Thomas Bartley

Football must act on gambling realities

Much is documented about Arsene Wenger’s cultural revolution at Arsenal. “We want our Mars bars” was the common refrain of his discontented squad after cleaning up their diets. It would represent a sea change in nutrition now no longer remarkable in the game. But the Frenchman was not just doing...
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Posted May. 28, 2023

Changing of the guard looms in Paris

For nearly two decades, Rafael Nadal has ruled Roland-Garros. The so-called ‘King of Clay’ has been effectively unconquerable on the tough red of Paris, so rarely ever overcome by its challenges. This time, however, is different. No one is too surprised. The injury problems have long loomed and threatened what...
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Posted May. 27, 2023

Scotland’s women cricket team gain pro contracts

In a landmark step, paid contracts are being offered to Scotland’s women’s cricket team for the first time. Abbi Aitken-Drummond, Priyanaz Chatterji, Katherine Fraser, Lorna Jack, Ailsa Lister, Megan McColl, Orla Montgomery, Hannah Rainey and Ellen Watson will all take on pro deals. The move, aimed at helping the top...
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Posted May. 16, 2023

Warwick defeat Birmingham to win darts Varsity

On Saturday, in the first darts Varsity between the two teams, Warwick defeated University of Birmingham 6-1. The match is the second Varsity that Warwick Darts Society have taken part in, having faced Coventry back in 2020. This time around, they faced much tougher opposition in Birmingham, who have become...
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Posted Apr. 27, 2023

Warwick prepare for darts Varsity clash with Birmingham

Warwick will face off against the University of Birmingham on Saturday 22 April, in Warwick’s first darts Varsity match since 2020. Back then, Warwick got the better of the now defunct Coventry, but the team has since gone from strength to strength and asserted the university’s place as one of...
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Posted Apr. 19, 2023

World Athletics’ transgender regulations: the key details

After months of wrangling and years of debate, World Athletics (WA) has decided to ban transgender athletes from its female category. The decision from one of sport’s biggest global organisations comes after the issue of transgender participation engulfed a succession of bodies. World Rugby and World Swimming have already moved...
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Posted Mar. 30, 2023

Wimbledon preparing to re-invite Russian and Belarusian players

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) could be braced to welcome the return of Russian and Belarusian players to Wimbledon, according to reports. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year, both Russian and Belarusian players were banned from competing in Wimbledon. The decision was however not welcomed by tennis’s...
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Posted Mar. 21, 2023

World Cup respite for a Haiti on the brink

The power of sport to unify and inspire is unmistakable. But what about for a country in the depths of despair, a nation that even the UN concludes is on the ‘verge of an abyss’? It is the contradiction that Haiti’s qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup presents. At...
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Posted Mar. 10, 2023

Athletics needs a boost, and a Netflix documentary could be it

At a recent indoor meet in Clermont-Ferrand in France, Sweden’s Armand Duplantis leaped to another pole vault world record feat. A sixth in the 23-year-old’s already illustrious career, it was yet another demonstration of his history-making excellence and dominance in the discipline. But did you hear about it? Probably not....
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Posted Mar. 4, 2023

What is going on in British gymnastics?

In June, the publication of an independent review into historic abuse in British Gymnastics rocked a sport fundamental to many of Team GB’s 21st-century Olympics success stories. Yet, nearly a year on from the publication of Anne Whyte KC’s damning conclusions, the sport has yet to get a grip on...
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Posted Feb. 26, 2023