Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 08/06/2011 - 12:45

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Olympic ticket allocation: is there an alternative?

The air is loud with denunciations of the way in which tickets for next year’s London Olympics are being allocated.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 04/02/2011 - 10:39

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I'm not the ref, says Sir Michael

Some tricky footwork by the Government in presenting statistics on sport and on local authority funding has gone unpunished by the regulator.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 25/11/2010 - 16:25

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School sport: the scorer stands down

The annual survey that showed a fifth of British primary school children participating in circus skills is no more.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 18/05/2010 - 13:03

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Football referees: not nobbled, but biased

How easy would it be for a referee to fix the result of a football match, as the (former) Chairman of the Football Association and of England’s 2018 bid, Lord Triesman, has alleged?

Hywel Curtis and Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 30/03/2010 - 10:40

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Making a stand for standing

With an election imminent, Labour has made a pitch for the football supporters’ vote.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 22/03/2010 - 15:46

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Looking for a good time, dearie?

Beware round numbers. Especially numbers as round and shapely as 40,000.

Nigel Hawkes :: Sun, 20/09/2009 - 15:24

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Less Pain, More Gain

Saturday’s FT Magazine had a fascinating cover story by Robert Hudson about sports injuries, and how statistics can demonstrate the value of avoiding them, or treating them better.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 07/04/2009 - 14:29

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Playing fast and loose

 Playing fields are safe with us, the Government claims. But the arithmetic behind its claim may not be as simple as it seems. 

 It asserts that while 10,000 playing fields were sold off for development under the Conservatives between 1979 and 1997, only 192 have been sold since.