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‘An inspirational figure’: England fans in Leeds on local hero Kalvin Phillips

The close-knit families watching England v Italy in a working men’s club have only praise for the midfielderEuro 2020: England v Italy: live?It was the moment many England fans never dared to believe would happen.Buzzing with nervous anticipation, fans…

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Peter Lorimer obituary

Outstanding Leeds United and Scotland winger with playmaking skills and a thunderous shotPeter Lorimer, who has died aged 74 after a long-term illness, was a linchpin of the great Leeds United side that won the English First Division in 1968-69 and 197…

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Locals fight for youth activities at risk from Leeds budget cuts

A sailing centre may be one of many services to disappear as the council hunts for £87m of savingsFor many children from across Leeds, a visit to the Sailing and Activity Centre in the semi-rural town of Yeadon, on the edge of the city’s council area, …

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Jack Charlton obituary

Leeds United footballer and member of the victorious 1966 World Cup England squad, he went on to manage the Republic of IrelandJack Charlton, who has died aged 85 after suffering from lymphoma and dementia, spent a large part of his life in the shadow …

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How Leeds fell in love with Marcelo Bielsa, the man on a blue bucket

The genius they call El Loco has steered his team to the top of the Championship, and breathed new confidence into the cityWe are fast approaching the 60th anniversary of the publication of Billy Liar. Or, as some of us like to call it, the Book of Lee…

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Yorkshire football team set for debut in league of stateless peoples

Players who trained together for first time last weekend will take on Isle of Man in PontefractYorkshire’s first “international” football team will play its debut match on Sunday after being welcomed into a world league for repressed minorities, indepe…

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Tributes for teenage kickboxing champion who died after title fight

Scott Marsden, 14, never recovered from injuries he suffered during English title fight in Leeds at the weekendTributes have been paid to a teenager who collapsed and died during a national kickboxing competition. Scott Marsden, 14, who won a 50kg gold…

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Charlie Webster back in UK after contracting malaria at Rio Olympics

TV presenter and Team GB ambassador in hospital in Leeds after falling seriously ill at opening ceremony of 2016 GamesTV presenter Charlie Webster, who contracted malaria in Brazil, has arrived back in the UK.The 33-year-old Team GB ambassador travelle…

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Charlie Webster back in UK after contracting malaria at Rio Olympics

TV presenter and Team GB ambassador in hospital in Leeds after falling seriously ill at opening ceremony of 2016 GamesTV presenter Charlie Webster, who contracted malaria in Brazil, has arrived back in the UK.The 33-year-old Team GB ambassador travelle…

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Kevin Sinfield announces retirement from all forms of rugby

• Ex-England league captain confirms May departure from Yorkshire Carnegie
• ‘I have been privileged to have enjoyed a 20-year career,’ says Leeds legend

Kevin Sinfield has announced that he will retire from all forms of rugby at the end of this rugby union season in May.

The former Leeds and England rugby league captain, who turns 36 in September, switched codes with the Rhinos’ sister club Yorkshire Carnegie last November and had another 12 months left on his contract. However, Sinfield announced at a press conference at Headingley on Wednesday his intention to hang up his boots after receiving several job offers.

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Leeds hold off St Helens charge to secure vital Super League win

• Leeds 30-18 St Helens

Leeds held their nerve after throwing away a big early lead to beat St Helens 30-18 in an entertaining Super League match.

The treble winners of last year went into the game in desperate need of the points after a torrid start to the season.

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Super League 2016 preview: Still going strong after 20 years of ups and downs

It’s been a rollercoaster ride but Super League is still offering the thrills for fans – and after success in 2015, this season is the most crucial yet

There is a quote attributed to Jacques Fouroux, who was president of the now-defunct Paris Saint-Germain club, after his side and Sheffield Eagles kickstarted the bold new era of Super League on 29 March 1996, following rugby league’s switch to summer rugby.

PSG won the game 30-24 in front of 17,873 people, offering what would ultimately be false hope on so many levels. “98% of them [the crowd] were new to the game,” Fouroux said, “but they understood it right away. They saw tries, lots of commitment and lots of movement. They saw beauty. They attended a great party.”

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Hull 6-24 Leeds | Challenge Cup quarter-final match report

Hull 6-24 Leeds

The Leeds captain, Kevin Sinfield, produced a tactical masterclass to guide the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup holders to within 80 minutes of a return to Wembley with a 24-6 quarter-final victory over Hull.

The veteran stand-off was restored to the Rhinos’ starting line-up in the absence of Liam Sutcliffe, ruled out for the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, and he rolled back the years with a dominant display.

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Super League roundup: solo try helps Salford turn tables on Wigan

Ben Jones-Bishop scores spectacular try for Salford; St Helens slip to third straight defeat; Kevin Sinfield passes 4,000 points milestone
• Castleford leapfrog Warrington after outstanding show from Adam Milner

Ben Jones-Bishop scored a spectacular solo try as Salford ended a run of 17 defeats in a row by Wigan after a thrilling 24-18 match that saw both teams finish with 12 men. The Red Devils were leading 12-8 when Jones-Bishop struck on the hour to help his club leapfrog Wigan into third place in the table.

In a match where the kick-off was delayed for 15 minutes because of crowd congestion the Salford forward Weller Hauraki and John Bateman were sent off two minutes from time for trading punches after the pair had already been sent to the sin-bin following a flare-up.

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Yorkshire goes Tour de France crazy to leave riders blown away

Residents and businesses are embracing the arrival of Le Tour as the race prepares to start in Leeds Continue reading…

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Bradford Bulls lure James Lowes from Leeds Carnegie to be head coach

Former Bradford hooker leaves role with union side We are absolutely delighted, says Bulls chairman GreenBradford Bulls have chosen their former player James Lowes as their new head coach.Lowes, 44, will leave his role as head coach of Leeds Carnegie r…

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London Welsh edge play-off after a thrilling win over Leeds Carnegie

London Welsh 29-20 Leeds Carnegie; agg 60-58 Continue reading…

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Bristol, Rotherham, Leeds and London Welsh braced for Premiership verdict

The RFU will tell the Championship play-off contenders whether they have met promotion criteria late next week Continue reading…

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Leeds Carnegie to change name to Yorkshire Carnegie from next season

• Championship club aim to broaden appeal across the county
• ‘Player pool in Yorkshire as strong as ever’, says McGeechan

Leeds Carnegie will change their name to Yorkshire Carnegie from next season in an effort to broaden the Championship club’s appeal across the county.

Sir Ian McGeechan, the former British and Irish Lions coach who is the chairman of the Leeds club, unveiled plans for the launch of the new professional outfit at Headingley on Tuesday.

The club, who have bounced between the Premiership and Championship for much of the last decade, will continue to play at Headingley in order to meet minimum standards for the top flight, but with a remit to create a powerhouse for the game in England.

McGeechan said: “Undoubtedly the player pool within the county is as strong as ever and we have successfully created an academy structure that benefits all clubs across the county and the time is right now to spread that philosophy to the senior structure.

“We now face a crossroads if we are able to create a sustainable future for the professional side of the game.

“The only way we can fulfil this vision is to bring together all interested parties and create a new board to enable Yorkshire Carnegie to have the resources to compete with the very best.”

The venture has the blessing of the Yorkshire RFU and the England head coach Stuart Lancaster, a former Leeds coach.

Leeds Rugby’s chief executive, Gary Hetherington, said: “Leeds Carnegie, Rotherham and Doncaster have all tried to create a winning team on the field to gain and retain a place in the Premiership. Clearly, by leveraging talent and support across Yorkshire that gives us the best chance possible of succeeding.

“This year marks the 150th anniversary of rugby being played in Leeds for the first time, which presents a timely opportunity for us to examine a way forward for the game.”

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PCC elections on 15 November: the northern party line-up

We have 12 police forces, 12 Tory candidates, 12 Labour, nine Lib Dem, eight UKIP, two English Democrats, one Green and ten independents (three of them facing John Prescott in Humberside)Today’s second Northerner post flagged up our plan to bring you d…