Something From The Weekend: Guildford drinks and delivers; Bogdan's Bolton battered; Red Sox collapse

The Good, The Bad and The Odd

The Good: Guildford drinks and delivers

When it comes to the rugby player's central task, combining boorishness with brilliance, the All Blacks just do it better. Zac Guildford, who scored four tries against Canada early yesterday morning, last month had to admit to drinking "issues" after some enthusiastic refuelling following New Zealand's recent defeat to Australia.

Clearly, though, neither the drinking nor the subsequent sanctimony affected Guildford's performance. The same cannot be said of the England team, who fail to balance the twin demands of the elite game. The crude loutery is there, as shown by more revelations this weekend. But combined with good play as well? Nowhere near, yet.

The Bad: Bogdan's Bolton battered

Before yesterday's game, Bolton had already conceded at least three goals four times this season. A change in goal, with Adam Bogdan in for Jussi Jaaskelainen, might have seen an improvement. But 27 minutes in, they were 0-4 down, with Bogdan embarrassingly negligent for the third and fourth goals.

It was one of the fastest races to four in recent memory – Arsenal did it in one minute less last year – but certainly a data point on the rapid transformation of Owen Coyle's Bolton into Owen Coyle's Burnley. The momentum-haemorrhage that was April's FA Cup semi-final has been damaging, as have long-term injuries to Stuart Holden and Lee Chung-Yong. October meetings with fellow crisis clubs Wigan, Sunderland and Arsenal could be definitive.

The Odd: Red Sox collapse

Despite his reputation for brilliant sporting administration, John W Henry's baseball empire collapsed this weekend. The Boston Red Sox, after the most dramatic and improbable failure to make the post-season in baseball history, have dismissed manager Terry Francona, the man who guided them to two World Series wins. While Henry (and Tom Werner, now also Liverpool chairman) have a reputation for rational and insightful transfers, this season the team was weighed down by the under-performing $142m Carl Crawford. And this is meant to be their speciality. So when Henry and Werner sign off £51m of spending on Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson, perhaps some fierce scrutiny is warranted.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Business Analyst - 12 Month FTC - Entry Level

£23000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Business Analyst is required ...

Recruitment Genius: Chefs - All Levels

£16000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: To succeed, you will need to ha...

Recruitment Genius: Maintenance Engineer

£8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join an award winni...

Recruitment Genius: Telesales Executive & Customer Service - Call Centre Jobs!

£7 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Are you outgoing? Do you want to work in...

Day In a Page

Isis in Syria: Influential tribal leaders hold secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over possibility of mobilising against militants

Tribal gathering

Influential clans in Syria have held secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over the possibility of mobilising against Isis. But they are determined not to be pitted against each other
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously

Illnesses, car crashes and suicides

Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously
10 best trays

Get carried away with 10 best trays

Serve with ceremony on a tray chic carrier
Wimbledon 2015: Team Murray firing on all cylinders for SW19 title assault

Team Murray firing on all cylinders for title assault

Coaches Amélie Mauresmo and Jonas Bjorkman aiming to make Scot Wimbledon champion again
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!
Ashes 2015: Angus Fraser's top 10 moments from previous series'

Angus Fraser's top 10 Ashes moments

He played in five series against Australia and covered more as a newspaper correspondent. From Waugh to Warne and Hick to Headley, here are his highlights
Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend