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Let’s not be so quick to crown Roger the Greatest


federerlaverAny debate about the greatest player of all time in a given event is naturally laden with ‘what ifs’.

Roger Federer’s tearful victory in the French Open final on Sunday prompted an undignified queue of pundits and former players to conclude that the elegant Swiss was undoubtedly the best tennis had ever seen. But what if…

What if Rod Laver hadn’t been in professional exile in the years before 1968?

What if Rafa Nadal hadn’t come along and had the temerity to stop Federer winning everything in sight?

Murray climbs rankings despite media pressure


Andy Murray will go where no British man has ever gone before — next Monday he will become the first Briton to climb to third in the ATP rankings.

But instead of rejoicing in Murray’s achievements, sections of the British press appear hell bent on heaping more and more pressure on their number one player.

O’Connell to skipper Irish-heavy Lions


Ireland lock Paul O’Connell was named captain of the British and Irish Lions on Tuesday when coach Ian McGeechan announced his squad to tour South Africa next month.

There had been widespread speculation the flinty 29-year-old from Munster had been picked ahead of Ireland’s grand slam-winning captain Brian O’Driscoll and his selection was confirmed at a Heathrow hotel news conference.

France in line to spoil Welsh party


lievremontWales fans are getting a bit ahead of themselves if they are looking towards a final-day Six Nations grand slam showdown with Ireland – there is the little matter of France in Paris to deal with first.Wales are on form and chasing a second successive grand slam. France are all over the place and coach Marc Lievremont has thrown fans another curve ball with his latest eccentric selections.

But the former flanker encapsulated French rugby in a sentence when he said this week that, depending on Friday night’s result, he and his coaches will be judged either as idiots or geniuses.