Sportsdesk | May 1, 2013
Tim Tebow was waived by the Jets after an unsuccessful one-season experiment in New York that produced more hype and headlines than production on the field. “Unfortunately,” coach Rex Ryan said, “things did not work out the way we all had hoped.” Fall from grace That is quite a fall for a player who came to New York in March 2012 in a trail of hype. There were billboards outside the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey welcoming Tebow, and sandwiches named after him at Manhattan delis. He also had a legion of fans who followed him because of his strong [...]
Gary Meenaghan | April 30, 2013
The car trophy the tennis superstar won for her win in Stuttgart is a non-starter. Gary Meenaghan explains why. Having amassed more than US$25 million (Dh91.8m) in prize money during her career and an estimated $22m last year alone in endorsements, the last thing Maria Sharapova needs is for somebody to gift her a new Porsche. Actually, that is not quite true. The last thing she needs is for somebody to gift her another new Porsche. And yet that is exactly what she was awarded on Sunday evening after she successfully defended her Stuttgart title against Li Na. It makes [...]
Paul Oberjuerge | April 29, 2013
The Austrian is joining Al Wahda for the third time as their coach. Paul Oberjuerge finds five highlights from the Austrian’s first two stretches managing the Pro League side. February 2010 Fernando Baiano, the Brazilian forward, scored twice before an overflow home crowd of 11,000 as Al Wahda, led by Josef Hickersberger, above, beat Al Jazira 2-1, the only defeat their Abu Dhabi rivals would suffer in the 2009/10 campaign. The victory lifted Wahda into first place in the Pro League. May 2010 Baiano scored three and the young goalkeeper Adel Al Hosani kept a clean sheet as Wahda defeated [...]
Sportsdesk | April 28, 2013
Arsenal host Manchester United today at Emirates Stadium in what has been one of the fiercest rivalries in English football over the past 20 years. Thomas Woods highlights five flash points. 1990: Battle of Old Trafford A bad tackle from Arsenal’s Nigel Winterburn on Dennis Irwin sparked a 21-man brawl after both Irwin and United teammate Brian McClair, above, had kicked Winterburn as he lay on the ground. United were docked one point, Arsenal two, but Arsenal still won the league title that season under George Graham. 2003: Battle of Old Trafford II Arsenal’s “Invincibles” were on their way to [...]
Paul Oberjuerge | April 22, 2013
Luis Suarez clashes with Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in the build-up to the biting incident at Anfield. Pic: Andrew Yates/AFP
When Luis Suarez sank his teeth into Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday, he was not the first sportsman to bite an opponent during competition, only the most recent. Here are five other notorious cases of sports biting.
Iain Hepburn | April 21, 2013
Gilbert Melendez fails to fend off Benson Henderson inside the UFC cage. Pic: Jeff Chiu/AP
Never let it be said that MMA fans aren’t sensitive souls.
Iain Hepburn | April 18, 2013
Rangers fans outside Ibrox stadium. Will they be heading to the Odeon to see the story of their team's collapse, however? Pic: Mark Runnacles/Getty
The financial turmoil which sent Rangers to the lowest tier of Scottish football could be set for an unlikely retelling on the silver screen.
Iain Hepburn | April 15, 2013
Mark Webber shows his frustration as he walks away from his stricken Red Bull in Shanghai. Pic: Aly Song/Reuters
Gary Meenaghan looks at five key issues coming out of the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix.
Iain Hepburn | April 2, 2013
This summer’s Islamic Solidarity Games have had to be postponed – after construction workers closed the main stadium in a row over unpaid wages.
Sportsdesk | April 1, 2013
Paolo Di Canio celebrates promotion with Swindon in April 2012. Pic: Christopher Lee/Getty
With Paolo Di Canio appointed as new Sunderland head coach, Thomas Woods looks back at five memorable moments from the controversial Italian’s football career.