Liverpool the form horse as Premier League heads for the home straight

By Brian Sears 20 March 2015 Liverpool are not just the form team in the Premier League since the start of the year but have a better league record in 2015 so far than any team among the 92 in the top four divisions. Brendan Rodgers' side have won eight, drawn two and lost none of their 10 league games this year, amassing 26 points at an average of 2.6 per game. No other team in England can top that. The context of this is that Liverpool meet Manchester United this weekend with a place in the top four at stake. The outcome...


Spurs head to Man Utd looking for first ever hat-trick of Old Trafford wins

By Brian Sears 13 March 2015 So here's the thing: Tottenham Hotspur have been playing league football against Manchester United on and off since the 1909-10 season, when they first met in the old, old First Division. Spurs drew 2-2 at home that year and got thumped 5-0 away. In more than a century since, the two clubs have been in the same division for 77 seasons, with only times apart being when one or other dropped briefly from the top flight. And on Sunday, Spurs visit Old Trafford looking to complete a first-ever hat-trick of consecutive league wins at United. Their all-time record at...


‘EPO in cycling, HGH in the NFL – the complicated truths of cheating’

By Roger Pielke Jr 12 March 2015 Sport, it is often said, is a mirror to society. That is no more true than in the revelations found in the report of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (downloadable as a PDF on this website), which earlier this week released its report on doping in professional cycling. We may not like what we see when we look into that mirror. Here are three uncomfortable truths that The CIRC forces us to confront. A first uncomfortable truth: cheating is complicated. On the face of it, the downfall of Lance Armstrong is pretty easy to explain. The...