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How to rack up the pressure on the drug cheats

Let me begin by declaring an interest. I am a rabid hard-liner on the use of performing-enhancement drugs in sport, any sport. In my view, anyone who is found to have transgressed the rules in place that are designed to catch drug cheats should – as a matter of principle – be banned from taking [...]

December 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

The upside of losing

When I rose, as usual, at some ungodly hour this morning there was something missing from my life – the hapless England cricket team was no longer being humiliated in the Perth Ashes test match. Ever since they first arrived in Australia, it has been my practice to having the Sky Sports coverage, [...]

December 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch (8) – a 17-3 victory over Racing Metro

Yesterday to the Stoop, to see Harlequins record the second of back-to-back Heineken Cup victories over Racing Metro, this time by the margin of 17-3. Racing continue to play up to the Anglo-Saxon stereotypical view of French rugby. Having moved last week’s ‘home’ game 241 miles from Paris to [...]

December 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

The sport of business

Apart from recent excursions to see the brilliant Senna documentary and the Ron Howard-directed movie Rush – about the 1976 season rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt – my interest in Formula One over the past fifty years has been fitful at best. These days, whilst happy to acknowledge [...]

December 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

One of the problems of an ageing team is fatigue. It can be no coincidence that goals are conceded and games lost in the last 10 minutes. In the golden age of Jean Tigana, when we took the championship by storm, we were not just superior in technique but in fitness – blowing teams apart in [...]

December 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Varsity Match

In my 65 years I have witnessed sporting events go up and down in popularity and esteem. Not so long ago the Cup Final, on the last Saturday of the football season, the Derby (on a first Wednesday in June) and the Boat Race were significant events on the sporting calendar. Similarity the rugby [...]

December 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Minority sports/ table tennis and show jumping

Recently I met two accomplished sports people in minority sports. I was interested to know how they make a living out of them and why their sports were minority ones. The first did not have to make a living as he was a successful equity trader and director of a bank. His sport was table tennis. [...]

December 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

FA fixing the fixers? You’re having a laugh

Don’t hold your breath that the FA will root out the betting fixers. Indeed Alex Horne of the FA says it’s not a serious problem. The FA has an official betting partner. Indeed William Hill is more than “the bookie of choice “, it’s an actual sponsor, its logo [...]

December 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

I  was accused of  too much negative thought after the victory over Villa, when I received texts and emails of varying censure. I stand by what I say that we are in deep trouble. We are still in the bottom three with a poor goal difference. We now face an in form  Everton at Goodison, a place [...]

December 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Integrity in sport is the only thing that matters

Anyone with even a passing interest in sport will be alarmed by the recent revelations about the football/betting in the Sun on Sunday and the National Crime Agency’s confirmation that six people are being held in relation to allegations of spot-fixing. The Football Association, the Professional [...]

December 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

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