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Michael Owen leaves gilded memories

PROBABLY the only people who would have been surprised at the news that Michael Owen was to retire at the end of the season were those who thought he already had. The one-time European Footballer of the Year, the fourth highest England goalscorer of all time, has gone far off the football radar in recent … Continue reading

When sport doesn’t follow the script

EVERY so often, sport produces a flurry of results to remind us all of its glorious unpredictability. Last weekend virtually nothing followed the script. In the cricket, England looked dead certs to hammer New Zealand in the second Test before rain swept in and delivered another draw. Stuart Broad returned to form with a wonderful … Continue reading

No room for complacency in Cardiff

ENGLAND’S rugby team has come a very long way since the start of the Stuart Lancaster regime but even a small dose of complacency could easily see it all unravel. If over-confidence was a factor behind their dismal display in Sunday’s 18-11 Twickenham win over Italy in what was supposed to be the easiest of … Continue reading

Different pressures for top clubs

IF you believe everything you hear or read, you could be forgiven for thinking that Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal were filling the Premier League relegation zone. All three have been heavily scrutinised under the media spotlight for large swathes of the season and repeatedly portrayed as being clubs in a state of crisis. In … Continue reading

Swansea set a shining example

MUCH praise has rightly been heaped on Bradford City, a club from the fourth tier of the game, whose extraordinary run in the Capital One Cup took them all the way to Wembley. It was a fairytale in keeping with the game’s most romantic traditions. But unless Bradford can carry their cup form over into … Continue reading