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Australia becomes the latest host country unwilling to ‘share its dream’ | Marina Hyde

Reaction to the 250 or so Commonwealth Games athletes and officials seeking to stay underlines a basic rule of thumb: never believe what a country says about itself during a mega-eventAfter the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne 61 athletes and officials …

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Australia becomes the latest host country unwilling to ‘share its dream’ | Marina Hyde

Reaction to the 250 or so Commonwealth Games athletes and officials seeking to stay underlines a basic rule of thumb: never believe what a country says about itself during a mega-eventAfter the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne 61 athletes and officials …

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Australia becomes the latest host country unwilling to ‘share its dream’ | Marina Hyde

Reaction to the 250 or so Commonwealth Games athletes and officials seeking to stay underlines a basic rule of thumb: never believe what a country says about itself during a mega-eventAfter the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne 61 athletes and officials …

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Colin Graves: the blazered Terminator with his sights locked on cricket | Marina Hyde

The ECB chairman seems determined to push on with his plans for The Hundred despite the outcry the prospect of the new format has caused across the gameThere is no fiercer battle than the one to be the least appealing individual in British sporting gov…

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And the winner is … whoever gets rid of the endless glut of football awards | Marina Hyde

The rash of individual awards ceremonies in the game tells us little about the winners, but much about the organisers’ egosThe ever-multiplying camera positions, the reaction shots, the slow motion beads of sweat, the meticulously produced highlights r…

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Leeds United, their Myanmar muddle and football’s most boggling tours | Marina Hyde

Leeds’ planned trip to Myanmar highlights the malarial atmosphere of the modern game, yet Dallas Tornado’s 1967 world tour may remain football’s most unfathomable odysseyBy the time you read this column, ideally, it will have been overtaken by fast-mov…

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Leeds United, their Myanmar muddle and football’s most boggling tours | Marina Hyde

Leeds’ planned trip to Myanmar highlights the malarial atmosphere of the modern game, yet Dallas Tornado’s 1967 world tour may remain football’s most unfathomable odysseyBy the time you read this column, ideally, it will have been overtaken by fast-mov…

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Fifa’s fantastical diversions: stop fretting about Russia, start meddling with Qatar | Marina Hyde

Global political turmoil might be set to wreck Russia’s World Cup but, fear not, Gianni Infantino won’t take his eye off the ball and has some interesting other ideas for us allTwo months out from a World Cup hosted by an aspirant rogue state, what is …

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Chris Coleman channelling Seinfeld is an intriguing prospect for Sunderland | Marina Hyde

You can see what the Sunderland manager is getting at when he jokes about the club’s new recipe for success just doing the opposite of what they have done in the past five yearsIf we had to slap a name on this era in football, we could do worse than th…

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Salisbury poisoning’s role in England’s World Cup downfall? There isn’t one

It is farcical that the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal is being analysed through the prism of how it may affect Gareth Southgate’s England side at the World Cup in RussiaTo properly stress-test any theory, you have to take it to extremes. We can…

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Tampergate, David Warner’s WhatsApp exile and cricket’s very modern crisis | Marina Hyde

The fallout from the ball-tampering scandal keeps on coming and the executions have been swift – is there even the slightest chance Australia has taken this just a little bit too far?Is #MeToo the new –gate? As you know, the final syllable of Watergate…

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Tampergate, David Warner’s WhatsApp exile and cricket’s very modern crisis | Marina Hyde

The fallout from the ball-tampering scandal keeps on coming and the executions have been swift – is there even the slightest chance Australia has taken this just a little bit too far?Is #MeToo the new –gate? As you know, the final syllable of Watergate…

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Let’s hope no one uses the Games to defect from the US to a freer society | Marina Hyde

Mike Pence’s very presence in Pyeongchang is having a debilitating effect on everyone and everything enduring his contactIt is, perhaps, a question as old as athletic competition itself: who is sport’s worst spectator? Of all the absolute arses, w…

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PR stunts of F1 and gambling industry are hardly sharp end of feminism | Marina Hyde

Chucking out press releases about ending the practices of grid girls and swimsuit-wearing promotions workers to claim some sort of moral high ground should ring a few alarm bellsTo the list of Great Woke?ings of our time, we must formally add the gambl…

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A transfer window for managers? It will happen but for the wrong reasons | Marina Hyde

The deadline day drama is flagging and football’s content era is desperately in need of new characters“In Argentina we say that the job is the electric chair,” Mauricio Pellegrino explained last week of the manager’s gig. “It is not easy to stay in the…

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Stand up for Aly Raisman in fight to purge the horrors of Larry Nassar | Marina Hyde

The US gymnast, who gave an electrifying victim statement face to face with her abuser in court, is now is now taking on the US Olympic CommitteeLast Friday, the multiple gold-medal winning US gymnast Aly Raisman delivered an electrifyingly powerful vi…

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Never managed and didn’t apply: how the FA made Phil Neville its No 1 | Marina Hyde

Surprising frontrunner for the job of England women’s manager sums up the FA’s continuing bumbling approachWhat an amusing inevitability to learn that Phil Neville is the frontrunner for the job of managing the England women’s side. I very much enjoyed…

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North and South Korea are talking but let’s not give the IOC all the credit | Marina Hyde

The idea that Kim Jong-un’s heart has been melted because North Korea has been permitted to send a figure skating pair across the DMZ to compete in Pyeongchang next month feels a bit of a stretchFor an event that claims to exist in the rarefied air far…

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The Froome affair proves it: Team Sky is champion of misunderstandings | Marina Hyde

Claim follows claim and now Chris Froome fails a drugs test. Fate is unkind to our premier cyclistsIt’s always exciting when something goes right down to the wire. And for many of us, the race to re-edit Chris Froome’s Sports Personality of the Year se…

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There is too much irritating respect in football – and here are 10 reasons why | Marina Hyde

The fracas at Manchester United was supposedly all about José Mourinho demanding respect but upstartery is a lot of what makes sport greatIs there a more elastic concept in modern football than “respect”? There certainly isn’t a more self-regardingly i…