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Archive for December 2009

Swann spins England to solid decency

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SOMEHOW, somewhere England have become very good at cricket.

An innings victory over South Africa, the team ranked number two in the world, is a serious achievement.

Stuart Broad, who looks and increasingly bowls like the product of a successful Aryan experiment, added the scalp of Mark Boucher to his three day-four wickets, which he claimed without the batsmen even attempting to hit the ball.

But it was Graeme Swann, chief spinner, joker and tweeter of the England team, who took the plaudits. Read the rest of this entry »

Sporting Chameleon end-of-year awards 2009

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WHEN December rolls around many newspapers, magazines, television shows, etc produce a list of who sank or swam in that year.

The Sporting Chameleon, far from producing any original content, will do the same. Read the rest of this entry »

Onions saves England despite inability

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ENGLAND escaped with a draw on Sunday from the first test against South Africa.

They were indebted to Paul Collingwood and Graham Onions’ 19-ball last wicket partnership, after a collapse from 205-4 to 218-9.

Onions, though by no means the world’s worst batsmen, bats at number 11 very much on merit.

Watching tailenders bat is a spectacle unrivalled in international sport. Read the rest of this entry »

Tiger’s jiggy-jiggy makes major total even better

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THE dust finally seems to be settling on Tiger Woods’ extramarital exploits.

Currently his mistress list stands at 18 and a classier array of women could not be found, but the rate at which new names are being added is at last slowing.

The fire has not exactly gone out, but it is no longer spreading.

So now is the time to put his career record into context. Read the rest of this entry »

Pulis incident shows the need for suits

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I HAVE long been an advocate of football manager’s wearing suits.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez are all week-in week-out suit wearers and for me this is reason enough for all managers to follow suit.

But as the truth emerged from the Tony Pulis/James Beattie dressing room scuffle, Pulis showed once and for all why suits are the only outfit for any serious manager. Read the rest of this entry »

Pie prize counts against Higgins

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DING JUNHUI captured snooker’s UK Championship on Sunday with victory in the final over world champion John Higgins.

Higgins, having overcome Ronnie O’Sullivan in the semi-final, was the strong pre-match favourite, but failed to play at the standards he had reached throughout the tournament.

And this can be attributed to one of the best pieces of sport’s marketing of the soon-to-be-over decade. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

December 15, 2009 at 1:42 pm

How can a man who does this also do this?

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ROCKY BAPTISTE was a man previously best known for scoring against Arsenal for Farnborough Town and securing an FA Cup tie at Liverpool for Havant and Waterlooville.

Not any more. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

December 11, 2009 at 4:31 pm