DAVID BECKHAM’S career-defining last-gasp free-kick against Greece.Paul Ince’s belligerence with a bandaged head in Rome.Michael Atherton’s longest and greatest innings of 185 not out in almost 11 hours at Johannesburg.Monty Panesar’s unlikely Ashes heroics as a No 11 batsman at Cardiff.The late Cheick Tiote’s stunning strike to complete Newcastle’s recovery from 4-0 down against Arsenal in one of the Premier League’s most memorable matches.What do these great sporting moments have in common? They were all magnificent efforts made to earn draws.So would you have wanted to change the outcome of any of those contests? With extra-time or a penalty shoot-out or a game of paper-scissors-stone?Probably only if you’re an American.But at Auckland on Saturday night, when the All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions ended up 15-15 to tie their compelling three-match Test series, it seemed like the very concept of a sporting draw was under threat.There was much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth about the fact that an epic series had ended all square and an insistence that, one way or another, we ought to have contrived a winner.It’s not immediately apparent where this widespread feeling came from – around a quarter of all football matches end… Read full this story
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