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Published: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 01:26:52 +0100

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Sam Allardyce the English saviour of England? Odd then that Arsene Wenger was the FA's first choice... 

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 01:26:52 +0100

PATRICK COLLINS: It should be remembered that the FA's initial instinct was to approach Arsene Wenger, a worthy if futile attempt to hire the very best. But then, absurdly, they changed tack. BOLTON, ENGLAND - JULY 22: New England manager Sam Allardyce poses on July 22, 2016 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

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Muhammad Ali who thrilled us all (and had a tongue as quick as his fists!)

Sun, 05 Jun 2016 11:09:20 +0100

Muhammad Ali could be cruel, arrogant, and merciless, then he would turn a wicked phrase or smile a roguish smile, and the world would forgive him his trespasses, writes PATRICK COLLINS.

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Muhammad Ali took the planet by storm: 'I shook up the world' he said after beating Sonny Liston... and it wasn't a boast, it was a statement of fact

Sun, 05 Jun 2016 08:41:31 +0100

PATRICK COLLINS: Fifty-two years have passed since that February dawn, yet still the cry comes ringing down the decades: ‘Ah shook up the world! Ah shook up the world!’ Cassius Clay's handlers hold him back as he reacts after he is announced the new heavyweight champion of the world on a seventh round technical knockout against Sonny Liston at Convention Hall in Miami Beach, Fla., on Feb. 25, 1964. (AP Photo)

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Jimmy Hill was a player, activist, manager, chairman, referee and pundit, but above all an innovator... he transformed the game and that's how he should be remembered

Sun, 20 Dec 2015 11:05:12 +0000

PATRICK COLLINS: When his massive contribution has been adequately assessed, Jimmy Hill will be seen as one of the most significant figures in the modern history of British football.

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Usain Bolt is carrying an entire sport on his back! Sprint king seeks to banish the drug cheats again with his genius

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:51:41 +0100

PATRICK COLLINS: Bolt, Ali, Woods, Pele, Bradman and a precious few others — Jack Nicklaus, certainly, and, in time, Lionel Messi — constitute an elite on whom the term ‘genius’ sits lightly. LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Usain Bolt of Jamaica (R) wins the mens 100m during day one of the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games IAAF Diamond League event at The Stadium - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond - British Athletics/British Athletics via Getty Images)

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Charlton fans chant 'You don't know what you're doing' at Guy Luzon's first home match.

Sun, 01 Feb 2015 00:08:25 +0000

PATRICK COLLINS: Charlton are owned by a chap who is apparently the 18th richest man in Belgium, however the Championship outfit are just his bit on the side.

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Money, drugs and cynicism are rife but at its best sport can generate a sense of wonder... and we should never let that disappear 

Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:01:48 +0000

PATRICK COLLINS: Sport at its cleanest and brightest generates a sense of wonder, a feeling that peaks are being scaled and limits are being breached. Preview-Patrick-Collins-column-Ali-Bolt-Best-Messi.jpg

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Patrick Collins looks back as he prepares to hang up his pen

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:39:47 +0000

PATRICK COLLINS: The Mail on Sunday's Chief Sports Writer is retiring after 50 years on Fleet Street. To mark his departure, he has picked 10 great events from his memories. PREVIEW-pat-collins-50-years.jpg

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From James Anderson to Joey Barton, from Tyson Fury to Robbie Savage... it's time to end sad fallacy that abuse is 'entertainment'

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:29:34 +0000

The most depressing words of this young sporting year were spoken by Jimmy Anderson. One of the more discordant sounds of an English summer is the distant drone of him sledging. PREVIEW-pat-collins-sledging.jpg

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As Manchester United prepare to travel to face Cambridge it is proof that the magic of the Cup still lives

Sun, 18 Jan 2015 01:45:46 +0000

PATRICK COLLINS: Manchester United against Cambridge is what the FA Cup is all about. ‘The magic of the Cup’ may be a desperate cliche but, in truth, there are times when only a cliche will do Preview-Cambridge-United-FA-Cup.jpg

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PATRICK COLLINS: Steve Bruce grotesque support of Ched Evans shows how much is still to be learned in football

Sat, 10 Jan 2015 22:32:22 +0000

PATRICK COLLINS: In a week of sound and fury, of passionate conviction and vigorous dissent, the voice of Steve Bruce soared out above the din to give his contribution to the Ched Evans saga. PREVIEW-Ched-Evans-Steve-Bruce.jpg

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Jose Mourinho's talent is obvious, but it is time for Chelsea boss to iron out his flaws 

Sat, 03 Jan 2015 23:16:29 +0000

PATRICK COLLINS: The cry rang out on January 1; a warmly familiar sound, like the chimes of Big Ben or the singing of Auld Lang Syne.

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Karl Oyston's texts revealed the true nature of the Blackpool chairman... the club deserve a break from his obnoxious reign 

Sat, 27 Dec 2014 22:02:40 +0000

PATRICK COLLINS: Blackpool's chairman revealed his true nature for all to see in the text messages he sent to a fan, yet he still retains his place at Blackpool and the Football League.

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Stuart Lancaster has the chance to drop Northampton's 'competitive' Dylan Hartley... let's hope he takes it

Sat, 27 Dec 2014 22:01:12 +0000

PATRICK COLLINS: Dylan Hartley's latest violent outburst sends out the wrong message to young rugby fans. Stuart Lancaster should take the opportunity to drop him.

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Managers are the fall-guys as football gambles with its future

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:43:15 +0000

PATRICK COLLINS: Although players are banned from betting on football, a climate has been created in which betting is the natural, inevitable and acceptable partner of the sport. PREVIEW_PEARSON_IRVINE_SLIP02.jpg

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Arsene Wenger's jeering by some Arsenal supporters shows fans' attitudes are becoming increasingly belligerent

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:26:37 +0000

PATRICK COLLINS, CHIEF SPORTS WRITER: Football managers won't ever voice contemptuous sentiments about their fans, but sometimes their faces reveal their private thoughts.

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Tiger Woods at his dazzling peak was untouchable... but is the fading star becoming more admirable in his travails?

Sun, 07 Dec 2014 01:27:50 +0000

PATRICK COLLINS, CHIEF SPORTS WRITER: The great ones in sport leave the deepest memories; such as John McEnroe unfolding a cross-court backhand, for example. PREVIEW woods.jpg

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Wayne Rooney was pilloried for his 2010 World Cup attack on England fans... four years on the Manchester United and Three Lions captain has matured into a fine leader

Sun, 07 Dec 2014 00:16:14 +0000

PATRICK COLLINS, CHIEF SPORTS WRITER: One balmy evening in Cape Town, in the summer of 2010, a television camera followed Wayne Rooney from a football pitch. PREVIEW_ROONEY_PG24_01.jpg

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Utterly superfluous agents extracted £115m from Premier League clubs in just 12 months

Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:42:42 +0000

PATRICK COLLINS: Black Friday is the launching pad for the Christmas shopping season. This year it was also the day the Premier League published how much each club handed to agents in last 12 months. Monaco's Radamel Falcao (R) and his agent Jorge Mendes watch a soccer match between Monaco and Lille from the tribune at Louis II stadium in Monaco August 30, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (MONACO - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

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Arsenal's defeat against Manchester United is a case of deja vu... Arsene Wenger's side can dazzle but are wasteful going forward

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:52:59 +0000

CHIEF SPORTS WRITER PATRICK COLLINS AT THE EMIRATES: There was a hum of mutinous muttering as they trooped out of the Emirates on Saturday night. LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal and Santi Cazorla of Arsenal (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on November 22, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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