"Ugh, more tedious DRS controversy" is an often-repeated line for those of us on over-by-over duty at The Guardian. Very few cricket fans got into the game because they enjoy discussions over the accuracy and the ethics of computer programs, fancy cameras and high-definition microphones, so why do we bother with any of this at all?
Cricket writers around the world are rarely united on any one issue, but it is almost universally acknowledged that the purpose of the decision review system is to correct "the howler": the decision so clearly incorrect that we are forced to question the sacrosanctness of the umpire's decision and say "come on now."Continue reading...
'We have to play five more so we continue having chances'
Manuel Pellegrini admitted Manchester City are mentally tired after managing only a 2-2 draw with Sunderland, the Premier League's bottom team, at the Etihad Stadium that leaves their title hopes hanging by a thread.
The shock result leaves City six points behind the leaders, Liverpool, with only one game in hand.Continue reading...
- Player suffered serious injury against Melbourne Storm
- Now able to use electric wheelchair
Newcastle have confirmed Alex McKinnon has been transferred from the intensive care unit at Melbourne's Albert Hospital to a spinal rehabilitation ward in a Sydney hospital.
The Knights' back-rower suffered a serious spinal injury during a clash with Melbourne in round three when he landed on his neck following a lifting tackle by Storm prop Jordan McLean. McLean was suspended for seven matches following the incident and the NRL this week announced a crackdown on players who used lifting tackles to put opponents in a dangerous position.Continue reading...