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Cricket World Cup win ‘is huge chance’ to get more children playing

Governing body ECB urged to address ‘struggling’ state of grassroots gameEnglish cricket’s governing body has been urged to capitalise on the national team’s dramatic World Cup victory to increase the number of children playing the game.A lack of playi…

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Tennis players find tranquility in Wimbledon’s living walls

The living walls employ state-of-the-art technology, which means they are automatically irrigatedPlaying on Wimbledon’s hallowed courts can be an intense experience, causing many a player to hurl a racket or mutter a profanity in exasperation. But some…

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Paul Jubb fails to pull off fairytale Wimbledon debut

Wildcard 19-year-old from working-class background loses in first round Britain will be represented by seven players in the second round of the men’s and women’s singles for the first time since 2006. But Paul Jubb will not be among them after the 19-y…

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Wimbledon ditches plastic racket covers in sustainability drive

All England Lawn Tennis Club move means there will be 4,500 fewer plastic bags this yearIt might not quite be a Wimbledon tradition along the lines of the all-white dress code but the sight of players’ discarding the plastic cover from a freshly strung…

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Paul Stewart: I lost my football identity when I went public over sexual abuse

Former Spurs and Liverpool player revealed in 2016 that he was sexually abused as a child by a coachThe former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool footballer Paul Stewart has spoken of losing his identity as a footballer when he went public about the sexua…

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British rower Anna Thornton ‘stable but serious’ after accident

• 21-year-old injured after falling down stairs• Thornton has won five world medals at junior levelsA British rower is in a stable but serious condition in hospital in the United States following an accident.Anna Thornton, 21, a two-time world under-23…

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World’s oldest village cricket green under threat from developers, club says

Mitcham cricket club in south London wants to resolve status of its 115-year-old pavilionA village cricket green believed to be the oldest in the world continuously used to play the game is under threat from developers, players say.Mitcham cricket gree…

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Williams rewriting tennis history with return to dominance after difficult childbirth

Wimbledon finalist has grand slam record in sight just 10 months after having daughterJust 10 months after giving birth in traumatic circumstances and four tournaments into her return, Serena Williams stands on the brink of rewriting the history books …

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England World Cup team will be invited to 10 Downing Street

Theresa May expected to honour Gareth Southgate’s side with receptionTheresa May has said she wants to honour England’s World Cup team with a reception at 10 Downing Street in recognition of their achievements. Although football did not come home in th…

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Andy Murray stays true to his deadpan self in debut as pundit

Insightful and mischievous, the player aced it on BBC One’s Wimbledon coverageWatching Andy Murray make his debut as a pundit on BBC One’s Wimbledon coverage, it was hard to believe this was the same person as the grumpy, introverted teenager who once …

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Tennis ‘tough sport’ to break into, says rising UK hopeful Jay Clarke

Clarke, 19, who shone in Wimbledon debut, says more funding is needed to nurture talentJay Clarke has said he hopes to inspire other people from working class and minority backgrounds to follow in his footsteps after an impressive Wimbledon singles deb…

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Serena Williams tells Wimbledon rivals: I’m more competitive now

Seven-time winner of singles title says motherhood has boosted her desire to succeedSerena Williams is hoping the grass of SW19 will once more prove a happy hunting ground as she returns to action at Wimbledon on Monday for the first time since becomin…

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Wimbledon ‘has made no progress’ on male bias on top show courts

Exclusive: research finds significantly more men’s than women’s tennis seen on Centre and No 1 since 1993Wimbledon is behind the times when it comes to gender parity with a distinct lack of progress on affording women equal time on the championships’ m…

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Sierra Leonean athlete can stay in UK after three-year legal fight

Jimmy Thoronka, who was found sleeping rough a year after competing at Commonwealth Games, granted leave to remainA Sierra Leonean sprinter who absconded from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and was found sleeping rough on the streets of Lond…

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British woman breaks Atlantic rowing record months after brain surgery

Kiko Matthews becomes fastest female to row solo across Atlantic after 50 days at seaA former teacher who survived two tumours and a life-threatening illness has become the fastest woman to row solo across the Atlantic.Kiko Matthews arrived in Barbados…

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Two goals and a baby: Wigan player rushes from match to birth of his son

Ryan Colclough was on the pitch when he heard his wife was in labour, but still had time to score before rushing to hospitalA professional footballer who was on the pitch when he was told that his wife’s waters had broken had time to score a goal befor…

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Douglas Waymark named as athlete who died swimming Channel

Endurance athlete was participating in second stage of the Enduroman Arch to Arc triathlon when he got into difficultyA man who died while attempting to swim the Channel has been named as endurance athlete Douglas Waymark.Waymark, who had previously re…

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Heather Watson tells online trolls: sport isn’t about looking perfect

Tennis player sends defiant message to critics of her appearance, saying women need to feel comfortable in their own skin

The British tennis player Heather Watson has spoken out against online abuse she has received over her weight and appearance and urged other women to “feel comfortable in their own skin”.

Watson, 25, won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon last year but received abuse after she lost in the first round of the singles having failed to convert three match points against the German player Annika Beck.

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Soldier held after teenage runners hit and killed by car in Aldershot

Twenty-four-year-old man arrested after Stacey Burrows and Lucy Pygott struck by Ford Focus outside military stadiumA soldier has been arrested after two young athletes died when they were hit by a car while out running. The girls, aged 16 and 17, were…

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Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic GB victory parade – live updates

Crowds are lining the streets of Manchester to cheer on British athletes who starred over the summer

4.23pm BST

Maddie Hinch, who was goalkeeper for Team GB’s gold-medal winning hockey team feared she was going to miss the parade when her flight to Manchester was cancelled earlier today….

Brilliant…. @flybe cancel my flight to Manchester & now im struggling to get back in time for the @TeamGB parade!!! HELP #needajet

Great to be back with this crazy bunch!!! Its parade time and its raining….wooooo ☔️ #GBHeroesMCR @TeamGB @_GBHockey @BBCOne @BBCSport pic.twitter.com/4bxPIJF02Z

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Immensely popular swimmer Ellie Simmonds, who took her tally of Paralympic golds to five this summer, is heading to the start of the parade.

@EllieSimmonds1 is heading to the start for #GBHeroesMCR parade rains just started to pour but high spirits here! pic.twitter.com/DhjrceC104

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