1) Colin Bell, who died this week at the age of 74, was almost certainly the greatest Manchester City player of the 20th century. Running hard and highly skilled, he danced through the heavy tones of the 1960s and 1970s. Here, he gets a 1972 Manchester derBy hat-trick. Bell won all the City’s domestic honors, including the 1969 FA Cup. He also played 48 times for England, scoring nine goals. His career was cruelly cut short By a knee injury sustained in this derBy of November 1975, after a tackle By United’s Martin Buchan. Bell would return two years later, but he was never the same player despite vigorous rehabilitation. His nickname was Nijinsky, not for the Russian ballet dancer, but for the last racehorse to win the English Triple Crown.
2) New Year’s Eve saw the death at 92 of Tommy Docherty, the manager of 13 clubs, although he is best remembered for bringing the young Chelsea team of the 1960sand fulfilling a similar function in Manchester United in the 1970s. Before that, he had been a distinguished right half with Preston, playing in the 1954 FA Cup Final, losing 3-2 to West Brom. His managerial highlight was winning the FA Cup 1977 with United, thus denying Liverpool a hat-trick. He was followed By the low light almost immediately losing his job at United due to off-the-field issues. The Doc was a wonderful storyteller in the television career that followed his managerial career, and a speaker after dinner until 90.
3) Singer Gerry Marsden was part of the 1960s Merseybeat revolution that brought the Beatles into the world, but will be most remembered for the song that still rocks the Kop. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (1945) gave the world You will never Walk alone, a lament for the male lead, Billy Bigelow, who falls on his knife and dies after a botched robbery. But it was Marsden, who died on January 3 at the age of 78, and his pacemakers who turned the song into Liverpool FC Anthem with his third UK No. 1 in 1963. Marsden’s version was sung By fans in other clubs well into the 1970s and resonates in Celtic Park for this day. Here in 2003, Marsden sings to a Draw in the UEFA Cup between Liverpool and Celtic. The song has been covered several times, perhaps the most curious. By Dexys Midnight Runners singer Kevin Rowland in 1999.
4) The incredible Magnus Carlsen, the Mozart of chess, is questioned about the moves made By Vichy Anand. How many, if any, can you remember? And here is Vichy, playing 47 moves with one second on the clock.
5) 16-year-old Navajo boxer Mariah Base is making an offer to become the first native american olympic boxer. She is aiming for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
6) And finally, soccer corner. First, Paul Yogand Bruno Fernandes are shown the stuttering penalty in its purest formand a a little rough stuff in a German inner league. The dangers of being behind closed doors …
2) When the WTA Tour returns, catch up on two rising stars who met in the final of the 2020 French Open: Sofia Kenin and Iga Sweater.
4) Would you like to see 25 rare billiard coincidences? You’re lucky.
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