“I don’t know if Shoot! covered the subject as well, but the magazine I worked on as features editor – Total Football – had a long-running obsession with long throw-ins,” writes Alex. “One day we trotted down to St Andrew’s with a photographer and a 50m tape measure and invited Birmingham City and Wales midfielder, Andy Legg, to attempt a new world record. Despite suffering from an ankle knock, and amid complaints about the wet surface, Legg hurled a football the entire width of the pitch. … [Read more...] about Which footballer holds the world record for the longest throw-in?
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Lunchtime read: The men who want to be single parents Whether from the ruins of a failed relationship or the urge to care, an increasing number of men are using surrogacy, adoption and fostering to become parents without a partner. Sirin Kale has spoken to some of them, including Ben Carpenter, 35, who has four adopted children, all of whom have special needs. “I knew it was what I wanted to do. Instantly, I completely found my niche,” he says. Another, Gareth K Thomas from south Wales, is fostering three children and urges other men to do the same. “We go away for weekends, camping, take the dog for a walk, go for hot chocolate. I think: it’s my job to do this? Someone is going to find me out soon.” … [Read more...] about Wednesday briefing: Escape from Wuhan
Kohli’s departure was even more influential. A fizzing leg‑break from Rashid pitched on middle and leg and passed the outside edge of the bat to clip the off bail. An aghast Kohli, who looked almost as astonished as Mike Gatting all those years ago against Shane Warne at Old Trafford, hesitated before departing. There followed a few nervous moments for England as the third umpire confirmed that the ball had broken the stumps before the intervention of Jos Buttler’s gloves, an outcome that would have relieved England’s wicketkeeper since he had earlier spilled a tough chance off Moeen Ali when Kohli was on 23. In the same over Suresh Raina was satisfyingly pouched at leg slip by Root – the satisfaction coming from the fact that England had stationed a leg slip in the first place. … [Read more...] about Joe Root reaches century on last ball as England beat India to win ODI series 2-1
An elegant centre-half in the days when the centre-half was the attacking fulcrum of a team, he was instrumental in MTK's Hungarian title in 1921. The following season, though, Ferenc Nyul, the player he had replaced, returned to Budapest from the Romanian side Hagibor Cluj, and, relegated to second fiddle, Guttmann did what he would do throughout his career: he walked. Like many of the Jews leaving the anti-Semitism of Miklòs Horthy's Hungary, he went to Vienna, which became his spiritual home, a place where coffee-house intellectuals regarded football as just as worthy a subject for debate as literature or politics. … [Read more...] about Chelsea be warned: a Guttman is hard to find
The stepping stones to help new riders reach that top level are also growing. International racing returned to Australian shores at the Santos Women’s Tour in 2016, giving domestic riders the chance to ride alongside, and be spotted by, some of the top teams in the world. Since the reintroduction of international racing the number and level of the women’s UCI-ranked events in Australia has continued to climb. Now one has reached the very top, with the elite event at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race joining the Women’s WorldTour. … [Read more...] about Australian strength and consistency in women’s cycling resurfaces