Rob Minto

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Month: July 2015

Winter Olympics: it’s the cost, not the climate

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It is tempting to bemoan the Winter Olympics going to Beijing as another example of unsuitable regimes being awarded the big sporting jamborees. Russia and Qatar are the next two World Cup hosts. After lots of European countries pulled out, Beijing was left with Alamaty of Kazakhstan to bid for the 2020 Winter Games. Urgh, all these dictators.

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Sport Geek #11: Miss Charming, angry caddy, and underpants

Reasons to be down: Russian racism, Test cricket dying. Reasons to be cheerful: NFL’s first female coach, Chris Froome, Reasons to laugh: Fifa, angry caddy.  Sport Geek’s take on the week is below. Please feel free to share and spread the word. Continue reading

Sport Geek #10: urine, cash, and the bible

The golf was cold, the cycling was heated, and the cricket completely different to last time. Plus, (and you don’t get to write this every week), urine and cash have both been chucked about. Sport Geek’s take on the week is below. Please feel free to share and spread the word. Continue reading

Sport Geek #9: a new tennis era, sch* <£30m, white trousers

Ashes in action, Wimbledon wrapped-up, plus lots of other great stories this week. Please feel free to share and spread the word. Continue reading

Sport Geek #8: tennis problems, footgolf, and pot

The best sports writing from the past week (or so).

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No predictions, they could all be wrong by the time you read this. Instead:

Player with a problem 1) Rafael Nadal. His loss to Dustin Brown was almost predicatable. Is this career end-game? Or time to sack uncle Toni and get a new coach?

Player with a problem 2) Nick Kyrgios. You can be the next superstar, but nobody likes a tanker.

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