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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. 

91,553 fans at the Clasico: a historic night for women’s football
Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas celebrates the victory over Real Madrid
In pictures

91,553 fans at the Clasico: a historic night for women’s football

A world record crowd watched the Women’s Champions League clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid
31 Mar 2022
Tiger at the Masters: golf’s ‘greatest ever comeback’ part two?
Tiger Woods celebrates his 2019 Masters victory at Augusta National Golf Club
Behind the scenes

Tiger at the Masters: golf’s ‘greatest ever comeback’ part two?

The 15-time major champion’s practice round at Augusta fuels speculation of a sensational return 
30 Mar 2022
Rashford’s career crossroads: is it time to leave Man Utd?
Marcus Rashford has been with Manchester United since the age of seven
View from the terraces

Rashford’s career crossroads: is it time to leave Man Utd?

The striker is reportedly ‘considering his future’ at Old Trafford 
29 Mar 2022
‘End of an era’ for England captain Joe Root?
England captain Joe Root is interviewed after the loss against the West Indies 
Behind the scenes

‘End of an era’ for England captain Joe Root?

Root wants to continue as skipper but admits the decision is out of his hands
28 Mar 2022
North Macedonia shock Italy: one of football’s biggest ever upsets? 
North Macedonia players celebrate their victory over Italy in the World Cup play-off
View from the terraces

North Macedonia shock Italy: one of football’s biggest ever upsets? 

European champions will miss out on the Fifa World Cup for the second successive time 
25 Mar 2022
Ash Barty retires at the top of her game
Ash Barty poses with the trophy after winning the 2022 Australian Open 
Profile

Ash Barty retires at the top of her game

The women’s world No.1 quits tennis to ‘chase other dreams’
23 Mar 2022
Should the FA Cup semi-finals be moved from Wembley?
The 2022 FA Cup semi-finals will be held at Wembley on 16-17 April 
View from the terraces

Should the FA Cup semi-finals be moved from Wembley?

Man City and Liverpool fans face travel chaos on semi-final weekend
22 Mar 2022
F1: Ferrari ‘back with a bang’ as Leclerc ‘tames the beast’
Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz celebrate in Bahrain
Global lens

F1: Ferrari ‘back with a bang’ as Leclerc ‘tames the beast’

The Tifosi celebrate a stunning one-two for Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz
21 Mar 2022
Man Utd’s rebuild: players, manager and stadium upgrades are needed 
Cristiano Ronaldo applauds the Man Utd fans after the loss against Atletico Madrid
View from the terraces

Man Utd’s rebuild: players, manager and stadium upgrades are needed 

It’s another trophyless season after the Red Devils crashed out of the Champions League
16 Mar 2022
The golden oldies of men’s sport
LeBron James in action for the LA Lakers against the Phoenix Suns
Why we’re talking about . . .

The golden oldies of men’s sport

Age is just a number for James, Nadal, Ronaldo and Brady
14 Mar 2022
Russia kicked out: even the ‘charlatans’ from Fifa ‘got there in the end’
Russian fans at a 2018 Fifa World Cup match in Moscow
View from the terraces

Russia kicked out: even the ‘charlatans’ from Fifa ‘got there in the end’

Russian clubs and national teams are suspended from all Fifa and Uefa competitions 
1 Mar 2022
How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has impacted sport
Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg will not host the 2022 Champions League final
In Focus

How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has impacted sport

Saint Petersburg has lost the Champions League final and the F1 Russian GP has been cancelled
25 Feb 2022
The Art of Collecting Rare Whisky by Justerini & Brooks
Tod L. Bradbury is the head of rare and collectable whiskies at Justerini & Brooks
In Review

The Art of Collecting Rare Whisky by Justerini & Brooks

Learn how to start your own rare whisky collection with this interactive virtual masterclass
25 Feb 2022
‘Money in the bin’: the huge cost of food waste
Food waste
Getting to grips with . . .

‘Money in the bin’: the huge cost of food waste

By reducing food wastage you can save cash and help the environment
23 Feb 2022
Will Pochettino and Kane finally form a dream team at Man Utd?
Mauricio Pochettino is head coach at Paris Saint-Germain
View from the terraces

Will Pochettino and Kane finally form a dream team at Man Utd?

United could face a battle from Real Madrid for the current PSG head coach
22 Feb 2022
‘Disaster averted’ for Team GB as curling stars win medals
Team GB curlers Milli Smith, Hailey Duff, Jennifer Dodds, Vicky Wright and Eve Muirhead pose with their gold medals 
In Focus

‘Disaster averted’ for Team GB as curling stars win medals

Team GB finished a disappointing games with just two medals
21 Feb 2022
Kamila Valieva: tears, outrage and a distressing conclusion
Russian skater Kamila Valieva
Profile

Kamila Valieva: tears, outrage and a distressing conclusion

After the doping scandal, Russia’s 15-year-old skating prodigy crumbled in her final event
18 Feb 2022
‘Holy Grail’: can Man City finally win the Champions League?
Man City’s Bernardo Silva celebrates scoring against Sporting CP
View from the terraces

‘Holy Grail’: can Man City finally win the Champions League?

Pep Guardiola’s side thrashed Sporting 5-0 in the round of 16 first leg
16 Feb 2022
The future of work: pros and cons of hybrid working
Office working
Pros and cons

The future of work: pros and cons of hybrid working

Many employees have returned to the office – but not for the entire working week
14 Feb 2022
California love: Super Bowl half-time show was ‘one for the ages’
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg perform at the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium 
In Review

California love: Super Bowl half-time show was ‘one for the ages’

Dr. Dre, Snoop and Co put on a vintage performance at the SoFi Stadium 
14 Feb 2022
The Negroni Experience: get on the case, cocktail lovers
Amaranto Bar’s negroni trolley at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
In Review

The Negroni Experience: get on the case, cocktail lovers

Classic cocktails and tasty treats are being served up at the Four Seasons in London
11 Feb 2022
How Joe Rogan became the world’s most famous podcaster
The Joe Rogan Experience on Spotify 
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How Joe Rogan became the world’s most famous podcaster

Spotify’s biggest star has courted plenty of controversy – and attracted millions of listeners
9 Feb 2022
England axe Anderson and Broad: a ‘seismic’ decision or ‘strong message’?
Is this the end for England bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad?
The latest on . . .

England axe Anderson and Broad: a ‘seismic’ decision or ‘strong message’?

England’s two leading wicket-takers have been left out of the West Indies tour 
9 Feb 2022
Making money: investing in classic cars
Britain’s ten hottest collectable cars for 2022
Expert’s view

Making money: investing in classic cars

Are vintage cars a sound investment – or just a very expensive hobby? 
9 Feb 2022
NFL Super Bowl LVI: preview, predictions and London screenings
Helmets from the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals
The big match

NFL Super Bowl LVI: preview, predictions and London screenings

The Los Angeles Rams face the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium
8 Feb 2022
Who said the magic of the FA Cup was dead?
Boreham Wood captain Mark Ricketts celebrates his winner against Bournemouth 
View from the terraces

Who said the magic of the FA Cup was dead?

National League side Boreham Wood are through to the fifth round after a stunning win at Bournemouth 
7 Feb 2022
A guide to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics
A lantern containing the Olympic flame for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics
In Depth

A guide to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

Everything you need to know about the winter games
4 Feb 2022
‘Black Thursday’ for Brits as energy bills and interest rates soar 
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak
The latest on . . .

‘Black Thursday’ for Brits as energy bills and interest rates soar 

Rishi Sunak pledges support after cost of living ‘double whammy’ hits millions
3 Feb 2022
Christian Eriksen: a fairytale return and World Cup dream
Christian Eriksen in action for Denmark against Finland at Euro 2020
View from the terraces

Christian Eriksen: a fairytale return and World Cup dream

Danish star has signed for Brentford just eight months after suffering a cardiac arrest
2 Feb 2022
Making money: investing in fine wine
Wine investment
Expert’s view

Making money: investing in fine wine

Wine investments can bring tasty returns – but you’ll need patience
2 Feb 2022
Barty and Nadal serve up a memorable ending in Australia
Australian Open champions Ashleigh Barty and Rafael Nadal
In Focus

Barty and Nadal serve up a memorable ending in Australia

After the Djokovic drama, the opening slam of 2022 will be remembered for the tennis
31 Jan 2022
Australian Open final preview: Nadal vs. Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal will play in the 2022 Australian Open final
The big match

Australian Open final preview: Nadal vs. Medvedev

Can Nadal win a record 21st grand slam title or will Medvedev claim a second?
28 Jan 2022
Australia expects: Barty eyes history at Melbourne slam
Ashleigh Barty celebrates her Australian Open semi-final victory over Madison Keys
Profile

Australia expects: Barty eyes history at Melbourne slam

Home favourite will face Danielle Collins in the Australian Open final 
27 Jan 2022
Mini ‘recharged’: classic Minis go electric
Mini Recharged conversion project
In pictures

Mini ‘recharged’: classic Minis go electric

Conversion project gives the iconic car a new lease of life
27 Jan 2022
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