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Boris Johnson backtracks to allow club cricket to resume next weekend

Prime minister had claimed tea break risks spread of Covid-19Guidelines set to be published for resumption next weekBoris Johnson has performed a remarkable reverse sweep to allow club cricket to return next weekend – just hours after suggesting play w…

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England and Wales cricket clubs face ‘lost summer’ amid lockdown

Fans and players express disappointment at government’s decision not to lift ban on matchesPerched on a hilltop just north of Bath, the Broadleys ground, home of Marshfield CC, looks picture-postcard perfect. The playing surface has been cut and rolled…

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Club cricket optimistic despite Boris Johnson saying ball can carry Covid-19

Prime minister says the ball is a ‘natural vector’ for diseaseECB still hoping recreational cricket can resume in July The England and Wales Cricket Board is confident the recreational season can begin next month despite Boris Johnson’s claim that the …

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Boris Johnson opposes ban on Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Rugby union chiefs are reviewing historical context of popular terrace anthemBoris Johnson has said rugby fans should not be banned from singing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot as the sport’s governing body reviews the historical context of the song.The prime…

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Marcus Rashford’s campaign victory came from football’s power to effect change | Jonathan Liew

Ignore the cynical grumblings and, as this inspiring 22-year-old says, concentrate on what can be done when we work togetherSome PR stunt. In securing free school meals for deprived children in England over the summer holidays, Marcus Rashford has gene…

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Boris Johnson rejects Marcus Rashford’s plea for summer free school meals

Manchester United striker wrote open letter requesting u-turnDowning Street said prime minister would respond to RashfordBoris Johnson has rejected a plea from Marcus Rashford to reconsider the government’s decision not to extend its free school meals …

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Premier League begins crunch talks with no help from Boris Johnson

Hopes of guidance dashed by prime ministerWeek of chaos threatens Project RestartThe Premier League faces a week of chaos after hopes of government direction on Project Restart were dashed by the prime minister.A week ago expectations for a green light…

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Dawn of new golden age for cycling or just another empty promise? | Sean Ingle

Exercising is a better way to help the NHS than clapping once a week and more needs to be done to enact real changeFifteen years ago I was waiting by a red light when a dishevelled-looking cyclist, blond mop-top untamed by comb or helmet, pootled past …

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Walking football is still alive and kicking

Live sport | Key workers | Learning lessons | Ventilators | PointlessWell done, Max Rushden (You don’t know what you’ve got as a sports fan till it’s gone, Sport, 20 March). Not sure whether Walking Football, which comprises a bunch of argumentative ov…

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Nigel Pearson condemns Boris Johnson over ‘lack of leadership’ on coronavirus

Watford manager ‘totally underwhelmed’ by PM’s handlingPearson wary of fan fears of attending football amid outbreakNigel Pearson has hit out at Boris Johnson over a “lack of leadership” in the prime minister’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, tha…

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Nigel Pearson criticises ‘lack of leadership’ from Boris Johnson on coronavirus – video

Watford manager Nigel Pearson criticised a ‘lack of leadership’ from prime minister Boris Johnson over his handling of the government’s coronavirus response. ‘I don’t think we had any great leadership last night, listening to the prime minister,’ …

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Making political capital from sport comes naturally to boastful Boris Johnson | Richard Williams

Pledge to bring football World Cup ‘home’ in 2030 may be a bit more than wishful thinking this time – even if it lacks accuracyIt’s time, Boris Johnson assured us in the days leading up to the general election, for football to come home. The prime mini…

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Gary Neville criticises PM after fan accused of racism at Manchester derby

Commentator said Boris Johnson’s language around immigration fuels racism in society and footballFootball commentator and pundit Gary Neville blamed Boris Johnson’s election rhetoric on immigrants and immigration for fuelling the number of racist incid…

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Telling Gareth Bale that Johnson is PM took away banterpocalypse’s sole survivor | Marina Hyde

The Real Madrid forward had been blissfully unaware that Boris Johnson was running the UK – but now the country has blown a prime cloning opportunity to reclaim its lost innocenceWhy did they do it? What honestly possessed the newspaper journalist who …

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At least England’s footballers lead by example in the face of racism | David Olusoga

In confronting Bulgarian extremism, the players upheld values that our leaders casually spurnIf you want to feel good about Britain right now, or at least England, where do you look? Not to our parliament, in the latter stages of its descent into somet…

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England winning World Cup would be best response to Russia, says minister

Matt Hancock says best way to respond to Skripal poisoning would be to win final in MoscowThe culture, media and sport secretary, Matt Hancock, has said the best way to respond to the poisoning of a Russian double agent in Salisbury would be for Englan…

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Boris Johnson compares Russian World Cup to Hitler’s 1936 Olympics

Fears over safety of England fans, as Russia expels liaison diplomat and closes British consulate Boris Johnson has predicted the Russian president Vladimir Putin will glory in the World Cup this summer in the same way that Adolf Hitler did over the Ol…

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Said & Done: ‘I think the media gives the wrong image of Russia’

The week in football – also featuring: Boris Johnson, PSG and a vaudeville display Gianni Infantino in Moscow: advising “western media” to show some respect. “Do not try to paint with a dark paint everything that comes from the east – from Russia or th…

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London mayor Sadiq Khan orders inquiry into West Ham stadium costs

• Bill for converting former Olympic Stadium rises again to £323m
• Sadiq Khan lambasts ‘total and utter mess’ left under Boris Johnson

The mayor of London has ordered an independent inquiry into the soaring conversion costs for the former Olympic Stadium that is now home to West Ham United, after it emerged the bill had risen by another £51m to £323m.

The Labour mayor Sadiq Khan, elected to succeed his Conservative predecessor Boris Johnson in May this year, claimed that the finances of the London Stadium had been left in a “total and utter mess by the previous administration” as the cost of the conversion ballooned.

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London mayor Sadiq Khan orders inquiry into West Ham stadium costs

• Bill for converting former Olympic Stadium rises again to £323m
• Sadiq Khan lambasts ‘total and utter mess’ left under Boris Johnson

The mayor of London has ordered an independent inquiry into the soaring conversion costs for the former Olympic Stadium that is now home to West Ham United, after it emerged the bill had risen by another £51m to £323m.

The Labour mayor Sadiq Khan, elected to succeed his Conservative predecessor Boris Johnson in May this year, claimed that the finances of the London Stadium had been left in a “total and utter mess by the previous administration” as the cost of the conversion ballooned.

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