Well here goes with some sports highlights from around the world.
Australia defeat England by 10 wickets to win first test of Ashes series.For those not familiar with cricket a ten wicket loss is akin to a really bad battering in boxing.It means that Englands five bowlers were unable to get one Australian batsman out while Australia got 174 runs to win the match.
Rugby Union Scotland beat Australia by a wide margin.Australia did have a man sent off but this in no way devalues this fine victory.Pro teams practice for this but the Scot's roasted them by playing an expansive game which is in line with the Scottish tradition of attacking rugby.
Rugby League Australia will play England in the Rugby League World Cup final.The Aussies will be hot favourites for this final.The Australian climate is perfect for Rugby league and they dominate the sport.Rugby league is a faster,stronger and more entertaining form of rugby football.Rugby union can become static with the ball not moving for minutes on end.
Football The usual teams are dominating the EPL which is becoming a bore.Survival is all now because of the money involved.An interesting development is that fans are becoming restless with survival and pragmatism and would rather be entertained.Hopefully the top EPL sides will form a Euro league and keep chasing the money leaving the way open for football to come back to the fans.
Quick explanation of the Ashes Australia won a test match(called tests because that's what they are,a test of ability)at Kennington Oval in 1882.The thought that some colonials could actually beat Empress England at their own(ed) game in their own backyard was not well received by the gentry.The Sporting times published a mock obituary about the death of English cricket...
"In Affectionate Remembrance of ENGLISH CRICKET, which died at the Oval on 29 August 1882, Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances R.I.P. N.B.—The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia."
Australia's urge to crush England at cricket dates back to the patronising attitude of English administrators and players,especially in the gentleman amateur era cricket between the wars.