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<strong></strong>City, Liverpool and the Premier League title race: never underestimate the power of winning
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City, Liverpool and the Premier League title race: never underestimate the power of winning

In a world of spectrums, sports complies to a firm binary — the winner and the loser, the champion and the challenger, the bride and the bridesmaid. This is an open letter to the most dominant losers in sporting history: those who came as close to bending and blurring the binary as one could strive to, prior to having “failure’s” empty and harsh commiserations slap them squarely in the face. Catching the bouquet. For just a temporary moment on Sunday you might not have been naïve in believing that, at the culmination of a miraculous week brimmed with footballing resurrections, another blindsider was unfolding at opposite ends of the country in front of our split-screened, crossed-eyes. As Mane struck in the north, Brighton’s Glenn Murray staked his claim as the less than glamoro...
Tiger Woods: Masters win is a comeback only sport can deliver
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Tiger Woods: Masters win is a comeback only sport can deliver

A tempest of praise encircled Tiger Woods last Sunday, from sports stars to pundits, actors to presidents the 15-time major winner was lavishly serenaded as he prowled off the soft turf at Augusta’s 18th hole. Not since the 2008 US Open had Woods lifted one of golf’s coveted majors. Following spinal injuries, a marital breakdown and a DUI charge most thought he’d never win another. Indeed four years ago one was hemmed in with obituaries expressing Woods’ calamitous golfing denouement. He had just shot a round of 80 at the US Open, his worst at a major; TV commentator Butch Harmon decreed, “It was like watching Roger Federer struggle to get the ball over the net.” The writing was on the wall, it was time to retire. The Tiger had lost his stripes. In an elitist sport he was the ideal dep...
<strong></strong>So long, Sir Andy
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So long, Sir Andy

Where would British tennis be if not for one unassuming Scot. Andy Murray, over the course of his decade-spanning career, has double-handedly re-written the nations sporting history books. His fiery backhand, lung-busting endurance, and timely dulcet wisdom have mocked the pessimism of every sports fan who had given up on a sport that had failed to deliver much cheer this side of the Second World War. Delivering the first British male Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936, and the first British Wimbledon title since Virginia Wade in 1977, there was a time when, amongst his superhuman side-to-side rallies of Wimbledon’s centre court, Murray appeared just as close to immortal as one man could get. An Olympic champion, a US Open champion, and now the conqueror of the hallowed lawns of...