Something From The Weekend: Walter Smith; Ben Youngs; West Indies cricket team; Anthony Robles
Monday 21 March 2011
It was warming to see Walter Smith victorious on the final trip to Hampden Park of his career – his eleventh cup win there over 20 years with Rangers. Of course, one does not have to be Nelson Mandela to appear an icon of dignity in contrast to Neil Lennon. But, as it happens, Smith is exactly that and his decision to switch to 4-4-2 was gloriously vindicated. Nikica Jelavic, who was paired with Kyle Lafferty up front, scored the winning goal in extra time, which, given the context, is as good a return on a £4m fee as Smith could have hoped for. Things have changed at Rangers since Smith first took over; he did once have Brian Laudrup in his team, but a win over Celtic at Hampden is a touching finale.
The coltish scrum-half rather embarrassed himself at Lansdowne Road on Saturday. Just as Ireland were about to take a quick line-out, Youngs threw the ball into the packed stands and was yellow-carded. He did, however, admit his mistake, saying he "played like an idiot", thereby displaying a level of self-knowledge that feels out of place coming from a member of an English national team.
West Indies cricket team
Having again decided against the concrete experience of Shivnarine Chanderpaul in their batting order, West Indies collapsed yesterday with a commitment and velocity that recalled the great Headingley and Lords collapses of 2000, dropping from 154 for 2 to 188 all out in 13 mad overs.
Saturday saw the final of this year's NCAA Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia. Anthony Robles, representing Arizona State, won the 125lb weight class. So far, so unremarkable. Except for the fact that Robles was born with one leg. He refuses to wear a prosthetic limb and would turn his nose up at any Oscar Pistorius-type artificial aid. How he manages to triumph in a sport based on balance and movement is astonishing. And this was no Paralympic event that he won, but the main championship between college students in the US, on which much prestige and attention rests. And Robles won it by beating defending champion Matt McDonough 7-1 in the final. Remarkable.
When it comes to promoting equality of the sexes, we tend to think that we’ve come a long way in the past 40 years.
Latest in Sport
Tony Bellew vs Nathan Cleverly 2 report: Bellew takes his revenge with points win over Cleverly
Perth midfielder Ruben Zadkovich sent off 17 seconds after coming on against Wellington
England vs Samoa match report: England finally end losing streak as Jonny May stars in win ahead of Wallabies showdown
Arsenal vs Manchester United report: Wayne Rooney and a Kieran Gibbs own goal make Gunners rue missed chances
Arsenal vs Manchester United player ratings: Who was the star man? Wayne Rooney or David De Gea?
- 1 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 2 Tower Bridge glass walkway 'smashed' by night-time visitor dropping bottle of beer
- 3 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
Voluntary Only - Expenses Reimbursed: Reach Volunteering: A trustee (company d...
£45000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join a successful an...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Digital Sales Account Manager...