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Thinking Through WWE Money in the Bank 2015

When WWE gets it right, it can all seem so fluid, so sensible, so seamless in the connection between cause and effect, and so transparent with regard to motivation, purpose and meaning, that the business of professional wrestling, or sports entertainment, would almost appear effortless – if it weren’t for the tremendous effort clearly being expended by the superstars performing in…

Live 2015 Women’s World Cup: Group E Final Round

Live 2015 Women’s World Cup: Group E Final Round

– Costa Rica will undoubtedly be disappointed, but they haven’t performed badly across their debut World Cup. Rodriguez Cedeno – only twenty-one, and currently playing for the Penn State Nittany Lions – was especially impressive, crafty and hardworking just off the attack, but Costa Rica lacked firepower. Brazil struggled to find the back of the net, but they were able to rest…

Live 2015 Women’s World Cup: Group F Final Round

Live 2015 Women’s World Cup: Group F Final Round

– After a strong first-half performance from England, Colombia had all of the play in the second half. They struggled to create clear opportunities; but they also suffered from some awful officiating, including the first-half penalty decision, and the yellow card given to their goalkeeper, Sepulveda, late on. Numerous fouls didn’t go their way. A draw would have been a…

Live 2015 Women’s World Cup: Group D Final Round

– The United States certainly deserved their win: they saw more of the ball, attacked in numbers, and had another level to their game. But Nigeria matched them for strength, tackling ability, and passing in the midfield for much of the ninety minutes. They lacked a creative spark, and struggled to build numbers in the attack. Head coach Edwin Okon…

Live 2015 Women’s World Cup: Group C Final Round

– Some of Cameroon’s behaviour during the game was unpalatable: they made several nasty fouls, and repeatedly wasted time and feigned injury in the closing stages. Still, physical challenges and yellow cards are part of football, and the fact is that Cameroon cowed Switzerland’s forwards, came to dominate the midfield, and through dynamic and exciting wing play fully deserved their…

Live 2015 Women’s World Cup: Group A Final Round

– New Zealand may be the only side from Group A out of the competition; but despite winning the group, Canada too may be disappointed with their performance so far. They sat on their lead against Netherlands today, and were largely reduced to shots from outside the area; while Netherlands caused them increasing problems with the pace and dynamism of…

Live 2015 Women’s World Cup: Group B Final Round

– Germany dominated the match, and should have scored more goals: as in their opening game against Ivory Coast, their build-up was sharp and they pushed plenty of players forward, but their finishing was wayward. Still, their collection of attackers is unmatched in women’s football; and only Switzerland come close in terms of potential potency. Thailand can be proud of…

Live Sports Commentary 07.06.15: French Open Final Etc.

Live Sports Commentary 07.06.15: French Open Final Etc.

19:25 – Following Canada’s last-gasp penalty last night, which gave the home nation a 1-0 victory over a resolute China side in the opening game of the Women’s World Cup, their Group A competitors New Zealand and the Netherlands took to the field at Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton. Making their debut at a World Cup finals, the Netherlands won the match…

Live Sports Commentary 06.06.15: French Open and Football

Live Sports Commentary 06.06.15: French Open and Football

01:10 – And with that, I shall depart for the day. Thanks to anyone who has read any of this. New Zealand and the Netherlands, the other two teams from the Women’s World Cup Group A, will kick off in just under an hour, at 02:00 BST. And tomorrow will see the 2015 French Open men’s final, between Novak Djokovic…