rss

Author Archive for Tom Davies

0

Ryder Cup 2018 countdown: Bjorn rings changes on final practice day – live!

All the latest news and reaction on the eve of the Ryder CupWater, water everywhere – a hacker’s guide to Le Golf NationalLe Golf National: hole-by-hole guide to 2018’s courseAnd feel free to email Tom here 10.56am BST How will the atmosphere shape up …

0

F1: Monaco Grand Prix – live!

Updates from the sixth GP of the seasonYou can email Tom here or tweet him hereQualifying: Ricciardo takes pole from Vettel and Hamilton 2.00pm BST Toto Wolff says the most important thing for Hamilton is a “good getaway and good result from turn one”,…

0

Giro d’Italia 2018: stage 16 time trial – live!

Updates from the time trial from Trento to RoveretoYou can email Tom here or tweet him hereYates and Dumoulin set for time trial that could decide Giro 1.42pm BST Anyway, leader in the early runnings today is the British rider Alex Dowsett, who has jus…

0

Golden Goal: Neil Grewcock saves Burnley v Orient (1987) | Tom Davies

The day Burnley, two-time league champions and European pioneers, came within a whisker of falling into the non-leagueThe introduction of automatic promotion and relegation from the Football League is not one of the most discussed of English football’s…

0

Cricket Australia set to wield axe over ball-tampering scandal – live!

Smith set to lose captaincy and could face year-long banMatthew Engel: on the field the captain is responsibleAnd you can email Tom here or tweet him here 9.46am BST Steve Waugh is the latest former Australia player to air his thoughts on it all. The f…

0

Football transfer rumours: Liverpool to make bumper bid for Timo Werner?

Today’s tittle-tattle is in talksThe Mill, it must be admitted, has occasional self-esteem issues as it sifts through its daily fluff. So it feels some empathy with Luke Shaw, whose own self-esteem must have taken a confusing buffeting at the hands of …

0

Wales v Italy: Six Nations – live!

Live updates from the 3pm GMT kick-offEmail Tom here or tweet him here with your thoughts 2.03pm GMT They line up thusly:Wales: L Williams; North, Watkin, Parkes, S Evans; Anscombe, G Davies; Smith, Dee, Francis, Hill, B. Davies, Tipuric, J. Davies, Fa…

0

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live!

Latest updates from the midday kick-off at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview Email Tom here or tweet him here, if you fancyLive scoreboard: all the latest from Sunday’s games 12.14pm GMT 13 mins: Van Aanholt’s been caught o…

0

Barcelona v Levante: La Liga – live!

Updates from the 3.15pm GMT kick-off at Camp NouCoutinho joins Barcelona in £142m moveAnd you can email Tom or tweet @TomDaviesE17 2.51pm GMT While we’re waiting, you can dip into some proper English FA Cup action, where Shrewsbury have looked the like…

0

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 – live!

Updates from the ceremony at Liverpool’s Echo ArenaJacob Steinberg: Who will be crowned team of the year?And you can email Tom or tweet @TomDaviesE17 8.32pm GMT Up now it’s the Unsung Hero award, for sterling sporting work in the community, which goes …

0

Leeds United v Middlesbrough: Championship – live!

Live updates from the 1.15pm kick-offEmail Tom here, or Tweet him here, with your thoughtsFootball League roundup: Wolves back on topThe latest Championship table 10.54am GMT Afternoon everyone. When Garry Monk stepped off the ever-active Leeds manager…

0

Lyon v Everton: Europa League – live!

Europa League updates from the 6pm GMT kick-off in FranceLive scoreboard: all the latest from Thursday’s matchesAnd feel free to email Tom or tweet him @tomdaviesE17 11.45am GMT Evening everyone. It’s tricky to gauge the significance of this fixture in…

0

England v West Indies: first ODI start further delayed – live!

1.49pm BST

Bumble is out there prodding at some parts of the outfield on which players had been doing some practice, and they do look quite churned. “It’s a bit damp,” he concedes, urging the non-shooting of messengers. Part of the problem, he says, is that Old Trafford has staged two big concerts here this summer, in aid of the Manchester bomb victims, which no one should begrudge, but it’s added to the strain on the surface.

John Starbuck weighs in with his first email of the day: “I blame the Old Trafford management,” he thunders. “You can understand them wanting to sweat their assets, as that’s what people are told to do these days, but there’s a category error here: you can’t mix international cricket and rock concerts at the same venue because the quality of the playing surface is all-important. High traffic areas are all very well for a rugby game, because the players expect to be slipping and sliding around – it’s part of the appeal. Not so for the Greatest Game.”

1.43pm BST

“Cricket speaks with forked tongue,” hisses Mike Hill: “ECB campaigns to ‘get the game on’ and at the same time says player safety is paramount. End result: glorious sunny day, wicket and square dry, bit of a damp outfield and no play. people wonder why cricket is dying sport.”

Though I suspect a fixture such as this, scheduled as it is, is something of a preacher to the converted. Won’t be many young fans at this one. Still, a decent crowd is in to spend money in the bars…

Continue reading…

0

Football transfer rumours: Karim Benzema to join Arsenal?

Today’s tittle-tattle is drinking it in

So what’s a super-agent to do when the transfer window has closed and opportunities to put oneself up front and centre are diminished? If you’re Mino Raiola you lob out the sort of man-in-the-pub opinions that the Mill routinely makes to ward off the gobby bloke by the fruit machine and trust that they are then invested with huge significance by others.

And Paolo Dybala, a player he does not even represent, is the subject of Europe’s premier wheeler-dealer’s latest musings. The in-form Juventus frontman would fit right in at Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea or Real Madrid, gushed Raiola, hedging several bets. “I think Dybala will eventually leave Juve,” the agent told Rai Sport. “He has to go to a team where he gets into a project that is already suitable for him.” Barcelona would not be such a project, he reckoned, though for his part Dybala has refused to rule out a move to the Camp Nou.

Continue reading…

0

Football transfer rumours: Karim Benzema to join Arsenal?

Today’s tittle-tattle is drinking it in

So what’s a super-agent to do when the transfer window has closed and opportunities to put oneself up front and centre are diminished? If you’re Mino Raiola you lob out the sort of man-in-the-pub opinions that the Mill routinely makes to ward off the gobby bloke by the fruit machine and trust that they are then invested with huge significance by others.

And Paolo Dybala, a player he does not even represent, is the subject of Europe’s premier wheeler-dealer’s latest musings. The in-form Juventus frontman would fit right in at Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea or Real Madrid, gushed Raiola, hedging several bets. “I think Dybala will eventually leave Juve,” the agent told Rai Sport. “He has to go to a team where he gets into a project that is already suitable for him.” Barcelona would not be such a project, he reckoned, though for his part Dybala has refused to rule out a move to the Camp Nou.

Continue reading…

0

England v West Indies: second test, day five – live!

11.42am BST

12th over: West Indies 28-0 (Brathwaite 13, Powell 14), target 322. Brathwaite produces the first properly emphatic attacking shot of the day, creaming Broad past mid-off for four. A quick, usefully strike-rotating, single follows, which gives Powell a chance to unfurl a rather lovely shot himself, a firm on-drive for four more off the sort of fullish delivery that Broad has been aiming at the left-hander, with four slips in. His comeback ball is high-class know, a tricky lifter past the outside-edge.

11.37am BST

11th over: West Indies 19-0 (Brathwaite 8, Powell 10), target 322. Powell flicks another slightly awry legside delivery from Anderson down to the boundary for four, before Jimmy resets himself and slants some better, more challenging deliveries across him outside off-stump.

Continue reading…

0

England v Spain: Women’s Rugby World Cup opener – live!

1.37pm BST

Format recap: it’s a fairly straightforward one but always handy to get abreast of these things at the start.

There are three groups of four. Match points will be awarded for each pool match on the following basis: Win – 4 points; Draw – 2 points; Scoring four tries or more – 1 bonus point; Loss by seven or less points – 1 bonus point; Loss by more than seven points – 0 points

1.26pm BST

A humble request, granted:

@tomdaviesE17 Can I plug my brother’s – @topoftheprops – interview with @KatMerchant14 on upcoming World Cup: https://t.co/baogAYAb6C

Continue reading…

0

F1: Austrian Grand Prix – live!

1.42pm BST

Lap 34: Ricciardo also takes his pit stop, which drops him back to fourth for now, but he needed to do that with Hamilton closing

1.41pm BST

Lap 33: Raikkonen has just put in his best lap, and is told to stay out for the foreseeable – “do the opposite of Hamilton” being his race mantra.

Continue reading…

0

F1: Azerbaijan Grand Prix – live!

1.12pm BST

Some non-F1 related pre-race reading for you – here’s Richard Williams on the joys of the Le Mans 24 hours:

Related: F1 could learn a few things from the magnificent Le Mans 24 Hours | Richard Williams

1.06pm BST

“Welcome to the oilfields, welcome to Azerbaijan,” roars Eddie Jordan in one of his now-traditional portentous voiceover intros to Channel 4’s coverage, glossing over some of the more problematic aspects of the country’s economics and politics.

Meanwhile, F1’s official Twitter feed brings the bantz:

It’s raining in Baku* ☂️

Team race strategies being torn up as we Tweet#AzerbaijanGP #F1Baku

*Not really pic.twitter.com/OZIqMo72Qk

Continue reading…

0

England v South Africa: T20 international – live!

5.45pm BST

While we’re waiting for the toss, some other cricket bits and pieces, such as the County Champions, Middlesex, finally winning a game, Yorkshire coming a cropper at Lord’s once again. Will Macpherson can tell you all about their victory by an innings and 64 runs here:

Related: Middlesex hammer Yorkshire in three days to finally resemble champions

11.16am BST

The bilateral Twenty20 international series is a curious beast. While T20 has transformed the game’s economics, its schedules and its techniques over the past decade, your common or garden international version of the format still has the feel of a tagged-on afterthought. While the IPL may sweep all before it and the World T20 can dazzle, a three-match series crowbarred into the timetable is never really a showpiece event. Stop anyone in the street and ask them to name either of England and South Africa’s most recent T20 results and they’ll stare at you blankly. Mind you, stop anyone in the street and ask them to name anything that’s happened in cricket in the past decade and you might get the same blank gaze, if the bleakest narratives are anything to go by.

Anyway, it’s 21 June, high summer, gloriously/insufferably hot and two talented teams await us. South Africa performed poorly in the Champions Trophy, England did not – until their most important game, in which they were steamrollered by the sport’s most gloriously unpredictable life force. Both these sides also lost their most recent T20 series, South Africa 1-2 at home to Sri Lanka and England by the same score away to India, where they at least performed more creditably than they had in the 50-over and five-day formats during that tour. So, there’ll be some T20 rust to be shaken off today.

Lovely to see Pakistan news channel pick up on Rob Smyth’s OBO coverage. Even lovelier they used pic of Tommy Smyth https://t.co/of09TfcnKC

Continue reading…