Been a few weeks, so here’s a focus on less-timely-but-nontheless-interesting things you should/could read about sport. Crack on.
No Russia trip for you! What’s gone wrong with US football? The Economist puts it well – the sporting equivalent of the Middle Income Trap.
The most exciting football team on the planet.
Quartz on how data analytics have transformed the NBA – and not necessarily for the better.
How LeBron James gets punished for being too brilliant.
Does cricket have a drinking problem? Or is it just simply, nearly, utterly dead?
TRUMP & NFL
Perhaps my favourite headline of the moment: “Inside Donald Trump’s Shady Scheme to Keep Jon Bon Jovi from Buying the Buffalo Bills”
A piece full of stats about Lewis Hamilton to prove that he’s more than just statistically great? OK then.
How do you possibly describe everything that happened in the Astro’s 7-6 win over the Dodgers? The NYTimes takes on the near-impossible task.
I love this stat – Nadal is the only player on tour who wins more games than he loses from serving at 15-40.
LASTLY / FFS
Pole dancing: could it one day become an Olympic sport?
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