SHANE WARNE, THE POT AND THE KETTLE
“Smug”, “arrogant” and “dismissive” - three incendiary words used by Australian Shane Warne yesterday to describe England's cricketers after their retention of the Ashes at Old Trafford. Well, if the former Test spinner was looking to spark a controversy, congratulations Shane, job done. A huge 'debate' ensued, with 875 comments made on our article at the time of writing, most accusing Warne of double standards, calling the kettle black and being a whingeing Aussie.
ARE AUSSIES SORE LOSERS?
Given Warne's comments, it was with delicious timing that Wednesday also saw the England and Wales Cricket Board prepare to demand an apology and explanation from Australian broadcaster Channel Nine over claims England batsmen had tried to cheat the DRS system during the Old Trafford Test. The accusations, over the alleged application of silicone to bats to avoid hot-spot detection, were dismissed by England's players and those whingeing Aussie comments were recycled for the second time in a day.
BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR SUAREZ
Luis Suarez must wish he hadn't bothered yesterday. First up, the lovable Uruguayan saw his hopes of engineering a move away from Liverpool dealt a huge blow when the PFA - a body supposed to protect players' rights - admitted that they could find nothing in his contract to suggest he has a leg to stand on in his legal wrangle with Liverpool. Then, later in the day, a rather angry Brendan Rodgers unleashed his ire on the striker, saying he had "disrespected" the club with a recent interview in which he claimed Liverpool had made and broken promises to him. Suarez will now train on his own until he realises what he has done and apologises for being a naughty boy (which he very much resembles in the brilliant shot below from the Telegraph). All of which will make it difficult for him to get out of bed this morning. He can only hope it gets better, although we're making no promises.
Andy Murray, whose may as well just go ahead and change his first name to 'Wimbledon champ Andy', returned to the courts for the first time since becoming a tennis demi-god in SW19 and proved his halo is still brightly polished. Murray's so good now though, he was still not entirely satisfied with his straight-set win over Marcel Granollers at the Montreal Masters. Which is exactly the kind of perfectionism top athletes require, and it bodes well for the rest of the week in Canada as the Scot bids to win the tournament for a third time.
THIS VIDEO MADE US LAUGH - Novak Djokovic dances with massive tennis ball. Need any more be said? He's not called the Djoker for nothing.
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THE AGENDA - WHAT'S ON TODAY
All eyes will be on England manager Roy Hodgson when he names his squad to take on Scotland at 2pm today, with doubts over whether Wayne Rooney will be included or not due to his recent 'injury problems'. Wilfried Zaha, Rooney's United team-mate, is expected to benefit from England's striker shortage and be named for next Wednesday's clash at Wembley.
As transfer tedium continues to roll on this summer, one story could be put to bed once and for all later today when Cesc Fabregas, pursued doggedly by United, appears at a press conference during which he is expected to make his own feelings known. Committed to Barca? Or after a new challenge in Manchester? We'll soon find out.
And our Formula One expert Will Gray will file his latest blog to keep all you petrol heads out there ticking over until the Belgian GP later this month.
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