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Build your own match report for Australia’s Ashes retaining win over England at Old Trafford
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Build your own match report for Australia’s Ashes retaining win over England at Old Trafford

Choose one of A, B or C to finish each sentence to create your own match report of Australia’s Ashes retaining win over England at Old Trafford, as well as further comments on the series in general. Australia retained the Ashes at Old Trafford after A) England batted with grit and determination to come within 13 overs of keeping the series alive. B) England were once again the inferior side losing by 185 runs. C) Manchester provided spectators with its only cloudless day of the summer, selfishly meaning the game wasn’t suspended early for bad light. The hosts, who are now 2–1 down in the series, A) will no doubt have a deep inquest into where it all went wrong, with some needing to take a long hard look at themselves. B) looked beaten from day one against an Australia...
<strong></strong>City, Liverpool and the Premier League title race: never underestimate the power of winning
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City, Liverpool and the Premier League title race: never underestimate the power of winning

In a world of spectrums, sports complies to a firm binary — the winner and the loser, the champion and the challenger, the bride and the bridesmaid. This is an open letter to the most dominant losers in sporting history: those who came as close to bending and blurring the binary as one could strive to, prior to having “failure’s” empty and harsh commiserations slap them squarely in the face. Catching the bouquet. For just a temporary moment on Sunday you might not have been naïve in believing that, at the culmination of a miraculous week brimmed with footballing resurrections, another blindsider was unfolding at opposite ends of the country in front of our split-screened, crossed-eyes. As Mane struck in the north, Brighton’s Glenn Murray staked his claim as the less than glamoro...
Tiger Woods: Masters win is a comeback only sport can deliver
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Tiger Woods: Masters win is a comeback only sport can deliver

A tempest of praise encircled Tiger Woods last Sunday, from sports stars to pundits, actors to presidents the 15-time major winner was lavishly serenaded as he prowled off the soft turf at Augusta’s 18th hole. Not since the 2008 US Open had Woods lifted one of golf’s coveted majors. Following spinal injuries, a marital breakdown and a DUI charge most thought he’d never win another. Indeed four years ago one was hemmed in with obituaries expressing Woods’ calamitous golfing denouement. He had just shot a round of 80 at the US Open, his worst at a major; TV commentator Butch Harmon decreed, “It was like watching Roger Federer struggle to get the ball over the net.” The writing was on the wall, it was time to retire. The Tiger had lost his stripes. In an elitist sport he was the ideal dep...