• News German gymnastics women’s team change uniforms
    Germany’s women gymnastics team have changed their uniforms in protest against the sexualisation of women in the sport. Rather than wear the traditional swimsuit-cut leotards, they have been wearing full-coverage bodysuits. The gymnasts competed at the European Championships in these bodysuits, with Sarah Voss explaining that they wanted young girls to feel safe in the […]
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  • Sport Sports Weekly
    The Olympics are well underway, with surprises left, right and centre. Here we’ll have a look at the most prominent stories as well as what’s happening outside in the world of sport. Olympics The USA leads the medal charge with 30 so far but China’s twelve gold medals mean they take the glory in the […]
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  • Sport Sports Weekly
    With the Euros now over, our attention turns to other summer sports. The main headlines for the next few weeks will be dominated by the Olympic games but that doesn’t mean the world of sport, from Formula One to boxing, will not be dramatic in different ways. Football Football’s Team GB women began their Olympic […]
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  • Sport Should the Olympics go ahead?
    The Olympic Games is the greatest sporting event on the planet. Across the globe, millions of people tune in to watch the most elite athletes compete in the most prestigious competition. With the recent state of emergency announced in host city Japan, should the Olympics still go ahead? This is certainly a tough situation for […]
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  • Sport Sports Weekly
    England fought valiantly to the end but it was Italy who took the spoils. Even without this, it was a massive week in sports and a disappointment for the Lions. Let’s have a look to see what else has happened. Football Three players from England have been represented in UEFA’s official Team of the Tournament. […]
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  • Sport Italy crowned but England should hold their heads high
    No amount of volume the crowd could make matched the sound of millions of hearts around England simultaneously snapping. The dream had come crashing down. The Italian players streaked over to Gianluigi Donnarumma, jubilant at their resilience while a crestfallen Bukanyo Saka looked on, his missed penalty proving the decider. It could not have started […]
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  • Sport Sports Weekly
    England stole the show last night, as we will shortly look at. But what else has been happening this week in sports? Football It’s on the doorstep. England has sealed their place in the Euro final in a gripping clash against a valiant Denmark. The match could have gone either way, but a late rebounded […]
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  • Sport Is climbing even a sport?
    Did you know that there will be four new sports at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this month? Skateboarding, karate, surfing and, most importantly for me, sport climbing will join the other traditional sports. When considering new sports, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) considered factors including the impact on gender equality, the youth appeal of the […]
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  • Sport Injuries mar Lions’ opening victory
    The British and Irish Lions got off to a great start to their tour with an effective 28-10 victory over an enthusiastic Japan. A clinical first-half saw tries from Josh Adams, Duhan Van Der Merwe and Robbie Henshaw push the Lions into a comprehensive lead, with Tadhg Beirne adding an extra later. Japan came out […]
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  • Sport EURO 2020: Who can go all the way?
    EURO 2020 has kicked off with some fantastic games so far. From Portugal’s 3-0 victory over Hungary, to Wales’ 2-0 victory over Turkey, the EUROs have provided football fans with some classic matches. As the knockout stages of the tournament draw closer, the question is who can go all the way and win the competition? […]
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  • Sport Lions vs Springboks: Ten Players to Watch
    The South Africa rugby squad set to take on the British and Irish Lions has finally been announced. Unlike the Lions Squad which was chock-full of surprises, the Springboks retain much of the same spine of players that won the Rugby World Cup in 2019. With this being their first bout of international action since […]
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  • Sport Simon Kjaer: The Ideal Captain
    During Denmark’s opening match against Finland in the Euros on 12 June, star player Christian Eriksen collapses to the ground after playing a pass. It is a tense and upsetting moment. The worst is poised, speculating. Echoes of Fabrice Muamba’s career-ending cardiac arrest ring well and truly in everyone’s mind. Denmark Captain Simon Kjaer takes […]
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  • Editorials Is EURO 2020 using vaccine passports a good idea?
    It has recently been revealed that for the upcoming group stages of EURO 2020, vaccine passports will be used as a means of allowing fans into Wembley for the group stages. But is this fair for most supporters? Although the initial headlines may have created concerns for younger fans who haven’t had an opportunity to […]
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  • Sport The Rise of Chris Harris
    The date is February 3rd 2018. The opening round of the Six Nations is taking place with Scotland taking on Wales in Cardiff.  What’s notable is a dubious sight in the Scottish line-up: try fiend Huw Jones in at inside centre to accommodate the 13 jersey to a tall, straw-haired and rather lanky looking bloke […]
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  • Sport England EURO 2020: Can Southgate bring it home?
    Many football fans will turn their eyes towards Gareth Southgate’s England Euro set up this summer with the hopes and dreams of the 2018 world cup still fresh on their minds. The question is, could football really be coming home this time? During the build up to the finalised squad selection on Tuesday evening, many […]
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  • Sport Great North Run Cancelled
    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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  • News High-five for Parkinson’s first home SAFC match
    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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  • News Longstaff nets on debut to give Newcastle home win
    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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  • News Europe continue unbeaten Laver Cup streak
    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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  • News Sarah Thomas swims four lengths of the English Channel
    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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  • News Michael Owen and Alan Shearer Spat Explained
    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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  • Editorials A Year in British Tennis
    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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  • Editorials The Rise of British Tennis
    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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  • Editorials Racism in football must stop, not increase
    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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  • Reviews Review: Women’s Football World Cup 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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  • Editorials Traumatising Racism in Sport
    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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  • Editorials Why do girls give up football?
    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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  • British The Rise of Laura Muir
    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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  • News Newcastle Bring in Reinforcements
    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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  • Sport Is it Goodbye from Andy Murray?
    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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  • Movies Film review: Creed 2
    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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  • Sport Premier League Roundup – Week 6
    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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  • Sport The Wonder of Leisure Centres
    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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  • News Premier League Roundup – Week Five
    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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  • Sport Walk More Nordically
    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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  • Sport Premier League Roundup – Week Three
    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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  • Sport Premier League Roundup – Week Two
    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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  • Sport A Quick Roundup of Transfer Records
    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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  • News Premier League Roundup – Week One
    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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  • Editorials Women and the World Cup
    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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  • Sport Is it coming home then?
    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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  • Editorials World Cup 2018: Russia and LGBT Rights
    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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  • Editorials First Gym Session: A How to Guide
    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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  • Interviews Interview: Team GB’s Mica McNeill
    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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  • Sport Champions League Quarterfinals
    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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  • Sport The Fusion of Boxing and UFC
    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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  • Sport Three Lions
    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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  • Sport European Action
    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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