What do you need in sport to be a success? A huge dose of talent, naturally, but a slither of luck here and there can never hurt either.…

For the uninitiated it is generally the PGA Tour, America’s premier golf circuit, that garners most of the sport’s attention on a weekly basis. Typically, they have the best players playing for the biggest prizes at some of the most picturesque courses on the planet.…

Without wanting to sound xenophobic in any way, the Irish Guineas weekend isn’t met with quite the same fervour as its UK cousin, and that’s a shame as it is always a decent festival of racing over at Curragh. A quality field will meet for both the Irish 2000 Guineas on Saturday May 27 (of which Churchill is a worthy 4/11 favourite) and Sunday’s Irish 2000 Guineas, which from a punter’s perspective looks far more alluring.…

As a professional footballer, there can’t be many more nerve-racking games than a play-off final. You’ve worked solidly for the preceding ninth months of the season and yet your whole campaign boils down to 90 minutes at Wembley Stadium: joy and success, misery and abject failure. Sport doesn’t get much crueller than this.…

It’s strange to say so in 2017, but the withdrawal of 35-year-old Roger Federer from the upcoming French Open has blown the second major in the tennis calendar wide open.…

The race for football’s richest prize got a little feistier at the weekend. Both Fulham vs Reading and Huddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday lived up to the hype and delivered a pair of intriguing encounters.…

The English Championship play-off final is often billed as the ‘richest game in football’; the riches on offer for winning at Wembley Stadium almost disgustingly paradoxical to the hurt and torment suffered by the losing outfit. So, there is no less pressure on these semi-final match ups, with a place at Wembley and 90 minutes of football separating these four clubs from the sport’s promised land.…

The Players’ Championship is one of those golf events where even non-fans of the sport can get into the swing of things. Pretty much all of the best players in the world are here, which helps, plus the action will unfold at the stunning TPC Sawgrass which is one of the easiest on the eye golf courses on the planet.…

There is enough juice left – just about – to render the second legs of these Champions League ties of interest.…

It’s not often that a 14/1 shot offers a genuine hope of winning, but that’s exactly what Hydrangea brings to the party for the 1000 Guineas on Sunday.…