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A bad weekend for Australia

IF you were so inclined, it would almost be possible to feel a measure of sympathy for Australia after the events of last weekend. Almost . . . To start with, the Wallabies lost the first Test match 23-21 to the British and Irish Lions in a rip-roaring match in Brisbane that produced a mesmerising … Continue reading

Rose blossoms at last

MENTION the name of Justin Rose to most sports fans and they would have remembered he was the gangly teenager who shot to fame in the Open at Royal Birkdale back in 1998 but never really kicked on. They won’t be saying that any more. On Sunday, this modest and supremely talented young golfer finally … Continue reading

Tennis all the richer for Rafa’s return

THE sight of Rafael Nadal lifting the French Open trophy high over his head on Sunday was one that many tennis fans feared they may never see again. Often in the eight months that followed his awful knee injury at last year’s Wimbledon championships, mutterings of dismay could be detected to the effect that a … Continue reading

Mourinho returns to a changed landscape

THE ego has landed at Stamford Bridge – and football’s worst kept secret was confirmed this week when Jose Mourinho was officially announced as Chelsea’s next manager. Most of the players and most of the club’s fans greeted the news with rapturous delight, about as far as it’s possible to get from the icy reception … Continue reading


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