18 is a magic number

As England discovered on Saturday, reaching number 19 is devilishly difficult.  The week before Eddie Jones’ team had made history by steamrollering Scotland to equal the All Blacks’ record of 18 consecutive international victories.  Yet, like the Kiwis, England appeared laboured and out of ideas against a defiant Ireland side. Across sport, 18 appears to mark a major […]

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Football sleepwalking towards a drugs scandal

The beautiful game is failing to confront the ugly spectre of doping.  It emerged last week that no binding drug tests have taken place in Spanish football by anti-doping authorities for almost a year and yesterday the English FA was forced to handle doping misdemeanours in its own league. Manchester City was charged with failing to provide details of training sessions […]

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