1. Cricket Statistics: Is Moeen Ali's 6/67 vs. India a Sign of Things to Come?

    Moeen Ali's capture of 6/67 in India's second innings to propel England to an emphatic victory in the third Test at the Ageas Bowl has suddenly heightened the sense that the bearded ...

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  2. Fresh Gareth Bale Ready to Take Europe by Storm with Real Madrid in 2014-15

    This summer has likely been a nice change of pace for Gareth Bale . Missing the World Cup, of course, will have been a disappointment for the Welshman, but unlike 12 months ago, the 25-year-old has enjoyed relative anonymity this time around...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 22 hours ago 15,089 reads 43 comments

  3. Predicting Real Madrid's Starting XI for 2014-15 La Liga Opener vs. Cordoba

    Real Madrid open their 2014-15 La Liga campaign on the weekend of August 24 with a clash against top-flight newcomers Cordoba at the Bernabeu...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 2 days ago 14,334 reads 41 comments

  4. Can Switching to a False 9 Save Isco's Career at Real Madrid?

    The departure of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal on deadline day last summer was supposed to perfectly accommodate the arrival of Isco from Malaga , who joined Real Madrid for £26 million last June...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 3 days ago 11,837 reads 55 comments

  5. Sloppy India Still Well Placed for Draw at Ageas Bowl Despite Huge England Lead

    The sight of Gary Ballance celebrating his third hundred in six Tests on Day 1 at the Ageas Bowl likely left MS Dhoni and his Indian teammates feeling rather aggrieved on Sunday night...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 4 days ago 1,099 reads 1 comments

  6. Roma vs. Real Madrid: How Los Blancos Will Line Up in Champions Cup

    Real Madrid will continue their summer tour of the United States with their second International Champions Cup clash, against Roma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Tuesday...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 4 days ago 22,803 reads 10 comments

  7. Alastair Cook's 95 vs. India: England Captain Hasn't Escaped His Slump Just Yet

    With each and every Test that has passed since late last year, Alastair Cook has slowly descended into his own bunker. Amid a storm—blizzard-like in its severity—engulfing him and his team, seeking refuge has been the overriding instinct...

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  8. Real Madrid vs. Inter Milan: What Carlo Ancelotti Learned from ICC Clash

    Real Madrid suffered defeat to Inter Milan in California in the International Champions Cup on Saturday, succumbing 3-2 on penalties to the Italian outfit after the sides were left deadlocked at 1-1 following the conclusion of 90 minutes...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 5 days ago 31,379 reads 47 comments

  9. Ravindra Jadeja Being Found Guilty Is Bad News for James Anderson and the Series

    The news that Ravindra Jadeja has been found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for his involvement in the incident with James Anderson at Trent Bridge has left India and the BCCI irate...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 7 days ago 5,082 reads 1 comments

  10. Cricket Statistics: MS Dhoni's Test Record as India Captain Away from Home

    By leading India to victory over Alastair Cook's England in the second Test at Lord's, MS Dhoni captured just his sixth Test triumph away from home as captain...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 7 days ago 1,905 reads 5 comments

  11. Should Real Madrid Consider Selling Raphael Varane This Summer?

    Raphael Varane is unhappy, it would seem. Unhappy that getting a game at Real Madrid is rather difficult. And unhappy that his teammates are paid extortionately more money than he is...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 8 days ago 12,429 reads 87 comments

  12. James Anderson, Ravi Jadeja and 7 England vs. India Controversies

    It was rather apt that a largely forgettable first Test between England and India contained a fiery moment between James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja at Trent Bridge—a venue with quite a history for staging controversy between the two nations...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 days ago 1,952 reads 0 comments

  13. Real Madrid: 5 Biggest Selection Headaches for Carlo Ancelotti

    After leading Real Madrid to the club's 10th European title in May following a truly prolific continental run, Carlo Ancelotti 's outfit appeared to be shaping up ominously for a lethal 2014-15 campaign...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 9 days ago 10,276 reads 42 comments

  14. Pressure Now on Carlo Ancelotti to Make Florentino Perez's Galactico Dream Work

    When Florentino Perez initiated Real Madrid 's Galactico era after his ascension to the club's presidency at the turn of the century, it was Vicente del Bosque who held the responsibility that now belongs to Carlo Ancelotti...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 10 days ago 16,157 reads 81 comments

  15. Captaincy, 'Keeper and Beyond: What England Must Change After Lord's Loss

    England slumped to defeat against India at Lord's on Monday, collapsing after the lunch break to give MS Dhoni's side a 1-0 advantage in their five-Test series...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 11 days ago 1,305 reads 8 comments

  16. Real Madrid's Search for Attacking Talent Isn't the Answer to La Liga Struggles

    From a neutral's perspective, there's a lot to love about Real Madrid 's perennial quest for glamour. Seemingly intent on orchestrating footballing perfection, Florentino Perez ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 11 days ago 15,293 reads 78 comments

  17. Alastair Cook's Batting Slump and Captaincy Struggles Are 2 Separate Issues

    Back and across, tentative push forward, hang the bat and feather a little nick. The clever songwriters among us, the type who come up with the quirky football chants, could surely make a tune to that effect for Alastair Cook ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 12 days ago 1,041 reads 3 comments

  18. Iker Casillas Quickly Approaching a Sad Ending to His Real Madrid Career

    Amid a flurry of summer transfer activity at the Santiago Bernabeu, reports casting doubt over Iker Casillas ' future at Real Madrid are arriving on a seemingly daily basis...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 12 days ago 26,192 reads 62 comments

  19. Warne vs. Tendulkar and 20 Great Cricket Duels and Rivalries of the Modern Era

    The presence of both Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne in the recent Marylebone Cricket Club vs. Rest of the World XI clash at Lord's revived memories of the pair's famous on-field ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 15 days ago 1,952 reads 6 comments

  20. Ranking 10 Real Madrid Players with Biggest Point to Prove in Pre-Season

    With a number of Real Madrid 's players ready to return from international duty at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Los Blancos will turn their attention to the club's upcoming pre-season schedule...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 16 days ago 9,551 reads 23 comments

  21. 5 Stars of the Future on Show in Australia A vs. India A Series

    Although the majority of eyes belonging to the cricketing world are fixed upon England's ongoing Test series with India, there's a rather intriguing encounter currently taking place on the other side of the globe...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 17 days ago 4,539 reads 0 comments

  22. Simon Kerrigan's England Recall Could Come at Wrong Time for His Confidence

    Simon Kerrigan has probably spent the better part of 12 months trying to banish the memories of his horrific Test debut against Australia last August...

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  23. Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 14

    With the 2014 FIFA World Cup now finished, the summer's transfer window is ready to step up a gear and few clubs are expected to be as active as La Liga giants, Real Madrid ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 18 days ago 43,249 reads 38 comments

  24. England vs. India: Player Ratings for MS Dhoni's XI After 1st Test

    India fought out an arduous stalemate with England in the first Test at Trent Bridge, surviving a brief scare in the morning session on Day 5 to ensure the series will head to Lord's all square...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 19 days ago 1,190 reads 0 comments

  25. Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Which Front 3 Is Superior After Luis Suarez Transfer?

    For the second year running, La Liga's giants have captured the finest player of the previous Premier League season, with Luis Suarez 's move to Barcelona following Gareth Bale 's switch to Real Madrid 12 months earlier...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 19 days ago 38,604 reads 138 comments