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‘A liquid catapult’: big-wave surfer returns to scene of nightmare wipeout

Andrew Cotton, who broke his back on a huge wave at Nazaré in Portugal in 2017, prepares to scale the notorious peaks againLooking out from the jagged headland at Nazaré in Portugal, the Atlantic Ocean below looks tranquil. Baby waves – or so they seem…

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Polish mountain biker lands world’s first quadruple tail whip – video

Dawid Godziek of Poland landed the world’s first quadruple tail whip trick on a mountain bike at an event in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany on Wednesday.’It was a really tough one,’ Godziek said after the successful jump. ‘My body is destroyed, but it was de…

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Billy Morgan snowboards in Essex after Winter Olympics bronze – video

Team GB’s Billy Morgan took to the streets of Essex after the ‘Beast from the East’ coated them in snow. The Olympian had not long returned from a successful trip to Pyeongchang, bringing home a bronze medal from the Games. Morgan performed tricks, spi…

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Billy Morgan snowboards in Essex after Winter Olympics bronze – video

Team GB’s Billy Morgan took to the streets of Essex after the ‘Beast from the East’ coated them in snow. The Olympian had not long returned from a successful trip to Pyeongchang, bringing home a bronze medal from the Games. Morgan performed tricks, spi…

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The Glaswegian BMX rider whose redemptive story has hit Hollywood

John Buultjens fell in love with cycling when he saw ET as a kid. Now he hopes a film about his life will inspire a new generationBy Jonathan Drennan for Behind the LinesJohn Buultjens, a Glaswegian who made his name and fame by riding and designing BM…

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What is 2,011km long, lasts 82 days and takes 20,093 shots? Golf’s longest hole

Two retired rugby players needed a fresh challenge, so they set off for Mongolia, fell in with a stray dog and completed the longest hole of golf ever played

By Jonathan Drennan for Behind the Lines, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Adam Rolston squatted and measured his putt. The early evening sun at Mt Bogd Golf Club in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia still hadn’t quite dried the moisture off the green, and he approached the ball tentatively. Two hundred spectators surrounded the green, including locals, close friends and family as he holed a seven-foot putt perfectly. The longest hole in golf had finished after 82 days and 20,093 shots across Mongolia.

Rolston has played many rounds of golf in his life, but he knows he will never complete a more satisfying scorecard. A former rugby international for Hong Kong, Rolston and his caddie Ron Rutland played the longest hole ever completed across Mongolia, covering 2,011km of difficult terrain, playing through the desert, icy water, rocky ground and glaciers. The most obvious question remains: why?

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Douglas Waymark named as athlete who died swimming Channel

Endurance athlete was participating in second stage of the Enduroman Arch to Arc triathlon when he got into difficultyA man who died while attempting to swim the Channel has been named as endurance athlete Douglas Waymark.Waymark, who had previously re…

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Aerialist hangs by teeth over Niagara Falls – video

Erendira Wallenda, the wife of fellow aerialist daredevil Nik Wallenda, successfully hung by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls on Thursday. She broke the height record set by her husband in 2011 when he hung by his teeth 250ft (76m) above …

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Aerialist hangs by teeth over Niagara Falls – video

Erendira Wallenda, the wife of fellow aerialist daredevil Nik Wallenda, successfully hung by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls on Thursday. She broke the height record set by her husband in 2011 when he hung by his teeth 250ft (76m) above …

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Swiss skier hits the heights with world’s first quad cork 1800 – video

Swiss skier Andri Ragettli lands the world’s first quad cork 1800 at the Suzuki Nine Royals in Italy. The 18-year-old managed to achieve the trick, which entailed doing five rotations while simultaneously dipping his head under his body four times, when flying 35m over the snow feature at Watles

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The gifs that keep on giving: Santa, dancing, eating and sitting down

Featuring a winger from the North Pole, a beautiful goal from Paris, a catch from beyond the boundary, a choreographed crowd and a man iceskating on his head Continue reading…

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Manchester United in Ukraine: how cold is too cold for sport? – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho voiced his displeasure at Zorya Luhansk’s frozen pitch and the cold conditions which will take hold during the Europa League meeting in Ukraine on Thursday. So how cold is too cold for sport? To try and answer that question we look at some of the coldest sports events ever, from the NHL Winter Classic in Michigan to the thrillingly named Antarctic Ice Marathon

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The gifs that keep on giving: David Luiz, a perfect touch and the try of the autumn

Featuring a manager who is the boss, a distracted basketball player, perfect pitching, high-calibre fencing and two men playing table tennis with five balls Continue reading…

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The gifs that keep on giving: David Luiz, a perfect touch and the try of the autumn

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Conor McGregor may never use his boxing licence but don’t write him off

Conor McGregor wouldn’t touch Floyd Mayweather in the ring (who did?) but he is a hard-working, smart, experienced fighter who took up boxing aged 12

By Paul Gibson for The Balls of Wrath, part of the Guardian Sport Network

So a couple of days after the UFC controversially stripped its lightweight champion of his featherweight strap, Conor McGregor has received a boxing licence from the state of California. Cue a biblical flood of opprobrium from the boxing world.

When it comes to blurring the lines between MMA and the sweet science, the boxing fraternity can be a particularly precious bunch. It sometimes feels as if we represent the fighting equivalent of late-1980s Liverpool, aghast at Dana White’s UFC coming hard up the track, intent on knocking us right off our effing perch. There is an inherent fear that MMA’s every gain is at boxing’s fatal expense, that this town ain’t big enough for the both of us.

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UFC fighters make first steps to unionize: ‘It’s a fight for what’s right’

UFC is big business, but many of its fighters are poorly paid, and lack benefits like healthcare – so a new workers’ group hopes to bring about much-needed change

Four billion dollars. Regardless of the kind of life you live, that’s an eye-catching figure.

Related: Conor McGregor gains boxing licence but Mayweather fight remains unlikely

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Conor McGregor gains boxing licence but Mayweather fight remains unlikely

  • Irishman obtains licence to box professionally in California
  • Mayweather Productions CEO calls it a ‘con job to create more interest’

Conor McGregor would not stay quiet long after the UFC stripped him of one of the two title belts he hoped to defend simultaneously. Just days after the organization said it was taking away his featherweight title belt, McGregor replied in the most typical way: by obtaining a boxing licence.

Related: Conor McGregor now makes the rules in UFC … and everyone else follows

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Jose Aldo wants UFC rematch with ‘coward’ Conor McGregor

  • Brazilian wants to fight Irishman McGregor in lightweight division
  • ‘I never stopped being the champion. I lost that fight because of an accident’

Jose Aldo, the man who lost his UFC featherweight title when he was knocked out by Conor McGregor inside 13 seconds, wants another shot at the Irishman – because he lost his crown “by accident”.

Related: Conor McGregor gives up UFC featherweight title but keeps lightweight belt

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Robert Whittaker knocks out Derek Brunson in headline fight at UFC Melbourne

  • Kick to American’s head leads to first-round victory at Rod Laver Arena
  • Australian lays down credentials for middleweight title shot

Robert Whittaker moved a step closer to a shot at the middleweight title after knocking out Derek Brunson in the first round at UFC Fight Night in Melbourne.

The New Zealand-born Australian, like his American opponent, came into the fight at Rod Laver Arena off the back of five straight wins and he was quick to extend that run to six, landing a left jab and then a kick to Brunson’s head with just over a minute remaining in the opening round.

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Conquering the Cent Cols Challenge in the Pyrenees: from despair to defiance

Oliver Duggan recounts the geographical, physical and mental rollercoaster of cycling 100 mountain passes in 10 days across southern France and Spain

The col de la Core is not a famous climb – in cycling, or any other sport. There are no champions’ names spray painted on the ground, no monuments at the top to riders past or present. It has no especially beautiful scenery or harsh gradients. It is a simple, two-lane road, and on a Saturday morning last month, it nearly killed me.

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