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Today’s List: Ten 2017 Sports Events That Popped into My Head

December 31st, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Baseball, Basketball, College football, Dodgers, Fifa, Football, Lakers, Lists, Los Angeles Rams, NBA, NFL, Rams, Russia 2018, soccer, Spain, UAE, UCLA, USC, World Cup

This is not an exercise in academic rigor. I did not have someone sitting with a note pad writing down literally the first 10 facts I could recall pertaining to sports in 2017. But … it is a fairly accurate recreation of a fairly quick trip through my brain to see what stuck from the […]

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Mother Serena Returns to Tennis … in Abu Dhabi

December 25th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Fifa, Tennis, UAE

It is an exhibition, not a tournament. Something just north of hitting on a practice court. No matter. Serena Williams‘s return to a tennis court with an elite opponent on the other side of the net, with paying fans in the stands and someone keeping score … may be the biggest sports story in UAE […]

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Abu Dhabi’s ‘World Tennis Championship’ and Waiting to See Who Turns Up

December 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Tennis, The National

It was Abu Dhabi’s idea, and not a bad one. Take the tennis-free final weekend of the year and jam into it a three-day, six-player competition grandiosely titled “World Tennis Championship”. Target the highest-ranked players in the world by offering fat appearance fees for a few days of action in the Gulf sun, with another […]

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Ruing the Demise of the Eight-Year Flip-Flops

December 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France

This is a guy thing, pretty much, isn’t it. Or maybe a slob thing. Wearing things forever. Until they break or split or go to pieces and fall off your body. Or, perhaps, until your significant other gets sick of looking at your rags and throws some of them out when you are not paying […]

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Seeing ‘The Last Jedi’ Ahead of Friends Back Home

December 14th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Abu Dhabi, France, Movies

This was something celebrated on at least one Facebook account: Seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi today, a day before Everyone Back Home had a chance. Movies in France tend to open on Wednesday. In the States, an opening often is Friday, especially for big movies like this one. So, at least one of us […]

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UAE’s Al Jazira Gets Crack at Real Madrid

December 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Fifa, Football, UAE

No. Really. Al Jazira of Abu Dhabi and the UAE … will play Real Madrid of Spain in the semifinals of the 2017 Club World Cup on Wednesday night. In Zayed Sports City, in the capital. This is the Madrid of Cristiano Ronaldo and 12 European championships. And the Jazira of Ali Mabkhout, twice champions […]

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Srecko Katanec: A Big Deal in Slovenia

October 8th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Football, soccer, Sports Journalism, The National, UAE, World Cup

As the ultimate international sport, one might expect soccer would offer all sorts of odd and interesting connections. This guy played for that guy, and later became coach of this team that I covered … It really is rather amazing, in a sort of “three degrees of separation” way. And I have noticed a few […]

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Head Trauma? Rugby, Motor Racing Step on Up!

August 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Baseball, Cricket, Football, Motor racing, Rugby, The National

A couple of posts on this blog suggest the National Football League will not exist as we know it — if it exists at all — 20-30 years from now. By then, all the horrors of football-related brain trauma will have been clearly laid out and, barring some unexpected breakthrough in protective equipment, the lawsuits […]

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From Bora to Caio, Wandering Soccer Coaches I Have Known

July 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Football, soccer, UAE

If it sometimes seems as if American sports tend to cycle through the same few dozen coaches … well, it’s pretty much the case. How else to explain Larry Brown, Buck Showalter, Marty Schottenheimer, et al? But international soccer coaches take it to a whole ‘nother level. Some of these guys have coached at 10, […]

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A Michelle Kwan Sighting, in Abu Dhabi

June 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Olympics

For more than a decade, Michelle Kwan represented what we in the journalism call a “standing story”. A standing story is one that is news at any time. Work or play, good or bad, any developments warrant coverage and follow-up because we believe our audience has significant interest in the topic. Particularly so, in my […]

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