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The Sporting Weekend

The amount of sport operating in a different time band required a sleep adjustment.

I went to bed early on Saturday and was awake at 1.00am for the NFL play-off game between Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens with one eye on the Sony Open at Hawaii.

I was still in the land of the conscious at 4.00am when the commentary or the first Test began.

Whilst I still do not get the more technical aspects of American football – described by one fan to me as a physical version of chess – it raises sporting issues on the degree you can or indeed should plan from the non-playing side of the white line.

The Baltimore Ravens had a quarter back Lamar Jackson who is a beautiful runner gliding through a defence in a way that reminded me of Gerald Davies or David Duckham.

However he was soon bottled up by the Bills defence as the Ravens did to the Josh Allen (quarterback) and Stefon Deggs (wide receiver ) combo.

This got going by the third quarter and the Bills ran out 17-3 winners.

Next Sunday at another unholy hour they play the Kansas City Chiefs for the final AFC play-off game and the right to play either Green Bay Packers or Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Super Bowl in Tampa on February 7th.

Kevin Na won the Hawaiin Open.

On these long winter nights to see the beaches and rolling turf of Hawaii is a great pleasure.

Finally England won the first Test easily.

Sri Lanka are not much of a side and England are.

Considering there are no Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope and Rory Burns there is going to be quite a competition for places for summer visitors India.

About Tom Hollingworth

Tom Hollingsworth is a former deputy sports editor of the Daily Express. For many years he worked in a sports agency, representing mainly football players and motor racing drivers. Tom holds a private pilot’s licence and flying is his principal recreation. More Posts