Swinging both ways “On 16 August, Bohemians beat Dublin neighbours UCD 10-1 in their record league win. On 19 August, they suffered a 6-1 reversal away to champions Dundalk in the league-cup semi-final. Is this the biggest swing in the margin of victory/defeat for a team in consecutive games?” asks John Shortall. So, 14’s the score to beat. Earlier this month, symmetrical swings also added up to that number in the Northern Premier League, as Richard Worrall observes. “They had a 7-0 home win (v Grantham Town) on 8 October; four days later on 12 October they lost by a similar score playing away to FC United.” “Funnily enough we just saw a bigger swing in the World Cup qualifiers,” says Chris Page. “Iran registered a 14-0 win over Cambodia, before falling 1-0 to Bahrain five days later. That’s a swing of 15.” Eighty years ago, Robert Kaye reckons Hull City matched the 15-goal swing: on 31 December 1938 they lost 2-6 to Bradford, … [Read more...] about Which football team endured the biggest swing between two results?
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England v Australia Saturday 8.15am, Oita, ITV1 Form England are looking untroubled. They didn’t even have to play at the weekend. They have not been above criticism in their three bonus-point wins out of three, but the calibre of opposition has improved with each match and would have done so again, but for Typhoon Hagibis. England have got better, too. But none of it feels quite real. Neither can the weirdness of a cancelled World Cup fixture and evacuation back to sunny Kyushu to try to simulate the match they never got to play. Mature heads will be needed to negotiate the leap thence to a quarter-final against Australia. The Wallabies haven’t exactly impressed, but England know only too well they can play a bit when the situation demands. Michael Cheika has been firing shots on their behalf at all targets throughout the tournament. He’ll create a siege mentality, even if there isn’t one to be had. Key players England Owen Farrell. At the heart of … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup: how the quarter-finalists shape up
Amanda Holden, Abbey Clancy and Katherine Jenkins put on their best telephone voices as they attended the BGC charity day in London on Wednesday afternoon. BGC Partners organize the annual event each year at their Canary Wharf office to commemorate the devastating September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. The event staged at its offices commemorated 658 Cantor Fitzgerald staff and 61 EuroBrokers employees who died in the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York on September 11, 2001. On the line: Amanda Holden, Abbey Clancy and Katherine Jenkins put on their best telephone voices as they attended the BGC and GFI charity event in London on Wednesday afternoon The event brings together dozens of famous faces, who take to the trading floor in a bid to raise money for causes close to their heart. And picking up the phone on behalf of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Amanda, 48, was in high spirits as she mingled with her fellow guests on Wednesday … [Read more...] about Amanda Holden, Abbey Clancy and Katherine Jenkins bring some glamour to the trading floor as they fund-raise at charity event honouring finance workers killed in September 11 attacks
How do you treat a lightsaber wound? Obi-Wan Kenobi called it an “elegant weapon for a more civilised age”, but it’s more like a humming glowstick that’s also lethal. “Lightsabers appear to work like superheated swords, able to slice through metal, human or alien tissue,” says Dr Iain Beardsell FRCEM, a consultant in emergency medicine. “So any victim would probably be taken to the nearest UK major trauma centre, possibly by air ambulance.” Even a glancing blow would likely cause so much trauma, the doctor-paramedic team would place the patient into a drug-induced coma using a “rapid sequence induction of anaesthesia and intubation”. But it’s not all bad news. “There is a chance a patient with these injuries may well survive,” says Beardsell. “One advantage of being struck by a lightsaber rather than a conventional blade might be the immediate cauterisation of the wound from the associated heat, … [Read more...] about ‘How do wookiees breed?’: the big Star Wars questions answered