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Analysis: Have The All Blacks Become The USA Basketball Of World Rugby?

There is a belief in some circles that FIBA’s decision in 1989 to allow professional basketball players to compete in the summer Olympics ruined the game of international basketball. Between 1972 and 1988 the United States men’s basketball team had won just two Gold medals from four possible tournaments. The US had famously boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow due to the Soviet Union’s decision to …

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Why USA’s ‘Best Ever’ Ryder Cup Team Will Probably Be Second Best, Again

CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 26: Captain Davis Love III of Team USA speaks during a press conference prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 26, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Captain Davis Love’s last pick is (finally) in and his “best ever golf team” is complete to take on a Team Europe lineup labeled “the worst team they’ve had in years”. Home advantage and vastly superior average world rankings over a Poulter-less European team may suggest a Minnesota mauling for Darren Clarke’s side… I wouldn’t bet on it. Ryder Cup week …

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Opinion: Why Antonio Conte Is Already In Trouble At Chelsea

SWANSEA, WALES - SEPTEMBER 11: Antonio Conte manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea at Liberty Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

At the Emirates on Saturday, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was given a violent rude awakening as to the task facing him this season. In truth, this had been coming. In their opening set of games, they needed late goals to get out of jail against West Ham and Watford, carelessly threw away two points against Swansea and were completely overrun on …

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Opinion: Why Cyborg Vs Holly Holm Is The Fight To Make

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 24: Cris Cyborg of Brazil submits Lina Lansberg of Sweden in their catchweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Nilson Nelson gymnasium on September 24, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The UFC returned to Brazil this past Saturday night in what was a victorious homecoming for Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. It’s now time to discuss what is next for her and why Holly Holm is the fight to make. Although Lina Lansberg became one of a select few fighters to survive a full round with Cris Cyborg, it was glaringly obvious …

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Which Team Will Finally Bring The All Blacks’ Incredible Winning Run To An End?

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Kieran Read and Israel Dagg of New Zealand perform the haka with the team prior to the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

New Zealand’s 41-13 thrashing of South Africa effectively handed them their fourth Rugby Championship in five years and extended their superb unbeaten record to an incredible fourteen games. The win in Christchurch means Steve Hansen’s men are only two games away from equalling South Africa’s 17-match unbeaten streak, the world record for the most unbeaten games in a row by …

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Racism, Crack Cocaine & Cancer – The Story Of Chelsea’s First Black Player Paul Canoville

Football encompasses many things; delight and despair, pleasure and pain, affection and animosity. The story of Paul Canoville is one that is both fascinating and depressing in equal measure. Every boy dreams of one day growing up to become a professional footballer. The roar of the crowd, thousands of people screaming your name. Sadly, as ‘Canners’ quickly found out, the reality is …

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