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Tottenham’s handling of Liverpool a barometer of Pochettino’s top-six capability

By Brian Sears 29 August 2014 Played two, won two, scored five, conceded none, and both games in challenging London derbies. Tottenham's start to the Premier League season under new manager Mauricio Pochettino could not have gone better. Wins over West Ham then QPR...

Man Utd on 28-game unbeaten run against promoted teams … since Burnley 2009

By Brian Sears 29 August 2014 Manchester United travel to Burnley for the Premier League's lunchtime match on Saturday with a single point from two games so far, with Louis Van Gaal still trying to sort out the mess he inherited and with the...

Everton’s failings against Arsenal and Co undermine top-four credentials

By Brian Sears 22 August 2014 Everton are widely and rightly expected to finish in the top seven places in the Premier League this season, as they have done for the past four seasons and in eight of the last 10 seasons. They are...

Survival chances up but ‘at least one of Leicester, Burnley, QPR down’

By Brian Sears 15 July 2014  The Premier League is about to start its 23rd season, the 23rd season since England's top division was rebranded 'Premier League' and effectively broke away from the rest of English football. The 23rd season of the 'money era' when...
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MOTD at 50: ‘Interesting, very interesting … Oh look at his face, just look at his face’

* By Nick Harris 22 August 2014 When the first episode of Match of the Day was screened 50 years ago today, there were more than twice as...

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‘Sport does not exist in a vacuum. Fifa has a responsibility to act on Russia’

* By Roger Pielke Jr 29 July 2014 Over the weekend, British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg told the Sunday Times that Russia should be stripped of the...

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‘Could England play “the German way”? Of course not … It is never going to be’

* By Tim Rich 21 July 2014 Before I was married, I used to go to weddings and sit at the back as the bride and groom danced...

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A doping conundrum: just $6m a year on developing new tests, $350m on testing

* By Roger Pielke Jr 21 July 2014 Speaking last week in Australia, the winner of the 2011 Tour de France winner, Cadel Evans, claimed that professional cycling today...

Pielke 11 WC predictions, 24 games

Upsets, giant-killings, adios, bye-bye: FIFA rankings STILL ahead in predicting results

* At the completion of the Italy-Costa Rica match in Group D in Recife, half of the 2014 World Cup group games (24 of 48) had...

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MOTD at 50: ‘Interesting, very interesting … Oh look at his face, just look at his face’

* By Nick Harris 22 August 2014 When the first episode of Match...

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Winning in global sport: Often about the money, money, money ….. (but not always)

By Nick Harris 5 May 2014 It was self-evident in the 2012-13...

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REVEALED: Barcelona best at producing ‘Big 5′ players, Ajax most across Europe

By Nick Harris 21 January 2014 Barcelona produce more first-team footballers across...

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“Tennis should be safe. That it should be humane should not even be up for discussion.”

By Alexandra Willis in Melbourne "Does Wimbledon have an extreme heat...