ananthanarayanan
Viswanathan Anand is much more to chess than just being one of the greats. N Ananthanarayanan
Over the past two years, Ukraine has built two stadiums, opened four airports, and unveiled a fleet of high-speed trains.
Speculation on F1 and other matters lands Mallya in a spot of bother. Joe Saward