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Doping: No change in Russian culture, says Wada’s Sir Craig Reedie

There has been “no cultural change” in Russia since its athletes were banned from international competition last year, says World Anti-Doping Agency president Craig Reedie. Athletics chiefs have decided not to lift the suspension, imposed after accusations of state-sponsored doping. “This is a very strong message from the IAAF to other sports,” said Reedie. “Let’s […]

June 18th, 2016 | Posted in Sport,World | Read More »

Barcelona’s Luis Suárez, Leo Messi and Neymar too good for Juventus

Just when the rolling tide was black and white, when it was Juventus’s players imploring their fans to raise the volume, as if they even needed asking, when the nerves were Barcelona’s and the tension was rising, just moments after Leo Messi appeared to be struggling, the stride slow and the brow heavy, he was […]

June 7th, 2015 | Posted in Football,Sport | Read More »

Andy Murray’s French Open semi-final against Novak Djokovic halted by storm

For most of the first two-and-a-quarter hours of their French Open semi-final here on Friday, Andy Murray was lost in a miasma of helplessness against Novak Djokovic, who looked every inch the undisputed best player in the world that his deeds and form have suggested for at least a year. Two days ago he beat […]

June 6th, 2015 | Posted in Sport,Tennis | Read More »

Lewis Hamilton ‘couldn’t care less’ about pit error at Monaco Grand Prix

Having been hugely disappointed after a pit strategy error cost him the win at the last round in Monaco, Lewis Hamilton has insisted he goes into the Canadian Grand Prix with the incident behind him and full confidence in his team. After dominating from the first corner in Monaco, a late safety car caused by […]

June 5th, 2015 | Posted in Formula One,Sport | Read More »

How Barcelona’s Luis Enrique proved everyone wrong – and ended the hunting season

Luis Enrique declared hunting season open in the first week of November and it lasted well into the new year. Barcelona had just been beaten at home by Celta de Vigo, the first time the Galicians had ever won at the Camp Nou, and the Catalans’ coach, who had watched the criticism grow almost from […]

June 4th, 2015 | Posted in Football,Sport | Read More »

Nick Compton’s hit reduces chances of Middlesex losing to Warwickshire

After all the fun of the fare at Lord’s last weekend, the pitch for this match has been undercooked and two-paced, meaning that alongside unseasonal weather batting has been tricky. Warwickshire’s impressive 342 was anchored by Laurie Evans’ 98, that gave them a chance to win the match; on Tuesday Nick Compton’s gritty 74 greatly […]

June 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Cricket,Sport | Read More »

The Agenda: Australia warm up for Ashes in Caribbean and footballing nuns

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP … The tournament begins in Canada on Saturday (Canada v China, BBC3, 10.30pm) and the BBC will, across various platforms, be covering every game. It is also offering a decent spot of build-up too, opening with Heroes: The story of the Fifa Women’s World Cup on Friday (BBC2, 11.05pm) in which Jacqui […]

June 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Formula One,Sport | Read More »

Arsenal’s Wilshere in foul-mouthed anti-Spurs outburst on FA Cup parade

Jack Wilshere has been reminded of his responsibilities by Arsenal after leading foul-mouthed songs mocking Tottenham Hotspur following an open-top bus parade to celebrate winning the FA Cup. Wilshere took the microphone outside the Emirates Stadium, with the rest of the squad alongside him, and shouted to thousands of Arsenal fans below: “I have one […]

June 1st, 2015 | Posted in Football,Sport | Read More »

Serena Williams rallies to see off Victoria Azarenka at French Open

There were 17 American women in the French Open draw at the start of the week. At the end of play on Monday – if rain does not sluice through the entertainment – there will be one and her name is likely to be Serena Williams, despite trailing by a set and being 3-1 down […]

May 31st, 2015 | Posted in Sport,Tennis | Read More »

Lewis Hamilton will go in search of some therapy at Canadian F1 GP Paul Weaver Paul Weaver

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and next week’s Canadian Grand Prix, should offer some therapy for the troubled mind of Lewis Hamilton following the debacle in Monaco on Sunday. Only Michael Schumacher has won this race more times than Hamilton, the victor in 2007, 2010 and 2012. He is at his best at this ballsy, high […]

May 30th, 2015 | Posted in Formula One,Sport | Read More »