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Czech Mate: Schick brace condemns Scotland to 2-0 defeat

A functional performance by the Czech Republic was marked with a moment of magic by Patrik Schick as Scotland were defeated 2-0 in their opening game of EURO 2020. The 24-year-old Bayer Leverkusen centre forward scored on both sides of the interval, with his second-half strike an early contender for...
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Posted Jun. 14, 2021

Euro 2020 previews: Group E – no foregone conclusion

According to The Analyst, no nation is more likely than Spain to top their group at EURO 2020. Drawn alongside Poland, Slovakia, and Sweden, Luis Enrique’s Spanish national team has a 70.2% chance of finishing first in Group E.  However, Spain’s path to success at the European Championship is lined...
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Posted Jun. 14, 2021

David Clements returns for seventh year with Coventry Blaze

26-year-old defenceman David Clements will return to the Skydome Arena for a seventh year with the Coventry Blaze, the club announced on 12 June. In comments released on the organisation’s website, head coach Danny Stewart hailed Clements’ development on and off the ice over recent years, praising the Coventry-born blue-liner’s...
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Posted Jun. 13, 2021

Questions remain for England at the Euros

Following England’s 1-0 friendly victory over Romania at the Riverside Stadium last Sunday, Gareth Southgate approached reporters with a confident stride. “There’s probably one decision in my head,” the England boss said regarding his team selection ahead of the Three Lions’ EURO 2020 opener against Croatia on 13 June.  “Every...
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Posted Jun. 13, 2021

Controversy continues as the Copa America is moved to Brazil

Organising an international football tournament is difficult at the best of times. In the middle of a pandemic, the process can become more chastening, as CONMEBOL – the governing body of South American football – has come to realise. Initially, the 47th edition of the Copa América was due to...
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Posted Jun. 8, 2021

What’s next for Chelsea?

“To go all the way in the Champions League, we played some tough teams,” Mason Mount told BT Sport on Saturday evening in Porto. “At this moment in time, we’re the best team in the world. You can’t take that away from us.” If not the best team in the...
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Posted Jun. 5, 2021

Coventry Blaze: Luke Ferrara returns for 2021/22 campaign

Luke Ferrara will return to the Coventry Blaze for the 2021/22 season, extending his association with the Skydome Arena club to five years. Ferrara, 27, is the first player to put pen to paper for the Blaze ahead of the new season, which is set to begin on 25 September....
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Posted Jun. 3, 2021

Liam Kirk registers three points as Team GB lose 6-3 to Switzerland

Team Great Britain bowed out of the 2021 IIHF World Championship with a 6-3 defeat against world-class Swiss opposition. Once again, Arizona Coyotes draftee Liam Kirk played a pivotal role for the Brits, scoring twice and registering an assist in his best performance of the tournament. With the game tied...
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Posted Jun. 1, 2021