Jake Rodrigues

Is heading the ball safe enough for professional footballers?

For decades, coaches have strategised how to win the aerial battle in football. Centre-backs have been, and continue to be, selected based on their pace, strength and of course, their ability to win headers. After all, a centre-half that cannot win a header can be a crucial weakness. Yet many...
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Posted Mar. 15, 2023

Jockeys suspended during the first week of new whip regulations

20 jockeys have received bans, fines or suspensions during the first week of new whip regulations being implemented in horse racing by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). It comes after growing criticism for the way in which horses are treated during races in the sport, but the regulations have left...
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Posted Mar. 1, 2023

Hamilton speaks out against FIA’s neutrality guidelines

Lewis Hamilton has vowed to continue to speak his mind, in the face of new FIA guidelines on neutrality. The FIA’s new rule indicates that drivers who make “political, religious and personal statements, notably in violation of the general principle of neutrality […] unless previously approved in writing by the...
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Posted Feb. 25, 2023

Six Nations Week 2 Roundup: England up and running at Twickenham

Two weeks of Six Nations action have now passed us by – here’s what went down during the last round of fixtures! Ireland 32-19 France Ireland ended France’s run of 14 consecutive victories with a thrilling win at the Aviva Stadium in Saturday’s opening match. France had taken the lead...
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Posted Feb. 13, 2023

Should Man City lose their Premier League titles?

Am I a Premier League Champion? The two identical tweets from former Liverpool teammates Jose Enrique and Lucas Leiva went viral on social media this week. The pair had worked tirelessly on Merseyside, with Lucas becoming a cult hero for the Reds, but neither man was able to push Liverpool...
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Posted Feb. 11, 2023

Are the World Cup’s added time guidelines a model for the future?

Before the World Cup in Qatar, FIFA’s Chairman of the Referees’ Committee, Pierluigi Collina, announced the tournament would prevent time-wasting in matches. In Qatar, matches often continued beyond the 100-minute mark, with the opening four matches featuring an average of 16 additional minutes. Collina made a point of noting that...
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Posted Jan. 19, 2023

Key sporting events in 2023

After an eventful year of sport in 2022, which culminated with Lionel Messi’s Argentina winning the World Cup, we preview the sporting calendar for 2023. With World Cups aplenty, 2023 promises to be an action-packed year of sport. Women’s T20 World Cup – 10 February South Africa will host the...
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Posted Jan. 14, 2023

Darts reacts to Gerwyn Price’s headphone-wearing defeat

World no. 1 Gerwyn Price was thrashed 5-1 by Gabriel Clemens in the quarter-final of the World Darts Championship on New Year’s Day. After finding himself 3-1 down, Price put on some ear defenders and swapped to earplugs in the sixth set in order to try and block out the...
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Posted Jan. 9, 2023

Can Gakpo turn Liverpool’s season around?

Cody Gakpo officially became a Liverpool player on 1 January, completing a £44m move from PSV Eindhoven. According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds had been forced into the transfer amid interest from Manchester United, with manager Jurgen Klopp conceding that Gakpo would have become ‘unaffordable’ in the future. Given...
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Posted Jan. 7, 2023

The downfall of Dele Alli

It takes a big person to admit they were wrong, not least when Jose Mourinho has been in the right all along. In 2020, Amazon Prime Video’s All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur lifted the lid on behind-the-scenes events at Spurs, highlighting Mourinho’s player management both on and off the pitch....
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Posted Dec. 30, 2022