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Le Mow: the 12-hour lawnmower race – in pictures

Teams compete all night in an endurance race in West Sussex in the cheapest form of motorsport Continue reading…

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Bands FC: where music and football badges collide

In the space of little more than a month, Bands FC has become a Twitter phenomenon. Created by Mark Liptrott of Concrete Studio and Nick Fraser, who sells merchandise for the Charlatans, they bring together football and music by pairing iconic identiti…

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‘We were forming family’: how LGBT sports grew in the early 1980s

The documentary Light in the Water tells the story of a group of gay men and women who fought against prejudice to swim their way to victoryIn the gay community, there’s an old adage about “alternative families”. Kath Weston wrote about it in her 1997 …

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Gareth Southgate prompts new round of an old game: cash-in books

His redemptive World Cup performance has set publishers chasing after a time-honoured goal: getting a hot topic on to shelves while it’s still warm. But can anyone beat a Michael Jackson biography written in 48 hours?Not content with winning the hearts…

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World Cup final TV battle: BBC goes for goosebumps as ITV pitches to fans | Paul MacInnes

Neither channel got its World Cup final coverage exactly right but each provided a unique perspective on the same eventIt is a job few broadcasters can manage, persuading people to follow you to BBC Two for the tennis while at the same time convincing …

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Simone Lia on watching the World Cup final

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Thank you for the Mackem memories | Brief letters

Sunderland fans | Sharing ice-cream with dogs | The ‘threat’ of rain | Grey ‘Gordon Bennett’ | Gladioli in the dress circleFor part of my childhood in the 1950s we lived at Roker in Sunderland (J-force give Sunderland followers some respite, 12 July). …

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Why Ninja Warrior is the sport America needs | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The TV show will never rival any of the major US sports but it teaches us that an athlete’s reach should exceed their graspAs bantering sports commentators, barstool fans and tall, handsome retired athletes endlessly debate which sport will emerge as t…

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As England head for World Cup semi-final, back home, they think it’s all over | Letters

Nick Barton thanks Sam Allardyce for his sacrifice, Liz Fuller anoints Gareth Southgate as the greatest living Englishman, and Mike Bor says Shakespeare nailed itUnfortunate for him, of course, but I think we should take a moment to thank Sam Allardyce…

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‘It’s coming home’: England are winning the meme World Cup

Del Boy, David Brent, Caesar and the monkey in Friends all say it’s coming home. So, who knows, maybe this is England’s yearWhat if I told you it’s coming home? pic.twitter.com/sUjxFLkGJo Continue reading…

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More than 24 million people watch England’s penalty shootout win

Game as a whole seen by 16.5 million people on average, with figures a boon for ITVMore than 24 million people in the UK watched Eric Dier score England’s winning penalty against Colombia on Tuesday night, making the World Cup last 16 match one of the …

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What’s it like to photograph a World Cup?

Getty Images’ veteran photographer Michael Regan talks about his favourite photos and going behind the scenesMore than 1.5 million images will be taken by photographers working for Getty Images, the photo agency, at this summer’s World Cup – and that’s…

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Roger Federer: the more we love him, the nicer he becomes | Geoff Dyer

As the world No 1 heads to Wimbledon, writer, critic and Federer fanatic Geoff Dyer considers why, despite that cream blazer, his appeal transcends tennisYou still meet people, in their 70s or 80s now, who recall the night they saw Jimi Hendr…

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Quiz: how well do you know these World Cup songs?

How well do you know your World in Motion from Your Cup of Life? Take on our teasers to find out•World Cup quiz: red cards• England’s history of World Cup songsWhich bands united to sing: (How Does It Feel to Be) On Top of the World, England’s underwhe…

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FC St Pauli: how it became the football team of punk and techno

Musicians are queuing up to show support to the Hamburg football club thanks to its politically engaged fans and entrenched activist ethosHamburg’s FC St Pauli occupies a distinctive position in world football. A bastion of leftwing activism and DIY ar…

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Alan Sugar under fire over ‘racist’ Senegal World Cup team tweet

Peer apologises after comparing players to people selling bags and sunglasses on beaches in tweet BBC calls ‘seriously misjudged’Alan Sugar has been criticised for posting a tweet about the Senegal World Cup squad that compared the players to people se…

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England victory over Tunisia most-watched UK TV event of 2018 so far

An average audience of 13.7 million watched 2-1 victory in team’s World Cup openerEngland’s World Cup victory over Tunisia was the most-watched TV programme in the UK so far this year.An average audience of 13.7 million watched the team’s opening game …

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England victory over Tunisia most-watched UK TV event of 2018 so far

An average audience of 13.7 million watched 2-1 victory in team’s World Cup openerEngland’s World Cup victory over Tunisia was the most-watched TV programme in the UK so far this year.An average audience of 13.7 million watched the team’s opening game …

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Sir Matt Busby airbrushed from Liverpool FC history? | Brief letters

Upskirting | Sir Matt Busby | Sign language | Vegetarianism | Thameslink | Clive JamesOnce the law is eventually passed to class upskirting as the criminal offence it clearly is (Upskirting bill is blocked by single Tory objection, 16 June), can the po…

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The Art of Football review – the cultural impact of our national sport

Liverpool, various venuesAn exploration of the beautiful game, to coincide with the World Cup, unites design, music and photographyCraig Pennington is talking to me about society. “Football is a really interesting arena for thinking about how society i…