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Coach is a Russian David and Goliath film tale – but twist is in the credits | Richard Williams

Russia’s equivalent of Grimsby Town overcome odds with the help of some powerful friends but crowd-pleasing morality tale is not quite what it seemsThe second-division team from a distant and ill-favoured coastal town are in the cup final. They’re play…

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How the ‘rugby rape trial’ divided Ireland

After a trial that dominated the news, the accused were all found not guilty. But the case had tapped into a deeper rage that has not died down. By Susan McKayThe verdicts were unanimous and came swiftly. After a trial that had lasted nine weeks, with …

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Footballer alive and well despite Irish amateur club’s report of his death

Ballybrack FC claimed Fernando Nuno La-Fuente had diedClub have apologised after player was tracked down in SpainAn amateur football team from Dublin has apologised after erroneously reporting that one of their players had died.Ballybrack FC had inform…

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Borussia Dortmund bus attacker sentenced to 14 years in prison

• Sergej W. convicted on 28 counts of attempted murder• Dortmund defender Marc Barta was injured in attackA German court has convicted a man on 28 counts of attempted murder in last year’s attack on the Borussia Dortmund bus. Related: Dortmund’s Marc B…

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Former Juventus striker ‘suffering like a dog’ after sentence for firearms offences

• Vincenzo Iaquinta sentenced to two years• Former Italy striker cleared of mafia linkAn Italian court has sentenced former Udinese and Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta to two years in jail and his father, Giuseppe, to 19 years at the end of a trial …

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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Inquiries begin after football fans injured by escalator in Rome

Dozens of Russian fans of CSKA Moscow were hurt when metro station escalator collapsedAuthorities in Rome have launched two investigations after 24 fans of the CSKA Moscow football team were injured when a crowded escalator suddenly sped up then collap…

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Footballer dropped from Italian team for supporting far right

Teammates of Concetta ‘Titty’ Astarìta refused to play after she was dropped from pro-integration Afro-Napoli sideFrom the stands of the Scarfoglio stadium, just outside Naples, fans on Sunday anxiously awaited the teams’ arrival. The game should have …

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Belgian football clubs raided as part of fraud and match-fixing inquiry

• Forty-four raids held across Belgium after year-long inquiry• Clubs in other countries, including France, also investigatedBelgian authorities have carried out a series of raids and arrests at football clubs across the country linked to investigation…

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Kremlin lieutenant elected head of world chess governing body

Arkady Dvorkovich, former Russian deputy prime minister, wins vote to become FIDE president An influential Russian bureaucrat has been elected the head of the world chess governing body after a brutal election campaign that saw accusations of Kremlin m…

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Why the UFC’s ‘sportswashing’ of Chechnya’s dictator is a problem

The presence of Ramzan Kadyrov in the front row of the UFC’s first show in Moscow highlights a troubling link between the Chechen strongman and the world’s largest MMA promotionOn Saturday 15 September, Ramzan Kadyrov walked into Moscow’s Olimpiyskiy S…

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Ryder Cup: how golf is new focus of soft power diplomacy

With Donald Trump a keen player, tournament offers chance for Europe to show united frontAs the Ryder Cup tees off for the first time in France this weekend, at a vast course beyond the Palace of Versailles, golf is becoming a new focus of soft power d…

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Alexander Povetkin has Russian government behind him, warns Hearn

• Anthony Joshua’s promoter says fight is important for Russia• ‘This is a major, major thing if he could stick one on a Brit’Alexander Povetkin has the full weight of the Russian government behind him as he prepares to fight Anthony Joshua at Wembley …

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Who will be king? Three-way battle for control rocks international chess

Accusations of corruption, lies and Russian meddling fly as the World Chess Federation’s presidential elections approachCandidates are feuding bitterly before a vote marred by accusations of vote-buying, “fake news” and Russian meddling. It may sound l…

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Who will be king? Three-way battle for control rocks international chess

Accusations of corruption, lies and Russian meddling fly as the World Chess Federation’s presidential elections approachCandidates are feuding bitterly before a vote marred by accusations of vote-buying, “fake news” and Russian meddling. It may sound l…

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‘No pasarán’: Spain laps up Clapton CFC’s anti-fascist football kit

London non-league club’s shirt salutes International Brigades who fought in Spanish civil warA London non-league football club’s away kit has become a surprise hit in Spain, because of the anti-fascist message embroidered into it. Clapton Community FC …

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Genoa fans stay silent to honour victims of bridge collapse

Fans watched match against Empoli for 43 minutes in near-silence to honour victimsFans of Italian football club Genoa watched the first 43 minutes of their team’s Serie A match at home to Empoli in near-silence on Sunday to honour the victims of the mo…

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Jan Ullrich arrested after allegedly attacking escort in Frankfurt hotel

• 1997 Tour winner could be charged with attempted murder• Arrest follows incident in Mallorca on neighbour’s propertyJan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France winner, was arrested early on Friday for allegedly attacking an escort at a Frankfurt hotel. A po…

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Black athlete attacked as Salvini criticised for ‘climate of hate’ in Italy

Opposition politicians condemn far-right minister after series of racist assaultsOpposition politicians in Italy have accused the far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, of creating a climate of hate after a series of racist attacks that have coin…