Everyone liked Stefano Domenicali. That was the problem. Ferrari's team principal was a nice man in a world where niceness, even when accompanied by extreme competence, is usually considered to be the virtue of losers.
Domenicali, who resigned suddenly at the start of this week, had been in the job for six years, before which he had served as Jean Todt's deputy. Taking over the top job from Todt was like succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United: the wily Frenchman had spent 15 years assembling and supervising a team of brilliant designers and engineers who secured the unprecedented run of five consecutive drivers' titles for Michael Schumacher plus one for Kimi Raikkonen and eight constructors' titles.Continue reading...
Welcome back, then, the Indian Premier League. As of Wednesday morning the IPL is among us again, busily re-establishing itself as cricket's whizziest, gaudiest pop-up western town of a sporting sideshow, not to mention by its own figures the second most lucrative sports competition of all time.
Yes, the IPL is back. And once again, like an annual rite of spring, I feel compelled to write an article about why you should like it. Here I am right now. Standing in front of you like a perpetually disappointed Viennese grandmother brandishing an untouched plate of Zwetschgenknödel.Continue reading...
When Premiership Rugby announced at the turn of the decade that it was aiming to emulate football's Championship in terms of popular support, the general reaction was one of incredulity. Leicester apart, no club regularly attracted gates of 20,000 and above and the average of the majority was in four figures.
When Wasps take on Gloucester at Twickenham on Saturday in an event called the Stinger rugby is just part of the entertainment package on offer, with £1 from every ticket sold going to Sport Relief they will be playing before a crowd up to eight times the average at their Adams Park ground in Wycombe this season. Last month, Saracens attracted a world record gate for a club match when they played Harlequins at Wembley: 83,889.Continue reading...
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Good afternoon! Good Friday! Football is good!
One of the things that makes football so great is that it doesn't stop for nobody. It doesn't care that you might be shaking off a hangover from the night before. It doesn't care that your train is running late. Heck, it doesn't care that it might be Good Friday, or Boxing Day, or your birthday. Like a relentless beautiful behemoth of a bull trampling all over your calender, it's here for a good time and for a long time. And all these lovely bank holidays mean it is just another chance for football to get it's fix.Continue reading...
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Paddy Lowe, the technical whizz behind Mercedes' early domination of the 2014 Formula One season, says the sport's heads should work harder to promote their "brilliant" product.
"The leadership of F1 has a duty to promote it," Lowe says in an exclusive interview with the Guardian at the team's Brackley headquarters, sounding at once anguished and evangelical.Continue reading...
- Newcastle Knights 6-32 Brisbane Broncos
A superb defensive effort at Hunter Stadium helped Brisbane end a two-game losing streak.
In front of a crowd of 22,254, the Broncos' goalline defence was first class in the 32-6 victory over Newcastle.
- Melbourne Rebels 22-16 Western Force
The Melbourne Rebels put the brakes on the Western Force's winning run with a hard-earned 22-16 victory.
The Rebels made amends for their early-season humiliation at the hands of the Force and stopped the Perth franchise's surge at five successive wins.
The first round of the playoffs kicks off on Saturday, and while the West looks strong as ever, the East minus Miami is weak
The 2014 NBA playoffs kick off on Saturday, and the Lakers, the Celtics and the Knicks will all be sitting home. In their place are the Raptors, the Bobcats and the Trail Blazers. Excited to see Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo? Well, don't be, because the season is already over for the lot of them. Welcome to the first round of one of the more atypical NBA playoffs in a long while.Continue reading...
- Manly Sea Eagles 26-21 North Queensland Cowboys
Manly secured a 26-21 come-from-behind win over North Queensland on the back of a highly controversial obstruction ruling.
Kieran Foran laid on the matchwinning try for Jamie Buhrer in the 78th minute after Johnathan Thurston had two minutes earlier kicked the Cowboys one point clear.