All stops to Loserville

It was a week for throwing away certain victories, Dutch cyclist Steven Kruijswijk most of all. Three minutes in front going into the final weekend of the Giro d’Italia, all he had to do was stay on the bike. Then this happened. The mishap paved the way for Vincenzo Nibali, struck down with dysentery days…

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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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Bloopers aplenty in Olympic countdown

It’s been all about the countdown this week as we notched up 100 days to the Olympics on Wednesday. Michelle Obama celebrated by getting in some fencing practice with the US team, which looked more like an audition for the next Star Wars movie. The force is strong in this one. The Independent newspaper marked…

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On the road for Lleyton

First, to explain the 24-hour delay in this week’s Friday Funnies. It’s Lleyton Hewitt’s fault. On a day when I’d normally be posting the week’s sports highlights, my daughter and I spent nine hours in the car fanging our way to Melbourne for Lleyton’s farewell. A marathon drive diminishes your capacity in many key areas…

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Sports stars and their big mouths

Forget the investigations over bid corruption and concerns over the abuse of construction workers. David Beckham reckons we should all support the 2022 Qatar World Cup. “Whether it’s corrupt or not, those countries have been chosen. People need to get behind that,” Becks told Radio Times. “It’s about bringing football to new countries. They should…

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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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Welcome to New York, Mr Trump

While the algal tide that is Donald Trump continues to sweep America, we can take comfort that there’s one place at least that’s not rolling out the red carpet. In his home town of New York, they hate his guts, if his reception at the US Open is any indication. Familiarity breeds contempt, it seems….

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Reader’s request: The Trump Show

I know what you’re thinking. This is a sports blog. So why am I getting into the murky waters of the Republican presidential nomination? A few reasons. A reader asked me to and I’m very obliging. Plus, the Don is not without his sporting connections. And try telling any writer with an eye for humour…

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July sports marathon too much for some

July. It’s the best month on the sporting calendar. There’s Wimbledon. Le Tour. Often a World Cup of some description. And this year there’s the Ashes as well. For some, it’s a little too much. At Wimbledon, the Duchess of Cornwall didn’t look that thrilled to be going home with one of Andy Murray’s sweaty…

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The Oscars: If only costume design was a Winter Olympics sport

It was a night where Australia stood proud, scooping Oscars in three categories and all but finishing South Africa in the Third Test at Newlands. We’ll save the cricket for another day, maybe tomorrow at the rate we bowled over the Proteas, and focus on Hollywood’s big night. And so to Aussie film glory. Catherine…

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