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Reinventing Movement: More Than Just ‘Touch-Butt In The Park’

UFC 196 Open Workouts, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada 2/3/2016 Conor McGregor Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Raymond Spencer

Nate Diaz’s now infamous comments regarding Conor McGregor’s movement coach Ido Portal, in the run up to UFC 196, have gone down in history as probably one of the most immaculate digs between trash-talking fighters. “You’re playing touch-butt with that dork in the park (with) the ponytail, and I’m the one that ain’t got no training partner? I don’t think so.” …

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Opinion: Shift In The Culture Of Portuguese Football Led Them To Their Greatest Victory

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Renato Sanches (top) and Portugal players celebrate their team's first goal scored by Eder (obscured) during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The comparisons between Portugal’s Euro 2016 victory and their most painful defeat at Euro 2004, at the hands of Greece, are irresistible, poetic even. The unfancied underdog puts in a display of grit and determination to defeat the tournament hosts, an opposition with arguably superior technical quality and skill. Except this time, victory was to be Portugal’s. But it is …

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Opinion: Why The UFC Is No Country For Young Men

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 9: Brock Lesnar punches Mark Hunt (R) during the UFC 200 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

In most sports our heroes are instantaneous, prodigious youngsters, teenagers who set the world alight and inspire wonder as to how they will change the game, setting standards and expectations that they will surely never reach. Think of a 16-year-old Wayne Rooney with that curling finish against Arsenal, now ostracised for his poor performances leading England, proving the football pitch is …

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