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Author Archive for Helen Pidd, North of England editor

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Liverpool rejoices in Reds’ title: ‘It feels like a huge release for the city’

Fans make pilgrimage to Anfield to toast team’s first league crown in 30 years“He’s meant to be shielding, so this is a bit naughty,” said Rachel Taylor as she unloaded her son’s wheelchair from a minibus outside Anfield on Friday morning. “But you’ve …

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‘Like riding into a lake’: cyclists get more than they bargained for

Heavy rain sent riders crashing into puddles with some suggesting race should have been cancelled In Doha this weekend, the organisers of the World Athletics Championships had to start the marathon at midnight to avoid the punishing daytime heat. More …

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Anti-fracking protesters to line Tour de Yorkshire route

Activists to protest over sponsorship of cycling team by chemicals firm IneosRiders at next week’s Tour de Yorkshire could be greeted by up to 10,000 people wearing masks depicting the UK’s richest man as the devil after his chemical company took over …

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Tour de France boss ‘feels sad’ for tourism chief in expenses row

Christian Prudhomme pays tribute to Sir Gary Verity, who has quit Welcome to YorkshireThe Tour de France director has paid tribute to Sir Gary Verity, the tourism boss who brought the race to Yorkshire but who resigned last month in an expenses scandal…

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Liverpool fans brave transport misery for ‘chance of a lifetime’ final

Businesses capitalising on Liverpool’s Champions League match with Real Madrid in Ukrainian capital KievWhen Anna and Ronnie Ellis each parted with £450 for a seat on an “executive” coach from Liverpool to Kiev, they were expecting a few little luxurie…

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England’s netball success shines light on thriving UK club scene

Last-gasp Commonwealth gold could inspire more women to don a bib and get fit, clubs hopeIt has often been dismissed as a schoolgirl’s sport, or basketball for women. Football fans scoff at its strict zones, which allow only one player to zip between e…

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Archaeologist uncovers rich history at Bradford’s lost football ground

Forgotten home of Bradford Park Avenue, abandoned when club folded in 1974, hailed as ‘Angkor Wat of football’In his 40-year career as an archaeologist, Jason Wood has travelled the world, searching for Roman remains in Jordanian citadels and helping t…

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Gary Neville: hotel for homeless was purely the right thing to do

Former Manchester United star resubmits plans for controversial St Michael’s development, including flats, hotel offices and restaurant

It was one of the more unexpected football headlines of recent years: Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs opening a “hotel for the homeless”.

The Manchester United stars-turned-property developers had allowed a group of 50 rough sleepers to camp out in one of their most prestigious buildings in Manchester city centre for the winter.

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Shane Sutton row puts spotlight on sexism in cycling

On eve of one of most lucrative women’s races, Tour de Yorkshire, female cyclists still face uphill struggle

It has not been a vintage week for women’s cycling, with one of the world’s top female riders accusing her coach of sacking her, criticising her bum and telling her to “go and have a baby” instead of training for the Rio Olympics.

The 25-year-old Jess Varnish’s allegations against Shane Sutton, the technical director of British Cycling, led to his resignation and triggered a series of further accusations of misconduct against the men at the top of the national governing body for cycle sport in the UK.

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