Australia’s answer to the Zika virus

A global emergency has been declared, women in certain countries are being told not to get pregnant and an Indian car company has had to rename a new vehicle originally dubbed the Zica. But Australian athletes can rest easy. As they prepare to enter the Zika hot zone of the Rio Olympics, the Australian Olympic…

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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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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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Reader’s request: The meat market of elite sport

Try this exercise. Take your first and last names, put a ‘the’ in front of them and a ‘brand’ at the end. See if you can say those four words without sounding like a tosser. Can’t do it, right? Now look at this announcement made last month by the world’s third highest paid athlete. Long…

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Cycling still full of dopes

We’re halfway through the Tour de France and so far the toll is a stack of crashes, torn lycra, scrapes and broken bones. Plus one rider busted for cocaine and one for EPO. Now bikes are being randomly checked for hidden motors inside the frames. That’s right, mechanical doping is said to be the latest…

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Men say the darndest things about women’s sport

Foul Play: Edition 5 The FIFA Women’s World Cup has been a cracking tournament and a revelation for many sports fans. It has also been an invitation, apparently, for some pretty base commentary about women’s sporting abilities. On ESPN, for instance, Stephen A. Smith had a theory as to why Germany’s defenders failed to stop a…

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Friday funnies: And the numpty of the week is…

You have to wonder at the particular brand of knuckle-headedness that governs cycling. This week, at the Giro d’Italia, there was a positive story to be had. Not the failed drug test kind of positive but a solid gold good news story. Worthy of a Chariots of Fire soundtrack. That good. The scene opens on…

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Don’t indulge this monster

Foul Play: Edition 3 Mariah Carey had a selfie taken last week. No surprises there. It’s every self-respecting celebrity’s stock in trade. But this one was with a serial abuser of women. Which seems an odd choice for someone who has lived the hell of an abusive relationship. Except, Floyd Mayweather is the world’s highest…

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