News archive from 9 January 2011

The Ashes 2010: Abject Australia devalue England's latest achievement

The Ashes 2010: Abject Australia devalue England's latest achievement

In the surge to declare England's Ashes win the greatest of all sporting triumphs conceived on these shores, one vital element was missing: the presence of a credible, functioning opposition against which to measure the achievement. To think or write...

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport
 
Football's short-term hire and fire approach to managers suits no one

Football's short-term hire and fire approach to managers suits no one

So far this season, there have been 30 departures of football managers, of which 20 are dismissals, and the remaining 10 resignations. A further 21 coaches have been dismissed as a result of changes of manager. These figures may be a slight...

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport
 
Liverpool can learn from Sir Alex Ferguson's youth policy | Paul Wilson

Liverpool can learn from Sir Alex Ferguson's youth policy | Paul Wilson

Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated his 69th birthday on New Year's Eve. But they say you are only as old as you feel, so Roy Hodgson and Gérard Houllier (both 63) will currently be feeling much older. The Manchester United manager must feel like it has been...

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport
 
Managers will be forgiven anything if they get results | David James

Managers will be forgiven anything if they get results | David James

With eight dismissals in 10 days – Roy Keane went just as I was working on this column – managers are dropping like flies. My old clubs Liverpool, Aston Villa and West Ham United are under particular scrutiny and everyone is searching for an...

Guardian, 22:10 in Sport
 

Iran foreign minister vows help on jailed Germans

"Rest assured, both Germans will be treated fairly... we are doing our best to resolve the case," Salehi said in an interview in the German newsweekly Der Spiegel released Saturday. "We in the foreign ministry are trying to clear...

 
Scunthorpe United 1-5 Everton | FA Cup third round match report

Scunthorpe United 1-5 Everton | FA Cup third round match report

It was a case of wrong place, wrong time for poor old Scunthorpe, as Everton finally found their goal touch. Five different scorers registered as the Premier League side eased into the fourth round with the kind of result they have been promising for...

Guardian, 22:26 in Sport
 
Andy Flower plots assault on summit of the game | Vic Marks

Andy Flower plots assault on summit of the game | Vic Marks

On the morning after, the sun glistened on the opera house roof, the spinnakers were up in the harbour and some brave souls were climbing up the bridge (though this would not have been a good idea for the majority of the England team and their...

Guardian, 22:26 in Sport
 
The classic Seventies sports car is back from the dead with a bespoke fitting as individual as a Saville Row suit

The classic Seventies sports car is back from the dead with a bespoke fitting as individual as a Saville...

While they"re doing this you can have a say in how everything"s set up, from the throttle response to the leather, making each one as individual as a Savile Row suit. No wonder they only make 18 a year. A recent buyer let me borrow his, and...

Daily Mail, 22:34 in Auto
 
Mike Catt: Jonny Wilkinson and Ben Foden are key to England success

Mike Catt: Jonny Wilkinson and Ben Foden are key to England success

The former England utility man thinks England are set for a successful Six Nations Championship next month but believes the midfield still needs a major shake-up. Catt, who, as London Irish"s attack coach, will be hoping his side halt a run of...

Daily Mail, 22:38 in Sport
 

Stevenage's Scott Laird hit by fan after victory over Newcastle

The Football Association will launch an investigation after a Stevenage player was punched by a fan while celebrating tonight's shock FA Cup victory against Newcastle. Defender Scott Laird was floored by the blow following the final whistle as the...

Guardian, 22:39 in Sport
 
Salmaan Taseer, Aasia Bibi and Pakistan's struggle with extremism

Salmaan Taseer, Aasia Bibi and Pakistan's struggle with extremism

Aasia Bibi isn't at home. Children play at the blue gate of her modest home in Itanwali, a sleepy Punjabi village. Bibi, the woman at the heart of Pakistan's blasphemy furore – which triggered the murder of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer last week –...

 
Dotcom deja vu: The billionaire in flip-flops, investors offering vast sums for internet firms that have never shown a profit... doesn't it all seem worryingly familiar?

Dotcom deja vu: The billionaire in flip-flops, investors offering vast sums for internet firms that have...

But despite the lack of solid numbers to justify Facebook's valuation, there are plenty of investors willing to pay top dollar for a stake. American website SharesPost provides a system for owners or wouldbe owners of shares in private companies to...

 
ASK THE EXPERTS: Get your daughter to sign a post-nup

ASK THE EXPERTS: Get your daughter to sign a post-nup

However, your married daughter could protect the property against her husband's potential claim. They would both have to sign a postnuptial agreement, which courts now consider a viable action. Your unmarried daughter could effect a prenuptial...

 

Today's mystery bird for you to identify

Mystery Bird photographed at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Dan Logen, 19 January 2010 [velociraptorize]. Nikon D300, 600 mm lens, 1.4 extender ISO 640, f/6.4, 1/640 sec. This...

 
My batting has never been pretty to watch but I've given it my all and now is the right time to go

My batting has never been pretty to watch but I've given it my all and now is the right time to go

Party time: Collingwood celebrates in the dressing room after the fifth Ashes test We had spent some time chugging on big, fat cigars in our dressing room and soaking each other with bubbly — and some more with the Australians in their...

Daily Mail, 23:01 in Sport
 


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