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Djokovic and Osaka reign supreme in Melbourne

Last Sunday saw the conclusion of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the 2019 Australian Open. The fortnight’s play in sunny Melbourne was filled with drama, brilliance, and unmistakably mesmerising action in both the men’s and women’s competitions. On the penultimate day of play, the tennis world witnessed an inspirational contest between what must now be two of...

Saints fall to galling Glaswegian defeat

Basketball, a notoriously American sport, has seen a massive growth in popularity in Britain over the past few years. Every week around 175,000 people between the ages of 14 and 25 play basketball, as many as cricket and golf combined (arguably two of St Andrews’ most popular sports). As such, the University has noticed exceptional growth in its basketball...

Scottish Premiership: is there finally going to be a title race?

After seven years of unquestioned superiority at the top of the Scottish Premiership, this season sees Celtic facing a real title race.   In his first season at Parkhead, ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers guided Celtic to a record-breaking season where they went undefeated in domestic competition. And although it was less dominant, Celtic still secured a second successive treble the...

Seagulls in Barbados: a review

If England’s latest fiasco against the West Indies is anything to go by, Barbados is, while paradisiacal in almost every sense, a rather tricky place to play cricket as a visiting side. This, possibly, will provide some consolation to the men of the University of St Andrews Men’s Cricket club, who won only a single match from 10 on...

Six Nations: Preview

Is there a better annual international sporting tournament than rugby’s Six Nations? If you can find one, please let me know, as this is a competition boasting long-standing, intricate rivalries, fierce rugby and entertainment aplenty for even the most casual sports fan. It’s a spectacle that acts as the perfect sporting chaperone, from its traditional commencing in the bleak...

The Premier League’s Unofficial Midseason Awards

It may only seem like just yesterday that the thrillingly intense, nerve-jangling, pain-inducing breackneck-paced rollercoaster that is a Premier League season got underway in the midst of a glorious, sunshine-laden August yet as we find ourselves mired in the deep, bleak midwinter and as Christmas fades into the rear-view mirror and the spectre of 2019 looms large, so we...

SPOTY 2018: Elation and Frustration

Last Sunday evening, Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas was crowned as the 2018 Sports Personality of the Year. Thomas finished above Lewis Hamilton and Harry Kane to claim the award and become the first Welshman to win the title since Ryan Giggs back in 2009. The Team Sky rider was also the fourth British cyclist to scoop up the award,...

Nations League Joy for Long-Suffering Scots

No one understands heart break or disappointment like a long serving Scotland fan. After yet again being unable to reach the World Cup, finishing third in their group behind arch rivals England and Slovakia, it seemed like the wait for international tournament participation was about to reach its 20th anniversary for Scotland. For the world: a summer of football, for...

Cup Heartbreak as Saints Crash Out on Penalties

A cup match is one which any football fan looks forward to. There’s a reason why everyone always refers to the magic of the FA cup; knockout matches have a completely different feel to a regular league game. The pressure does weird things, with many a giant killing the result on the professional stage. The Queens Park Shield game...

Sport in 2019: A Preview

It has always been in our nature as humans to look forwards, to ponder future exertions. It is perfectly normal for us to think ahead to what tomorrow may hold, even if today has barely even concluded. As any diligent student (not necessarily including myself!) will attest, no sooner has a demanding assignment been wrapped up and sent off...