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This Week’s ATP/WTA Movers and Shakers

1. ‘Gro in Limbo This week’s first featured player is Nicolas Almagro, who has endured something of an up-and-down run of form in recent times. The Spaniard was stopped in the third round in Miami this week and remains just inside the top twenty in the current rankings. 2013 was excellent for Almagro to begin with, the Spaniard sustaining a …

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Five Conclusions from Gameweek 36 in the English Championship

1. Derby return to form After suffering their first real blip since Steve McClaren took over as manager, high-flying Derby Country returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion on Saturday, recording a 5-0 home win over bitter local rivals Nottingham Forest. McClaren began his tenure as Rams’ manager superbly, leading his side to a nine-game unbeaten run and firing them …

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John Isner & This Week’s ATP/WTA Movers and Shakers

1. Isner back on the rise? One of this week’s big winners (in more ways than one, if you’ll excuse the cliché) was John Isner, who climbs back into the top ten this week after a superb showing in the BNP Paribas Open. The huge American has struggled with form and fitness throughout the last couple of years since he …

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Five Conclusions from Gameweek 35 in the English Championship

1. Home comforts for Watford Beppe Sannino’s Watford side continued their late push for a Playoff place on Saturday with their fifth straight home win, a comfortable 3-0 victory over bottom side Barnsley. The Hornets are still nine points off the top six, but will be hoping their recent success at Vicarage Road can help them close that gap and …

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Why Massimo Cellino should not be allowed buy Leeds United

Leeds United fans have not had a lot to sing about in recent times, with Saturday’s humiliating 5-1 home defeat against struggling Bolton the latest in a series of less than satisfactory results on the field. Perhaps more worrisome for the club, however, is the continued delay of prospective new owner Massimo Cellino’s takeover, which has now entered its second …

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Five Conclusions from Gameweek 34 in the English Championship

1. Leeds hit for five Saturday’s return to Elland Road after four straight away trips proved an unwelcome homecoming for Leeds United, as they were thumped 5-1 by Dougie Freedman’s struggling Bolton side to further dent their faint hopes of a Playoff push. After a strong start to the season, Leeds’ form has tailed off horribly in recent months. They …

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Tomas Berdych & This Week’s Other ATP/WTA Movers and Shakers

1. Berdych flying high One man who will be relatively pleased with his week’s work is Czech Tomas Berdych, who reached his second final of the year in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in the United Arab Emirates. The former Wimbledon finalist has had an extremely solid start to 2014, reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the …

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Five Conclusions from Gameweek 33 in the English Championship

1. Super Wells Huddersfield Town fans were jubilant on Saturday as they watched their team trounce Barnsley 5-0 at the John Smith Stadium. The win saw Mark Robins’ side return to winning ways after a 3-0 reverse against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend. Huddersfield have struggled for consistency recently, but the huge scoreline was a just reward for the Terriers after …

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This Week’s ATP/WTA Movers and Shakers

Ryan O’ Neill is here to take us through the top movers and shakers from this week’s ATP/WTA action. 1. Dolgopolov Spark This week’s first ATP mover is Ukraine’s unpredictable Alex Dolgopolov, who reached his first final in two years at the Rio Open in Brazil. Dolgopolov has struggled to really progress in recent times after originally cracking the top …

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Five Conclusions from Gameweek 32 in the English Championship

Here are this week’s five conclusions from Gameweek 32 in the English Championship, a weekend that saw the frontrunners hold onto their positions at the summit. 1. Boro Lacking Goals I spoke recently of Middlebrough’s steady progress under Aitor Karanka, but things at the Riverside have stalled somewhat over the last number of matches. Having moved to within ten points …

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