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Julie Welch, Fleet Street’s first female football writer: ‘It felt like a dare’

She was the first woman to cover the sport for a national newspaper. The reaction of her rivals ranged from patronising to full-on hostileJulie Welch can still remember how it felt to cover her first football game. Pushing through the press box, desper…

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Stephen King link helps Highland football team through lockdown

Author ‘over the moon’ after Buckie Thistle raise £900 from signed copy of If It Bleeds, which the club feature inFans of Buckie Thistle, a football club on Scotland’s north-east coast and occupying a respectable fifth place in the Highland League, wer…

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Football quiz: whose autobiographies featured these quotes?

Whose garden was ruined? Who chased money? Who got a tattoo? “It was about 2am and there was enough moonlight to see across my open-plan garden, unprotected by fences or even hedges … Vinnie jumped into his Mini and wheel-skidded it across the lawn. Th…

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The football books you should read during the coronavirus lockdown

Our writers pick their favourite football titles, including one by a Dutch master and another on the Premier League’s rise Dennis Bergkamp’s book is different. Produced with the excellent Dutch football writer David Winner, the former Arsenal striker’s…

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The Spin | The top cricketing reads for a long and yawning summer

With precious little, if any, cricket to look forward to, this could be just the time to catch up on some essential readingThere are only 12 days left till the non-start of the cricket season. What to do? Time – we have plenty of it after all – for a l…

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The sports world knows what concussion can do. So why does no one talk about it? | Stephanie Convery

At the inquest into the death of Sydney boxer Davey Browne, journalist and boxer Stephanie Convery’s anger rose. The industry had failed to protect its ownNobody in boxing talks about concussion.Given the objective of the sport is quite literally to hi…

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Colin Kaepernick to release memoir detailing story of ‘my evolution’

Quarterback led anthem protests against social injustice32-year-old’s book will be released by Kaepernick PublishingColin Kaepernick has announced he will release a memoir later this year through his own publishing house.The former San Francisco 49ers …

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Duncan Hamilton wins William Hill Sports Book of the Year for third time

• Biography of iconic cricket writer Neville Cardus wins• Author is first writer to win award three timesDuncan Hamilton has won the 31st William Hill Sports Book of the Year, making him the only author in the award’s history to have triumphed three ti…

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Duncan Hamilton wins William Hill Sports Book of the Year for third time

• Biography of iconic cricket writer Neville Cardus wins• Author is first writer to win award three timesDuncan Hamilton has won the 31st William Hill Sports Book of the Year, making him the only author in the award’s history to have triumphed three ti…

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‘We were in the bowels of hell’: Craig Foster on fighting for Hakeem al-Araibi

In this extract from his book on Hakeem al-Araibi, Craig Foster recalls the refugee footballer’s first court appearanceAt Klong Prem prison, Hakeem heard his voice called over the loudspeaker and was directed outside to where a white prison bus with wi…

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Peter Crouch: ‘I’ve got a photo of me and Mickey Rourke doing the robot’

The ex-England striker on playing Trivial Pursuit with his teammates, hiding from Mickey Rourke and not taking himself too seriouslyAs a footballer, Peter Crouch didn’t always get the appreciation he deserved. And yet the 6ft 7in striker scored more th…

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Tiger Woods to write memoir telling his ‘definitive story’

Publisher HarperCollins says Back is first and only account ‘directly from’ US golferFresh from a startling career comeback after years of battling injuries, sex addiction and tabloids, Tiger Woods has announced a new memoir titled Back in which he pro…

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‘He became our best friend’: how we survived Larry Nassar’s systematic abuse

Olympic medalist Tasha Schwikert and US national team member Jordan Schwikert reveal their experience as sisters and survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse, including an unthinkable week Tasha spent in the predator’s homeAt first we found it hard to believe…

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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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Newcastle bookseller bans Michael Owen memoir over slights to city

Huge sports book retailer based in city says Reboot’s account of sour relationship with the city’s team has made it the first book they will banA sports bookshop in Newcastle upon Tyne has announced that it will not stock Michael Owen’s new memoir Rebo…

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Rocky of the Rovers: success of Roy’s sister a sign of changing times | Giles Richards

Rocky’s adventures at the Women’s World Cup have unfolded in real time, with readers voting on where the story goesWhatever happens to the Lionesses against Norway on Thursday night, a dramatic finale will follow for one Englishwoman at the World Cup –…

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‘Surreal’ time in the TMS booth that came about by accident | Vic Marks

In another extract from his new book, Vic Marks explains how his time with TMS started in India and why his favourite commentator was Tony CozierWorking on Test Match Special has never been my main job and on most days it does not feel like a job at al…

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From Caster Semenya to Martina Navratilova: the best books on sporting outliers

Sports writer Alex Hutchinson picks the best books that explore sex, gender and the nature-nurture debateThe essential goal of sport, according to the bioethicist Thomas Murray, is the “virtuous perfection of our natural talents”. But what counts as “n…

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From Tiger Woods to World Cup memories: our favourite sports books of 2018

The story of the 1936 Olympics, tales from the soul of English cricket, a charlatan footballer called Kaiser and the remarkable Doddie Weir all take pride of place on our bookshelvesIn the crowded world of sporting fame, to be known universally by a si…

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How did the sports book of the year fail to select a winner? | Mark Lawson

Literary prizes aren’t meant to split decisions, but as a judge I felt it made sense for Paul Gibson and Tom Gregory to draw, just as it had when I helped decide the Booker Cricket and football matches often end as draws, and individual sporting events…