The best sports writing from the past week (or so).
No predictions, they could all be wrong by the time you read this. Instead:
Country with a problem: Spain is in meltdown.
Which player could Roger Federer possibly be in awe of?
The Ashes are nearly here. Can it ever be as good as 2005 again? Mark Wood might be England’s hero. Meanwhile the Aussies aren’t here to make friends. And no-one will ever have a call up like David Steele in 1975.
England’s T20 Blast is just a bit silly.
There’s a problem with pink balls. Really.
Apparently Raheem Sterling is worth it after all.
When football became middle class.
Anelka as a player-manager. In India. What could possibly go wrong?
Who actually buys the players?
Nigel Pearson, how we will miss you.
Is the no9 Chelsea shirt jinxed? Falcao will hope not.
The US wants to get on with the whole extradition process. Fifa seems to think it’s cleaning house regardless, and makes lame excuses about Russia / Qatar. And poor old Sepp didn’t go to the final.
WOMENS’ WORLD CUP
The US have saved America from a sour year of sport.
McIlroy’s year has just done down the pan.
Golf stars need say nothing.
If golf is a long walk ruined, what the hell is footgolf?
NFL stars love marijuana – who knew?
What’s wrong with Usain Bolt?
The Olympics should be free to air – otherwise, what’s the point?
The US might want to control F1, but let’s hope the farce of 2005 is never repeated.
That’s it for this week – see you next Tuesday.