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If South Africa are the chokers, it is difficult to make out a case for England as models of hard-nosed, cool-as-cucumber tournament play. They probably deserve each other and in many ways the semi-final in which the sides are opposed today would have been better served as a final since someone would have had to fall at the last.
When Joe Kinnear became manager of Wimbledon in January 1992 he was a breath of fresh air. None of the foul air with which he greeted the North-east media on arrival there some 17 years later; but someone who got on famously with players, staff, fans and reporters alike. What endeared all those groups to him over the next eight seasons, even more than his hail-fellow-well-met attitude, was the success he brought to a financially struggling club that within a few years of his departure following ill health had effectively ceased to exist
On a day when the defeat of Agnieszka Radwanska, the world No 5 and last year’s Wimbledon runner-up, demonstrated the difficulties that grass-court tennis offers even to the very best, the current British No 1 and one of her predecessors proved the value of experience on the sport’s most challenging surface.
A meeting of players in London exactly 40 years ago tomorrow was never going to be on the same page as some of the other momentous events of 1973 – a year when a ceasefire ended the involvement of American ground troops in Vietnam, when the Chilean president Salvador Allende was overthrown and when Britain joined what became the European Union – but there has never been a more significant date in women’s tennis.
After their unprecedented depredations at the Cheltenham Festival, the Irish plundered the first four races in Britain’s equivalent carnival for Flat racing. Chauvinism aside, however, the deeper gains were perhaps made by those superpowers discreetly manoeuvring for supremacy in the global bloodstock market.
‘I trust that he has a plan for me’: Chelsea striker Fernando Torres hopeful he will feature in Jose Mourinho’s plans
Today’s transfer talk: Tottenham prepare £15m move for Paulinho; Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny want Arsenal stay; Liverpool in for ‘wonderkid’
While the Spain senior team set about trying to add the Confederations Cup to their current world and European crowns, the Under-21 side are, starting this afternoon, trying to become champions again. They face Italy in Jerusalem hoping to retain their European Under-21 title. They have, naturally enough, been the best team in the tournament so far and they have some remarkably gifted players who we might be lucky enough to see more of in the future:
Joe Kinnear accuses Newcastle supporters of ‘talking out their backsides’ amid bizarre rant to explain appointment as director of football