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A selective, intermittently updated list of articles that appeared on other websites and in other publications.
March 2017 – When Saturday Comes – a PDF of an article about Darlington’s homecoming.
Aug. 25, 2016 – Libero – Looking ahead as European football returns to Jenner Park, Barry.
May 19, 2016 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – Billy Charnock’s football odyssey from Bishop Auckland to Imperial Russia.
April 28, 2015 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – Looking ahead to Russia’s Euro 2016 campaign.
Oct. 27, 2015 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – A tale of two cities: how Kazan and Kaliningrad are preparing for the 2018 World Cup.
Dec. 25, 2014 – Libero – A look at the anxious reactions in Russian football as the rouble shed half its value in a hurry over the latter half of 2014.
Dec 2016 – Kontinental Hockey League & Panini – stats and text in Russian and English for the KHL 2016-17 sticker album.
Aug. 31, 2016 – British Ice Hockey – The story of how ice hockey came to the Falkland Islands … even though there isn’t any ice.
Aug. 15, 2016 – Kontinental Hockey League – Medvescak Zagreb brings KHL hockey to Cardiff.
Aug. 1, 2016 – International Ice Hockey Federation – Ryan Bahl’s dream of bringing hockey to the Antarctic.
July 20, 2016 – Kontinental Hockey League – The Kazakh hockey lover growing the game in Chile.
Feb. 14, 2016 – International Ice Hockey Federation – Italy’s London-born defender readies for an Olympic showdown against Great Britain.
Jan. 4, 2016 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – How Russia is helping China prepare its hockey team for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Jan. 4, 2016 – IIHF 2017 World Championship – How Paris is gearing up as co-host of the 2017 IIHF Worlds.
May 26, 2015 – International Ice Hockey Federation – Legends of women’s hockey reflect on the growth of the game at the 2-15 IIHF Hall of Fame inductions.
Oct. 11, 2014 – International Ice Hockey Federation – Women’s hockey in Russia enjoys a post-Olympic boom.
Feb. 22, 2014 – International Ice Hockey Federation – Five-time Olympian Jayna Hefford speaks in depth about Canada’s thrilling victory over Team USA in the gold-medal game.
Feb. 20, 2014 – International Ice Hockey Federation – Where it all went wrong for Russia in Sochi.
July 31 – Aug. 15, 2015 – FINA World Championship 2015 – Daily newspaper for the FINA Championships in Kazan (editions to download as PDF files)
July 2, 2015 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – Tolstoy to Yeltsin, a history of Russian tennis.
Oct. 7, 2014 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – A history of Russian motor sport in advance of the first Sochi Grand Prix.
July 23, 2014 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – Golf in Kapotnya, one of Moscow’s grimier suburbs.
April 29, 2014 – Russia Beyond the Headlines – Cricket in Russia looks to expand its boundaries.
Football travel guides (for Libero)
Kazan – plus Rubin club guide.
Moscow – plus CSKA, Dynamo, Lokomotiv, Spartak, Torpedo club guides, Arena Khimki stadium guide.
Ostrava – plus Banik club guide.