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Lampard, the true blue

End of an era:  Frank Lampard in a file shot

Frank Lampard’s eventful tenure at Chelsea is drawing to a close. The noises emanating from Stamford Bridge indicate that the dynamic midfielder may not go out in a blaze of glory at the end of this season when his contract expires.

Ooty boy Pradeep on a high


Football player M. Pradeep might be the hottest man in Ooty at the moment. In a major breakthrough, the 23-year-old has made it to India’s 31-player list for a friendly against Singapore on October 16

When young did in style


The most indispensable attribute of champions is their ability to deliver under pressure. Producing one’s best in training is indefinably different from doing the same in front of thousands of people

CM’s trophy athletics: Praveen emerges fastest


The second and final day of the CM’s trophy state level athletic meet belonged to established stars.

The gulf in class between experienced performers and newcomers from districts was clear, as the l

Sathish is ICF bedrock


ICF haven’t been able to win the Chennai Football Association senior division league in the last five seasons but they scooped the TFA Shield, an all-India tournament, after beating a vastly superior

Suresh a star in making


The marathon and the 50km walk may be the most gruelling events in athletics, but nothing is more taxing technically than the 110m hurdles.

Those who wish to master the event must negotiate 10 hurdl

AFI leaves a woman athlete in lurch

The final meet of the season nearly turned fatal for LIC’s Arya. The Kerala athlete collapsed midway through the women’s 400m race of the 52nd national open championship at the Nehru Stadium here on T

Munich tragedy and its aftermath


Olympic security would never be the same again after a group of Palestinian militants belonging to Black September organisation stormed the Games Village at Munich in an early morning swoop on Septemb

Michelle Catherina gains confidence boost


Chennai girl P. Michelle Catherina has just returned home from New Delhi after winning the national women’s challengers chess championship.

The champion doesn’t have much time to savour her triumph

Chennai siblings Vaishali and Prag create waves in chess


A. Rameshbabu’s children Vaishali and Prag Gnanandhaa are giving him sleepless nights. Vaishali, 11, and Prag, 7, are so good at chess that they keep winning titles at state, national and internationa

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.