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Vergil Ortiz Jr. Defeats Egidijus Kavaliauskas at The Ford Center at The Star on August 14, 2021 in Frisco, Texas.

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 Those written pre-January 2021 have been archived, to look for my older content, use the search bar on the right-hand side of your screen ——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!

2021

September
Slow and steady: Conor Benn targeting Adrien Broner next, and it makes sense

August
Match rewind: Naomi Osaka’s remarkable Aus Open recovery win vs. Garbine Muguruza
Rematch Yordenis Ugas or retire? Assessing the Manny Pacquiao predicament
Vergil Ortiz Jr’s star rises further after disciplined, gritty R8 Kavaliauskas KO
Tottenham’s City triumph felt inevitable, even as Harry Kane saga rumbles on
Meticulous planning, irreparable damage and cruel irony: Lionel Messi at PSG
Necessary or excessive? Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso and DeMar DeRozan join Chicago
Tokyo Olympics: After seizing gold for Swiss, can Belinda Bencic build on this?

July
Despite everything, 76ers’ high asking price for Ben Simmons isn’t a surprise
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
PSG move caps a summer Gianluigi Donnarumma will never forget
UFC 264: Bad guy Conor vs. a bullish Poirier – Time to finally settle this

June
Wimbledon 2021: Draw revealed, featured first-round matches to watch out for
Talk is cheap: Pivotal moment awaits Marvin Vettori in middleweight championship slot
Justified or not, Kristaps Porzingis’ afterthought concerns were a long time coming
City career complete, Sergio Aguero’s Catalan adventure begins

May
Kai Havertz seizes his big moment as Chelsea seal second Champions League triumph
Time ticking: Stan Van Gundy has work to do, as Pelicans players unhappy
Never say no: Defying odds, Stephen Curry continues making the Warriors believe
Jaylen Brown’s season-ending wrist surgery amplifies his Celtics influence
UFC 262: Viviane Araujo looking to do what Cynthia Calvillo couldn’t
Rúben Dias and Timo Werner, the tale of contrasting summer signings
After comeback win vs. Chris Arreola, Andy Ruiz Jr namechecks Luis Ortiz next

April
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
Ask and you may receive: Julianna Pena’s boldness earns her dubious title shot
Timely two-year contract extension just what Kevin de Bruyne deserves

March
After Sunday’s abrupt address, Sergio Aguero’s long City goodbye begins
Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic deadline day trade a necessary gamble
Vergil Ortiz Jr’s justified confidence needs to be championed, not rubbished
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
Belal Muhammad up next this weekend, Leon Edwards targeting overdue title shot
Only £100m? No chance: David Moyes’ defiant Declan Rice stance speaks volumes
Caution up ahead: Why Jan Blachowicz presents Israel Adesanya’s biggest test yet

February
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
Crazy or not, Derrick Lewis has opportunity to justify unlikely title ambitions

January
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea appointment a silver lining for Callum Hudson-Odoi
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
LaMelo Ball isn’t surprised by his record-breaking numbers – you shouldn’t be either
2020’s Knockout of the Year: Gervonta Davis’ R6 stunning uppercut vs Leo Santa Cruz


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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

Boxing, 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
Who is Ismael Bennacer? Forgotten Arsenal talent, Algeria hero now set for Milan
Vincent Kompany: A colossus, model pro and future City boss
Emile Smith-Rowe: Life at Leipzig, Arsenal future and what awaits him
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
Profiling Brighton and Everton target Ezri Konsa
World Cup: 5 keys to success for France in Russia
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