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Cover Story
Teaching the art of bowling fast
For 20 years the MRF Pace Foundation has been involved in producing fast bowlers and serving as a fine finishing school. But according to Dennis Lillee, the key man at the Foundation, the journey has just begun, writes S. Dinakar.
'We have produced results'
Vinoo Mammen’s whole-hearted laughter reflects his spirit. The Chairman and Managing Director of MRF shares his thoughts with Sportstar.

Cricket
FUTURE CUP
India clinches series
The standard of cricket in Belfast between India and South Africa was impressive. Both sides had been out of action for a while, both looked rusty, but the energy, the skill and the quick return to the habits developed during a lifetime were worth a standing ovation, writes Ted Corbett.
ENGLAND DIARY
Freddie says he’s getting better
Andrew Flintoff, who is recovering from an ankle injury, feels that his best days are ahead of him. Over to Ted Corbett for a summary of events.

Tennis
WIMBLEDON DIARY
A wet start
If London is among the top five most expensive cities in the world, Wimbledon is, inarguably, the most expensive tennis tournament. From ticket prices to food to gift items and clothing, everything is frightfully expensive. A summary of events by Nirmal Shekar.
FEATURE
The case of the missing volley
The coaches treat volleying as a dangerous disease, and they inhibit attacking at the net, even when there are obvious opportunities to shorten points, writes Bud Collins.
CONTROVERSY
Sania Mirza back on court in skirt
For most of her compatriots, she is an idol. She was the first Indian woman to break into the top 50 of the WTA Tour rankings. By David Ornstein.

Newsmakers
Darsha calls it a day
One of the most successful athletes of her country, Sri Lanka, Darsha broke into the limelight by winning the 100m gold at the Asian junior championships in Jakarta in 1994.

Athletics
COMMENT
The tragedy of Miss Jones
Reports that Marion Jones, who beamed out of magazine covers and billboards, and signed million-dollar deals, is broke, down to her last few thousand dollars, is another reminder that her life, so far, remains more tragedy than triumph, writes Rohit Brijnath.

Kicking Around
COLUMN BY BRIAN GLANVILLE
Arsenal in chaos
The forcing out of David Dein, the Arsenal Vice-President, was certainly a major factor in Thierry Henry’s departure.

Football
Prolific scorer
Ayegbeni Yakubu joined Portsmouth in January 2003 and immediately impressed as the club won promotion to the top flight. His performances earned him a move to Middlesbrough in 2005 and after two reasonably successful seasons on Teesside, he is now being linked with a return to Pompey, writes Andy Hampson.
FEATURE
Eriksson may join Manchester City
The former England manager has not signed a pre-contract agreement and therefore remains open to other offers, but City hope he will be true to his word and negotiations have begun with the Swedish football association about freeing Roland Anderson to become his No. 2. By Daniel Taylor.
Coach targets Reo-Coker
Sven-Goran Eriksson has identified Nigel Reo-Coker as the man to replace Joey Barton as part of his £50m rebuild at Manchester City. The midfielder, who asked for a transfer from West Ham United at the end of last season, has already spoken ...

Formula One
FRENCH GRAND PRIX
Red letter day for Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa dominate at Magny-Cours, outclassing Lewis Hamilton and his McLaren with a superb 1-2 finish. Over to Alan Henry.
FOCUS
Fighting fair and winning
Lewis Hamilton's performances this season are no fluke, and his honesty in the fight marks him apart from the greats in the past, writes Richard William.

Sports Extra
Zimbabwe Test exile continues
Zimbabwe has been in decline as an international cricket force since a race row in 2005 led to the dismissal of former captain Heath Streak.

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