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• Broad urges ‘attacking mindset’ in decisive Tri-Series game
• Minimum wage comments were ‘genuinely innocent’
After controversies about blackmail plots concerning the team’s captain and Twitter debates on the minimum wage, it is time for England’s cricketers to do their talking on the field – starting with Friday’s winner-takes-all Tri-Series match against India.
Four days after Eoin Morgan and the England and Wales Cricket Board were subject to a bizarre extortion attempt in Tasmania, Stuart Broad found himself in the eye of a social media storm when tweeting: “I’ve heard if you earn minimum wage in England you’re in the top 10% earners in the world. #stay #humble.”Continue reading...
Throw a pig’s head at Sepp Blatter and he’d no doubt think it is the first course in another epic Fifa swankfest, one followed by swordfish fricassé, truffled wildebeest and sevruga caviar on a bed of handmade penne and lashed servants. Throw a swine’s bonce at Luis Figo, however, and he’d immediately recall the gruesome way that Barcelona greeted him when he returned to Camp Nou with Real Madrid back in the day. Figo, you see, used to be a gifted and enormously popular and unpopular footballer, and that is pretty much all the Fiver knows about him. Yet we still reckon he would have more legitimacy as Fifa boss than Herr Blatter.Continue reading...
5.35 Medieval Bishop 6.10 Rialto Magic 6.40 Indian Affair 7.10 Retro Valley 7.40 Time And Place 8.10 LynngaleContinue reading...
• Handler gives upbeat bulletin on Sprinter Sacre
If the brutal wind that whistled through Nicky Henderson’s Seven Barrows stables here on Wednesday morning was a herald for the weather that may send National Hunt into hibernation for the next few days, the horses on parade were a reminder that there will be much to look forward to when it wakes up. Henderson has already won the Betfair Hurdle five times, more than any other trainer, and hopes to send at least two, and perhaps as many as four, runners to this year’s renewal of the season’s richest two-mile handicap hurdle, the feature event on Betfair day at Newbury on 7 February.
The Betfair Hurdle is no longer the plotters’ playground that it was in its youth, first as the Schweppes and then the Tote Gold Trophy. As Henderson put it with some well-chosen words here on Wednesday: “The race had a serious mystique about it [in its early days], if you wanted to win it, you certainly seemed to have to prepare for quite a long time.”Continue reading...
• Baggies keen on Wolves’ Bakary Sako
West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of Wigan Athletic’s Callum McManaman on a three-and-a-half year deal. The winger agreed a contract, which includes a 12-month option, after undergoing a medical on Wednesday morning.
He becomes Tony Pulis’s first signing at The Hawthorns and could make his debut in Saturday’s Premier League visit of Tottenham Hotspur.Continue reading...
• Campaign against Chelsea? More like a José Mourinho campaign
With all eyes on Diego Costa and where he stamps his feet following Chelsea’s fractious Capital Cup semi-final win over Liverpool, the other striker who left an unfortunate mark at Stamford Bridge was relegated to a footnote. Fitting, for that is how Mario Balotelli’s Liverpool career is playing out.
Sky’s commentary team heralded Balotelli’s 70th-minute introduction for Lazar Markovic as a chance to put one over the former Internazionale coach who labelled him “unmanageable” – José Mourinho. Ultimately, his contribution amounted to no more than weakening a previously impressive, dangerous Liverpool performance and unwittingly assisting in Chelsea’s winning goal.Continue reading...
A note on All-Star fan voting; LaMarcus Aldridge plays through injury; why you can’t count Kobe Bryant out; Hassan Whiteside improves his NBA2k15 rating the hard way
Yes, we know it’s the week before the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t mean the basketball season comes to a halt. This week’s NBA news is guaranteed to feature absolutely no talk about football deflation, no high school physics lectures involving air pressure or sophomoric puns on the word “balls.” You’re welcome.
Nick Young on what the Lakers must do without Kobe: "Pretty much just give me the ball and get out of the way."Continue reading...