April 7, 2011
Posted: 1933 GMT
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic's victory over world number one Rafael Nadal in the final of the Miami Masters extended his winning streak in 2011 to 24 matches.
Djokovic has now won four titles this year, including the first major of the year – the Australian Open. His winning run is impressive but it's not on my list of the best winning streaks in tennis – at least not yet!
Posted: 1151 GMT
Tiger Woods may have dropped to seventh in the latest world rankings, but should he secure a priceless victory here in Augusta on Sunday evening, his return to the top will be secured.
In fairness, should any of the players ranked between two and seven - bar Paul Casey at six - don the green jacket this week then they all have a chance of reaching the summit after the conclusion of the year’s first major.
April 6, 2011
Posted: 1232 GMT
One Augusta legend will be striding the fairways this week for his 50th crack at the Masters. He not only knows this verdant pasture like the back of his hand, he knows his hometown of Augusta even better. To say he has seen it all before, literally from both sides of the fence, is probably an understatement.
Carl Jackson may not be a household name in world sport, but here - on the grounds of Augusta National - he is an integral part of the tradition of both the golf club and the tournament. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: 817 GMT
Every major tournament has its memorable moment, an occasion when the plucky underdog pulls off an unexpected victory against a giant of the game. It is all part of the unforgettable drama that only an international sporting event can produce.
The football game that goes into extra time and penalties, the fifth set in a gladiatorial tennis encounter, or the cricket match that comes down to the last ball.
It’s what makes sport unpredictable, exciting and addictive. Read the rest of this entry »
April 5, 2011
Posted: 1829 GMT
When a reporter asked Derrick Rose last September what his personal expectations were for the upcoming season, the young Chicago Bulls point guard posed a couple of questions right back: “Why can’t I be the MVP of the league? Why can’t I be the best player in the league?”
It was an audacious response, no doubt, but Rose was not being cocky. He is known for being one of the most humble stars in the league. It seemed as if the question genuinely got Rose to ask himself – why not me?
April 4, 2011
Posted: 1440 GMT
Nothing lasts forever. We hear it all the time, yet I have to admit I was shocked when Jose Mourinho’s home unbeaten league streak came to an end on Saturday in Spain.
This has to be hailed as one of the most impressive runs in the history of sport. He went 150 games without suffering a single home defeat in domestic championships with four clubs in four countries across nine years. No other coach in any other major sport has come close to this amazing record, and in my opinion no-one else ever will. Read the rest of this entry »
April 3, 2011
Posted: 1504 GMT
India’s island city of Mumbai is all about noise: a constant car-honking stream of vehicles and people. It was silenced for eight hours Saturday as the 2011 Cricket World Cup final was played, but then burst back into life to signal India’s victory. Colorful explosions lit up the skyline as an astonishing number of fireworks were let off, continuing for an hour after the match.
Even after the fireworks had run out, ear-splitting firecrackers kept punctuating the gap between vehicles beeping and drums beating. We went out on to the streets to film near our hotel in Worli, south Mumbai. We saw mopeds buzzing around, mainly ridden by young men, bare-chested and faces painted, with the pillion passenger waving an India flag.