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Leagues ahead: why Last Chance U’s final season may be its best yet

The fifth run of the American football doc has been described as ‘vanilla’. But look closer and you’ll find a fitting ending, devoid of the toxicity and stress of oldTo the untrained eye, it may seem as if Last Chance U is going out with a whimper. You…

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XFL gets Hollywood ending as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson group buys league

Former wrestler in deal alongside business partner Dany GarciaActor pays $15m for league billed as spring rival to NFLJohnson was a college football star at University of MiamiDwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s is set to add the title of professional sports l…

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Football’s first fa’afafine: trans rights trailblazer Jaiyah Saelua on stardom and sisterhood

Fa’afafine athlete and advocate Jaiyah Saelua, and Kaimana, the fa’afafine actor who will play her in Taika Waititi’s latest film, find shared celebration in a uniquely Polynesian storyJaiyah Saelua is a footballer first.The first openly transgender wo…

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Stephen King link helps Highland football team through lockdown

Author ‘over the moon’ after Buckie Thistle raise £900 from signed copy of If It Bleeds, which the club feature inFans of Buckie Thistle, a football club on Scotland’s north-east coast and occupying a respectable fifth place in the Highland League, wer…

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The Guardian view on the sporting life: games in a time of coronavirus | Editorial

Can the UK’s favourite sports answer the questions posed by Covid-19? The restarting of the Premier League will offer some clues“There can be no summer in this land without cricket,” wrote Neville Cardus, the long-time Guardian cricket – and indeed cla…

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‘Back in the former USSR’: where were you when England were knocked out of Euro 96?

Ahead of ITV’s repeat of the historic match between England and their old rivals Germany, famous faces recall the gameI was, of course, at Wembley, which is brought home any time you see a montage of Euro 96 and the cameras cut to me and Frank Skinner …

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Buy a classic sport photograph: Billie Jean King – living the dream

The latest in a Guardian Print Shop series is a portrait of an American tennis icon – yours to own for just £55 including free deliveryBillie Jean King (pictured at Wimbledon in 1975) was one of the most decorated tennis players of her era, winning 12 …

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Michael Jordan was years ahead of his game. The Last Dance showed that he still is

The docuseries that enthralled millions isn’t just about sport, but the pursuit of perfection. And at its heart is a superstar who still retains his mysteryThe Last Dance, the wildly popular documentary series co-produced by ESPN and Netflix about Mich…

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Euro 96 Relived: like experiencing a painful summer crush all over again

On paper, rewatching old football matches should be ludicrous … until you find yourself clenching your fist at a Shearer goal Never has a wild experiment made me feel such vivid emotions. Because that’s exactly what Euro 96 Relived (ITV4/ITV Hub, near…

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In a new documentary, Lance Armstrong shows plenty of rage but little regret

ESPN’s new film on the cyclist is a compelling study in the corruption of the male athletic ego“It’s a miracle I’m not a mass murderer,” Lance Armstrong, reflecting on his mother Linda’s laissez-faire approach to parenting, muses in the opening scenes …

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David Squires on … Escape to Victory

Our cartoonist recalls one of football’s greatest blockbusters with a tenuous link to the second world warBuy copies of David’s cartoons at our print shopTake a look through his Guardian archive Continue reading…

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Buy a classic sport photograph: Euphoria at the 1966 World Cup

The latest of a Guardian Print Shop series featuring classic sports images. Today’s picture is of the moment England won the 1966 World Cup final, beating West Germany 4-2 at WembleyForget the best known photographs from the 1966 World Cup final: Geoff…

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Buy a classic sport photograph – Cassius Clay predicts the future

The latest in a Guardian Print Shop series featuring classic sports images. This week’s picture, shot by Gerry Cranham in 1963, is of the great Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali“They all fall in the round I call,” boasted Cassius Clay, later Muhammad Ali,…

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Hafthor Bjornsson, Game of Thrones’ ‘Mountain’, breaks world deadlift record

Icelandic strongman lifts 1,104 lb at Thor’s Power Gym31-year-old starred as Ser Gregor Clegane in HBO seriesIcelandic actor and strongman Hafthor Bjornsson set a world record for the deadlift on Saturday when he lifted 1,104 lb (501 kg) at Thor’s Powe…

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Michael Jordan’s furious desire to conquer all still burns decades later

A superb new ESPN documentary series reminds us that everything in the NBA legend’s playing career was bent towards a single goal: winningHave we never seen Michael Jordan like this before, or is it simply that we forgot? Anyone who lived through the C…

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King of the ring: meet Drew McIntyre, Britain’s larger than life wrestler

Drew McIntyre is one of wrestling’s biggest stars – and his compelling real-life story is every bit as gripping as his outrageously scripted fightsI’m going to try to describe to you the general vibe of Drew McIntyre. Drew McIntyre is a WWE Superstar. …

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Missing live sport during lockdown? Here are 12 sporting films to watch

From Jimmy Greaves to Ayrton Senna, via cricket history and doping scandals, a dozen films to watch during shutdownIt is hard to tell the story of a life in 90 minutes, and there are times in this documentary when important events – the death of a chil…

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Will Miller: ‘Ugo passed and I said let’s turn this into a song. Emotion flew out of me’

The former Spurs and Burton midfielder discusses the impact of Ugo Ehiogu’s death, swapping football for a creative career and helping players with depressionI have been playing a song about life and death on a loop today. While waiting to interview Wi…

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The English Game’s few charms lie in the background, not centre stage | Jonathan Wilson

The latest series from Julian Fellowes starts badly and barely improves but it is a reminder football has never stood stillYou can see how The English Game must have sounded in conception. It’s the birth of football. It’s toffs against proles, the riva…

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F1 drivers prepare for face-off in virtual races following postponements

Virtual Bahrain GP fills in for coronavirus-hit event on SundayF1 teams pledge to supply components for ventilatorsFormula One is to run a series of virtual grands prix to fill in gaps left by races that have been cancelled or postponed due to coronavi…