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Freelance writer/broadcaster specialising in Serie A, Premier League + NFL. Contribute to the Guardian, ESPN, BT Sport, The Score and NFL UK, among others

Impregnable Denver Broncos worthy Super Bowl winners

gazzettaworld.gazzetta.it — Defense wins championships. You can call that a cliché, if you like, but in the NFL, it is also a matter of fact. This year's Denver Broncos were the 12th team in league history to reach a Super Bowl after boasting the top-ranked defense (as assessed by yards allowed) during the regular season.
Feb 08, 2016

Wrote about the fact that defense wins championships, and Denver's may be one of best ever for @GazzettaWorld here: gazzettaworld.gazzetta.it/features/impre…

Monkey business helps Roma and Diego Perotti defeat Sampdoria to extend run

theguardian.com — "The golden monkey brings good fortune and happiness," promised the words that Roma's players wore across their chests against Sampdoria on Sunday. That slogan had been chosen to celebrate the start of the year of the monkey in the Chinese calendar.
Feb 08, 2016

And then back to Serie A for some monkey business at Roma. How smart are all those January signings looking? theguardian.com/football/blog/…

Super Bowl 50: Denver Broncos' defense overwhelms Carolina Panthers

theguardian.com — If this was the final game of his magnificent career, what a Super way to go out for Peyton Manning. He can thank Von Miller and the Broncos' swarming, big-play defense for his second NFL championship. Adding that ring to his five MVP awards, Manning certainly can be satisfied and comfortable in retirement should Sunday's 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers be his finale.
Feb 08, 2016

On the NFL front, here's my report from Super Bowl 50. Which I personally thought was a belter (the game, that is): theguardian.com/sport/2016/feb…

Super Bowl 50 is Broncos’ Peyton Manning v Carolina’s Cam Newton

theguardian.com — The NFL could not have scripted a better set-up for its 50th Super Bowl. Peyton Manning versus Cam Newton, the old hand against the young gun. The league's most marketable player of the past decade playing what might be his last game against a man who is on course to succeed him in that role.
Feb 07, 2016

A piece on why Super Bowl 50 is all about Peyton Manning's duel with Cam Newton, but also not about that at all: theguardian.com/sport/blog/201…

Super Bowl 50 predictions: Panthers' versatility will overwhelm Broncos

theguardian.com — Does defense really win championships, or do the Broncos just lose them? Denver will equal an NFL record on Sunday by competing in its eighth Super Bowl, but its five defeats on this stage are already the most by any team.

Napoli retain top spot despite Juventus’ 13th straight Serie A victory

theguardian.com — Juventus and Napoli cannot go on winning forever. Sooner or later, somebody is going to blink first in what has become a scintillating Scudetto contest. But the way both teams are going at the moment, you get the impression that it might not happen until one side walks over and pokes the other in the eye.
Feb 04, 2016

RT @guardian_sport: Napoli retain top spot despite Juve’s 13th straight league win. Here's @Paolo_Bandini's Serie A wrap theguardian.com/football/blog/…

Graham Gano: if I win the Super Bowl I'll go home to Arbroath

theguardian.com — Graham Gano does not need anybody to tell him how important his job is at Super Bowl 50. But Cam Newton will remind him on Sunday all the same. For more than a year now, the Carolina Panthers quarterback has been teasing Gano, his team's kicker, by jogging past before field goal attempts and whispering the words "just a little bit of pressure" in his ear.
Feb 03, 2016

RT @guardian: Graham Gano: if I win the Super Bowl I'll go home to Arbroath trib.al/ImnqTKB via @guardian_sport

Feb 03, 2016

Forget Disneyland - if Graham Gano wins Super Bowl this weekend he's coming home to Arbroath (via @guardian) theguardian.com/sport/2016/feb…

Feb 04, 2016

Good to see an Arbroathian in the Super Bowl. Nudges Dominik Diamond off the 'famous people from Arbroath' top spot. theguardian.com/sport/2016/feb…

Feb 07, 2016

Arbroath-born Graham Gano will fly the Saltire before #SB50. Piece on his roots + why kickers matter more than ever: theguardian.com/sport/2016/feb…

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Milan channel Mark Hateley to win derby as Inter and Roberto Mancini lose control

theguardian.com — The Derby della Madonnina was preceded by a protest. As the minutes ticked down towards kick-off, a series of banners were unfurled at the red-and-black end of San Siro. "Years later, we are still in the same state," read the message from Milan's supporters in the Curva Sud.

The NFL Talkboard awards: phenomenal Cam Newton deserves the glory

theguardian.com — "You like that! You! Like! That!" Kirk Cousins was not asking a question when he roared at reporters in the bowels of FedEx Field this October, but instead providing the answer. We do like that. In fact, we cannot get enough of it.
Jan 29, 2016

Yeah, there's still one (kinda important) game to go, but now is still the moment for my end of season NFL awards: theguardian.com/sport/2016/jan…

Jan 29, 2016

2015 NFL awards for @guardian_sport include my MVP pick, the best plays of the year & (possibly) Mike Ditka farting: theguardian.com/sport/2016/jan…

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Feb 08, 2016

And then back to Serie A for some monkey business at Roma. How smart are all those January signings looking? theguardian.com/football/blog/…

Feb 08, 2016

Wrote about the fact that defense wins championships, and Denver's may be one of best ever for @GazzettaWorld here: gazzettaworld.gazzetta.it/features/impre…

Feb 08, 2016

On the NFL front, here's my report from Super Bowl 50. Which I personally thought was a belter (the game, that is): theguardian.com/sport/2016/feb…

Feb 08, 2016

So, I seem to have written quite a lot of things in the last 12 hours or so...

Feb 07, 2016

"Just a little bit of pressure". Ouch.

Feb 07, 2016

Apparently there is going to be something called a "card stunt". Two, in fact. The card tells me that I am duty-bound to participate.

Feb 07, 2016

I opened it. Not dead yet. But slightly underwhelmed.


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