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Olympics, World Cups and more: Tom Jenkins’ pictures of the decade

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer picks his favourite images from the thousands he shot during the past 10 yearsThis is a collection of images I have shot during the last decade. I wasn’t selecting them because they were necessarily the bigg…

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Sierra Leonean athlete can stay in UK after three-year legal fight

Jimmy Thoronka, who was found sleeping rough a year after competing at Commonwealth Games, granted leave to remainA Sierra Leonean sprinter who absconded from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and was found sleeping rough on the streets of Lond…

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Judo star in coma after motorbike crash

Scottish Commonwealth Games silver medallist Stephanie Inglis in intensive care after falling off motorcycle in VietnamA Scottish Commonwealth Games medallist is in a coma after sustaining serious head injuries in a motorcycle accident in Vietnam.Judo …

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Netball: Comm Games gold medallist Bianca Chatfield to retire

A year after calling time on her international netball career at the Commonwealth Games, Bianca Chatfield has decided to say farewell to the sport for good Continue reading…

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Amantle Montsho banned for doping after positive test at Glasgow 2014

• Former 400m world champion finished fourth at Commonwealth Games
• Botswanan was pipped to gold by Christine Ohuruogu at 2013 worlds
• American tennis player Wayne Odesnik hit with 15-year ban for doping

Amantle Montsho, Botswana’s former world 400m champion, has been handed a two-year doping ban after testing positive for methylhexaneamine at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 31-year-old failed a test after she finished fourth in the women’s 400m final in Glasgow last July.

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Sierra Leone’s top sprinter living homeless and hungry in London – video

After last summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Sierra Leone’s top sprinter Jimmy Thoronka, 20, went missing. The Guardian has found him hungry and homeless in London. While in the UK, Jimmy received the devastating news that his family had been wip…

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James Willstrop: from career-threatening injury to Commonwealth Games glory

When I was told that my career as a professional squash player could be ended by a hip injury I wondered if I should visit the local Job Centre. Twenty-five years of this punishing sport had taken their toll, but the end was not in sight just yet
• By James Willstrop for the Guardian Sport Network

It’s not unusual, as a professional squash player, to wake up the morning after a week-long tournament and find that walking is hard work. On the Saturday morning after the final of the Canary Wharf Classic in London in March 2014, when the difficulties were slightly more pronounced than usual, I still wasn’t thinking the problem would be significant enough to change the whole outlook of the next year of my life.

There was no snap, no fall and nothing major whatsoever, but this acute-ish hip soreness wasn’t to be another short-term niggle. The mental perspective was about to take a change, and any athlete or amateur whose sporting career has been threatened by injury will attest that is an odd feeling.

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Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: I’m not going to world championships to be a tourist

Teenage swimmer who made a splash at the Commonwealth Games hopes it was just the start of something big as she looks to Kazan and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor might have evaded the public’s sonar detectors in 2014 but in swimming circles she created a significant ripple.

It started at the Commonwealth Games, where the 19-year-old from Bath won six medals in six events – an achievement bettered only by the South Africa swimmer Chad Le Clos, who secured seven. It sustained through to the world short course championships in Doha this month, where O’Connor won three silver medals from four events and set two British records.

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Tom Jenkins’s best sports photos of 2014 – in pictures

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his best images from 2014 and recalls in detail how each one was created Continue reading…

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The alternative 2014 sports awards: the year’s best gaffes, rows and grasshoppers

Forget the title triumphs and golden goals – 2014 was the year a baboon chased Luke Donald, Barack Obama was mistaken for Chris Smalling, and Felix Magath wowed Fulham with his cheese

… in a special 12 months for Fifa.com: a report on Sepp Blatter’s keynote speech at Fifa’s Congress in June – an address listened to by 750 Fifa delegates all wearing free luxury watches: “Football as a catalyst for social change: no football without ethics and integrity”.

Jonathan Pearce at half time today pic.twitter.com/YrcTIe0NwB

Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!! #royalty #sheevensmiled #amazing #Glasgow2014 @Hockeyroos @AusComGames pic.twitter.com/ZMtHYFUqHk

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The alternative 2014 sports awards: the year’s best gaffes, rows and grasshoppers

Forget the title triumphs and golden goals – 2014 was the year a baboon chased Luke Donald, Barack Obama was mistaken for Chris Smalling, and Felix Magath wowed Fulham with his cheese

… in a special 12 months for Fifa.com: a report on Sepp Blatter’s keynote speech at Fifa’s Congress in June – an address listened to by 750 Fifa delegates all wearing free luxury watches: “Football as a catalyst for social change: no football without ethics and integrity”.

Jonathan Pearce at half time today pic.twitter.com/YrcTIe0NwB

Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!! #royalty #sheevensmiled #amazing #Glasgow2014 @Hockeyroos @AusComGames pic.twitter.com/ZMtHYFUqHk

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Rugby union in 2014: 10 memorable moments

Robert Kitson on the best, worst and most controversial moments in rugby union this year
• Tennis in 2014: 10 memorable moments

As the estimable Katy McLean made clear during the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards, England’s victory in the women’s Rugby World Cup was a ground-breaking achievement. For a start England had been beaten in the previous three finals and had decided, to quote McLean, that “we couldn’t allow that to happen again”. The standard of rugby in the entire competition was also a significant step up and England’s 21-9 win over Canada in the final in Paris led to 20 players being awarded professional contracts by the Rugby Football Union. Interest will continue to rise with women’s sevens featuring in the 2016 Rio Olympics. It is hard to argue with McLean’s view that 2014 has been “a massive turning point for women’s sport”.

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Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: I’m not going to world championships to be a tourist

Teenage swimmer who made a splash at the Commonwealth Games hopes it was just the start of something big as she looks to Kazan and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor might have evaded the public’s sonar detectors in 2014 but in swimming circles she created a significant ripple.

It started at the Commonwealth Games, where the 19-year-old from Bath won six medals in six events – an achievement bettered only by the South Africa swimmer Chad Le Clos, who secured seven. It sustained through to the world short course championships in Doha this month, where O’Connor won three silver medals from four events and set another British record.

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Amantle Montsho banned for doping after positive test at Glasgow 2014

• Former 400m world champion finished fourth at Commonwealth Games
• Botswanan was pipped to gold by Christine Ohuruogu at 2013 worlds
• American tennis player Wayne Odesnik hit with 15-year ban for doping

Amantle Montsho, Botswana’s former world 400m champion, has been handed a two-year doping ban after testing positive for methylhexaneamine at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 31-year-old failed a test after she finished fourth in the women’s 400m final in Glasgow last July.

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Netball: Comm Games gold medallist Bianca Chatfield to retire

A year after calling time on her international netball career at the Commonwealth Games, Bianca Chatfield has decided to say farewell to the sport for good

After a decorated 17 years of playing elite netball, Bianca Chatfield has called time on her career.

The Melbourne Vixens captain and Commonwealth Games gold medallist will retire at the end of the trans-Tasman championship season.

BREAKING | Captain @biancachatfield ​has announced her retirement at seasons end. Read more > http://t.co/DZBEpKEqKl pic.twitter.com/yvkvleLRxW

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2014 Guardian world netball top 10: England’s Geva Mentor voted No 1

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year award 2014: who should win? – poll

Rory McIlroy, Lewis Hamilton and Gareth Bale are the bookies’ favourites but who do you think should win the annual award?
• Why McIlroy should win the Sports Personality award award
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Isobel Pooley knows no high jump limits after record summer

After silver at Commonwealth Games, she equalled the British high jump record and has a two-metre jump in her sights Continue reading…

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Claudia Fragapane: I was driving my mum crazy bouncing around the house

Englands Commonwealth Games queen explains her boundless energy and why she tries extraordinary moves no one has done before Continue reading…

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Nicola Adams: ‘It always felt like boxing was my path’

When Nicola Adams was growing up, women weren’t allowed to be boxers. In 2012 she won Olympic gold, and last week did the same at the Commonwealth Games. Here she talks about making history and why she still won’t call herself a feminist Continue read…