Why Leicester will Challenge the Top 6 Next Season

On this day two years ago, Leicester City topped the Premier League table. They led Tottenham and Arsenal by two points; their last game was a 2-1 away loss to the latter, the third of only 3 Leicester losses in the entire 2015-6 Season. On this day last year, Leicester City languished in 17th place. […]

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Why Aaron Ramsey is more valuable to Arsenal than Mesut Özil

Arsenal fans made much of the renewing of Mesut Özil’s contract on the final day of the January transfer window. A future without Özil appeared incomprehensible for Arsenal fans – it seemingly indicated an unprecedented slide into a level of mediocrity that had not been experienced at any point since Arsene Wenger arrived in North […]

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How the betting industry is still skewing the odds

“When the fun stops, STOP” – the words you’ll find emblazoned across the walls in your local bookmakers. The message is important: betting is supposed to be the lazy weekend pastime of the average Brit. With the emergence of online gambling and the liberalisation of gambling laws under the Blair Government, the average UK household […]

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The runners and riders in the hunt for the Oxford United job

After just over six months in the job, Oxford United sacked manager Pep Clotet as a result of a barren run of only two wins in nine games. Hopes of a playoff push are all but gone, despite United’s positive start to the season, with the side’s loss to bottom club Bury symptomatic of the […]

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VAR: football’s search for justice has not found a solution

It is remarkable how quickly public sentiment can change in the era of social media, but the fall from grace of VAR within the space of 90 minutes is nonetheless remarkable. However, the failure of technology to grant Willian a penalty in Chelsea’s FA Cup replay against Norwich sparked a backlash that, whilst understandable, misses […]

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Selectors Must Take Blame For England’s Struggles

In the wake of yet another harrowing series defeat at the hands of Australia, England’s squad selection for the upcoming tour of New Zealand is baffling, addressing few of the significant weaknesses exposed during the Ashes. An eagerness to not make too many changes is understandable if the selectors are hoping for continuation and development, […]

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Crichard signs off in style in light blue triumph

The University Match, 4th day  Cambridge University 225 & 417-7dec beat Oxford University 212 & 214 (Gnodde 54, Crichard 6-68) by 216 runs  There are some bowlers who are hard to define: the type who defy the established science and the biomechanics of cricket. Sometimes they’re off, disjointed and sporadic. Sometimes they’re on, and wicket-taking […]

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Supreme Rackow re-fires dark blue challenge on day two

The University Match, 2nd day  Oxford University 212 (Rackow 95, Crichard 5-72) trail Cambridge University 225 & 121-2 (Colverd 47*) by 134 runs  A collective groan filled the Fenner’s air. Then it morphed to a silence imbued with disbelief. Then a final incarnation: lavish applause, genuine in origin and extended in length. Alex Rackow had […]

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Captain’s knock from Tice as Cambridge take hold on day one

The University Match, 1st day Oxford University 50-5 (Crichard 4-23) trail Cambridge University 225 (Tice 54, Marsden 4-47) by 175 runs A captain’s knock. An innings compiled under huge pressure in a middlingly-bad to severe situation. Produced only by a leader of men. Typified by hard-graft and punchiness, hallmarked by immediate command of an unwarranted […]

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