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You have to keep fit to stay in gaming

The world of eSports is tough and competitive so professional gamers are following the fitness regime of sports starsTo make it as a professional gamer, players are increasingly hoping to hone their fitness as well as their gaming skills. With the Leag…

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Remembering Michael Jackson’s peculiar relationship with football

The King of Pop loved the Nice shirt, had a statue at Fulham, raised money for Exeter City and was a very astute punditBy Emmet Gates for The Set Pieces, of the Sport Network“Good luck to all of the World Cup finalists this weekend!” read one post on T…

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Larry Fink’s black and white boxing photography – in pictures

In examining the tough and unsentimental subculture of boxing, Larry Fink’s photographs capture everything from rowdy rings to overheated locker rooms and all of the characters that inhabit them. His work is currently on show at the Philadelphia Museum…

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Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual: hooliganism gave me a way to fit in

He dressed smart, carried a knife and wound up in jail. As his life story hits the stage, Riaz Khan reveals how, in 1980s Britain, soccer violence was very multiculturalIt wasn’t so much the violence that attracted Riaz Khan to football hooliganism as …

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KSI v Logan Paul: was the YouTubers’ fight more than just hype?

The pair’s boxing bout on Saturday drew a global audience of two million. For a fanbase used to fake online beef, it was a welcome next stepTo understand why millions of people watched two YouTubers duke it out in the Manchester Arena this weekend, you…

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All or Nothing leaves City fans with more questions than answers | Simon Hattenstone

As a Manchester City supporter it’s impossible not to take some pleasure in the documentary but it pulls its punches, fails to probe and is nothing but a gloriously glossy club commercialWhy am I so reluctant to watch All or Nothing: Manchester City? T…

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All or Nothing leaves City fans with more questions than answers | Simon Hattenstone

As a Manchester City supporter it’s impossible not to take some pleasure in the documentary but it pulls its punches, fails to probe and is nothing but a gloriously glossy club commercialWhy am I so reluctant to watch All or Nothing: Manchester City? T…

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‘I did a whole lot of crying’: the spectacular fall and rise of Ronda Rousey

Hailed as the world’s most dominant athlete until it all came crashing down, the ex-UFC star discusses battling depression, her eclectic second act and how to prepare for the apocalypseRonda Rousey was once again situated on the dais to promote an even…

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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…