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Defoe sets realistic target of making the 2018 World Cup

Last month I wrote an article about British boxer Nicola Adams and argued that, despite her age of 34, she still had a lot to achieve. England footballer Jermain Defoe is just 19 days older than Adams and he too looks to be blossoming into his 30s. Prior to his recent goal against Lithuania in […]

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Sport

Edinburgh overcome Heriot-Watt at athletics varsity

Edinburgh University’s athletics squad got off to a fine start to their outdoor season last week at Meadowbank Stadium defeating Heriot-Watt University at the Varsity match. The first event on the track was the 100m where Edinburgh won both the men’s and women’s races. Elizabeth Musgrove took the women’s race in 12.75 seconds, while the […]

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albums Music

Gang Signs & Prayer – Stormzy

Rating: 4/5 stars Gang Signs and Prayer, the much-anticipated debut album from Stormzy, one of the UK’s most decorated rappers, is finally out. Kicking off with ‘First Things First’, Stormzy seems frustrated, particularly with the way he and the grime scene as a whole are perceived in the media. He hits out at LBC radio […]

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Culture Theatre

Hotel Juárez

Every year, the University of Edinburgh’s Hispanic Department gives students the chance to experience the rich Hispanic culture first hand, by means of putting on a performance. This year, what was offered was a cultural explosion in the guise of the play Hotel Juárez, set within the Mexican city where society is plagued with conflicts. […]

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Sport

Nike commence their search for record marathon time

Is it humanly possible to run a marathon in under two hours – legally? Yes of course, given enough time, but just how long will that take? One key factor for success at long distance events is the ability to get oxygen efficiently to the muscles, thereby increasing an athlete’s VO2 max. EPOs (Erythropoietin) are […]

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Sport

Adams looks to make more boxing history

At the age of 34, British boxer Nicola Adams will be turning professional. Having been involved in boxing since the age of 13, the two-times Olympic champion has already had an illustrious career as an amateur. Many would think that 34 is perhaps the time when athletes are thinking about bringing their careers to a […]

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Sport

Chinese Super League looking to challenge European elite

The Premier League and its counterparts – La Liga in Spain, Serie A in Italy, Ligue 1 in France, and the Bundesliga in Germany – are the best football leagues in the world. They have, without doubt, the best teams and best players. Tempted by the allure of an attractive pension fund, many seasoned performers […]

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Sport

Van Basten reignites debate about reform in football

One of the greatest footballers of all time, Marco van Basten, has opted for a set of proposals to revolutionise football. If implemented, the results could be sub-par. The Dutchman, who now works for Fifa, has expressed the desire to strip extra time and penalty shoot outs from knock-out matches – two adrenaline-pumping climaxes of […]