Sports Rules and Regulations

Letting 'armchair officials' rule is a recipe for disaster

Steve Stricker was accused by at least one TV viewer of making an illegal drop, forcing the USGA rules committee to act. Photo: AFP

Someday soon, golf is going to regret letting people watching from home phone in rules violations. Consider what happened at this year's Masters a dry run.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 4:35am

Campaign against slow play must move into higher gear

World No 1 Tiger Woods shoots a promotional video for the Unites States Golf Association entitled 'While we're young' as part of a campaign to encourage faster play. Photo: NYT

There is no reason golf should take this long to play. That's why players at Merion for the US Open received a notice when they registered that warned about pace of play. The fear was that slow play was damaging the game's popularity, and the instructions in the notice could not have been clearer: "Be observant, reach your decision quickly and execute your shots with promptness and dispatch."

16 Jun 2013 - 9:51am

'Disgrace' as Persibo force referee to stop match

Sunray Cave Sun Hei in practice session to prepare for the match against Persibo. Photo: Xinhua

Cash-strapped Indonesian side Persibo laid themselves open to accusations of an appalling lack of sportsmanship last night when their AFC Cup match against Sunray Cave Sun Hei at Mong Kok Stadium was abandoned midway through the second half last night, with the visitors trailing 8-0 and down to six men.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:23am

Jolly good show but for the ending

Christian Ahlmann of Germany. Photo: Reuters

It has been a long trek to AsiaWorld-Expo this past week, but it has been well worth it on two counts - it has opened my eyes to why equestrianism will never be a mainstream sport and reinforced the belief that big names are what draw the crowds in Hong Kong.

10 Mar 2013 - 4:35am

Humble coin toss will confound fight against football graft

Humble coin toss a match-fixer's dream. Photo: Reuters

How much is a coin toss worth? Can foolishly faking a frivolous flip and flick of a thin metallic disc prove financially tempting? You bet. Five years ago, the going rate was 100,000 yuan (HK$124,000).

1 Mar 2013 - 4:53am

Wenger appoints German debt collector at Arsenal

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger. Photo: Reuters

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his faith in German economic efficiency by saying it was the reason why defender Per Mertesacker had become the club's debt collector.

24 Jan 2013 - 3:09am

Rational Ref: Time to get serious on 'shirty' acts

Manchester City's Eden Dzeko removed his shirt after scoring against Stoke on New Year's Day to reveal "Happy New Year" printed on his undershirt.

When players get 'shirty' with refereeing decisions, they usually stand naked in their protests. But when players are cautioned for going shirtless there are growing threads of suspicion that those, including referees, without a strip of common sense who blindly accept Fifa's rule, have the wool pulled over their eyes.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:27am

English Premier League clubs wary ahead of January transfer window

Theo Walcott

Wariness of Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules and concerns about a lack of value in the market mean the Premier League's top clubs will proceed with caution when the January transfer window opens next week.

29 Dec 2012 - 3:35am

Soccer referees urged to take action over obstruction at set pieces

Everton's Marouane Fellaini headbutting Stoke's Ryan Shawcross.

The trouble with set plays is that players are set in their troublesome ways. At corner kicks, players are so conditioned to holding, pushing and blocking that they have inadvertently contributed to the problem of obstruction. So what happens when push comes to shove?

28 Dec 2012 - 4:18am

Rogge fails to inspire generation touched by tragedy

The motto of these Games is 'inspire a generation' but there has been a volley of cries in London to remember the last. The call to do so is ringing painfully in the ears of IOC chief Jacques Rogge, a former Olympic sailor who has so far enjoyed plain sailing at these Games. Sure, there were white tops to the waves - security and seating - as the London Games navigated out of the harbour.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:20pm

Let the people choose

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15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Ditch corporate excess for the democratic Games

Before its start, the London Olympics was billed as the Austerity Games, given the scraping together of coppers from the UK's collective piggy bank to stage the 30th Olympiad during the global recession.

But as the row over the corporates' hold over the Games rages, the claim that this is the Spartan Olympics is wearing increasingly thin.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:42pm

Ding-dong merrily, high on sport

Big Ben, the most famous bell in the world, will today toll 40 times to usher in the Olympics. For the first time since the funeral of King George VI in 1952, the bass notes from the iconic clock tower on the north bank of the Thames will divert from its regular strikes and instead manically peel across the capital to celebrate the start of the Games.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Why the NFL is a lot like China

One week ago the United States was in a perilous state. Fear ruled the country as two seemingly irresolvable issues loomed ominously like the grim reaper's scythe.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Gymnasts red-faced over sports judge probe

Tempers flared online after a Chinese gymnastics judge was accused by the sport's international ruling body of manipulating scores to help a mainland athlete win a gold medal at last year's Guangzhou Asian Games.

19 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

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