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2015 World Championships in Athletics: Bloopers

Prior to the men’s 100 metres final on Sunday evening, as the nine competing athletes stood out on the track in the Bird’s Nest stadium and the world’s attention focused on Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin, a pianist took to the edge of the infield and briefly ran his hands up and down a keyboard’s keys. Greeted with a frisson of audible excitement by…

2015 World Championships in Athletics: Duels

The 2015 World Championships in Athletics – the 15th IAAF World Championships – took place last week in Beijing. Over nine days, from Saturday 22 August to Sunday 30 August, and sixteen sessions morning and evening, 144 medals were on offer across 47 events. 1,933 athletes competed from 206 nations, with 43 of these nations coming away from the Championships…

WWE SummerSlam 2015 Wilts and Slumps

Although the Royal Rumble remains for many fans the most enticing occasion of the year after WrestleMania – largely for the prospect of surprise entrants, which manages to sustain excitement levels across each iteration of the thirty-man battle royal – it is SummerSlam which WWE bills as its second biggest event. And with the WWE Network both allowing flexibility and demanding a ceaseless…

Daily Visual 22.08.15: World Championships in Athletics Day One

The 2015 World Championships in Athletics commenced today in Beijing. The largest sporting event to take place in the Bird’s Nest stadium since the 2008 Summer Olympics, the World Championships will run until next Sunday, 30 August. Getting underway from 7:30 am on Saturday morning, out on the streets of the Chinese capital, the men’s marathon brought the first medalist of the Championships. The…

Premier League 2015-16 Season Preview

The 2015-16 Premier League season kicks off later today, when Manchester United face Tottenham at Old Trafford from 12:45 pm. Chelsea are the reigning champions, and they will meet Swansea in today’s evening fixture. With less than a month until the close of the transfer window, at the start of this week the Premier League’s clubs collectively passed the £500 million spending mark…

Newcastle United 2015-16 Season Preview

When Newcastle United, under then-manager Alan Pardew, finished the 2011-12 season in fifth place in the Premier League – beating Chelsea into sixth, although by virtue of winning the competition Chelsea still took England’s final Champions League spot ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur – few Newcastle fans thought it would last. The football had been poor for the majority of the…

Daily Visual 25.07.15: Anniversary Games 2015

Previously known as the London Grand Prix, since 2013 the athletics meet held in the English capital each July has been dubbed the Anniversary Games: commemorating the 2012 London Olympics, and taking place in the city’s Olympic Stadium. Last year the meet proper had to be switched to Hampden Park, Glasgow, while work continued on the rebuilding of the Olympic Stadium….

Blowout at WWE Battleground 2015

After a more than passable first half of WWE Battleground, which took place on Sunday night at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, upon the final two matches the event fell apart. Given their magnitude – for these were the two matches given the most substantial builds since last month’s Money in the Bank, featuring WWE’s biggest names, with first…

Daily Visual 15.07.15: Kenyan Athletes Walk for Peace

Today some of Kenya’s greatest distance runners – organised and led by 2010 Commonwealth marathon gold medalist John Kelai, and scheduled to include former marathon world record holders Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, Paul Tergat, and Tegla Loroupe; twice Olympic steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi; Irene Jerotich, Alex Kipchirchir, Douglas Wakiihuri, and Andrew Lesuuda; and as an exception to the rule, the Ugandan 2012…