Wanderers test will not match Newlands. But for better or worse?

November 14, 2011

Last week’s crazy Cape Town test match between South Africa and Australia, where 23 wickets fell in a day and the visitors narrowly avoided the lowest ever test score, will go down in cricket’s esteemed annals.

NFL picks, week 10. Wichita Lineman stands in

November 11, 2011

Week Nine had some great finishes with the Giants topping the Patriots, and Ravens overtaking the Steelers in the final seconds of road upsets. A couple of favorites let the Lineman down, as the Dallas Cowboys failed to cover against the underwhelming Seattle Seahawks and 7.5-point favorites Oakland Raiders lost by 14 points to Tim Tebow’s Denver Broncos. Go figure. Otherwise a splendid week of prognostication. This week, cousin Wichita Lineman fills in, “searching in the sun for another overload” or at least enough good picks to match last year’s 4-2 fill-in mark.

The Lineman: Week Nine NFL Picks

November 4, 2011

Week Eight was full of surprises, not many of them pleasant. The St. Louis Rams taking down the New Orleans Saints was the big shocker while the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens managed to escape with wins but were unimpressive failing to cover.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Barcelona is a sect full of school boys, says Ibrahimovic

November 4, 2011

By Phil O'Connor

A new tell-all autobiography by Zlatan Ibrahimovic is already making headlines in Sweden this year -- the question is whether anyone outside of the Scandinavian country will notice.

‘Real deal’ Kvitova has talent to dominate

November 1, 2011

The season-ending WTA championships had many story lines. Could Maria Sharapova recover from her ankle injury to threaten at the year-end championships and become world number one again? Would one of the new major winners lift the trophy? Could Caroline Wozniacki continue her reign as world number one for a second straight year and win the end of season championships for the first time?

A break from reality: Why Cardinals fans wish the ride didn’t have to end

October 31, 2011

St. Louis Cardinals celebrate advancing to the World Series after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Sunday. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

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United speculation grows as Solskjaer secures first Molde title

October 31, 2011

By Phil O'Connor

No sooner had Molde stumbled across the finish line to win their first Norwegian league title in their hundred-year history than the speculation had started.

The Lineman: Week Eight NFL picks

October 28, 2011

Back on track with a combined 9-3 record over the past two weeks which means I head into Week Eight on Halloween weekend showing no fear for what lies ahead.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Have City knocked United off their perch?

October 24, 2011

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was quick to say that his team’s 6-1 mauling of arch-rivals United meant little more than another three points in the bag, but the Italian must surely be hoping it could signal a shift in the balance of power.

The Lineman: Week Seven NFL Picks

October 21, 2011

By Steve Keating

That was more like it, a very solid 5-1 effort in Week 6 after a very tough month of average results.