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Brandi Chastain puts on brave face over ‘not the most flattering’ plaque

Chastain, who won two World Cups with USA, inducted into the Bay Area Hall of Fame – but a tribute to her achievements has … provoked debateThe sculptural humiliation of football’s finest players continues apace. Few thought the bar could be lowered af…

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Mo Salah scores again as boots enter British Museum collection

Donation of record-breaking Liverpool player’s mint green footwear part of Egypt projectA pair of Mohamed Salah’s mint green football boots are to enter the collection of the British Museum, to be displayed next to ancient Egyptian sandals in a gallery…

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Diego Maradona docuseries about ‘Hand of God’ era in works at Amazon

The streaming service says the series will offer an ‘unprecedented look’ at the player and chronicle his mid-80s peak where he led Argentina to World Cup glory and Napoli to its first-ever scudettoStreaming giant Amazon Prime will throw its weight behi…

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Extreme eSports: the very male, billion-dollar gaming industry at a stadium near you

A crowd of 18,000 filled a Sydney arena at the weekend to watch groups of young men play video games for huge cash prizesWhenever an artist scheduled to play Qudos Bank Arena at Sydney Olympic Park doesn’t sell enough tickets, the venue tactfully drape…

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Drake warned by NBA over bad language at basketball game

Canadian rapper claims ‘I just said I liked the hem on his capris’ after verbal tussle with Cleveland Cavaliers player Kendrick PerkinsCanadian rapper Drake has been given a warning by the NBA over bad language, according to ESPN.Drake, a Toronto Rapto…

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‘It’s soulless here’: why West Ham fans are in revolt

When a football club moves from its historic home to a shiny new stadium, it leaves more than memories behind – as West Ham supporters are discovering at the London StadiumIt’s a mild Monday evening in April and 56,795 people, officially at least, have…

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And they’re off! Martin Amis’s Gamblers – in pictures

Documentary photographer Martin Amis has spent 13 years visiting racecourses to capture the idiosyncratic tribe of horse-racing enthusiasts, united only by their hope of finding the next winner Continue reading…

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Karren Brady: ‘I’ve never walked away from anything – and I’m not going to start now’

The embattled West Ham CEO and Apprentice star says she is a champion of women’s rights. So why is she happy to work with men who are notorious for undermining them?Karren Brady is immaculate – navy dress, navy tights, navy shoes and Chanel belt, her h…

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Cheers for Kobe Bryant’s Oscar win were a jarring twist in the MeToo era

James Franco was missing from the Oscars ceremony after allegations of sexual misconduct. So why did a basketball star accused of rape win plaudits?A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of participating in a Time’s Up discussion with women from var…

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Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball wins best animated short film at Oscars 2018

Former NBA star wins Academy award for short he wrote and narrated, despite controversy over historic sexual assault allegationFormer NBA star Kobe Bryant has become an unlikely Oscar winner after Dear Basketball, which he wrote and narrated, won the A…

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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…