Author: Mark Bradford

Armstrong Ends Fight Against USADA

Seven-time Tour de france winner Lance Armstrong has relented his fight against the US anti-doping agency (USADA), citing his weariness from the investigation, which he labelled a ‘pitiful charade’. The USADA’s investigation is centered around allegations of Armstrong’s suspected use of the blood-booster EPO, steroid and blood transfusions predating the cycling legend’s seven Tour de France wins from 1999 to 2005. Armstrong will continue to claim his innocence but stated ‘I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair’. The refusal to contest the allegations means that Armstrong will not face charges directly in court but...

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Premier League: Season Preview Part III

The final part of LS Media’s Premier League season preview starts with a trip to Craven Cottage as we take a look at Fulham’s prospects this campaign… Fulham Last season’s finish: 9th Fulham’s small squad will benefit from being without the fixture congestion of the Europa League but as Martin Jol enters his second season in charge at the Cottage storm clouds appear to be gathering. The exit of the steadfast Danny Murphy has left a sizeable gap in proven Premier League quality in the Fulham midfield. Even more worrying for Martin Jol’s team are the nagging rumours surrounding...

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England 2-1 Italy: Jagielka & Defoe Score to Seal England Comeback in Bern

Roy Hodgson took the opportunity to test out some of his fringe players before September’s World Cup qualifiers, choosing to play Everton’s Euro benchwarmers Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka in a team that included Olympic success story Tom Cleverley and Liverpool’s Andy Carroll. Frank Lampard also featured alongside Michael Carrick, who made his international return following a two year absence from the England set-up. The game, played in the half empty Stade de Suisse in Bern, could have easily had the feel of a pre-season friendly but England started the game brightly, with Manchester City’s Adam Johnson looking particularly...

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Premier League: Season Preview Part II

As LSMedia’s Premier League season preview continues, where better to start than with the reigning champions… Manchester City Last season’s finish: 1st City start this season’s league campaign as the champions of England for the first time since 1968, yet despite the last-gasp manner of their championship victory putting the club’s loyal supporters on an all-time high, more will be expected of Roberto Mancini’s team this season by the club’s billionaire owners. Last season’s title win disguised the fact that City were eliminated from the Champions League during the group stage, a poor return considering the sheer strength of...

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Premier League: Season Preview Part I

Barely three months have passed since the 20th season of Premier League football was drawn to a close in spectacular fashion by Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and his unforgettable 94th minute title winning stroke of genius. With many proclaiming last season’s campaign as the greatest in history how can the 21st edition of the Premier League possibly match the 20th?   Well firstly, this time it’s personal. The manner in which Roberto Mancini bested Sir Alex Ferguson at his own psychological game during the season’s title run-in was simply masterful; with United’s relative collapse during the season’s closing stages...

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