Over to us – the responsibility of the modern athlete in dealing with mental health in sport

It’s been over three months since Dan Vickerman took his own life on the evening of February 18th 2017. Perhaps like many in the rugby community who were affected by the loss of the ex-Wallaby, Varsity hero for Cambridge University, burgeoning property entrepreneur, loving husband and father to two sons, I wondered how this could […]

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Hughes heroics in vain as Cambridge take T20 triumph

University of Cambridge (133-7, Moses 43) beat the University of Oxford (123-7, Hughes 59) by 10 runs They turned up sporting a deep black jersey smacking more Black Caps than Cambridge University, but by the end of the Men’s Varsity Twenty20 fixture Fenners was undoubtedly painted the lighter shade of Oxbridge blue. Cambridge had never […]

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Fresh-faced OUCC Blues chase Varsity success

The first of the cricket Varsity triad takes place on Friday, at Fenners in Cambridge. Here, Calum Flintoff previews the fixtures. Last year, Oxford completed their first clean sweep of the Varsity cricket matches. Ruthless in the Twenty20; controlling at Lords; unrelenting throughout the 4-days at The Parks; this was a unique dominance – hallmarked […]

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Eddie Jones shoots from the hip at The Oxford Union

With sixteen wins from his first seventeen matches as England’s Head Coach, it was unsurprising that the sight of Eddie Jones elicited such a warm reception at The Oxford Union on Friday. For his part, the Australian, who has led England to back-to-back Six Nations titles, seemed eminently comfortable from the off. Indeed, Jones soon […]

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Premier League pain, and Fulham’s white knight Cairney

There is a giant Fulham crest proudly emblazoned on the breast of the Johnny Haynes Stand, a grade II* listed building, at Craven Cottage. It is a stand of primitive beauty, bearing semblance to the thatched houses of Rural Britain, and yet it is surrounded by three further stands of modern architecture, clad with sponsors […]

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OUCC vs Arabs: England pedigree on show at The Parks

On Sunday, Oxford University Cricket Club hosted their first fixture at The Parks this season, welcoming travelling club Arabs. The visitors are a side composed of Oxbridge and Durham alumni, and they fielded a strong side, bolstered by the presence of Jamie Dalrymple – famously the last man to make the transition from OUCC to […]

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Dark Blues secure an historic eighth successive Rugby League Varsity win

Oxford University 48-10 Cambridge University They say the sun always shines on rugby league, and such was the case on 3rd March as the morning rainclouds cleared just as the spectators rolled off the buses from Oxford to come watch the Rugby League Varsity Match, hosted at the Honourable Artillery Company grounds in the heart […]

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OUGC: Soaring high above the Oxford bubble

Gliding is perhaps at the more niche end of the spectrum of sports offered at Oxford but it is certainly one of the most exhilarating and challenging sports out there! Gliding entails flying unpowered aircraft in which glider pilots have to make use of lift (invisible currents of rising air) in order to stay airborne […]

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Zafar Ansari retires: The changing face of Oxbridge cricket

There was an inevitability about it all. Cricket could never stand between Zafar Ansari and his ambitions further afield. Each tidy over of left-arm spin he sent down, and each resilient knock he crafted at the top of the order, acted merely to prolong the impending moment when Ansari’s knowledge, and ambition, would outstrip his […]

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Women’s Champions League draw engenders thrilling duel between the World’s finest

Carli Lloyd vs Alex Morgan. Immovable object vs Unstoppable force. For the benevolent creator behind the Women’s Champions League Semi-final draw has blessed the footballing world with a titanic clash between two of it’s finest assets, and their new adopted European homes, as English Champions Manchester City have been pitted against French giants Olympique Lyon […]

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Dortmund vs Monaco: Two unique journeys converging upon an ideology of youth

In the same way that flight has evolved independently three times throughout history, the unique lineages of two European giants display a convergence upon a central dogma of youth; a convergence that will finally meet inside the Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday evening, when Borussia Dortmund clash with AS Monaco. In morphology, analogous traits arise […]

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2017 County Championship Division 1 Preview

The 2017 County Championship season begins today, and Sports Editor Calum Flintoff has been assessing what the campaign could have in store for each of the Division 1 sides. Essex: After frustrating with three consecutive 3rd place finishes in Division 2, Essex finally prevailed with their promotion aims in what was on paper the most competitive […]

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The Kolpak player: an indelible fashion in the English Game?

  On November 18th 2016, Kyle Abbott posted a photo on his Instagram account: the pair of Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander were stationed either side of him, and the trio in unison clutched a used cricket ball. The caption read, “Known as the engine room !!! Always a partnership”. It was in reference to […]

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Cambridge win women’s boat race, Oxford takes men’s

Cambridge has won the 72nd women’s boat race, setting a new time record, while Oxford fought to maintain a narrow lead in the 163rd men’s. While the Cambridge women’s boat set an astonishing time of 18:33- the first time the 19-minute mark has been broken- the Oxford boat suffered an early crab, which left a lead that […]

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Three lessons from England’s performance against Germany

Kick-off at the Signal Iduna Park was scheduled for 19:45 (GMT) on Wednesday. Come 19:49, however, Lukas Podolski was still addressing the endearing German fans who had gathered to witness his farewell to die Mannschaft, and it became clear that England were merely the party guests of the occasion. The script had already been written; […]

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