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How juice drink billionaire bankrolled Germany’s Rugby World Cup charge

Hans-Peter Wild got his money from Capri Sun and spent €20m to get the country to within three games of the tournament but uncertainty now surrounds the team’s futureHans-Peter Wild is a billionaire, with a billionaire’s idea of what “a little bit of m…

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When heroes of the first world war made playing fields out of battlefields

The Imperial War Museum’s archives contain many moving accounts of soldiers playing their favourite sports at the frontIt wasn’t much of a cricket pitch, just a few yards of grass in Havrincourt Woods, but it was still the best on that stretch of the w…

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South Africa captain Siya Kolisi strives for more after All Blacks win

The Springboks’ first black captain reflects on the way he has adapted to the intense pressure on his shouldersThere is only one man still playing the game who knows what it is like to lead a team to victory over the All Blacks in New Zealand – Siya Ko…

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Cricket must show unity if battle against fixing is to be won | Andy Bull

Al-Jazeera’s second expose prompted a slanging match with authorities but the question should be not whether spot-fixing exists but who is doing it and how oftenSeems like it was Mark Wood’s bad luck to draw a short straw last week. The day after al-Ja…

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Siya Kolisi, captain and symbol of South African rugby’s progress | Andy Bull

Racial quotas in the Springbok selection process are still a regular subject of rancour but Kolisi is living proof of their ongoing validity and usefulnessThere are people who believe Nelson Mandela died years before he really did, who swear they remem…

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Nobody can afford to host the Olympics but at the IOC the largesse never stops | Andy Bull

Potential host cities are dwindling to an embarrassing low and yet the International Olympic Committee seems to still be living in the era when money is no objectLord but the IOC makes it hard to love the Olympics, and this last month has been especial…

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Buckner and Burns blunder their way into inglorious sporting immortality | Andy Bull

Thirty years after his error in the 1986 World Series, people still talk of pulling a ‘Buckner’. Might ‘Doing a Freddie’ go the same way?It was the one last wafer-thin wisecrack that made Bill Buckner snap. On 4 July 1993 he was signing autographs in a…

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Octopus wrestling shows sports do die – but mainly ones that deserve to | Andy Bull

So many sports claim to be endangered but some really are. Remember ski ballet?Gary Keffler, three times the world champion, may be the last of the great competitive octopus wrestlers. Keffler is 84 now and it has been more than 50 years since he fough…

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A fun golfing weekend in Paris – just nobody mention the B-word | Andy Bull

Thomas Bjørn touched on it in his opening speech but for the rest of the Ryder Cup Brexit was a no-go area of conversationThe 1st hole of the Albatros course at Le Golf National runs 420 yards, down around a dogleg curve that turns away from the large …

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A fun golfing weekend in Paris – just nobody mention the B-word | Andy Bull

Thomas Bjørn touched on it in his opening speech but for the rest of the Ryder Cup Brexit was a no-go area of conversationThe 1st hole of the Albatros course at Le Golf National runs 420 yards, down around a dogleg curve that turns away from the large …

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The Guardian women’s cricketer of the year 2018: Sarah Taylor

The England wicketkeeper is the inaugural winner of the award after a year impressing behind the stumps, coping with anxiety and raising mental health awarenessThe Guardian Women’s Cricketer of the Year is an award given to a player who has done someth…

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Comeback king Tiger Woods delivers vindication of father’s tough love | Andy Bull

Earl Woods’s ‘psychological training’ gave his son the reservoirs of resilience needed to recover from a decade of ugly ordealsThey say Earl Woods was a poet laureate of profanity, that he knew so many curse words that he could cuss for 30 minutes stra…

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Olympics unlikely to be bridge too far for eSports if the money is right | Andy Bull

Distinctions between sports and games seem less important than the money that can be made from them, as one billionaire bridge ace proved by getting cards into the Asian GamesThe richest sportsman on the planet isn’t Floyd Mayweather, LeBron James, Lio…

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Anderson and Broad close on final spells of two more England journeys | The Spin

After sharing 111 Tests with Alastair Cook the batsman’s retirement will have set the pair thinking about their own exitsThe wind was up at the Oval on Tuesday morning, blowing in low grey clouds from the south. The summer heat was gone and the light w…

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Six years of change leave England with a big post-Cook hole to fill | Andy Bull

The failure to find a partner for Alastair Cook after the retirement of Andrew Strauss means it is hard to know who will be the next pair to open for England in TestsThere is going to be a hole in the England Test team this winter and, since it is over…

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Alastair Cook had the will to harvest runs and stay at the top for years | Andy Bull

Former England captain applied himself to run accumulation leading to brilliant performances in India and AustraliaThe very first ball Alastair Cook faced in Test cricket was short, wide and outside off. Of course he left it alone. He refused to play a…

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Test cricket is not dying. In England there are grounds for optimism

In England at least Test crowds are higher than they have been for half a centuryMark Evans catches the No 47 bus from the Bullring once a week every week. He gets on at the same stop, at the same time, on the same day. Mark walks with a stick and need…

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Cheating and sledging threaten cricket’s reputation, warns ICC chief

• ‘This isn’t the version of our sport we want to project’• Players and coaches are urged to improve behaviourDavid Richardson, chief executive of the ICC, has complained about the amount of cheating and sledging in international cricket and said that …

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Spirit of détente breaks out as England prepare for Test series with India

Recent visits have been mired in controversy but Virat Kohli’s team will play four Tests and hopes are high for a return of the sporting values that once characterised the tourThe Maharajah of Porbandar was a better captain than batsman, a fact that, i…

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Anger drives Pat Perez to new heights half a lifetime after taming Tiger | Andy Bull

After Pat Perez beat Tiger Woods at a prestigious junior event in 1993 aged 16 their careers took wildly different paths – but now golf’s raging bull is fulfilling the talent that goes with his temperIt’s likely been a long time since Tiger Woods last …