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Author Archive for Paul MacInnes

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Wimbledon diary: a man dressed as a trophy and grass rumours

Chris Fava is Strawberry Man and this year is dressing up to look like the men’s singles trophy, even in 30CMid-afternoon here and one name was on everybody’s lips. How could he do this? Did he have no shame? On the other hand, even after everything, w…

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‘Our ratings will be abysmal’ – the Icelandic TV presenter up against the national team

Thorbjörn Thordárson, who will be presenting the news on Stöd 2 at the same time Iceland play Nigeria, is staying professional despite knowing hardly anyone will be watchingEver wondered which is the loneliest job in the world? A shepherd on the Isle o…

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Germany’s refusal to admit defeat made their improbable win inevitable | Paul MacInnes

Germany may have escaped with a last-gasp winner from Toni Kroos against Sweden, but the air of inevitability which preceded it was all too familiarAnd that’s why they’re the champions. More than that, that is why they are Germany. Of all the countries…

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Cristiano Ronaldo steals the spotlight despite Diego Costa’s best efforts | Paul MacInnes

Portugal captain’s hat-trick could jump-start the World Cup on its own but it was one of many subplots in the 3-3 draw with SpainAge shall not wither him nor custom stale his infinite variety. Ruthless Ronnie was at it again, his 51st career hat-trick …

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UK Sport urged to change funding model for Olympic and Paralympic Games

• Dozen disenfranchised sports call for less emphasis on medals• Badminton England and Wheelchair Rugby among the 12The governing bodies of 12 British sports have demanded an end to a funding policy that puts Olympic medals above all else.Describing th…

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World Cup TV guide: the presenters, pundits and what’s on where | Paul MacInnes

With matches running from 11am to 9pm BST and highlights shows on top, there’s a lot to watch. Here’s how it all breaks downEnglish football fans have spurned the chance to visit Russia in their droves. According to Fifa, more match tickets have been s…

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Emily Defroand: ‘England can get on the podium at the Hockey World Cup’

Forward says England are determined to convert bronze into gold at the hockey Women’s World Cup on home soilEmily Defroand is late, just, for her interview. Training overran. The England forward is in intensive preparations for the hockey Women’s World…

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Monaco bore suggests F1’s drive for change risks getting stuck in traffic | Paul MacInnes

Lewis Hamilton and Prince Albert might well have the wellbeing of the celebrated grand prix at heart but there is a danger that the sport is losing its romanceThere’s a rule of thumb around talking down the product, a “doing a Ratner” kind of thing, an…

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Trusting himself lets Mark Williams perform at his peak when bums turn squeaky | Paul MacInnes

Williams’ triumph at the Crucible, and Charlie Austin’s performance for Southampton, showed how top performers shrug off pressure by concentrating on what they do bestOn Monday evening I stood adjacent to history. Waiting for the delayed evening sessio…

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Mark Williams shows youngsters naked truth about snooker’s veterans

By winning a third world title at 43, in a thrilling final against the 42-year-old John Higgins, Mark Williams showed millennials the older generation still have what it takesTuesday morning and in the cafes of Sheffield’s Millennium Square, talk was s…

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EFL hoping to work with government in bid to address safe-standing issue

• EFL chief executive, Shaun Harvey, calls for government review• Believes clubs should be allowed to choose for themselvesThe EFL has upped the ante in the continuing debate over safe standing, insisting it can work with the government to “bring it to…

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Barry Hearn ups stakes in bid to solve mystery of the missing maximums | Paul MacInnes

A lack of financial reward for a maximum 147 break has been touted as one of the reasons for the recent gold rush not spreading to the world championshipThe 2018 snooker world championship has gone off like a rocket, pun intended. Mark Selby, the champ…

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From Leicester-Fleetwood to Mainz-Freiburg, VAR’s highs and lows so far | Paul MacInnes

After the farcical scenes in Germany, here are some good and bad examples from the video assistant referee’s back catalogueMainz v Freiburg, 16 Apr 2018 Continue reading…

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Premier League clubs vote against introducing VAR next season

• Decision follows meeting on Friday to discuss trials• Premier League agrees advanced testing will continueVideo Assistant Referee will not be used in the Premier League next season after clubs voted to extend trials for another year.A decision to def…

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Mauricio Pochettino says Daniel Levy’s £6m salary is good for Tottenham

• Spurs coach believes revelation on chairman’s pay is ‘positive news’• Stoke trip deemed more important than last week’s Chelsea gameMauricio Pochettino has responded to revelations over the salary of Tottenham’s chairman, Daniel Levy, by saying it is…

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Phil Neville wants England Women to play with ‘arrogance, swagger and style’

• Manager staying focused before World Cup qualifier against Wales• SheBelieves Cup experience will prove valuable, says NevillePhil Neville wants his England Women team to play with “arrogance, swagger and style” as they face Wales in their first Worl…

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Serena Williams is now a mother, but don’t expect the hate to stop | Paul MacInnes

The greatest champion of the modern era has had to achieve it all to a backdrop of thinly veiled racism and unjust criticism. Sadly her having a baby is unlikely to change anythingWould someone please give Serena Williams a break? Two weeks into her co…

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ParalympicsGB’s Kelly Gallagher: It’s a special atmosphere to be part of

The Northern Irishwoman won GB’s first ever gold at Sochi and she tells Paul MacInnes the team now have three medal prospects in the visually impaired Alpine skiing for the return at PyeongchangIn her decade-long career as a ski racer Kelly Gallagher h…

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José Mourinho, the pundit without portfolio or World Cup footage | Paul MacInnes

Manchester United’s manager finally finds himself in the right TV chair and after four days with RT YouTube at the start of Russia 2018, he will phone in his thoughts on the finalHaving seen José Mourinho slumped at a desk at Selhurst Park on Monday ev…

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Well done Team GB but can we have a decade off the Olympics, please? | Paul MacInnes

We should not be obsessed with winning sporting medals, we should be obsessed with playing sport and getting as many people as possible to do itIt’s been a month of incredible success at the Winter Olympics. It was a month, right? It certainly felt lik…