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The Ashes – a nearly kind of series

THE last hours of the last day of the last Test encapsulated so much of what the Ashes series had been – a classic case of nearly but not quite. It was nearly one of the most dramatic finishes imaginable. A day that had threatened only tedium suddenly exploded into the most gripping finale, only … Continue reading

Dorset through the lens

Worlds produced some memorable moments

SQUEEZED into a particularly hectic part of the sporting calendar and vying for attention with the Ashes and the start of the football season, it was no great surprise that the World Athletics Championships didn’t really capture the public imagination. In the wake of another chapter of drug scandals and disqualifications, and played out largely … Continue reading

Three-horse race for the Premier League title

SPORT’S great annual pantomime, otherwise known as the English Premier League, gets underway again this weekend and everyone with an opinion agrees it will be a three-horse race. But the extraordinary and unique imponderable that comes into play this season is that all three of the leading contenders – Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea … Continue reading

Ashes in the bag but a long way to go

IN the end, then, it was a few hours of traditional Manchester August weather that came out on top in the third Test. The rain demanded a draw so England retained the Ashes. A match that ricocheted between tedium and tension almost from the start finished in the most anticlimactic manner possible, as only cricket … Continue reading

Move over – football’s back!

FOR some it seems it’s never been away, for others it has been a very long wait, but no-one will be able to overlook the small fact that the new football season gets underway this weekend. The all-consuming Premier League is still two weeks off but the summer is over for the supporting cast; close … Continue reading