James Hunt
Sports Journalism student (soon-to-be graduate, I hope!); bequiffed blogger; Sunderland fan; serial tweeter; cereal eater; etc...

Entries by James Hunt

Ashes 2013/14: Tremlett Needs to Stand Tall as Third Seam Bowler

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 2:51 AM

Cricket is a game of fine margins, where outcomes can often come down to a matter of centimetres.

Unfortunately for England selectors, that doesn't make the job of choosing the third seamer for the first Ashes Test any easier.

Steven Finn stands at 200.66cm tall. Boyd Rankin is...

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The Resurrection of Catts

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 5:23 AM

Chase ball. Win ball. Give ball.

Perhaps that's saying too much.

Run. Tackle. Pass.

Descriptions of Lee Cattermole's game need not be complex, because his game is not complex. That is not a criticism, quite the opposite in fact.

Of all the players Paolo...

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How Gus Poyet Could Bring Brighton Style to Sunderland

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 6:04 AM

Despite getting the Sunderland job, Gus Poyet still has a chance of taking Brighton to the Premier league.

Not in a literal sense, obviously (unless there are some drastic changes at both clubs), but in a more figurative, philosophical kind of way.

Under Poyet, The Seagulls became known...

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Ashes 2013/14: England Selectors Don't Know Their Onions

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 5:01 AM

Bigger is better, at least in the minds of the England selectors.

The squad for the return Ashes trip this winter - or their summer - includes four towering seam bowlers in Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Chris Tremlett and the as-yet-uncapped Irishman Boyd Rankin.

Broad is the shortest of...

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Paolo Di Canio Sacked: Who Next for Sunderland?

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Like his appointment, it came very late on a Sunday night. Unlike his appointment, it was all rather quiet.

There'd been only a small amount of speculation. There was no Tony Montana style, blaze-of-glory-and-despair shootout; no explosion of the hand grenade. A short statement, and Paolo Di Canio was...

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Slow Start for Di Canio and Sunderland's 'Revolution'

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 4:47 AM

You say you want a revolution?

We have had just four games of Paolo Di Canio's continental-looking Sunderland side, and already questions are being asked.

Fans were delighted as signing after signing came in throughout the summer, from the experienced freebies to the late loans, and the cheap promising...

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Ashes 2013: England and Australia Combined XI

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 7:00 PM

It ended, not with a match-saving century or a game-winning delivery, but with bad light casting a shadow over the 2013 Ashes. Had that not happened, England could well have claimed their first ever 4-0 win over the Australians; as it was, a 3-0 will more than suffice. However, the...

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The Ashes 2013: How England and Australia Match Up

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 7:00 PM


Both sides have taken a gamble, albeit on players at opposite ends of their careers. Alastair Cook will be looking to lead from the front, and continue the remarkable form he showed in the 2010/11 series, when he scored an unbelievable 766 runs at an average of 127.6. He'll...

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ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Ones to Watch

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 6:39 AM

Once regarded as the World Cup's poor relation, the cricket world is set to mourn when the final edition of the ICC Champions Trophy reaches its conclusion at Edgbaston on 23 June. Whereas the former has become a bloated tournament that lasts far too long with too many teams, this...

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Opening Debate: Root or Compton for the Ashes?

(5) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 7:00 PM

There are six weeks to go until the first balls of The Ashes are bowled, but the debate is beginning to rage over who will be facing them.

Should England bat first at Trent Bridge, then obviously it will be Alastair Cook taking guard to start the biggest series...

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Last Summer: Can Wenger and Arsenal Enjoy Glory Before the Goodbyes?

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 7:00 PM

No doubt by now you're so bored of hearing the stat about all other 91 league clubs changing their manager since Arsene Wenger last won a trophy, you wish the Frenchman would up sticks and take the job with PSG that, you suspect, could be his if he wanted it....

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Safety Not Guaranteed: For Newcastle and Sunderland, Premier League survival is not enough

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 11:13 AM

"You think your world is safe? It's an illusion. A comforting lie told to protect you."

Newcastle think they're safe - and they are, for this season at least. Sunderland should be too, although it's not yet guaranteed.

Premier League survival, however, is not something that either club should be...

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Bayern, Barcelona and the End of an Era in the Champions League?

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 7:00 PM

After the Spanish ineptitude comes the Spanish inquisition. The end of an era?

It's a claim that has been repeated since before the final whistle had even blown on Tuesday night, Barcelona looking a shadow of their former selves. Indeed, a closer reflection of what had defined this great Barca...

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Chelsea v Sunderland: Stop the Press, There's a Football Match On!

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 11:47 AM

They mocked Copernicus when he said planets orbited the sun. They laughed at Columbus when he said earth was round. They ridicule Kim Jong-Un, well, pretty much anytime he says or does anything.

Okay, so perhaps the last one is warranted - unless that sometime after writing this blog...

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No Happy Ending for Fairytale Romance as Sunderland Sack Martin O'Neill

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 10:33 AM

Sunderland fans spent the better half of a decade dreaming of Martin O'Neill being in charge; after just over a year, it's turned into a nightmare.

The Northern Irishman's appointment was supposed to be a storybook wedding; it's ended more like a Hollywood one. There's no happy ending here.


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Sunderland Suffer Survival Setback With News of Steven Fletcher's Injury

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 5:12 AM

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher has taken the 'international break' a little too seriously.

Okay, so the striker may not actually have broken anything, but he has sustained an injury that has ended his season early.

Given his importance, it's not particularly good news for the Black Cats, even without taking...

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Summer Signings Helping Spurs Succeed

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 9:40 AM

Gareth Bale may be the name on everyone's lips, or newspaper, app, radio or however else you keep up to date with football. While his recent run of form has been breathtaking, it's worth mentioning three players - all of whom arrived in the summer - who have been just...

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Sunderland's Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet Wins North East Award

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 8:41 AM

He's our 'keeper, our Belgian 'keeper, Simon Mignolet...

Sang to the tune of the, er, classic song The Lion Sleeps Tonight, if there was an official chart for football songs then Sunderland fans' ode to their number one would certainly have been Christmas No. 1.

As it is, no such...

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Where Next for David Beckham?

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 5:28 AM

David Beckham has announced that the upcoming MLS final on December 1 will be his last game for LA Galaxy, as he seeks one last challenge. With a career that has seen him enjoy spells at Manchester United, Real Madrid, Milan and - er - Preston North End, where will...

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Kevin Pietersen Back in England Test Squad

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 12:39 PM

After two months, one rather important Test match and a failed defence of the World T20 trophy, Kevin Pietersen is back in the England squad.

That it took so long, that it dominated - and will continue to dominate - so many headlines and column inches is a testament...

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