England Tour of South Africa 2018 – “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” Eddie Jones yesterday announced his squad to tour South Africa this summer following a lack lustre Six Nations campaign. Whilst it is safe to say Jones’s honeymoon period as England coach is now over his selections have the ring of a bride to be – “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”… Old Jones has decided to rest a number of players after a heavy season following last season’s Lions tour. View Full Post
UEFA charge Liverpool over fans conduct in Champions League UEFA is investigating the conduct of Liverpool fans over the two-legs of Liverpool’s Champions League quarterfinal fixture. UEFA has charged Liverpool under Article 16(2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, which provides: However, all associations and clubs are liable for the following inappropriate behaviour on the part of their supporters and may be subject to disciplinary measures and directives even if they can provide the absence of any negligence in relation to the organisation of the match: The invasion or attempted invasion of the field of play; The throwing of objects; The lighting of fireworks or any other objects; The use of laser pointers or similar electronic devices; The use of gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit a provocative message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly provocative messages that are of a political, ideological, religious or offensive nature; Acts of damage; Causing a disturbance during national anthems; Any other lack of order or discipline observed inside or around the stadium. View Full Post
The Cheltenham Festival, Brexit and the free movement of horses. Today marks the start of the Cheltenham Festival, one of the highlights of the National Hunt racing calendar. The Cheltenham Festival can trace its roots back to 1860, when the first National Hunt Chase took place at Market Harborough. The event has been held in Cheltenham since 1911 and continues to include the Stayers Hurdle, first run in 1912 and the Blue Riband event, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, first run in 1924. View Full Post
An analysis of the DCMS Select Committee Report: ‘Combatting doping in sport’ Part 2  – “British Cycling and Team Sky” In part two of our three part series on the DCMS Select Committee Report in “Combatting doping in Sport” we consider its controversial findings in respect of British Cycling and Team Sky. It is the second section of the DCMS Select Committee Report that is likely to have the most serious repercussions for two of the biggest names in UK Sport, namely Sir David Brailsford, formerly performance director of British Cycling during its most successful years and currently general manager of Team Sky, and Great Britain’s most successful ever Olympian and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins. View Full Post
An analysis of the DCMS Select Committee Report: ‘Combatting doping in sport’ – Part 1 “Knowledge and prevalence of doping in world athletics” On Monday the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (“DCMS Committee”) published its long awaited report of its investigations into doping in sport (the “Report”). The Report has led to a number of sensational headlines concerning those criticised within it. View Full Post
Winter Olympics: Calls for Video technology in Curling – an unlikely battleground? ‘Super Saturday’ at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang saw the Great Britain team win 3 medals, including a second Gold for Lizzy Yarnold, taking their overall total so far to 4. This equals the biggest ever GB medal haul at the Winter Games and leaves them one short of the medal target set by UK Sport, the body which allocates funding to Olympic sports. View Full Post
The XXIII Winter Olympics in PyeongChang are now well underway in what are reported to be some of the coldest and most treacherous conditions yet for a Games to be held in. Great Britain’s darling of short track speed skating and current World Champion, Elise Christie, agonisingly crashed out of the 500m final today meaning Great Britain’s wait for its first medal continues. View Full Post
New Year, New Rules: the Introduction of Video Assistant Referees in English Football. A Happy New Year to all our readers. The New Year is traditionally a time to get into shape and commit to new resolutions and it would appear the FA is no different by confirming that Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system technology would be utilised for the first time in last night’s FA Cup 3rd round match between Brighton and Crystal Palace and in one of the Carabao Cup semi-final ties and the subsequent final. View Full Post
The Ashes – Jimmy Anderson & Momentum Swing Down Under – Test Match Cricket at its Greatest Sports Shorts has previously covered the topics of both Test Match cricket generally and the introduction of Day/Night matches to the international arena. These articles focussed on the difficulties of ensuring Test Match cricket remains relevant and attractive in the modern era of sports consumption and participation where the common theme appears to be less equals more (fan engagement, player participation). View Full Post