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Manchester showdown the perfect denouement

IF a fiction writer had come up with the scenario that has unfolded at the summit of this season’s Premier League, he would have been laughed out of town. Far-fetched and contrived? You bet! And yet here we are, three matches from the finishing line and the two Manchester clubs, who have traded insults and … Continue reading

Too many refs not up to the job

MICHAEL Owen makes more headlines nowadays with his Twitter views than with his football exploits but the one-time England whiz kid was bang on target with his comments this week. “The headlines always seem to be anything other than on the quality of football played,” he said, summing up the views of a great number … Continue reading

England batsmen must absorb the lessons

IT’S an old showbiz trick to save the best until last to leave the fans feeling happy and fulfilled even if the earlier part of the act wasn’t up to much. England’s cricketers must have borrowed the handbook. Their thumping win over Sri Lanka in Colombo produced some great performances, including a pyrotechnic display from … Continue reading

Talent alone is never enough

IF ever we needed evidence that talent alone is not enough to maintain the heights in professional sport, we have had plenty of it this week. Gavin Henson, once feted as the golden boy of Welsh rugby, was sacked by his club Cardiff Blues in the wake of his latest drunken escapade on board a … Continue reading