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The best sports books of 2015

Academic writing, not always unfairly, gets a bad rap. But the best combines the passion of the true enthusiast, a forensic eye for evidence and an ability to tell a compelling story. Those qualities are epitomised by Tony Collins’s The Oval World: A Global History of Rugby (Bloomsbury). Collins recounts...
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Sports doping, Victorian style

Long-remove strolling, known as pedestrianism, was a prominent sports in both England and America in the 1880s. “Wobbles” or “go however you see fit” were bit by bit supplanted by quicker and all the more energizing cycling occasions, which guaranteed heap ups (and the periodic excite of a woman cyclist),...
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