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Making sportsmen, debunking stats and a limited portion of Leicester City: It's the week's best sportswriting

Sunday just got interesting.

Leicester City players at San Carlo Pizzeria Self-appointed Jamie Vardy lookalike Lee Chapman takes time out to pose for selfies with his fans. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

1.Behind the scenes ambition was growing. In a colourful and eclectic dressing room where Jamie Vardy’s voice sets the volume and Huth’s dry sense of humour provides the comedy value, the team spirit and determination, as well as the individual talent, was shining through and, in many people’s eyes, inspiring Ranieri every bit as much as his players.”

You’ll have been bombarded by a thousand pieces about Leicester City’s season this week (and there are surely many more to come) but this inside track from Stuart James in The Guardian is the best thing currently out there about the Foxes’ stupendous title campaign.

2. “I’d had enough. My body was broken but even more worryingly my head was broken. It spilled into my wider life, affecting my thoughts every single day. For almost three years I’ve struggled. I thought I could walk away from the sport and simply just get on with my life. The real world has proven hard. There was a massive part of me suddenly missing and I didn’t know how to fix it.”

Sprinter David Gillick writes about the trials of retiring young for RTÉ.

3. “His 6-11 father, Sid, had children with five women — Adams’ mother is Tongan — and was in his 60s at the time of Steven’s birth. By the time Adams got to know him, Sid was worn down from life and battered from a car accident that had severely damaged his legs.

Thunder Spurs Basketball Steven Adams takes a breath as Tim Duncan looks on during their playoff clash last Monday. Source: Eric Gay

“When Sid died after a long struggle with stomach cancer, Adams stopped going to school. He lied to his siblings. He started hanging out with some members of a local gang, the Mongrel Mob, though he never officially joined.”

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst brings us the tale of Steven Adams and his journey from New Zealand to the NBA.

4.Jim Brogan didn’t play much football himself, but had a passion for it and came from a family steeped in it. His own brother Paddy Joe was a famous football fanatic, so much so that he enrolled his son Padraig in St. Jarlath’s, Tuam, as much for the football education it would provide as any other.”

For GAA.ie, John Harrington takes us climbing on the family tree of Alan and Bernard Brogan.

5. “Luckily we don’t write for ESPN nor are we trying to hitch a ride to Bristol so we have no reason not to call out this statistical streaker for what it is, a dumpy overweight dude that spends too much time in the basement, has a disturbing mole in the middle of its back, and doesn’t have anything all that useful to say.”

Stats, stats everywhere, but on Clevescene.com, Chris Parker isn’t buying one of the NBA’s most prominent measurements.

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