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Mike Starling

Mike Starling is the digital features editor at TheWeek.co.uk, where he writes content and edits the Arts & Life, Business and Sport sections of the website. He started his career in 2001 in Gloucestershire as a trainee sports reporter and sub-editor and has since held various roles as a writer and editor at news, travel and B2B publications. 

Sport is his specialist subject, but the growth of the sporting industry in the past 20 years has seen him cover the related business, tourism and marketing arenas as much as the action on the field. He has spoken at a number of sports business conferences and also worked as a consultant creating sports travel content for tourism boards. His international experience includes spells living and working in Dubai, UAE; Brisbane, Australia; and Beirut, Lebanon. He has worked on many publication launches, including a daily newspaper, travel magazine and news website. 

A guide to Wimbledon
The Wimbledon women’s and men’s singles trophies on display at Centre Court
In Focus

A guide to Wimbledon

The grass-court grand slam gets under way at SW19 on 27 June
17 Jun 2022
Should Gareth Southgate be sacked?
Gareth Southgate reacts to England’s 4-0 defeat to Hungary in the Uefa Nations League
View from the terraces

Should Gareth Southgate be sacked?

Fans turned on the Three Lions head coach after humiliating 4-0 loss to Hungary
15 Jun 2022
A guide to the US Open
The US Open Championship trophy
In Focus

A guide to the US Open

Rory McIlroy heads to The Country Club as favourite following his win in Canada
15 Jun 2022
Wild swimming: the UK’s best outdoor swim spots
Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
In pictures

Wild swimming: the UK’s best outdoor swim spots

Cool off and take a dip in rivers, lakes, waterfalls and seas
13 Jun 2022
Darwin Nunez: the ‘modern striker’ signing for Liverpool
Darwin Nunez scored against Liverpool in both legs of the Champions League quarter-final
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Darwin Nunez: the ‘modern striker’ signing for Liverpool

Portuguese club Benfica confirm a deal for the Uruguay international worth up to €100m
13 Jun 2022
A weekend in St Ives
An aerial view of St Ives in Cornwall
The big trip

A weekend in St Ives

Everything you need to know for a break in the arty Cornish beach town
9 Jun 2022
The most valuable footballers in the world
Kylian Mbappe has signed a new deal with Paris Saint-Germain
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The most valuable footballers in the world

PSG star Kylian Mbappé leads the way in football’s estimated transfer value list
7 Jun 2022
Iga Swiatek: the unstoppable superstar of women’s tennis
Iga Swiatek poses with the French Open trophy in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris 
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Iga Swiatek: the unstoppable superstar of women’s tennis

Polish world No.1 is now on a 35-game winning streak after her French Open triumph
6 Jun 2022
Nadal vs. Djokovic vs. Federer: career records and grand slams
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are the ‘big three’ of men’s tennis
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Nadal vs. Djokovic vs. Federer: career records and grand slams

Nadal’s French Open victory was his 14th in Paris and 22nd slam of his career
6 Jun 2022
Ten of the best beaches in the UK
Three Cliffs Bay from Penmaen Burrows, Gower, Wales
The big trip

Ten of the best beaches in the UK

With ‘summer’ on the horizon it’s time to explore some of Britain’s top coastal gems
1 Jun 2022
Life after Roman: a new era begins at Chelsea 
Todd Boehly was at Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea against Watford on 22 May 
View from the terraces

Life after Roman: a new era begins at Chelsea 

Todd Boehly reveals his vision for the club, plus a look at the possible ins and outs at the Bridge 
31 May 2022
Louie London: a saucy New Orleans-style restaurant in Covent Garden
Louie London’s glitzy bar
In Review

Louie London: a saucy New Orleans-style restaurant in Covent Garden

The Creole dishes at this jazzy hot-spot are a delight – we urge you to dip in
31 May 2022
Champions League final: the blame game begins
Police sprayed tear gas at Liverpool fans outside the Stade de France
View from the terraces

Champions League final: the blame game begins

Liverpool call for an investigation as Uefa are accused of a ‘narrative of lies’
30 May 2022
A weekend in Manchester
An aerial view of Manchester Town Hall and the city centre
The big trip

A weekend in Manchester

Everything you need to know for a city break in England’s north west powerhouse
27 May 2022
Top ten most valuable football clubs in the world
An artist’s impression of Real Madrid's new Santiago Bernabéu
View from the terraces

Top ten most valuable football clubs in the world

Real Madrid top Forbes’s football rich list ahead of Barcelona and Man Utd
27 May 2022
Champions League final guide: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti
The big match

Champions League final guide: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s showpiece in Paris
27 May 2022
Premier League goes to the wire: the ‘most exciting’ final day ever?
Will Man City or Liverpool lift the Premier League trophy?
View from the terraces

Premier League goes to the wire: the ‘most exciting’ final day ever?

A look at the title, top four and relegation permutations ahead of Sunday’s fixtures 
20 May 2022
A guide to the PGA Championship
The winner of the US PGA Championship lifts the Wanamaker Trophy
In Focus

A guide to the PGA Championship

Everything you need to know about the men’s golf major at Southern Hills
18 May 2022
Jake Daniels comes out as gay: a landmark moment
Jake Daniels made his first-team debut for Blackpool against Peterborough on 7 May 
View from the terraces

Jake Daniels comes out as gay: a landmark moment

Blackpool forward, 17, is the UK’s only openly gay male professional footballer
17 May 2022
Europa League final: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Rangers preview and predictions
The Uefa Europa League trophy at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium in Seville
The big match

Europa League final: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Rangers preview and predictions

Can the Glasgow side make history in the final in Seville?
16 May 2022
FA Cup final: Chelsea vs. Liverpool preview and predictions
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel and Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp
The big match

FA Cup final: Chelsea vs. Liverpool preview and predictions

Premier League rivals go head-to-head in another Wembley final
12 May 2022
Wing Wing ‘chimaek’: fried chicken, beer and a large side of K-pop 
Wing Wing restaurant in Charing Cross, London
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Wing Wing ‘chimaek’: fried chicken, beer and a large side of K-pop 

Forget bibimbap or barbecue, chimaek is the king of all Korean cuisines
12 May 2022
Erling Haaland: are Man City signing the ‘next best player in the world’?
Erling Haaland in action against Man City in last season’s Champions League
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Erling Haaland: are Man City signing the ‘next best player in the world’?

City have reached an agreement in principle for the Borussia Dortmund goal machine
11 May 2022
Tottenham vs. Arsenal predictions: race for the top four
Bukayo Saka scored in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Tottenham in September
The big match

Tottenham vs. Arsenal predictions: race for the top four

Expect a ‘seismic’ north London derby with Champions League qualification on the line
10 May 2022
Emma Hayes’s Chelsea: a trophy-winning machine
Chelsea women’s manager Emma Hayes
Why we’re talking about . . .

Emma Hayes’s Chelsea: a trophy-winning machine

It’s the third Women’s Super League title in a row for the Blues
9 May 2022
A weekend in Glasgow
George Square in Glasgow
The big trip

A weekend in Glasgow

Everything you need to know for a break in Scotland’s city of culture
3 May 2022
Ronnie O’Sullivan: snooker great reaches ‘Tiger Woods level’
Seven-time snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan poses with the trophy
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Ronnie O’Sullivan: snooker great reaches ‘Tiger Woods level’

The Rocket has equalled Stephen Hendry’s record of seven world championship wins
3 May 2022
Ben Stokes: from the ‘Bristol incident’ to England’s Test captaincy
Ben Stokes in the dressing room after the Headingley Ashes Test in 2019
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Ben Stokes: from the ‘Bristol incident’ to England’s Test captaincy

Durham all-rounder has been confirmed as Joe Root’s replacement
29 Apr 2022
England’s wanted list: two head coaches and a Test captain
England all-rounder Ben Stokes
The latest on . . .

England’s wanted list: two head coaches and a Test captain

Ben Stokes has reportedly agreed to take over from Joe Root as skipper
27 Apr 2022
Karim Benzema: Panenkas, hat-tricks and a Ballon d’Or?
Karim Benzema has scored 14 Champions League goals for Real Madrid this season
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Karim Benzema: Panenkas, hat-tricks and a Ballon d’Or?

Real Madrid’s French striker was sensational yet again in the Champions League
27 Apr 2022
What are the ‘radical’ plans to reform men’s football in England?
Chelsea fans protest against the Super League outside Stamford Bridge
View from the terraces

What are the ‘radical’ plans to reform men’s football in England?

Government will appoint an independent regulator – a move deemed ‘not necessary’ by the Premier League
26 Apr 2022
Will Tyson Fury retire or become undisputed ‘Lord of the Ring’?
Tyson Fury retained his heavyweight titles with victory over Dillian Whyte at Wembley
Why we’re talking about . . .

Will Tyson Fury retire or become undisputed ‘Lord of the Ring’?

Pundits look at what the Gypsy King will do next after his masterclass against Dillian Whyte 
25 Apr 2022
Daniel Kinahan: who is the Irish ‘mob boss’?
The US is offering a $5m bounty for information on the Kinahan Organised Crime Group
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Daniel Kinahan: who is the Irish ‘mob boss’?

The Kinahan crime gang is subject to US sanctions and frozen assets in the UAE
22 Apr 2022
Erik ten Hag: can he bring the glory days back to Man Utd?
Erik ten Hag will leave Ajax for Manchester United this summer
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Erik ten Hag: can he bring the glory days back to Man Utd?

The Dutchman has a huge rebuilding job on his hands at Old Trafford
22 Apr 2022
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