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The story till thenBy the mid-1990s, Indian badminton had administered itself into irrelevance, causing the mostly non-confrontational but suitably incensed Prakash Padukone to lead a players rebellion in 1997. Cheap Saucony Shoes Outlet Free Shipping . It was to mark the sports year zero. There was change at the top of officialdom, and a push to have the athletes take centre stage again - in this case, it was national champion Pullela Gopichand who did. A quiet but extremely driven battler through competition and past injury, Gopi moved from Hyderabad to Bangalore to learn under Padukones tutelage and set out to test himself against the worlds best. In 2000 he led the Indians in their first appearance in the Thomas Cup eight-team finals in 12 years, won two events in Europe, and by January 2001 had shot up the world rankings from No. 38 to No. 6.The moment The 2001 All England tenth seed was a 27-year-old who had had three operations in four years on his left knee. What could he possibly do? In the round of 16 at Birminghams National Arena, Gopichand beat Sydney Olympics gold medallist Ji Xinpeng in straight sets. Considered one of the outliers of world badminton, respected, but without heavyweight silverware, Gopichand entered the last eight at the All England for the first time. What more could happen?In the semi-final he played a dominant game, toppling world No. 1 and top seed Peter Gade in straight sets. This was a time when badminton had its old scoring system, where points could only be won on serves. In the final, against Chen Hong of China, Gopichand came back from a deficit in the first game and held on to his lead in the second. When a floating drop from Chen landed wide, Gopichand threw his arms in the air. The final lasted less than an hour but it had taken more two than decades in coming.The reaction I know that my biggest disappointments have come from sport. But I also know that the only happiness I get in my life is also through my sport. This is where I belong. Ive seen my life without badminton and its not very nice. - Pullela GopichandExpert view It is a fantastic achievement, a great day for Indian badminton. Gopichand has proved that Indians can be world beaters. He can only go higher from here. - Prakash Padukone, Indias first All England badminton championThe story since Gopichand went on to become his sports most stubborn revolutionary. At the height of his success, he refused an endorsement contract from a cola giant, since he believed aerated drinks were harmful. He set up his academy in Hyderabad in 2008, which, in less than a decade, has gone on to produce a stream of Indian badminton players who belong on the world stage - starting with Saina Nehwal, the sports biggest and most successful new millennium star, world championship medallist PV Sindhu, and a clutch of top ten male players. It has led to a revolution in the sport in terms of participating numbers, relevance and reach. Gopichand must today be recognised as the man who started the Indian badminton renaissance. He gave Indian badminton its wings again - first as a player, then as coach and mentor.Recommended reading Pullela Gopichand: The World Beneath His Feet by Sanjay Sharma, Shachi S Sharma Discount Saucony Shoes Outlet . -- The St. Johns IceCaps weathered a wild first period with the help of goaltender Jussi Olkinuora, before finding offensive inroads in the second. Saucony Shoes Outlet Online . Rousey will put her perfect 8-0 record and hardware on the line against another undefeated fighter, 7-0 Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nevada on February 22nd. http://www.sauconyoutletonline.com/ . Gather a group of friends, or find a league to join online, draft your team, set your lineup and compete in a number of different formats. BOSTON -- Felix Doubront knows hes been consistent on the mound so hes not about to change a thing on his off days. Doubront pitched seven shutout innings to continue his run of strong starts and Jacoby Ellsbury drove in two runs to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 4-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. Doubront (8-5) gave up five singles, struck out five, didnt walk a batter and allowed just one runner to reach second base in holding an opponent to three runs or fewer for the 15th straight start. Its the most by a Red Sox left-hander since at least 1920. "Being consistent in my five-day routines and just taking my plan for my next outing, thats the most important one to me," he said. "Were working on that every fifth day." The 25-year old left-handers current string of three-run or fewer games is the best since by a Boston pitcher since Tim Wakefield went 17 straight in 1995. "Felix, he quickly got back into a number of counts," Boston manager John Farrell said. "First pitch strikes were a little elusive, but he was able to go to a breaking ball or a changeup to get the timing back in his delivery. Just a workmanlike seven shutout innings." It was Bostons seventh win in nine games, completing a 5-2 homestand. The AL East leaders play 16 of the next 19 away from Fenway Park, beginning Monday night in Houston. Koji Uehara, the third Boston reliever, closed out the combined eight-hitter. Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy (2-5), activated before the game after being on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation since May 31, gave up two runs on five hits in 4 1-3 innings. Cody Ross and Martin Prado each had two singles for Arizona, which lost for the sixth time in eight games. "They pitched good but, you cant give them too much credit," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We had eight singles today and didnt put anything together." Doubront, who experienced control troubles in a number of starts last year, had a simple reason why hes throwing more strikes. "A lot of playing catch, a lot of front toss and a lot of that, that makes me be more consistent with pitches," he said. Former teammate Ross saw a big difference. "Yeah, a little bit more mature. He was good last year for a rookie," he said. "He pitched well. Today, we had him on the ropes and couldnt get anything when we needed to. He made some good pitches and located the ball well, but we had our opportunities and we blew it, and they ddidnt. Wholesale Saucony Shoes Outlet. " Boston grabbed a 2-0 lead and chased McCarthy with two runs in the fifth. Ellsburys sacrifice fly made it 1-0 after consecutive singles. Shane Victorino then singled just over the head of McCarthy -- a scary image since the right-hander was hit in the head by a line drive last year -- before Pedroias RBI double made it 2-0. David Ortiz was intentionally walked, loading the bases, but Will Harris relieved and got the next two hitters to pop out. While with Oakland last September, McCarthy sustained what were described at the time as life-threatening injuries when he was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of the Angels Erick Aybar. The pitcher had an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and a skull fracture. Emergency surgery was performed that night and he was released from the hospital six days later. Arizona right fielder Gerardo Parra had a tough day, dropping a fly ball in the first for and error and losing another in the sun for Ellsburys RBI single that made it 3-0 in the sixth. Victorino followed Ellsburys hit with a run-scoring single. McCarthy held Boston hitless until Mike Carps two-out single in the fourth. Boston reliever Matt Thornton left the game in the eighth inning with tightness in his right oblique area. "Thorntons dealing with a little bit of a right oblique issue." Farrell said. The Diamondbacks had a singles in four of the initial five innings against Doubront, but thanks to two double plays and solid pitching none of the runners reached second. NOTES: Doubront has given up more than three runs just once in his 20 starts this season. ... Farrell said right-handed knuckleballer Steven Wright will make his first career start on Tuesday at Houston. "The reason being is that were just trying to get guys an extra day of rest this time through," Farrell said. ... The Diamondbacks designated left-handed reliever Tony Sipp (3-1, 3.86 ERA in 48 games) for assignment before to game. ... Farrell turned 51 on Sunday. ... RF Victorino hit his left hip hard on the top of the wall, attempting to make a leaping grab of A. J. Pollocks foul ball in the third. He walked back to his position slowly, but stayed in the game. ... John Lackey (7-8, 3.23 ERA) pitches for Boston against Houstons Brett Oberholtzer (1-0, 3.77 ERA) in the opener of a three-game series on Monday. ... Wade Miley (8-8, 3.68 ERA) is slated to go for the Diamondbacks when they open a two-game set against the Rays and Jeremy Hellickson (10-4, 4.60 ERA) on Tuesday. ' ' '
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