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Soccer: Playing hardball with head injuries

Hugo Lloris suffered what looked like a clear concussion over the weekend. Instead of taking him off the pitch, his manager, Andre Villas-Boas, allowed him to carry on and praised his “assertiveness” to do so. This once again highlights the staggering ignorance surrounding the serious dangers around an injury...

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Analysis: Ball tampering is a legal, not a moral issue

For Faf du Plessis life goes on. Or it will, eventually. For now, Du Plessis and South Africa find themselves the eye of a storm in a teacup, after he pleaded guilty to ball tampering. His crime: an aggressive rubbing of a ball against the zipper of his pocket....

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Daily Maverick – collection

The Qatarstrophe continues A former FIFA official has revealed that he found Qatar to be the only “high risk” option out of the bidders for the 2022 World Cup. Kuwait wants to introduce “gay testing” for Gulf states, which would see gay fans and footballers barred from attending the...

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Russell Domingo interview for Sport360

I was lucky enough to chat to Russell Domingo, South Africa’s new head coach, about taking charge of the Test side for the first time. He tells me about the excitement on the first day of a Test and how it feels to coach the Tiger Woods’s of cricket....

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Sachin Tendulkar deserves a better farewell

It’s finally happened. Sachin Tendulkar has announced that he will retire from cricket after his 200th Test, which will be played against the West Indies. It now seems, more than ever, that it was coming and the shoehorned series between India and the Windies was to make as much...

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What if Suarez did it?

Fernando Torres got off without so much as a slap on the wrist after scratching his opponent’s face. But what if Suarez did it? A column for Sport24.co.za. You can read it here.

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A bumper update – a lot of cricket and a little bit of soccer

This update was nearly procrastinated for another week. When I logged on to try and get it sorted, my site seemed to have vanished. The awesome folks who host my site, Texo, were on the case immediately, though and I had no reason to put it off any more....

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The Atlantic Post

I’ve been a bit lazy updating this section. Perhaps because I don’t think I’ve written anything significant recently.  I have been doing a bit of ground work with a recently launched publication called The Atlantic Post. Officially, I’m their sports correspondent. You can check out the sports section of...

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Sport360 Ashes Review and the hustle of writing to spec

Writing for online is easy.  You have as much space as you like and if you start one point that leads to another and then another which reinforces your first point, there’s no issue. Writing for print, not so much. I’d covered a tour for newspapers before, but that...

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Bits and pieces 19 – 25 August 2013

The Ashes is almost over and even though the series hasn’t quite lived up to the hype, I’m still a bit sad. There’s loads to look forward to in the upcoming months, though. The Champions League is always fun, South Africa tour the UAE and then there is a...

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