An England line-up with no Manchester United players. When did that last happen?
How is a generation raised on a masochistic diet of Glenn McGrath-induced top-order collapses and hour after gritty hour of Ricky Ponting’s batting meant to survive on this new uncertain opposition?
As England’s new football strip – made by Nike – is revealed today, new research shows the English FA are now second in the world in terms of income from their kit manufacturer.
After the Boat Race and a cracking FA Cup clash, what other Easter sporting memories come to mind?
A new manager, a famous stadium, proper opposition, and the World Cup coming up fast on the horizon? For Brazil, 2014 starts now.
The post-match declaration that a team will, ‘try to take the positives from the loss and move on’, is so frequently repeated that it has practically become a reflex action for vanquished captains, a usually meaningless morsel of management speak thrown to a hungry pack of journalists. However sometimes the oldest clichés happen to be wholly appropriate.
Ronaldinho has reinvented himself since moving to Belo Horizonte. The legs are no longer what they were, but in their place a wiser, cannier playmaker has emerged.
It seems Alistair Cook can do no wrong in India. Largely written off as a one-day player early in his career, Cook has proved his doubters wrong since being given his chance in the 50 over game.
German fans are concerned not with blind loyalty to the name of their club, or their right to “reclaim” racist terminology, but with the essence of fandom, and the prosperity of the game as a social entity.
When asked to define what Britishness is (for an article in The Guardian), the artist Tracey Emin described it as “looking out of a bus window, seeing sexy, stylish people laughing.”
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