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  • NFL maintains massive lead in attendance

    By Nick Harris 4 January 2010 UPDATE: See also the 2011 story here The end of the NFL’s 2009 regular season last night brought good news for the sport; even in the worst economic recession in memory, live attendance figures held up for most franchises throughout the season, with 17,282,225 seats sold for the 256 games, […]

  • Take it as Red: United ruled the Noughties

    By Brian Sears 31 December 2009 At the end of a momentous decade for the English Premier League, most fans can take it as Red which club won the most points in the top division between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2009. Yes, it was Manchester United, with 832 points from 381 Premier League […]

  • Messi was king of ’09 but Becks bestrode the decade

    By Andy Cole 31 December 2009 The middle of the most remarkable Premier League season we’ve ever had is as good a time as any to reflect on a great 2009, and a defining decade for England’s top division. Not that England’s top division has a monopoly on magnificent talent, which leads me nicely to […]

  • Spot the ball park: No1

    Can you identify the sporting arena? We take an aerial view of a ball park, football stadium, marathon course, golf course, Games venue, race track, iconic arena, athletic theatre (some literally theatres), pitch, park, stretch of water or wherever else sport takes place. And we ask you to identify it with the help of a […]

  • Nils Middelboe: a hassle-free Chelsea foreign import

    By Nick Harris 26 December 2009 Denmark’s Nils Middelboe was attached to the Casuals and Newcastle before playing League football for Chelsea from late 1913. Photographs from the time show an awkward, apparently shy man with long skinny arms and a concave chest. But as his lengthy international career and authorship of coaching manuals showed, he […]

  • Tom Daley: My amazing 2009, Rage and all . . .

    By Nick Harris 23 December Like many teenagers, Tom Daley cites The X Factor as his favourite TV show. Every weekend he followed Jedward, Olly, Stacey and Co, and fully expected this year’s winner, Joe McElderry, to bag the Christmas No 1. Daley hadn’t even heard of Rage Against The Machine until a fortnight ago, […]

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