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Fergie’s ‘sexy’ NBA All-Star anthem rendition leaves America chuckling

Singer ripped after sultry performance of Star-Spangled BannerRendition compared to Jessica Rabbit and Marilyn MonroeThe NBA has been trying in vain for a number of year’s to ramp up interest in the All-Star game, it’s annual exhibition of the league’s…

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Golfer Bill Haas released from hospital after car crash that killed driver

Collision killed driver of Ferrari golfer was driving inActor Luke Wilson escaped injury after clipping Haas’s carProfessional golfer Bill Haas was hospitalised but escaped serious injuries following a crash in Los Angeles that killed the driver of the…

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Will playing Fifa create a new generation of smarter footballers?

We hear a lot about the dangers of video games but what if coaches used them to improve and inspire young players? By Craig Shields for Nutmeg, part of the Sport NetworkFootball is a simple game and nowhere more so than at youth level, where children i…

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The Super Bowl ads, Justin Timberlake and everything but the football – live

Live updates on the non-sporting action from the Super Bowl 2018, including the half-time show, biggest commercials and film trailersFollow the game: live updates on the Super Bowl 1.08am GMT Timberlake is teasing his arrival. That outfit does not look…

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How I fell in love with roller derby | Jordan Raskopoulos

In any other sport, a trans woman’s strength would be held to scrutiny. In derby, it is celebratedSport is a big thing in my family. My father was a Socceroo. One of my sisters was a competitive figure skater, the other a rhythmic gymnast and my brothe…

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The Icarus of ice: bittersweet film celebrates life of skating star John Curry

The British Olympian and pioneering gay athlete is to shine again in The Ice King, a documentary telling his storyJohn Curry’s graceful path to Winter Olympic triumph for Britain in 1976 – and to a place in the hearts of his fans – really began when hi…

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Hitting the heights: sport from above – in pictures

Watching sport from ground level puts the viewer in the middle of the action but, if seen from above, the same event can take on a strikingly different perspective Continue reading…

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Which football players appear on the cover of Definitely Maybe? | The Knowledge

Plus: the record for consecutive wins, clubs with more than one shirt sponsor (2) and brothers scoring in the same game. Mail us your questions and answers or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU “German football magazine 11Freunde asked for ‘two further football pl…

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Facts mix with fiction yet Battle of the Sexes may still be underplayed | Richard Williams

Billie-Jean King’s match against the 1939 men’s Wimbledon champion in 1973 provides the main thrust of a new film but like other sporting movies the facts are often massaged to augment the storyAfter the credits finished rolling at the end of the Battl…

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Billie Jean King: ‘Be ahead of your time – that’s what you have to do’

The tennis champion’s lifelong fight for equality and freedom is celebrated in a new film about the Battle of the Sexes. She talks about not being comfortable in her own skin until she was 51, and why millennials give her hopeIn 1955, when she was 12 y…

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Cricket on the radio: TMS, fake Nazis and how to blend fact and fiction

When commentating on Test Match Special, I am sometimes tempted to drift off into fantasy to paint a picture for listeners. Apparently, I’m not the only oneBy Daniel Norcross for The Nightwatchman, of the Guardian Sport NetworkIt’s May 1941 and you’re …

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‘When this 1966 World Cup photo was taken, I still didn’t know I’d scored a hat-trick’

Geoff Hurst celebrates England winning the World Cup, 30 July 1966There have probably been days over the past 51 years when someone hasn’t spoken to me about the 1966 World Cup final. But not many. I don’t mind that; you don’t get bored talking about w…

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The street artist behind the greatest banners in world football

Pepe Perretta’s huge tifos have been draped over terraces throughout the world. We visited his studio in Buenos Aires to ask how him he paints his masterpiecesBy Copa90, for the Guardian Sport NetworkA football match in Argentina is not complete withou…

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‘I prepared not to come back’: the woman who finished the world’s hardest swim

Kim Chambers started swimming after a life-changing accident. Just a few years later, she became the first woman to take on a notorious stretch of shark-inhabited waters Under a black sky in August 2015, Kim Chambers boarded a boat and headed out benea…

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George Foreman fighting Steven Seagal in Vegas? It’s the least we deserve

The noted countertop-grill retailer and ex-heavyweight champion has issued a challenge to Vladimir Putin’s best friend. If it ever happens, it will be a cultural event worthy of our troubled times

It has become a cliche of the era to say we are getting what we deserve. We get the politicians we deserve, we get the presidents we deserve, we get the world we deserve. Without getting overly L’Oreal advert about it all, surely we deserve a respite from these just deserts? Can’t something hilarious and magical come along that we can all welcome with open arms, realising that we are, without question, getting the thing that we deserve – and that it is good?

Yes. Yes it can. George Foreman has challenged Steven Seagal to a proper fight. This is the cultural event that should have you telling yourself “because I’m worth it”. Clearly, the best time to enjoy it is at this dare-to-dream stage because I sense that one of the parties may ultimately decide the bout can’t go ahead. Maybe because he’s too good. Maybe because he’s afraid of hurting the other guy. Maybe because he was demoted to chef after a bungled special forces operation to take out General Noriega.

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Championship Manager turns 25: share your game plans and memories

What was your favourite team to manage? Which signing was key to your success? And what happened to that social life?

The first edition of Championship Manager was released 25 years ago today. The first release included four playable English divisions, each containing only 20 teams – despite there being 22 or 24 at the time – with foreign teams outside of the English divisions including players called “No1” all the way through to “No11.” One of the game’s key innovations was player ratings match by match. Football Manager has long since become the bigger franchise but we’d like to hear your Championship Manager experiences through the early years.

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When good TV goes bad: how MOTD went OTT

The sporting staple once presented nothing but the best of the week’s togger. Then watching it became like taking a Science of Football course in the future

If you happen to be a football fan who is unable or just unwilling to pay for a big-money TV plan, or you’re simply petrified at the prospect of the net police kicking your door in when you’re watching an illegal stream, then your only other option when it comes to watching top-flight football is Match of the Day. First broadcast on 22 August 1964, MOTD has become as much a part of the British Saturday evening as fighting in a taxi rank. But it has changed – and not entirely for the better.

Related: Gary Lineker: is football’s costly talking head too good to be true? | Observer profile

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Women’s rugby World Cup final gets primetime slot as popularity grows

Rise of Red Roses shows shifting culture of rugby as tens of thousands of women and girls take up the sport at grassroots level

Rather than Catchphrase, ITV viewers will see England’s Red Roses take on New Zealand in the women’s rugby World Cup final on Saturday night, underlining the sport’s soaring popularity.

It is the first time the final, being played in Belfast’s Kingspan stadium, has won a primetime slot on Britain’s most popular commercial channel and caps a triumphant summer for England’s female rugby players.

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How to ghost write a football book

In 2011 I emailed football manager Stephen Constantine to ask him if he’d ever considered doing an autobiography. Six years later, our book has just gone on sale

By Owen Amos for The Set Pieces, part of the Guardian Sport Network

I first emailed Stephen Constantine in September 2010. I was organising a football tour to Nepal (a long story) and remembered, years earlier, reading about an Englishman who managed their national team in the late 1990s. I found Stephen’s website and emailed him, asking for advice. To my surprise, he replied.

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The AFL has come a long way in past 30 years and shows no signs of stopping | David Hill

In an extract from his new book, The Fair And The Foul, David Hill examines the unrivalled strength of Australia’s indigenous football code

On every measure – crowds, financial strength, TV rights money, and sponsorship – the AFL is winning the battle of the Australian football codes and pulling further away from its rivals. In 2015, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Sports, teaming with Seven West Media and Telstra, secured the rights to broadcast the AFL.

At a press conference announcing the six-year, record $2.5bn deal, the media magnate made his feelings clear about the appeal of league compared with Australian rules football. “We’ve always preferred Aussie rules and we’ve always believed this is the premium code in Australia.”

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