Friday 21 July 2017

Something from the weekend

Ciaran Lennon

Ciaran Lennon

The good

Sweet 16

What ever happened to the curse of Gillette? Andy Murray will rue the fact that Roger Federer has avoided the misfortune suffered by both Thierry Henry and Tiger Woods. But in the land where they love to moan about the whinging Poms, Murray will have few complaints after blowing five set points to get back into the contents in the third set. Federer's masterful tennis in the first two sets was matched by his fighting spirit in the next as the tide appeared to be turning in Murray's favour. But the Swiss World No 1 recovered brilliantly to secure his 16th Grand Slam title.

madrid masters

Real Madrid recorded their first victory at Deportivo La Coruna in 18 years in some style with Guti providing a spectacular back-heel assist to Karim Benzema when it seemed easier for the midfielder to slot the ball home himself. The Spanish press went to town on Guti's moment of magic. "Few footballers in the history of Real Madrid have been more brilliant . Guti's pass will be remembered 30 years from now," wrote 'Marca'. They must have a short memory themselves, as only a few weeks ago he was out of favour and out of the team. see: tinyurl.com/ykfqt9d

The bad

bridge over troubled water

John Terry has had little trouble scoring on or off the pitch and despite heading Chelsea back to the Premier League summit on Saturday, his position as England captain is under major scrutiny after revelations about his private life. Manchester City stars Carlos Tevez, Stephen Ireland and Nigel de Jong were all sporting 'Team Bridge' T-shirts at yesterday's game against Portsmouth -- in support of Wayne Bridge. There would be few black armbands if Terry was to lose his.

kildare's own goal

Kildare goalkeeper Shane McCormack was left red-faced after his misjudgment opened the door for Louth to book their place in the O'Byrne Cup final. With four minutes left on the clock, Louth's Declan Byrne went in search of an equalising point with a shoot from distance, but he struck gold when McCormack misread the flight of the ball and let it go out for a wide. But much to the keeper's shock, the ball struck the post and found the net in a blow Kildare never recovered from.

The odd

Tweet nothings

John Daly's attempt to retire appear to be nothing more than tweet nothings. Less than 24 hours after saying he was quitting the game of golf after missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, Daly backtracked on Twitter saying: "I'm not retired and never said I was retiring." All the controversy may not be good for his golf, but should be good for his ratings when a reality programme following Daly's life goes on air on The Golf Channel in March.

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