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Paul Tierney and other sport-inspired songs, Football

Paul Tierney and other sport-inspired songs

After The Ballad of Paul Tierney, more sport-inspired songs.

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 13 August 2013 at 2:00 am

A tribute to the unsung heroes of Wimbledon, Sport

A tribute to the unsung heroes of Wimbledon

Once-only Wimbledon winners and examples of jolly fine sportsmanship at the All England Club.

By | Sport | Thursday, 27 June 2013 at 4:31 pm

Doping in tennis: Is Andy Murray onto something?, Sport

Doping in tennis: Is Andy Murray onto something?

While the revelations about doping in cycling are in many cases not new or particularly surprising, the spectacular fall of an athlete previously idolised by so many and the subsequent destruction of his ill-gotten legacy has had a huge impact on cycling and raised wider concerns about drug taking in other sports as well.

By | Sport | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 at 4:00 am

Could it be advantage Great Britain?, Opinion

Could it be advantage Great Britain?

As Euro 2012 dominates the media’s sporting agenda, one could assume England’s impending debacle at the competition is soon approaching. As other sports currently lie in the shadows of European football, history was made on 11 June, as Rafael Nadal became the only man ever to win seven French Open titles.

By | Opinion, Sport | Saturday, 16 June 2012 at 10:00 am

Goliath triumphs, but Rafael Nadal wins hearts, Sport

Goliath triumphs, but Rafael Nadal wins hearts

What was this? Novak Djokovic had just defeated Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2012 Australian Open, and I suddenly found that I could not watch. As he tore his shirt from his chest, letting out a roar as he headed towards his adoring family and friends in the crowd, I turned away: possibly in envy at his perfect pectorals, but there was something more. The next day, I realised what it was.

By | Sport | Tuesday, 31 January 2012 at 3:39 pm

Oh dear, you missed; have another go, Eagle Eye

Oh dear, you missed; have another go

I thought my campaign against the second serve in tennis was a bonkers private obsession. But a colleague draws my attention to a letter from David Earl to The Times (pay wall) last week:
Sir, The second serve allows players to slam the ball as hard as they can, risk-free, at least four times a game. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 24 June 2011 at 10:03 pm

Ticking things off the list…in Minsk, of all places, Sport

Ticking things off the list…in Minsk, of all places

I am lucky enough to have done my fair share of border hopping.  I’ve bumbled from Kenya to Uganda, popped in on Pakistan, pootled around a bit of India and a few others, as anyone unfortunate enough to have heard any ‘gap yah’ stories will no doubt attest. I have had cameras confiscated or destroyed, [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 15 April 2011 at 6:07 pm

Why the lean and mean Novak Djokovic of 2011 has tennis running scared, Sport

Why the lean and mean Novak Djokovic of 2011 has tennis running scared

There was a brief passage of time when Novak Djokovic lived up to his nickname. The Djoker. Not because he was doing the life-and-soul-of-the-party thing, the impressions, the running commentary, the often profligate banter. No. Of course, it was very funny for a while. A breath of fresh air. But it was after the initial [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 21 March 2011 at 9:30 am

Why every tournament should aspire to the Indian Wells tennis in the desert phenomenon…, Sport

Why every tournament should aspire to the Indian Wells tennis in the desert phenomenon…

“It certainly is the best tournament in the world that’s not a Slam, and it can be more enjoyable than some of the Slams.” Without stating the knock on the head obvious, that’s a rather big proclamation to make.

By | Sport | Tuesday, 15 March 2011 at 9:30 am

Getting lost in translation – an occupational hazard in the travelling tennis world?, Sport

Getting lost in translation – an occupational hazard in the travelling tennis world?

In today’s multimedia arena of smartphones, iPads, twitter, Facebook, and so on, the concept of not being understood is rather a rare one.
We are blessed, that, apart from throughout most of China, the Queen’s speech is an all-pervading influence. First of all, much of the internet is in English. And secondly, if you do have [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 7 March 2011 at 9:30 am

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