The tears that filled the eyes of Paul Gascoigne were clear to see as he received a yellow card for a challenge on Thomas Berthold in the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup. The youngster instantly realised that should England progress past the West Germans then he would play no part in the final.
‘The jury is out on whether Wayne Rooney would have been an Article 17 bargain, but it’s clear he would have been a cut-price buy’
The recent and well publicised stand-off between Wayne Rooney and Manchester United has, at least for the moment, been resolved, with Rooney committing himself to the club for a further five years. However, the tactics employed by the parties in the negotiations over Rooney’s new contract highlight the importance of decisions from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the Webster and Matuzalem cases.
There’s no nice way of saying this: Fulham are rubbish on the road.
The 2012 Olympics may be providing the capital with all sorts of new facilities, improved public transport, and an influx of tourists when London finally opens its gates to athletes and spectators in 18 months time. But for some savvy Londoners, 2012 is also proving to be an opportunity to earn a bit of extra cash on the side.
Celtic and Rangers both losing SPL matches on the same day, as they did last night to Hearts at Hibs respectively, is a rare enough occurrence, but for both of them to lose to Edinburgh teams on the same day happens less than once in a generation.
The night has been quiet, I spent most of the hours of darkness heading due south holding 12 to 13 kts which is within the speed targets for this boat and not too uncomfortable in the gently rolling swell coming in from the SE. Still the weather situation ahead leaves me guessing how big the gap will be between myself and the front runners.
A look ahead to UFC 122 which takes place in Germany on Saturday.
This is Blackburn Rovers’ 17th season in the Premier League, which means they have already played some sides as many as 32 times each, and yet they have yet to reach a cumulative total of 50 points against any of them. That could be about to change.
Sir Ian Botham has stoked the rivalry between England and Australia by claiming the English will “stuff” their rivals in the forthcoming Ashes series, and says victory for the tourists will be all the sweeter when England “beat the convicts in their own back yard”.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are spending their third season in the Premier League in two different spells and there are just four of their opponents over the years from whom they’ve failed to gain a single point.
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