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Axing the academy, 105-mph baseball to the head and more of this week's best sportswriting

Out in the sun too long yesterday? Chill out with some of the best writing on the internet this week.

1.  “With the history of modern sport, no one should be surprised when a prominent athlete in any sport tests positive for performance enhancing drugs.

“That being said, when the Olympic marathon champion tests positive for EPO, it’s a sad day for the sport.” bring us a detailed summary Jemima Sumgong’s positive dope test and potential after-effects.

2. ”Up in the Channel 10 commentary box, Adam Gilchrist jumps back in his seat like a kid who has jabbed a metal fork into a power socket. His eyes and mouth pop open. His face wears a look of pure shock. Damien Fleming, his co-commentator, sits still in his seat, but his jaw nearly hits the ground and his eyes widen before moving slowly to the replay on his TV monitor to confirm if what he has just seen really happened.”

For the Cricket Monthly, SB Tang presents the anatomy of Glenn Maxwell.


When the baseball smacked into the side of my head, it was traveling 105 miles per hour. Yet somehow I didn’t hear a sound.I never lost consciousness, so I remember everything about that moment…”

While most athletes prefer to avoid talking about head injuries until after they retire, Matt Shoemaker tells the Players’ Tribune everything he recalls before a CT scan revealed the need for emergency surgery on his brain.

Wasps head coach Dai Young shakes hands with Johnny Sexton Dave McIntyre caught in the middle as Wasps boss Dai Young shakes hands with Jonathan Sexton. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

4.  “Adidas were trading as insolvent at the time – unable to pay debts, they had sold the company for $1 to French tycoon and Olympique Marseille president Bernard Tapie who agreed to cover over €200 million in debts. Within five years, the company had gone public and raised $1.3 billion – in no small part due to the phenomenal success of the Predator.”

Andrew Flint charts the history of the 1990s’ iconic boot for These Football Times.

5. ”Despite initial opposition to the closure of the youth academy, more than 1,000 supporters were at Griffin Park for the 2-2 draw against Liverpool in September and the 3-2 win over Manchester United in November, with Manchester City scheduled for 15 May as the last of more than 30 B team friendlies.”

Brentford are proving to be a success since breaking from the perceived wisdom of running their own academy, writes Ed Aarons for The Guardian.

6. “Probably the dumbest question I ever asked during my time in journalism was after a rugby match in Limerick when, having been told by somebody involved with Bohemians that he was a train driver, I asked “who for?”

Emmet Malone of the Irish Times admits he’s been involved in some poor post-match interviews, so he’s in a good place to critique the shambolic efforts from Mourinho and Moyes.

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