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Football let down by its ugly side

NO-ONE was too surprised that Britain’s national sport, football, didn’t make even the longest of shortlists when the year’s sporting achievement awards were being handed out. In a year during which our Olympians took centre stage, England’s cricketers won a series in India, our rugby team walloped the All Blacks, Andy Murray won a grand … Continue reading

Cricketers provide the year’s perfect post-script

NO sooner had the credits rolled at the end of the BBC’s televised homage to the greatest year in Britain’s sporting history than England’s cricketers were adding a magnificent post-script. Cruising to a comfortable draw in the last Test in Nagpur clinched England’s first series win in India for 27 years, an achievement described by … Continue reading

Fergie’s fire drives United on

YOU have to hand it to Sir Alex Ferguson: after 26 years in the Manchester United hot seat, he remains as ready as ever to face down every challenger. His Red Devils started their domination of English football and the Premier League by overhauling and then seeing off bitter rivals Liverpool. Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal became … Continue reading

A heaven-sent victory for England

WE’D scarcely wiped away the smiles that Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Monty Panesar had put on our faces when along came England’s rugby team to send us back into orbit. And if the cricketers’ thumping win over India in the second Test in Mumbai had come as quite a shock, Saturday’s events at Twickenham … Continue reading


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