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Racing 92 7 Munster 32: Visitors honour Anthony Foley with bonus-point Champions Cup win

Didn’t Foley play for Munster? Going down by 927 points isn’t honouring is it? Umm…..ah!

So, Six Nations predictions then

Deciding match last of the series, England v Ireland in Dublin?

Scotland are much better than in the recent past but it is much better, not top rank, Wales are drifting, Italy, game lads but and France, well, who knows which team will turn up?

Ireland well beat the All Blacks and were very close a second time. And England. So, the last match as the decider perhaps?

Tee hee

Oh tee hee indeed:

Giovanbattista Venditti scored a crucial second-half try as Italy bounced back from an All Blacks mauling to score an historic first 20-18 win over embattled South Africa.

On the England Fiji game, yes, obviously, Fiji were soundly beaten. However, however, this is not quite true but around and about so. 30 years ago the England Maybes team would have put up that sort of score against Fiji. Today they need to bring out the full team to do so. Fiji is advancing….as obviously, is Italy and as Argentina have done similarly.

Oh, well done, well done indeed!

Ireland’s class of 2016 stamped their names into the history books as Joe Schmidt’s side dispatched New Zealand 40-29 in Chicago for their first victory over the All Blacks in 111 years of trying. Three days after the Chicago Cubs ended a 108-year drought to land baseball’s World Series, Ireland lit up the city’s Soldier Field stadium with their maiden win over the All Blacks at the 29th attempt.

New Zealand’s record-breaking winning run was halted at 18 Tests – their last defeat was by Australia in August 2015 – after the Irish were forced to hold off a ferocious fightback in the second half, which saw the All Blacks recover from a 30-8 deficit after 46 minutes to go within four points at 33-29.

Not particularly because it is Ireland that did it, nor that it ends the winning streak. Just because beating the All Blacks in a test is one of the more difficult achievements in sport.

Difficult achievements should be applauded. As they say, this is the first time Ireland have achieved it….

I don’t think it’s six million at the Cubs victory parade

No, just really, no:

The fall classic! Daredevil Cubs fans risk their lives with crazy ‘trust falls’ as SIX MILLION pack the streets of Chicago to celebrate their World Series win 108 years in the making

If you look at the pictures it’s a good turnout alright. But it’s not double the population of the entire city.

cubs

A good crowd but…..say it’s 20 deep like that, both sides,  all 7 miles of the route. Two people a yard, 1760 yards per mile. Half a million, maybe 600,000. That I would believe. But sorry Mil, just not 6 million.

This is part of a 6 million crowd:

6-million

Different order of magnitude

On the Cubs winning

God Exists. QED.

Possibly over the top but this is baseball so you never really know. There’s something about the game that speaks deep to the American soul. Other countries have sports, certainly, certain people within those countries might be nuts for one sport or another. But there’s some mythos about baseball and being an American.

Different from and possibly deeper than Kiwis and All Blacks even. Even, even they, Kiwis don’t mythologise the first time Dad tackles son, but Pop and Jr trying out the child sized glove with a bit of catch is as much a rite of passage as realising that Mom’s apple pie actually stinks.

I’m with the players here

Sparta Prague have sent two players to train with the women’s team after they told a female assistant referee to stay in the kitchen.

Lukas Vacha and Tomas Koubek were condemned by the Czech FA chairman and their club appointed them as ambassadors of the women’s team following comments they made against the assistant referee Lucie Ratajova last weekend.

Ratajova failed to notice a clear offside as Sparta lost a 3-2 lead in the 92nd minute against Zbrojovka Brno following a goal by Alois Hycka last Sunday.

After the game Vacha, the injured Sparta midfielder, tweeted the assistant referee’s photo with a caption reading “To the cooker”, while the goalkeeper Tomas Koubek told the media after the game: “In my opinion, women should stay at the stove and not officiate men’s football.”

Both players issued apologies on Monday but the Czech FA chairman,

No, they didn’t go up and shout this in her face. They whined about a bad decision after the game. And in whining about a ref making a bad decision anything is fair game.

Shock! Horror!

One of England’s top rugby clubs hired a private detective to investigate extraordinary claims of debauchery during an end-of-season riverboat party.
Wasps players booked the Hurlingham floating nightclub for a cruise along the Thames, but their riotous behaviour is alleged to have left staff in tears and fearing for their safety.

Rugby players drink a bit and get boisterous.

Well now, there’s a surprise.

Erm, really?

Go back home! / Go! Back! Home! This was a troubling if not entirely unexpected chant to hear in downtown Minneapolis last weekend.

Fortunately, the source was not a rally for America’s incorrect answer to Nigel Farage, rather a rowdy tailgate party taking place before the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings faced the Green Bay Packers.

The majestic tailgate towers above all of America’s other great institutions – the state of the union address, Saturday Night Live, maple syrup as a crucial component of breakfast. There is no equivalent in British sporting fan culture.

Take a generous car park, fill it with extrovert vehicles with names like Patriot, Renegade and Wrangler, set up a barbecue, decorate your area with allegiance-pledging trinkets, BYOB, have a wonderful time.

Twickenham car parks?

OK, rather more British etc but…..

Err, yes, and?

A new report has found a “vast” gender wage gap exists within sport, with female athletes battling for better pay in a billion-dollar industry that remains predominantly male.

Key to this is removing the range of systematic barriers facing women in sport. These barriers include
sexist behaviour, gender pay gaps and poor media coverage. According to The Tucker Centre for Research
on Girls and Women in Sport,3 although 40 per cent of participants in sport are female only four per cent
of sports media coverage goes to female sports.

As the money’s in the media the pay gap is a surprise because?

This does seem fair really

Hannah Cockroft has accused the world’s two leading sportswear brands of discrimination after claiming the reason she does not have a kit sponsor is because she does not wear shoes during her wheelchair races.

Cockroft, who is expected to be one of the stars of the Paralympic Games in Rio after winning two golds at London 2012 and three in last year’s world championships, is the dominant figure in her sport but said Adidas and Nike have cited her inability to use their footwear in competition as a justification for not sponsoring her. The 24-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, has been angered by a situation she feels illustrates how disabled athletes are still fighting for greater recognition.

“The real reason?” the ParalympicsGB athlete said. “I have been told it’s because I don’t wear shoes when I compete. What do I do with that? I wear a shirt, I wear trousers, I wear shoes on the podium when I’m collecting a gold medal. But apparently because that’s not when I’m competing that’s not enough. I’ve been told this by Nike, Adidas, all the big brands. I told them it was discrimination. It is discrimination.

There is taste discrimination and there’s rational discrimination. It does seem rational that a footwear brand doesn’t sponsor someone who doesn’t use footwear.

And her actual complaint is worse than that. She’s claiming discrimination simply because they won’t cut a commercial deal with her that she thinks is large enough.

Enter the Curajus State

Doctors had discovered that pregnant women could gain an advantage in muscle power, suppleness and lung capacity, because they produced more red blood cells. In 1994 Olga Kovalenko, a gold medal winner at the 1968 Olympics, told a German television interviewer that all the members of the Soviet women’s gymnastic team, two of whom were 15 at the time, had been forced to become pregnant before the Olympics: if they did not have a husband or boyfriend, they were made to have sex with a male coach.

Anyone who refused was thrown off the team. After 10 weeks of pregnancy every gymnast had an abortion. They won the team gold medal by a fraction of a point, with Czechoslovakia second. “In any other country it would have been called rape,” one of the Soviet coaches admitted later.

Compared to the other things it’s almost trivial. But Jeebus.

Idiot

In pressing their case on hyperandrogenic athletes the IAAF have ensured hostile scrutiny will always fall on women who defy norms imposed by the powerful

This isn’t a norm imposed by the powerful. It’s that we’ve a division between male and female in most sports on the grounds that male and female differ physically. That’s the reason for the whole distinction in the first place.

Yes, at the meeting point there’s a certain blurriness. But because we are doing a classification thing here we need to have an actual classification.

We’re told this year that in the womens’ 800 metres the gold, silver and bronze medals were all won by those somewhere on that blurry line between being female and intersex.

Given that we are, originally, doing this dividing on the basis of the difference in physiques that might not be an entirely sustainable place for our classification line in that blurry area.

Yes, it is blurry. The gold medallist does not have ovaries but undescended testicles. Is that line in the right place?

A message from Her Majesty

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and other realms beyond the sea, graciously acknowledges the victory of her subjects in the recent Olympics Games. We think that you have done well, vry, vry well, in gaining more medals than any other legitimate grouping of people and peoples across the globe. We are most proud of you.

If we may also (but of course we may! Ha Ha!) make a more personal comment?

Eat dirt Barack.

British Empire wins Olympic medal table

Oh, well done!

Wheeler, a committed Brexiter who was appointed in July to serve in Theresa May’s new government as an assistant whip, appears to have been trying to link feelgood factor around Britain’s Olympic success to the UK’s looming exit from the EU.

Alternatively, she was responding to the European Parliament’s claim that the EU headed the medals table.

Err,

The nation’s television screens will go blank next week to encourage people to get outside and play sport as part of the official celebrations of Team GB’s historic Olympic success.

ITV will suspend all broadcasting for the first time in its history for an hour on Saturday, August 27, as 2,000 sports clubs throw open their doors to anyone who wants to try out a new sport.

Anyone turning on their TV will see messages such as “We’ve gone running – why don’t you join us?”

What percentage of watching is live to air broadcasting? And will that percentage change for an hour?

There are cliches and then there are cliches

A Brazilian women’s rugby sevens player has become the first athlete to receive a marriage proposal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Isadora Cerullo, 25, was a member of the Brazil squad that narrowly missed out on reaching the knockout rounds.

After the medal ceremony following the first women’s rugby sevens final in Olympic history on Monday had ended, Marjorie Enya, Cerullo’s girlfriend and a manager at Deodoro Stadium, asked her to marry her.