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Author Archive for Richard Williams

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Solskjær’s Easter woes show Manchester United must live up to their past | Richard Williams

Time will tell whether United really have hit upon their saviour and, either way, the club must rediscover the boldness of oldFor those with long memories, the irony inherent in Richarlison’s marvellous opening goal for Everton against Manchester Unite…

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Tiger Woods’ triumph may help clean off the stain of Trump’s golf addiction | Richard Williams

The president’s very public obsession with golf represents everything that makes a very good game easy to dislike. But then, on Sunday, came a miracleGrotesque, malevolent and a cheat at golf: does Auric Goldfinger remind you of anyone? And there’s the…

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James Cracknell is a great Boat Race story but should age eclipse youth? | Richard Williams

The Boat Race and University Challenge are both being dominated by postgraduates yet used to be about the nation admiring the strength and knowledge of young peopleNo one watching University Challenge lately will have overlooked the presence of Jason G…

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Mattia Binotto embarks on marathon sprint to get Ferrari back on track | Richard Williams

Swiss has a complex task as team principal – ending the Mercedes stranglehold while F1 faces environmental concernsWith his shock of dark hair and his round black-framed spectacles, Mattia Binotto looks as though he might have taken his masters degree …

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Quick-Step team offer a different perspective on the soul of cycling | Richard Williams

Patrick Lefevere’s riders show that racing in the spring classics requires not just speed and power, but mental enduranceAs he watched his rider Bob Jungels cross the line at the end of Kuurne?Brussels?Kuurne on Sunday, becoming the first man from Luxe…

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Kepa farce distracted his teammates and disrespected the entire game | Richard Williams

The incident in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final was regrettable for so many reasons and Maurizio Sarri was not the only person to look on in disbeliefJust two weeks ago we were mourning the death of England’s greatest goalkeeper, a man who did his job witho…

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Mercedes enjoy constructive winter but Williams sleep through alarm | Richard Williams

Formula One has come out of hibernation with some teams looking in better shape than others and questions over marketing activitiesA few days ago a man called James Allison made Formula One feel like something other than a lost cause. In a short promot…

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Calm, alert and brave, Gordon Banks was the ideal goalkeeper for any age | Richard Williams

For a while, as the 60s bled into the 70s, Gordon Banks, who has died at the age of 81, was accepted as the finest goalkeeper in the worldNot all of the 11 players who won the World Cup for England in 1966 would claim he was the best in his position th…

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Lindsey Vonn’s exit shows champions don’t have to go downhill | Richard Williams

American skier who is retiring from the sport did not need to win in order to bow out in glory in her final raceAll she wanted, Lindsey Vonn said, was to stay out of the fence, get to the finish and see the green one more time. She got her wish. At the…

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Intimate photos, inflatable phalluses: Notts County sink into nether world | Richard Williams

The world’s oldest professional football club are used to hard times but their present dire situation on and off the pitch has reached a new lowWhen the wind was coming from the wrong direction, the most salient feature of a visit to Notts County in th…

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Intimate photos, inflatable phalluses: Notts County sink into nether world | Richard Williams

The world’s oldest professional football club are used to hard times but their present dire situation on and off the pitch has reached a new lowWhen the wind was coming from the wrong direction, the most salient feature of a visit to Notts County in th…

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Why Test cricket is the winner after West Indies’ humbling of England | Richard Williams

A successful West Indies team is important to the overall health of Test cricket and the manner of their crushing victory over England in the first Test only added to the enjoymentIs there a soul alive with an ounce of love for cricket who did not rejo…

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Aaron Ramsey will follow in the footsteps of greatness by moving to Juventus | Richard Williams

Legendary status earned by John Charles in Turin is proof that the Welsh playmaker can still make up for time lost at ArsenalThere may be no second acts in American lives, as F Scott Fitzgerald once claimed, but a footballer’s can sometimes stretch to …

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Michael Schumacher’s son progresses to bring hope in tragic F1 tale | Richard Williams

Mick Schumacher, whose legendary father suffered a brain injury five years ago, is making his own name in motor racingA few months ago Damon Hill was waiting in a lounge at Heathrow airport, watching the departure board for news of his scheduled flight…

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US gymnasts lead way in exceptional year for female pioneers of sport | Richard Williams

Women’s sport made giant strides in 2018, never more significantly than in a Michigan courtroom where gymnasts gave evidence against their former coach – a serial abuserOne by one they stepped forward to the microphone, a procession of young women norm…

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Formula E gets a lot right while at times managing to be as wrong as F1 ever was | Richard Williams

Fifth season kicked off in Riyadh on Saturday and although it was an entertaining spectacle, the rules farrago towards the end was the last thing the formula needsThe fifth season of Formula E roared into life in Saudi Arabia at the weekend. Well, that…

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Team Sky’s legacy: titles and ambition tarnished by coldness and allegations | Richard Williams

The cycling team, who will lose Sky as a sponsor next year, raised the sport’s profile in Britain but also took it away from the humanity treasured by puristsEvery now and then, a new force enters a sport with an impact so crushing that it reshapes and…

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Team Sky’s legacy: titles and ambition tarnished by coldness and allegations | Richard Williams

The cycling team, who will lose Sky as a sponsor next year, raised the sport’s profile in Britain but also took it away from the humanity treasured by puristsEvery now and then, a new force enters a sport with an impact so crushing that it reshapes and…

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Coach is a Russian David and Goliath film tale – but twist is in the credits | Richard Williams

Russia’s equivalent of Grimsby Town overcome odds with the help of some powerful friends but crowd-pleasing morality tale is not quite what it seemsThe second-division team from a distant and ill-favoured coastal town are in the cup final. They’re play…

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US fans don’t always take British boxing seriously – Fury showed they should | Richard Williams

British boxers and the circus that surrounds them can appear a little eccentric but Tyson Fury forced doubters to ignore the eccentricity and acknowledge the seriousnessTo American fight people, British boxers and the circus that surrounds them can app…