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  • sachin tendulkar

    20 60.61%
  • michael jordan

    3 9.09%
  • michael schumacher

    1 3.03%
  • lance armstrong

    4 12.12%
  • roger federer

    4 12.12%
  • dhayan chand

    4 12.12%
  • muhammad ali

    10 30.30%
  • pele

    4 12.12%
  • tiger woods

    1 3.03%
  • any other( plz specify )

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    Sachin Tendulkar- Cricket

    Name : Sachin Tendulkar
    Full name : Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
    Nick name :The Master Blaster, The Little Champion, The Bombay Bomber
    Height : 5′4”
    Born : 24-04-1973
    Birth place: Bombay, India
    Test Debut: Pakistan at Karachi, 1st Test, 1989/90
    ODI Debut: Pakistan at Gujranwala, 2nd ODI, 1989/90
    1st Class Debut: 1988
    Major Teams: Mumbai, Yorkshire, India
    Known As: Sachin Tendulkar
    Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
    Bowling Style: Right Arm Off Break, Leg Break, Right Arm Medium, Leg Break Googly
    Marital Status: Married
    Wife Name: Anjali Tendulkar
    Children: Two (One Boy and One Girl)
    Girl's Name: Sarah Tendulkar

    Boy's Name: Arjun Tendulkar

    Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (born 24 April 1973) is an Indian cricketer. He holds several batting records, including the most Test centuries and the most one-day international centuries, and was rated in 2002 by Wisden as the second greatest Test batsman ever, after Sir Don Bradman[1]. He received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour, for 1997-1998, and the civilian award Padma Shri in 1999. Tendulkar was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1997.

    Early days
    Born in Mumbai (then Bombay) into a middle-class family, Sachin Tendulkar was named after his family’s favourite music director Sachin Dev Burman. He went to Sharadashram Vidyamandir School where he started his cricketing career under coach Ramakant Achrekar. While at school, he was involved in a mammoth 664 run partnership in a Harris Shield game with friend and team mate Vinod Kambli. In 1988/1989, he scored 100 not-out in his first first-class match, for Bombay against Gujarat. At 15 years and 232 days he was the youngest to score a century on debut.

    International career
    Sachin played his first international match against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989, facing the likes of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan, Abdul Qadir, and Waqar Younis. He made just 15 runs, being bowled by Waqar Younis, who also made his debut in that match. It was an inauspicious start, but Tendulkar followed it up with his maiden Test fifty a few days later at Faisalabad. His One-day International (ODI) debut on December 18 was equally disappointing, where he was dismissed without scoring a run, again by Waqar Younis. The series was followed by a non-descript tour of New Zealand in which he fell for 88 in a Test match, John Wright, who would later coach India, pouching the catch that prevented Tendulkar from becoming the youngest centurion in Test cricket. The long anticipated maiden Test century came in England’s tour in 1990 but the other scores were not remarkable. Tendulkar truly came into his own in the 1991-1992 tour of Australia that included a brilliant century on the fast and bouncy track at Perth. He has been Man of the Match 11 times in Test matches and Man of the Series twice, both times in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia.
    His first ODI century came on September 9, 1994 against Australia in Sri Lanka at Colombo. It had taken Tendulkar 79 ODIs to score a century.
    Sachin Tendulkar is the only player to score a century while making his Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy debut.
    Wisden named Tendulkar one of the Cricketers of the Year in 1997, the first calendar year in which he scored 1,000 Test runs. He repeated the feat in 1999, 2001, and 2002.
    Tendulkar also holds the record for scoring 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year. He has done it six times – 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003. In 1998 he made 1,894 ODI runs, still the record for ODI runs by any batsman in any given calendar year.
    While not a regular bowler, Tendulkar has 37 wickets in 132 tests.

    Highlights of Tendulkar’s Test career include:
    * Rated as the second best batsman of all time (next to Don Bradman) by Wisden [1][3]
    * Highest number of Test centuries (35), overtaking Sunil Gavaskar’s record (34) on 10 December 2005 vs Sri Lanka in Delhi.
    * Played in the highest number of Cricket Grounds – he has played Test Cricket on 52 different grounds, ahead of Azharuddin (48), Kapil Dev (47), Inzamam-ul-Haq (46) and Wasim Akram (45).
    * He is the fastest to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket history. He holds this record along with Brian Lara. Both of them achieved this feat in 195 innings.
    * 4th highest tally of runs in Test cricket (10,668) (updated on Feb 16 2007)
    * Career Average 54.71 – Has the highest average among those who have scored over 10,000 Test runs (updated on Feb 16 2007)
    * Second Indian to make over 10,000 runs in Test matches.
    * Has 37 Test wickets (14 Dec 2005)
    * Second fastest player to reach 9000 runs (Brian Lara made 9000 in 177 innings, Sachin in 179.)

    Highlights of Tendulkar’s ODI career include:
    * Played more matches than any other cricketer, 381 matches. (updated on Feb 16 2007)
    * Most Man of the Match (52) awards (updated on Feb 16 2007)
    * Appeared on the most grounds (89 different grounds)
    * Most runs – 14,783 (updated on Feb 16 2007)
    * Most centuries (41) (updated on Feb 16 2007)
    * Most centuries vs. Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
    * First cricketer to cross 10,000-run mark in ODIs
    * Only cricketer to cross 14,000-run mark in ODIs
    * Only player to have over 100 innings of 50+ runs as of February, 2006
    * Over 100 wickets – 147 (updated on Feb 16 2007)
    * Highest batting average among batsmen with over 10,000 ODI runs (updated on Feb 16 2007)
    * Highest individual score among Indian batsmen (186* against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999)
    * Holds the record for scoring 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year. He has done it six times – 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003.
    * In 1998 he made 1,894 ODI runs, still the record for ODI runs by any batsman in any given calendar year.
    * In 1998 he hit 9 ODI centuries, the highest by any player in an year.

    World Cup
    * Most runs (1732 at an average of 59.72) in World Cup Cricket History
    * Player Of The Tournament in the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
    * 673 runs in 2003 World Cup, highest by any one in a single Cricket World Cup

    * Sachin Tendulkar is the first batsman to have been declared run out by a third umpire in 1992 against South Africa in South Africa.
    * He was the first overseas cricketer to play for Yorkshire CCC in 1992.
    * Oddly, Wisden does not include any innings by Tendulkar among its list of 100 greatest Test batting performances.

    Personal life
    Sachin Tendulkar married Anjali Mehta, the paediatrician daughter of Gujarati industrialist Anand Mehta, in 1995, some years after they were introduced by mutual friends. They have two children, Sara (born October 1997) and Arjun (born 23 September, 2000). Tendulkar sponsors 200 under-privileged children every year through Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based NGO associated with his mother-in-law, Annabel Mehta. He is reluctant to speak about this, or other charitable activities, choosing to preserve the sanctity of his personal life despite the overwhelming media interest in him. Tendulkar has been seen taking his Ferrari 360 Modena for late-night drives in Mumbai.

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    Michael Jordan - basketball

    Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963) is a former American professional basketball player, active businessman, and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. His biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website states, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
    After a standout career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he led the Tar Heels to a National Championship in 1982, Jordan joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1984. He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames "Air Jordan" and "His Airness". He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a "three-peat". Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball at the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he rejoined the Bulls in 1995 and led them to three additional championships (1996, 1997, and 1998) as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season. Jordan retired for a second time in 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons in 2001 as a member of the Washington Wizards.
    Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press's list of athletes of the century. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on April 6, 2009 and was inducted on September 11, 2009
    Jordan is also noted for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today. Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself. He is the majority owner and head of basketball operations for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats; he recently won a bidding war to buy controlling interest in the team from founding owner Robert L. Johnson.

    Early years

    Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Deloris (née Peoples), who worked in banking, and James R. Jordan, Sr., an equipment supervisor. His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when he was a toddler. Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, where he anchored his athletic career by playing baseball, football, and basketball. He tried out for the varsity basketball team during his sophomore year, but at 5'11" (1.80 m), he was deemed too short to play at that level. His taller friend, Harvest Leroy Smith, was the only sophomore to make the team.
    Motivated to prove his worth, Jordan became the star of Laney's junior varsity squad, and tallied several 40 point games. The following summer, he grew four inches (10 cm) and trained rigorously. Upon earning a spot on the varsity roster, Jordan averaged about 20 points per game over his final two seasons of high school play.As a senior, he was selected to the McDonald's All-American Team after averaging a triple-double: 29.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 10.1 assists
    In 1981, Jordan earned a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in cultural geography. As a freshman in coach Dean Smith's team-oriented system, he was named ACC Freshman of the Year after he averaged 13.4 points per game (ppg) on 53.4% shooting (field goal percentage). He made the game-winning jump shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship game against Georgetown, which was led by future NBA rival Patrick Ewing. Jordan later described this shot as the major turning point in his basketball career.During his three seasons at North Carolina, he averaged 17.7 ppg on 54.0% shooting, and added 5.0 rebounds per game (rpg). He was selected by consensus to the NCAA All-American First Team in both his sophomore (1983) and junior (1984) seasons. After winning the Naismith and the Wooden College Player of the Year awards in 1984, Jordan left North Carolina one year before his scheduled graduation to enter the 1984 NBA Draft. The Chicago Bulls selected Jordan with the third overall pick, after Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets) and Sam Bowie (Portland Trail Blazers). Jordan returned to North Carolina to complete his degree in 1986.
    Professional career

    During his first season in the NBA, Jordan averaged 28.2 ppg on 51.5% shooting. He quickly became a fan favorite even in opposing arenas, and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the heading "A Star is Born" just over a month into his professional career. Jordan was also voted in as an All-Star starter by the fans in his rookie season. Controversy arose before the All-Star game when word surfaced that several veteran players, led by Isiah Thomas, were upset by the amount of attention Jordan was receiving. This led to a so called "freeze-out" on Jordan, where players refused to pass him the ball throughout the game The controversy left Jordan relatively unaffected when he returned to regular season play, and he would go on to be voted Rookie of the Year. The Bulls finished the season 38–44,and lost in the first round of the playoffs in four games to the Milwaukee Bucks.
    Jordan's second season was cut short by a broken foot which caused him to miss 64 games. Despite Jordan's injury and a 30–52 record, the Bulls made the playoffs. Jordan recovered in time to participate in the playoffs and perfmed well upon his return. Against a 1985–86 Boston Celtics team that is often considered one of the greatest in NBA history, Jordan set the still-unbroken record for points in a playoff game with 63 in Game 2.The Celtics, however, managed to sweep the series.
    Jordan had recovered completely by the 1986–87 season, and had one of the most prolific scoring seasons in NBA history. He became the only player other than Wilt Chamberlain to score 3,000 points in a season, averaging a league high 37.1 points on 48.2% shooting. In addition, Jordan demonstrated his defensive prowess, as he became the first player in NBA history to record 200 steals and 100 blocks in a season. Despite Jordan's success, Magic Johnson won the league's Most Valuable Player Award. The Bulls reached 40 wins, and advanced to the playoffs for the third consecutive year. However, they were again swept by the Celtics.

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    Michael Schumacher - Formula One Racing

    Michael Schumacher
    Nickname: Schumi or Schuey
    Date of Birth:
    3rd January 1969
    Nationality: German
    Place of Birth: Hürth-Hermülheim, Germany
    Height: 1.74m
    Weight: 68kg
    Vufflens-le-Château, Switzerland
    Status: Married to Corinna Betsch since Tuesday 1st August 1995
    Children: Gina-Maria, daughter and son Mick
    Family: Rolf, Father, Elizabeth, Mother and Ralf, Brother (DOB 30/6/75).
    His Hobbies...Soccer, tennis, swimming, skiing.
    Michael Schumacher drove in his first kart race at the age of five. Although father Rolf was not enthusiastic about his son's expensive kart ambitions, the boy was able to pursue his career because from time to time he received financial support from local sponsors. Rolf had built his first kart and registered him in the Kart-Club Kerpen-Horrem.
    His enthusiasm for kart-driving continued to grow. In 1980, the members of the Kerpen kart club built a new track in Manheim, a suburb of Kerpen. Michael and his brother Ralf spent every free minute there. Michael was still too young for championship races and he had to wait until 1983 for his German kart licence. In 1984, he promptly became German Junior Champion. In 1985 he won the German Junior Championships again and also came second in the Junior World Championships in Le Mans. In 1986 he took part in the German Senior Kart Championships for the first time, and at his very first attempt came third in the final rankings. The same thing happened at the European Senior Championships. In 1987 he had his greatest triumph yet, Michael Schumacher won both the German and the European Senior Kart Championships.
    In 1988, Michael Schumacher embarked on his first season in a Formula racing car. Finally he was able to show what he had learnt in his kart days. However, the step-up proved to be difficult, he had to turn down an offer of a test drive in a Formula Ford, because he didn't have the necessary DM 500 required to start.
    At the next test opportunity, he signed a contract with the Euphra Formula Ford team. Team manager Jurgen Dilk also secured Michael Schumacher a place in Formula Konig. Here Michael showed his natural talent and easily won nine races out of ten, which also assured him of the championship.
    In Formula Ford 1600 he was placed sixth in the final rankings, and in the European Championships he came second behind the Finn Mika Salo.
    At the end of 1988, Michael Schumacher drew the attention of Willi Weber, who was looking for up-and-coming talents. During a Formula Ford race on the rain-soaked Salzburgring, Michael stormed from 7th to 1st place during just one lap.
    Weber invited him to a test drive in his WTS (Weber Tuning Stuttgart) Formula 3 team. At the test drive, Schumacher was at once a sensational 1.5 seconds faster than the established team member. A two-year contract for 1989 and 1990 was signed; Willi Weber took over the costs (ca. DM 1 million for both seasons).
    In his first Formula 3 season in 1989, Michael Schumacher won two races and ended the championships just one point behind in third place, after Heinz-Harald Frentzen. The champion was Karl Wendlinger.
    For Schumacher's further progress after Formula 3, Willi Weber planned years of apprenticeship with Mercedes-Benz in the Group C World Championship. He rejected the route via Formula 3000.
    Schumacher was to learn how to deal with the press professionally, attend courses in rhetoric and conduct interviews in English. With regard to the racing aspect, he learnt how to cope with the car's high-level performance (nearly 700 HP) and its high speed. His experienced co-pilot Jochen Mass showed him how to tune a car professionally. Apart from this, Schumacher learnt race tactics and to drive in such a way as to conserve the materials over a long period of time.
    As the current German Formula 3 champion, Michael Schumacher took part in the unofficial Formula 3 World Championships in 1990.
    In Macao, Schumi had to contend with his greatest rival Mika Hakkinen, as had happened at the Formula 3 season finale in Hockenheim. Michael Schumacher won the race. In this way, he defeated the best up-and-coming talents in the world - this was his international breakthrough.
    In Fuji, at another international Formula 3 race, he was again the first to pass under the black-and-white checked flag.
    In 1990, Michael Schumacher managed to win something he'd just missed out on in the previous year - the Formula 3 championship title.
    And this although the season hadn't exactly started positively: he had to drop out from the first two races in Zolder and Hockenheim. In the third race on the Nurburgring, he drove into the points in fifth place.
    However, Schumacher then hit back; he won five of the seven remaining races and secured the title before the end of the season. At the final race in Hockenheim, he took second place behind guest driver Mika Hakkinen.
    In 1990, parallel to the Formula 3 season, Michael Schumacher took part in the Group C World Championships.
    Here Schumacher, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger drove for the Mercedes-Benz junior team. Michael finished in fifth place in the drivers' leader board and won overall in the brand championship, together with the other Mercedes drivers in the Sauber team.
    Together Schumacher and Jochen Mass won the final race in Mexico City.
    Thanks to his commitment to Mercedes, Michael Schumacher had a fantastic starting position in the fight for a Formula 1 cockpit.
    In the middle of August 1991 he made his debut at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, after being taken up by the Irishman Eddie Jordan's Ford team without the usual financial hurdles, thanks to the support of his team-mates and his manager Willi Weber.
    Afterwards he ended up with Benetton-Ford, and took part in the remaining races of the season as part of the Italian knitwear producer's team. As early as his second race for Benetton, the "greenhorn" gained two World Championship points by coming in fifth, even managing to finish ahead of his experienced team-mate Nelson Piquet. Finally he ended this short season in a respectable twelfth place.
    And then, as we know, things really got going Nowadays, Michael Schumacher is a five-times World Champion F1 driver and tops the list of most Grand Prix wins in the history of Formula One.

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    Lance Armstrong - Cycling

    Cyclist. Born September 18, 1971, in Plano, Texas. Raised by his mother Linda in the the suburbs of Dallas, Armstrong was athletic from an early age. He began running and swimming at 10 years old and took up competitive cycling and triathlons (which combine a 1,000 meter swim, 15-mile bike ride, and three-mile run) at 13. At 16, Armstrong became a professional triathlete — he was the national sprint-course triathlon champion in 1989 and 1990.
    Soon, Armstrong chose to focus on cycling, his strongest event as well as his favorite. During his senior year in high school, the U.S. Olympic development team invited him to train with them in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He left high school temporarily to do so, but later took private classes and received his high school diploma in 1989. The following summer, he qualified for the 1990 junior world team and placed 11th in the World Championship Road Race, with the best time of any American since 1976. That same year, he became the U.S. national amateur champion and beat out many professional cyclists to win two major races, the First Union Grand Prix and the Thrift Drug Classic.
    In 1991, Armstrong competed in his first Tour DuPont, a long and difficult 12-stage race, covering 1,085 miles over 11 days. Though he finished in the middle of the pack, his performance announced a promising newcomer to the world of international cycling. He went on to win another stage race, the Settimana Bergamasca race, in Italy later that summer.
    After finishing second in the U.S. Olympic time trials in 1992, Armstrong was favored to win the road race in Barcelona, Spain. With a surprisingly sluggish performance, however, he came in only 14th. Undeterred, Armstrong turned professional immediately after the Olympics, joining the Motorola cycling team for a respectable yearly salary. Though he came in dead last in his first professional event, the day-long San Sebastian Classic in Spain, he rebounded in two weeks and finished second in a World Cup race in Zurich, Switzerland.
    Armstrong had a strong year in 1993, winning cycling's "Triple Crown" — the Thrift Drug Classic, the Kmart West Virginia Classic, and the CoreStates Race (the U.S. Professional Championship). That same year, he came in second at the Tour DuPont. He started off well in his first-ever Tour de France, a 21-stage race that is widely considered cycling's most prestigious event. Though he won the eighth stage of the race, he later fell to 62nd place and eventually pulled out.
    In August 1993, the 21-year-old Armstrong won his most important race yet: the World Road Race Championship in Oslo, Norway, a one-day event covering 161 miles. As the leader of the Motorola team, he overcame difficult conditions — pouring rain made the roads slick and caused him to crash twice during the race — to become the youngest person and only the second American ever to win that contest.
    The following year, he was again the runner-up at the Tour DuPont. Frustrated by his near miss, he trained with a vengeance for the next year's event, which he won, finishing two minutes ahead of his closest rival, Viatcheslav Ekimov of Russia, who had defeated him in 1994. He repeated at the Tour DuPont in 1996, setting several event records, including largest margin of victory (three minutes, 15 seconds) and fastest average speed in a time trial (32.9 miles per hour).

    Also in 1996, Armstrong rode again for the Olympic team in Atlanta, Georgia. Looking uncharacteristically fatigued, he finished sixth in the time trials and 12th in the road race. Earlier that summer, he had been unable to finish the Tour de France, as he was sick with bronchitis. Despite such setbacks, Armstrong was still riding high by the fall of 1996. Then the seventh-ranked cyclist in the world, he signed a lucrative contract with a new team, France's Team Cofidis.
    In October, however, came the shocking announcement that Armstrong had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Well advanced, the tumors had spread to his abdomen, lungs, and lymph nodes. After having a testicle removed, drastically modifying his eating habits, and beginning aggressive chemotherapy, Armstrong was given a 65 to 85 percent chance of survival. When doctors found tumors on his brain, however, his odds of survival dropped to 50-50, and then to 40 percent. Fortunately, a subsequent surgery to remove his brain tumors was declared successful, and after more rounds of chemotherapy, Armstrong was declared cancer-free in February 1997.
    Throughout his terrifying struggle with the disease, Armstrong had continued to maintain that he was going to race competitively again. No one else seemed to believe in him, however, least of all Cofidis, who canceled his contract and $600,000 annual salary. As a free agent, he had a good deal of trouble finding a sponsor, finally signing on to a $200,000 per year position with the United States Postal Service team.
    Back in competitive shape by 1998, Armstrong took fourth place at the World Road Race Championship. He went on to win several events, including the Cascade Classic, the Rheinland Pfalz Rundfardt, the Spring 56K Criterium, and the Tour of Luxembourg. In the summer of 1999, Armstrong returned to the Tour de France, the grueling 2,274-mile crown jewel of international cycling. His comeback garnered worldwide attention, especially when he began to dominate the race, pushing aside rumors that his miraculous recovery had been spurred on by performance enhancing drugs (frequent blood and urine tests showed no trace of such substances).
    A leader from the start, Armstrong won the event by more than seven minutes over his closest rival, Alex Zulle of Switzerland. With a record-breaking average speed of 40.2 kilometers (or 25 miles) per hour, he became only the second American to win the Tour de France and the first to win at the head of a largely American team. (The other American to win, Greg LeMond, had ridden with French teams for his victories in 1986, 1989, and 1990.)
    In July 2000, Armstrong dominated the Tour de France yet again, silencing those critics who had claimed that his 1999 victory had been without the presence of some of his major rivals. He posted a final time of 92:33:08, finishing six minutes and two seconds ahead of Germany's Jan Ullrich and becoming the second American (after LeMond) to repeat as Tour champion.

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    Roger Federer - Tennis

    Roger Federer is a Swiss tennis player whose amazing achievements helped rank him along the best tennis professionals of all time. As of January 2007, Roger Federer is the world’s number 1 tennis player. Many tennis observers, including even many of his peers, believe that Federer can be the greatest tennis player ever.
    Federer became the first player in 2002 since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three out of four Grand Slam singles tournaments. Federer was able to repeat this achievement in 2006 and became the first tennis players in the open era to become winners in at least ten singles championships for three consecutive years. Federer has also won 9 titles in Grand Slam men’s singles in 30 appearances, triple Tennis Masters Cup, and 12 ATP Masters singles titles. Federer is the only tennis player to win both the U.S. and the Wimbledon singles titles in three consecutive years, from 2004 to 2006.
    Roger Federer was born on August 8, 1981, in Binningen near Basel, Switzerland. His parents are Robert Federer, a Swiss-German and Lynette Federer, of South African nationality. Federer considers German as his main language German, but he is also fluent in the French and English languages. Federer always conducts his press conferences in all these three language. Currently he resides in Oberwil, Switzerland and is seeing former WTA player Miroslava Vavrine, also a Swiss, who retired from tennis upon injuring her foot in 2002. Federer and Vavrine met during the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
    On December 2003, he established the Roger Federer Foundation, the goals of which include funding projects that would benefit disadvantaged children in South Africa. In January 2005, he spearheaded charity projects for the people who were affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. Federer played as many games as possible in tournaments organized for fund-raisings with the tsunami victims as beneficiaries. He also auctioned off some of his autographed rackets to raise funds for the relief operations of UNICEF.
    On April of 2006, Roger Federer was appointed an Ambassador of Goodwill to UNICEF, a world organization which assists on the needs of poor children from all parts of the world. His first official trip as a UNICEF Ambassador of Goodwill was on December of 2006, when he visited the children in the Tamil Nadu, a region in India devastated by the December 2004 tsunami.
    Roger Federer’s Tennis Career
    Roger Federer started playing the sport of tennis when he was six years old. Apart from tennis, he also played football until he finally decided to focus on tennis at the age of 12. When he was 14, Federer became the Swiss champion for all age groups and was selected to train at Ecublens’ Swiss National Tennis Center. In July 1996, he played at the ITF junior tennis circuit.
    In 1998, Federer took both the Wimbledon juniors title and Orange Bowl. He was likewise recognized as the ITF World Junior Tennis champion for the same year. This is also the year when he joined the ATP tour. In 1999, Federer played for the first time for the Swiss Davis Cup group. He also became the youngest tennis player to belong to the top 100 ranked tennis players at ATP.
    Federer’s first ATP victory happened in Milan on February 2001. During the same month, he won three matches for his country in a 3-2 Davis Cup victory over the United States.
    In 2002 and 2003, Roger Federer made significant achievements at the Davis Cup and the Houston tournament respectively. In the Davis Cup, he won both singles matches against Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, former top Russian players. At the 2003 Houston tournament, he won the Tennis Masters Cup.
    The year 2004 was Roger Federer’s one of the most successful years in the sport of men’s tennis. He was able to win three of the four of the Grand Slam singles tournament. He also won his first Australian Open title when he defeated Marat Safin. Federer was also the ITF Tennis World Champion and adjudged in 2005 as the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.
    In January 2006, Roger Federer won the Australian Open when he defeated Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. This win marked his third Grand Slam Championship. In 2006 French Open, Federer tried to pursue the only Grand Slam tournament he has yet to win. He entered the tournament as the top seed but lost the final match to Rafael Nadal, the French Open Defending Champion four sets. Although the French Open title eluded him, he became one of only two tennis players who reached the finals of all Grand Slam singles tournaments, the other one being Andre Agassi.

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    Dhyan Chand - Hockey

    Won 3 gold medals in Olympic games Awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1956

    Dhyan Chand Singh was an Indian Hockey player, and considered to be the all time greatest player the game of Hockey has ever seen the world over. He has probably been the only Indian player ever in any sport which skills so high that generated a number of myths about his abilities as a Hockey player.

    Early Life
    He was born on the 29th of August 1905 at Prayag (Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh to a Bais Rajput family. His father served the Indian Army as a Subedar, and played the game of Hockey. Initially known as Dhyan Singh, he had 2 brothers named Mool Singh and Roop Singh, the latter one too being an accomplished Hockey player. Dhyan could not resume his studies after 6th standard as his family used to move from one place to another, before finally settling down permanently at Jhansi.

    Introduction to Hockey
    In his younger days, Dhyan was not much interested into sports although he liked wrestling a lot. He started playing Hockey with his friends who used to themselves make Hockey sticks from tree branches and balls from ragged clothes. At the age of 14 years he visited a Hockey match with his father, where one team was down by 2 goals. He insisted his father to play from the losing side, and when an Army Officer let him do so, Dhyan scored 4 goals for the team. Impressed by his skills, the Officer offered him to join the army and at the age of 16 years Dhyan was inducted into the Punjab Regiment as a Sepoy in the year 1922. Subedar-Major Bhole Tiwari of Brahmin Regiment became Dhyan’s mentor inside the Army and taught him the basics of the game. Pankaj Gupta was the first Coach of Dhyan Singh who predicted that one day he would shine like the Moon, called Chand in Hindi. Hence, Dhyan Singh came to be known as Dhyan Chand after that.

    Beginning of Legendry Days
    There are many incidents that describe the grandeur of Dhyan Chand’s amazing skills as a wonderful Hockey player. In one of them, he scored 3 goals in the last 4 minutes of a match wherein his team was losing by 2 goals, and got his team the victory in the match. This was the Final match of the Punjab Infantry Tournament in Jhelum. After this match, Dhyan Chand was named the “Hockey Wizard”.

    Dhyan Chand delivered brilliant performance in the first Inter-Provincial (National) Hockey tournament that was organized in the year 1925. Five teams, viz. United Provices (UP), Punjab, Bengal, Rajputana and Central Provinces participated in the tournament. On the basis of his performance in the tournament, he was selected for the International Hockey team of India.

    International Career
    In the year 1926 Dhyan Chand was selected for the Indian Hockey team going to visit New Zealand at a tour. During the tour, the Indian team scored 20 goals in a match played at Dannkerke, and Dhyan Chand alone had scored 10 of them. India played 21 matches on the tour, out of which it won 18, lost 1 and drew 2 matches. The team scored a total number of 192 goals and Dhyan Chand alone had scored over 100 of them. After his return to India, he was promoted to the post of Lance Nayak in the Army. At the London Folkstone Festival in 1927, he scored 36 goals out of India’s total 72 goals, in 10 matches played at the event.

    He played for the Indian Hockey team in the Amsterdam Olympic Games 1928, and scored 2 out of the 3 goals in the final match against Netherlands, getting India the Gold Medal by a 3-0 win. In the Los Angeles Olympics 1932, the Indian team led by Lal Shah Bukhari again won the Gold Medal. In the tournament, the Indian Hockey team defeated the USA Hockey team by 23-1, which remained a world record until it was broken in the year 2003. Out of these 23 goals, 8 were scored alone by Dhyan Chand. In the event, Dhyan Chand scored 12 goals for India in 2 matches.

    In the Berlin Olympics 1932, Indian had successfully treaded their path to the finals crushing Hungary by 4-0, USA by 7-0 and Japan 9-0 without conceding a single goal in the tournament. The team defeated France in the Semi-Finals by 10 goals, and was going to combat Germany in the Finals. In the Final match, the Indian squad could score only 1 goal till the interval. Dhyan Chand removed his shoes in the interval and played the match barefooted onwards. The Indian team won the match and the Gold medal by 8-1.

    Adolf Hitler, the German dictator supposedly offered Dhyan Chand a higher post in the German Army than the one he was holding in the Indian Army, but he politely denied the offer.

    He kept playing till the age of 42 years, and retired from the game in the year 1948. Dhyan Chand met Don Bradman, the Cricket Maestro at Adelaide in the year 1935. After watching him play Hockey, Bradman commented “He scores goals like runs in Cricket.”

    Last Moments
    The last days of Dhyan Chand were not very happy, as he was short of money and was badly ignored by the nation. He developed liver cancer, and was sent to a general ward at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. He died on the 3rd of December 1979.

    Awards & Achievements
    For his extra-ordinary services to the nation, the Government of India celebrates Dhyan Chand’s birthday (29th of August) as National Sports Day. The Indian Postal Service issued a postage stamp in his memory, and the Dhyan Chand National Stadium at New Delhi has been named after him. He was honored by the Padma Bhushan award by the Government of India in the year 1956.

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    Muhammad Ali - boxing
    "I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest. Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round. "
    - Muhammad Ali
    Short Biography Muhammad Ali

    Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on January 17, 1942) is a retired American boxer. In 1999, Ali was crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated. He won the World Heavyweight Boxing championship three times, and won the North American Boxing Federation championship as well as an Olympic gold medal.
    Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He was named after his father, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr., (who was named for the 19th century abolitionist and politician Cassius Clay). Ali later changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam and subsequently converted to Sunni Islam in 1975.

    Early boxing career

    Standing at 6'3" (1.91 m), Ali had a highly unorthodox style for a heavyweight boxer. Rather than the normal boxing style of carrying the hands high to defend the face, he instead relied on his ability to avoid a punch. In Louisville, October 29, 1960, Cassius Clay won his first professional fight. He won a six-round decision over Tunney Hunsaker, who was the police chief of Fayetteville, West Virginia. From 1960 to 1963, the young fighter amassed a record of 19-0, with 15 knockouts. He defeated such boxers as Tony Esperti, Jim Robinson, Donnie Fleeman, Alonzo Johnson, George Logan, Willi Besmanoff, Lamar Clark (who had won his previous 40 bouts by knockout), Doug Jones, and Henry Cooper. Among Clay's victories were versus Sonny Banks (who knocked him down during the bout), Alejandro Lavorante, and the aged Archie Moore (a boxing legend who had fought over 200 previous fights, and who had been Clay's trainer prior to Angelo Dundee).
    Clay won a disputed 10 round decision over Doug Jones, who, despite being lighter than Clay, staggered Clay as soon as the fight started with a right hand, and beat Clay to the punch continually during the fight. The fight was named "Fight of the Year" for 1963. Clay's next fight was against Henry Cooper, who knocked Clay down with a left hook near the end of the fourth round. The fight was stopped in the 5th round due to a deep cut on Cooper's face.
    Despite these close calls against Doug Jones and Henry Cooper, he became the top contender for Sonny Liston's title. In spite of Clay's impressive record, he was not expected to beat the champ. The fight was to be held on February 25, 1964 in Miami, Florida. During the weigh-in on the previous day, the ever-bashful Ali—who frequently taunted Liston during the buildup by dubbing him "the big ugly bear", among other things—declared that he would "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee," and, in summarizing his strategy for avoiding Liston's assaults, said, "Your hands can't hit what your eyes can't see."

    Muhammad Ali's comeback

    In 1970, Ali was finally able to get a boxing license. With the help of a State Senator, he was granted a license to box in Georgia because it was the only state in America without a boxing commission. In October 1970, he returned to stop Jerry Quarry on a cut after three rounds. Shortly after the Quarry fight, the New York State Supreme Court ruled that Ali was unjustly denied a boxing license. Once again able to fight in New York, he fought Oscar Bonavena at Madison Square Garden in December 1970. After a tough 14 rounds, Ali stopped Bonavena in the 15th, paving the way for a title fight against Joe Frazier.
    The Fight of the Century

    Ali and Frazier fought each other on March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden. The fight, known as '"The Fight of the Century", was one of the most eagerly anticipated bouts of all time and remains one of the most famous. It featured two skilled, undefeated fighters, both of whom had reasonable claims to the heavyweight crown. The fight lived up to the hype, and Frazier punctuated his victory by flooring Ali with a hard left hook in the 15th and final round and won on points. Frank Sinatra — unable to acquire a ringside seat — took photos of the match for Life Magazine. Legendary boxing announcer Don Dunphy and actor and boxing aficionado Burt Lancaster called the action for the broadcast, which reached millions of people.
    Frazier eventually won the fight and retained the title with a unanimous decision, dealing Ali his first professional loss. Despite an impressive performance, Ali may have still been suffering from the effects of "ring rust" due to his long layoff.
    In 1973, after a string of victories over top Heavyweight opposition in a campaign to force a rematch with Frazier, Ali split two bouts with Ken Norton (in the bout that Ali lost to Norton, Ali suffered a broken jaw).

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    Pele - football

    Biography of Pele
    Pele was the greatest soccer player ever, scoring over 1200 goals in a glittering career that also brought World Cup and World Club Championships. The biography of Pele is a tough act to follow for any modern world cup players !
    When soccer fans talk about the greatest player of all time you will debate the skills of Pele, Maradona, Best and some other soccer legends but can anyone match the amazing biography of Pele ? Pele scored an amazing 1281 goals in a career that covered 1360 games ! That is nearly an average of one goal per game !
    History of Pele
    Pele was a nickname from childhood as the Brazilian soccer star's real name was Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the nickname originated from school . Pele was the youngest player ever to win a soccer world cup winners medal when Brazil won the 1958 world cup as a 17 year old. Pele scored 2 goals in the world cup final at the age of 17 , an achivement that is unlikely to be matched ever in world cup history.
    Pele was brought up in a poor part of Brazil and was guided by his father who was also a professional soccer player, his father once scored five headed goals in the one match ! . Pele played for Santos of Brazil and was part of the winning 1962 and 1963 Inter Continential championship winning squad ( World Club Championship ) .
    Pele was also part of the 1962 world cup winning squad but injury hampered his appearances and this was also the case in the 1966 England world cup as some brutal tactics put him out of the tournament and Brazil also failed to retain their trophy.
    Brazil 1970 World Cup winners
    However the 1970 world cup in Mexico will always be a special memory for Pele fans as he inspired Brazil to a famous victory. The 1970 world cup was a festival of football with a Brazil team that was a joy to watch. Even many years on you will still see the famous Pele video clips and goals as he sold the keeper that famous " dummy" and also scored with a brilliant header in the 1970 world cup final against Italy. Pele later went on to confirm that this was a special goal as it was also Brazil's 100th world cup goal.
    Pele retired from international football but made a comeback to sign a money spinning contract with the New York Cosmos in the American soccer league. Pele was part of the 1977 championship winning side and the average crowds increased by over 80% in the few years that he graced the American soccer scene.
    If you study the biography of Pele and watch Pele video clips and goals you will no doubt agree that he was a soccer genius, he could play with either foot and could spring in the air to score headers despite his small size compared to defenders. pele was quick, strong and one of the very best goalscorers.

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    Tiger woods - golf

    Tiger Woods is arguably the greatest golfer ever, and inarguably one of the top handful of gre
    Date of birth. 30, 1975
    Place of birth: Cypress, California
    Nickname: Tiger, of course. His given name is Eldrick.

    Tour Victories:

    Tiger Woods wins (view the full list, from first to most recent)
    Major Championships:

    Professional: 14
    • Masters: 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005
    • U.S. Open: 2000, 2002, 2008
    • British Open: 2000, 2005, 2006
    • PGA Championship: 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007
    Amateur: 3
    • U.S. Amateur: 1994, 1995, 1996
    Awards and Honors:

    • 9-time PGA Tour money leader
    • 8-time PGA Tour Vardon Trophy winner
    • 10-time PGA Tour Player of the Year
    • Dozens of Golfer of the Year and Athlete of the Year awards, going back to his amateur days
    • U.S. Presidents Cup team member, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
    • U.S. Ryder Cup team member, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010
    Quote, Unquote:

    • Tiger Woods: "Every day on the golf course is about making little adjustments, taking what you've got on that day and finding the way to deal with it."

    • Tiger Woods became the youngest-ever career grand slam winner in 2000, at age 25, when he won the British Open. • In 1997, Tiger Woods became the youngest-ever Masters champion at age 21 years, three months and 14 days.
    • Woods was the youngest (15) ever to win the U.S. Junior Amateur and the youngest (18) to win the U.S. Amateur.
    For more Tiger Woods trivia, try our Tiger Woods Trivia Quiz

    Tiger Woods Biography:

    The world had never before seen a golfing phenom the likes of Tiger Woods. A golfer whose amazing youth and amateur exploits were followed up by equally amazing professional exploits. Woods was imitating his father's golf swing at age 6 months, while still in his crib. At age 2, he appeared on the "Mike Douglas Show" and putted with Bob Hope. At age 3, he shot 48 for 9 holes, and at age 5 he was featured in Golf Digest.

    And then the really impressive stuff started. Woods won the Optimist International Junior tournament 6 times, starting at age 8. He won three U.S. Junior Amateurs, the first to do so. His first of three straight U.S. Amateur titles came in 1994. He turned pro in late summer 1996 and played 7 tournaments on the PGA Tour, needing to finish in the Top 125 in money to avoid having to go through Q-School. Woods won twice and posted 5 straight Top 5 finishes.
    In 1997, he won The Masters for his first major. Woods won just once in 1998, but in 1999 he began a string of consecutive Player of the Year awards that didn't end until Vijay Singh won the title in 2004.
    He won 8 times in 1999, then 9 more times in 2000. Woods' 2000 season is arguably the best ever on the PGA Tour. He became the second golfer to win three professional majors in one year and broke Byron Nelson's more-than-50-year-old scoring average record.
    In 2001, when he won the Masters, Woods became the first golfer to hold all four professional majors at the same time.
    Tiger Woods holds or shares the record for the low score in relation to par in all four professional majors. He's won the U.S. Open by 15 strokes, the Masters by 12 and the British Open by 8 strokes.
    A swing change slowed his winning a bit in 2004, and his record streak of consecutive cuts ended at 142 in 2005. But he roared back with two majors in '05.
    Woods took a couple months off in 2006 following the death of his father, and missed the cut in his return at the U.S. Open. But then he won the next two majors and reeled off wins in the next eight tournaments he played.
    In 2008, Woods won a dramatic playoff victory in the U.S. Open, then revealed that he was playing with a torn ACL and with a fracture in his leg. He underwent surgery shortly after and missed the next eight months. The 2009 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship marked his return.
    In late 2009, Woods was involved in a 1-car accident outside his Florida home that started a chain of events leading to him undergoing counseling for sex addiction, the revelation of multiple mistresses, and divorce from wife Elin. On the heels of that, Woods had his first winless season as a professional in 2010.
    The Tiger Woods Foundation, launched by Woods and his father in 1996, has raised millions of dollars to help underprivileged youth get started in golf and succeed in life. He has also launched a golf course design business.

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    well its gud to see so much of information bout these players frm different platforms
    but it shud hv been atleast updated.......since 2007 its been 3 years

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    my vote to sachin ,any other

    saurav ganguly->he is still the best captain for india even before dhoni atleast for me.had it not been for that idiotic greg chapell he would have still been in the indian cricket team

    dravid and vvs laxman

    Live ur lyf lyk U r the director of a movie.Can’t control 100% ,roll wid the punches as if U were calling the shots.

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    for a change wud like to vote for federer
    Thank you bala

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    machine vote kiyaaa hiein

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