Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Can last year's magical London Olympics be beaten?

Biting Back

I hope you're enjoying another golden summer of sport. Of course last year's magical London Olympics can't be beaten but there is still plenty of controversy and drama to keep us all entertained.

The tyres can't stop exploding in Formula One while tennis players haven't been able to stay on their feet at Wimbledon.

Although Laura Robson and Serena Williams departed the SW19 stage yesterday, we can still indulge in the annual bout of Murraymania.

As long as Andy stays on track to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936, the rest of us will wonder whether he can break his hoodoo.

Northern Ireland's major golf winners failed to set the Irish Open alight but there's always The Open at Muirfield from July 18 to 21, giving them another chance to emulate Darren Clarke's heroics of 2011.

It's do or die in the Lions Tour this weekend as an enthralling Test series climaxes in Sydney and the Tour de France is in full swing. The cricket season is up and running but the first Ashes Test doesn't start until July 10.

So why are we talking about a winter game – football? Irish League's part-time players get ready to kick off a long season. Linfield are in Europa League action tomorrow night while it's Crusaders and Glentoran's turn on Thursday.

But if you're not a football fan and already pulling your hair out just be grateful this isn't next summer – the World Cup in Brazil will make sure the beautiful game dominates our every thought all year round in 2014.

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