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Sports writing 'much better' in UK

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Ex-England cricket captain Mike Atherton has become the first former sportsman to take the top prize at the Sports Journalism Awards which were held last night.

The vocation has traditionally been a preserve of specialists in this country while in the US, great novelists such as John Updike and Hunter S Thompson have turned their hand to sports writing.

John Freeman, editor of the literary journal Granta, and Matthew Engel, columnist for the Financial Times and a former editor of Wisden, contrast sports writing in the United States and the UK.

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