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Viswanathan Anand contemplates his move against Boris Gelfand of Israel

World champion Viswanathan Anand triumphed in a series of rapid chess games against Boris Gelfand of Israel to clinch his world titlefor the 5th time on Wednesday May 30, 2012, at Moscow’s Tretyakovsky State Gallery, Russia.

After three weeks of regular play ended with the score tied at 6-6, Anand and Gelfand faced off in a series of tie-breakers. Anand will receive $1.5 million, while challenger Gelfand bags $1 million.

The 42-year-old Viswanathan Anand became the first Asian to win the FIDE world chess championship after defeating Latvian Alexei Shirov in Tehran in 2000. Anand’s triumph Wednesday was his 5th consecutive — he also won in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

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Fauja Singh becomes oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon. Fauja Singh, a 100-year-old runner of Indian-origin, has set a Guinness record of being the oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon in Canada.

It took Mr. Singh over 8 hours to cross the finish line, more than six hours after Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara won the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday for the fourth straight year.

Mr. Singh born in India in 1911, Mr Singh was a farmer in the Punjab but moved to Britain in the 1960s.

Mr. Singh was the last competitor to complete the course but entered the Guinness Book of World Records. He accomplished the amazing feat, becoming the oldest person ever to complete a full-distance 42-kilometre marathon. Mr. Singh, who only speaks Punjabi, also surprised himself.

He said he had set a goal of finishing the race in about nine hours.

“Earlier, just before we came around the [final] corner, he said, “Achieving this will be like getting married again.”

“He is absolutely overjoyed, he has achieved his life-long wish,” the coach added. Sunday’s run was his eighth marathon. He ran his first at the tender age of 89 and wasn’t the first time he set a record.

Born: 1st April 1911 in India

Former Occupation: Farmer

Running Career: Rediscovered at age of 81

Diet: Ginger Curry

Marathons: London (5), Toronto (1), New York (1)

Marathon Debut: London , 2000 aged 89

London Marathon Personal Best: 6h 2m

London Flora Marathon 2000 6 Hours 54 m

London Flora Marathon 2001 6 Hours 54 m

London Flora Marathon 200 2 6 Hours 45 m

Bupa Great North Run (Half Marathon ) 2002 2h 39m

London Flora Marathon 2003 6h 2m

Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2003 5h 40m

New York City Marathon 2003 7h 35m

London Flora Marathon 2004 6h 7m

Glasgow City Half Marathon 2004 2h 33m

Capital Radio Help a London Child 10,000m 2004 68m

Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon 2004 2h 29m 59s

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What BCCI does with its cash

Do you want to know the details of how the world’s richest cricket board spends its money?

Most cricket fans would want to know the details of how the world’s richest cricket board, the BCCI, spends its money. So, here are some figures that you can sit back and enjoy. (Text courtesy: Mail Today)

A peep into the Board’s latest balance sheet throws up some interesting expenditures under less-then-serious heads like telephone bills, postage and stationary charges, and the worth of the stock of cricket balls with the BCCI.

Many fans may also want to know how much winning the World Cup cost the Board. The answer is: 71.77 crore! This includes players’ fees etc.

And despite spending so much, it earned a profit of 30.29 crore from the tournament. It was possible mainly due to income from sponsorship besides the participation and hosting fee that the ICC gave to the BCCI.

According to its 2010-11 balance sheet, the BCCI spent 32.63 lakh on printing and stationary, 27.38 lakh on postage and telephone bills, 66.16 lakh on advertisement, 4.28 crore on travelling, and 3.74 crore on salaries and allowances of its staff and 30.76 lakh on seminars.

As of March 31, 2011, the Board had in its stock cricket balls worth 1.09 crore.

Inexplicably, the Board didn’t spend a single rupee on anti-doping-related issues, despite having set aside 40 lakh for the purpose.

For 2011-12, it has again budgeted 40 lakh, though it remains to be seen if this would be utilised. The BCCI spent 14.77 lakh on curators, though many of the pitches are still not up to the mark. The 90 lakh budgeted for the annual award and function expenses remained unspent.

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                                               Dhoni is ‘captain fantastic’

Mr. Cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni found himself in the Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2010. Dhoni ranked above global football icon Lionel Messi and US President Barack Obama in Time influential people list. MS Dhoni, ranked 52nd in the list and Time magazine described Dhoni as “captain fantastic.”

MS Dhoni was the only Indian sportsperson to make the list which also included four of his compatriots in “Titan of Industry” category Mukesh Ambani (61), “Brain Mapper” V S Ramachandran (79), “Philanthropist” Azim Premji (88) and “Change Agent” Aruna Roy (89).

The Jharkhand Dynamite Dhoni scored 2,925 runs in 54 Tests and 6,049 runs in 186 one-days. Dhoni  is the most successful Indian cricket captain, under whom the team  won 2011 World cup and the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in 2007.

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India are World Champions!

India has beaten Sri Lanka by six wickets to win the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Kapil Devils won the world cup in 1983. After 28 years the Indian cricket team the world cup in grand style in home country by defeating Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday 2 April 3, 2011.

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Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored an unbeaten 91, sharing a 109-run stand with Gautam Gambhir (97) and finishing with a giant six, as India chased down Sri Lanka’s 274/6 to win by six wickets. India became the first team to win batting second in a final since Sri Lanka beat Australia by eight wickets in 1996.

Yuvraj Singh named Man Of The Series for his 370 and 15 wickets. Mahendra Singh Dhoni got Man of the match.

LEADING WICKET TAKERS
Players Matches Wickets Overs Mdns Runs Best Economy
Shahid Afridi (Pak) 8 21 74.3 4 270 5/16 3.62
Zaheer Khan (Ind) 9 21 81.3 4 394 3/20 4.83
Tim Southee (NZ) 8 18 72.2 7 312 3/13 3.90
M Muralitharan (SL) 9 15 71.0 2 291 4/25 4.09
Yuvraj Singh (IND) 9 15 75.0 5 377 5/31 4.16
RJ Peterson (SA) 7 15 56.0 5 236 4/12 4.02
Imran Tahir (SA) 5 14 39.3 2 150 4/38 3.90
Umar Gul (PAK) 7 14 52.3 4 203 3/30 4.22
KJR Roach (WI) 5 13 40.3 2 156 6/27 3.88
Harvir Baidwan (Can) 6 13 56.0 3 301 3/35 5.91
LEADING RUN SCORERS
Players Matches Innings Runs Average St. Rate 100/50 Best
TM Dilshan (SL) 9 9 500 56.60 101.43 2/2 144
SR.Tendulkar [Ind] 8 8 464 64.80 100.30 2/3 120
K:Sangakkara [SL] 9 9 437 70.00 97.67 1/3 92
IJL Trott [Eng] 7 7 422 78.80 90.31 0/4 92
WU Tharnaga 8 8 393 64.50 88.35 2/1 133
Virendra Sehwag (Ind) 7 7 380 65.40 125.28 1/1 175
AB de Villiers (SA) 6 6 353 106.00 111.18 2/1 134
Yvi Singh 7 7 341 70.96 92.34 1/4 113
BJ Haddin [AUS] 7 7 342 70.00 97.67 0/3 94
Andrew Strauss (Eng) 7 7 334 59.60 99.66 1/1 158
RT Doeschate (NED) 6 6 309 106.00 89.24 2/1 119
H.Amla [SA] 7 7 306 70.00 97.67 0/2 92

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Cricket craze

Indian Cricket fans are following peculiar Hair Styles to Wish India ALL THE BEST to win the world cup 2011.

So fans Wish Indian Team All the best to win the ICC World Cup.

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Jallikattu or Eruthazhuvuthal is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebration. This is one of the oldest living prehistoric sports seen in the modern era in India.  Even though it sounds similar to the Spanish bull fights, it is quite diverse.

The bull is not killed and the ‘matadors’ are not supposed to use any weapon In Jallikattu. It is held in the villages of Tamil Nadu as a part of the village festival. The festivals are held from January to July, every year. The Jallikattu held in Alanganallur, near Madurai, is one of the more popular events.

The Jallikattu is slated to be held in various parts of Tamil Nadu later this week. During the last year festival season, over 1,600 people were seriously injured and 12 people were killed.

About 600 bulls were expected to participate in this festival season in 2011. About 179 locations have been identified for conducting the Jallikattu festival in 2011.  “Doping of the Bulls or giving extra performing drugs to Bulls during the festival should be strongly avoided”, According to Govt. officials.

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