1. Form of Pakistan and New Zealand in UAE Has Been Impressive, but Is It Relevant?

    The UAE is a truly unique place. If you've found its equivalent elsewhere, you're probably the first to do so.  Out of baking deserts rise cities of stunning modernity. Cities of staggering new-world wealth that seem to defy the region's origins...

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  2. Athletic Bilbao vs. Atletico Madrid: Issues, Decisions That Will Shape Liga Game

    Fresh from securing progression into the round of 16 in the Copa del Rey on Thursday, Atletico Madrid travel north to take on Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames stadium in La Liga on Sunday...

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  3. Pepe Shrugs off World Cup Red Card to Anchor Real Madrid's Record-Breaking Run

    "You idiot!" everyone thought watching on. Though many, both at the ground and in front of television sets, likely used more extreme language, that was the universal feeling...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 2 days ago 4,204 reads 19 comments

  4. Ranking the 2019 Ashes Venues on Atmosphere

    The England and Wales Cricket Board announced the five venues that will host the 2019 Ashes series on Wednesday, with both Headingley and Old Trafford winning Tests for the coveted contest...

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  5. Why Dortmund's Marco Reus Will Choose Real Madrid Transfer over Barcelona

    Battles are so often needless. They really are. So regularly accompanied by gross excess, winners tend to be few in number while casualties are typically vast. Of course, such a perception isn't specific to football...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 3 days ago 28,498 reads 129 comments

  6. Steve Smith Gets Baptism of Fire as Australia Captain Against India in Brisbane

    Mark Taylor knows a thing or two about difficult beginnings to captaincy. Though recognised as one of Australia's finest leaders, it wasn't a pretty start for Taylor when he took over from Allan Border in 1994...

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  7. Atletico Madrid vs. L'Hospitalet: 3 Things Simeone Should Test in Copa Del Rey

    Atletico Madrid welcome L'Hospitalet to the Vicente Calderon on Thursday in the second leg of their fourth-round Copa del Rey clash...

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  8. Real Madrid's Incessant Desire to Score so Heavily Is Both Unique and Refreshing

    It wouldn't be unfair to say that Le Grand Stade de Marrakech is far from being one of football's revered cathedrals...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 4 days ago 5,810 reads 18 comments

  9. Complacency Biggest Threat to Real Madrid After Schalke Draw in Champions League

    Emilio Butragueno looked straight ahead. Not blinking. Appearing emotionless. Surrounded by officials from 15 other European clubs at the round-of-16 draw for the 2014-15 Champions League , he had to remain respectful...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 days ago 10,473 reads 30 comments

  10. Sri Lanka vs. England: 7th ODI Date, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview

    Sri Lanka and England meet for the seventh and final one-day international of the tour on Tuesday after the hosts wrapped up the series with a 90-run victory at Pallekele over the weekend...

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  11. Why Real Madrid Must Not Consider Selling Isco in January Transfer Window

    Rewind to June of 2013, a summer of significance for Real Madrid . Jose Mourinho had just left. Carlo Ancelotti had just arrived. The environment was tense. The previous season had been tumultuous...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 6 days ago 13,155 reads 57 comments

  12. Iker Casillas Winds Back the Clock for a Night as Real Madrid Fight Past Almeria

    Almeria's Verza stood over a free-kick on the right flank. Despite Gareth Bale having snatched back the lead only moments earlier, the hosts had been building. Not dominating, but building...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 8 days ago 9,563 reads 39 comments

  13. Atletico Madrid vs. Villarreal: Issues and Decisions That Will Shape Liga Game

    Fresh from securing top spot in Group A of the Champions League with a 0-0 draw against Juventus in Turin on Tuesday, Atletico Madrid welcome Villarreal to the Vicente Calderon on Sunday as action resumes in La Liga...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 8 days ago 1,160 reads 5 comments

  14. Real Madrid Versatility Key to Successful Champions League Defence

    As the Champions League group stage reached its conclusion on Wednesday, one of the themes to emerge from the final round of matches was the versatility that's required to be successful in Europe...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 days ago 5,648 reads 35 comments

  15. Hurt Michael Clarke Honours Phillip Hughes, Gets Through to Tea and Plays On

    " We must dig in and get through to tea. And we must play on." Two weeks ago, Michael Clarke wouldn't have. Not like this. His body is battered and broken. His spirit is exhausted...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 10 days ago 538 reads 2 comments

  16. Ranking and Grading Atletico Madrid Players on Performances vs. Juventus

    Atletico Madrid fought out a 0-0 draw with Juventus in Turin on Tuesday as the Spanish champions secured top spot in Group A of the Champions League...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 10 days ago 747 reads 3 comments

  17. Emerging Asier Illarramendi Takes Big Step for Record-Breaking Real Madrid

    Surprising Carlo Ancelotti is the most difficult of tasks. And if it's possible, he never lets it be shown, typically remaining expressionless on the sideline with an almost bored demeanour as he chews his gum ever so vigorously...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 11 days ago 8,372 reads 13 comments

  18. Ranking the Top 20 Lord's ODI Centurions by Strike Rate

    The world-famous Lord's. At no ground is an international century more cherished. Of course, the milestone in a one-day international doesn't elevate a player on to the ground's ...

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  19. Why Real Madrid Defence Deserves Credit in Cristiano Ronaldo-Inspired Record Run

    After yet another Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick led Real Madrid to victory for an 18th consecutive occasion on Saturday, Carlo Ancelotti wasn't hesitant to say that the presence of his main marksman makes the club's weekly task appreciably easier...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 12 days ago 7,823 reads 44 comments

  20. Elche vs. Atletico Madrid: Winners and Losers from La Liga Game

    Goals from Jose Gimenez and Mario Mandzukic earned Atletico Madrid a comfortable 2-0 victory over Elche at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on Saturday, as the defending ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 14 days ago 2,012 reads 4 comments

  21. 10 Great Moments in Andrew Flintoff's England Career

    Perhaps more than any other cricketer of his generation, the impact of Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff 's career went far beyond the list of his achievements and his statistical record...

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  22. Elche vs. Atletico Madrid: Issues and Decisions That Will Shape La Liga Game

    On the back of four consecutive victories in all competitions, Atletico Madrid travel east to the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero to take on Elche in La Liga on Saturday ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 15 days ago 1,391 reads 3 comments

  23. India Don't Look Back with Selection of Provisional World Cup Squad

    In the wake of Thursday's announcement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India regarding the nation's provisional 30-man squad to tour Australia and New Zealand for the ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 16 days ago 4,573 reads 1 comments

  24. Despite the Win, Atletico Madrid's 2nd-Stringers Miss the Chance to Impress

    In truth, Atletico Madrid 's Copa del Rey clash with L'Hospitalet in Catalonia on Wednesday was always going to be the low-key affair it turned out to be...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 17 days ago 1,195 reads 1 comments

  25. Cricket's Future in England Rests with Free-to-Air Television Coverage

    One of the major appeals of cricket is its subtle beauties. I t's a game that's full of them, s tirring contemplation and reflection at its leisurely pace ...

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