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Opinion: Allardyce’s Arrogant Devotion To The ‘Big Sam’ Persona Destroyed His England Dream

BOLTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Former England manager Sam Allardyce speaks to the media as he leaves his family home on September 28, 2016 in Bolton, England. Allardyce left his position as the national football manager after only one match in charge following allegations made by a national newspaper. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

Sam Allardyce’s assertion that ‘entrapment’ was a key factor in England departure was true to an extent, but his inability to kick an old habit was key to his downfall. After the 1-0 victory in Slovakia earlier this month, now remembered as Allardyce’s only match in charge of the national team, the former manager revealed that he attributed the win …

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Opinion: The Sam Allardyce Debacle Leaves A Real Sour Taste

TRNAVA, SLOVAKIA - SEPTEMBER 03: Manager Sam Allardyce rubs his forehead as he inspects the pitch prior to the FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group F match against Slovakia at City Arena on September 3, 2016 in Trnava, Slovakia. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Sam Allardyce is no longer England football manager. After a 24 hour debacle, Alllardyce’s position became untenable as he was caught on camera to be helping undercover personalities on how to find loopholes around third-party ownership in football transfers. Big Sam was wrong and has paid the ultimate price, but this whole story has so many dispicable elements to it.  …

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Analysis: Have The All Blacks Become The USA Basketball Of World Rugby?

There is a belief in some circles that FIBA’s decision in 1989 to allow professional basketball players to compete in the summer Olympics ruined the game of international basketball. Between 1972 and 1988 the United States men’s basketball team had won just two Gold medals from four possible tournaments. The US had famously boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow due to the Soviet Union’s decision to …

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Why USA’s ‘Best Ever’ Ryder Cup Team Will Probably Be Second Best, Again

CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 26: Captain Davis Love III of Team USA speaks during a press conference prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 26, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Captain Davis Love’s last pick is (finally) in and his “best ever golf team” is complete to take on a Team Europe lineup labeled “the worst team they’ve had in years”. Home advantage and vastly superior average world rankings over a Poulter-less European team may suggest a Minnesota mauling for Darren Clarke’s side… I wouldn’t bet on it. Ryder Cup week …

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Opinion: Why Antonio Conte Is Already In Trouble At Chelsea

SWANSEA, WALES - SEPTEMBER 11: Antonio Conte manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea at Liberty Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

At the Emirates on Saturday, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was given a violent rude awakening as to the task facing him this season. In truth, this had been coming. In their opening set of games, they needed late goals to get out of jail against West Ham and Watford, carelessly threw away two points against Swansea and were completely overrun on …

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Opinion: Why Cyborg Vs Holly Holm Is The Fight To Make

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 24: Cris Cyborg of Brazil submits Lina Lansberg of Sweden in their catchweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Nilson Nelson gymnasium on September 24, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The UFC returned to Brazil this past Saturday night in what was a victorious homecoming for Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. It’s now time to discuss what is next for her and why Holly Holm is the fight to make. Although Lina Lansberg became one of a select few fighters to survive a full round with Cris Cyborg, it was glaringly obvious …

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