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Here comes the meat and cheese armageddon: MLB stadium foods 2018

With the Major League Baseball season getting under way this week, here’s a sampling of the food items on sale at ballparks around America (and Canada) Continue reading…

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When did football become a spitfest? | Brief letters

Footballers | Italian taxes | Extrajudicial killings | Mnemonics | Pie | Frozen pipesOn football past and present (Letters, 7 March), one particularly unpleasant feature of today’s game is the compulsive spitting. Watching Match of the Day now is to ob…

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Prost! How to drink ‘beer’ like a German Olympic athlete

The country’s team has been knocking back the alcohol-free booze to rehydrate. Here are five to try if you want to join themYou may have seen headlines lauding the non-alcoholic beer consumption of German Olympic athletes and, tenuously, linking it to …

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Nicola Adams: ‘I can’t start a family while I’m still boxing. But it’s something I’d like to do’

The double Olympic champion on early family battles, the psychology of the ring, and the two women who have been the bedrock of her lifeA tracksuited Nicola Adams walks into 34 Mayfair in the West End of London much in the way you’ve seen her approach …

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Heartfelt thanks from this Millwall fan | Brief letters

Millwall victory | Trump’s wall | King’s Road | Definite articles | Variations on Weetabix

As a Millwall supporter for over 60 years, may I offer heartfelt thanks to the Guardian which, almost alone in the national press, gave the club support and the kind of publicity these hole-in-the-corner “developers” dread (Joy for Millwall after land sale plan is scrapped, 26 January). Without your efforts, it’s unlikely this result could have been achieved. Wonderful news at a time when it is in such short supply.
Tom Mahoney
Bexleyheath, Kent

• Will the Great Wall of Trump be visible from space (Report, 26 January)?
Chris Lakin
Lymm, Cheshire

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Heartfelt thanks from this Millwall fan | Brief letters

Millwall victory | Trump’s wall | King’s Road | Definite articles | Variations on Weetabix

As a Millwall supporter for over 60 years, may I offer heartfelt thanks to the Guardian which, almost alone in the national press, gave the club support and the kind of publicity these hole-in-the-corner “developers” dread (Joy for Millwall after land sale plan is scrapped, 26 January). Without your efforts, it’s unlikely this result could have been achieved. Wonderful news at a time when it is in such short supply.
Tom Mahoney
Bexleyheath, Kent

• Will the Great Wall of Trump be visible from space (Report, 26 January)?
Chris Lakin
Lymm, Cheshire

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NFL stadium food: meat meets meat meets more meat – in pictures

With the National Football League season kicking off this week, here’s a sampling of what the fans will be eating in the stands

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Nicola Adams: ‘After I won gold, I went to McDonald’s for the hell of it’

The Olympic and World champion boxer on her pre-packed diet – and why she won’t give up Frosties

I train for at least two hours, three times a day – weights, bench-press, push-ups, running, sparring, boxing sessions – so I must be burning off a lot of calories. But I don’t weigh myself too often – just once every day. I box at 51kg and so I have to keep officially within a 5% margin of that weight at all times, all year. Christmas is the hardest time, because there’s so much food around and I love chocolate. But I’ve always kept within my 5%, always.

I tell people, “I have to answer to my coach about anything and everything I eat”, and it’s pretty much true. All my meals are provided for me, in consultation with my coach and a nutritionist and set around my schedule. They and I know everything I’ll have from one day to the next, unless I occasionally swap an item around, like one evening’s fajitas for another’s spag bol. But I’m very strict with myself. I can tell them if I’d prefer spicier food, say, but otherwise I don’t have to plan, arrange or even think about what I eat, or how much, ever, because it’s all delivered to me, pre-prepared. Everything’s freshly made for freezing and guaranteed without additives or preservatives. It all arrives at my door, typically once a week, in a box. In the box are individual containers, all with labels explaining “Wednesday, lunch, Thai chicken and rice” or “Friday, breakfast, fruits”. I’ve done this for seven years. One thing I told them I wouldn’t give up is Frosties at breakfast. They’re non-negotiable. As a kid I was always picky about food; if it didn’t “look right” I wouldn’t eat it. Mum says I liked sticking to a routine.

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Mark Cavendish: ‘I’d eat one multi-bag of crisps. And then another’

The cyclist on his fondness for junk food and what he’s learned about nutrition

My mother told me that whenever she’d try to breastfeed me as a baby I’d push her away. Me and my brother had hyperactivity issues as kids and she blamed it on her divorce and E numbers in our food. When we were at the dinner table we’d act up. When I was 16 I wasn’t cycling so much. I’d started working at Barclays, got quite chubby and was called “the fat banker”. Lunchtime was half an hour and I’d buy a prawn butty and a bag of Walkers crisps. Later, when I was 20, six months after becoming world champion, I sat around in a place I shared in Cheadle [with track sprinter Craig MacLean] and I’d eat a big multi-bag of Walkers, then, when I’d finished them, go to the petrol station for another multi-bag and repeat. I was emotional, in a bit of a dark place. I have a fondness for junk food – it still calls me, sometimes. I think any professional athlete who says they stick to a strict diet and weigh their food out every time is either lying or they’re sick. I’m not going to put diesel in a petrol engine and obviously I do watch my diet, but to do just that and not live a life isn’t for me. I’m not going to make the sacrifices I do and then not enjoy myself sometimes. If it looks and tastes real good and is worth the calories, then I’m on it.

Related: Mark Cavendish on life in the saddle: ‘I just love to win’

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Chris Hoy: ‘If I smell a burger stand, I get nervous – it takes me back to BMX tracks as a kid’

The Olympic cyclist on eating 15 Danish pastries while training, plus the food hell of the 1996 Moscow games

I was desperate to get a black and gold Raleigh Super Burner when I was six but the price was £105, which felt like a million. My parents said they’d contribute half if I raised the other, to teach me the value of money and hard work. What I did was wait until guests at my parents’ dinner parties had drunk a few glasses of wine, then I’d walk in – ready for bed in my dressing gown – and show them a catalogue and say: “This is the bike I’m saving for, but I’ve only got £2.50 so far.” They’d give me fivers and I had the Burner in no time.

Mum was a nurse and worked night shifts, but cooked all our evening meals and breakfasts. Once she went to Greece but was terrified that me, Dad and my sister would get malnutrition and not survive her absence. So, a microwave appeared and she home-cooked and froze two weeks’ worth of hearty meals. I remember her saying, “Wait for the ping, then eat.” Without Mum knowing, during many of her night shifts, Dad and I would use the wooden kitchen table we ate meals at as our workbench, rather than strip down my mountain bike in the dark outside. There were hanging lights we’d raise up and the bike could go upside down on the table. Each time there’d be mud, grease and oil everywhere, but we’d elaborately clear up the mess and then I’d take the bike – gleaming – to my bedroom and fall asleep gazing at it. Sometimes, Mum would spot a smear at breakfast and ask, “How did that get there?” and we’d say, “We’ve absolutely no idea.”

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Maria Sharapova chocolate to go on sale in May despite drug ban

Baron Chocolatier, which is producing the sweets for her Sugarpova brand, robustly defends player after she failed drug test

Maria Sharapova’s brand of high-end chocolates will launch in May despite the tennis player facing a lengthy suspension after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium.

Baron Chocolatier, which is producing the sweet treats for the five-time grand slam winner’s confectionery business, Sugarpova, has robustly defended the player, saying the company believed she had made an honest mistake. Nike, Porsche and Tag Heuer, Sharapova’s most lucrative sponsors, have cut their ties with the player.

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Maria Sharapova chocolate to go on sale in May despite drug ban

Baron Chocolatier, which is producing the sweets for her Sugarpova brand, robustly defends player after she failed drug test

Maria Sharapova’s brand of high-end chocolates will launch in May despite the tennis player facing a lengthy suspension after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium.

Baron Chocolatier, which is producing the sweet treats for the five-time grand slam winner’s confectionery business, Sugarpova, has robustly defended the player, saying the company believed she had made an honest mistake. Nike, Porsche and Tag Heuer, Sharapova’s most lucrative sponsors, have cut their ties with the player.

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Football quiz: identify the club by the food on sale at their stadium

How well do you know the pies and burgers on sale at British football grounds?

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MLB stadium foods: meat, cheese and lots of calories – in pictures

With the Major League Baseball season getting under way this week, here’s a look at some of the gut-busting food for sale at America’s ballparks

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Cleveland v Oakland: the tale of the tape

The NBA finals have been exhaustively probed by the pundits, so we determine how the Cavaliers’ and Warriors’ home cities measure up where it really counts

As the Cavaliers and Warriors prepare to face off in the NBA finals, here’s a look at how Cleveland and Oakland measure up where it counts: from pop-cultural cachet to historical arcana.

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Melbourne cricket ground pie and chips to be had for under $10 after price cut

Melbourne Cricket Club has announced the price reductions as part of an ‘affordable, family-friendly food and beverage offering’ at the MCG

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Michel Roux Jr on marathon running: ‘I love just being out there on my own’

The Michelin-starred chef on running to Benny Hill theme music, indulging in chocolate after a race and on being the only kid who actually enjoyed cross country running Continue reading…

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Barcelona’s Andrés Iniesta lists his family vineyard on Airbnb

The Barcelona and Spain midfield star has added his family vineyard – Bodega Iniesta – to Airbnb, offering two lucky guests the chance to be hosted by one of the world’s most celebrated footballers

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Michel Roux Jr on marathon running: ‘I love just being out there on my own’

The Michelin-starred chef on running to Benny Hill theme music, indulging in chocolate after a race and on being the only kid who actually enjoyed cross country running

Hi Michel! You’ve got quite some form when it comes to marathons, haven’t you? I love marathons! I love long-distance running so anything really above 10km is great. I’ve run 20 marathons to date, some ultras as well, and 13 London marathons. And other marathons all over the world. Some bizarre places such as Tromso up in the arctic circle and Monaco, which was rather glamorous. For me it’s a way of life. My best time is 3h 13min here in London, a few years back.

So with that experience, when people ask you for a training tip, what do you tell them? It’s really about getting started. On days like this, its easy. It’s a beautiful day today with blue skies – it’s crisp, it’s fresh, you don’t really need any inspiration to go out. But on cold, wet, damp, horrible winter day – that’s when you really need inspiration. And that’s when you need to pick up a magazine or an inspirational book about running, go through the pages – or go on YouTube for a video of a great sporting moment, like a Paula Radcliffe race or something – look at that for two seconds and then you think, “Yeah! That’s what I’m going to go out and do!”

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Bringing Fabrice Muamba back from the dead

Two years ago, Shauna Muamba watched her husband almost die on the pitch at White Hart Lane. The couple talk to Anna Kessel about Fabrices long road to recovery and how it has changed their family dynamic for good Continue reading…