Tommy Taylor’s SRU

A young child killed in her bed by a motorist crashing through the wall of her bedroom, children killed by rocket attacks in Syria and fire in a disco killed hundreds of youngsters in Brazil.  What terrible tragedies. France sending in troops to fight in Africa…are they mad? After a disaster in Vietnam, which drew … [Read the full story]

Tommy Taylor’s SRU

What a week for Australia. It’s not what happened here, but rather what we must learn from foreign news. The terrible execution of hostages in Algeria carried out by Muslims in support of Malians and terrorists held in western countries. The result in troops being sent into action will escalate action both in France and … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1865

On this day in 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives passes the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in America. The amendment read, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude…shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” When the Civil War began, President Abraham Lincoln’s professed goal was the restoration of the … [Read the full story]

Francis Burke banned by ARU

The Australian Rugby Union have banned Sunshine Coast Stingrays player and coach, Francis Burke, for four years for the possession and attempted trafficking of growth hormone releasing peptide-6. The ban has been upheld by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), who were originally alerted to a suspect package by customs in Sydney on November 28 … [Read the full story]

The truth about “Breast Oggling”

Just 18 years old and fresh from a Church of England girls’ school, I couldn’t wait to read history at Oxford University. I’d imagined a life of intellectual small talk, long, swotty afternoons in the Bodleian Library and earnest discussions about politics and current affairs. Instead, over the course of the first term, an undeniable … [Read the full story]

Riots in Spain over new government mandate

Spain’s new conservative government approved sweeping Labour market reforms as part of a drive to revive a sick economy and solve Europe’s worst unemployment nightmare…a jobless rate of nearly 23 per cent. The plan is to encourage companies to hire more people by cutting government mandated severence packages and offering tax breaks for taking on … [Read the full story]

Stern and Hunter just can’t see eye to eye

The NBA Players Association rejected the owners’ latest offer and have launched the process to disband their union, throwing the entire 2011-2012 pro basketball season into jeopardy. “The players feel they’re not prepared to accept any ultimatum,” said Billy Hunter, the executive director of the players union. He called the offer “extremely unfair” on the … [Read the full story]

Players could earn shit-loads if Australia v New Zealand test goes ahead

The reason a hybrid game involving the Wallabies and Kangaroos has never eventuated is that neither John O’Neill nor David Gallop wants to run the risk of losing. Which is why a Sydney promoter has come up with the idea of merging the best Australian union and league talent into one side to play the … [Read the full story]

Poms RFU stops Crusaders and Sharks playing at Twickenham

Britain’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) has quashed hopes that London’s famous Twickenham stadium could host the Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Sharks. The Christchurch franchise asked the RFU if it could host the March 26 fixture as their own ground is unusable due to damage sustained in the recent earthquake. Despite their … [Read the full story]

Americas most popular sport almost at a standstill

With a possible work stoppage looming in America’s most popular sport, the NFL and its players’ union reportedly agreed on Thursday to a 24-hour extension of contract talks. NFL Network, in an item posted on NFL.com, was among the US media outlets reporting that both sides had agreed to extend talks beyond the scheduled expiration … [Read the full story]