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Face-grab photos are ‘nonsense’, says Ben Stokes’s wife

Clare Stokes says images that seemed to show couple fighting were ‘twisted’ by paparazziThe wife of the cricketer Ben Stokes has dismissed allegations of a physical altercation between the couple at an awards ceremony.Pictures have emerged of Stokes an…

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Kit Carson, a football star-maker with a dark history of alleged abuse

Respected youth coach and scout faced dozens of accusers after Guardian broke scandalFormer football coach who crashed car before abuse trial ‘took his own life’ Kit Carson revelled in his image as a star-maker with the power to help promising junior f…

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‘I felt worthless’: how the Homeless World Cup changes lives

Players say football has restored pride and self-worth as Cardiff tournament reaches climaxLauren Blud feels as if she is having a panic attack whenever she steps on to the pitch before a game. But as soon as the referee’s whistle sounds, she thinks ab…

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Simon Speirs’ family fear more lives could be at risk in Clipper race

Amateur sailor’s widow Margaret says company has ‘failed in so many ways’The family of an amateur sailor who died after being swept overboard in a round-the-world yacht race have claimed more lives may be at risk unless the organisers implement safety …

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Simon Speirs’ family fear more lives could be at risk in Clipper race

Amateur sailor’s widow Margaret says company has ‘failed in so many ways’The family of an amateur sailor who died after being swept overboard in a round-the-world yacht race have claimed more lives may be at risk unless the organisers implement safety …

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Bob Higgins jailed for 24 years for abusing young footballers

Ex-Southampton FC junior football coach sexually abused 24 players over 25 yearsThe former Southampton FC junior football coach Bob Higgins has been jailed after being convicted of sexually abusing 24 schoolboy players over a 25-year period. Related: B…

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Bob Higgins jailed for 24 years for abusing young footballers

Ex-Southampton FC junior football coach sexually abused 24 players over 25 yearsThe former Southampton FC junior football coach Bob Higgins has been jailed after being convicted of sexually abusing 24 schoolboy players over a 25-year period. Related: B…

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Gay rugby player facing deportation to Kenya gets reprieve

Ken Macharia allowed to return home but deportation threat remains after fresh asylum claim rejected A gay rugby player facing deportation to Kenya, where he fears he will be the victim of persecution and violence because of his sexuality, has had a la…

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Bob Higgins victim: ‘I looked him in the eyes and took back the power’

Former footballer believes the convicted abuser colluded with Kit Carson at PeterboroughA former youth footballer who says he was abused by two football coaches in the 1990s has spoken of his struggle with anxiety and depression, and strongly criticise…

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‘The FA didn’t stop him’: The long road to justice for Bob Higgins’ abuse victims

Cultivation of father-figure role allowed coach to get away with sexual abuse of boys for decadesHiggins guilty of 45 counts of indecent assaultBob Higgins was the star-maker, the super-coach. He worked with the likes of the former England great Alan S…

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Football coach Bob Higgins guilty of 45 counts of indecent assault

Former Southampton and Peterborough coach convicted of assaults on teenage boysA former football coach who helped launch the career of a string of household names has been found guilty of sexually abusing schoolboy players.Bob Higgins, who worked with …

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Ex-football coach: massaging of young players was not sexual

Bob Higgins tells court he was treating boys for cramp and denies allegations of abuseA former Southampton FC schoolboy football coach has told a jury that he gave young players soapy water massages and may have touched their testicles.But Bob Higgins,…

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Ex-football coach Bob Higgins was ‘predatory paedophile’, court told

Suspect accused of using ‘kingmaker’ status to abuse boys over 25-year periodA former Southampton FC youth football coach was a “predatory paedophile” who used his power as one of the sport’s “kingmakers” to carry out a 25-year campaign of sexual abuse…

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Emiliano Sala’s family says search for missing pilot must continue

David Ibbotson, who flew footballer in plane that crashed into sea, has not been foundThe family of the footballer Emiliano Sala has called for the authorities to continue to search for missing pilot David Ibbotson as the world of football came to term…

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Emiliano Sala: missing Premier League footballer’s plane found

The plane carrying the missing Cardiff City player and pilot David Ibbotson has been foundThe wreckage of the plane that vanished with the footballer Emiliano Sala on board has been found within hours of a search starting in the sea off the Channel Isl…

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Birmingham gets ready for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Locals in host city have concerns any benefits will be short term, while others are optimistic the event will unite everyoneIn the summer of 2022, thousands of athletes, officials and fans from more than 70 nations and territories will descend on Birmi…

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Emiliano Sala: investigators find seat cushions on French beach

Accident investigators say pieces of cushion likely to be from aircraft that was carrying missing Cardiff City footballerThe first suspected pieces of wreckage from the plane that vanished with footballer Emiliano Sala on board have washed up on the Fr…

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Emiliano Sala’s family organise crowdfunded air and sea search

More than 4,000 people donate after official search for Cardiff City player and pilot haltedRelatives of Emiliano Sala are overseeing their own air and sea search for the missing Cardiff City footballer after more than 4,000 people contributed to a cro…

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Kit Carson died of traumatic brain injury, inquest hears

Fatal car crash happened just before former football coach’s sexual abuse trial was to beginA former youth football coach and scout whose car crashed into a tree on the day he was due to go on trial over historical sexual abuse charges died of a trauma…

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Alex Hepburn trial jury fails to reach verdicts

Ex-Worcestershire cricketer denies two counts of rape against woman in April 2017The jury in the trial of the cricketer Alex Hepburn has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts on two counts of rape.Jurors deliberated for more than nine hours b…