Sportswrap: redemption special

November 13, 2009

Click on the video above for our latest look at the week’s sporting highlights, including an interview with Andre Agassi (in full Edith Piaf mode), the thoughts of Michael Phelps on his trial by textile and the almighty scrap for the last nine World Cup places.

Sportswrap’s Hollywood ending

October 18, 2009

Join Owen Wyatt and myself for our look back at the week in sport. Our focus is on Diego Maradona and the 2010 World Cup qualifying situation in South America, with a quick detour to Celtic Manor to consider next year’s Ryder Cup golf.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Why our predictions panel rates a less than perfect 10

September 21, 2009

People can be divided into 10 types: those who understand binary and those who don't.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Back to the real world: league predictions

September 11, 2009

Now we've got that pesky international interlude behind us (it'll all end in tears, you know it will) we can get back to the serious business of predicting the scores in the Premier League.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Predicting the score… you make us look good!

August 25, 2009

Are you a flip-flopper? A U-turner? A volte-facer? Are you the Brett Favre of football fans? If so, you're in good company, though it's not doing you much good in our predictions league.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Premier League season needs a grand finale

August 14, 2009

The English Premier League has always reminded me of eating out at McDonalds. I always hope for something new but then end up getting the same as last time.

from FaithWorld:

Muslims angry at German soccer club over song

August 4, 2009

German Muslims have inundated one of the country's top soccer teams, Schalke 04, with complaints about a verse in the club's anthem which, they say, is disparaging towards the Prophet Mohammad.

Why do golf fans cheer tap-ins? And when is a fine not a fine?

August 3, 2009

tigerA few thoughts from two weeks following the PGA Tour:

Just wondering why people clap like mad every time a golfer taps in a two-inch putt?  Are these the same people who break out in applause when a plane lands? Aren’t both these things suppose to happen?
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Best thing I heard on the golf course this week: “Instead of reading the greens you have to read the currents out there,” joked former U.S. Masters champion Mike Weir at the rain-hit Canadian Open.

from Changing China:

China’s infertile ground for (some) Western sports

July 30, 2009

Soccer is in a tight spot in China -- literally. Huge crowds roar for Manchester United but the national team is a laughing stock at 108th in FIFA world rankings. Poor coaching, lack of grassroots development, even corruption and violence are variously cited as reasons for the sport's demise. But the real reason may be more basic: the fact of physical space, or the lack thereof, in China.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Nakamura’s Japan snub a no-brainer

July 15, 2009

Japan midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura's decision to snub a return to Yokohama and join Spain's Espanyol left his boyhood club devastated.