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Manchester residents oppose Gary Neville’s redevelopment plans

Ex-United player wants to build sports university but locals object to takeover of green beltGary Neville’s plans to transform Manchester have again been met with opposition after hundreds of residents objected to proposals by Manchester United’s “clas…

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Harvard ends men’s soccer team season over lewd rankings of female players

University says ‘extremely offensive report’ on female soccer players was produced over several years by male players, who had been leading Ivy League

Harvard University has suspended its men’s soccer team for the remainder of the season because of sexual comments made about members of the women’s soccer team.

University president Drew Faust said in a statement on Thursday night that an investigation into the 2012 team found their “appalling” actions were not isolated to one year or the actions of a few, but appeared to be more widespread across the team and continued through the current season.

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Zika virus risk at Rio Olympics ‘negligible’, says Yale report

Risk of infection ‘very low indeed’, despite concerns heightened by first case in Europe of baby affected by the virus

Spain has reported what is said to be the first birth in Europe of a baby with Zika virus-related brain damage, according to the health authority in Catalonia, where the child was born.

The mother, who has not been identified, caught the virus on a trip abroad but authorities have declined to say where. She was infected in Latin America, where the virus is widespread.

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Zika virus risk at Rio Olympics ‘negligible’, says Yale report

Risk of infection ‘very low indeed’, despite concerns heightened by first case in Europe of baby affected by the virus

Spain has reported what is said to be the first birth in Europe of a baby with Zika virus-related brain damage, according to the health authority in Catalonia, where the child was born.

The mother, who has not been identified, caught the virus on a trip abroad but authorities have declined to say where. She was infected in Latin America, where the virus is widespread.

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Want to work in football? There are degrees for that at Wembley Stadium

The football sector is employing more people than ever and one college, which was set up in Burnley before expanding to Wembley and now to the Etihad in Manchester, is trying to produce graduates qualified for this unusual industry

By Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport Network

Philip Wilson, the provost and chief executive of UCFB, spreads his arms out wide and beams with unrestrained pride and satisfaction. “Not a bad back garden is it?” Wilson asks wryly as he surveys the view from his office at Wembley Stadium. It is indeed impressive, overlooking the pristine turf upon which so many dreams have been realised. Wilson wants to do the same for his students.

The University College of Football Business opened its door to students in its first home at Turf Moor in 2010. It is very much the new kid on the block in comparison to some of its competitors, such as the universities of Southampton and Liverpool. Even Loughborough University, which was awarded its charter as a university in 1966 and is often considered to be a young establishment, has origins that stretch back over 100 years. So the need for UCFB to establish credibility and build a reputation is essential.

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Cheating the system: from chess to pub quizzes, how technology has made breaking the rules easier than ever

The Georgian chess master rumbled this week for using a hidden smartphone to plan his moves is far from alone – and as our access to an infinite online stock of information gets ever faster and more portable, the question is: are we on the brink of an epidemic?

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Oxford’s women row into boat race history

Inaugural victory over men’s course marks an end to decades of inequality

It was a historic day, when the women’s boat race was staged over the same stretch of the Thames as the men for the first time – and also broadcast live for the first time. So it was appropriate that the winning Oxford boat was called Catalyst.

Women’s sport has often struggled for exposure but, on its 70th outing, the women’s race was finally given pride of place in the schedules and on TV. Unfortunately, while it was historic, the race was no classic. The gap in class between the two crews was apparent as soon as the starter Simon Harris cried “Go!” Oxford were a length clear after two minutes and finished the 4.2 mile course 19 seconds and six-and-a-half lengths clear of Cambridge.

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Investigation finds 3,100 UNC athletes involved in academic fraud stretching nearly two decades

University of North Carolina turned a blind eye to fraudAfrican and Afro-American Studies a paper class Continue reading…

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In America, college football stars like Jameis Winston can do no wrong | Diane Roberts

Winston hasn’t yet been charged or found guilty of anything yet. Be he’s getting the love while his accuser is called a slut

Just because an athlete performs miracles on the field doesn’t mean he’s a saint off of it. The story of Jameis Winston is yet another example of how quickly a town – and frankly an entire nation – want desperately to side with a football star.

In December of last year, a student at Florida State University told police that she had been sexually assaulted by Jameis Winston, a supremely talented quarterback and candidate for the Heisman Trophy, college football’s premier honor. Nothing was done. She claims a cop warned that her life would be made “miserable” if she pursued charges. Tallahassee, where the university is located, is a “big football town”.

The cops claim she stopped cooperating with them, which she disputes. On 12 November this year, the case was turned over to the State Attorney’s office: media outlets had sniffed out the story, and the local police realized that doing nothing about an assault allegation against a popular football player might look like a cover-up. A forensic test was (finally) done, revealing that Winston’s DNA matched that found on the victim’s clothes. His lawyer says the sex was consensual. Her lawyer says it wasn’t. The State Attorney is still investigating.

College football’s most passionate adherents are not, however, waiting till the facts are in. They are confident Jameis Winston, this self-effacing, well-mannered Alabama boy with the the sweet smile and the golden arm, would never do such a thing. The young woman must be mistaken; she must be jealous of his “real” girlfriend, a basketball player at Rice University in Texas; she must be some gold-digger desperate for attention. The internet heaves with conspiracy theories: her lawyer graduated from the University of Florida, the hated arch-rival of Florida State University. Perhaps someone at the University of Alabama – Florida State’s likely opponent in the national championship game – put her up to it. Heck, maybe it’s Barack Obama’s fault.

In any case, the young woman, also a student at Florida State (or she was until she left campus earlier this year) is getting trashed all over the place: on sports sites, in newspaper comment sections, in bars where fans hang out. She’s being called a “ho”, a “liar”, a “groupie”. FSU is on the cusp of greatness, an undefeated season. What if this chick goes and ruins everything?

Since the allegations became public, fans have taken to holding up homemade signs at Florida State games: “We Support Famous Jameis”, “Jameis is Innocent,” and “In Jameis Christ We Pray”. The local paper has pretty much abandoned any pretense of even-handedness in favor of cheerleading. The executive editor sighed in print that he wished the story would go away, but since some horrid “national media outlet,” which does not “care a whit about our community, our university, our team or the young man many of us – me included – have learned to care about,” is covering it, his paper better had as well. Their “coverage”, however, consists of daily assurances that the evidence against Winston is thin, dissertations on how tough it is to prove sexual battery, and lamentations over the unfair way the “drive-by” media depicts “our community”.

The one honorable exception, a column by veteran writer Gerald Ensley, wrestles with the painful disparity between Winston’s charm and the young woman’s claims. It elicited howls of outrage from readers threatening to cancel their subscriptions, insulting Ensley, and wishing the newspaper would not even mention the scandal. It’s been 14 years since Florida State won a national championship: the Seminoles have got a big game against the Gators Saturday, then the Atlantic Coast Conference championship then, maybe, the national championship in January. Even many fair-minded seekers after of justice are hoping that maybe the State Attorney will either wait a couple of months – or declare the case closed.

The whole thing looks, as one magazine opined, like “To Kill a Mockingbird in reverse“. Now the community rises up to defend Our Football Hero. It’s a theme that is playing out all too frequently in the US, even at high schools like Steubenville, Ohio where a teenage girl found herself fighting against not just her football playing aggressors, but school administrators and the town at large who were quick to side with the male athletes.

Give Winston’s partisans credit for holding firm to the ancient principle of presumption of innocence: Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat. As many point out, he hasn’t yet been charged, much less found guilty of anything. But neither has the woman who says she was raped. Winston’s getting the love; she’s being called a slut. In this culture, playing top-tier football confers a layer of privilege not accorded ordinary guys, especially ordinary young African American guys. Instead of a hoodie, maybe Trayvon Martin should have worn a letter jacket.

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