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Manon Rhéaume – Ice Breaker

1980s, Beauport, Quebec. Pierre Rhéaume walks into a local ice rink with his child, ready to coach them and their team in a game of “pee-wee” hockey. The child wears their hat low, obscuring their features as they make their way to suit up in their pads and helmet, ready to tend the goal. Few…

Gareth Bale at Madrid: Parasite? Flop? Misunderstood?

The date is 26th May 2018. It is a warm night in Kyiv, Ukraine, where the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool is taking place. The scores are evenly poised at 1-1. 61 minutes into the game, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane turns to his bench and beckons for Gareth Bale. Three minutes later, Gareth Bale is sliding past…

Jackie Mitchell – To the Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth

“The curves won’t be all on the ball when pretty Jackie Mitchell … takes the mound” was just one of a slew of remarks in national newspapers ahead of the exhibition game between the Chattanooga Lookouts and the mighty New York Yankees on April 1st, 1931. But the misogynist headlines were no April fools joke,…

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