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Women’s World Cup has come a long way but misogyny is still not beaten | Sean Ingle

While much progress has been made in recent decades today’s female coaches can still recount grim tales of sexismHere is something I was unaware of until recently. When England took part in the second unofficial women’s World Cup in Mexico in 1971, the…

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India v Pakistan: Mickey Arthur tells his players they can be heroes

• Pakistan coach Arthur plays up his side’s unpredictability• Virat Kohli focuses on India’s strengthsThe Pakistan coach, Mickey Arthur, has promised his young side they will go down in history if they can “produce the perfect game” and beat India for …

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British Olympians call for IOC to shelve ‘unfair’ transgender guidelines

• Survey of 15 female athletes finds frustration over current policy• Group in favour of suspension of rules pending further researchThe International Olympic Committee’s guidelines for transgender athletes are unfair on female athletes and should be s…

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Tokyo 2020: U-turn as hotels agree to wheelchair rooms for Paralympics

Promise by Japan that rooms will stay accessible as Paralympics legacy follows Guardian revelation that hotels wanted payment for conversionsThe Japanese government has promised that all hotel rooms that are converted to make them accessible for wheelc…

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FA head of security warns of trouble before England’s October trip to Prague

• Tony Conniford concerned over presence of far-right groups• “Deeply embarrassed” by scenes in Porto during Nations LeagueThe Football Association’s head of security has warned of more trouble when England travel to Prague to play the Czech Republic o…

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Caster Semenya free to run 800m with no medication as Swiss court floors IAAF

• Swiss court tells IAAF to suspend testosterone regulations• Olympic champion can compete without medication to 25 JuneCaster Semenya is once again free to run the 800m without having to take medication – at least for the time being – after the Swiss …

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England hope home World Cup can break down barriers on and off pitch

Eoin Morgan’s side start as favourites to lift their first title but tournament offers once-in-a-generation to revive interestThe last time England hosted the Cricket World Cup 20 years ago they suffered the embarrassment of being knocked out before th…

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Supporters angry over delays in receiving Cricket World Cup tickets

• Organisers play down fears• Dozens of fans vent their furyCricket World Cup organisers have played down complaints from fans who have failed to receive their match tickets, saying the problem is “absolutely normal” for major events and would be addre…

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Jessica Ennis-Hill calls for end to sponsors’ pressure over pregnancy

• Ennis-Hill: ‘I was worried they would tear up my contracts’• Heptathlon champion wants funding for mothers guaranteedJessica Ennis-Hill has warned that women feel under pressure not to have children during their sporting careers because they fear the…

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Mo Farah calls time on track return and targets 2020 Olympic marathon

• Briton concedes he may never run a track race again• Farah beat Andy Butchart in Vitality London 10kmMo Farah has conceded he will almost certainly never run a track race again and said his sights are now firmly on running the Olympic marathon in Tok…

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The 10,000-hour rule for sporting success is a myth, so let kids dabble | Sean Ingle

A new book blows out of the water the theory that the key to sport success is relentless practice and focus from an early ageThis column comes from the sleepy Austrian town of Götzis, where Katarina Johnson-Thompson has obliterated a world-class heptat…

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson: ‘I don’t know what it’ll take not to feel like an impostor’

Despite recent success, the athlete returns to Götzis determined to improve and reach her potential as the journey to Tokyo 2020 beginsKatarina Johnson-Thompson may be the best British female athlete in any sport. Yet remind of her the fact she has won…

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Aiba stripped of right to run boxing tournament at Tokyo Olympics

• IOC announcement folows six-month Deloitte review• New organisation to be in place by JuneAmateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, has been stripped of its right to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympic boxing tournament.However the International Olympic Committ…

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BeIN Sports chief in World Athletics Championships corruption inquiry

• French authorities suspect he paid bribes for Doha bid• Yousef Al-Obaidly denies wrongdoing in statementThe director general of the Qatari television group BeIN is under investigation for corruption by the French authorities, who suspect he paid brib…

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Cardiff chairman criticises ‘shoddy behaviour’ of Willie McKay in Sala deal

• Mehmet Dalman calls for ‘big bang’ in football regulation• Cardiff and Nantes still at impasse over Sala feeCardiff City’s chairman, Mehmet Dalman, has called for radical regulation of football agents in the wake of the death of the Argentinian strik…

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Manchester City and PSG should be thrown out of Europe, says La Liga president

• Javier Tebas says the two clubs are ‘playthings of a state’• City deny breaking Financial Fair Play rulesManchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are “playthings of a state” who should be kicked out of European competition for violating Financial Fair…

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Star players not close matches are the new turn-on for football’s TV viewers | Sean Ingle

Manchester City’s FA Cup final demolition of Watford may have been boring for some but research shows TV audiences want high-quality entertainment rather than unpredictabilityThere was a moment late in Saturday’s FA Cup final when Manchester City turne…

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Gareth Southgate warns Premier League could soon be only 15% English

• Data shows fall in starting places for England-eligible players• ‘We’ve got to arrest the slide; it’s a big danger for us’Gareth Southgate fears that only 15% of players in the Premier League will be eligible for England in a decade’s time unless clu…

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Farah ends return to track speculation by opting for Chicago Marathon

Runner favouring race defence over world championshipsFarah will face Rupp who returns from achilles injuryMo Farah appears to have ended his lengthy flirtation with a return to the track at this year’s world championships after announcing that he will…

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Ineos to back Eliud Kipchoge’s attempt to break two-hour marathon barrier

• Petrochemical company behind October attempt in London• It will be history for the human family, says Kenyan runnerExactly 65 years ago on Monday in Oxford Roger Bannister collapsed into a swarm of bowler-hatted men before hearing words that revived …