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Off the ball: Why is league ignored by BBC Sports awards?

St Helens Star: Sam Burgess' try put England in front

10:57am Thursday 18th December 2014

IN 1987 when Ken Livingstone wrote his book If voting changed anything, they’d abolish it rugby league was probably the last thing on his mind.

Martin Murray goes back to his roots with visit to Wildcard boxing club

St Helens Star:

10:51am Thursday 18th December 2014

WORLD middleweight title contender Martin Murray showed he has not forgotten his roots when he turned up for a training session at a Parr-based amateur boxing club.

Michael Smith has shown he can beat the top men in the world

St Helens Star:

10:19am Thursday 18th December 2014

FORMER world junior champion Michael Smith would be the first to admit that he got himself into a bit of a hole form wise in November – but nevertheless the St Helens darter has the talent to dig himself out of that.

Stephen 'The Bullet' Bunting targets unique back-to-back world double

St Helens Star:

10:09am Thursday 18th December 2014

ALL eyes will be on St Helens arrows ace Stephen Bunting on Tuesday when he makes his PDC World Championship debut at Alexandra Palace.

Roll of the dice paid off for Atelea Vea after early injuries threatened his career

St Helens Star:

10:53am Thursday 11th December 2014

ATELEA Vea was not long out of school when doctors told him that he would probably be better packing up playing rugby league.

Entries flooding in for St Helens Darts Open

St Helens Star:

10:39am Thursday 11th December 2014

ENTRIES have been flooding in for the second Amber Taverns St Helens Darts Open which takes place at Our Lady’s Social Club, Parr, next month.

St Helens' man on the mic looks ahead to World Darts Championship

St Helens Star:

8:50am Friday 12th December 2014

ST HELENS will be heavily represented at the sold out 2015 William Hill World Darts Championship which kicks off on December 18 .

Off the ball: Is football too dominated by big money?

St Helens Star:

10:07am Thursday 11th December 2014

IT is a real pity St Helens Town’s FA Vase run has come to a halt before the national stages.

Ade Gardner reflects on his many highs and a few lows as a player

St Helens Star:

11:29am Tuesday 9th December 2014

SAINTS wing Ade Gardner, who last month called time on a productive playing career to join the club’s backroom staff, has many achievements to look back from his time in the red vee.

Travis Burns is drawn to the winning culture at Saints

St Helens Star:

10:13am Friday 5th December 2014

SOAKING up the atmosphere of a Langtree Park semi final and then watching the Grand Final from the stands at Old Trafford were enough to re-enforce Travis Burns’ view that he had made the right call swapping east Yorkshire for south Lancashire for what could be his last three years as a player.

Progress in the FA Vase is a juicy carrot for St Helens Town

St Helens Star:

11:53am Thursday 4th December 2014

ST HELENS Town have a tough hurdle on Saturday when they entertain Tadcaster Albion in the FA Vase third round – but victory would open up so may doors in the last 32.

Teams reduction will guarantee a tougher Super League in 2015

St Helens Star: St Helens' Paul Wellens lifts the Super League trophy

11:00am Thursday 4th December 2014

SAINTS will carry the tag of champions proudly into the 2015 campaign – but nobody at Langtree Park is under any illusions that 11 other teams will not be trying especially hard to tuck their scalp into their belts in what is going to be a fascinating season.

Off the ball: Burgess story rubs league's nose in it

St Helens Star: Oliver Roberts has watched the career of Sam Burgess, pictured, with avid interest

10:54am Thursday 4th December 2014

WELL some sections of the media certainly know how to rub rugby league’s nose in it.

Review: Redhead with Fire in his Boots - Peter Harvey's life in rugby

St Helens Star:

10:55am Thursday 27th November 2014

GETTING the balance right between facts, anecdote and opinion can be a difficult juggling act when writing a book but former Saints ‘four cups’ winning stand-off Peter Harvey has pulled that off perfectly with his fascinating autobiography, Mike Critchley writes.

Cunningham wants Saints to hit the ground running

St Helens Star:

10:12am Thursday 27th November 2014

NEW Saints boss Keiron Cunningham wants his side to hit the ground running – and believes the tough pre-season schedule they have arranged will allow them to do that.

Sean Long given task of tackling Saints' defence

St Helens Star:

4:44pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

SEAN Long will be given the brief to work on Saints’ defence under Keiron Cunningham’s new coaching set up.

What is the purpose of Magic weekend?

St Helens Star:

11:06am Thursday 20th November 2014

WHAT IS the point of Super League’s Magic event?

'Invincible Golovkin' talk is meat and drink to challenger Martin Murray

St Helens Star:

10:18am Thursday 20th November 2014

FINGERPOST fighter Martin Murray is back in training and getting ready to give unbeaten world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin the fight of his life.

Long's appointment will add something special

St Helens Star:

9:54am Thursday 20th November 2014

SEAN Long’s return to the club where he won virtually every team and individual honour has been welcomed as a masterstroke by the fans who believe the mercurial former number seven can sprinkle some of his magic dust across the defending champions’ line-up.

Berman: Martin Murray will be Golovkin's first challenger who won't be overwhelmed

St Helens Star:

11:37am Thursday 13th November 2014

GOLDEN Gloves promoter Rodney Berman believes St Helens middleweight Martin Murray will give unbeaten world champion Gennady Golovkin the fight of his life.

Ade Gardner excited by challenge of new role with strength and conditioning

St Helens Star:

10:30am Thursday 13th November 2014

SAINTS wing Ade Gardner says he feels like a weight has been lifted off his shoulders after his decision to hang up his boots and join the club’s backroom staff.

St Helens darters have high hopes in Grand Slam knockout stages

St Helens Star:

5:06pm Wednesday 12th November 2014

IT HAS been a case of so far, so good for the St Helens trio in the SINGHA Beer Grand Slam of Darts.

Sean Long released by Salford

St Helens Star: Sean Long plotting for Salford

11:47am Friday 7th November 2014

SPECULATION that former Saints scrum half Sean Long is returning to his old club intensified this morning after Salford's owner Marwan Koukash tweeted that they had reluctantly agreed to let him go.

Why James' Sit Down will always make Saints fans stand up with pride

St Helens Star:

11:32am Thursday 6th November 2014

'I sing myself to sleep

Martin Murray is up for the biggest challenge of his career against champ Gennady Golovkin

St Helens Star:

10:08am Thursday 6th November 2014

WORLD title contender Martin Murray says he will be drawing on the inspirational words of Steve Prescott when he prepares for the biggest battle of his life in February.

Off the ball: Spotlight set to fall on our town's finest

St Helens Star:

3:27pm Thursday 30th October 2014

THE eyes of the sporting world are going to be on St Helens’ finest for what is building up into an absolutely amazing sporting weekend on February 21/22.

Keiron Cunningham: I have earned my stripes

St Helens Star:

11:04am Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE coronation of ‘King Keiron’ will give champions Saints continuity as they seek to build on the work put into place by departing boss Nathan Brown.

Nathan Brown's hard calls have left Saints with a golden legacy

St Helens Star:

10:46am Thursday 23rd October 2014

AS one door opens, another one closes with the now former Saints boss Nathan Brown shortly returning to Australia with his wife and young family.

Spada stands in the way of Martin Murray's next title tilt

St Helens Star:

10:19am Thursday 23rd October 2014

TWO-TIME World middleweight contender Martin Murray got his hands on one title last week – but his eyes are still fixed firmly on his own success.

Keiron Cunningham: “I am not the finished product but all I have known since I was seven years old is rugby league."

St Helens Star:

10:20am Tuesday 21st October 2014

KEIRON Cunningham described being given the job coaching the side he watched from the terraces as a seven-year-old as “the pinnacle”.

Ten things that made the 2014 Grand Final so memorable

St Helens Star:

12:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

Saints pulled off a memorable 14-6 win over old foe Wigan to end their Old Trafford hoodoo. The incident-packed game had plenty of highlights - and one low point.

Off the Ball: Saints' young team gives reasons to be cheerful

St Helens Star:

10:36am Thursday 16th October 2014

THERE is something depressingly predictable about the endeavour of 17 blokes, overcoming the odds to throw the words of the critics back in their faces to be crowned champions being overshadowed by the bad news story.

Departing coach Nathan Brown praises winning culture of Wellens, Roby and Wilkin

St Helens Star:

FORGET about that other incident, the sight of Paul Wellens dropping to his knees at the final hooter should go down as the iconic image of the 2014 Grand Final.

Brown: My job is done

St Helens Star:

1:41am Sunday 12th October 2014

SAINTS boss Nathan Brown will return to Australia as a champion after guiding them to 14-6 Grand Final victory over Wigan.

Just champion! Saints win a victory for self belief and determination

St Helens Star:

9:28pm Saturday 11th October 2014

SAINTS have been crowned champions after seeing off rivals Wigan in an eventful, nerve-jangling Grand Final at Old Trafford.

COMMENT: Wear your Saints badge with pride today

St Helens Star:

10:53am Saturday 11th October 2014

WHEN I left St Helens in September 1989 my mate Paul gave me a badge - a simple stickman - and for 12 years down in Brum I wore it with pride to the puzzlement of the locals.

Big men hold key to Grand Final success

St Helens Star: Nathan Brown answers: A big contribution from Mose Masoe, Sia Soliola and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook

7:47am Thursday 9th October 2014

SAINTS' big man have a massive part to play if they are to topple Wigan and bring home the title for the first time since 2006.

Lance Hohaia set to join the select band of finalists on both sides of the globe

St Helens Star: Lance Hohaia returns

4:36pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

SAINTS half back Lance Hohaia will join the select band of players who have appeared in Grand Finals on both sides of the world when he runs out at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Man of Steel contender James Roby looking to get one over Wigan

St Helens Star:

4:21pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

ONE of the key battles of Saturday evening’s Grand Final will come at dummy half when the duel between two hookers of contrasting styles will take centre stage.

Adopted St Helener Sia Soliola talks tears, family and Project Lazarus

St Helens Star:

11:19am Tuesday 7th October 2014

SAINTS’ powerhouse packman Sia Soliola was pretty emotional when, with his son Israel upon his shoulders, he took the ovation from the west stand after his final appearance at Langtree Park.

Saints complete transition from no hopers to contenders

St Helens Star:

12:20am Friday 3rd October 2014

SEVEN weeks ago Saints were not given a snowball in hell's chance of making any sort of progress in the Super League play offs.

Saints move into Grand Final after slaying Dragons

St Helens Star: Win the VIP treatment to watch Saints play Widnes

10:30pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Saints marched into their tenth Super League Grand Final with a 30-12 win over Catalan Dragons.

Amor anticipates 'last man standing' battle

St Helens Star:

10:32am Thursday 2nd October 2014

SAINTS will have to meet fire with fire if they are to nullify the flames of the rampant Dragons and make it through to Old Trafford.

Saints face a tough 80 minute hurdle to first Grand Final since 2011

St Helens Star:

10:14am Thursday 2nd October 2014

SAINTS’ season reaches its make-or-break point tonight when 80 minutes of football will determine whether they make it through to their first major final since 2011.

Martin Murray ready to make sacrifices for long term gain

St Helens Star:

11:43am Thursday 25th September 2014

WORLD middleweight hopeful Martin Murray is likely to move his training camp to South Africa ahead of his latest fight in Monte Carlo.

Luke Walsh looking forward to teaming up with his mate Travis Burns

St Helens Star:

10:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

SAINTS have signed a natural footballer with a little bit of niggle to his game in Travis Burns.

Off the Ball: A just reward for fans, team and board

St Helens Star:

10:35am Thursday 18th September 2014

THANK goodness all the players who went out on to the field at the weekend are still driven by personal and professional pride and did not simply look at a league table and play for position.

Updated with pictures: Tables turned as 12-man Saints suffer drop goal agony at Huddersfield

St Helens Star:

12:09am Saturday 13th September 2014

SAINTS’ cruel, late defeat at Huddersfield means that the destiny of the League Leaders’ Shield is now out of their hands.

Saints must win at Giants to avoid losing shield at final hurdle

St Helens Star:

11:22am Thursday 11th September 2014

SAINTS are without broken jaw victim Shannon McDonnell and have doubts over prop Alex Walmsley for Friday night’s must-win game at Huddersfield Giants.

Off the Ball: Still a lot of hard work needed to lift the League Leaders' Shield

St Helens Star:

11:31am Thursday 4th September 2014

THERE’S many a slip twixt the cup and the lip – and maybe some of the post Leeds match coverage basically saying that Saints had the League Leaders’ Shield wrapped up was a little premature.

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