2016 In Sport: Part 4 – October to December


As we draw our year review to a close, we saw the end of the sporting calendar reach its exciting finale. With heartbreak and triumph galore, we began October with the culmination of the Ryder Cup, as Team Europe battled Team USA.

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University Pro-vice Chancellor warns of Brexit dangers


The pro-vice Chancellor of the University of Essex has warned that leaving the EU could damage the diversity of the students that study there.

Heather Laurie, who will take over as Vice Chancellor in September, said “a lot was at stake” for higher education in the forthcoming referendum that takes place on June 23.

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Final Daws for Spurs as Foxes close in on miracle title


Leicester City are just one win away from a historic Premier League crown, after Spurs slipped up to draw 1-1 with West Brom on Monday night.

The Foxes can claim their first top flight title win in their history with 2 games to spare, if they defeat Champions League chasing Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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Jury finds Hillsborough fans were ‘unlawfully killed’

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The jury of the Hillsborough inquest have determined that the 96 football fans that died in the disaster in 1989 were unlawfully killed.

Families of the victims, as well as Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham, were all present as the verdict was delivered at around 11am, which confirmed that police failures led to the deaths in the tragedy.

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Chairman’s Post Mortem Begins As Colchester United are Relegated


Colchester United’s relegation into SkyBet League 2 was confirmed on Saturday after they were humbled by title chasing Burton Albion.

Lucas Akins fired in a hat trick to condemn the U’s a 3-0 home defeat, their 23rd defeat of the season, and their inevitable slide through the relegation trapdoor was sealed.

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Do Newspapers Have a Future?

The-independent-GETTYOver the past couple of centuries, the evolution of news, technology and people have seen the traditional newspaper go from the dominant source of gathering news, to a method that is slowly deteriorating. Newspaper readership and sales have decreased dramatically over time, and the question on everyone’s lips now is simple: Do newspapers still have a future? In this blog I will explore the ways in which newspapers have declined in recent years, why they may or may not have a future, and how newspapers have to adapt and survive in the forthcoming years.

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England at the Euros – Should We Finally Be Excited?


With another International football tournament nearly upon us, the whole country eagerly anticipates. England breeze through qualifying, win some friendlies impressively and hype begins to build. Pessimistic fans suddenly find their glass half-full and talk begins that maybe, just maybe, England might have a chance of winning the next tournament. Football is coming home! And then suddenly England crash out at the hands of (our many) superior opponents. The post mortem begins by fans in the pub who think they are Gary Neville, and by ancient pundits you haven’t seen since the last time we won a tournament. The emphasise becomes “why don’t we focus on the youth?” and the ever common “why can’t we have a set up like Spain or the Germans?!” Then we see that we have San Marino, Lithuania and Slovenia in qualifying and thus, the cycle restarts.

However, this time it feels a little bit different. Slowly but surely, recent performances have given England fans a little more than just a flicker of hope this time. Maybe, just maybe, we have a fairly good chance of winning our first tournament in 50 years? I will weigh up the pros and dilemmas that Roy Hodgson, and the fans will have, if England is to finally deliver on the biggest stage.

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Family of Essex gangster John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer offer £50k reward for identity of his murderer

The family of notorious criminal John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer have offered a £50,000 reward to anybody with information leading the arrest of his killer.

Palmer, 65, was shot six times by a gunman as he tended to a garden bonfire at his home in South Weald, Essex, in June last year.

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The Origins and Evolution of Sports Journalism – Part 4 – Introduction of TV and Boom of Sports Journalism

Introduction of TV and Boom of Sports Journalism


The biggest effect on sports journalism came when television was introduced in the 1950s. In the US, Baseball and American Football saw a large increase in sports coverage in the television industry, and sports journalists were forced to adapt.

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