Writing

 

business / politics of sport

FIFA may be corrupt but it has done wonders for football (The Spectator) - on the FIFA paradox

Winning at any price: Doping in sport (The Economist) 

Manchester City's new franchise model: a harbinger of football's future (The Daily Telegraph) 

From brewers to bookies: How Premier League kit deals map the financial world (The Daily Telegraph) 

The middle income trap in international in football: why Europe and South America are becoming more dominant (FiveThirtyEight)

Twenty20 is making cricket great again (The Spectator) - on how T20 is transforming cricket

Match fixing is more common than ever (The Economist) - special report on fixing in sport

India v Pakistan: Cricket in the shadow of terrorism (The New York Times) - portrait of a match the day after terrorist attacks in London

Football's new frontiers: why India and China could be the next global superpowers (The Daily Telegraph) 

Is T20 cricket a bubble? (The Cricket Monthly) - investigating the economics and sustainability of T20 leagues 

Why eSports is irresistible to match-fixers (The i paper) 

Britain’s Investment in Olympic Sports Pays Off (The New York Times) - explaining how Britain came second in the 2016 Games 

 

sports science / TECHNOLOGY / ANALYTICS

Racial profiling in the Premier League: how unconscious bias persist in sports recruitment (The i paper)

The perils of Tiger parenting: why later specialisation is better in sport (The Daily Telegraph)

‘Throw-ins should not be thrown away’: Interview with Liverpool’s new throw-in coach (The Daily Telegraph)

Why sacking football managers doesn't work (The Independent) 

Revealed: the key statistic England use to select their Test team - and how it works (The Daily Telegraph) 

Inside how analytics are transforming basketball – and analysts are learning how to measure a player’s heart (The i Paper)

Kings again: How the West Indies changed T20 cricket (ESPNCricinfo) - long read 

How Iceland (population: 330,000) qualified for the World Cup (The Economist) 

How David can beat Goliath in football (Bleacher Report)

Moneyball in cricket (ESPNCricinfo)

Why elite tennis players are enjoying longer careers (The i paper) 

 

The future of sport

How can the IPL become a global sports giant? (ESPNCricinfo) - a report on what the IPL will look like in 2023

Virtual reality in sport (The Guardian)

Twenty million players, £250k prize, and drugs testing: the Fifa eWorld Cup just got serious (The Daily Telegraph) 

The future of sports broadcasting (The i paper) - How Silicon Valley is changing how we watch sport 

Golf 2.0 (The New York Times)

The future of Test cricket (The Cricket Monthly) - longform piece on the format's future - and whether it has one

 

personal stories

The life of the Wimbledon qualifier (The Independent) - a window into those below tennis's elite  

How AB de Villiers became the unicorn of batting (The Daily Telegraph) 

The Afghan refugees in Germany finding solace in cricket (ESPNCricinfo)

Michael Jolley: From Cambridge university and city trading to managing Grimsby Town (The i paper)

The academic who defeated football hooliganism (The Athletic) 

'I Should Die Happy' (Bleacher Report) - Leicester City's 5,000-1 season, two years on

Coming back to Trescothick (The Cricket Monthly) - On Marcus Trescothick's ongoing battle with depression

A decade of the IPL seen through the auctioneer's eyes (The New York Times)

 

EXclusive stories

Premier League wants Brexit exemption amid fears next N'Golo Kante would be denied work permit (The Daily Telegraph)

WADA to use Artificial Intelligence to catch cheats (The i paper) 

Exclusive: Shock ECB plan for 12-man sides in new 100-ball competition (The Daily Telegraph) 

Exclusive: Thirty-nine match-fixing alerts in eSports in 2017 (The i paper)

West Indies lead calls to protect small Test nations - and save future of game (The Daily Telegraph) 

Cricket is failing to do enough to protect players from concussion (The Daily Telegraph) 

88% of Women's Super League players earn under £18,000 a year (The Daily Telegraph) 

Women’s cricket ‘likely to be a target’ for corruption, insiders fear (The Guardian)  

New York Yankees lined up to play at London’s Olympic Stadium (The i paper)

World exclusive: ICC ponders two divisions in Test cricket (The Guardian) 

World exclusive: ICC plans major overhaul to one day cricket (The Sunday Telegraph)