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'I just don't think there's ever been a European team which has played better'
This was the gracious verdict of US captain Tom Lehman after his team were emphatically defeated 18H-9H by Europe in the 36th Ryder Cup, held at The K Club in County Kildare.
In an event that was monopolised in the early years by the Americans, this was the three-in-a-row triumph that many said couldn't be won. But, spurred on by motivational captain Ian Woosnam and inspired by the courage of team member Darren Clarke, who made himself available for selection just three weeks after the devastating loss of his wife to breast cancer, the European team romped to victory.
It was an emotionally charged contest that Europe dominated from the outset, and the final score did not even adequately reflect the huge gulf between the high-quality play of the victors and the rather lacklustre performance of the Americans. The result ensured that the Europeans have decisively shrugged off their underdog tag while post-mortems into America's defeat will be long-running.
Easy Ryder is a celebratory account that captures every glorious moment of one of the biggest events in the golfing calendar. Accompanied by many stunning photographs, it is an essential read for all golf fans.
Sir Donald Bradman saw more cricket than anyone else in the twentieth century. He personally watched virtually all the best cricketers from all the major playing nations, as well as both playing in and selecting Test sides from 1928 to 1971, giving him an unprecedented appreciation of the best the sport had to offer. Added to this was a skill in judging a cricketer's capacities and talents that was second to none. Bradman retained all the detail of every match - from the trivia to the humourous moments - and he never lost the ability to distil it all with quite extraordinary perspicacity. And towards the end of his life, from a whole century of cricketers, he selected the very finest twelve for his ideal team.
Now you can read about that team, in the words of the great man himself, and in so doing gain an extraordinary insight into the game he loved.
Which country has won the most World Cups?
A) Brazil B) Argentina C) Italy
Which country scored the most goals in the 2006 World Cup?
A) France B) Germany C) Brazil
Only 7 countries have won the World Cup in its 80 year history. Can you name them?
Match of the Day's World Cup Quiz Book is just the thing to get the young football fan in your life ready for the biggest football competition in the world!
Packed with quizzes, puzzles, wordsearches, crosswords, spot the ball games and picture teasers, the Match of the Day World Cup Quiz Book is essential reading in the lead up to the World Cup 2010.
(and the answers are: A) Brazil, winner of 5 World Cups; B) Germany scored 14 goals during the 2006 World Cup; and the 7 countries that have won the World Cup are: Brazil, 5 titles; Italy, 4 titles; Germany, 3 titles; Argentina, 2 titles; Uruguay, 2 titles; France, 1 title; England, 1 title)
'It was boxing that gave Johnny Owen his one positive means of self-expression . . . It is his tragedy that he found himself articulate in such a dangerous language' - Hugh McIlvanney
In 1980, Johnny Owen held the Welsh, British, European and Commonwealth bantamweight titles. Nicknamed 'the Matchstick Man' because of the skeletal physique which belied his stamina and aggression, Johnny was hugely popular. With his old-fashioned fighting style, honesty and charm, he was something to cheer about in an uncertain world and a climate of industrial decline.
In the autumn of that year, Johnny made his bid for the World Championship, flying to Los Angeles to fight the skilful, arrogant champion, Lupe Pintor of Mexico. Most pundits considered Pintor unbeatable and Owen out of his depth. Many feared for his life, comparing his emaciated body and slow mind with the power and lightning-quick reflexes of the Mexican.
Both the odds and the crowd were in favour of Pintor, but Owen had his father in his corner as his trainer, and he would produce one of the most courageous displays of bantamweight boxing ever witnessed - one that was bound to end in tragedy. Owen was knocked out in the twelfth round of the epic bout. He never regained consciousness and died 46 days later.
Writing from the unique perspective of co-producer of the BBC BAFTA-winning documentary Johnny Owen: The Long Journey, the author takes an in-depth look at Owen's life and rise to fame and tells the story of the historic week spent in Mexico with the boxer's father and trainer, Dick Owens, and of Dick's emotional reunion with the legendary boxer Lupe Pintor - the man responsible for the death of his son.
It is a story of hope and courageous struggle, of the search for resolution and forgiveness. Johnny Owen is a stunning and beautiful tale of a real people's champion and of the aftermath of one of sport's saddest occasions.
Bestselling author Frank Worrall digs deep to highlight the similarities between the clubs' fans and teams, builds a vivid picture of the tragedies and triumphs that have befallen both, and looks at the altruistic intent behind their formation.
Worrall also discusses the reasons why United and Celtic became the first two British clubs to win the European Cup, how they have each had a brilliant but tragic star within their ranks (George Best and Jimmy Johnstone respectively) and analyses the work of the men who have played for and managed each club.
Also given a voice in Celtic United are the fans who proudly swear allegiance to both teams. Rod Stewart, arguably their most famous fan, explains his affection for Celtic and United and describes how it came about that both teams feature in the lyrics of his song 'You're in my Heart'.
Rugby has been central to the life of New Zealander Todd Nicholls and, indeed, to that of his country. After the advent of professionalism, however, it appeared to him that the essence and uniqueness of the game had been lost. It was now all about money and entertainment rather than the manly endeavour it had once been.
In an effort to discover whether the spirit that made the game great still existed, Todd embarked on a two-year odyssey over both hemispheres that saw him not only rediscover his passion but also uncover why the sport had changed.
During his journey, Todd examines the state of the game in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, the European continent and in Britain and Ireland, and he provides a blistering appraisal of the issues facing rugby today.
Including interviews with past and present rugby giants such as Brian O'Driscoll, Tana Umaga, Sir Clive Woodward, Graham Henry, Lawrence Dallaglio, Richard McCaw, Willie John McBride, Colin Meads, Jack Kyle, Sean Fitzpatrick, Gavin Hastings, Justin Marshall, Dan Carter and Martyn Williams, The Winter Game is for anyone who cares about rugby.
'Paris, 4 July 2003: My first Tour de France. I had never seen a bike race. I had only vaguely heard of Lance Armstrong. I had no idea what I was doing there. Yet, that day I was broadcasting live on television. I fumbled my way through a few platitudes, before summing up with the words, "...Dave Millar just missing out on the Yellow Jumper." Yes, the Yellow Jumper.'
Follow Ned Boulting's (occasionally excruciating) experiences covering the world's most famous cycling race. His story offers an insider's view of what really goes on behind the scenes of the Tour. From up-close-and-personal encounters with Lance Armstrong to bewildered mishaps with the local cuisine, Ned's been there, done that and got the crumpled-looking t-shirt.
Eight Tours on from Ned's humbling debut, he has grown to respect, mock, adore and crave the race in equal measure. What's more, he has even started to understand it.
Includes How Cav Won the Green Jersey: Short Dispatches from the 2011 Tour de France