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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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Jay-Z and NFL stage first concert despite Kaepernick backlash

Rapper criticised for league deal after it shunned ex-49ers player for kneeling protestThe first musical event to come from a partnership between Jay-Z and the NFL was staged in Chicago on Thursday, with the rapper facing a backlash over the league’s t…

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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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The Austrian football stadium with a forest on the pitch – in pictures

‘For Forest – The Unending Attraction of Nature’ by Klaus Littmann has transformed the Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt into Austria’s largest public art installation Continue reading…

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Jonathan Agnew is subject of complaint to BBC over abusive tweets

Broadcaster made series of late-night posts calling cricket writer Jonathan Liew ‘racist’Jonathan Agnew is the subject of a formal complaint to the BBC over a series of abusive tweets he sent to a fellow cricket writer.The Test Match Special commentato…

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Bands FC: a bright idea that is raising thousands for vulnerable children

Two mates set out to design badges that pair bands with football clubs. Together they have raised huge sums for charityBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkLike most brilliant ideas, the concept behind Bands FC is disarmingly simple: “Bands …

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Jessi Combs: racing star dies while trying to break speed record

Combs, 36, was attempting to become the fastest woman on Earth when she was killed while racing in OregonRace car driver Jessi Combs, host of the television series All Girls Garage, was killed in a high-speed crash while trying to set a new land-speed …

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‘The ultimate binge-watch’: why football docs top Game of Thrones for drama

Stuffed full of agony, redemption and melodrama, football is the perfect fit for the streaming age, as Amazon’s engrossing Leeds United documentary provesVery few Leeds United fans regard the denouement to the 2018-19 football season as anything other …

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Jay-Z’s deal with NFL branded ‘disgusting’ by Colin Kaepernick’s girlfriend

Deal between league and rapper’s company Roc Nation has drawn criticism that it goes against Kaepernick’s calls for social justiceThe NFL was probably hoping they had solved their Colin Kaepernick problem. The sporting behemoth announced this week they…

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Jay-Z’s deal with NFL branded ‘disgusting’ by Colin Kaepernick’s girlfriend

Deal between league and rapper’s company Roc Nation has drawn criticism that it goes against Kaepernick’s calls for social justiceThe NFL was probably hoping they had solved their Colin Kaepernick problem. The sporting behemoth announced this week they…

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‘I felt like a spy infiltrating the IRA’ – the hurling player who exposed his sport

Timmy Creed quit the tough Irish sport damaged and disillusioned. But he returned to his club ‘undercover’ – to turn its toxic masculinity into a play. He swings a stick at our wimpy writer‘You can hit people,” says Timmy Creed, reassuringly, as he swi…

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What can traditional sports learn from the Fortnite World Cup?

The inaugural tournament’s finals last weekend were watched by 2.3 million people. Traditional sports broadcasters should be watching very closelyIt’s safe to say the inaugural Fortnite World Cup was a resounding success. Developer Epic Games has annou…

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Fortnite World Cup: the $30m tournament shows esports’ future is already here

The question is not whether esports is the future of sports entertainment, but whether there’s any possible scenario where it’s notNearly all established sports are going through some degree of hand-wringing over attracting younger fans as their older …

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Paralympics to join events that must be shown on free-to-air TV

Games to be added to list of protected events, while airing of women’s sport to be studiedCampaigners have welcomed the government’s stated intention to add the Paralympic Games to the list of sporting events that must be screened live on free-to-air t…

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Jimmy Greaves had the right idea: football broadcasting should be fun | John Brewin

As one half of Saint and Greavsie, the former striker spoke about the sport he loved with enjoyment and wit. We could do with some of that now“I am someone who believes that what we need without a doubt is more of Jimmy Greaves,” wrote the performance …

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‘I try to trigger all the senses’: the artist behind the banners at Anfield

Peter Carney is an artist, banners are his means of expression and the Kop is his canvasBy MUNDIAL, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkPeter Carney makes the banners on the Kop at Anfield. These aren’t a St George’s cross with a town’s name in the middl…

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Duane Pipe and the sorely missed loo roll | Brief letters

Women’s football | Loo roll | Rare names | Kim Darroch | HeadlinesOne likely outcome of England’s performance in the World Cup (What will be the legacy of England’s Success?, 6 July) is that we will no longer be able to watch them live and free on TV a…

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World Cup prompts unprecedented global explosion for women’s football

• Viewing-figures records shattered across continents• England face Norway in quarter-final on ThursdayAs the Women’s World Cup enters the quarter-final stages, the sound heard across the globe is of records – and prejudices – being joyously shattered….

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‘We worship the body’: India’s kushti mud wrestlers – a photo essay

Caste and religion are left at the door of India’s traditional wrestling academies, where the pursuit of physical grace and brute force is a pathway out of poverty By day Amol Patil, 23, is a security guard, standing in a sentry box outside a company o…

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The art of sport photography with Ryan Pierse – video

It is Friday night at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground where Collingwood are taking on Sydney. Getty’s chief photographer Ryan Pierse is running up and down the sidelines, looking for the perfect frame. ‘You need to know the sport back to front,’ say…