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David Beckham’s tattoos are just fine in Hindi | Brief letters

David Beckham’s Sanskrit | Apple autocorrection | Street names | Keeping meetings brief | Windrush alePlease can we sink for ever the notion of David Beckham’s “misspelt Sanskrit/Hindi tattoo” (Inking big: is Becks “addicted” to tats?, G2, 2 May)? Both…

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Fabric of football: classic kits on show – in pictures

A new pop-up exhibition at 133 Bethnal Green Road in London celebrates some of the best designs from yesteryear, including the colourful goalkeeping jersey donned by Pavel Srnicek at Newcastle and the distinctive 2002 Brazil World Cup shirt. The exhibi…

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‘Merci!’: Montpellier, France sends misspelled football jerseys to Montpelier, Vermont

Vermont state capital, with one L, will receive professional football jerseys from French Ligue 1 club – and give them to high school students

The city of Montpelier, Vermont has said “Merci” to the French city of Montpellier after its mayor and professional football team announced plans to send some misprinted football jerseys its way.

Bill Fraser, the city manager in Montpelier, Vermont, said the French football team Montpellier HSC had ordered jerseys that came in misspelled, with just one L instead of two.

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More than a shirt: how classic football kits became works of art

The humble football shirt has evolved to become both big business and high fashion, with culture, politics and cutting-edge design all playing a part as a new London exhibition demonstrates

“Feel that material!” Neal Heard, football shirt collector, author, Instagrammer and all-round fanatic, is proffering a 1981 Juventus home shirt – one of his personal favourites. It is a timeless bit of kit that demonstrates the Italian eye for detail that makes Serie A the spiritual home of classic strips, but also encapsulates the humble football shirt’s dramatic evolution.

The rough-hewn collar and stitched-on panels lend an old-school feel but innovation is woven in. The thin, elasticated cotton was designed with player performance in mind. The player number is rendered in vinyl, with the Ariston sponsor patch an optional extra – supporters could choose whether to stitch it on or leave the black and white stripes unspoiled. Even for a club that remains fashion-forward, it is a cut above.

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Top NBA prospect Lonzo Ball reveals new $495 signature shoe

  • Potential No1 overall draft pick reveals signature ZO2 shoe retailing at $495
  • Nike, Under Armour and Adidas passed on deal with Ball’s Big Baller Brand
  • Ball is first player to have independently made signature shoe before draft

Lonzo Ball, the potential No1 overall pick in June’s NBA draft, announced the release of his first signature sneaker on Thursday.

The UCLA point guard’s upstart Big Baller Brand unveiled the ZO2 shoe line with the main pair retailing for $495 on the company’s website.

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Top NBA prospect Lonzo Ball reveals new $495 signature shoe

  • Potential No1 overall draft pick reveals signature ZO2 shoe retailing at $495
  • Nike, Under Armour and Adidas passed on deal with Ball’s Big Baller Brand
  • Ball is first player to have independently made signature shoe before draft

Lonzo Ball, the potential No1 overall pick in June’s NBA draft, announced the release of his first signature sneaker on Thursday.

The UCLA point guard’s upstart Big Baller Brand unveiled the ZO2 shoe line with the main pair retailing for $495 on the company’s website.

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Ladies’ Day at Cheltenham Festival – in pictures

The feathers and the national colours flew on another day of glamour in Gloucestershire Continue reading…

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Ladies’ Day at Cheltenham Festival – in pictures

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Nancy’s sympathy for the Archers devil | Brief letters

Millwall FC | The Archers | How to tuck in shirts | Measurement mash-ups | Missing ‘the’ | Weetabix packet gasket

Congratulations to the Guardian for its role in the campaign to save Millwall FC from the developers. Barney Ronay is not strictly correct, however, in saying that only the Lib Dem leader Tim Farron backed the opposition to the scheme “while other leaders remained silent” (Sport, 26 January). The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition co-founder Bob Crow, a lifelong Millwall fan, opposed the scheme from the start and, just days before his tragically early death in 2014, was urging Lions fans to lobby a Lewisham council meeting. This fight has been a long one and it is the local working-class community that has won it.
Clive Heemskerk
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition national agent

• “Look, does nobody else feel that Rob has had a rough old deal?” asks the sainted Ms Banks-Smith (A month in Ambridge, G2, 1 February). Yes, Nancy, I do. It’s a creeping twinge of sympathy which, until your question, had dared not speak its name.
Maggie Winkworth
London

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Fans in fancy dress at the World Darts Championship – in pictures

The international fans that follow the world’s biggest darts tournament have outdone themselves again with their wild and wacky costumes. Here are some of the best dressed from this year’s event at Alexandra Palace in north London

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Fans in fancy dress at the World Darts Championship – in pictures

The international fans that follow the world’s biggest darts tournament have outdone themselves again with their wild and wacky costumes. Here are some of the best dressed from this year’s event at Alexandra Palace in north London

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A year in the life of the Beckham industrial complex

Brand Beckham marches on with news that Cruz is releasing a Christmas single, while Brooklyn aims for the book charts. What have the rest of the clan been up to in 2016?

With forays into fashion, sport, photography and philanthropy it has been a busy year for the Beckhams. It has also been a year in which Victoria opted not to sing, but now Cruz has decided to give it a whirl. Here’s how things are measuring up for the Beckhams …

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A year in the life of the Beckham industrial complex

Brand Beckham marches on with news that Cruz is releasing a Christmas single, while Brooklyn aims for the book charts. What have the rest of the clan been up to in 2016?

With forays into fashion, sport, photography and philanthropy it has been a busy year for the Beckhams. It has also been a year in which Victoria opted not to sing, but now Cruz has decided to give it a whirl. Here’s how things are measuring up for the Beckhams …

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Paralympians join top label in a bid to break fashion barrier

Athletes and designers aim to get range of clothing on high street and into everyday lifeAt a memorable London fashion show in 1998, Alexander McQueen sent double-amputee athlete Aimee Mullins down the catwalk wearing a pair of hand-carved wooden prost…

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Nicola Adams: ‘I wish I’d told Muhammad Ali he was the reason I wanted to win gold’

The double Olympic boxing champion is also a style icon and LGBT role model. She talks about Team GB’s success – and swapping training for cake and clubbing

‘She looks bigger on the telly.” It’s a curious thing to say about a flyweight boxer with a fighting weight of 51kg (8st 1lb), but the training gym regular who has sidled over to my side of the ring for a better view of the double Olympic gold champion is right. Nicola Adams is even tinier than you think she’s going to be. Her stature – just shy of 1.62m (5ft 4in) in bouncy trainers – seems too small to contain it all: the Muhammad Ali shuffle, the Miss World smile, the megawatt punch.

Adams is dressed in the crisp, boxfresh aesthetic specific to athletes who have made it to business-class lounge level: slim grey marl tracksuit bottoms tucked into pristine white high-top trainers, sizeable diamond studs in her lobes, a fancy pair of gold headphones worn around the neck of her bright white T-shirt. For the portrait, she adds the finishing touches, first pulling on a navy Team GB hoodie and then, after digging around in the side pocket of a Louis Vuitton rucksack, her latest gold medal, which she pulls out of a thick black sock. “Stops it getting scratched,” she says, flashing me that Tinker Bell smile and looping it around her neck.

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Team GB’s opening ceremony outfits are subtly British

Stella McCartney has pulled off a tricky balance with the jackets UK athletes will wear in Rio

Team GB’s opening ceremony outfits have been revealed in time for the first day of the Rio Olympics – and Stella McCartney has managed to convey patriotism without straying into the territory of Nigel Farage’s union jack shoes.

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Roger Federer: ‘I need the fire, the excitement, the whole rollercoaster’

He has a reputation for cool, but the athlete says tennis is pure emotion – from his moody youth to weepy grand slam finals. Can he win another Wimbledon?

Roger Federer slowly, lovingly, takes the wrapping off his new racket, like a little boy with a giant lollipop. “It’s my Wimbledon racket,” he says. He runs his fingers along the frame, bounces a hand against its head. He’s got plenty of rackets, of course – he’ll sometimes use nine in one match – but this is the one he’ll start with. With a bit of luck, he says, it could last him five years.

He passes the racket to me – it is light and not highly strung, which could also be said of the man. We are in a vast warehouse in Zurich, Switzerland, and I’m swinging away with the racket and imaginary balls. He looks lean, tanned, glowing, in the way only an elite athlete can. Federer has more time on his hands than he had hoped, after pulling out of the French Open with a back injury. He’s using the opportunity to launch a new clothes line – smart, spare, the kind of thing you’d imagine Federer wears in his down time.

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Euro 2016 quiz: identify the players by their tattoos

Today’s quiz is a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling

The ultimate Euro 2016 quiz: 51 questions for 51 matches

Who is the goalkeeper?

Yuri Lodygin of Russia

Hugo Lloris of France

Costel Pantilimon of Romania

Wojciech Szczesny of Poland

Who is the defender?

Kyle Walker of England

Jordan Lukaku of Belgium

Nathaniel Clyne of England

Juanfran of Spain

Who is the defender?

Christophe Jallet of France

James Collins of Wales

Martin Skrtel of Slovakia

Luke McCullough of Northern Ireland

Who is the defender?

Pepe of Portugal

Chris Smalling of England

Eliaquim Mangala of France

Jerome Boateng of Germany

Who is the defender?

Giorgio Chiellini of Italy

Vedran Corluka of Croatia

Mats Hummels of Germant

Matteo Darmian of Italy

Who is the midfielder?

Zoltán Gera of Hungary

Daniele De Rossi of Italy

Sebastian Larsson of Sweden

James McCarthy of Ireland

Who is the midfielder?

James McClean of Ireland

Radja Nianggolan of Belgium

João Moutinho of Portugal

Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland

Who is the midfielder?

Marek Hamsik of Slovakia

Nuri Sahin of Turkey

Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco of Belgium

Emre Can of Germany

Who is the forward?

Marko Arnautovic of Austria

Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden

Graziano Pellè of Italy

Pedro of Spain

Who is the forward?

Robbie Keane of Ireland

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal

Kyle Lafferty of Northern Ireland

Jon Walters of Ireland

Who is the forward?

Wayne Rooney of England

Gareth Bale of Wales

Lukas Podolski of Germany

Shane Long of Ireland

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: ‘Mourinho is cool – the older coaches get, the cooler they get’

The Swedish superstar is about to lead out his country at Euro 2016 and, probably, reunite with his old Inter coach at Manchester United. But first he has another order of business – showing football how to do fashion

‘Hello. I am Zlatan,” announces Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden’s greatest footballer – and author of the bestselling memoir I Am Zlatan. Then he sits down and finishes the wrap he is eating.

We’re upstairs in the Théâtre Trévise in Paris in early May. Ibrahimovic has called the city home since signing for Paris Saint-Germain from AC Milan in 2012. The next day, he will announce, in typically bombastic style, that he is leaving the club (“I came like a king, left like a legend”). Huge news, really – but today he’s here to talk about a new line of sportswear he has designed, light relief from the summer’s non-stop transfer chatter.

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Mike Ashley in running to acquire Austin Reed

Sports Direct boss, who is also circling BHS, is said to be among suitors for 116-year-old tailor now in administration

The sportswear tycoon Mike Ashley is reported to be in pole position to acquire the stricken tailoring brand Austin Reed.

The 116-year-old tailor went into administration at the end of last month, putting 1,184 jobs at risk. On Friday Austin Reed’s administrators, AlixPartners, were evaluating bids for the retailer, which industry experts expect to be broken up. Edinburgh Woollen Mill’s owner, Philip Day, is also thought to be among the interested parties.

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