Edwin van der Sar at the Oxford Union

The Poetry Room at the Oxford Union is the sort of place that gives rise to the most clichéd of questions, predictably asked by the Daily Mail journalist in attendance: ‘As a young boy growing up in the Netherlands…did you ever imagine that one day…you might be in this room’ ad nauseam. One questions if […]

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Womens’ varsity football 2016

Tina Gough’s early goal proved enough to earn Oxford a deserved 1-0 victory over Cambridge in the 31st women’s varsity football match. After a series of tense opening exchanges, Cambridge had Savage put clean through on goal only for Blues goalkeeper May Martin to snaffle the ball at the striker’s feet; rather than offering the […]

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OxStu’s Varsity weekend round up

In an exciting, explosive weekend of Varsity sport, results were mixed, with Oxford celebrating glorious victories and lamenting the closest of defeats alike. Whilst the Blues women successfully ground out an impressive win in the 31st football varsity competition, the seconds suffered the agony of losing 3-2 after sudden death in a penalty shootout that […]

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Looking ahead to F1 2016

With the first pre-season test of the 2016 Formula One season done and dusted, time has come to reflect on what we might have gleaned from four days of relentless running around Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, and look ahead to the season as a whole. F1 pre-season tests are notoriously misleading (Ferrari finished fastest in […]

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Looking ahead to Rio 2016

  Rio de Janeiro plays host to this year’s Summer Olympic Games, and the excitement is already building. Thousands of athletes from around the world will descend on the Brazilian city in early August, competing in events that span 28 different sports and 41 distinct disciplines across more than two weeks of non-stop athletic competition. […]

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Town vs. Gown 2016

The Oxford Union was transformed on Wednesday, playing host to an event far removed from its usual location as the home of public school networking and B-list public figures. The annual Town vs Gown event saw the brightest and best from OUABC pitted against fighters from around Oxfordshire and further, in what amounts to a […]

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Football Manager: time well spent

It is approximately 4 and a half years since I received my first copy of the legendary game, Football Manager. 2400 beautiful hours of play-time later, I am a veteran of the franchise, but the eagerness shows no signs of abating. Each all-conquering Arsenal side, constructed lovingly with every new edition of the game, has […]

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Just how good is Anthony Joshua?

Heavyweight boxing is no dull drag anymore. After a decade of watching Wladimir Klitschko beat up some pretty mediocre fighters, Tyson Fury unexpectedly made good on his promise to Klitschko to “rid boxing of a boring person like you.” Fury’s unexpected victory in November has regenerated the sport, replacing Klitschko’s measured consistency with an irrepressible […]

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Players that don’t want to play

The eternally debated balance between club power and player power results in the equally hot topic of how to handle a footballer that doesn’t want to play for his club. The saga surrounding the potential transfer of Saido Berahino has continued from the last window back in August; even if there is some kind of […]

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The new Flintoff?

‘See ball hit ball’. Simple, but brutally effective. This was Ben Stokes’ analysis of the method that took him to a record-breaking 258 off a mere 198 balls in the 2nd test against South Africa, breaking the world record for the fastest ever 250 in Test Cricket. This record goes alongside his then record for […]

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Danny Cipriani – a lost career?

In 2008, one would have thought that the future of English rugby was secured through Danny Cipriani alone: a talent of the like not seen since the man he was annointed to replace, Sir Johnny himself. Fast forward almost eight years, and the prevailing narrative of the mercurial flyhalf is of wasted talent, underachievement and […]

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Klopp needs to stop whining…

It would be fair to say that Jürgen Klopp is still getting used to English football. Not only did he bemoan the lack of a Christmas break in the Premier League in December, but he has now warned Pep Guardiola, who looks set to manage in the Premier League next season, that the biggest challenge […]

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Boxing Day Premier League Predictions

It hardly seems prudent that, half way through the most unpredictable premier league season imaginable, and with the transfer window yet to really get going, one should be making any predictions for the rest of the season, with the risk of being hoisted by one’s own petard very real indeed. Yet, after the annual bumper […]

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