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John Terry: why opinion is divided

JOHN Terry is the embodiment of many of the factors that tarnish the image of football and footballers – and yet every manager would probably love to have him in their team. It is a perfect example of what a divisive character the Chelsea skipper has been and why his shock announcement that he was … Continue reading

Football drags us back to reality

IT seems like only yesterday that we were awash with the Olympic spirit, hoping that the essence of London 2012 could somehow be distilled into something enduring and tangible. Football, and especially the English Premier League, was most often cited as being in the greatest need of a dose of decency and predictably it has … Continue reading

Dozza, the capital of modern frescoes

ANOTHER day, another Italian revisit – and this time it was a brief stopover in one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, Dozza. Located in the Emilia Romagna region between Imola and Bologna, Dozza’s main claim to fame is that it is known as a Citta d’Arte and hosts a biennial wall painting festival. The event, … Continue reading

Murray’s grand slam win was inevitable

IF you believe in such things, you might say it was somehow pre-ordained that Andy Murray’s grand slam breakthrough would come as a gilded finale to the greatest summer in Britain’s sporting history. Powered by the extraordinary momentum generated by the Olympics and Paralympics of London 2012, Murray’s history-making triumph over the champion Novak Djokovic … Continue reading

A dignified declaration by Strauss

DIGNITY is the sporting theme this week, so obviously football is not under discussion. Cricket first, and the game has lost a large slice of dignity with the retirement of Andrew Strauss. Dignity, stability, character – they were powerful traits that underpinned the exceptional career of the former England captain. When English cricket at the … Continue reading