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Golfing weekend

My good run continued with a third successive win when Louis Oosthuizen took the South African Open at Johannesburg. Oosthuizen has never won his national trophy before though he has a Major in his golf bag and I classified him in that group with Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel who are unlikely to [...]

December 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Manchester United 4 Fulham 1

I wonder what Fulham owner Shahid Khan is thinking right now. Fulham are still propping up the league, have conceded 40 goals and £55million of talent in midfield in Anguissa and Seri failed to make much impact. He may be consoled by the tightness at the bottom (5 points separate the bottom 7 [...]

December 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Chess matters

Magnus Carlsen recently held his crown as world chess champion defeating the American 25 year old Fabiana Caruana. The first 12 games were draws, largely because every grandmaster game is on line and current ones merely replicate the opening 15 moves from another game. This practice extends to club [...]

December 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 1 Leicester 1

There is no doubt that perfomance has improved under Claudio Ranieri: 4 points have been achieved under him whist Slavisa Jokatovic only managed 5 in many more games. We deserved to beat Leicester but, if you do not take your chances, you can blame no one but yourself. I was disappointed that [...]

December 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Brighton 3 Crystal Palace 1

If Fiorentina v Juventus is Stefano’s game of the season this is indubitably ours.It is not about local bragging rights as Selhurst Park is 50 miles away, but a number of controversial decisions – normally in Palace’s favour over the last 20 years – has created a fierce rivalry. The [...]

December 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Reflections upon an extraordinary day

I don’t know what other Rusters were doing yesterday but for the most part I ‘did my thing’ against a backdrop of the developing political situation in the House of Commons which – for want of anything better to do and in my capacity as a semi-official observer – I followed at various [...]

December 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

Even by my standards this weekend was charged and full of sport. On Sunday morning I followed the Fury v Wilder fight on the radio. It reminded of my youth listening to the Cassius Clay fights against Sonny Liston with an old fashioned Bush Bakerlite radio by the bed, all snug as the brash pug From [...]

December 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina File: Fiorentina 0 Juventus 3

For us Viola fans this was the big one. We have always thought that a penalty denied to us at Cagliari and one awarded to Juventus at Catanzaro presented them with the 1981 Scudetto: we hated the sale of Roberto Baggio to them and more recently the young talent Federico Bernardeschi. Sadly for the [...]

December 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Good entertainment with a result that stank

Having duly paid my £19.99 to BT Box Office in order to watch the Wilder v Fury match, for which the first bell sounded at approximately 4.45am UK time in Los Angeles, I am now sitting in my home drawing room frustrated and exasperated  – as so often one is with professional boxing – [...]

December 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

The art of kicking a dead horse

Yesterday afternoon, somewhat at a loose end and suffering from the effects of the first of my annual ‘two colds per winter’, by chance I realised that Southampton were hosting Manchester United in football’s Premiership and switched to BT Sport’s live coverage (commentary by Darren [...]

December 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

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