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Below is an updated list of the feature and opinion pieces – across all sports – that I’ve written in a monthly format, enjoy! Those written pre-October 2021 have been archived, to look for my older content, use the search bar on the right-hand side of your screen ——> 

NOTE – This will continue to change over time!

2022

May
UFC 275 Virtual Presser: Santos keen to wrestle, Joanna targeting revenge and more
Murray’s R1 Madrid Open win over Thiem should also give Austrian some perspective

April
After Munich success, who isn’t paying attention to Danish teenager Holger Rune?
After firing James Borrego, Charlotte can’t afford to waste potential with his successor
Golovkin earns R9 TKO win vs. Murata, but some serious questions remain unanswered
UFC Columbus: Key observations, five things we learned from Mar. 26’s Fight Night card
NBA: Storylines intensify as playoff permutations remain for multiple teams in final week

March
40 days on: After his Amir Khan KO win, what’s next for Kell Brook still remains unclear
UFC Columbus: With women’s flyweight in flux, Alexa Grasso must seize co-main chance
Stevenson-Valdez: It’s been a long time coming, but Shakur’s showcase awaits on Apr. 30
NBA Q&A: Big questions answered, predictions made as 21-22 season into business months
After last month’s injustice, Catterall returns to training but remains left in the lurch

February
Out of his control, Islam Makhachev’s title aspirations muddied once more
After bumpy 2021, Ryan Garcia’s coaching change could make-or-break career trajectory
Joel Embiid’s masterful Milwaukee night reinforces his MVP credentials, with Harden to come
Gabriel’s gritty all-round display against Wolves shines a light on volatile Arsenal
CJ McCollum to the Pelicans: This exit from Portland felt inevitable, but also long overdue
Bad blood and egos aside, Eubank Jr must shine on enemy territory in Cardiff this weekend

January
UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane – Long-awaited heavyweight unification bout upon us
Analysis as Giannis produces 31-pt display in return as Brooklyn’s slow start proves costly
Francis Ngannou’s desire for boxing clause in future UFC deal an unwelcome distraction

2021

December
2021’s Sleeper Fight of the Year: Jermell Charlo vs Brian Castano – an action-packed duel
2022 must be about less talk and more action for returning Keith Thurman
Tyrese Haliburton’s recent surge shows Sacramento have long-term puzzle to consider
After a productive 2021, Belal Muhammad seizing his chance in flimsy 170lb division
Johanna Konta’s retirement: Injuries don’t cloud her legacy as Britain’s tireless hope
Ja Morant is right to feel hurt, but Memphis must show their star some love
Joseph Parker’s improved display vs. Derek Chisora sets up encouraging 2022
Sergio Aguero’s abrupt retirement, aged 33, is upsetting but tinged with relief
Vasiliy Lomachenko’s Commey clinic elevates him in Kambosos Jr sweepstakes
Fiorentina’s forward overtures for Jonathan Ikone show where they aspire to be
Bam Adebayo’s surgery-requiring thumb injury an untimely blow for hectic Heat

November
Finally, Lopez-Kambosos Jr lightweight title fight looms large this weekend
Gareth Southgate’s contract extension felt inevitable, but is no less divisive
Fury’s camp posturing over Whyte title defence shows why the best often hibernate
Paolo Banchero, Duke and the all-important question still to be answered
Reece Oxford’s Augsburg extension reinforces his refreshing progression
Anett Kontaveit astonished by top 10 rankings surge, but she really shouldn’t be

October
Brazilian winger Antony comes of age, as Ajax annihilate dishevelled Dortmund
Casey O’Neill’s patient progression stance is one more UFC prospects should follow
Fury-Wilder 3: After several delays and legal arbitration, the trilogy is finally here
Emma Raducanu should heed Tim Henman’s warning ahead of coaching decision
Phoenix licked their Finals wounds, but now signals time for more work


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2021

Football
Punished for profligacy: Neal Maupay spoils Palace’s party with sucker punch strike
Tottenham’s City triumph felt inevitable, even as Harry Kane saga rumbles on
Meticulous planning, irreparable damage and cruel irony: Lionel Messi at PSG
PSG move caps a summer Gianluigi Donnarumma will never forget
City career complete, Sergio Aguero’s Catalan adventure begins
Kai Havertz seizes his big moment as Chelsea seal second Champions League triumph
Rúben Dias and Timo Werner, the tale of contrasting summer signings
Bayern’s German monopoly continues, but don’t begrudge Julian Nagelsmann
Arsenal duo Omari Hutchinson, Miguel Azeez sparkle in Friday’s FA Youth Cup win
Timely two-year contract extension just what Kevin de Bruyne deserves
After Sunday’s abrupt address, Sergio Aguero’s long City goodbye begins
Only £100m? No chance: David Moyes’ defiant Declan Rice stance speaks volumes
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea appointment a silver lining for Callum Hudson-Odoi

Tennis
After Chicago defeats on her return, how long can Kim Clijsters’ excitement remain?
Match rewind: Naomi Osaka’s remarkable Aus Open recovery win vs. Garbine Muguruza
Tokyo Olympics: After seizing gold for Swiss, can Belinda Bencic build on this?
Wimbledon 2021: Draw revealed, featured first-round matches to watch out for
Novak Djokovic teaches Daniil Medvedev a lesson in handling pressure and expectation
Naomi Osaka reinforces her standing as world’s best against inspiring Jennifer Brady

NBA
Necessary or excessive? Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso and DeMar DeRozan join Chicago
Despite everything, 76ers’ high asking price for Ben Simmons isn’t a surprise
Justified or not, Kristaps Porzingis’ afterthought concerns were a long time coming
Never say no: Defying odds, Stephen Curry continues making the Warriors believe
Jaylen Brown’s season-ending wrist surgery amplifies his Celtics influence
Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic deadline day trade a necessary gamble
Jury is out: Does PJ Tucker have enough juice in the tank for a playoff run in Milwaukee?
All-Star break over, what now? NBA Q+A: Rookie watch, trade targets and surging Suns
LaMelo Ball isn’t surprised by his record-breaking numbers – you shouldn’t be either

Combat sport
If Bud is the division’s pinnacle, will Shawn Porter finally rise to the occasion?
Rematch Yordenis Ugas or retire? Assessing the Manny Pacquiao predicament
Vergil Ortiz Jr’s star rises further after disciplined, gritty R8 Kavaliauskas KO
Even after patchy Carlos Takam weekend win, time is of the essence for Joe Joyce
Joshua-Usyk title fight date set for Sept. 25, but don’t overlook the Ukrainian
Talk is cheap: Pivotal moment awaits Marvin Vettori in middleweight championship slot
Ask and you may receive: Julianna Pena’s boldness earns her dubious title shot
Vergil Ortiz Jr’s justified confidence needs to be championed, not rubbished
UFC 257: Forget the pleasantries, Dustin Poirier must now seize the moment
Chris Eubank Jr’s latest promotional deal an opportunity to finally prove himself
2020’s Knockout of the Year: Gervonta Davis’ R6 stunning uppercut vs Leo Santa Cruz

2020

Football
Thomas Tuchel made PSG believe, but his time was numbered from the start
Eberechi Eze’s persistence paid off as his Premier League journey is underway
Sergio Aguero at 32: Time & chances no longer a guarantee, with incomplete Euro dream
Why Bayer Leverkusen are right to stay firm with their Kai Havertz stance
Reiss Nelson: Balancing his potential with competition, expectations and Arteta’s faith
Same old story with polarising Neymar as Haaland steals the show in Germany

Tennis
Daniil Medvedev’s historic ATP Finals win sets up a very promising 2021
Maria Sharapova’s retirement: Her lasting legacy, memories and controversy

Specials
Max Whitlock interview: Experiences, sporting heroes, dreams of Paris 2024 and more
Jacob Blake, NBA protests and an ongoing quest for social justice: What’s next?
I don’t want to see it, but Vettel’s Ferrari departure should prompt him to retire
History revisited: Who are the youngest goalscorers in Premier League history?
Coronavirus intensifies across sport with events, matches cancelled or postponed
LA Clippers view Q&A: Kobe’s legacy, Zion watch, Embiid-Simmons future

Combat sport
Worth the wait? Finally, Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce is just a week away now
History revisited: Groves beats Eubank Jr on points after a thrilling finish
Dana’s determination was admirable, but this was inevitable from the first bell
100 days on from his nightmare in Saudi Arabia: What’s next for Andy Ruiz Jr?

2019

VAR and a selection problem that needs resolving
Why Brighton’s £20m Neal Maupay move makes perfect sense
Watford’s pursuit of Ismaila Sarr, while shrewd, could pay off brilliantly with patience
Who is Ismael Bennacer? Forgotten Arsenal talent, Algeria hero now set for Milan
Vincent Kompany: A colossus, model pro and future City boss
Why Manchester United’s pursuit of Aaron Wan-Bissaka speaks for itself
Jadon Sancho: England emergence, what’s next after Bundesliga frustration?
Women’s World Cup 2019: France Squad, Preview and Predictions
3 reasons Raphael Varane is right to stay at Real Madrid
3 reasons Barcelona should not sign Antoine Griezmann
Emile Smith-Rowe: Life at Leipzig, Arsenal future and what awaits him
Malcom’s display vs. Villarreal gives Valverde selection headache
How Angel di Maria went from Manchester United flop to key PSG man
The world’s 10 best footballers by assists this season
5 winners and losers following Gonzalo Higuain’s Chelsea move

2018

The Ousmane Dembele conundrum
5 Ligue 1 youngsters destined for big future transfers
Mason Mount’s England call-up is no surprise, if you’ve watched him
Why Jack Grealish’s failed Tottenham move is blessing in disguise
Hoffenheim a bold, valuable move for Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson
Tiemoue Bakayoko loaned to Milan, but what happened to Chelsea’s £40m man?
5 low points in Jose Mourinho’s managerial career, so far
Why is Karim Benzema still at Real Madrid?
World Cup 2018: 5 best players from the group stage
Profiling Brighton and Everton target Ezri Konsa
World Cup: 5 keys to success for France in Russia
5 most improved players from Europe’s top leagues in 2017/18
James Maddison’s progression is proving too good to ignore
5 reasons why Neymar will never win the Ballon d’Or
Ryan Sessegnon helping fuel Fulham’s promotion push
Critics should let Paulo Dybala progress in peace
Adam Peaty – The swimming sensation, with more yet to come
England’s youth level success raises questions on senior development
Joe Gomez: The talented youngster Liverpool must build around

2017

How Victor Moses has gone from laughing stock to indispensable
Analysis: Achraf Hakimi – Real Madrid’s encouraging teenage fullback
Scout reports, continued:
Youri Tielemans, Francois Kamano, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Keita Balde
Improving Pulisic should continue to ignore interest abroad, for now
Tactical Philosophy: Sean Dyche

2016

Scout reports:
Vincent Koziello, Kylian Mbappe, Christian Pulisic, Jadon Sancho
Paul Pogba and the weight of lofted expectations

2015

Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool: The story so far
Nathaniel Clyne’s progression: From aspiring teen to Liverpool regular
Interview: Adam Ryan Dawson on his youth, career aspirations and more