Yahoo Premiership Fantasy Football readers who are interested in fantasy football (soccer) are invited to participate in my annual Yahoo English Premiership group. Here’s more info on the game. It’s free. And fun. (Though FC Newley — a perennial force in the late 1990’s — has had several down years of late.) Team selections must be made by […]

Thailand 1-3 Holland

On Wednesday night A and our friends Austin and NG ventured out to Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium to see Thailand host The Netherlands in an international friendly. Holland won 3-1, though the scoreline flattered the Thai team. The Oranje were superior technically and physically and simply outclassed their opponents. Thailand did, however, score a consolation goal […]

Thaksin to Buy Man City?

Is Thailand’s ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra aiming to snap up English football club Manchester City? IHT/AP: Toppled Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra, who earlier made an unsuccessful bid for Liverpool, is planning to buy another English soccer club, according to a Web site close to Thaksin seen Monday. The site — — said that […]

US Olympic Skier Reunited with Family in Seoul

Here’s a great story you may have missed. A small Korean child is lost in a market, ends up in an orphanage, and then is adopted, when he’s three, by a couple of American ski instructors. The kid, Toby Dawson, grows up in Colorado and goes on to win a bronze medal in freestyle skiing […]

Zidane Playing in Chiang Mai Charity Match on Saturday

CNN: French football legend Zinedine Zidane, whose career ended with an infamous head-butt in last year’s World Cup final, will play a charity match in Thailand this weekend. Zidane will play alongside top southeast Asian players in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai on Saturday, corporate sponsor Adidas Thailand said.

Watching the ASEAN Football Champtionship — From Pitch Level

Last Sunday night A and I had the good fortune to attend the final of the biennial ASEAN football championship between Thailand and Singapore here at Bangkok’s Supachalasai Stadium. And our perspective was unique: we were in the media gallery down at pitch level, just behind the goal. The sound of 40,000 Thai supporters cheering […]

Kazakhstan 52, Thailand 1

AP/ Changchun, China — Kazakhstan scored 52 goals against Thailand in Asian Winter Games hockey competition yesterday, but the goal that brought the most cheers came from the outgunned Thais. The Asian hockey little guys went into the game knowing they were going to lose to tournament favourite Kazakhstan, but an opportune goal seven minutes […]

Becks Pursues His American Dream

Soccernet: David Beckham will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season and join side Los Angeles Galaxy on a £128m five-year deal – which works out at a mere half-a-million pounds a week. The former England captain will leave Real in June and begin his new career in MLS in August. The “mere […]

Yahoo EPL Fantasy Football

A brief alert for all readers who’re into fantasy football (soccer). My kid brother Colin has put together a Yahoo English Premier League group; go here to sign up. It’s free. Email me (newley [at] for the group name and password. Lineups must be submitted by 11:00 a.m. GMT on Saturday, August 19 […]

The Best Basketball Essay I’ve Ever Read

While I admit that I don’t read much about basketball generally or the NBA specifically, this just might be the most amusing — and incisive — thing I’ve ever read about the sport.