A Bloody Good Winner by Dave Nevison

By Dave Nevison

The hugely pleasing autobiography punter and making a bet pundit Dave Nevison. a well-recognized, revered and renowned determine either at the racecourse and on tv, Nevison is that rarest, so much envied of racing characters - a very winning gambler.

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Her lively banter was gone, supplanted by a fervent recitation of Mao’s famous sayings memorized from the Little Red Book. Her hair had been cut very short in a display of revolutionary ardor. ) Her usual sports garb had been replaced by a baggy Mao suit and black cloth shoes, the same genderless uniform now worn by nearly everybody in the country, male or female, young or old. The only splash of color was the red armband on her sleeve bearing three characters that were enough to strike fear in millions of Chinese: Hongweibing.

As a player, Da Fang would far outshine Ren, just as her son would eventually eclipse Wang Zhizhi. Whereas Ren spent most of her career on the Beijing city squad, only joining the national team for a short stint in the early 1970s, Da Fang’s star kept rising. She would soon become one of the standout centers of her generation, one of the best in all of Asia. Her success derived in part from her physical gifts: she and Ren were both 6'2", but Da Fang was more solidly built, and she had begun to develop a soft shooting touch to go along with her tenacious under-the-basket play.

Getting banished to the labor camps was, in some ways, easier than staying behind at No. 651 Nanjing Road, where a reign of terror descended. In a putsch known as “January Storm,” a group of radical rebels seized control of the Shanghai government, including the twentyone organizations ruled by the city sports committee. The zaofanpai O P E R AT I O N YA O M I N G • 29 who controlled the sports institute at No. 651 Nanjing Road—a group that included Da Fang—imprisoned Zhu and some three dozen other top coaches and administrators in makeshift jails on the second floor.

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