Category: Sports

Alan Hardy the speedster leaves Notts County stuck in reverse

Notts are on their third manager of the season, eight points off safety at the bottom of League Two and straying dangerously close to losing their title as the oldest Football League club In ordinary circumstances Notts County, rock bottom of the entire Football League, would have been preparing to play Newport this weekend. These, […]

Talking Horses: Waiting Patiently misses Irish trip as snow threat looms

Ruth Jefferson says that Waiting Patiently is now being aimed at the Ascot Chase a fortnight on Saturday Waiting Patiently has been ruled out of a trip to the Dublin Racing Festival this weekend, partly because the ground is currently too dry for him and partly because of a threatening weather forecast, raising some possibility […]

Depth charts show way to Six Nations title and could give Ireland the edge

With injuries inevitable, coaches need to know who their next cab off the rank is in each key position and Ireland have the system best placed to succeed When the Six Nations starts we’ll all enjoy picking and poking over team selection and tactics, how the benches have been used and how the coaches have […]

Could Manchester City be tripped up by Pep Guardiola overthinking?

Defeat of Arsenal can be styled as a Guardiola-inspired success but there were also signs pressure can muddle City’s manager Football can be a confusing world at times, when narratives clash to leave an outcome that seems to mean two entirely different things simultaneously. Manchester City are a team that lack the personality to handle […]

England and Australia in trouble but whose distress is the more acute?

With England looking pallid and Australia showing only faint signs of recovery, this summer’s Ashes could be thrillingly close The traditional role of Poms in Australia is to accept graciously the humorous insults directed at the England cricket team, responding politely without resort to obvious cliches, particularly those involving convicts. For all kinds of reasons, […]

Six Nations: talking points from second round of fixtures

Player welfare versus flow of the game, Ireland’s own Beauden Barrett and England kicking on with an All Blacks tactic 1) Player welfare should not be compromised Early this season officials were hard on players whose acts risked causing a head injury. It led to a flurry of cards and bans but then came a […]