Will Gravy make a comeback now cricket is back at the Rec?

February 16, 2009

After the farcical scenes on Friday at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, where play in the West Indies v England test was abandoned after just ten balls, the authorities pulled out the stops to get the Antigua Recreation Ground fit for a hastily re-arranged test on Sunday.

This glorious, unpredictable northern festival

February 15, 2009

Wales' Leigh Halfpenny celebrates his try against England with Andy Powell during their Six Nations rugby union match in CardiffYou wouldn’t have got great odds on Wales and France coming out on top against England and Scotland respectively on the first day of the second weekend of the Six Nations.

First day of test abandoned because of dangerous outfield

February 13, 2009

Just when West Indies looked back on the up after the drubbing of England in the first test, cricket in the region has suffered another blow to its credibility.   

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

The Spanish secretly love Beckham too

February 12, 2009

David Beckham was roundly booed when he was booked for dissent in Seville on Wednesday but most of the local fans had their tongues firmly in their cheeks given there is a good deal of affection in Spain for the former Real Madrid midfielder.

Just why did England’s cricketers bat so badly?

February 11, 2009

England’s abject batting collapse against West Indies on Saturday, a 51 all out, was the third lowest total they have made in test matches and inevitably journalists search for an explanation for how Andrew Strauss’s side batted so badly.

Sports picture of the day: David Beckham

February 11, 2009

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To celebrate the launch of the new sports blog we’re reviving a feature from View from the Bird’s Nest and posting a picture of the day from the Reuters file.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Beckham deserves to stand alongside Moore

February 11, 2009

A great many people, most of whom never saw Bobby Moore play, have decided that it is an insult to his memory that David Beckham will equal his outfield record of 108 England caps if he plays against Spain on Wednesday.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Would a unified Britain have won more than one World Cup?

February 11, 2009

Resistance to plans for a unified British soccer team for the 2012 London Olympics means the idea may well be a one-off, if it gets off the ground at all.

It’s been a long time coming … But are West Indies back?

February 11, 2009

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Too many false dawns over the Caribbean in recent years have induced increasing pessimism among those who follow and cherish West Indies’ cricket.

Only thing red about this England team should be their faces

February 10, 2009

My Reuters colleague Padraic Halpin suggested last week that no Englishman would be good enough to merit a place in British and Irish Lions team to face South Africa this year but on the evidence of this weekend none of Martin Johnson’s men would even have a chance of donning the red shirt of Wales.