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Captaining Italy is a job that demands an ability to man-manage an ever-evolving crisis. More often than not when Italy play, Italy lose and it was John Kirwan, the former All Black great and then Italy coach, who once neatly summed up the end-game for the captain as "invariably dealing with the crisis of defeat". It is a fire -fighting role in the Towering Inferno.
The former England international's agent revealed his client had begun drinking again
Concerns are growing for former footballer Paul Gascoigne after he appeared unwell and shaking during a charity appearance.
'Unique' combination of Varndell and Wade thrills crowds with fleet-footed frolics
Hundreds of people got up early and braved the rain to watch a football legend carry the Olympic flame in Manchester.
The Ireland hooker, Rory Best, reached for the balm of understatement when he described his team's opponents today, the All Blacks, as "a quality unit". The team named by New Zealand's new head coach, Steve Hansen, to play at Eden Park in Auckland includes seven men who played in last year's World Cup final. It also includes three debutants and some bloke called Dan Carter at No 10. The world's best fly-half, lest it be forgotten, was absent injured when his team-mates won the world title.
One foot in the real world – the other on my funny bone
George Best scored in '68 but United lost to City in that title duel. Denis Law back-heeled them down in '74. Ian Herbert savours the history
United have met Ajax only once before in Europe, in 1976. The key performers recall an electric occasion
News International hopes to settle claims - but lawyer says more victims emerge every day
Maybe, just maybe, he is the like of which we have not seen since the unforgettable George Best
He might just break a trend and say there are things more valuable than the pay packet
Any difficulties with the spoken word would in the long run be dwarfed by his football knowledge
Sir Alex Ferguson can see just why Ryan Giggs has been voted the greatest player in Manchester United history - even though the man himself cannot quite believe it.
George Best's European Cup winner's medal sold at auction for £156,000 yesterday.
Football has a real problem with morality and the game has a duty to stamp out culture of excess