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‘I was a dangerous person’: Casey Legler on life as a teenage Olympian – and raging alcoholic

At 19, Legler broke the Olympic freestyle swimming record. But she was also an alcoholic and drug dealer who had suffered years of abuse from her trainers. She is surprised she is still alive, she saysOne day, when she was a teenager, Casey Legler woke…

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Troy Deeney: ‘I want to be remembered for more than just being a footballer’

Having overcome anger and alcohol issues, the Watford captain has become a leading voice in football’s fight against racism. He talks about his tough childhood, dealing with racist abuse – and finding happinessTroy Deeney would like you to know that he…

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NRL and AFL clubs called out for ‘toxic’ alcohol advertising deals

Only Melbourne Storm and Western Bulldogs don’t accept money from drinks industry, report findsA new study has highlighted the extent to which alcohol advertising is ingrained within Australia’s two major football codes, with concerns raised about the …

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Drunken behaviour spoils genteel sport of crown green bowling

Shropshire bowls association bans alcohol after spectators behave like ‘football hooligans’The genteel sport of crown green bowling is being threatened by increasing incidents of hooliganism, prompting one county to impose a ban on alcohol-related trou…

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Mata may be a very good boy, but does he pay his taxes? | Brief letters

Freemasons in the police | Footballer of the Year | Drunk tanks | Storm DylanUrgent action is needed if the national spokesman for the Freemasons says they are a parallel organisation who “fit into” the police (Freemasons are blocking reform, says poli…

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Jockey Club reins in alcohol consumption at Cheltenham festival

Decision by organiser of horse-racing event follows inappropriate behaviour by footballers and reality stars last year

By the time the first race got under way, many hundreds of pints had already been knocked back and a fair few punters were distinctly merry. As the day wore on, bar floors became sticky with spilled alcohol, tills heaved with beer money and frazzled staff were working hard to clear wine and champagne empties.

“I don’t see much difference to previous years to be honest,” said Jimmy Jones, a businessman who usually takes a cheeky day off to enjoy a bet with his mates at the Cheltenham festival.

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Heineken’s F1 deal leads to further call for ban on alcohol sponsorship

• Eurocare wants stronger legislation from the EC and member states
• Heineken’s deal worth $150m to F1 over five years

Heineken’s new sponsorship deal with Formula One has led to renewed calls from European campaigners for a ban on alcohol sponsorship in the sport.

Eurocare, which groups together public-health and non-governmental organisations, said on Tuesday that it wants stronger legislation from the European Commission (EC) and member states. France, a country without a Formula One grand prix, already bans alcohol sponsorship of sporting events.

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Friday night fever in Cardiff: does Six Nations rugby have a drink problem?

Six Nations weekends have been good-humoured as the majority of genuine supporters tend not to want to punch people after a couple of pints. The game risks losing that feelgood reputation at its peril
• England set to be unchanged against Italy

From a television ratings point of view last Friday’s Wales v England match was a triumph. A peak audience of almost nine million tuned in to the BBC’s coverage, the kind of figures which boost the terrestrial viewing argument and demonstrate that football is not the only winter show in town.

The game was a gripping one, too, which always helps retain the floating voters. So why the downbeat reaction on social media from some of those who were physically in Cardiff on Friday evening?

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Football’s other serious drink problem

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Sobering news for sports fans: Buccaneers stadium sells tinted water as tequila

Visitor to Florida venue says ‘tequila’ shots he bought were plain old H2O with a dash of dye as concession spokesman calls it ‘an honest mistake’

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Shamed by bigoted England rugby fans at All Blacks game

Robert Kitson: foul mouths and boo boys undermine game Continue reading…

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Pub opening times for England’s World Cup matches under review

Theresa May considering ‘national order to relax licensing hours’ despite Home Office’s initial fears about public disorder

Pubs and bars could be allowed to sell alcohol until 1am on the nights of England’s World Cup games this summer under proposals being considered by Theresa May, the home secretary.

May launched a two-week consultation on the idea of extending opening hours after David Cameron ordered a rethink – despite her department’s initial fears about the scope for public disorder.

In a statement to parliament, the home secretary said she was considering “a national order to relax licensing hours during the Fifa World Cup in June and July 2014, or whether to leave this as a local decision using the existing temporary event notice system”.

Suggesting she still has some reservations about the policy, May said the government was “mindful of the need to strike a balance between the risks that late-night drinking can lead to increased crime and disorder and public nuisance, and reducing the burden on the those wishing to celebrate the Fifa World Cup.”

The consultation will look at a range of possible later opening hours – but no later than 1am – and the dates and areas in which they might be appropriate.

Previously, Home Office minister Norman Baker rejected calls by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) for their members to be allowed to stay open late to show England’s opening game against Italy, which kicks off at 11pm on 14 June. He left pubs with the option of applying individually to local authorities for a licence extension through the temporary event notice system at a cost of £21 each.

Baker was overruled by the prime minister, who made a statement on his Twitter feed ordering the Home Office to think again.

If approved by the department, the national order would be similar to those put in place for celebrations during the royal wedding and diamond jubilee to mark occasions of “exceptional international, national or local significance”.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of BBPA, said: “We welcome this consultation as an opportunity to make clear the wish of publicans, the wider industry and, most importantly, England fans to enjoy World Cup 2014 in their local pub – the next best thing to being there.

“Over the next fortnight I encourage publicans and fans to make their voice heard by responding to the consultation.”

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The hounding of Ian Thorpe sends a catastrophic message | Van Badham

Van Badham: Thorpe may not actually be an addict, but his treatment by the media will make it even harder for those who are to seek the help they needVan Badham