I think we've been here before. STAR Sports are trying to shortchange rugby fans again. The Five Nations rugby tournament is being shown on STAR Sports, but only on a tape delay basis. STAR have long been the recognised rugby channel for showing the big internationals over the years - the Five Nations, Rugby World Cup, the Bledisloe Cup and the Tri Nations tournament. It's a record to be proud of. Or at least it was until last year, when cracks began to appear. The first games of the Tri Nations were missed entirely, prompting uproar among the region's fans. Only then did STAR finally get on the ball, coming through with live coverage and following up with the All Blacks v South Africa Test series. Everything seemed to be right once more in the universe. But now they've moved the goalposts again. Saturday night saw the opening of this year's Five Nations with Ireland v France and Scotland v Wales. But the first STAR viewers got to see of either encounter was yesterday evening, about 17 hours after the matches ended. So how about it STAR? I know you have the Australian Open tennis, which is being given excellent coverage, but surely a window could have been left open in the schedule for the rugger? Before Christmas, Wharf Cable Sports held a public poll to decide the 'Cable Supreme King of Soccer'. The shortlist was very short. Viewers had a choice of four candidates, one from each of the European leagues the channel covers - Alan Shearer from England's Premier League, Ronaldo of the Spanish Primnera Liga, George Weah of Serie A and Fredi Bobic from the Bundesliga. Now the results are in and after 4,000 votes were counted, Shearer has been declared the winner with 44.7 per cent to Ronaldo's 42.4, Weah's nine and Bobic's 3.9. Shearer also won the quaintly titled 'Most Appealing Player' vote, pipping Ronaldo again. The most appealing category was wider and among the others getting significant votes were Weah, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Steve MacManaman, Roberto Baggio, Robbie Fowler, Ryan Giggs, Jurgen Klinsmann, David Ginola, Paolo Maldini and Gabriel Batistuta. With the FIFA world player vote due soon and Shearer, Ronaldo and Weah the three candidates for that one, it should be interesting to see how the Hong Kong public's opinion compares with FIFA's. Good as the action has been from Melbourne, there is one curiosity about the tennis. Why is it that the STAR LIVE logo in the corner of the screen stays there even when the game is a repeat showing of a previously shown live match. This doesn't happen only with the tennis either but it's been especially noticeable the past week. Is there a technical reason why the logo can't be removed from repeat screenings? STAR's coverage, live and highlights, continues this week. ESPN join the fun with highlights. Tennis is like golf in that it's mostly about single-minded individuals competing for themselves. And more often than not, the measure of quality is monetary, hence the weekly publication of money earnings which almost always coincide with the positions in the points rankings. Just to cement this perception there was Tiger Woods last week, not on STAR or ESPN but CNN's Moneyline with Lou Dobbs, a finance, business and markets show. The item was prompted by Tiger surpassing the million-dollar mark in career earnings in his first tournament of the new PGA season. It wasn't exactly revealing, looking at Woods' money-generating power away from the course, but did confirm the primacy of the greenback in the Royal and Ancient game.