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• Match report: Hull City 1-1 Sunderland
It is unrealistic to expect that one player’s feats can guarantee his club Premier League safety, a fact that Hull City supporters were reminded of when Sunderland’s Jack Rodwell bundled in what may yet be a vital second-half equaliser at the KC Stadium on Tuesday. But Dame N’Doye is giving it a try and his cutely improvised opener, his third goal in as many starts for the home team, added to the feeling that Steve Bruce’s deadline-day brinksmanship may have brought Hull the most important signing of their present Premier League stint.
Bruce was prepared to play a risky game in courting N’Doye, who had joined up with Senegal for the Africa Cup of Nations by the time negotiations with his former club, Lokomotiv Moscow, began in mid-January. There were no deals in the offing for any other centre-forwards and certainly no other balls in the air when, a few hours after the window had officially closed at 11pm on 2 February, all parties finally concluded matters at a meeting in Paris. N’Doye’s presence had serendipitously been guaranteed by an early exit in Equatorial Guinea, ruling out any need for further-flung travel for those involved, and Hull had their man.Continue reading...
His style has always been grounded in realism, but Allardyce’s revoutionary spell at Bolton produced one of the most intriguing stories in Premier League history
The Premier League doesn’t like upstarts. When a club from outside of English football’s elite declares itself fit to challenge the established order, they are hurriedly batted back down while their squad is picked apart. With their finest talent departed, they are left to fight on the back foot once more.
Sam Allardyce was once considered to be one such upstart. As manager of Bolton Wanderers, he led the club to heights not seen since the days when Nat Lofthouse spearheaded their attack. Allardyce and his Bolton side were the worst kind of upstarts. Their success was earned on their own terms; what they did was unique and could not be appropriated by the bigger clubs.Continue reading...
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India’s one-day vice-captain, Virat Kohli, has apologised to a journalist after verbally confronting him following a training session in Perth.
Kohli stunned onlookers when he walked over to and shouted at a Hindustan Times journalist without apparent provocation. The incident made headlines in India with reports suggesting Kohli had incorrectly identified the writer as another journalist who had written about his private life.Continue reading...
The Saturday card at Sandown will be worthy of very close study but only the Cheltenham Festival is on punters’ minds right now. Scanning the weather forecast at least we can be certain of one thing –there’s no point looking for mudlarks to back with dry and increasingly mild conditions on the cards for the meeting, which starts next Tuesday.Continue reading...
• Ahmed Shehzad run out just short of a century
• The Spin: Cricket’s great data debate – art v science
Pakistan boosted their chances of reaching the Cricket World Cup quarter-finals by defeating the United Arab Emirates by 129 runs in Napier.
A second-wicket partnership of 160 between Ahmed Shehzad (93) and Haris Sohail (70) and a quick-fire 65 from captain Misbah-ul-Haq helped Pakistan amass 339 for six in their 50 overs, and although the UAE lost only eight wickets in their reply, they made just 210, leaving them well short of their target.Continue reading...
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