Tennis, boxing correspondent for Guardian, Observer. War, Baby, Jacobs Beach, Frank Bruno's Fighting Back. Just wrote a short book on Ali

Johanna Konta keeps emotions in check before tough start to US Open

theguardian.com — It is easy to regard Johanna Konta's impressive rise from nervous underachiever to genuine contender for major honours as the result of a dry, programmed preparation, as is often reflected in her language. The word "process" has become an almost parodic feature of her lexicon.

Britain’s tennis players ready to reap benefits of Olympics at US Open

theguardian.com — If there is an evident dividend from the Rio Olympic Games, it shines on the faces of those who chose to go and they might yet profit further from the most uplifting experience of their careers at this US Open.

Andy Murray finds balance as he looks to cap his finest summer yet at US Open

theguardian.com — If Novak Djokovic is personally settled and near to full fitness, he will still be favourite to win the 2016 US Open, despite the impressive rise of Andy Murray this summer - as the absent Roger Federer has observed.

Andy Murray in peak form before US Open while doubts linger over Novak Djokovic

theguardian.com — Andy Murray is right to point out that doubts over Novak Djokovic's fitness - leaving aside the Serb's revelation that his private life has been in turmoil - will have no effect on his own progress through the draw at this US Open.

Serena Williams shackled by weight of history but Laura Robson ignores past

theguardian.com — Two players at this US Open, Serena Williams and Laura Robson, are coming to terms with what is left of their very different careers and doing it in contrasting ways.

Sask. spear fisherman makes second record catch

thestarphoenix.com — Jonathan Ganshorn's favourite river spot yields a fine kettle of fish. It's served up a couple of catches for his wall, too - including a second record-breaking fish pulled out of the South Saskatchewan River last month. "I can't tell you exactly where my secret spot is, but I was about an hour outside Saskatoon,...

British boxers can use Rio experience at Tokyo, says coaching director

theguardian.com — Robert McCracken and his Great Britain boxers leave Brazil with gold, silver and bronze medals, a few regrets and worries about the integrity of the tournament, but with ambitions to do even better at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Anthony Joshua says Joe Joyce is Olympic champion ‘in spirit’ after loss

theguardian.com — It is as well for those who find swearing tough on the ears that Joe Joyce, all 91-plus kilograms of him, is as gentle a giant as amateur boxing can ever have had, because the Londoner had good cause to follow the expletive-filled example of Ireland's Michael Conlan.

Britain’s Joe Joyce misses out on Olympic super-heavyweight gold medal

theguardian.com — Joe Joyce threw everything he had at the Frenchman who had slandered him as "a robot" who was scared of him, Tony Yoka, but it was not enough to win him gold in the last boxing event of the Olympics, the super-heavyweight final.

Joe Joyce reaches super-heavyweight boxing final with win over Dychko

theguardian.com — Joe Joyce lit up Pavilion Six on Friday afternoon with three rounds of controlled malevolence against the smart Kazak Ivan Dychko to guarantee silver and put him in with an excellent chance for gold on Sunday - as well as revenge against his old French rival, Tony Yoka.
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Aug 28, 2016

Bob Costas is telling David Feherty "nobody knows" who was going to light the Altanta Olympics flame. Wrong. The late, great John Rodda knew

Aug 28, 2016

How USA Today unraveled Ryan Lochte's Rio drama  http://www.poynter.org/2016/how-usa-today-unraveled-ryan-lochtes-rio-drama/427190/  via @poynter This is pretty good journalism, after the storm

Aug 28, 2016

RT @jbarbassa: Seems Rome might be out of competition for 2024 Olympics. Role of Rio games in all this?  https://twitter.com/christophclarey/status/769849566380384256 

Aug 28, 2016

RT @jbarbassa: That strip of high-rises? That was #VilaAutodromo. Dozens of reasons given for its destruction. Truth now clear. https://t.co/TGOF7j18JO

Aug 28, 2016

Nick Kyrgios trolls Andy Murray while the Briton was giving an interview (VIDEO INSIDE) -  http://go.shr.lc/2cjm9cq  via @Shareaholic


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