1. Barack Presence Boosts Chicago Bid

    The significance of a country’s president becoming involved in the Olympic bidding process cannot be underestimated. Just ask Tony Blair. It is believed that the then British Prime Minister’s presence in Singapore swung the balance in London’s favor...

    Gareth Pugh Written by Gareth Pugh about 5 years ago 42 reads 0 comments

  2. Getting into College Part Two: Picking Teams

    Earlier this week, I wrote an article explaining how I had voluntarily extended a naked arm into the autumnal night to allow myself to get well and truly bitten by the College Football bug (http://bleacherreport...

    Gareth Pugh Written by Gareth Pugh about 5 years ago 107 reads 10 comments

  3. Inter Vs Barca: A Champions League Classic Six Months Early

    A unique sporting event occurs this evening. Not a one off race between Usain Bolt and Rachel Alexandra; not a fight between Rampage Jackson and Wladimr Klitschko; not even an arm wrestle between ...

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  4. Getting into College: Warming Up to NCAA Football from Across the Pond

    I’m not sure there is anything that emphasises the different sporting cultures of the UK and the US more than College Football...

    Gareth Pugh Written by Gareth Pugh about 5 years ago 439 reads 29 comments

  5. Tottenham Hotspur: Assessment After First Five Games

    When four consecutive wins to start a season is the best return since the Glory, Glory Days of the 1960/61 campaign, it is easy to see why optimism has been high on The High Road of N17...

    Gareth Pugh Written by Gareth Pugh about 5 years ago 319 reads 4 comments

  6. Wimbledon Men's Draw Offers Little Threat to Top Four

    The thing that prevents Bjorn Borg from being seriously considered a contender for the title of greatest of all time is the same thing that emphasizes his genius—he only ever won grand slams in Paris and London...

    Gareth Pugh Written by Gareth Pugh about over 5 years ago 1,347 reads 5 comments

  7. UEFA Lack Balls On Solution to Goal-Line Controversy

    It was with resignation and regret, but very little surprise that I saw that UEFA had decided to experiment with two additional referee’s assistants in next season’s inaugural Europa League...

    Gareth Pugh Written by Gareth Pugh about over 5 years ago 90 reads 1 comments

  8. French Open Report Card

    The second Grand Slam of the season has been and gone, and was not without its shocks and history-making moments. Let’s have a look at who were the big winners and losers...

    Gareth Pugh Written by Gareth Pugh about over 5 years ago 530 reads 2 comments

  9. 10 of the Most Influential Splits in Sports

    With Ferrari embroiled in courtroom proceedings concerning the legality of the FIA’s proposition to install a budget cap and extend technical flexibility to those who adhere to it; F1 is on the brink of an acrimonious divorce from its most famous marque..

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  10. Nadal Set to Cement Clay Legacy: A French Open Preview

    All eyes turn to Parisand the brick red clay of Roland Garros this weekend, as the year’s second Grand Slam gets underway...

    Gareth Pugh Written by Gareth Pugh about over 5 years ago 1,091 reads 9 comments

  11. Cricket and the Loneliness of the Expensive Opening Bowler

    On Sunday May 10, 2009, I had what is commonly known as a shocker. I was awful. In fact, I was beyond awful. This was something so unspeakably ugly that I have no doubt it will be talked about by those present on both sides for a long time to come...

    Gareth Pugh Written by Gareth Pugh about over 5 years ago 234 reads 8 comments

  12. Rachel Alexandra Set to Dent Derby Winner's Triple Crown Dream

    The build up to the running of the 134th Preakness Stakes has not been without incident. First, there was the "Will He, Won’t He" saga over the participation of surprise Derby winner Mine That Bird...

    Gareth Pugh Written by Gareth Pugh about over 5 years ago 262 reads 0 comments

  13. Sympathy For Chelsea Hard To Find at The Bridge

    Warning: This article may appear controversial and offer opinions that are not supported by robust statistical evidence...

    Gareth Pugh Written by Gareth Pugh about over 5 years ago 191 reads 2 comments

  14. Fifteen Years After Ayrton Senna's Passing, F1 Finally Set to Fill the Void

    There was a time when I knew the number of every driver. A time when I knew all of the car's sponsors; when I could recognise a driver by his helmet and when I could rattle off the top 10 of the previous race in five seconds flat...

    Gareth Pugh Written by Gareth Pugh about over 5 years ago 624 reads 44 comments

  15. Why We Should All Want Barcelona To Be European Champions

    The UEFA Champions League Semifinals kick off tonight with Chelsea’s visit to the mighty Catalan Cathedral that is Barcelona’s Estadio Camp Nou...

    Gareth Pugh Written by Gareth Pugh about over 5 years ago 94 reads 2 comments

  16. The Super Bowl Belongs to America

    The sports world is full of brands. For example, Manchester United is not just a football club from Salford; they are global brand. They tour Asia and Africa to promote themselves and expand their fan base...

    Gareth Pugh Written by Gareth Pugh about over 5 years ago 44 reads 2 comments

  17. Does Spending Give Fans Reason for Hope?

    This is the time of year when titles will be decided on both sides of the Atlantic. A culmination of months of toil, and the chance to see those dreams of glory harboured in the autumn come to fruition...

    Gareth Pugh Written by Gareth Pugh about over 5 years ago 29 reads 0 comments