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Celebrating Bradford’s Cricket World Cup winners

With two Bradfordians in the winning 11, the Bradford district can be very proud of their remarkable achievement. Adil Rashid and Jonny Bairstow were both born in Bradford and are well remembered around the district. Adil Rashid has a cricket academy which supports local cricketing talent. The Adil Rashid Cricket Academy, run by Adil’s brother Amar Rashid, is based in Bradford and trains young players, many of whom have broken into Yorkshire teams. Jonny Bairstow comes from a family of Bradford-born cricketing heroes. His father, the late David Bairstow, captained…

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Bradford’s Rehan Lodhi lands coveted 1st degree Black belt at the age of 16

After years of disciplined training and practice, Rehan has finally been approved by senior Senseis to don the dark, prestigious and hallowed ‘black belt’ in Taekwondo, a form of Korean Martial Arts. Rehan took the grade in front of a highly experienced Panel of Judges where he was put through his paces and had to demonstrate his understanding of patterns, sparring and board breaking. In addition, students answer challenging questions chosen at random on the moves they know and the history of Taekwondo as well as being required to sit…

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CHEEMA OVERCOMES TOUGHEST FIGHT

Rising MMA star Furqan ‘The Lion’ Cheema is making quite a name for himself. The Dewsbury born fighter overcame one of his toughest fights last month at Bradford’s Cedar Court Hotel. Pitted against the durable and tough Polish opponent Daniel Kluzinski, Cheema won by a unanimous decision. But it didn’t go all his way. At a packed venue in Bradford, Cheema entered the ring looking focused and he dictated the first round with his pristine jab often confusing his opponent. Confident and focused, it appeared that Cheema would pick his…

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Mayweather vs McGregor: An Exhibition of Greed

One of the tropes of Wild West films is the idea of the snake oil salesman. He rides into town, and promises to cure all ailments and issues with his tonic. He has no proof, aside from showmanship and bluster. Even the most cynical and worldly of townsfolk eventually succumb to his charms and part with their money, not realising they have been duped until the salesman is long gone. I couldn’t help but think about that idea as I watched Floyd Mayweather Jr and Connor McGregor go on a…

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Jon “Bones” Jones ready to dethrone Cormier in UFC grudge match

On July 29, in the main event of UFC 214, light heavyweight great Jon Jones will attempt to reclaim the title he once guarded so ferociously when he takes on the reigning champ and his biggest rival, Daniel Cormier. In advance of this fight, Jones’ striking coach Mike Winkeljohn says that Jones – who has always been an innovator when it comes to technique – is still adding new weapons to his arsenal. Winkeljohn, guarantees the former UFC light heavyweight champion will not only show up for his UFC 214…

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Trailblazing girls’ cricket team launches academy for younger players

A BRADFORD school’s girls’ cricket team who were crowned Yorkshire champions in their first year together have now launched their own academy to help younger pupils to follow in their footsteps. The girls’ cricket team at Carlton Bolling, in Bradford, have been on a rollercoaster ride since coming together just three years ago. In their first tournament the newly formed team won seven out of seven matches against some of the best school sides in Yorkshire to be crowned county champions and they have not looked back. They have now…

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Kell Brook to stop Spence hype?

It’s been a weird few years for Kell Brook. Brook’s victory over Shawn Porter in 2014, a then undefeated American who looked as if he may become the man in the welterweight division following Floyd Mayweather’s retirement, should have been his coming out party. He was now a proven elite welterweight and the division may have been his for the taking. It also looked as if he may finally gain a domestic super fight against Amir Khan, and maybe fights against Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman or Danny Garcia. Instead, he…

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Mayweather vs McGregor: The Joke of the Century

Call me Ishmael. Connor McGregor fighting Floyd Mayweather is sports new white whale. The fight surfaces for air every now and then, and grizzled fight writers and fans, like Ahab aboard the Pequod, sight and, despite our better judgment, set a course for it. The fight interests and disgusts in almost equal measure. Just like the great white whale could be the death of Ahab and his whole crew, the fight could generate obscene amounts of cash yet land a telling blow to the integrity of both MMA and boxing.…

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The Fall of Ronda Rousey

by James Oddy Ronda Rousey’s 48-second loss to Amanda Nunes was spectacular, sad, and shocking. Seeing one of the UFC’s more iconic figures dismantled so quickly was not what anyone expected, even those who felt Rousey was a ‘hype job’. Ultimately, it is one thing to lose, it’s another thing entirely to look completely out of your depth, as Ronda did as she ate shot after unanswered shot from Nunes. It’s very hard to see where Rousey goes from this point. But whilst Rousey athletically can perhaps be criticised, her…

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Dragons Blaze a Trail to Victory Against High Flying Derby

National Basketball League Division One championship contenders, Derby Trailblazers, visited the Dragons Den on Saturday evening but took a dent to their title credentials, as the Bradford Dragons took an impressive victory, 103-93. The two teams last met on the opening day of the league season, with Derby holding off the Dragons to clinch the victory by a single point. That was the first of many wins for the Trailblazers who, prior to last night’s fixture, held a tally of ten wins and only two defeats. Only last weekend, Derby…

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