An England line-up with no Manchester United players. When did that last happen?
The tale of the masseur and the goal-line clearance in Brazil – ‘I did it because of my love for the club’
While the back four of the Seleção has looked settled in recent months, competition for the incumbents may have emerged in the shape of a surprising late challenger.
England are looking strong in Group H and their games normally feature goals. They had a good night on Friday in brushing aside Moldova, and with Poland holding Montenegro to a draw, a result that puts them top of the group with a seemingly insurmountable goal difference advantage and a game in hand over second placed Montenegro.
As a retired professional squash player myself, I have had countless conversations with friends and acquaintances who argue with me that Squash is already an Olympic sport, surely, I mean, why wouldn’t it be? They almost don’t believe me when I say that it is not yet an Olympic sport. It’s frustrating on many levels for all of us, passionate and convinced of its validity.
Despite being out of the qualification picture, Scotland have reacted in fine style to the appointment of Gordon Strachan as manager, picking up a fantastic win in Croatia and losing somewhat unluckily by the odd goal in a friendly against England.
Given how serenely he has been progressing, I expected Djokovic to be favourite for the US Open. But it’s Nadal who heads the market.
Looking ahead to next week, I’ll admit to feeling a mixture of enthusiasm and anxiety.
A lull in the serious football action as we head towards important international matches gives us a chance to assess what, if any, impact the transfers have had on the markets.
Bury went off odds against to beat Cheltenham at home on Saturday but turned in an impressive performance and delivered a 4-1 victory.
Winter at sea in any boat is challenging and brings with it increased risks but in a tiny rowing boat it would be ludicrous and unsafe.
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