The enigma of the Champions Trophy

September 28, 2009

Before I was based here in Italy, I reported on quite a lot of cricket including the 2004 Champions Trophy and the 2007 World Cup.

Soccer trumps rugby in Florence

September 9, 2009

It had long been decided that Italy’s rugby team would host world champions South Africa in Florence on Saturday Nov. 21.

IAAF would do well to leave Semenya alone

August 20, 2009

semenyaAll eyes were on Caster Semenya when the South African lined up for the start of her 800m final on Wednesday, but for all the wrong reasons.

from Africa News blog:

South African fury at sex test for track star

August 20, 2009

Eighteen-year-old Mokgadi ‘Caster’ Semenya is being celebrated as a national hero in South Africa after winning the 800 metres at the World Athletics Championships, but the decision by international athletics officials to order a gender verification test has stirred deep anger – and brought accusations of prejudice against the country and the continent.

Rugby is tough enough without eye-gouging

June 29, 2009

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has a hard enough time as it is trying to convince the South African media that he knows what he is talking about but his utterances on Schalk Burger have undermined any credibility he has earned from overseeing a series win over the British and Irish Lions.

Last-gasp Springboks tame Lions again to take series

June 27, 2009

It was a close one but South Africa have won the series after replacement flyhalf Morne Steyne landed a 55-metre penalty in the last minute to give them a 28-25 victory over the British and Irish Lions in the second test.

Rugby-mad South Africa not so mad about the Lions

June 26, 2009

Tough economic times and possibly just too much rugby have combined to produce the unthinkable in South Africa — empty seats for test matches against the British and Irish Lions.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

A great win over Spain … now can the U.S surprise some more?

June 25, 2009

The Confederations Cup, effectively a warm-up tournament for the World Cup, rarely captures the imagination but fans in the United States aren't lacking enthusiasm for the tournament after their team produced a major upset by defeating European champions Spain 2-0.

How did the Beast destroy the Raging Bull?

June 23, 2009

Phil Vickery

The “dark arts’ of rugby’s front row have long-suppposed to be a mystery for all bar the hulking props and hookers who face off in the “trenches” but it didn’t take an expert to figure out something significant was happening in the first half of South Africa’s defeat of the British and Irish Lions last weekend.