Also zipping along very nicely this morning: Patrick Reed. The brilliant and ever-entertaining Masters champ put on a good show in the Scottish Open last week at Gullane. He was expected to do much more than just scrape under the cut line. But having done so, he’s making a statement now. Birdies at 5, 6, 7 and 13, and he’s just fired a long iron into the heart of the par-five 14th to set up a good chance for eagle. He’s -1 but won’t be hanging around there for long. Meanwhile here’s our first on-course dispatch of the day, courtesy not of the Guardian and Observer’s team - more from them anon - but our old live-blog pal Simon McMahon: “Made it to Carnoustie early this morning for Moving Day. The course looks magnificent, still some cloud around but warm and hardly any breeze. Highlight so far seeing Sam Locke roll in a 25 footer for birdie on 3, then splitting the fairway with his drive at 4. Not a care in the world it seemed. Crowds building up nicely, sun ready to come out, fantastic day ahead. I might even treat Mrs McMahon to a gourmet pie for lunch.”
Chris Wood is burning like a forest fire. Don’t it make you smile? His second into 7 was decent, straight at the flag, but he couldn’t get any spin and the ball trundled towards the back of the green. No worries! He races in a 30-footer, and that’s three birdies in a row, and his fifth of the day! He moves to -3 for the tournament, and already you have to start wondering ... is somebody going to take serious advantage of these conditions and match (or even better) Branden Grace’s major-busting 62 of 12 months ago? OK, let’s not get too carried away with ourselves. But let’s get carried away with ourselves! It’s OK to dream. It’s free.Continue reading...
The field split into groups as the crosswind splits into said echelons. Team Sky have made it into the first group with Tom Dumoulin at the back and clinging on. Mikel Landa and Warren Barguil have been dropped into the third group.
Who can win today? It looks like a day for climbers though the one-day specialists cannot be dismissed, with Sagan perhaps fancying his fourth of the Tour on different terrain to normal. What may be a factor? The wind is whipping up and causing divisions in the peloton already. It is time for the echelons. A small climb beckons, and that may split the pack.Continue reading...
Hot on the heels of the successful men’s tournament comes the showpiece event for the women’s game – ample opportunity to demonstrate how much it has grown
The men’s World Cup has come to an end and for me the tournament was a success. Questions had been asked about what kind of a tournament Russia would deliver and although I was not able to travel there, it seems to have been very well organised and almost all the comments about it have been positive.Continue reading...
The Jamaican sprint star was linked to a trial with A-League side Central Coast Mariners but once again the hype machine overtook both sporting and financial considerations
Gosford is a small town with big ambitions. Nestled on Australia’s central coast about 50 miles from Sydney, it has a population of fewer than 4,000 but is the commercial and administrative centre of the region. It has an art gallery and a historic harbour, a classic car museum and the “entertainment hub” of Mann Street. There is a A$650m plan to regenerate the centre and Gosford is twinned with both a ward in Tokyo and a city in western Slovakia. This week it was also the centre of the sporting universe. Well, almost.Continue reading...
The midfielder idolised Steven Gerrard while growing up in Guinea – now he has taken on his No8 shirt and has made an immediate impact
Ewood Park on Thursday night and it is not only updates on Alisson’s world-record move to Anfield that is enthralling thousands of Liverpool fans in the Darwen End stand. The second-half performance of Naby Keïta against Blackburn Rovers suggests that for Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp here is another high-profile transfer worth the wait.
Yes, it was a pre-season friendly against Championship opposition and judgment should be reserved. But early impressions count. Within minutes of his introduction the captain of Guinea freed Daniel Sturridge behind the Blackburn defence with a slide-rule, diagonal pass. His composure on the ball, distribution and movement impressed throughout.Continue reading...
President Donald Trump is once again inserting himself into the culture war over protests by NFL athletes during the national anthem.
Trump tweeted on Friday that he “can’t believe” the debate has reignited after the Associated Press reported on the Miami Dolphins formally telling players they could be punished for protesting on the field. The NFL and NFL Players Association said in a joint statement Thursday night they were halting enforcement of all anthem rules while they work out a solution.Continue reading...
MLB is already at work to ensure next year’s London series between the Yankees and Red Sox is as authentic as possible
Major League Baseball has staged regular-season games in Japan, Australia, Mexico and Puerto Rico. But nothing the league has attempted overseas comes close to the scope of what it plans to do when the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox cross the pond to play two games next June.
“This will be our biggest (international) project yet,” Phil Bradley, the players’ union’s special assistant for domestic and international events, told the Guardian this week.Continue reading...
• Castleford 18-32 Huddersfield
• Giants continue fine run of form under Simon Woolford
When the final curtain comes down on this Super League season in October, it remains unlikely that Huddersfield will be anywhere near the closing acts: but that does not make this story of the Giants’ mid-season revival any less remarkable.
Simon Woolford arrived in the country only in late May but from what has been seen since his appointment as Huddersfield coach it is not unrealistic to expect his name to be among the end-of-season honours list when it comes to coach of the year, even if the play-offs is beyond this side.Continue reading...
• Long jumper hindered by ankle pain before Anniversary Games
• ‘I haven’t trained since Monday,’ 2012 Olympic champion says
Greg Rutherford has said he is emotionally preparing for one final return to the London Stadium – the scene of his long-jump Olympic gold in 2012 – but admitted that constant pain in his left foot has left his training schedule in tatters.
Rutherford was part of the British trio including Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill who won Olympic gold on Super Saturday six years ago, but after a rough couple of years he exclusively revealed to the Guardian last month that he will retire later this summer. His performances at the Anniversary Games this weekend will dictate whether he makes the Great Britain squad for a final swansong at the European Championships next month but, no matter the result, Rutherford is hoping to soak up the atmosphere in London one final time.Continue reading...
The former world No 1 did not cut a happy figure but a second even-par 71 means he cannot be ruled out at Carnoustie
It was a foul day in Carnoustie, the kind that makes the locals crack jokes about the Scottish summer. This was the weather you remember from family holidays, the sort you stay out in only if you can fool yourself into thinking it is not all that bad. Tiger Woods suffered the worst of it, and it looked like he was trying to persuade himself he was enjoying it, too.
Woods never seems like he is having all that much fun on the course. He might smile when he has made a birdie but otherwise he makes golf look a grim and serious business. On Friday he was scowling like a man who has run for the bus then found out he has not got the fare.Continue reading...
The Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, was happy with his side’s display against Borussia Dortmund despite the 1-0 defeat in Chicago. Mario Götze scored the only goal of the pre-season match from the penalty spot after Oleks Zinchenko had brought down Christian Pulisic.
The majority of Guardiola’s squad are on holiday after their World Cup exploits but new signing Riyad Mahrez made his first appearance for the club against the Germans in a youthful lineup.Continue reading...
• Scot made 42 consecutive appearances at the Open
• ‘If I win Seniors Open next week, then I’ll be back again’
Sandy Lyle signed off with a birdie at the 18th after holing a swinging 20ft putt that in effect drew a line under his Open career after 42 consecutive appearances in the world’s oldest major.
The Scot, Open champion at Royal St George’s in 1985, when he won by a shot from the late Payne Stewart, was emotional at the end of his round and pulled a handkerchief from his pocket to wave to the crowd before pretending to dab away a tear. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th,” he said. “It’s quite a spectacular view to come down there. I managed to stay away from crying but there was definitely a lump in my throat.”Continue reading...
• William Toner jailed on Friday for indecent assault
• Toner claimed he scouted for City’s junior system
Manchester City’s independent inquiry into the Barry Bennell scandal is investigating claims that another sex offender, jailed on Friday for four counts of indecent assault against a teenage boy in the 1990s, had connections to the club.
William Toner, 74, was jailed for three years and two months after a trial heard he preyed on a junior footballer after claiming to work for City, as well as having links to clubs in Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Cambridgeshire.Continue reading...
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ six-year-old looks good value at 9-1 while Magic Wand should benefit from a fast surface in the Irish Oaks
This is one of those Saturdays when the Flat racing in Britain lacks an outstanding feature race, so the betting interest may instead gravitate to Market Rasen, which stages a typically compelling Summer Plate. The very versatile Calett Mad (3.15) looks one to stick with on a sound surface at odds of 9-1.
Nigel Twiston-Davies had him in handicap chases at the age of four and he fared well that winter, going down by just a head at Ayr’s Scottish National meeting. He had a productive time over hurdles last season but should now, aged six, be able to improve on his old chasing form and take a hand here.Continue reading...
Moscow to concentrate on older players, rather than the prodigies favoured by other nations, in their attempts to restore their Soviet-era dominance
It is now more than a decade since Russia’s almost unbroken 59-year monopoly of the world chess crown was ended, so Moscow is trying hard to develop new talents who can challenge Norway’s Magnus Carlsen. But its method is controversial, relying on older teenagers and players in their 20s rather than the prodigies who have emerged from other leading chess nations.
After Mikhail Botvinnik won the world championship in 1948, he held the title with short breaks for 15 years and was succeeded by other Soviet and then Russian players – Tigran Petrosian, Boris Spassky, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Vlad Kramnik. Only the brilliant surge of Bobby Fischer in 1970-72, which climaxed in Fischer’s victory over Spassky at Reykjavik 1972 in the most famous of all chess matches, disturbed the pattern. Fischer did not play a single competitive game during his three-year reign before defaulting his title to Karpov.Continue reading...
• World No 8 shoots second consecutive 69 at Carnoustie
• ‘I was trying to be aggressive, I just couldn’t do it’
Rory McIlroy virtually had the putting green to himself as he finished off the preparations for his second round, striding purposefully after a couple of long ones and then a medium-length attempt before he joined his caddie and they headed off for the 1st tee. He looked as if he meant business.
It was just after 7.45am, light rain had started a couple of hours earlier and there was room to spare in the stands surrounding the tee-box as he hammered his drive down the right-hand side of the fairway, a good 100 yards beyond those of his playing partners, Marc Leishman and Thorbjørn Olesen, who both opted for irons.Continue reading...
Jerome Allen, a Boston Celtics assistant coach who previously served as the head coach at the University of Pennsylvania, has been ensnared in a criminal case alleging that he took bribes from a businessman who wanted to help his son gain admission to the Ivy League school, according to a Bloomberg report published on Friday citing a person familiar with the matter.Continue reading...
Maurizio Sarri spoke in Italian in his first press conference but got his message across – and he could make a refreshing change at Chelsea if given time
When Claudio Ranieri first arrived in the Premier League, he caused a minor stir because of his inability to speak to the media in English. “Ranieri finds trouble in translation” was the headline in the Guardian after Chelsea lost to Everton in November 2000, which goes to show how tough it was for the affable Italian during his early days as an outsider in a strange and suspicious country.
The man who would eventually lead Leicester City to the title was the Manuel to English football’s Basil Fawlty, raising the hackles with his inability to communicate with players and supporters. Yet at least Ranieri’s insistence on speaking to the media in Italian gave rise to one of the great comedy episodes. The story goes that when Ranieri had finished giving a detailed three-minute answer, his interpreter would nod and say “It’s a game of two halves” in English.Continue reading...
The world No 1 cut his power but struggled for precision and a double bogey at the last left him sure to miss the cut
It is usually all or nothing for Dustin Johnson. After an opening day when Carnoustie intimidated a few, seduced others and encouraged the usual suspects, the nervous dance towards the cut on a Friday that brought rain, wind and more frustration to the 147th Open proved too much for the No 1 player in the world.
It is odd to see such a magnificent athlete with all the required weapons swing violently between triumph and failure but his game is so finely tuned that, if it is marginally off, it can knock like an old banger. On day one, Johnson was a Rolls Royce with a spark plug missing. On day two, he charged and crashed. Four bogeys and a double cancelled out five birdies in a second-round 72 that will not save him from the axe.Continue reading...
Lewis Hamilton’s new contract gave Mercedes a timely boost but Ferrari are functioning with a sharpness that has exposed and exploited their rivals’ weaknesses
There was, understandably, something of a celebratory air about Mercedes here in Hockenheim before they had even turned a wheel in anger at their home grand prix. The team had their man, they were pleased to announce on Thursday – Lewis Hamilton had finally put pen to paper. With the protracted wait for the British driver to renew his contract for a further two years concluded, there was an atmosphere of optimism and anticipation of greater glories emanating from the Mercedes motorhome.
The four-times world champion has taken three of his titles with Mercedes and expectations of further success are entirely realistic. But this season they are in the toughest fight they have encountered and, if the good cheer is to continue, the team need to step up now. Hamilton admitted in Germany they had to do better. “We’ve not won enough races this year,” he said. “We’ve done a really good job but we’ve definitely stumbled plenty of times. A small stumble this year is magnified because it’s so close.”Continue reading...
It has been quite a journey to the pinnacle of the game for Rani Rampal, who will captain India against England in the opening game of the World Cup in London on Saturday
Standing on the banks of the Thames, Rani Rampal has tears in her eyes. With the Hockey World Cup starting on Saturday, we are at a photoshoot with all 16 captains, but in a quiet corner away from her rivals the Indian captain is reflecting on the journey that has led her to London.
We’re talking about her first coach, Baldev Singh, and these are good tears, the ones that creep up on you when laughter and goosebumps aren’t enough as she remembers the barriers that inadvertently helped her to become a genuine superstar of the game: at the age of 23 she is already a veteran with 134 goals in 212 international appearances.Continue reading...
The Surrey Stars all-rounder has been training with the national team and is hoping the new season will secure her a call-up
When the third edition of the Kia Super League gets under way at Guildford on Sunday, there is one player for whom there will be more than just the trophy at stake.
For 20-year-old Sophia Dunkley, who represents Surrey Stars, it is the opportunity she has been waiting for finally to stake her claim on an England place. “It’s about making a name for myself and getting a bit more noticed,” she says. “If I’m able to put in a few good performances, it would help massively.”Continue reading...
The manager wants to sign players, the owner is holding back the cash – it’s a familiar tale at St James’ Park yet the stubbornness of both could see them last another season
It is never too early for a crisis at Newcastle United. Sure enough, tensions are already rising alarmingly as Rafael Benítez enters the final year of his contract against a backdrop of acute transfer market parsimony on the part of the owner, Mike Ashley. Meanwhile the club’s internecine politics are capable of making the Brexit machinations seem an innocent playground squabble. Given that Newcastle are in profit on summer transfer dealings, Benítez is predicting a looming relegation battle. He had envisaged having around £45m to spend but has now been told he must sell to buy.Continue reading...
• Goalkeeper criticised during Spain’s World Cup campaign
• ‘He is the best keeper in the world; he will show it again’
Ander Herrera has defended David de Gea by saying the Manchester United goalkeeper was criticised during Spain’s World Cup campaign because of his world-class status.
In Spain’s opening match at Russia 2018 against Portugal De Gea spilled a Cristiano Ronaldo shot to allow a soft goal in the 3-3 draw. This came after he committed a similar error in the warm-up game against Switzerland that led to Ricardo Rodríguez scoring.Continue reading...
Brazilian footballer was struggling to feed his wife and daughter and contemplating killing himself when a call changed his life
Maybe Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and James Rodríguez do not have any idea where exactly their Puskas Award given by Fifa is these days. For them the trophy is just one more to go in the cabinet which already has the Champions League medals and many other more important prizes. But this is not the case for Wendell Lira, who won the Fifa prize for the best goal of the year in 2015, his twisting bicycle kick for Goianesia in their match against Atletico-GO beating a Lionel Messi goal for Barcelona into second place. Lira says the Puskas Award saved his life.
Before being nominated Lira was living a dilemma. He was unemployed and did not know how to find money to feed his wife and daughter. As a lower league player he was part of the terrible statistic in Brazil, where 82% of footballers earn less than $250 a month.Continue reading...
Aston Villa will receive “significant investment” from NSWE, a company controlled by billionaires Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, the Championship club have announced.
The club’s owner, Dr Tony Xia, engaged in talks with the Egyptian group, eventually agreeing to a co-ownership model. Xia will remain on the board at Villa Park and become co-chairman.Continue reading...
Salford co-owner Gary Neville has been accused by Accrington owner Andy Holt of attempting to “steal” a place in the EFL after the Vanarama National League newcomers signed Adam Rooney from Aberdeen.
Striker Rooney left last season’s Ladbrokes Premiership runners-up on Thursday to join Salford for an undisclosed fee, with it reported that he will be earning £4,000 a week. And later in the day there was a tetchy exchange between Holt, whose side won Sky Bet League Two last term, and Neville on Twitter.Continue reading...
Opening pre-season games are often soporific affairs and Manchester United’s 2018-19 edition was no different.
Before a sparse crowd of 37,660 that was markedly below the University of Phoenix Stadium’s 63,400 capacity, José Mourinho’s men ended with a draw courtesy of Juan Mata’s late strike.Continue reading...
• Brazil international is world’s most expensive goalkeeper
• Player passes medical and signs six-year contract
Liverpool have shattered the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper by completing the signing of Alisson from Roma for £65m.Continue reading...
The midfielder became one of Manchester United’s greats but he had almost signed for Kenny Dalglish’s team instead
Historic moments usually have an epic quality. But sometimes all it takes to change the world is for a few office staff to get that Friday feeling. Exactly 25 years ago – in the summer of 1993 – the world of football changed for ever because the admin team at Ewood Park clocked off on time. If somebody had stayed late in the office, Roy Keane would have become a Blackburn Rovers player. Instead, Alex Ferguson was given the chance to oversee one of his most important injury-time winners.Continue reading...
Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.Continue reading...
Kazakhstan's first-ever Olympic skating medalist Denis Ten has died. The 25-year-old was killed during an attempted robbery in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Ten won a bronze at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and acquired podium finishes in both the 2013 & 2015 world championships. At Pyeongchang earlier this year he finished 27th, after struggling with injuries throughout the season. Here are some clips of Denis Ten in actionContinue reading...
France are World Cup champions 2018 after an exhilarating 4-2 victory over Croatia. Didier Deschamps's side proved too much to handle for Croatia as they produced a stunning display. Fans took to the streets to celebrate outside the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées, whilst French president Emmanuel Macron celebrated with the team inside the dressing room.Continue reading...
The Russian protest performance group 'Pussy Riot' has claimed responsibility for invading the pitch during the World Cup Final in order to bring attention to Russia's lack of political competition and police impunityContinue reading...
Minor clashes between French police and football fans have taken place in Paris after France beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final. Thousands of fans partied on Paris' Champs-Élysées to celebrate the victory but some fans could be seen throwing projectiles towards police, resulting in teargas being usedContinue reading...
The Fiver will never forget the moment we realised our love of football had become an addiction. It was when Granny Fiver asked where the spiralizer was and we instinctively replied, “CAN’T YOU FIND IT YOURSELF YOU EFFING BANSHEE, WE’RE TRYING TO WATCH FH HAFNARFJARDAR V HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY IN THE UEFA VASE FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND!”Continue reading...
Who swapped shirts? Who returned? And who waved goodbye?
Which sporting event this week features Hillocks, Whins, Jockie’s Burn, South America and Lucky Slap?
The Kentucky Derby
The Tour de France
The German Grand Prix
Which of these statements about new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is not true?
He was born in Naples
He was a foreign currency trader before becoming a football manager
He has replaced Antonio Conte in a job before – at Serie B club Arezzo
He led Napoli to a Serie A title
He smokes up to five packets of cigarettes a day
Which former Chelsea player has returned to the club to work as Sarri's assistant coach?
Roberto Di Matteo
Who said: "Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player on the planet, knowing that he will play with us is great. Of course, it is for him too. He gets to share the dressing room with a world champion"?
Cristiano Ronaldo spent nine seasons at Real Madrid. How many times did he win La Liga?
Santi Cazorla played for Villarreal against Hércules in a pre-season friendly this week. How long has it been since his last appearance?
Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin, who will fight at Wembley in September, are both Olympic super-heavyweight champions. Joshua won his gold medal in 2012. When did Povetkin win his?
Sam Warburton retired from rugby this week after a year-long injury layoff. What was the score in the last game he played?
Josh Hader's family went to see him play baseball this week in shirts that had his name on the back. Why did they change clothes midway through the game?
He was playing terribly and they were taking stick from the crowd
They found out he had been traded to another team during the game
His racist and homophobic tweets were going viral during the match
He made a rude gesture in their direction while on the field
It has been a big week for Didier Deschamps. Which of these statements about the France manager is not true?
He won the FA Cup with Chelsea
He finished his career with Valencia in the season they made it to the Champions League final
He was only 24 when he captained Marseille to Champions League glory in 1993
He has won the World Cup and European Championship as a player and a manager
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Nice work. Enjoy the weekend
7 and above.
Great work. Enjoy the weekend. You deserve it
8 and above.
Great work. Enjoy the weekend. You deserve it
9 and above.
Great work. Enjoy the weekend. You deserve it
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10 and above.
Perfection. Enjoy the weekend. You earned itContinue reading...
This week’s roundup also has Larry Bird, skateboarding, Franco Baresi and Paul Pogba, motivator and celebrator supreme
1) This catch from Luke Whitehead of Lullington Park Cricket Club is very good. This grab from Chris Gayle in Canada’s T20 league is better. Gayle has got previous in this department, catching Hashim Amla out in ridiculous fashion during the West Indies’ tour of South Africa in 2007-08. Come for the catch, stay for Geoffrey Boycott’s commentary.
2) Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid years. Meanwhile, in Turin … go behind the scenes at ‘#CR7DAY’. Go on, then. Let’s look back to the goal he scored against Juve in April with some other overhead kick classics from modern greats.Continue reading...
“Raphaël Varane has just completed the big-time double of winning the European Cup and World Cup in the same year. Which other players have achieved this?” asks Jim George.
Well, having done some digging around, we came up with a list and Varane making an illustrious XI. Mind you, Luka Modric would also have completed a team of big-time double winners had Croatia won. Here is the XI:Continue reading...
With eight new teams set to step in, grounds such as Bristol may soon be stripped of top-class women’s T20 action
It was about this time last year that there was a seismic shift in cricket in this country. A shake, a transference in space and time, felt from St John’s Wood to Sprotbrough, as Lord’s filled its great arena with girls young and old, and watched England lift the Women’s World Cup trophy in a scintillating final against India.
A year on and England’s showcase women’s domestic tournament, the T20 Kia Super League, prepares to launch into its third season on Sunday.Continue reading...
With Ethics 2018 consigned to history, it’s time for silly season to begin. And not a moment too soon! Forget about Kylian Mbappé, Luka Modric, Eden Hazard and Harry Maguire’s forehead. Forget about the endless VAR debates, Gareth Southgate’s affability, Neymar’s diving, Harry Kane’s Golden Boot, Japan’s tidiness, Aliou Cissé’s fist pump and Nikola Kalinic having the same level of impact on Croatia’s run to the final as The Fiver because nobody cares any more. It’s old news. It’s time to move on and accept that the next four weeks are all about preposterous transfer sagas, Jim White gearing up for an early deadline day and The Fiver trying to eke out 300 flamin’ words on the Central Coast Mariners handing a trial to Usain Bolt before nipping outside to get heatstroke.Continue reading...
The Scottish runner has caused a stir in athletics by repeatedly calling for tougher drug testing but is not tempted to stay quiet
“Twenty-six seconds! 27, 28, 29!” On this Monday afternoon in St Moritz, 6,000 feet up in the Swiss Alps, it is not only the Instagram-perfect views or the altitude that rips the breath away. Watching Laura Muir grind out multiple sets of 200 metres in under 30 seconds, with only half a minute to recover and refill her lungs, has a similar hypoxic effect. Finally after the 10th repetition her coach, Andy Young – part speaking clock, part drill sergeant during the session – calls time. Muir barely notices. Her head is slumped somewhere between her knees, trying to suck up the thin mountain air.Continue reading...
Five-ball overs and 10 balls from the same end make the ECB’s new competition ever less wanted as cricket thrives in the sun
More leaks have dribbled out about The Hundred, the proposed one-day tournament that will take over the prime weeks of the cricket season in 2020. The advent of five-ball overs, which reduces the length of the game – as does the notion of bowling two overs consecutively from the same end, which could be delivered by the same bowler – may excite broadcasters concerned about the game disrupting their schedules but not many others.Continue reading...
The youngest player to captain a side at a World Cup has called it a day at 29
Sam Warburton was reflecting at the start of last year on how long his career may have to run. He had turned 28 two months before and, while he wistfully thought of still playing at the age of 35, he conceded that his body, after 18 major injuries, would probably not hold out that long. As it turned out his final outing would come six months later, helping the British & Irish Lions draw the series in New Zealand with a decisive intervention at the end of the third Test when he gently dissuaded the referee, Romain Poite, from awarding the All Blacks a penalty that would have won them the match and the rubber.
Warburton took last season off to allow neck and knee injuries to repair fully and give himself a tilt at playing in the World Cup next year but the rest only convinced his body that it had had enough. Realising he would not be the player he was, he announced his retirement in what is his testimonial season nine years after making his debut for Cardiff Blues and Wales, concerned more at the thought he was letting down his region than what he was going to do for the rest of his working life.Continue reading...
The US president’s love of the game keeps up the rich relationship between the Oval Office and 18 holes of escapism
Once Chequers was done with, and Windsor out of the way, Donald Trump turned to the more pressing presidential business of addressing a golf ball. Trump spent last weekend at his resort in Turnberry, “for two days of meetings, calls and hopefully, some golf”. According to a source quoted on Politico, this section of the trip was arranged to entice the president into attending the Nato summit in Brussels “like a dessert he earned after eating his vegetables”. Trump had not been to Turnberry since he became president, and was eager to get back. According to the Trump Golf Count website, Sunday’s outing was his 121st visit to a golf club since he took office.Continue reading...