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Six feet five inches tall South African fast bowler Morne Morkel has put up impressive performances in the matches that he has played. He is being coached by former fast bowling legend Allan Donald. One of the first tips that Donald gave to his protégé was never to allow the batsman to cover drive a delivery. “If the batsman is able to cover drive you, then you are bowling the wrong length,” Donald said.

Footballer Ruud Van Nistelrooy was in full cry while playing for his club Real Madrid against Zaragoza in the Spanish league. He scored two goals, the second one coming just one minute before the end of the mach, to enable Real Madrid to hold Zaragoza to a two all draw. But he attributed his match saving effort to good fortune. “Tonight we had luck to draw in the last minute. I don’t have words to describe it,” he said.

Lewis Hamilton kept his cool in an incident packed race to win the Canadian Grand Prix in style. He started in pole position in what was his sixth race but showed tremendous control over his vehicle as well as over his own nerves and emotions as he raced away to a well deserved victory. “This is a fantastic day, this is historic,” he said later. “I knew I was ready for something (big). It was a matter of where and when,” he added.

Roger Federer was understandably disappointed after losing to Rafael Nadal in the final of the French Open. His famed and formidable forehand often went awry and he just could not get going in his familiar fashion. He also squandered some good chances to dominate the battle. “I could not do what I wanted to do from the back of the court. I was always trailing. It was not easy,” was the way he put it.



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