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  1. TheWalletInspector

    The "Witton Lane" Boxing Chat Thread

    Sounds a good idea. Maybe have a chat thread and a couple of seperate threads for the megafights?
  2. BOF

    Formula One - 2018

    With the new season just over a month away (25/03) I figure it's high time we take a look at what's changed from last year to this. We'll start with the hilarious news that Liberty Media, in their attempts to be all modern and progressive, have fired over 400 women and brought in grid kids instead. This clear step forward for womens' rights - which I mistakenly thought meant they had the right to work wherever and wear whatever they wanted - means that F1 will be using children now, who you would presume are too young to be paid (cha-ching!). Some of the countries F1 visits positively encourage child labour, but I'd have thought on balance this is a case of meaning well but shooting one's self in the foot. One common sense change that has been made is around the starting time of the races. European races have been brought back 1hr and all races have been brought back by a further ten minutes. So now your 1pm BST start is a 2:10pm BST start. The hour is to make the majority of European races more appealing across the various timezones, and the extra 10 minutes is because most TV networks start their programming on the hour, so now they'll at least get 10 minutes of build-up and grid walking instead of literally tuning in for the warm-up lap. The one significant visual change to each car is the new Halo. This controversial addition to the cockpit is designed to protect the driver's head from the majority of what might come their way over the course of a race. One vertical bar directly in front of the driver supporting a ring that encompasses the cockpit. On the team front we have McLaren leaving the Honda engine and teaming up with Renault. It'll be interesting to see just how far up the grid this engine change can bring Fernando & Stoffel. I suspect a lot. Toro Rosso in turn have left Renault and gone the other way. While this looks like a bit of a disaster for them, Honda won't be terrible forever, and as the development team on the grid this makes sense to me. It's a free hit for both. Finally, a smaller but no less significant change, with Sauber extending a deal with Ferrari resulting in them getting the current spec engine instead of a year old one. Hopefully this brings another back marker into contention for points. Driver-wise, as part of the STR/Honda/Renault deal, Red Bull have agreed to loan Carlos Sainz Jr. to Renault, giving them a very strong looking line-up. Williams have hired Russian rookie, Sergey Sorotkin to partner Lance Stroll. How quick the Russian will be remains to be seen. The interesting one is the other rookie. 20 year old Monégasque racer, Charles Leclerc who has joined Sauber. He is the 2017 F2 Champion, the 2016 GP3 Champion, the 2015 Macau runner up & 4th in his F3 Euro debut, and 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Runner up in his debut year as a 16 year old and he's been Ferrari's test driver this past 2 years. There are high hopes on him. I suspect Sauber's new improved engine deal is linked to Ferrari's desire to see exactly what Charlie is capable of in a competitive motor. Regarding the calendar, the Paul Ricard circuit is back for the French GP. Germany is also back with Hockenheim, and Malaysia is gone. Full calendar I'll be back later with the sporting and technical changes, but suffice to say there's nothing majorly different from a spectacle POV on the regulations front. Or you can read them for yourself here at wiki.
  3. Gabby15


    Just wondered what some people's thoughts are? Does anyone here watch it or did you see any of UFC 79 on Sunday or Pride from last night?
  4. villarule123

    Golf: General Chat

    Anyone watching the US? Rose is looking a good bet, and it's heartbreaking for those Yanks seeing Mickelson slip away
  5. veloman

    Cricket: General Chat

    Well as the footie season draws to a nerve-jangling finale, some of us will be turning our attention to cricket. So.... was anyone else at the Warwickshire bomb site this afternoon to see Chris Woakes hit his maiden century (I think it was his first anyway)? I gave up a days bike training to go an see the Bears with missus and it was a good afternoon for Warks. Any thoughts on Englands' Test Matches etc or is the football World Cup going to dominate ?
  6. snowychap

    Tennis: General Chat

    Not sure whether the old tennis thread has been pruned but Laura Robson just knocked Kvitova out of the Aussie Open. Excellent stuff.
  7. leviramsey

    Pro cycling: General Chat

    ...starts in mere hours and I figure that one of the greatest dozen or so sporting events in the world deserves at least its own thread... So will Schleck (either of them) beat Contador? Or will we finally see Cadel Evans win? What of Bradley Wiggins? I'm really gratified to see one of my favorite few cyclists, Thor Hushovd, join probably my favorite team, Garmin-Slipstram/Chipotle/Transitions/Cervelo.
  8. Kingman

    Flat Season 2017

    It's that time of year sports fans with The Lincoln just over a week away to start off the British/Irish flat season. First things first with the Dubai World Cup this weekend and some of the worlds finest Group One horses on show that will no doubt be making there way to Ascot in a few months. Selections For Saturdays Dubai Word Cup NRNB!.. (Gold Cup) Varazibad 9/4... (Al Quoz Sprint) Limato 5/2... (Sheema Classic) Postponed 2/1...
  9. MessiWillSignForVilla

    Rugby: General Chat

    Considering there's a general chat for Cricket, and the Aviva Premiership kicks off on Friday night, I thought I'd make a topic to discuss all things Rugby, rather than having ones pop up every 6 months or so for the internationals/six nations. I'll get the ball rolling: I expect Bath to give Newcastle a battering on Friday. Newcastle have got some good players in their squad, but I think Bath's backs will be too much for them. Should be a good game to start the season though Don't know who to tip for the title though, I'm hoping Tigers can win it again, but we were lucky we avoided Sarries in the final last year and that Hartley is a word removed. Quins will be strong again this year despite not having too many great players and I reckon Gloucester will do well too, Burns is a brilliant player and will have a great season IMO.
  10. Kingman

    The Jumps 2017/18

    That time of year sports fans. Wetherby kicks off the jumps season this weekend, Cue Card, Coneygree, Our Duke, Lil Rockerfella, Ptit Zig out to name a few. See Willie Mullins "Melon" is also out for a spin in Ireland tomorrow.
  11. MMFy

    Cycling: General Chat

    We've got a running thread, and as I can't find a cycling thread I thought I'd start one. Are there many on here that are active participants? I've been getting quite keen on my cycling over the last few months and I'm considering picking up a new bike soon. I've done the Devon and Cornwall coast-to-coast routes in the last three weeks and I'm considering cycling Barnstaple to Glastonbury when it stops raining for long enough. Any recommendations for bikes (hybrids) or anyone got any good routes or stories to share?
  12. Brumerican

    The Darts Thread

    Well we had rounds 1 and 2 last night and there weren't many big upsets apart from Manley and Monk Sr going out (both spent forces anyway) , but tonight sees the entrance of the big boys. It's first to 9 legs then the 4th round draw. You should keep an eye out for a lad named Kirk Shepherd who plays in the Birmingham leagues now and then and could do really well. Third Round Draw & Schedule of Play Friday June 3 (7pm Start), All games the best of 17 legs Main Stage Co Stompe v Simon Whitlock Steve Brown v Raymond van Barneveld Phil Taylor v Mark Frost Terry Jenkins v Adrian Lewis Board Two Mervyn King v Mark Walsh Ian White v Gary Anderson Roland Scholten v John Part Richie Burnett v Colin Lloyd Board Three Darren Johnson v Kirk Shepherd Richard North v Dave Chisnall Justin Pipe v John Bowles Robert Thornton v Wayne Atwood Board Four Andy Hamilton v Andrew Gilding Andy Jenkins v Mark Hylton Wes Newton v John Henderson Colin Osborne v Mark Jones Board Five Sam Hill v Michael Smith Denis Ovens v Kevin Painter Vincent van der Voort v Andy Boulton Mark Dudbridge v Joe Murnan Board Six Wayne Jones v Reece Robinson Joe Cullen v Stuart Monaghan Alan Tabern v Dennis Priestley Martyn Turner v Matthew Edgar Board Seven Mark Webster v Tony Eccles James Wade v Michael Mansell Richie Howson v Michael van Gerwen Jamie Caven v Steve Beaton Board Eight Steve Maish v Ronnie Baxter Peter Wright v Peter Hudson Graham Hollis v Paul Nicholson Paul Harvey v Andy Smith Plenty of live streams here for non-sky people
  13. maqroll

    Foot Golf

    I've just found out about this, looks like good fun. Anyone here played it? Also, how do they convince golf clubs to tear up their putting greens?
  14. So the 2018 Winter Olympics is on their way and since it is a big event after all I thought it should have it's own thread. I'm sure our fellow Norwegian Villa fans will enjoy it . Opening ceremony happening now in the £80 m stadium built specifically for this and the closing ceremony(and nothing else) Will be torn down after the Olympics... Anyway the mixed Curling competition is on it's way and here is some American bloke who looks like a plumber Not Sure if there already is a thread, if so please merge or delete.
  15. MMFy

    Snow sports: General Chat

    OK, another off topic sport thread. Who's into either of them? Are you heading away this year? Where to? Who actually understands skiers vs snowboarders? What's been your best trip? Where's your favourite place? I've been snowboarding for 12 years and absolutely love it. Got my trip planned for this year and already can't wait...
  16. BOF

    Formula One - 2017

    Where to start? Massive changes on and off the track this season. We have a new owner for a start. Gone is Bernie Ecclestone after 40 years in the sport, and in come the Americans. Specifically Liberty Media. They purchased Formula One from CVC Capital Partners and are expected to adopt a model similar to that in the NFL & MLB where teams are entitled to purchase a stake in the sport. On the track Let's start visually. The 2017 cars will be much different to the 2016 cars. This article goes into more detail around the technical design changes. In an attempt to make F1 more exciting, the new design rules will reduce lap times by up to 5 seconds. With cornering speeds expected to increase by as much as 40km/h, every circuit has been asked to revise their safety features in line with this. From Wikipedia, the changes above include : An increase of the width of the front wing to 1,800 mm (70.9 in). Lowering the rear wing by 150 mm (5.9 in) and moving its position back by 200 mm (7.9 in). The leading edge of the barge boards being brought forward to allow teams more freedom in controlling airflow. An increase of the width of the front and rear tyres to allow cars to generate more mechanical grip. The minimum weight of the car including the driver being raised by 20 kg to 722 kg, with teams allowed to use 105 kg of fuel to account for the increase in minimum weight. Other changes include The token system used to regulate power unit development—where the power unit was divided into individual areas, and each area assigned a points value with development of these areas deducting points from a manufacturer's overall points quota—will be abandoned. Restrictions are to be placed on the dimensions, weight and the materials used to build each individual component of the power unit. Teams are restricted to four power units per season regardless of the number of Grands Prix in the season. Previous seasons had included a provision for a fifth power unit if the number of Grands Prix in a season exceeded twenty; from 2017, this provision is to be abandoned. The cost of a power unit supply is reduced by €1 million in 2017 ahead of a further reduction in 2018. Cameras will no longer be permitted to be mounted on stalks, located on the nose of the car. Sporting regulations The loophole of stockpiling spare components is to be closed. Teams can no longer introduce several new components per race once their quota is used up. Any more than 1 new part will be penalised with a grid penalty. Teams will now be obliged to provide power units if a team finds themselves without a deal, as happened Red Bull last season. Not sure about this one. If a wet race starts behind a safety car and then conditions becomes satisfactory, the grid will then line-up on the grid for a normal start and the laps behind the safety car will count. Sounds like this one becomes a complete waste of the previous laps. Team changes We've lost Manor. Although technically their slot is valid up to race 3. Sauber will use 1 year old Ferrari power units. Toro Rosso have moved back from Ferrari to Renault power units. Driver changes Nico Rosberg has retired and been replaced at Mercedes by Valtteri Bottas Bottas has been replaced at Williams by 2016 Euro F3 Champ Lance Stroll Massa was planning on retiring but has postponed that because Williams needed an experienced driver in Bottas' absence. Kevin Magnussen moves from Renault to Haas and replaces Esteban Gutierrrez who moves to Formula E Nico Hulkenberg moves from Force India to replace him at Renault. Hulkenberg is replaced at Force India by Sebastian Ocon who gets out of Manor in the nick of time The brilliantly named Stoffel Vandoorne replaces Jenson Button at McLaren. Button is taking a 'sabbatical'. Finally, Pascal Wehrlein also gets out of Manor and replaced the outgoing Felipe Nasr at Sauber. Calendar changes The big one is that there's no German GP this year. Baku is now the Azerbaijan GP and not the European GP China and Bahrain have swapped dates (races 2 & 3) Imola had a privisional slot but it never came to pass So that's about the size of it ! With huge rule and design changes you usually get a bit of a re-shuffle of the pack, but resources usually win out in the end. I'd expect that maybe Mercedes' lead at the front won't be what it was, but they're more likely to stay there for the time being. You'd imagine Red Bull will make gains what with Newey's genius. You'd expect their aero to be quick right out of the box. It'll be interesting to see how close Bottas can get to Hamilton, and I'm once again expecting big things from Verstappen. Will Ferrari be able to close on the top 2 and willl Force India be able to maintain best of the rest.
  17. villa4europe

    Commonwealth Games 2022

    announced this morning that the Birmingham bid for the games is the preferred bid for the UK, beating Liverpool (which surprised me if im honest) theres a bit more work to do in terms of feasability and cost plans etc before i think the government has a vote at the end of the month to see if they'll approve the £500m cost and formally back the bid, means it will be brum or Kuala Lumpur Brums bid also included some sort of urban street game festival thing (3x3 basketball in victoria square as an event) and an international business exhibition the city is about to boom, will post more when im not skiving work...
  18. darrenm

    Velo Birmingham

    Sunday 24th September 2017 Anyone doing it? Anyone affected by it? Here's the road closures:
  19. GingerCollins29

    Mayweather vs McGregor

    Sorry, couldn't see a thread for this anywhere? Anyone paying the PPV to watch it? I know it's a bit of a spectacle but can't shake the feeling that McGregor is gonna win!
  20. There is nothing in sport like a Lions tour (I was on the tour in 2001 and it was breath taking) and the 2017 New Zealand tour is just days away from kick off. I can't bloody wait.... so here is the thread for all the highs, lows, discussions and general ribbing of our Welshies come on fella's I know you are out there.
  21. Thursday looks like a belter and Apples Jade can be had at 5/1 in the 3.25 . She's placing at the very least . As for the National , I have no idea other than Cause of Causes . Tips etc ...
  22. I know we have a thread on 'Gambling' but felt this would be an on going thread that deserved it's own. A place for everything horse racing for the NH fans amongst us, Tips, Info anything. So with the NH season firmly underway we witness the Showcase meeting at Cheltenham this weekend with a lot of promising novice hurdlers & chasers. Old Guard is one to keep an eye on this season from the Paul Nichols yard making his transition from hurdles to chases.
  23. Brumerican

    PDC World Darts Championship 2017

    Starts tomorrow night, which for me, is the true beginning of Christmas ! I know there are a handful of darts fans on here so feel free to talk arras for the next few weeks . I have put £50 e/w on Lewis @ 33/1 which is a ridiculous price IMO . How on earth Taylor is 9/1 is beyond me.
  24. villa4europe

    2016 Paralympics

    Can't see a thread... just watched firth smash the WR and win gold in the backstroke 200m, absolutely brilliant, I'll be honest and say I still get the lingering question that I'm looking at her seeing that it's S14 and not knowing what's going on but the buzz from watching her compared to watching mo is no different think we've won 5 golds on the opening day... Been reading a lot about it in I paper all week, we really do sound like world leaders, our support of the games seems to blow everyone else out of the water, even the yanks, saw NBC are putting the majority of the games on their cable channel meaning the viewing figures will be piss poor and the suggestion that the Los Angeles 2024 bid will include a drive to increase the support for these game stateside...whilst were apparently on the brink of putting next year's world championships at London ahead of the abled body games...we just seem to get it when no one else seems bothered
  25. Not much else on with the international break, this is worth watching if anyone is bored today. Throw in is at 3:30pm(coverage starts earlier obviously) and the teams are Kilkenny and Tipperary. Kilkenny win almost every year, Tipperary win most years they don't, nobody really likes either of them but it should be a cracking game of hurling played in front of 83,500 people. It could also be the last game of hurling shown on Sky as the TV rights are up for renegotiation once again.