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Michael Jordan opens first of two health clinics for underprivileged in Charlotte

NBA legend has donated $7m toward Charlotte medical clinicsHornets owner is a longtime state resident and played at UNCAn emotional Michael Jordan unveiled the first of two medical clinics he and his family funded to provide care to underprivileged mem…

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Clean athletes: Britain to be coached in washing hands before Tokyo 2020

• Hygiene comes into focus in the hunt for marginal gains• Online training programme to be used before TokyoBritish athletes will be taught how to wash their hands properly before Tokyo 2020, as hygiene becomes a new frontier in the hunt for marginal g…

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NHS boss condemns English cricket’s sponsorship deal with KP Snacks

Simon Stevens says ECB’s Hundred tie-up with maker of Hula Hoops undermines fight against childhood obesity The head of the NHS has criticised English cricket for letting KP Snacks sponsor a new tournament that is designed to encourage young people to …

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‘I had no confidence and suffered from anxiety. Exercise helped me tackle it’ | Louise Taylor

A scheme that helps young people achieve wellbeing through sport is helping to fill a gap left by children’s services cutsWell before the end of his first archery lesson three years ago, it was clear Ben Wood [not his real name] possessed excellent han…

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Gareth Thomas revealing HIV status will ‘tackle stigma’

Terrence Higgins Trust say rugby legend’s decision will have ‘massive impact’Gareth Thomas’s decision to reveal he is living with HIV will have a “massive impact” in helping to dispel myths and stigma around the condition, the head of the Terrence Higg…

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Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas reveals HIV diagnosis

Ex-British Lions captain believed to be first UK sportsman to go public about living with virusWelsh rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed that he is HIV positive.Mr Thomas, who came out as gay in 2009, is thought to be the first UK sportsman to go pub…

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Dave Brailsford waits on prognosis after prostate cancer surgery

• Team Ineos chief to learn on Saturday if surgery was successful• ‘I can put up with a lot but in hospital I was overwhelmed’Dave Brailsford has revealed he has undergone surgery for prostate cancer. The 55-year-old Team Ineos principal, who led Brita…

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Distressed Bury fans get mental health support from NHS

NHS trust to host session for people experiencing ‘emotional upset’ at football club’s demiseThe NHS is running mental health sessions for distressed fans of Bury FC following an outpouring of grief at the club’s expulsion from the football league.The …

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State of Mind remains crucial for rugby league players and the public | Aaron Bower

Ian Knott almost killed himself after retirement but now gives talks on behalf of the mental health charityIn September 2010 the rugby league world changed for ever with the death of Terry Newton, aged 31. It emerged that the former Great Britain hooke…

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‘I wouldn’t be the refugee, I’d be the girl who kicked ass’: how taekwondo made me

When she arrived in the US as a 10-year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri found it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard – by becoming a taekwondo championWhen I was 13, three years after arriving in the US with my mot…

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Troy Deeney: ‘I want to be remembered for more than just being a footballer’

Having overcome anger and alcohol issues, the Watford captain has become a leading voice in football’s fight against racism. He talks about his tough childhood, dealing with racist abuse – and finding happinessTroy Deeney would like you to know that he…

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World champion speed skater Elise Christie reveals fight against depression

• Christie in two-year battle with depression and anxiety• ‘There’s a huge list of people I owe thanks to’Elise Christie has spoken of a two-year battle with mental health and her joy of coming off antidepressants. The 28-year-old Scottish speed skater…

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‘I had a huge swelling’: why my life as a female cyclist led to vulva surgery

There needs to be serious, urgent research into better saddles for female cyclists, says Hannah Dines, who has endured years of pain and swelling caused by friction as she ridesThe plastic surgeon, in that particularly endearing way of surgeons, was tr…

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Annie Vernon: ‘That silver medal was devastating – like a broken heart’ | Donald McRae

Desperate to win, terrified of defeat – the Olympic silver medallist tells of dealing with this profound challenge for elite athletesOut of heartache, sometimes, clarity can emerge. For Annie Vernon – a former Olympic and world champion rower who is no…

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Burnley’s Aaron Lennon fears other players still struggle with depression

• ‘There are probably players out there who don’t want to talk’• Winger at launch of Burnley in the Community projectAaron Lennon believes he has made a full recovery from the stress-related illness that led to his brief detainment under the Mental Hea…

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Elite sport is gradually waking up to widespread mental health issues | Sean Ingle

Administrators are arriving at a better understanding of the extent of anxiety and depression among top sportspeople and a finger is pointing at social mediaOn Friday night the NBA’s commissioner, Adam Silver, made a statement that was both shocking an…

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Victoria Pendleton’s candour highlights again the vulnerability of ex-champions

The Olympic legend’s mental health battle is a reminder of the darkness that can descend when a sporting great’s career endsThere were no tears when Victoria Pendleton won her first Olympic gold medal. There was no great emotional climax, no comforting…

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Andy Murray’s career could be saved by metal hip implant, says Bob Bryan

• The 23-times grand slam doubles winner had surgery in August• Bryan wins on return and says Scot is ‘watching me like a hawk’The American doubles champion Bob Bryan, who is back on a tennis court five months after having a metal implant in his hip, s…

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‘Significant mouse problem’: Crystal Palace’s training ground given zero food hygiene rating

• Premier League club failed environmental health inspection• 10 supporters arrested after Brighton v PalaceCrystal Palace say they have taken action “to remedy the issues highlighted” after the kitchen at the club’s training ground was given a zero fo…

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Hernia mesh implants cost top British athlete five years of his career

Dai Greene says there should be more information so patients can weigh up risks • Revealed: how faulty implants harm patients worldwide• Why we’re examining the implants industryOne of Britain’s most successful athletes was forced to sit out an entire …