Recent Posts by afx237vi

August 18, 2009

Harlequins rugby coach given three year ban: after "bloodgate" inquiry. The episode centres around last year's Heinekin Cup quarter-final where Harlequins winger Tom Williams faked a blood-injury (video) in order to leave the field and be replaced by a specialist kicker. [more inside]

posted by afx237vi to other at 09:35 AM - 8 comments

February 06, 2008

From Exeter City to the 2010 World Cup... via Singapore?: After struggling to forge a professional career in the lower leagues of English football, John Wilkinson was about to pack it all in and quit the sport. Then the Singaporean FA came calling, and he now has a realistic chance of competing at the next World Cup in two years time.

posted by afx237vi to soccer at 10:10 AM - 9 comments

September 12, 2007

Broken Faces: During 2006, photographer Denis Rouvre travelled throughout France to document Top 14 French rugby matches. Granted open access to the locker rooms, he captured portraits of 220 players immediately after they left the pitch. "Bruise, grimy, bandaged, these smiling or grimacing faces reveal the impacts, the high stakes, the solidarity." (Note: Lots of Flash. Click Work ? Broken Faces.)

posted by afx237vi to culture at 08:22 AM - 4 comments

September 06, 2007

The 6th Rugby World Cup: kicks off tomorrow with the hosts France taking on the Argentineans. The BBC and the Independent have each compiled a handy team-by-team guide of the 20 nations taking part. [more inside]

posted by afx237vi to other at 05:06 PM - 10 comments

August 01, 2007

Fantasy Tour 2007: In amongst all the scandal, there was actually a race in there somewhere. So congratulations to qbert72, the winner of the inaugural fantasy Tour de France!

posted by afx237vi to fantasy at 08:33 AM - 5 comments

July 16, 2007

Fantasy Tour: The scores on the first rest day are...

posted by afx237vi to fantasy at 05:46 PM - 11 comments

July 04, 2007

February 26, 2007

Ullrich hangs up his cleats.: After failing to find a team for the new season, and persistent doping allegations that refuse to go away, 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich announces his retirement. Ullrich was caught up in the Operacion Puerto doping case last year, and despite numerous other cyclists being given the all-clear, Der Kaiser has chosen to call it a day.

posted by afx237vi to other at 10:30 AM - 6 comments

November 30, 2006

Test Catch Cricket.: Practice your catching skills ahead of the Ashes 2nd Test with this fun cricketing game. You can also try the insanely addictive Stick Cricket or the slightly less addictive The Ashes.

posted by afx237vi to other at 09:46 AM - 4 comments

November 12, 2006

July 13, 2006

May 04, 2006

La Corsa Rosa - A preview of the 2006 Giro d'Italia: With mountains aplenty, this year's Tour of Italy should be a very exciting race. Here's a quick look at the riders to look out for over the next three weeks

posted by afx237vi to commentary at 09:33 AM - 0 comments

March 27, 2006 is an online TV channel dedicated to the sport of pro cycling. Already this year they've shown a number of live one day classics from Belgium, absolutely free to anyone with a good broadband connection. You can also watch on-demand edited highlights of recent races and some of the Pro Tour races from last year.

posted by afx237vi to other at 09:22 AM - 16 comments

January 27, 2006

The qualifying draw for Euro 2008: was made earlier today in Montreaux.

posted by afx237vi to soccer at 07:43 AM - 12 comments

November 25, 2005

George Best dies, aged 59: Widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers ever, he passed away earlier today in London after a long illness related to his alcoholism.

posted by afx237vi to soccer at 10:20 AM - 20 comments

February 16, 2005

Armstrong to go for a 7th consecutive Tour in 2005.: There had been much speculation that he would give this year's event a miss, choosing to focus on the Spring Classics and a possible attempt at the hour record instead -- but perhaps unsurprisingly, come July, Lance will be in Fromentine attempting to break yet more records.

posted by afx237vi to other at 08:58 AM - 30 comments

February 04, 2005

Max Schmeling has died, aged 99.: Schmeling, one of the greatest boxers of his era, defeated Jack Sharkey in 1930 to become World Heavyweight champion, but he is probably best known for the legendary bouts with Joe Louis and his uncomfortable closeness to the Nazi Party.

posted by afx237vi to boxing at 04:05 PM - 2 comments

January 11, 2005

Stumped: England loses one of it's most loved sporting icons. At over 200 years old, it certainly had a good innings.

posted by afx237vi to other at 03:52 PM - 1 comment

December 12, 2004

Glenn Hoddle linked with Spurs: Despite being appointed as the Wolves boss on Wednesday, Hoddle - who is not unknown for making controversial statements - has claimed he is in talks with a group of millionaire businessmen who want to buy Tottenham Hotspur and place him in charge. Unsurprisingly, the Tottenham chairman is not too pleased about this.

posted by afx237vi to soccer at 08:19 AM - 7 comments

November 21, 2004

England could have walked: FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he would have supported England had they opted to leave the pitch in last week's friendly against Spain, where several black players were subjected to racist chants from the terraces. Does this set a dangerous precedent? Who decides if the abuse is serious enough to warrant a walk-out? Heck, who decides if the abuse is racist? And what happens when the crowd realise they can stop a match whenever a result is going the wrong way just by chanting unpleasant slogans?

posted by afx237vi to soccer at 08:30 AM - 11 comments