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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…

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Kit Carson, ex-football coach accused of abuse, dies in traffic collision

Seventy-five-year-old due to stand trial accused of sexual abuse of 11 boys over 30 yearsA youth football coach and scout credited with helping launch the careers of several professional players has died in a car crash on the first day of his trial for…

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Rescue ship reaches yachtswoman stranded in Southern Ocean

Susie Goodall was injured when her yacht flipped over as she took part in round-the-world raceA rescue ship has reached a British solo yachtswoman who was left drifting in the Southern Ocean after her vessel was wrecked in a storm as she took part in a…

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Solo yachtswoman waits in wreckage for Southern Ocean rescue

Cargo ship diverts to find Briton Susie Goodall, injured when her vessel overturnedA British solo yachtswoman stranded in the Southern Ocean after her boat was “destroyed” in a violent storm has spent an uncomfortable but safe 24 hours in the wreckage …

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British solo yachtswoman awaits rescue after surviving Southern Ocean storm

Susie Goodall was taking part in Golden Globe round-the-world race when her boat overturned and lost its mastA major rescue operation is under way in the Southern Ocean after a British solo yachtswoman was injured and and her boat “destroyed” in a fier…

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Gay rugby player wins temporary reprieve from deportation

Kenneth Macharia fears persecution because of his sexuality if deported to KenyaA gay rugby player threatened with deportation to Kenya, where he fears he will face persecution because of his sexuality, has been given a temporary reprieve.Kenneth Macha…

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Two police officers could be charged over Dalian Atkinson death

File passed to CPS following investigation into death of 48-year-old footballer, who was shot with stun gunTwo police officers could be prosecuted over the death of the former footballer Dalian Atkinson, who collapsed after being shot by a stun gun.The…

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‘So this is what it’s like to be famous,’ writes other Geraint Thomas

Welsh lecturer deluged with Twitter messages meant for Tour de France winnerHe prefers fast cars to speedy bicycles and counts joining a gym as his greatest athletic achievement.But because he shares a name with the winner of the Tour de France and has…

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Forest Green Rovers named world’s first UN certified carbon neutral football club

Gloucestershire-based League Two club powered by renewable energy and endorsed by Vegan SocietyA British professional football club that is powered by renewable energy and serves vegan food to players, staff and fans has received a prestigious United N…

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Ex-football coach Bob Higgins guilty of indecent assault

Winchester jury find 65-year-old not guilty of another charge and are still considering 48 countsThe former Southampton and Peterborough United football coach Bob Higgins has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a schoolboy player.Higgins, 65, wa…

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Bob Higgins told alleged abuse victim he loved him, court hears

Former football coach is said to have begged Billy Seymour not to leave SouthamptonA former youth football coach accused of sexually abusing a string of schoolboy players told one alleged victim he loved him and got down on his knees to beg him not to …

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Bob Higgins ‘stormed out’ when confronted by colleague, court hears

Former Southampton coach Bob Higgins denies 50 offences of indecent assault over 25 yearsThe former Southampton FC coach Bob Higgins, who is accused of sexually abusing schoolboy players, shouted and stormed out when a senior figure at the club confron…