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Resurgent racism illustrates just how much work football still has to do | Sean Ingle

Research on supporters and coaches suggest that not enough is being done to tackle discrimination across the gameStill the virus spreads, and with the speed and malignancy of a pandemic. To Brentford, where a fan was arrested on Saturday for allegedly …

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James Cracknell shuts out media scrum to focus on Boat Race

Oldest rower to compete in famous race has earned his place in Cambridge boat, colleagues sayFor someone about to battle the tides of history as well as the Thames in the 165th Boat Race, James Cracknell looked remarkably calm on Friday as film crews b…

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Amateur cup final abandoned as team walk off after player ‘suffers racial abuse’

• Wymeswold’s striker Linford Harris abused after being sent off• Leicestershire & Rutland County FA launch investigationAn investigation has been launched following the abandonment of an amateur cup final in Leicester after a supporter allegedly m…

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Liverpool paid agents £43.8m over last year – £17m more than rivals

• Chelsea (£26.8m) and Manchester City (£24.1m) are next on list • Spurs made £113m profit in 2017-18 to break Liverpool’s recordLiverpool spent £43.8m on agents’ fees during the past year – around £17m more than any other Premier League club – accordi…

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FA’s Greg Clarke asks Uefa to hand referees power to take action on racism

• Uefa’s three-step protocol ‘needs to evolve’ says Clarke• Uefa president says referees will be urged to be ‘brave’The Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, has called for Uefa to make it easier for referees to halt or abandon matches when they …

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World’s top marathon runners to face innovative anti-doping programme

• New scheme uses investigation and intelligence-driven testing• ‘We are absolutely determined to have a sport of integrity’The world’s top marathon runners, including Mo Farah and Eliud Kipchoge, are set to face more comprehensive scrutiny under a “gr…

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Foreigners boost England’s potential – but our youngsters may beg to differ | Sean Ingle

Across sport and industry all the evidence suggests foreigners do not damage national teams. If anything, they improve themIt sounds like the start of a bad joke. What do Boris Johnson and Silvio Berlusconi have in common? Yes, apart from that. And tha…

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Jadon Sancho toasts Raheem Sterling’s example to England youngsters

• ‘I’m just happy to share a pitch with Raheem,’ says Sancho• Gareth Southgate praises Borussia Dortmund teenagerAmid the smiles that followed England’s beautiful dissection of the Czech Republic on Friday night, few were bigger than Jadon Sancho’s whe…

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Gafur Rakhimov to stand down as Aiba president during investigation

• Rakhimov branded one of Uzbekistan ‘leading criminals’ • Rakhimov claims to have ‘revitalised and energised’ AibaGafur Rakhimov, who is accused of being one of Uzbekistan’s “leading criminals” with “links to the heroin trade” by the US Treasury, has …

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Caster Semenya case verdict postponed until end of April

• New submissions made by athlete and IAAF• Runner is challenging revised eligibility ruleCaster Semenya will have to wait until the end of April to hear whether her high-profile legal case against athletics’ governing body has been successful after th…

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Sophie Jones banned for racial abuse and leaves Sheffield United

• Tottenham’s Renée Hector said Jones made monkey noises• Player’s contract terminated by mutual consent, say UnitedThe Sheffield United women’s player Sophie Jones has been banned for five matches after being found guilty of racially abusing an oppone…

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What makes a great manager? Solskjær’s Manchester United progress offers a clue

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Manchester United return has prompted debate about the qualities of former players as managers – and German academics may have an answerJust how exceptional a manager is Ole Gunnar Solskjær? For all the praise lavished on the like…

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Sky Brown: 10-year-old skateboarder set to compete for Team GB at Olympics

Youngster set to become Britain’s youngest summer OlympianBrown will be 12 years old at start of Tokyo Games in 2020She’s already the world’s youngest professional skateboarder, with an Instagram following of 300,000 hanging on her every video, from le…

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Radical Diamond League plans will cut meeting length and ditch long races

• 5,000m and 10,000m to be scrapped under new plans• New format aims to make athletics more compelling to fansRadical new plans for athletics’ elite Diamond League circuit will see meetings cut to 90 minutes, fewer events, and the 5,000m and 10,000m sc…

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Birmingham City fan pleads guilty to assaulting Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish

• Paul Mitchell attended Birmingham magistrates’ court • PFA’s Gordon Taylor says points deductions must be an optionBirmingham City fan Paul Mitchell, who assaulted Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish during Sunday’s derby match, has pleaded guilty at Birming…

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Thrills of Cheltenham Festival week can’t mask racing’s uncertain future

Animal welfare is just one problem for a sport that will have its moment in the sun at the Cheltenham festivalThirty years ago this week, after Desert Orchid had winged up the Cheltenham hill as if auditioning for a role as Pegasus, the Observer’s Hugh…

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Thrills of Cheltenham Festival week can’t mask racing’s uncertain future

Animal welfare is just one problem for a sport that will have its moment in the sun at the Cheltenham festivalThirty years ago this week, after Desert Orchid had winged up the Cheltenham hill as if auditioning for a role as Pegasus, the Observer’s Hugh…

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Mo Farah strongly hints at surprise return to track at world championships

• Farah has eye on competing in 10,000m in Doha in October• ‘I miss the track, I miss representing my country,’ Briton saysMo Farah has given his strongest indication yet that he will make a shock return to the track to run in the 10,000m at the world …

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F1 accused of ‘turning blind eye’ over activist’s jailing in Bahrain

• F1 says imprisonment ‘had nothing to do with peaceful protest’• Najah Yousif jailed after criticising Bahrain GP in 2017Formula One has been accused of “looking the other way” by human rights groups in the case of an activist who was beaten, sexually…

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F1 accused of ‘turning blind eye’ over activist’s jailing in Bahrain

• F1 says imprisonment ‘had nothing to do with peaceful protest’• Najah Yousif jailed after criticising Bahrain GP in 2017Formula One has been accused of “looking the other way” by human rights groups in the case of an activist who was beaten, sexually…