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Lindsey Vonn’s exit shows champions don’t have to go downhill | Richard Williams

American skier who is retiring from the sport did not need to win in order to bow out in glory in her final raceAll she wanted, Lindsey Vonn said, was to stay out of the fence, get to the finish and see the green one more time. She got her wish. At the…

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Intimate photos, inflatable phalluses: Notts County sink into nether world | Richard Williams

The world’s oldest professional football club are used to hard times but their present dire situation on and off the pitch has reached a new lowWhen the wind was coming from the wrong direction, the most salient feature of a visit to Notts County in th…

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Intimate photos, inflatable phalluses: Notts County sink into nether world | Richard Williams

The world’s oldest professional football club are used to hard times but their present dire situation on and off the pitch has reached a new lowWhen the wind was coming from the wrong direction, the most salient feature of a visit to Notts County in th…

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Why Test cricket is the winner after West Indies’ humbling of England | Richard Williams

A successful West Indies team is important to the overall health of Test cricket and the manner of their crushing victory over England in the first Test only added to the enjoymentIs there a soul alive with an ounce of love for cricket who did not rejo…

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Aaron Ramsey will follow in the footsteps of greatness by moving to Juventus | Richard Williams

Legendary status earned by John Charles in Turin is proof that the Welsh playmaker can still make up for time lost at ArsenalThere may be no second acts in American lives, as F Scott Fitzgerald once claimed, but a footballer’s can sometimes stretch to …

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Michael Schumacher’s son progresses to bring hope in tragic F1 tale | Richard Williams

Mick Schumacher, whose legendary father suffered a brain injury five years ago, is making his own name in motor racingA few months ago Damon Hill was waiting in a lounge at Heathrow airport, watching the departure board for news of his scheduled flight…

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US gymnasts lead way in exceptional year for female pioneers of sport | Richard Williams

Women’s sport made giant strides in 2018, never more significantly than in a Michigan courtroom where gymnasts gave evidence against their former coach – a serial abuserOne by one they stepped forward to the microphone, a procession of young women norm…

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Formula E gets a lot right while at times managing to be as wrong as F1 ever was | Richard Williams

Fifth season kicked off in Riyadh on Saturday and although it was an entertaining spectacle, the rules farrago towards the end was the last thing the formula needsThe fifth season of Formula E roared into life in Saudi Arabia at the weekend. Well, that…

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Team Sky’s legacy: titles and ambition tarnished by coldness and allegations | Richard Williams

The cycling team, who will lose Sky as a sponsor next year, raised the sport’s profile in Britain but also took it away from the humanity treasured by puristsEvery now and then, a new force enters a sport with an impact so crushing that it reshapes and…

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Team Sky’s legacy: titles and ambition tarnished by coldness and allegations | Richard Williams

The cycling team, who will lose Sky as a sponsor next year, raised the sport’s profile in Britain but also took it away from the humanity treasured by puristsEvery now and then, a new force enters a sport with an impact so crushing that it reshapes and…

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Coach is a Russian David and Goliath film tale – but twist is in the credits | Richard Williams

Russia’s equivalent of Grimsby Town overcome odds with the help of some powerful friends but crowd-pleasing morality tale is not quite what it seemsThe second-division team from a distant and ill-favoured coastal town are in the cup final. They’re play…

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US fans don’t always take British boxing seriously – Fury showed they should | Richard Williams

British boxers and the circus that surrounds them can appear a little eccentric but Tyson Fury forced doubters to ignore the eccentricity and acknowledge the seriousnessTo American fight people, British boxers and the circus that surrounds them can app…

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F1 season ends and building of the broadcasting paywall begins | Richard Williams

Only the British Grand Prix will be on UK terrestrial TV next season, as F1 cuts itself from the massesWhile Lewis Hamilton performed his doughnuts in front of the grandstand and then removed his fireproof vest in order to display his tattoos on the po…

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The Road Book – cycling’s new Wisden – is good news for a sport in flux | Richard Williams

Cycling may be facing an uncertain future but a Ned Boulting-edited new tome offers thoughtful writing and a mass of facinating statisticsIn earlier times, Geraint Thomas would have been a shoo-in for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year awar…

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Football’s collective voice must be mobilised to rid the streets of knives | Richard Williams

Top players, the FA and the Premier League need to devote time, energy and influence to persuading teenagers to ‘drop the knife and save a life’Like many 10-year-old boys throughout Britain in the year 2000, Damilola Taylor was a fan of Manchester Unit…

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Lewis Hamilton joins F1 legends by doing it his way and not by imitation | Richard Williams

Mercedes maestro has complimented his adherence to grand prix track etiquette with a trail-blazing love of rap music and fashion designAs Lewis Hamilton has just discovered, five is a magical number in motor racing. It means one thing and one thing onl…

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Marc Márquez, the Messi, Woods, Federer, Bolt and Hendrix of MotoGP | Richard Williams

Spaniard’s fifth world title displayed his ability to create a spectacle that leaves everyone, including rival riders, shaking their heads in wondermentOn Sunday at the Motegi circuit in Japan, Marc Márquez pulled off what Lewis Hamilton could not quit…

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Colin Kaepernick sounds the alarm against a re-emerging evil | Richard Williams

Former quarterback’s stand is a reminder the injustice highlighted by raised fists 50 years ago has not gone awayLast week Colin Kaepernick became one of eight new recipients of the W E B Du Bois Medal, presented by Harvard University to those it consi…

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Colin Kaepernick sounds the alarm against a re-emerging evil | Richard Williams

Former quarterback’s stand is a reminder the injustice highlighted by raised fists 50 years ago has not gone awayLast week Colin Kaepernick became one of eight new recipients of the W E B Du Bois Medal, presented by Harvard University to those it consi…

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Lack of expert leadership at Ferrari has not helped Sebastian Vettel | Richard Williams

The F1 title race comes down to fine margins and the absence of racing knowledge at Ferrari has been evident as Mercedes has taken controlWhen Sebastian Vettel poked the nose of his Ferrari alongside the flank of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull as they hurtl…