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FOR two days, everything looked rosy in the Worcestershire garden.
PRIOR to the Masters at Augusta, the line on Rory McIlroy was that it would only be a matter of time before the world number one completed his Majors collection.
AS we approach the new cricket season, there is a real sense of optimism at New Road.
IF you repeat something often enough eventually you’ll begin to believe it.
IT was the worst kept secret regarding the club but Worcester City have finally agreed another season with Kidderminster Harriers.
IS it just me or do players withdraw from the England squad a lot more frequently than they used to?
IT is incredible to think that this summer will see Steve Rhodes complete a decade as director of cricket at Worcestershire.
HERE’S a pub quiz question for all you football aficionados.
THE scenes that marred the FA Cup quarter-final between Aston Villa and West Brom do little for football’s image.
THERE isn’t a lot of loyalty in sport but Worcestershire have demonstrated it in spades over Saeed Ajmal.
NEWS that Kevin Pietersen could once again play cricket for England will certainly divide opinion.
BY now, there will be few people in football circles who have not seen the viral video footage of Shabir Khan’s body-slam.
THE notion of a ground-share deal between Worcester Warriors and Worcester City at Sixways has long been a topic of debate.
WHAT is happening at Blackpool should be a warning to sports fans across the land who use social media.
IT must be refreshing for former Hereford United fans to see firm steps being made to resurrect football at Edgar Street.
THE latest football transfer window has come and gone and there have been the usual winners and losers.
THE British and Irish Cup has proved to be an excellent competition for Worcester Warriors this season.
IT is good to see Chris Pennell still on the England radar.
“I’M not usually one for criticising referees but...”
IT’S often said that the Premier League is the best competition in the world.
WITH the dawn of 2015, what do the next 12 months have in store for Worcester's leading teams.
FOOTBALL is morally bankrupt.
IF ever proof was needed of the gulf that exists between football’s haves and have nots, Manchester City have provided it.
IT is not every day that a goal scored by a Worcester City player captures the imagination of the football world.
DIVING is the scourge of football at all levels, both here and around the world.
AHEAD of the start of the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield this weekend, much of the talk has been about the participation of Reanne Evans.
WORCESTER Warriors don’t win many trophies so it is only right that they revel in their British and Irish Cup glory.
THE long-running saga involving Liverpool and England forward Raheem Sterling shows just how out of touch with reality footballers really are.
THESE are worrying times for Kidderminster Harriers.
NEWS that Worcester Warriors have chosen for their play-off semi-final second leg to be at home means that we are fast approaching crunch time in the Greene King IPA Championship.
THE lack of respect for authority in football has been laid bare for all to see.
THE idea of expanding the Aviva Premiership from 12 to 14 teams needs to be looked at carefully.
WORCESTER Warriors are top of the Championship and have won 23 successive games in all competitions.
LANCE Armstrong this week said he hoped that one day cycling would be “dope-free”.
ALAN Shearer and Ruud Gullit were two of the most celebrated footballers of their eras.
THE prospect of a mid-season World Cup is not something that has previously been considered.
AS weeks go, it’s not been too bad for Moeen Ali and Chris Pennell, two of Worcester’s leading international sportsmen.
HARRY Kane is the man of the moment.
I DON’T expect I was the only person who was taken aback at the sheer size of the latest Premier League television rights deal.
FANS of Worcester City and Kidderminster Harriers will have had familiar feelings this week after losing two of their best players.
NEWS that cigarettes could be sold in plain packaging next year is a good move.
FOR a moment at the weekend, there was a brief reminder of what the FA Cup is all about.
A NEW year, a clean slate and the same old sad story for British tennis.
WHEN it comes to attracting crowds to matches, Worcester Wolves are showing their city rivals the way.
IF there’s one thing Worcester Cavaliers’ Aviva A-League campaign has shown, it is the strength in depth of the squad at Sixways.
ALL good things must come to an end.
THE BBC Sports Personality of the Year award will be handed out on Sunday but with a glaring omission from the shortlist.
THE inaugural International Premier Tennis League comes to its conclusion at the end of this week but is just another example of sports stars following the gravy train, says Luke Summers.
HEREFORD United’s plight is in the news again but this time there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.
MIXING sport with politics is a dangerous game.
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Sir - I read with a sense of "deja vu" your report on the proposed development at Battenhall, Worcester. I see this is for a mere 200 new homes.