Author: Lentini

SNOOKER DROOPY

It’s Christmas Day 1983. Dawn has just about broken, which by my reckoning makes it perfectly acceptable to jump out of bed, play Adam & The Ants records at full blast and wake anyone within a two-mile radius. Right, presents… As a nine-year-year-old whose life revolves around football, the only gift I crave is to play for Manchester United – I’d even written to the great man himself the previous year to see if he could make it happen. No, not Ron Atkinson – I mean the top man himself, Sir Jimmy Saville. However, the cigar-smoking, shell-suit-clad legend didn’t...

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RIVALS PRAYING FOR A POWER CUT

I can’t recall exactly when my love affair with darts began, but, to give you a clue, it was in the days when Britain had a coal industry and Larry Grayson was making a living out of shutting doors. Saturday afternoons meant kicking back on my Gran’s sofa with a bottle of Tizer and watching, wide-eyed, as Jocky Wilson and Eric Bristow slugged it out with a fag and a pint in one hand and cocked tungsten in the other. Great characters, great memories. I even played in a Wednesday night league in my university days until one soul-destroying...

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Grim Reaper’s Last Stand

As the swimming world revels in Ian Thorpe’s shock return to the pool after five years on dry land, another former world champion his hit the comeback trail with a fraction of the fanfare that greeted Thorpedo’s sporting renaissance. Robin Reid, the former Olympic medallist and WBC super-middleweight champion, has decided to give the unforgiving world of professional boxing another crack after a four-year hiatus, during which time his charisma, good looks and physical attributes have been utilised in the marginally safer world of pornographic movies… But, while Thorpe – a mere slip of a lad at 28 –...

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Warne Down, Three To Go

Philip Hughes is his natural successor – the same Philip Hughes who proved himself incapable of playing short-pitched bowling in England last summer and was promptly ditched after two Test matches. I’m sure Straussy and the lads will struggle to sleep if he gets the nod for the third Test in Perth.  Mark Cameron or the livewire Trent Copeland could replace paceman Doug ‘The Rug’ Bollinger, but it’s in the spinning department that the Aussies look about as threatening as a shopmobility-bound bank robber who’s brandishing nothing more than an umbrella and a gummy smile. You’d think, having produced...

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