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England fans daring to believe again

TWICKENHAM tomorrow, Wembley on Sunday – it’s all eyes on the spiritual homes of England’s big winter sports this weekend. Rugby followers are daring to believe in the England team again after arguably their most convincing run of displays since the World Cup win a decade ago. That autumn triumph over the All Blacks really … Continue reading

City victims of their own failings

MANCHESTER City’s short reign as the new kings of English football is all over bar the shouting – thanks to a deadly combination of transfer market ineptitude and player complacency. The most curious aspect of their failure to strengthen their title-winning squad is that everyone outside the Etihad Stadium could clearly see the folly of … Continue reading

Football should learn some rugby lessons

THE remote control was in danger of meltdown during a marathon channel-hopping session aimed at keeping abreast of Sunday’s televised sporting highlights. With the Manchester City v Liverpool match on one side and the Italy-France rugby on another, it was an exhausting and entertaining afternoon of activity. But while the Premier League football will undoubtedly … Continue reading

Murray deserves his place at the summit

IT seems no time at all since reference to the great rivalry at the summit of men’s tennis meant Roger Federer versus Rafa Nadal. How quickly things can change. Now the ‘big two’ are undoubtedly Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who contested their second successive grand slam final in Melbourne at the weekend. The great … Continue reading