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Premier League strugglers plagued by poor off the pitch decision making

Even the most generous and wildly optimistic fans of Aston Villa, Newcastle, and Sunderland would agree that this season has not been their clubs’ collective finest hour. With all three looking increasingly likely to be relegated from the Premier League and so lose out (at least temporarily) on the massive financial rewards and prestige that […]

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Premier League 2015: Mid-Season Report Card

With grades decided by contributers to the Sport section, The Student has decided which clubs needs to work harder, who is failing their PE lessons, and who is top of the class in their mid-season review of the Barclay’s Premier League. 1st: Leicester (A+) – Conor Matchett To say that the Foxes are the surprise […]

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Inconsistent Buttler could minimise the loss of Pietersen

The spectre of Kevin Pietersen has loomed large over the England cricket team ever since his ignominious fall from grace. As one of the most outrageously naturally talented batsmen the England team has been fortunate enough to include among their ranks this should be no surprise, but perhaps we may finally be seeing the emergence […]

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ECB selectors fail to provide coherent long term strategy

The past few months have not seen England selectors cover themselves in glory in any sport. While the headline-grabbing story has been the ignominious failure of Sam Burgess’s attempted conversion from Rugby League superstar to Rugby Union internationalist, the bizarre selection decisions of the England Cricket Board seem to have slipped under the radar. With […]

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The Student Sport’s Team of the Rugby World Cup

15 – Fullback – Ben Smith (New Zealand) Without a doubt one of the most consistent players throughout the tournament New Zealand’s electric fullback was crucial to the All Blacks run to the final and highlighted his qualities with a fine piece of play to set up Beauden Barrett’s tournament-clinching try. Dominant in the air, […]

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ICC failing Pakistan Cricket Board over BCCI scandal

Ever since the cricket boards of Australia, England and India (the big three of world cricket) effectively took control of the International Cricket Council the suspicion has been that world cricket’s foremost governing body has been slowly declining into little more than an edifice for the maintenance of the game’s elite nations. In word and […]

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League culture of Southern Hemisphere rugby main reason for World Cup domination

As the Rugby World Cup rumbles on towards its inevitable conclusion, fans of Northern Hemisphere rugby are left ruminating on what could have been and just how it all went so wrong. For the first time in the competition’s history, no Northern hemisphere side made it to the semi-finals. England and Italy crashed out ignominiously […]

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Scots look to progress despite defeat against South Africa

Scotland’s 16-34 loss to South Africa was both a reminder of how far Scotland have come under Vern Cotter’s leadership and how far they have to go to pose a serious challenge to the real titans of global rugby union. Despite what Scotland winger Tim Visser claimed in pre-match interviews, this Scotland side had the […]