1. Six Nations Rugby: Do Italy Have a Chance Against Injury-Ravaged Ireland?

    If it is February, it must be time for the Six Nations, the rugby competition so venerable that it makes every other contest—the World Cup, the Tri-Nations—look like a pretentious young upstart...

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  2. Cricket New Zealand: Jesse Ryder Tweets Up a Media Storm

    Jesse Ryder might not be playing for New Zealand against Pakistan at the moment, but that hasn't kept the all-rounder out of the spotlight...

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  3. Australia-England: Jonathan Trott Stands Firm, England Contrive To Lose Again

    England had never scored 333 runs in a one-day international before. Australia had never made more than 333 in a one-day international before. Jonathan Trott made 137...

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  4. NFL: Why I Hate The Pro Bowl, and It's Getting Worse Each Year

    Is there a more meaningless contest in professional sport than the Pro Bowl? As an exercise in utter pointlessness, it appears to be without equal. And now, thanks to the avarice of the NFL itself, it has become even more meaningless than ever...

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  5. Australia-England: England Finally Win As Jonathan Trott Proves His Worth

    Coming into this game, with England 3-0 down with four games to go in the series, opinion was divided as to how they should approach the match...

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  6. Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears: Packers Win NFC Championship Decisively

    When your most effective offensive player is your third-string quarterback and your opponent's winning touchdown is scored on an interception run by one of the heaviest men in the NFL, you are not going to win a conference championship...

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  7. South Africa-India: Yusuf Pathan's Heroics in Vain As Proteas Take Series

    If there were any justice in the world, a batsman scoring a century off only 68 balls would always, always, end up on the winning team. Unfortunately, cricket is a capricious mistress and justice is not her strong point...

    Richard O'Hagan Written by Richard O'Hagan about almost 4 years ago 430 reads 6 comments

  8. Cricket: Underwhelming England Overwhelmed By Australia's Other Hussey

    The only Australian to consistently give England problems during the Ashes was Michael Hussey. He was Australia's top run scorer and, for four Tests at least, a painful thorn in their sides...

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  9. South Africa-India Cricket: JP Duminy a Decisive Factor as Proteas Level Series

    In the end, the rain came down and ruined any hopes of a finish to this strangest of one day games. India began the day in search of a first series victory in South Africa and, ...

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  10. NFL Conference Championships: Are the Chicago Bears Really the Outsiders?

    Take a casual stroll through the murky backwaters of the betting exchanges and you'll discover one surprising fact about this weekend's Conference Championships...

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  11. Cricket: Australia-England: Shaun Marsh Stars As England Suffer Another Meltdown

    The record books will show that Australia won this game by the very comfortable margin of 46 runs, but that will not come close to describing the drama of a game, which for its ...

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  12. Cricket Australia, England: Matt Prior Returns As England Look To Level Series

    There are two people who will be pretty pleased with themselves before this game even starts, but aside from Australian all-rounder Shane Watson and England wicket-keeper Matt Prior, ...

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  13. Cricket: Misbah-Ul-Haq Shines Again As Pakistan Finally Win a Series

    In the end, the final day of this series was something of a damp squib. Pakistan finally won a Test series after eleven attempts, but they did so without ever really trying to win this particular game...

    Richard O'Hagan Written by Richard O'Hagan about almost 4 years ago 268 reads 4 comments

  14. NFL Divisional Playoffs: Was Bill Belichick Right to Bench Wes Welker?

    It's been a couple of days since the Patriots' season ended in that surprise defeat to the Jets, and yet one thing has been playing on my mind more than the defeat itself...

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  15. Cricket: Yusuf Pathan and Harbhajan Singh Star in Game of 2 Collapses

    The only constant in this series so far has been that any team's batting can—and will—collapse like a bad souffle at any given moment...

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  16. Cricket: Ross Taylor Rescues New Zealand as Pakistan Pays for Profligacy

    New Zealand finished the fourth day at the Basin Reserve 273 runs ahead and now have a good chance of winning this game...

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  17. Cricket: Misbah-Ul-Haq Falls for 99 As Pakistan Fail To Press Home Advantage

    Pakistani captain Misbah-ul-Haq came tantalisingly close to what would have been only his third Test hundred as Pakistan failed to take advantage of some solid upper order batting losing their last seven wickets for just 90 runs...

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  18. Cricket: Shane Watson's One-Man Show Downs England

    To the casual observer, Shane Watson is a difficult player to love. Whether it is the face like a badly constructed sponge pudding, or the smirk that seems to be on his face the ...

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  19. NFL Playoffs 2011: New York Jets at New England Patriots, My 3 Wishes

    The Patriots playing in the postseason is becoming a bit of a cliche. And it is hard to think of anything original to hope for without being really harsh and hoping that they lose horribly, simply because it is about time that they did...

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  20. Cricket: Brilliant Vettori Keeps New Zealand Alive

    It was a much better day for New Zealand at the Basin Reserve, and it was all down to their captain. Daniel Vettori led a lone rearguard as the Kiwis ran up a score of 356 in ...

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  21. NFL Divisional Round, Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears: My 3 Wishes

    In a weekend of pedigree matches, this one is the runt of the litter. Seattle , the first side in modern history to win a division with a less than .500 record visit Chicago , the first side to win a division without possessing an offensive line...

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  22. Cricket: South African Implosion Gifts Win To India

    There are plenty of ways to lose a cricket match, and by far the most depressing is the defeat caused by complete and utter panic among the batsmen. South Africa were well on top in this game...

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  23. NFL Divisional Round, Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons: My 3 Wishes

    The second of the divisional games this weekend is an intriguing matchup. Here are my three wishes for the game. 1...

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  24. Cricket: The World Cup Starts Here For England and Australia

    Tomorrow's game between Australia and England might be the first of seven one-day games between the two sides, and it might ostensibly be a match to celebrate the 40th anniversary ...

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  25. Cricket: New Zealand Blown Apart In Wellington Wind

    It was another disappointing day for New Zealand, as a combination of poor concentration, bad judgment and, at times, superb bowling left them struggling at 246-6 by close of play on the first day of the second Test in Wellington...

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