• Six Nations match report: Wales 16-21 England
• Dean Ryan: How Welsh were drawn into a dogfight
• Player ratings from Cardiff
Picking the bones out of a defeat takes longer than savouring the filet of victory, So, while Wales, who never knowingly rush the examination of a bad smell, take their samples and send them to be tested for toxic contamination, England can plan quickly ahead, no longer a collection of injury-cursed strangers but game-hardened pioneers surveying a richly illuminated landscape.
Dave Attwood and George Kruis, two second-rows that might not have been a fourth-choice pairing a month ago, were at the heart of the all-conquering forward effort in the second half. A centre pairing that had not played a Test together looked strong and yet inventive. Jonathan Joseph was so light on his feet that he left Dan Biggar (no mean tackler) in a spin, and then went from stock-still to flat out so electrifyingly that George North (not his finest defensive moment) was left clutching at air. Joseph’s partner, Luther Burrell, gave the pass – having scooped one from Chris Robshaw off his toes – that gave Mike Brown the space to kick ahead for Anthony Watson to score.Continue reading...
• McCoy makes announcement on Channel 4 Racing
Tony McCoy has announced on Channel 4 Racing that he is to retire from racing at the end of the season.
The winner of 19 consecutive jump jockey titles has more than 4,300 winners to his name. Now aged 40, he won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 2010, the only jockey to have done so.Continue reading...
Celtic’s quest for a domestic treble remains firmly on course after an impressive 2-0 win over Dundee in their Scottish Cup fifth-round tie at Dens Park.
Striker Leigh Griffiths headed Celtic into the lead in the seventh minute with his third goal in four games and the home side were only still in the tie at the interval thanks to keeper Scott Bain.Continue reading...
It will take quite a few sensations for the 2015 World Cup to match the drama and emotion of 1992, the only other occasion when the tournament was held in Australasia.
1992 may be regarded as the first modern World Cup: it was the first to involve night cricket and coloured clothing; it took longer than any of its predecessors as the TV companies were by now growing accustomed to exercising their muscles. It was reckoned that the global television audience exceeded one billion. And there was plenty going on to divert that audience. Even when it rained. Especially when it rained, which it did quite often in that late Australasian summer.Continue reading...
Arsène Wenger has seen many Spurs sides come and go but few have tested Arsenal so thoroughly as Mauricio Pochettino’s here during a compelling derby that ended with Harry Kane the toast of Tottenham Hotspur once again.
Kane, who crossed the north London divide as a youngster having been on Arsenal’s books, was the catalyst for a remarkable Spurs victory, coming as they did from one goal behind but thoroughly deserving their win following a highly accomplished performance that took them above Arsenal in the Premier League table.Continue reading...