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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Did aliens steal Spieth’s Masters mojo?

Much to English cricketer Ben Stokes’ relief, Jordan Spieth has been the talk of the sporting world this week. In particular, how he squandered a five-stroke lead and an almost certain US Masters victory in one hole. It was a novel way of marking the 20th anniversary of Greg Norman’s epic Masters choke, when he…

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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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Does Russian sport have a reading problem?

“What should Russian athletes do?” asked Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko. “Dance on the table? Sing a song?” Mutko was pondering aloud what Russia has to do to gain admission to the Olympic track and field competition after the world athletics body extended its ban over last year’s doping scandal. With Russia’s 2012 Eurovision entry…

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Sharapova’s Cinderella story unravels

When Maria Sharapova alerted the media she was making a ‘major announcement’, most of the speculation was that she was about to retire. And she kind of was. The Cinderella story of the world’s richest sportswoman has quickly unravelled since she revealed she flunked a drug test. When the clock struck midnight, that was the…

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A day in the life of a remote control thumb

8am: The human is particularly excited this morning, talking about a big night of sport and checking the batteries in the remote. This looks ominous. 9am: Now, she’s carb loading. Banana pancakes. Which I’m expected to help her cook, by the way. Midday: So, it seems tonight I am to navigate the Australian Open women’s…

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Thank God for girlfriends

Sydney in January is fantastic. For a start, most of the people who live here bugger off on holidays. Apart from the one million people who converge on the harbour for the new year fireworks, you practically have the joint to yourself. It’s a month of beach and barbecues. Even if you’re not so inclined,…

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