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43 reasons why we loved sport in 2014

Teardrop: James Anderson shows his emotions (AFP) 4. Where did you get that hat? When The Times reported Usain Bolt’s verdict that the Commonwealth Games were a “bit s—”, the double Olympic champion denied he had been so scathing and charmed the crowd after winning the sprint relay for Jamaica by immediately donning a tam […]

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Fond farewells and drug storms: how sport changed in 2013

Maybe this will be the way it is from now on. British football, more than any other, is personality-driven, with the focus often on the manager. But despite the control exerted by some powerful personalities it is hard to see anyone having that dominant, domineering and fierce and sometimes nasty level of influence that Ferguson […]

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Jonathan Trott’s departure from Australia leads to Rory McIlroy lamenting the mental toil of sport

It was a 12-month which started with him signing a £78m deal to switch to Nike, but which then degenerated on and off the course. He has yet to win and has faced questions about a split with the Horizon management company, as well as his relationship with the tennis player Caroline Wozniacki. It has […]

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