Andy Bull

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A fun golfing weekend in Paris – just nobody mention the B-word | Andy Bull

Thomas Bjørn touched on it in his opening speech but for the rest of the Ryder Cup Brexit was a no-go area of conversationThe 1st hole of the Albatros course at Le Golf National runs 420 yards, down around a dogleg curve that turns away from the large …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/02/ryder-cup-brexit-golf-paris

Comeback king Tiger Woods delivers vindication of father’s tough love | Andy Bull

Father-son tutelage gave new the Tour champion the reservoirs of resilience needed to recover from a decade of ugly ordealsThey say Earl Woods was a poet laureate of profanity, that he knew so many curse words that he could cuss for 30 minutes straight…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/sep/24/tiger-woods-earl-pga-tour

Olympics unlikely to be bridge too far for eSports if the money is right | Andy Bull

Distinctions between sports and games seem less important than the money that can be made from them, as one billionaire bridge ace proved by getting cards into the Asian GamesThe richest sportsman on the planet isn’t Floyd Mayweather, LeBron James, Lio…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/sep/18/olympics-bridge-esports-asian-games

Anderson and Broad close on final spells of two more England journeys | The Spin

After sharing 111 Tests with Alastair Cook the batsman’s retirement will have set the pair thinking about their own exitsThe wind was up at the Oval on Tuesday morning, blowing in low grey clouds from the south. The summer heat was gone and the light w…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/12/jimmy-anderson-stuart-broad-england-the-spin

Six years of change leave England with a big post-Cook hole to fill | Andy Bull

The failure to find a partner for Alastair Cook after the retirement of Andrew Strauss means it is hard to know who will be the next pair to open for England in TestsThere is going to be a hole in the England Test team this winter and, since it is over…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/04/england-alastair-cook-test-opening-partners

Alastair Cook had the will to harvest runs and stay at the top for years | Andy Bull

Former England captain applied himself to run accumulation leading to brilliant performances in India and AustraliaThe very first ball Alastair Cook faced in Test cricket was short, wide and outside off. Of course he left it alone. He refused to play a…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/04/alastair-cook-will-harvest-runs-stay-at-top-years

Spirit of détente breaks out as England prepare for Test series with India

Recent visits have been mired in controversy but Virat Kohli’s team will play four Tests and hopes are high for a return of the sporting values that once characterised the tourThe Maharajah of Porbandar was a better captain than batsman, a fact that, i…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/jul/31/england-india-test-cricket-series-detente-2018-virat-kohli

Anger drives Pat Perez to new heights half a lifetime after taming Tiger | Andy Bull

After Pat Perez beat Tiger Woods at a prestigious junior event in 1993 aged 16 their careers took wildly different paths – but now golf’s raging bull is fulfilling the talent that goes with his temperIt’s likely been a long time since Tiger Woods last …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/24/anger-pat-perez-tiger-woods-golf

Trump’s Turnberry trip shows golf to be most presidential thing about him | Andy Bull

The US president’s love of the game keeps up the rich relationship between the Oval Office and 18 holes of escapismOnce Chequers was done with, and Windsor out of the way, Donald Trump turned to the more pressing presidential business of addressing a&n…

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Federer v Nadal 2008: Wimbledon’s greatest final a decade on

It is 10 years since the two titans met for the third in a trilogy of finals at SW19 and served up what Björn Borg described as ‘the best tennis match I’ve ever seen in my life’There’s no ready measure for greatness, no simple standard or scale. To pic…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/01/roger-federer-rafael-nadal-wimbledons-greatest-final-a-decade-on

Steve Smith is set to return – maybe this break has done him some good | Andy Bull

The former Australia captain has admitted before he does not have many interests outside cricket, so an enforced spell away from the game might just have given him a bit of perspectiveIt’s been three months since the scandal. Right now, Steve Smith is …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/26/the-spin-steve-smith-break-cricket

Bayliss and Jones: the Aussies in charge of two England World Cup destinies | Andy Bull

Eddie Jones and Trevor Bayliss’s smooth starts at the helm of England’s rugby and cricket teams have turned distinctly bumpy. Learning from each other could help turn the tideIt’s 50 miles from Penrith to Randwick, an hour’s drive from one side of Sydn…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/19/how-eddie-jones-and-trevior-bayliss-can-help-each-other-and-england

Australia’s new coach Justin Langer: sledging is a fun part of the game

• There is a difference between banter and abuse, says Langer• Ricky Ponting will be Australia assistant coach for ODI seriesJustin Langer launched the first tour of Australian cricket’s new era by explaining that he likes to sledge his own daughter. I…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/06/australia-justin-langer-sledging-fun-cricket

Bright lights of Test cricket reveal contrasting paths of Lathwell and Bess | Andy Bull

Two Devonshire cricketers who made their Test debuts 25 years apart have intertwined stories but very different first experiences of international cricketSome shots linger, so that years later you can still see their shape, hear their sound, when about…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/05/test-cricket-mark-lathwell-dom-bess

Eoin Morgan ruled out of West Indies T20 fundraiser after breaking finger

• England limited-overs captain injured fielding for Middlesex• ICC to introduce tough new guidelines on player behaviourEoin Morgan has withdrawn from the World XI’s T20 match against West Indies at Lord’s on Thursday because of a fractured ring finge…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/29/eoin-morgan-misses-west-indies-t20-broken-finger

Cricket looks the loser after series of loose allegations from al-Jazeera | Andy Bull

The Qatar-based broadcaster has bundled three separate claims of malpractice into one documentary, bought some of its information from a self-proclaimed crook and seems likely to have plenty more explaining to doThe story goes that when the Australian …

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