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Judge who convicted Geoffrey Boycott: I stand by my verdict

‘I cannot believe he’s being received by the Queen,’ says French judge The French judge who convicted Geoffrey Boycott of assaulting his girlfriend has criticised the former England cricketer after he was knighted and says she stands by her decision to…

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Geoffrey Boycott’s self-absorption has always kept him close to controversy | Matthew Engel

It was entirely in keeping with the nature of Boycott’s cricketing and subsequent careers that it took just hours for the announcement of his knighthood to turn messyIt has taken 40 years – longer than even the most interminable Boycott innings – but i…

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Geoffrey Boycott was convicted of domestic assault, so why has May knighted him? | Marina Hyde

Glacial opener, failed captain, convicted assaulter – no wonder the former PM has idolised him since childhoodGeoffrey Boycott has always represented Theresa May’s idealised version of herself, and in that sense it is no surprise that the former prime …

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Geoffrey Boycott: ‘I don’t give a toss’ about criticism of knighthood

Ex-England cricketer responds as critics say perpetrator of domestic abuse should not get honourThe former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott has said he “does not give a toss” about criticism of his knighthood from a leading domestic violence charity….

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Cricketers Boycott and Strauss knighted in May’s resignation honours

Cricket-loving former PM hands awards to two former England captainsThe former England cricket captains Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss have been knighted in Theresa May’s resignation honours list for their service to sport.The former prime ministe…

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Sir Matt Busby airbrushed from Liverpool FC history? | Brief letters

Upskirting | Sir Matt Busby | Sign language | Vegetarianism | Thameslink | Clive JamesOnce the law is eventually passed to class upskirting as the criminal offence it clearly is (Upskirting bill is blocked by single Tory objection, 16 June), can the po…

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Team GB sing national anthem onboard flight BA2016 – video

Athlete Asha Philip captures the moment Team GB members sing the national anthem and celebrate returning to the UK on Tuesday, following a highly successful Olympic Games in which the team increased its medal haul from London 2012. Team GB returned from Rio on a special British Airways gold-tipped 747. It was also called BA2016

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Team GB return from Rio Olympics on gold-nosed 747

Aircraft renamed ‘victoRIOus’ due to land at Heathrow, and PM’s spokesperson says there is no cap on honours for medallists

Team GB will fly in to Heathrow on Tuesday morning, clanking with their scores of medals, on flight number BA2016, a British Airways 747 repainted with a golden nose and renamed “victoRIOus”.

They return home to a chorus of demands that they be weighed down with further honours: nothing less than Dame Laura Trott and Sirs Jason Kenny and Mo Farah will do.

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Team GB return home from Rio Olympics – live updates

  • Gold-tipped 747 flies Britain’s triumphant Olympic team home
  • Downing Street hints at extended honours for Olympians
  • Queen leads congratulations of Team GB

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Team GB are set to receive a heroes’ welcome when they touch down in the UK following their best Olympics in more than a century.

At the risk of offending Simon Jenkins, and his problems with Olympic hysteria, but we’ll be live blogging the team’s arrival at around 10am, plus all the build up, and reaction to it.

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Rod Laver, master of Australian tennis, heads sporting honours list

Tennis great is joined on honours list by recently-retired player Lleyton Hewitt and sports administrator David Gallop

Such are the accomplishments of Australia’s best ever male tennis player that if there’s any surprise at Rod Laver being appointed a companion (AC) of the Order of Australia it’s that he hadn’t already received the honour.

Made a Member of the British Empire in 1970 – a year after he won all four grand slam tournaments in the same calendar year for the second time – Laver, 77, was one of just 10 recipients of the top honour, recognised for his “eminent service to tennis as a player, representative and mentor, at the national and international level, and as a role model for young sportsmen and women”.

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