Great North Run

Great North Run Cancelled

19th June 2020

This year more than 55,000 people had signed up to take part in the Great North Run, the world’s biggest half-marathon. Due to take place on Sunday the September 13th, this year would have been the race’s 40th anniversary. But due to social distancing, it was decided that it was impossible to run the race. […]

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High-five for Parkinson’s first home SAFC match

23rd October 2019

Sunderland’s new boss Phil Parkinson sampled the home support of his team for the first time last night, in an impressive 5-0 win for Sunderland over Tranmere Rovers. Goals from five of Sunderland’s starting eleven showed how reassured the whole squad was to get three points. From the get-go, Sunderland were offensively minded, with striker […]

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Longstaff nets on debut to give Newcastle home win

8th October 2019

Newcastle United and Manchester United have been a mirror image of each other so far this season. Both teams have a former Red Devil’s legend in charge, both teams have spent money on players yet to perform, and both teams are struggling to get points on the board. Hence, their meeting last Sunday evening was […]

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Europe continue unbeaten Laver Cup streak

27th September 2019

After Europe’s recent triumph in the Solheim Cup, attention this weekend was diverted to Geneva, which hosted the third annual Laver Cup – named after the Aussie tennis legend Rod Laver. The former world Number 1 was courtside all day and night to see Team Europe and Team World battle it out over the course […]

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Sarah Thomas swims four lengths of the English Channel

22nd September 2019

Strong motivation stems from within, with individuals having different types and varying strengths. It can propel people to accomplish achievements that they never thought were possible. As Sarah Thomas was completing a 104.6-mile swim in Lake Champlain back in 2017, it “occurred to her” that there was no limit to what she could do. Soon […]

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Michael Owen and Alan Shearer Spat Explained

12th September 2019

Michael Owen and Alan Shearer are two of the greatest forwards of their days, with the latter being the Premier League’s all-time top goal-scorer, finding the back of the net 260 times over the course of his career. Of those 260, one hundred and forty-eight came for his home club, Newcastle United. It’s clear that […]

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A Year in British Tennis

6th September 2019

2018 was a pretty sore year for British tennis fans. Andy Murray’s hiatus and Johanna Konta’s fall in form meant that both men and ladies’ tennis was slightly lacklustre. For the first time since 1997, we ended the year without a British male or female tennis player in the top 20. How could this happen? […]

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The Rise of British Tennis

7th August 2019

From a British point of view, we’ve had little to cheer about of recent times where tennis is concerned, due to several factors. However, the youngsters who have broken (literally) onto the tour this summer are injecting some life into British tennis, and as a nation, this is promising. For over a year now, former […]

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Racism in football must stop, not increase

18th July 2019

In sports today, the issue of racism is still apparent. Recently, 19-year-old Juventus player Kean, took a stand agaisnt racism when celebrating his goal. He stood with open arms facing the opposition crowd, who were making racist chants towards him. After the game, Kean uploaded a photo of himself after scoring the goal to Instagram, […]

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Review: Women’s Football World Cup 2019

13th July 2019

It’s no lie that there is a large lack of excitement when it comes to women’s football, especially when compared to the football fever that struck the nation during the men’s World Cup in 2018. It’s hard to forget the ecstatic feeling of watching England’s finest do their best with a number of chants echoing […]

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Traumatising Racism in Sport

9th July 2019

Racism is growing rapidly in football, with a 15% increase of reported incidents from 2016 to 2018. It is an issue affecting not just the players of the game, but also the many fans of it too. The main cause of the rise in racism is the high profile football federations like the FA, UEFA […]

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Why do girls give up football?

3rd July 2019

Sadly, it has been proven that girls are giving up football when they hit puberty – 75% more than boys do. As you can guess, this is a very upsetting issue for people who want to play and support girl’s football, and it needs to be sorted out straight away. Even though we lost out […]

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The Rise of Laura Muir

18th February 2019

Laura Muir is a 25-year-old Scot who likes to run, and she’s a force of nature. Muir specialises in long-distance disciplines as the 2018 European Champion in 1500m and the 2017 European indoor champion winning both the 1500m and 3000m races. On Saturday she broke the 31-year-old British record for a women’s indoor mile to […]

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Newcastle Bring in Reinforcements

1st February 2019

Newcastle United have finally broken their longstanding transfer record with the purchase of Miguel Almiron from MLS high-flyers Atlanta United. Whilst the fee is officially undisclosed, Newcastle is believed to have paid £20 million for the playmaker. Rafa Benitez has gotten used to having his transfer ambitions cut back by Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley, […]

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Is it Goodbye from Andy Murray?

20th January 2019

Andy Murray, Scottish sporting legend, has been playing tennis since he was just three years old, and now, at thirty-one, his career on the court may be drawing to a close. Back in 2018, Murray withdrew from two tournaments – the Brisbane International and the Australian Open – due to a hip injury, before announcing […]

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Film review: Creed 2

3rd December 2018

Toxic masculinity: The movie stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren and it’s bloody fantastic. Creed 2 is a sequel to both 2016’s amazing Creed and also to 1985’s Rocky IV. It features the return of the latter film’s antagonist Ivan Drago, who killed Adonis Creed’s father Apollo, with his monstrous son Viktor. […]

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Premier League Roundup – Week 6

24th September 2018

Premier League Roundup – Week 6 Game week six of the Premier League season didn’t throw up many surprises but did start to separate the best from the rest. Liverpool continued their fine form with victory over a Southampton side whose main concern quickly became damage limitation. The Reds are the only team to have […]

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The Wonder of Leisure Centres

20th September 2018

Leisure Centre’s are easily overlooked and some of them are drastically underused. That’s a real shame because Leisure Centres are unique in offering such breadth of health and fitness activities all under one roof within easy reach of so many people. A catch-all of the exercise world. A typical leisure centre serves so many purposes, […]

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Premier League Roundup – Week Five

16th September 2018

International breaks often come at unwelcome times, just as the season was beginning to take shape and teams were starting to show their potential (or lack of) for the season ahead. Week 5 has left Manuel Pellegrini as the most relieved man in sports as West Ham ended their abominable run with a 3-1 victory […]

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Walk More Nordically

2nd September 2018

You’re a cross-country skier but there’s no snow. What do you do? Simply swap a pair of skies for a pair of walking boots and carry on as before. The recreational activity of Nordic Walking first came about as a training method for cross-country skiers in Finland during the off-season. Before long, the Finns realised […]

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Premier League Roundup – Week Three

27th August 2018

Three games into the 2018/19 Premier League season and gaps are starting to open up on the points table. Only Watford, Liverpool and Chelsea have pieced together a perfect start whilst West Ham United are the only team yet to record a point. Hammers fans may well be feeling a familiar pang of dread for […]

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Premier League Roundup – Week Two

20th August 2018

Arsenal and Chelsea – old foes, both under new stewardship – met at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a turbulent affair with five goals scored split 3-2 to Sarri’s men. Both sides showed potency going forward but saw their defensive shortcomings laid bare. Chelsea got off lightly on a number of occasions courtesy of wasted […]

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A Quick Roundup of Transfer Records

15th August 2018

A Quick Roundup of Transfer Records In football, the buck normally stops on the pitch. It is on-field performances that determine a clubs fortunes, decide upon relegations and promotions and, crucially, award valuable prize money. With each position in the table garnering around £2 million more than the next lowest, every point really is worth […]

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Premier League Roundup – Week One

13th August 2018

Premier League Roundup – Week One Ladies and Gentlemen….   The Premier League is back! The 2018/19 season opened on Friday evening as Jose Mourinho overcame his transfer window blues with a 2-1 triumph over Leicester. It took all of three minutes for the first penalty to be awarded, confidently buried by World Cup winner […]

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Women and the World Cup

26th June 2018

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ll know the World Cup is in full swing at the moment and it’s making a lot of people happy. It’s also making a lot of people (really, we mean ‘men’/boys) quite bitter. Exhibit A: Girls jumping on the ‘it’s coming home’ bandwagon when last week they thought rashford […]

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Is it coming home then?

19th June 2018

So we got a win last night. England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their first game of the World Cup. While the match was a bit stale in parts and chance after chance for the Lions failed to make the back of the net, a win is a win at the end of the day. While […]

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World Cup 2018: Russia and LGBT Rights

14th June 2018

The FIFA World Cup 2018 has officially begun. The first match, between host country Russia and Saudi Arabia, prompted a tweet which got us thinking. Its #WorldCup kickoff day! Russia v Saudi Arabia! Which human rights abusing regime are you supporting? — Sam Forster (@MrSamueelll) June 14, 2018 It got us thinking about the lack […]

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First Gym Session: A How to Guide

12th May 2018

Visiting the gym for the first time can be an intimidating experience. Not only do you have to get comfortable swimming in sweat, you also have to manage any embarrassment that comes with working out in front of strangers. Read on for my tips on navigating your first gym session. Remember that you’re not out […]

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Interview: Team GB’s Mica McNeill

26th April 2018

2018’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang was pretty awe-inspiring. From masked figures descending precarious slopes to teams pushing a carriage down an icy runway, to then climb in and rush down at break-neck speed, it’s difficult to humanise the athletes involved. However, in the familiarity of our old school (High Spen Primary), which still retains the […]

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Champions League Quarterfinals

13th April 2018

This week we saw the quarterfinals of the champions league. This involves the last eight world-class European teams giving it their all to see the sides progress to the semi-finals. The first game was between two premier league giants Liverpool and Manchester City. With city games from already winning the league and the side winning […]

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The Fusion of Boxing and UFC

30th March 2018

This past year the line between boxing and UFC has become increasingly blurred. This is as a result of the biggest fight ever in combat sports history Mayweather vs McGregor – Mayweather undefeated in all of the fight inside the ring. He was challenged by the UFC Lightweight and former Featherweight champion. The fighter had no […]

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Three Lions

20th March 2018

With the World Cup getting closer and closer this weekend we see the international break with the new starting 11s being confirmed by the top teams in the world. The England squad sees three new faces added to the squad for this month’s games against the Netherlands and Italy. Burnley’s Nick Pope and James Tarkowski […]

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European Action

11th March 2018

This week’s European football, the action all started with giants PSG and Real Madrid. The game ended 1-2 with Madrid continuing to the next round. Cristiano Ronaldo scored first in the match. The forward had been struggling in the Spanish league compared to last season but has still managed to score in every game in […]

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Premier League Round Up

27th February 2018

This weekend’s Premier League action started Leicester city against Stoke. The game ended 1-1 with the away side scoring first through Shaqiri. Leicester scored in the 70th minute with Jack Butland scoring an own goal to end the game even. Bournemouth versus Newcastle ended 2-2. The away side was up by two in the first […]

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Celebrating Strength Over Size

22nd February 2018

In the midst of the action over in Pyeongchang, a community of athletes prepare themselves for a competition much closer to home this weekend.  It’s almost time for the Women’s British Classic Power lifting Championship in Manchester. Celebrating strength training [arguably] in its purest form, the competition attracts female athletes from around the country in […]

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FA Cup Action

19th February 2018

This weekend we had some more action from the FA Cup as we head into the fifth round of the coveted trophy. Leicester City beat championship side Sheffield United 1-0 with a goal from Jamie Vardy in the 66th minute at the King Power Stadium. Chelsea had a dominant performance against Hull City beating the […]

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This week in football

12th February 2018

This weekend the Premier League started with the North London derby. The game ended withSpurss managing to grab the win with a goal from Harry Kane in the 49th minute. Kane still stands the Premier League top goalscorer with 23 goals so far this season. Everton managed to come out on top over Crystal Palace. […]

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Start of the January transfers

8th January 2018

The start of the New Year means the opening of the January transfer window. This period can be happy and sad for fans of the game due to the fact new talent can come to the league however fan favourites can leave resulting in a lack of performance if the gap is not filled before […]

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Andy Murray – ‘I’m Not Finished’

8th January 2018

British tennis player Andy Murray has had hip surgery in Melbourne and says he hopes to be back on the court in time for summer. The former world number one hasn’t played a competitive match since he was knocked out last year in July, during Wimbledon. The ongoing hip problem forced the Scotsman to pull […]

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The hatred for snowboarders

23rd December 2017

Recently, I contrasted various pros and cons of choosing skiing or snowboarding as your chosen method of gracefully descending the wintery slopes. While attempting to include mainly the practicalities of both options, I failed to mention the more social aspect of choosing one in particular. That being: if you choose a single bit of wood […]

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Colin Kaepernick Awarded by Sports Illustrated

11th December 2017

But like, actually awarded. Not just a pat on the back. Yes, 2016’s hot topic American football star Colin Kaepernick has been awarded the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. He won by using his position to promote change, given that he sat during the US national anthem last year to protest over the ongoing […]

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Women’s Darts: the Part-time Professionals

7th December 2017

This week, I was messaged by a friend. He messaged to tell me that, this week at his work’s Christmas do, it came out that one of the women working in the office for Rickerbys had previously found success as world number five in women’s darts. This called to mind an experience when watching the […]

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Football Round Up

28th November 2017

This week the Premier League started with West Ham against Leicester on Friday night. The game finished 1-1 with Albrighton opening the scoring followed Kouyate scoring for the hammers to gain David Moyes his first point in charge of the club. Crystal Palace played Stoke city with the game ending 2-1 to the home side […]

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Italian League Excitement

27th November 2017

The Calico A has become one of the most exciting leagues in world football at the moment. The top of the table is crammed with top class teams and superstar talent. The past couple seasons Juventus has dominated however this season team are really stepping up to the plate. The dream of silver is fresh […]

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21st November 2017

There’s a popular idea circulated by fitness blogs, magazines and supplement manufacturers that the real hard work begins once your workout is finished. At this moment, the mythical 30-minute ‘window’ opens, during which an individual must endeavour to consume as much protein as humanly possible. Such people seem to genuinely believe that such a failure […]

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Exercising etiquette: The do’s and don’ts of the gym

15th November 2017

Perhaps you want to make friends, perhaps you want to command respect, perhaps you just don’t want to end up as the punch-line on some 15-year-old’s group chat. Whatever your desire, those of us fruitlessly grasping for self-improvement in the strip-lit temples of vanity we call gymnasiums must always be on the look out for […]

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England Players to Wear Poppies

9th November 2017

It has been confirmed that English and German players will wear poppies on black armbands for Friday’s friendly at Wembley. The tribute will be in remembrance of members of the armed forces, so says the Football Association and the German Football Association. The FA chief executive Martin Glenn said it would be a ‘show of […]

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Football Round Up

7th November 2017

This week’s action in the premier league started with Stoke against Leicester the game finished 2-2 with Leicester scorers included summer sighing Vincent Iborra getting a goal followed by Riyad Mahrez. The scorers for Stoke were Shaqiri and former England international Peter Crouch from the bench to secure the point. Next, we have Huddersfield against […]

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Marseille Player Boots Fan

3rd November 2017

Patrice Evra, a player for Marseille, was given a one-match suspension after kicking a fan in the face during his teams’ Europa League defeat at Vitoria Guimaraes. Footage shows the 36-year-old former Manchester United player aiming a kick at a supporter at the side of the pitch during a warm-up. Evra was named as a […]

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Ashes Agree to ‘Sensible’ Drinking

1st November 2017

England players have agreed to ‘sensible’ drinking rules for the Ashes tour of Australia, but there will be no curfew in place, says coach Trevor Bayliss. Ben Stokes, the vice-captain of the test team, was recently arrested in September, after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub during England’s one-day international series against the West Indies. […]

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