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Struggling United suggests mediocre Van Gaal is less successful than exiled Moyes

Since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson from Old Trafford two years ago, a thick veil of disappointment, embarrassment and failure has cloaked Manchester United. Two managers in two seasons; one has been and gone, the other has produced fleeting rays of hope. And yet the sale of Angel Di Maria to PSG has proven […]

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Spartans embody everything that is good about Football

Spartans nearly achieved the improbable. Standing on the brink of becoming the first non-league side to progress to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup in nearly fifty years, it was difficult not to become immersed in the story of this year’s competition. The fact they ultimately felt short of that feat should by no means […]

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Cricket World Cup Preview: the Front Runners- India & South Africa

Form: For South Africa, typically imposing. Dispatched West Indies with consummate ease in a recent 4-1 series victory, though the mess that their opponents find themselves in mean that is not perhaps the best guide. Nevertheless, they will arrive with supreme confidence and so they should. Sounds familiar, though, doesn’t it? India, on the other […]

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Cricket World Cup Preview: England’s Prospects

Form: Very much a mixed bag. Some superb, unexpected wins against Sri Lanka and India in recent months have occurred alongside some archetypal drubbings. Nevertheless, there is cautious optimism from both inside the England camp and out, that this current squad is as talented as any that have headed to a World Cup. Strengths: Although […]

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Cricket World Cup Preview: The Outsiders- Sri Lanka, Pakistan & the West Indies

Form For all three teams, their recent form has been disappointing at best. Sri Lanka and Pakistan both were beaten in bilateral series by the impressive New Zealand whilst West Indies were humbled by South Africa. Pakistan have, however, won both warm up matches, including a victory over England and so probably can take the […]

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Cricket World Cup Preview: the Hosts

Form Devastating. Both Australia and New Zealand have been in supreme form in 50 over cricket since the World T20 in March 2014. Australia have won twelve of their eighteen games in that period, including their last seven completed games in a row, whilst New Zealand have won nine of seventeen. Australia come to the […]

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Cricket World Cup Preview: Scotland

Form Patchy but encouraging. It is inherently difficult to judge the true form of the Associate nations due to the lack of cricket they play, especially meaningful games against high class opposition. Their most recent assignments were a tri-series in Abu Dhabi against Afghanistan and Ireland, in which they won one and lost two to […]

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Majestic McIlroy confirms his position as golf’s golden boy

1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd and now 1st. That is the procession of Rory McIlroy’s last seven finishes on The European Tour. His three shot victory at the Dubai Desert Classic was his tenth victory on the tour at the venue where he captured his first win in 2009. He sits comfortably at number […]