Posts for Sport

Running: not so much a liberating hobby as a cult

IR Stone/Shutterstock Carys Egan-Wyer, Lund University Endurance running is in. Fitness enthusiasts and elite runners alike spend their weekends pounding the pavements and bounding through the countryside. They are training for and competing in ultra-marathons, triathlons and obstacle races. Runners often claim that they run to escape from the demands […]

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Even short periods of physical inactivity are damaging to our health

That two-week beach vacation you’ve been dreaming of could have long-term effects on your health. PVStudio/ Shutterstock Tori Sprung, Liverpool John Moores University and Kelly Bowden Davies, Newcastle University As a society, we aren’t getting as much exercise as we should. In fact, current activity guidelines state that adults should […]

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The Ashes: Jofra Archer, Steve Smith and cricket’s dilemma of balancing safety with media spectacle

Richard Thomas, Swansea University Fast bowling has often been described as the most thrilling aspect of cricket, especially international Test cricket – which is played out over five days in a format designed to “test” the players’ skills to their limit. It’s something that cricket journalists love: somehow the sight […]

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Goal! Or is it? How technology – and not just VAR – is changing sport

Tom Webb, University of Portsmouth Gabriel Jesus’s disallowed goal in the English Premier League, between his club Manchester City and Spurs, when a controversial handball decision was given by the video assistant referee (VAR) system, has fuelled the already fierce debate about the use of technology. The handball law was […]

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English Premier League: why the transfer window has lost some of its excitement

Rob Wilson, Sheffield Hallam University and Dan Plumley, Sheffield Hallam University Football players come and go. Sometimes they arrive at a new team with great fanfare, and sometimes they leave for a rival squad in a haze of bitter acrimony. At best, a new player can be a catalyst for […]

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England win Men’s Cricket World Cup in a last-ball thriller – now will the country see more matches on free TV?

Richard Thomas, Swansea University To say, “cricket was the winner” doesn’t really cover it. England’s astonishing World Cup victory came off the last ball of a “super over” – a tie-breaker that was only needed because the game itself had ended in a tie. On the final ball of a […]

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Wimbledon: Johanna Konta interview and the problems with viewing sports stars as public figures

Still from video of Johanna Konta press conference, July 2019. Wimbledon.com Kieran File, University of Warwick After her loss to Barbora Strycova in the Wimbledon quarter finals, British tennis player Johanna Konta reacted somewhat angrily to a line of questioning from a journalist that appeared to hold her to account […]

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Wimbledon: lawns look lovely, but time to keep off the grass

John William Devine, Swansea University The 133rd Wimbledon tennis championships are in full swing and, in time-honoured British tradition, the nation is fixated on seedings, scorelines, and strawberries and cream. While The Championships have been modernised with the introduction of Hawk-eye line-calling technology and the installation of retractable roofs on […]

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Cori Gauff: the support network behind 15-year-old who beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon

Candice Lingam-Willgoss, The Open University Until recently, it seems likely that only dedicated tennis fans had heard of Cori Gauff: the second youngest winner of the Junior French Open in 2018, she was one to watch – but it’s unlikely anyone predicted just how fast her star would rise. Yet […]

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National Kissing Day but most prefer not to kiss a smoker

National Kissing Day is on Saturday 6th July 2019, so no doubt the whole of the UK is preparing to slap on lip balm, stock up on mints, and pucker up for their perfect pout. However, there is bad luck for smokers as new research from Change Incorporated has uncovered […]

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