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Gold Coast’s Games finale lowers bar for follow-up at Birmingham 2022

Eleven days of slick operation were somewhat undermined by two bum notes struck in the final 24 hours on the Gold CoastThe organisers of Birmingham 2022, possibly daunted by following an event so well received on the ground, may have felt some relief a…

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Commonwealth Games: ‘Tiny island nation of England is not doing so good’

Largest ever team to leave these shores is trailing Australia by a distance and the administrative backup has missed a trick tooTeam England ticked very few boxes at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday, from the support officials who incomprehensibly bot…

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Alistair Brownlee: ‘Jonny is reminded of that finish every time we buy a cup of tea’

The tale of Team England’s 2018 Commonwealth Games flag bearer helping his brother reach the finish of a triathlon in Mexico two years ago follows them everywhereAt the supermarket, in the local pub and simply walking down the street. Everywhere he goe…

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How Bahrain uses sport to whitewash a legacy of torture and human rights abuses | David Conn

Campaign groups argue that Bahrain’s association with glamour sport is used to ‘launder’ a more wholesome image for the country

The cyclist Sonny Colbrelli secured prominent exposure for the name of his Bahrain Merida team early in the Tour de France, heading the group sprint at the end of the second stage in Liège before finishing a creditable sixth. The team’s leader, Ion Izagirre, crashed out on the first day, but Bahrain Merida has already established itself on the world tour, after star signing Vincenzo Nibali competed through three spectacular weeks in May to claim a third place finish in the Giro d’Italia.

The cycling team, launched in January with an estimated £13.7m budget by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa, a son of the ruling King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, is the latest venture which will help promote the autocratically ruled, troubled country through an association with globally televised sporting events.

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Mo Farah snub in Spoty award ‘really sad’, says Alistair Brownlee

• Double Olympic champion finished only fourth in voting
• ‘Maybe some people don’t see him as British’

Alistair Brownlee has admitted his surprise that Mo Farah yet again failed to make the top three of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday night and suggested it might be because “some people don’t see him as British”.

Brownlee said he would have voted for Farah, who came fourth in the awards despite retaining his Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m titles in style in Rio, and felt it was “really sad” that he did not get the respect his success deserved.

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 – behind the scenes

Stars from the world of sport were out in force at the BBC’s annual awards extravaganza and Guardian photographer Tom Jenkins got special access to see how the event at Birmingham’s Genting Arena came together

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Relief at the Beeb as, for once in 2016, voters get it spot on with Andy Murray | Barry Glendenning

Tennis’s white-hot favourite collects Sports Personality of the Year award but the triathlete Alistair Brownlee surprises with his second place

‘The people have spoken … the bastards,” a waspish Dick Tuck observed following his failure to make the California State Senate in 1966. At the end of a year in which electorates throughout the UK and beyond have proved time and again they simply cannot be trusted to make even the simplest choice, it is a sentiment with which BBC panjandrums were happy not to concur at the end of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year beano in Birmingham on Sunday night.

They had been utterly terrified the Great British Public would select a one‑two-three of Andy Murray, Mo Farah and Gareth Bale – three sporting high-achievers who it was known would not be present in person on the night.

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Alistair Brownlee:‘Mexico brought us to people’s attention. We saw it as failure’

Alistair Brownlee won Olympic gold in triathlon and a month later hauled his stricken brother Jonny over the finishing line in Mexico

“Well, I have been helping old ladies across the road,” deadpans Alistair Brownlee. “And we’ve turned on every Christmas light in Leeds and asked people to vote,” interjects his brother Jonny. “Yeah, more than once,” agrees Alistair. Welcome to electioneering Brownlee style. Sharp as a tack – yet refreshingly tongue in cheek with it.

Some athletes take the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award desperately seriously. Alistair, while hugely proud to be on the 16-strong shortlist and be second favourite for the award behind Andy Murray, is not one of them. In fact, he has a disarming confession. “It’s amazing to be there,” he says, “especially in such a special year. Although I wonder how much traction I would have got without the Mexico incident.”

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Murray in, Wiggins out: it’s Spoty time again – let the carping commence

A shortlist dominated by Rio winners means some startling omissions, such as England’s all-conqering rugby players and even some of Team GB’s biggest achievers, but each of the contenders deserves their place

While the presence of the world tennis No1 Andy Murray on the shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year suggests the outcome of the public vote will be a formality, there are several conspicuous inclusions and absentees from a roll of honour that is largely comprised of Olympians and Paralympians nominated for their contributions to Team GB’s record-breaking medal hauls in Rio.

The Masters winner Danny Willett and the footballers Jamie Vardy and Gareth Bale are the only three members of the 16-strong shortlist who did not represent Great Britain in Brazil, while the triathlete Alistair Brownlee, the long-distance runner Mo Farah and the track cyclist Laura Kenny are the white-hot favourite Murray’s nearest rivals in the betting market.

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Alistair Brownlee named in latest leak from Fancy Bears hacking group

• Brownlee had one TUE for acetazolamide from 2013
• New Zealand rower Mahe Drysdale had four TUEs for fluocortolone

The British triathlete Alistair Brownlee is among the latest athletes to have his use of so-called therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) leaked online.

Related: Bradley Wiggins opens up with full story on asthma, allergies and TUEs

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Jonny Brownlee: I owe brother Alistair a good Christmas present – video

Jonny Brownlee says he will always be thankful to his older brother Alistair, who helped him cross the finish line at the World Triathlon Series in Cozumel, Mexico, on Sunday. Speaking on Monday to BBC Sport, Alistair says helping Jonny was simply the right thing to do

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Jonny Brownlee: I owe brother Alistair a good Christmas present – video

Jonny Brownlee says he will always be thankful to his older brother Alistair, who helped him cross the finish line at the World Triathlon Series in Cozumel, Mexico, on Sunday. Speaking on Monday to BBC Sport, Alistair says helping Jonny was simply the right thing to do

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Alistair Brownlee gives up chance to win race and helps brother Jonny – video

An exhausted Jonny Brownlee is helped over the finish line by his brother Alistair who gives up the chance to win the race in a dramatic end to the World Triathlon Series in Cozumel, Mexico, on Sunday. Brothers in arms: Alistair Brownlee gives up chanc…

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Brothers in arms: Alistair Brownlee gives up chance to win to help stricken Jonny over line

• Jonny began to weave across course in final few hundred metres in Mexico
• ‘I think it’s as close to death as you can be in sport,’ says Alistair

A dazed Jonny Brownlee was helped over the line by his brother Alistair, who shunned the chance to win the race to come to the aid of his younger sibling, in a dramatic end to the World Triathlon Series in Cozumel, Mexico.

Related: Alistair Brownlee claims triathlon gold and Jonny takes silver at Rio 2016

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The Agenda: anniversary for Arsène Wenger and Brownlee brothers return

Arsenal manager marks 20 years at the club, Alistair and Jonny resume their triathlon exploits after the Olympics and Bubba Watson to learn Ryder Cup fate

Expect plenty of footage of Arsène Wenger looking young on TV this week: Thursday marks 20 years to the day since Grampus Eight’s highbrow, low-profile coach pitched up at Arsenal. At his first press conference at Highbury in 1996 the 47-year-old told reporters he’d hired Pat Rice as No2, would show recovering alcoholic Tony Adams “every respect”, and planned to take a relaxed view when it comes to spending money: “Yes, I will sign players but I’m not in any hurry.” He also set out his broader philosophy – “I like real, modern football, football made of compact lines, of zones, of pressure and quick, coordinated movements” – and revealed his biggest personal challenge: “I am like every human, I have my weaknesses. I would say to you I try every day to be better than the day before but I am conscious that I have to win over these supporters. They don’t know me.” They do now.

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Men’s triathlon: Rio 2016 Olympics – live!

2.51pm BST

Heroes, each and every one of them:

The ultimate trial of guts and grit over land and sea… Yes, reporting on the Olympics can be tough. Today I’m off to watch the triathlon

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Our man on the ground, Sean Ingle, has the latest from Rio:

Good morning from Copacabana, where my morning walk to work involved a 25-minute walk along the beach … well, someone has to do it. While strolling through the sand I saw the Brownlee brothers Alistair and Jonny jogging along, looking as relaxed as anything. Their aim today is to finish 1-2 on the podium. Such an achievement would make them only the ninth pair of brothers in summer and winter Olympic Games history to finish with a gold and silver medal in the same event. And Alistair believes it is possible. “I’m feeling really good,” he says. “During the last few weeks, we’ve both put in some hard sessions, and I don’t think it could have gone an awful lot better, so we’re very happy. I will stand on that start line knowing I am not far off my very best.” The bookies have Alistair as a short-priced 8-11 favourite, which is probably about right. The big unknown is whether two lads from Yorkshire can handle the conditions, which are a lot hotter and more muggy than forecast.

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Team GB’s 29 gold medals from London 2012: where are those Olympians now?

From Helen Glover and Heather Stanning to Jason Kenny and Anthony Joshua, the golden achievers of four years ago have taken different directions since then – some to Rio, others to pastures and challenges new

The pair have gone from strength to strength since the London Games, continuing to dominate their field. Thriving under the guidance of Robin Williams, Stanning and Glover are undefeated together since 2011 and are the world champions, defending the title they won in Amsterdam in 2014 by powering their way to more glory in Aiguebelette last year. They also won their second successive gold at the European championships this year and could become the first British women rowers to defend an Olympic title successfully.

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50 faces to watch out for at the 2016 Rio Olympics: part one

From Nicola Adams to Jessica Ennis-Hill, via Usain Bolt, here are the first 10 of our 50 top names to watch as the summer’s biggest sporting event nears

In May, by winning the world flyweight title in Kazakhstan, Adams seized the last major title to have eluded her, meaning she heads to Rio as the reigning Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European Games champion, having also previously won European and EU golds. Times, it is fair to say, have changed in women’s boxing, and Adams has been at the vanguard of the transformation. When she won her first world medal in Ningbo, China in 2008, she did not even travel with a physio, but by the time she reached Astana she had an eight-strong support staff. Now, as a true titan of her sport, it is time to start winning those titles all over again. Will Macpherson

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Alistair Brownlee tastes home victory in ITU World Triathlon London

• Brownlee’s second win of the season
• Crossed finish line in 50 minutes 39 seconds

Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee recorded his second win of the season as he triumphed on home soil at the 2015 ITU World Triathlon London on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion captured a breakaway win with a familiar crowd cheering him on in Hyde Park as he crossed the finish line in 50 minutes and 39 seconds.

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Alistair and Jonny Brownlee eager for more as London triathlon beckons

Racing in Hyde Park on Sunday, the scene of their London 2012 triumph, the Brownlee brothers are building up for the Rio Games but also harbour ambitions beyond Olympic glory

A few days ago Alistair Brownlee was sorting out his attic when he stumbled on something unexpected: his Team GB rucksack from London 2012. “I hadn’t touched it since the Olympics,” he says, laughing. “My helmet was still in it, as well as a pair of shorts and a T-shirt I’d warmed up in. There was even a bar that I had half eaten and put back in.” A shake of the head. “It was just … there. Amazing.”

And Brownlee’s Olympic triathlon gold? Well, that has pride of place in his sock drawer. “I’ve never been that bothered about medals,” he says. “Although that one is precious to me, the achievement matters more.”

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