Friday 27 April 2018

Something from the weekend

the good

Golden oldie

Steve Davis continued the 50s revival in world sport with one of the greatest shocks in World Championship history. The veteran snooker star took over from where Fred Couples and Tom Watson left off with his nerveless victory over John Higgins to book a place in the quarter-finals. Davis showed the composure of old to hold off a late revival by the defending champion as the

man once given the ironic nickname 'Interesting' writes the most intriguing chapter of recent Crucible history.

Chelsea's charge

Carlo Ancelotti went for a walk in the park on Saturday instead of watching Manchester United host Tottenham, and his Chelsea side enjoyed another one at Stamford Bridge yesterday as they scored seven goals for the third time this season. Once Salomon Kalou released the pressure valve around the Bridge with the first of his hat-trick, there was no stopping the Chelsea juggernaut. Alex Ferguson will be praying Liverpool's resistance isn't so inept.

the bad

Caught shorthanded

Despite the £200m shopping spree at Eastlands, Manchester City's fate now rests in the hands of a goalkeeper from the Faroe Islands.

With Shay Given stretchered off after dislocating his shoulder on Saturday, and second-choice keeper Stuart Taylor struggling with a knee injury, City now turn to Gunnar Nielsen for their final two games in their race for fourth place. Before his emergency debut against Arsenal, the 23-year-old's only experience of first-team football was with Wrexham in the Conference. Now he faces the prospect of being the last line of the defence in massive games against Aston Villa and Tottenham. "I like to think I'm calm under pressure," Nielsen said afterwards. Roberto Mancini is certainly hoping so.

Croker choker

Just like the crowd at Croke Park, Mayo didn't turn up for yesterday's Division 1 showpiece. Despite an impressive regular league season, John O'Mahony's men were reduced to the role of spectators for much of the final as Cork recorded an easy victory. Daniel Goulding's declaration that the Rebels' last training session had more intensity only added salt to Mayo's deep wounds.

. . . the odd

Sticky situation

Brazilian gunmen stole thousands of stickers for World Cup photo albums in a heist said to be worth over €50,000. Heavily armed men held up the company in Sao Paulo that distributes the stickers before loading

675,000 of them into waiting vans. It's one sure way of completing your soccer album in time for South Africa.

Irish Independent

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