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The Survival of Cricket

“Test cricket is dead.” Those were the words of the ever-positive Michael Vaughan during an interview last week. While he holds a somewhat mixed reputation as a pundit, here Mr Vaughan is most certainly correct. This article is not titled “The Survival of Test Cricket”, as you will no doubt realise after checking the title […]

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Football Index administration highlights need for gambling reform

Gambling horror stories are hardly newsworthy – for many of us, these self-induced nightmares are merely a coming of age experience. However, when the failing entity is the bookmaker, questions must be asked. This week a significant football gambling company has entered administration; you won’t find them on any High Street, and you would be […]

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Plenty to play for in penultimate Six Nations round

This weekend marks the second last round of the 2021 Six Nations. Expect entertaining and compelling rugby throughout, with all three matches involving the remaining title contenders, Wales, France and Scotland, while their respective opponents Italy, England and Ireland all have a point to prove. So, what exactly should we look forward to in each […]

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Grand Slam becomes real prospect for Wales after England victory

Nothing raises the heart rate like a Wales-England match in Cardiff – an entire nation enkindled by pyrotechnics, Eddie Butler’s soliloquys and hair-raising anthems, all before kick-off. Thereafter, the nerves only proliferate. For Welsh supporters on Saturday, these nerves finally settled in the 74th minute, when replacement fly-half Callum Sheedy knocked over his third penalty […]

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Barcelona on the brink amid arrests and elections

Embarrassing Champions League defeats, calamities contingency planning, an ageing core, and now a disgraced ex-president in custody; you might as well rename the club Barcewoena. However, this is not a laughing matter. This dangerous cocktail of crippling debts, poor on-field performance, and now former and current higher-ups at the club being detained poses a credible […]

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Celtic at crossroads after Lennon departure

Neil Lennon has endured so many setbacks, so many furores, so many humiliations at the helm of Celtic this season, only to continue in his post, that it almost felt a surprise when the end of his second stint as manager was announced on Wednesday morning. Lennon has paid the price for a shockingly poor […]

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England’s experience pays off in emphatic victory

Just under a month after India’s heroics in Australia, they turned to play host to an England team hot from their own winning feats in Sri Lanka. Prior to going into this series, most cricket pundits, including a very vocal Michael Vaughan, gave England absolutely no chance of being able to succeed in any aspect […]

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Ice hockey: a warrior’s sport

It is not uncommon, as an American living in Edinburgh, to have people continuously shitting on American football in front of me. And to be fairly honest, when I saw my first game of rugby, I started to understand and admittedly sometimes partake in the aforementioned shitting. Compared to the rough and gritty nature of […]