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The Tanner Report

Although one view might be that sloppy defending cost us the points, I blame more Felix Magath for four reasons: 1) he set up the team wrongly in the first half. Riise, a slow left back, cannot play left midfield and Holtby was ineffective on the right; 2) to correct the position, Magath made two [...]

April 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Camaraderie under pressure

Yesterday I travelled to the countryside just beyond Henley-on-Thames in order to watch my daughter and seven other pals (making up a mixed-gender team) take part in the 2014 London West Tough Mudder challenge. I was suitably impressed by sheer scale and efficiency of the operation – [...]

April 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Legends don’t maketh success

The decision to draw on the talents of the class of 92 at Manchester United seems flawed to me. Legends always go down well with fans, but history shows they are better suited at being ambassadors or hosting a lounge. The demands of building a successful outfit, being savvy in the market, working [...]

April 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch (22): fading away

Last night, in a match affected by torrential rain that had been falling all day, Northampton Saints defeated the Harlequins 18-10 at Franklin’s Gardens to reach the final of the junior European (Amlin) Cup. I wasn’t on hand to lend my support. It could be an age thing, but the days when I [...]

April 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Being careful what you wish for

This week England head coach Stuart Lancaster paid a visit to Toulon in order to assure brothers Steffon and Delon Armitage that the ‘door was not wholly closed’ as regards them playing for England at some point in the future – by which he presumably meant between now and the end of the  [...]

April 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Hurricane bows out

The boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter has died aged 76. He was primarily famous for two things – in the 1960s, when I was an impressionable schoolboy who followed the Noble Art largely through the pages of Ring magazine, he was a mini-hero of mine as a sometime contender for the world [...]

April 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

RBC Heritage at Hilton Head

Luke Donald finished runner-up to Matt Kuchar in the RSA Heritage. Donald started the final day with a two shot lead, but double bogeyed on the 6 whilst Kuchar made a charge. Kuchar has a reputation for choking. At the Royal Melbourne, he double bogeyed the last hole to present the Australian Open [...]

April 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

See what happens when you look under a cricketing stone

Yesterday, without much pleasure in the act, I registered my disquiet at the impending re-appointment of Peter Moores as England cricket head coach – primarily based upon my conviction that, generally-speaking, there’s little to be gained from ‘going backwards’. I’m fond of the word [...]

April 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

Given that we had four key absentees – Reither, Richardson, Diarra and Holtby – and that two superb saves were required by Lloris, the performance was not as disastrous as the result, or indeed the other results. It was a performance such as we have often seen, where we matched the [...]

April 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

English cricket – the concerns remain

Peter Moores will be named as England’s head coach for the second time this morning. I’m not denying his credentials – he recently steered Lancashire to the their first county title in nearly eighty years – but in my view this is a hugely negative step for England cricket, whose [...]

April 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

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