Trump tries sports diplomacy. Fails.

Donald Trump tried to be nice to someone this week. It went spectacularly wrong. Trying to thank Colin Montgomerie for playing at one of his golf courses, Trump unwittingly trolled the Scottish golfer. @montgomeriefdn Colin, great to have you at Trump Turnberry. So proud of you and your GREAT playing! You made winning MAJORS look…

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If I was Chris Gayle’s missus

There are celebrity kids out there called Apple, Blanket, Pilot Inspektor, Audio Science, Princess Tiaamii (not an actual princess), Zuma Nesta Rock and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen. The names are a scandal. But at least they’re not derived from an actual scandal involving one of their parents. Enter Chris Gayle, groundbreaker in all the wrong…

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FIFA plays the victim card

You’ve got to hand it to FIFA. Soccer’s ‘governing’ body has finally admitted that World Cups have been bought with bribes. But only because there might be a buck in it. In perhaps its most brazen step to date, which is saying something, FIFA is claiming ‘victimised institution’ status and seeking restitution from the US…

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1,009 not out. Not a typo.

Cricket stole the show this week, in good ways and bad. I’m still not sure what the big deal was about a kid eating watermelon at a cricket game. OK, yes, he ate the skin as well. But it’s not like it was an onion. Mitchell Schibeci’s watermelon demolition was Twitter’s top trending topic Down…

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Why Chris Gayle’s comments matter

Within minutes of Chris Gayle propositioning reporter Mel McLaughlin on national TV, one bloke tweets: “Waiting for the attack of the feminazis after that interview.” You wonder if he sees the irony in what he’s written, his own sexism towards anyone who takes issue with Gayle’s sexism. Sitting at home watching it all unfold, you…

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The end of a love affair

The festive season can be hard on relationships. But it seems this Christmas has claimed the greatest love affair of them all.

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The egos have landed

His fiefdom is rife with corruption, he himself is under criminal investigation and two World Cup bids get stinkier by the day. But according to Vladimir Putin, this is all good reason for FIFA president Septic Bladder to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, in Vlad’s mind, Septic deserves the same honour that has…

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Kiwis fans play the wimp card

The Rugby World Cup is here. And if the All Blacks are anything like their fans, they’ll crumble like a chicken stock cube. In the land of the long white band of cotton wool, a petition is doing the rounds calling for a 10am start to the working day because of all the early morning…

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The death throes of West Indies cricket?

Our world has had to contend with some pretty big upheavals in its 4.5 billion year history — the Ice Age, the obliteration of dinosaurs, the fall of the Roman Empire. Now we face the greatest cataclysm of all. No, I’m not talking about global warming. This is much more serious. I’m referring to the…

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On-field celebrations: The good, the bad and the ugly

After the Windies smashed Australia over the fence and out of T20 World Cup contention, serial slogger Chris Gayle took to the field and danced the jig he reserves for special occasions. As his teammates joined him in a fairly aggressive rendition of Gangnam Style, some asked whether it was the done thing to carry…

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