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  1. So we enter the last month before the final squads are announced. England have gone early though and named their squad this week. A couple of new names in squad and strangely Willie Heinz is the second of two scrum half’s, come from nowhere to get in. Still can’t believe Jones won’t even consider Cipriani considering he’s been on fire this season. Taking Heinz, you’d think would work for Cipriani as they play at club level but alas no. Its a lot more open than previous years. New Zealand are close to losing the number one spot for the first time in a decade and certainly aren’t the impenetrable force they once were. Think Japan as a nation will really thrive hosting a tournament
  2. I tend to think that Roy is one of those that just can't give it up rather than being broke (unlike for example Holyfield who is broke). It's sad to see, he wants a shot at a Cruiserweight title and become the first to win titles from middle to heavyweight. Roy is one of the most outstanding athletes to ever box, the problem of course is that as he approached his mid 30s his reflexes slowed slightly and his legs weren't what they were. Getting KO'd twice in a row by Tarver and The Road Warrior finished him, I just wish he retired after that. Seeing the likes of Danny Green and Lebedev (boxers who would have been destroyed by a prime RJJ) stop him was too much for me personally LOL. His last bout against some unknown with a KO record of like 20% was truly awful, he got knocked down and won a robbery decision. He was apparently paid $40k for that. So I doubt he did it because he needed the money.
  3. 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 ?
  4. BOF

    Formula One - 2019

    May aswell start this one off. Channel 4 will only have 1 live race this season. The British GP. Sky will be showing all races. Rookie drivers for 2019 George Russell - Williams Lando Norris - McLaren Alex Albon - Toro Rosso Antonio Giovinazzi - Alfa Romeo OK, technically Antonio stood in for all of 2 races midway through 2017, but he's still effectively a rookie. Two and a half of the other 3 are Brits, with British-born Albon driving under the flag of Thailand. I have very high hopes for George Russell. He seems to be coming into F1 extremely well prepared. Consecutive GP3 & F2 champion. OK he's coming into a team bottom of the heap, but with Kubica alongside him, they look to have the kind of line-up that could make waves if they're given a half decent car. Hopefully he can do something akin to Leclerc in 2018. Team changes Bye bye Force India, hello Racing Point - and even that's potentially a placeholder for another name change before the start of the season. Bye bye Sauber. Hello Alfa Romeo Racing. The Sauber name gets dropped and the title sponsor takes over Red Bull join their development team by being powered by Honda. All other engine suppliers remain the same. Driver changes Huge changes. 12 in total. Only 2 teams retain their line-up from last year. Mercedes & Haas. 4 teams have 2 new drivers. McLaren, Alfa Romeo, Toro Rosso & Williams. Whereas Ferrari, Red Bull, Renault & Racing Point have 1 new driver each. Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Valtteri Bottas Ferrari Sebastian Vettel Charles Leclerc Red Bull Max Verstappen Pierre Gasly Renault Daniel Ricciardo Nico Hülkenberg Haas Kevin Magnussen Romain Grosjean McLaren Carlos Sainz Jr. Lando Norris Racing Point Sergio Pérez Lance Stroll Alfa Romeo Kimi Räikkönen Antonio Giovinazzi Toro Rosso Daniil Kvyat Alexander Albon Williams Robert Kubica George Russell Launch dates Feb 7 Haas (livery only) (post) Feb 11 Williams (livery only) (post) Feb 11 Toro Rosso (post) Feb 12 Renault (post) Feb 13 Racing Point (post) Feb 13 Mercedes (post) Feb 13 Red Bull (post) Feb 14 McLaren (post) Feb 15 Ferrari (post) Feb 18 Alfa Romeo Testing dates Feb 18-21 @ Barcelona Feb 26-Mar 1 @ Barcelona Design changes New aerodynamic changes to the front and rear wings in an attempt to improve overtaking. Front wing endplates are reshaped to alter the airflow, but it's rumoured the teams have already found design solutions to counteract the reduction in downforce. The rear-wing slot will be widened to increase the effectiveness of that wanky DRS system. Smaller bargeboards and limited rear wing end plane development. Fuel limits to be raised by 5kg to reduce requirement to fuel save. Driver weight is no longer part of the weight of the car, so as not to disadvantage larger drivers. Drivers must now weigh 80kg and anything less will get ballast added to the car around the driver cell. Tyre changes Simplification of the 3 designations each weekend. No matter the actual compound, they will be designated soft, medium and hard. These 3 compounds will be chosen from a set of 5 or 6 possibles (to be decided after pre-season testing). Calendar 1 - Australia - Melbourne - 17/03/2019 2 - Bahrain - Sakhir - 31/03/2019 3 - China - Shanghai - 14/04/2019 4 - Azerbaijan - Baku City Circuit - 28/04/2019 5 - Spain - Barcelona - 12/05/2019 6 - Monaco - Monte Carlo - 26/05/2019 7 - Canada - Montreal - 09/06/2019 8 - France - Paul Ricard - 23/06/2019 9 - Austria - Red Bull Ring - 30/06/2019 10 - Great Britain - Silverstone - 14/07/2019 11 - Germany - Hockenheim - 28/07/2019 12 - Hungary - Budapest - 04/08/2019 13 - Belgium - Spa-Francorchamps - 01/09/2019 14 - Italy - Monza - 08/09/2019 15 - Singapore - Marina Bay - 22/09/2019 16 - Russia - Sochi - 29/09/2019 17 - Japan - Suzuka - 13/10/2019 18 - Mexico - Mexico City - 27/10/2019 19 - USA - Austin - 03/11/2019 20 - Brazil - Interlagos - 17/11/2019 21 - Abu Dhabi - Yas Marina - 01/12/2019
  5. So, the world Championships in Doha Qatar. Non competing women not allowed to wear shorts of tank tops in or around the stadiums. Russian athletes not allowed to compete under Russian flag due to doping. Only about 30 in total allowed to compete but under neutral flag. Kenya who are already under extra surveillance have been exposed by German ZDF handing out EPO to runners on a massive scale clicky And the US of A is once again sending a host of stars who have been banned for doping or been cleared by the USADA as they fear civil court. Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman the biggest names this time. Same goes for a lot of other countries. There will also be some now doubt fantastic performances in the 40 degrees Celsius stadium. And while Athletics fans are not football fans it will still be a big event used as sort of a trial before the big WC in 2022. As for Sweden the big hope for gold lies with Mondo Duplantis in the pole vault and Daniel Ståhln in the discus throw.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. I think has been mentioned in another thread but maybe an open discussion about it. Think its hard to look past Roger Federer he is such an immense athlete and still going at 37. For example he is 8 months older than John Terry and Tennis is a more physically demanding sport than Football. Just incredible Other names to be included could be Gretzky, Serena Williams and if they keep it up consistently for another 6 or 7 years Ronaldo and Messi
  10. Fairly self explanatory. Been a few for me... - Leicester winning the Premier League the other year was one. What an amazing achievement and I was genuinely delighted for them and their supporters. - England's Rugby Union World Cup win 2003 as well was great. - Lions tours of South Africa in 97. I was off work all summer and watched every single minute of every single game. Properly got into it! - Italia 90 - my favourite football World Cup - Euro 96 - what a time to be alive! Cool Britannia, summer of football and being 16 at the start of the summer, I had my whole future in front of me. But my overall favourite.... - 2005 Ashes. One of the greatest cricket summers ever. I grew up watching a poor English team getting destroyed every series by the Aussie's. Finally we won the urn back after 18 years. I watched the final day at the Oval when KP batted us to safety and a 2-1 victory in Revolution (i think) on Broad St. Good times!
  11. Not sure whether the old tennis thread has been pruned but Laura Robson just knocked Kvitova out of the Aussie Open. Excellent stuff.
  12. 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.
  13. 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...
  14. Sunday 24th September 2017 Anyone doing it? Anyone affected by it? Here's the road closures:
  15. Couldn’t see a snooker thread so will just note in here that Ronnie O’Sullivan has reached 1000 career century breaks. To give that some context, Stephen Hendry has the second highest with 775. I know snooker isn’t a particularly hotly discussed subject on here and Ronnie is an acquired taste at the best of times, but just thought the achievement was worth acknowledging.
  16. Sounds a good idea. Maybe have a chat thread and a couple of seperate threads for the megafights?
  17. Anyone watching the US? Rose is looking a good bet, and it's heartbreaking for those Yanks seeing Mickelson slip away
  18. 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.
  19. ...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.
  20. 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
  21. 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?
  22. 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.
  23. 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...
  24. 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.
  25. 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...
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