Author: Chris Darwen

Your week in sport

  Dave, Dave, Dave. Just tell us what was in the package. Why don’t you want to? It’s not often a “jiffy bag” makes sporting headlines, we should make the most of it. Chris Froome, who has no grudge with Brailsford at all, has openly pondered why the contents of this jiffy bad still remain unknown and Sir Bradley Wiggins has retired, choosing to go on some celebrity reality show where everyone will soon forget about him. Great cover Brad, not that you need it of course.   Someone who never had his sporting ethics called into question is Sir Mo Farah. He is also pondering a few things via the medium of the British press. Sir Mo wants answers, and the question is “why didn’t I win Sports Personality of the Year?” I can understand anyone losing a title that has the world “personality” in it to Andy Murray being bitter, but let us look at the facts. Murray is a British tennis player that wins things. That doesn’t happen to British tennis players very often. Brilliant middle distance runners? Well, we knocked them out quite a lot in the times where British tennis hopes rested on Jeremy Bates for crying out loud. That’s why Mo, that’s why. And, frankly, it’s a popularity vote and Wimbledon will always be more popular than watching someone run round a track...

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Tales from the Top Flight

  Cards on the table. I am as bad at football predictions as Paul Merson. We know this, this isn’t new news. When Everton led against Leicester I saw my FA Cup winning ticket potentially falling short at the 3rd Round stage – just like every season. Yeah, I am saying it loud and proud. Claudio is going to win the cup. Revenge tasted very sweet to Musa has he defied his critics and chewed up the Toffees. Aren’t Everton supposed to be decent and challenging for the top six? I am sure someone said that somewhere. Leicester have had a lot of experience of being behind this season, and this time they turned it round. Leicester for the cup I tell you.   Or Arsenal. It could be Arsenal. I mean, something has to go right for Arsene soon if only to shut up the likes of Piers Morgan. The sight of Olivier Giroud leading the troops out to battle at Preston didn’t calm the nerves of many an Arsenal fan but the point that Giroud is actually a very good player shone through yet again. He gets a lot of grief, but he is carrying Arsenal on his beautifully chiseled shoulders currently. And, you are only allowed to win the FA Cup if you have nearly been knocked out by a lower level side.   Rooney had...

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Your week in sport

Your week in Sport by Chris Darwen So, Russia doped over 1000 athletes and cheated their way through London 2012.  That’s ok then, they are bound to have been the only country doing it, aren’t they.  I mean, god forbid any country that isn’t Russia gets dragged into the scandal.  Or has anything swept under the carpet.  As long as they have the appropriate doctor’s note and ride a bike everything is ok.  But hey, it means a few Team GB athletes might move up the medal table.   In a totally unrelated demonstration of British Cycling being able to make things go away, Jess Varnish’s complaints against Shane Sutton got narrowed down to one small thing being upheld and several other big things being refuted.  The PR machine had suggested back in October that Sutton had been found to have used “inappropriate language and behaviour” but last week’s leak on the actual report suggested that of all the instances claimed, only one was found to be “true” in the eyes of the “independent” committee.  That press release seems fair then.   England will just about want to pack up and come home following being led another merry dance in the 4th Test in India.  We might have found another good batsman in South African Keaton Jennings.  Well, if we forget his ridiculous name and focus on the first...

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Tales from the Top Flight

Tales from the Top Flight By Chris Darwen   Goals!  Goals everywhere!  Well, on Saturday anyway.  Watford and Everton showed Manchester City the way forward, the way forward being how to defend like complete schoolboys.  Not even schoolboys that have played football, the schoolboys that used to stay inside at lunchtime and play  on the BBC computers.  And goalkeepers?  Don’t get me started on goalkeepers this weekend.   Watford and Everton very much set the tone of day, sharing five goals between them and easing Ronald Koeman towards a press release where his owners say something like, “yeah we don’t trust you with that whopping January transfer budget we were talking about when you were winning matches.”  My prediction of Everton finishing top six looks as well guided as most of my predictions.   People thought Arsene was mad for not playing Xhaka earlier in the season.  Arsene had suggested he had question marks over Granit’s discipline during a game, and following his elbow to the face of Joe Allen in the area I cannot see what Wenger was worried about.  Stoke momentarily looked like they might finally get something out of a trip to the Emirates until Theo earned himself that coffee machine he has been dreaming about.  You would imagine if Tony Pulis’s Stoke had ever conceded a header to Mesut Ozil that the current WBA manager...

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