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Leicester City: Facts & figures behind Premier League title win

Leicester City: Facts & figures behind Premier League title win | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
Their squad costs seven times less than Manchester City's, yet Leicester are champions. We look at the stats behind the success.
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An amazing story that gives hopes to supporters of lesser fancied football clubs #stid #jackarmy
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Davis Cup final: Buster Mottram & story of Britain's 1978 campaign

Davis Cup final: Buster Mottram & story of Britain's 1978 campaign | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
With rowing team-mates and protesting fans, Great Britain's run to the 1978 Davis Cup final was far from dull.
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A different sporting era

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A load of old balls: The story of rugby union

A load of old balls: The story of rugby union | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
From shapeless giant mauls, no referees or substitutes to the creation of the scrum and ref cams; a look back at some crucial changes in rugby union.
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The History of the greatest team game of all

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Is physical endurance all in the mind?

Is physical endurance all in the mind? | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
A look at how far elite endurance athletes can push their bodies and how sports science can help improve their performances through cognitive training
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I am truly amazed by endurance athletes

I've read Richard Parks book which was awesome

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Former England captain Close dies

Former England captain Close dies | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
Former England, Yorkshire and Somerset captain Brian Close dies at the age of 84.
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They breed them differently in Yorkshire

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What's it like to face a 90mph fast bowler?

What's it like to face a 90mph fast bowler? | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
Imagine you were facing Mitchell Johnson in the Ashes! Our interactive guide takes you inside the mind of a Test batsman and gives you tips from the very best.
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This is certainly not for the faint hearted

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A beautiful life cheating death

A beautiful life cheating death | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
Two tumours, two life-saving operations, one Paralympic gold medal, dreaming of Rio - David Smith on his "lucky" life.
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A true inspiration and hugely determined and courageous sports man, reading David's story makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up!

I wish him every success for Rio 2016

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Should sport and politics ever mix?

Should sport and politics ever mix? | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
Lord Coe reflects on why the British team defied the government in 1980 to compete in the Moscow Olympics and asks if sport and politics should ever mix
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Is patriotism pivotal to Test rugby?

Is patriotism pivotal to Test rugby? | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
Some players might be wild-eyed when the anthems roll, but how much does national identity matter in the professional game?
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For a Welshman the England vs Wales Rugby fixture is the biggest in our sporting calendar 

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How Rocket Ronnie racks up records

How Rocket Ronnie racks up records | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
He hit his first ton aged 10 and has not stopped since - the numbers behind Ronnie O'Sullivan's record century breaks.
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An amazing sportsman who has had to battle demons but is on the cusp of a breaking a record that may never be broken!

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Matthews and Ronaldo: The making of the best

Matthews and Ronaldo: The making of the best | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
Salary, achievements, diet, training - BBC Sport compares two of the best players of different generations.
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The amazing and rapid evolution of Football in the second half of the 20th Century and the start of the 21st!

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'I could have been Phillip Hughes'

'I could have been Phillip Hughes' | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
Insanity, arson, attempted suicide - struck three times on the head by a cricket ball, Mark Vermeulen survived to tell the tale.
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A sporting story with a difference

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How do rugby players survive such big hits?

How do rugby players survive such big hits? | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
As rugby players have become bigger, faster and stronger how do they survive the big hits we see every match?
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A fantastic look at the evolution of Rugby

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Kara Kentner's comment, June 30, 2015 12:47 PM
It was cool how they broke down the categories! Very interesting... I have never really looked into Rugby - but after reading the article it seems like a cool hobby to get into... very intense like many other sports.
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How Lionel Messi reached his 500-goal milestone for Barcelona and Argentina

Who provided the assists? Who has he scored against the most? All you need to know about Lionel Messi's 500-goal landmark.
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Lionel Messi, is he the best footballer ever?
500 goals is an amazing achievement
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Rugby World Cup 2015: Defining moments of the tournament

Rugby World Cup 2015: Defining moments of the tournament | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce looks at the defining moments of the "biggest and best" Rugby World Cup of all time.
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An amazing tournament that rivalled London 2012

Lets hope the legacy is better maintained than the aforementioned Olympics and that Rugby's popularity continues to grow

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How big will rugby players get? - BBC News

How big will rugby players get? - BBC News | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
Rugby players have always been big, and in recent years they have been getting bigger. But has that growth now reached its limit?
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The evolution of the professional rugby player

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Is English rugby just for posh kids?

Is English rugby just for posh kids? | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
With the Rugby World Cup starting on Friday, Ben Dirs asks if the sport in host country England is becoming more exclusive.
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A fascinating article which is supported by lots of data

I find it extremely frustrating that all youngsters do not have the opportunity to experience the best team sport 

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Djokovic's body clock gives him time

Djokovic's body clock gives him time | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
A belief that his body parts heal at different times and a strict diet sets Novak Djokovic up for more years of dominance.
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This man has the potential to be the Worlds best ever Tennis Player

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'I want to be of use now I'm free'

'I want to be of use now I'm free' | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
Former England cricketer Chris Lewis on "going 100mph" as he tries to rebuild his life - and help others - after prison.
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A story of an amazingly gifted cricketer that didn't fulfil his cricketing potential and subsequently made many bad choices once retired.

A story of redemption now that he is free, I will watch closely his progress

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Rory McIlroy 'I want to be best of my generation'

Rory McIlroy                                                         'I want to be best of my generation' | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
World number one Rory McIlroy tells BBC Sport his ambition is to remain at the top and how he is learning from Tiger Woods.
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In my opinion Rory is currently GB's best sportsman

The Gap in World ratings between him and number 2 Jordan Speith (USA) is equal to the gap between Speith (2nd) and Hideki Matsuyama (Japan in 14th)!!

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Rugby's Hidden Headache

Rugby's Hidden Headache | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
Tim Rogers explores the long-term effects on players of a more physical style of rugby.
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A topical video that is outlining the dangers of modern rugby and the emphasis on power over skill!

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Kevin Pietersen's career in numbers

Kevin Pietersen's career in numbers | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
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A phenomenal batsmen but a complex character that unfortunately the ECB failed to manage correctly.

He would still be in my England teams, would he make yours? 

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Ballon d'Or - all you need to know

Ballon d'Or - all you need to know | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
BBC Sport takes a look at the surprising and quirky elements of the Ballon d'Or as Cristiano Ronaldo is crowned winner.
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England's National Coach votes for 3 defensive players, this explains a lot about the approach to your National Game

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The beauty behind 'The Beast'

The beauty behind 'The Beast' | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
He scored against Liverpool in the FA Cup - but that's not all there is to know about AFC Wimbledon's Adebayo Akinfenwa.
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An interesting article on one of football's true characters

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Are foreign players really damaging the Premier League?

Are foreign players really damaging the Premier League? | Sports Life Stories | Scoop.it
Investigate the club v country conundrum through the statistics, pundits and personal stories - Dan Roan presents BBC Sport's State of the Game.
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Some shocking findings

Is there any wonder that England have failed to win an International Tournament since 1966!

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