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Cup may have more shine this year

IT will be interesting to see whether the biggest clubs in the Premier League treat the FA Cup with a little more respect and importance this season. Despite the defiant messages from the chasing pack, only a long-odds optimist would risk a brass farthing on the Premier League title not ending up in Manchester. City … Continue reading

A golden age for golf

ANYONE seeking proof that British golf is enjoying a golden age need only look at either the current world rankings or the shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The top three golfers on the world list are England’s Luke Donald, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and another Englishman, Lee Westwood. Britain, in fact, can … Continue reading

Thank heavens for the housing slump

A YEAR ago the recession put paid to my plans to move away from Dorset. The property market had ground almost to a halt and I could not sell my house. The economic crisis that had paralysed half the world had slashed the value of my home, drastically reduced the number of viewers in a … Continue reading

Who’d be a Premier League referee?

WHO would be a Premier League referee? It is surely one of the most thankless jobs in sport and yet there are always plenty of candidates desperate for their chance. On the rare occasions when they go through an entire match without making a controversial decision, no-one notices them. But when they get it wrong … Continue reading

No shockwaves as Sunderland sack Bruce

SUNDERLAND’S decision to sack Steve Bruce will hardly have caused shock waves in the game. The alarm bells had been ringing with increasing volume all through the team’s wretched run. A record of two wins from 14 matches this season had seen the Wearside club plunge down to the brink of the Premier League relegation … Continue reading