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Why Lionel Messi Deserved to Win the World Cup's Golden Ball

Chris Deeley | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Sport
Chris Deeley

Messi is judged more harshly than any other player on the planet. If he doesn't single-handedly win the game for his side, or produce a wonder-goal, he's said to have disappointed... But a poor game for Messi is still better than most people on earth could ever hope for.

Can NFL London Be A British Affair?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Sport
Carrie Armstrong

It can be challenging as an adult Association Football fan to adjust to watching Gridiron Football at first... It's a beautiful sport, just witnessing that many different varieties of athlete on one field. You ever seen a 6'7" 26 stone bloke playing midfield on Match of the Day highlights next to a 5'5" 10 stone lad? Whilst both wear leggings?

1D Louis 'Gutted' To Not Get To Buy His Own Football Team

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Sport

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson said he was "absolutely gutted" that his bid to buy the Doncaster Rovers football club fell through due to a failur...

Chris Froome: A Fallen Hero

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Sport
Alex Ratcliffe

For British fans, given the World Cup results, Andy Murray's crash out of Wimbledon, and the minimal numbers of British champs selected for the Tour line up, this has turned out to be the 'anti-year' in British sport, the opposite of 2012.

Coming To A Road Near You Soon?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Sport

Councils are to be given powers to stage motor races on public roads for the first time, David Cameron has revealed. Downing Street said legislatio...

Equal Play for Equal Pay?

Tom Mellor | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Sport
Tom Mellor

Men play faster, they play for longer, they are the better tennis players. But is that what we are compensating? Prize money is a reward, not a salary... Travel, coaching and equipment all cost the same regardless of gender, hotel rooms and plane tickets are no cheaper for women.

Roger Isn't Over or Out.

David Fearnhead | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Sport
David Fearnhead

Federer turns 33 next month, it's hardly time to be writing of retirement. The Fed Express will still be running and calling at its usual stops for years to come... He is not done winning grand slams. And those who write him off are more than just premature, they risk looking like idiots.

Let the Tour Legacy Begin

Adam Stones | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Sport
Adam Stones

I spent the three days 'tour chasing' and I am confident that this triumphant spectacle can leave a lasting legacy if we let it... until now the next generation of cyclists has been "let down" by a lack of safe roads... now we just need to see the representative Government investment to ensure this passion has a deep and lasting impact.

Is Subbing Goalkeepers for Penalties Long Overdue?

Jack Target | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Sport
Jack Target

Most of the press wanted to see van Gaal fail. You can only imagine how much Roy Hodgson would have been hounded if he had done something similar and failed. He would not be allowed back in the country, perceived as silly old man who shares the tactical nous of a barely trained ape.

Two Weekends of Squash on the Continent

James Willstrop | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

What a welcome we received the weekend before last for the French League Playoff finals in Le Mans, a city a couple of hours train ride from Paris. Now on the wrong side of 30, I am happily able to say that squash still offers opportunities to seek out new venues and bustling sporting communities in unexpected places.

A Decent World Cup, But a Great One?

Phil Jones | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Sport
Phil Jones

Has FIFA's latest offering really been the free flowing celebration of the game that the pundits and wider media would have us believe? ... has there been anything even close to epic encounters such as Brazil v Italy in '82? or France v Germany that same year?

How Technology Is Bringing Sports Fans Closer to All the Action

Sam Seddon | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Sport
Sam Seddon

Analytics can change the relationship between the individual and the fan. Knowing the subtleties, strategies and fine margins between winning and losing helps us appreciate the athletic skill even more and raise our enjoyment of the spectacle even further.

If Djokovic and Federer Did Start Ups

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Vivi Friedgut

Djokovic slipped a number of times - he took a tumble, shook it off and got back up. Federer's cool demeanor is majestic - the man is almost completely unflappable... If you treat each win (and each loss) as a single step in a long journey then a stumble is temporary, a rejection an opportunity to learn and a criticism a chance to improve and tweak.

Live From Brazil - The Last Eight Teams

Layla Anna-Lee | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Sport
Layla Anna-Lee

This year's world cup has been exceptional on so many levels - almost to the point that it's sad to see any of the teams go; couldn't we just let the World Cup go on for a little bit longer this year? ... We're down to the last eight teams in the competition and the excitement has pretty much hit boiling point already!

Why Luis Suarez Is the Latest Victim of Football's Moral Hypocrisy

Chris Deeley | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Sport
Chris Deeley

When Haaland and Keane met on the pitch in a Manchester derby in 2001, the Irishman lost the little cool he ever had. To quote his autobiography: "I'd waited long enough. I f****** hit him hard. The ball was there (I think). Take that you c***."

The Wimbledon Attitude

Lucy Roberts | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Lucy Roberts

In tennis, if players turned sour after losing a match, they only lose their sportsmanship and credit. They let only themselves down. This is the same whether they lose, or they win. Nothing is to be gained from boasting in a win, or blaming others for a loss. The same goes for life.

Three Best Pieces of Advice for Anyone of Any Age

Vicky Chan | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

Do what you love. Even if no one advises you to do it, do it... Don't know what you love? Love an infinite list of things? Do it all! ... If you're worried about looking 'lame' or 'nerdy', don't worry - I've been there.

'Ey Up' Le Tour de France

Charlie Webster | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Sport
Charlie Webster

I finished with most incredible feeling and sense of achievement, a very swollen right leg, an open blister on my bum, and sausage and mash. I wonder if the pros will finish the UK part of Le Tour the same?!

Why Watching the World Cup With an American Sucks

Meredith Berman | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Sport
Meredith Berman

I cheered during replays thinking it was live television. I screamed 'come on America' most definitely 900 times throughout the duration of the game. I made it very clear of my feelings of how England is terrible at the sport and we are better than you.

Marking Mascots - Just Stick to Cute and Cuddly

Tom Mellor | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Sport
Tom Mellor

Last month saw the latest addition to the haul of international tournament mascots that delight and disturb in equal measure. Shuéme, the great white owl, was unveiled as the mascot of the Women's FIFA World Cup to be held in Canada next year.

Player Focus: Sánchez The First Star to Fall from Brazil 2014

Ben McAleer | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Sport
Ben McAleer

Without question, Chile quickly became supporters' second team at the World Cup... While some would have buckled under the pressure, Sánchez thrived... in Messi's absence, Sánchez was Barcelona's best player last season and there is little doubt that he was Chile's greatest asset at the World Cup...

Is it Time for Three-Car Teams in F1?

Todd McCandless | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Is the idea of a third car off-putting to you? Would it be better to see 16 cars with closer competitiveness compete in F1 rather than 6 cars toiling round at the back trying hard to disappear when being lapped? ... Is that fair? It is in the United Sportscar Championship.

Gambling Is a Losers Game

Nick Clements | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

Since the inception of the National Lottery gambling has rapidly become acceptable and part of our everyday lifestyle. This has spawned a multimillion pound industry, very cleverly dividing us into gender gambling, woman using bingo, men betting on sport.

Ready for Le Tour de Yorkshire? Just Four Poses for Cycling Yogis...

Sophie Bickerdike | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Bickerdike

Cycling itself has had such an upsurge in the past month, that cycle lanes are positively congested and cars are almost a thing of the past! With that in mind and lots of people coming to the studio with tight backs and thighs; I have put down a few key poses to bring some respite yoga to cycling mania.

The Summer of Sport - A Game of Two Halves

Mark Foster | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Sport
Mark Foster

We are at the half way point of the Summer of Sport and after so much promise, the first half has been exciting but with some very poor results... We are now entering the second week of Wimbledon and as always the quality of the tennis in the first week hasn't disappointed... However, for me the highlight of this second half will be the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in the month.