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UK Athletics selects only one male sprinter for European Indoor Championships

• Ojie Edoburun is sole pick for men’s 60m in a 48-strong team• Reigning champion Richard Kilty thought to be lodging appealThe UK Athletics performance director, Neil Black, has defended the bizarre policy that has led to only one British male sprinte…

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Reece Prescod tones down social life in quest for world championship gold

Sprinter has stopped going out at nights and replaced house music with reading to prepare for the worlds in SeptemberReece Prescod is as disarmingly honest as he is dizzingly fast. So when the 22-year-old is asked whether he ever feels a devil on his s…

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Laura Muir has her sights on 1988 indoor mile record in Birmingham

• Kirsty Wade’s indoor mile Birtish record has stood for 31 years• Muir to defend her 1500m and 3,000m indoor titles next monthShortly after Laura Muir first broke into the British team in 2014 she received an unexpected request from the Scottish middl…

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Caster Semenya is ‘unquestionably a woman’, say her lawyers

• Semenya will fight for her right to compete without medication• IAAF fears athletes with DSD could dominate the sportCaster Semenya’s lawyers said the 800m Olympic champion is “unquestionably a woman” who will be fighting for her right to compete int…

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Caster Semenya: IAAF denies it wants to classify athlete as biological male

• Case to be heard at the court of arbitration for sport next week• ‘IAAF has not said DSD athletes should be classified as male’The IAAF has emphatically rejected a report that it wants the women’s Olympic 800m champion, Caster Semenya, to be classifi…

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Team GB cyclist launches athlete’s movement after frustration with Wada

• Callum Skinner proposes global movement for change• ‘Crazy’ that athletes don’t have a voice, says Olympic championThe British Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Callum Skinner has urged his fellow athletes to sign up for a new global body that he sa…

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UK Sport to relax ‘no compromise’ approach to funding after Tokyo 2020

• Boost for sports which lost funding in previous Olympic cycle• Focus still on winning medals, says Katherine GraingerUK Sport is to soften its controversial “no compromise” approach to elite sport, which led to millions being funnelled into the best …

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England’s Joe Root praised for response to alleged homophobia

Cricketer told West Indies’ Shannon Gabriel ‘there is nothing wrong with being gay’The England cricket captain Joe Root has been widely hailed for his response to alleged homophobic abuse after telling an opponent that “there is nothing wrong with bein…

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Little Englandism after Brexit could endanger sport’s prowess and appeal | Sean Ingle

Elite level athletes and organisations have benefited from unfettered access to Europe; few are fully prepared for the ramifications of whatever happens on 29 MarchIt was during the death throes of the British empire that the penultimate high commissio…

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Dwain Chambers’ return to sprinting welcomed by Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake

• Chambers, banned for doping in 2004, comes out of retirement• Mitchell-Blake says 40-year-old’s return is good for the sportDwain Chambers’ shock decision to come out of retirement at the age of 40 to race at this weekend’s British Indoor Championshi…

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Russia’s Paralympic doping ban lifted after IPC praises ‘significant reforms’

• Governing body says 69 of 70 reinstatement criteria met• Russia has still not officially responded to McLaren reportRussia will rejoin the Paralympics community next month after the International Paralympic Committee decide to lift a suspension impos…

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Seven marathons in seven days: British runner sets time record

Susannah Gill beats women’s record for World Marathon ChallengeWhat started out as a “crazy ambition” yesterday ended in a world record as the British runner Susannah Gill successfully completed seven marathons across seven continents in seven days to …

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Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman’s tribunal delayed

• Legal team immediately request adjournment on first morning• Freeman faces serious allegations over banned testosteroneDr Richard Freeman’s medical tribunal has been adjourned until Friday morning after his legal team requested a delay. While no reas…

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Vikki Orvice, journalist and trailblazer for women in sport, dies aged 55

• Sun’s athletics writer diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007• ‘Lived her life with integrity and courage,’ says Paula RadcliffeThe Sun’s long-time athletics correspondent Vikki Orvice, who blazed a trail for women in sport during a 24-year career in n…

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Q&A: What is at stake at Richard Freeman’s medical tribunal?

The career of Richard Freeman, the former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor, is on the line but what is he accused of and what could be the consequences for the sport?When Richard Freeman, the former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor, walks into th…

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Sports minister Mims Davies calls for summit to tackle increase in abuse

• Set to meet football authorities and outside groups• Football should ‘not foster division’, she told parliamentThe sports minister, Mims Davies, is to hold an urgent summit with football leaders to discuss how to stamp out the growing problems of rac…

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Football needs to get house in order over concussion, and it is not alone | Sean Ingle

Too many sports do not have the right procedures in place to deal with concussion but work on pitchside diagnosis and technology to improve it is moving forwardA few years ago Sir Alex Ferguson accused David Luiz of “rolling about like a dying swan” to…

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Robbie Grabarz set for Olympic silver as 12 Russians banned for doping

• London 2012 high jump champion Ivan Ukhov banned• Court of arbitration for sport found ‘centralised’ doping schemeBritain’s Robbie Grabarz looks poised to be awarded an Olympic silver medal after 12 Russian athletes, including the London 2012 high ju…

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Watford suspend academy head Darren Sarll over bullying allegations

• Sarll alleged to have humiliated players• Premier League officials visit Watford training groundThe head of Watford’s academy, Darren Sarll, has been suspended following allegations of bullying. The 35-year-old, who joined the club in the summer, is …

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FA investigating allegations of homophobic chanting at Sol Campbell

• Abuse alleged to have taken place on Saturday • Supporters tell of hearing ‘disgusting’ chantsThe Football Association has launched an investigation into claims that Sol Campbell was subjected to “horrendous” homophobic abuse during Macclesfield Town…