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Catching The Catch, no points for beauty and the rest of this week's best sportswriting

Whether you’re in to baseball, photography or great rugby players, there’s something here for you.

Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola speaks to the press this week.
Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola speaks to the press this week.
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1. “Fink said that he used his age and inexperience to his advantage when developing the source he worked with for his Butler scoop.

“He understood that I’m probably a pioneer,” Fink told me. “No middle schooler has been able to break scoops like this before. He saw my website and realised that I was taking this very seriously, and I think he maybe wanted to help me a little.”

The New Yorker’s John Wolfson explains how teenagers are changing the face of baseball journalism.

2. “He seemed ageless as a player as well, lasting in Ireland’s colours from the end of the Second World War until 1958, in the process claiming a then all-time record 46 caps and with his six Lions appearances becoming the first man to play in 50 matches between the major rugby nations.”

ESPN’s Huw Richards writes to obituary of the great Jack Kyle

3. “The soccer culture is just different in England,” he told me. “It’s the main sport, and it’s hard to compare to the States,” where many of the players go to college. “Guys say things because teammates laugh, and that needs to change. My biggest issue was the changing room and the fear of not being accepted by teammates.”

Liam Hoare talks to Robbie Rogers for Slate.com

4. “As the ball left his hand, I switched cameras to the 70-200 hanging over my right shoulder and immediately swung to the center of the field, hunting for the intended receiver, but I couldn’t find one. I swung back toward the bench and spotted Beckham blazing down the sideline right at me, ball in the air.

“This is the “Oh, no” point.”

The second closest man to The Catch, photographer Andrew Mills, explains why it wasn’t possible for him to capture the astounding touchdown on film, for NJ.com

5.  ”He was keen to stress there are no points for beauty. “Do you remember a team that played fantastic football and won nothing? I don’t think you remember them,” he said. “You remember the ones that won without playing well.”

Jose’s wrong. Football loves a beautiful loser, argues Rory Smith.

From captaincy to Cardiff: 13 brilliant pictures of the great Jack Kyle

The touching #putoutyourbats Phillip Hughes tribute has gone viral

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