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Anand Squeezes Draw Past Kasparov

Garry Kasparov managed to get a definite advantage with Black against India's Viswanathan Anand but had to settle for a draw on Wednesday at the Linares chess tournament.

Belarussian Hockey Player Tests Positive

Belarussian Olympic ice hockey player Vasily Pankov tested positive for a banned stimulant in samples taken after his team's defeat in the bronze-medal match against Russia, Belarussian Olympic officials said Wednesday.

Kournikova's Spotlight Stolen by Sharapova

Maria Sharapova stole the spotlight from glamorous Russian compatriot Anna Kournikova on Wednesday when she made a winning start to her professional career.

The Soothsayer

Last weekend's headlines surrounded the Derby vs. Manchester United game, and whether Malcom Christie should have been awarded a hat trick and the Rams a 3-2 victory. The answer from a completely unbiased observer is, NO! Barthez clearly had both hands on the ball, which is unusual in itself, before Christie's boot made contact. FIFA rules simply state if the goalkeeper has two hands on the ball, then it's his. The other results from my tips last week were mixed: Michael Schumacher won the Australian Grand Prix -- in last year's car -- after an eight-car pileup at the start. England had a case of the jitters in the Six Nations, as the French raised their game to stop the Red Rose army. The Six Nations Championship is not over yet, but France has to face Scotland away and Ireland at home and England has the easier games, against Wales and Italy; it could come down to points difference.

Black Sea Gas Line Sails Past Delays

On Monday, the Saipem 7000 began laying the second pipeline of the $3.3 billion Blue Stream project, which is due to be competed in May.

58 Years On, Love Still Burns Strong

This diary of a 22-year-old nurse during the blockade of Leningrad is a book of love, a book that Galina Popova, now 79, began writing in July 1944.

A Televised Treat for Fans of Fandorin

With a grandiose budget and the pretensions to match, Azazel may just give Russia a new ""national hero.""

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