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Author Archive for Martin Belam and agencies

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‘Tortillas that taste like glory’ – the secret of Mexico’s World Cup diet

Mexican team revel in being able to eat tacos again after avoiding domestic red meatWhile every player at the World Cup will be taking great care over their diet and nutrition during the tournament, the Mexican squad have an extra incentive to be caref…

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Iran’s female football supporters make history at World Cup stadium screening

Ban on attending sporting events at stadiums lifted to allow women in Tehran to watch Iran v SpainIran’s female football supporters have made history in Tehran – for the first time in 37 years they were able to attend a sporting event in the Azadi stad…

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Japan and Senegal fans tidy up after themselves at World Cup

Japanese fans set trend with their regular habit of clearing up after supporting the Samurai Blue at World CupsJapanese fans further cemented their reputation as one of the politest sets of supporters at World Cups as they were filmed helping to clean …

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Argentina draw becomes most-watched Iceland sporting TV event in history

Smallest country to feature in World Cup made huge domestic TV debut, with 99.6% of everybody watching TV tuning inIceland’s National Broadcasting Service, RÚV, has announced that 99.6% of Icelanders who were watching television on Saturday afternoon c…

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Commonwealth Games: the Gold Coast performances that didn’t go to plan

If you are going to have winner, inevitably it means there will be losers. Here are a few of the people who would probably rather forget their time at the 2018 Commonwealth GamesAs the closing ceremony bought the curtain down on 11 days of Commonwealth…

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Wolves confirm no action against ‘hero’ ballboy who seized ball from Hull staff

The 16-year-old was ordered to leave the Molineux pitch after an altercation with Hull staff but club say he has not been sackedThe Championship leaders Wolves have confirmed they will be taking no action against a ballboy who became a fan favourite af…

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Winter Paralympics: USA and Canada to meet in men’s ice hockey final

• Emphatic last-four victories set up Pyeongchang showpiece• Norway snatch final place in curling semi-finals as GB miss outA light programme in Pyeongchang meant the focus moved from the slopes to indoor arenas on Thursday, with para ice hockey and wh…

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Russian athlete filmed in ‘I don’t do doping’ shirt fails Olympic drug test

Nadezhda Sergeeva, who denies taking banned medication, appeared in the video posted to social media earlier during the Winter OlympicsA Russian athlete who has tested positive for a banned substance at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics had recently appe…

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Canada’s Jocelyne Larocque apologises for removing silver medal on podium

After dramatic shootout defeat, the 29-year-old ice hockey player took the consolation medal straight off after it was presentedA member of Canada’s silver medal-winning women’s ice hockey team has been forced to issue an apology, after removing her me…

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Overexposed: Gabriella Papadakis and Winter Olympic wardrobe malfunctions

At recent Games there have been a series of wardrobe woes and costume mishaps … with the French ice dancer being just the latestThe French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron have made Winter Olympics headlines for all the wrong reaso…

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Why the Finnish squad are knitting at the Winter Olympics … again

Social media users have loved the sight of Antti Koskinen and the Finnish Winter Olympic squad knitting, for the second Winter Olympics in a rowThe head coach of Finland’s snowboarders, Antti Koskinen, became a social media sensation this week when he …

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Robot skiers tackle Olympic challenge in South Korea

As Pyeongchang hosts the Winter Olympics, down the road robots are also hitting the slopes – with a $10,000 prize on offerIt is not only human athletes who have been aiming to go “Faster, Higher, Stronger” in South Korea. Alongside the Pyeongchang Wint…