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53C heat and melted shoes: is the 135-mile Badwater the world’s toughest race?

Welcome to the Badwater Ultramarathon: a 135-mile non-stop race over three mountain ranges in sweltering mid-summer desert heat with a vertical ascent of 13,000 feetAt 9.30pm on 23 July 2018, the second wave of runners lined up at Badwater Basin in Dea…

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Andy Murray: ‘I went from world No 1 to not being able to walk’

The tennis player on injury, being too hard on himself and sitting in silence with his wifeBorn in Glasgow, Andy Murray, 32, turned professional in 2005. In 2012 he took gold at the London Olympics and won the US Open. The following summer he won Wimbl…

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Big hitters: the most noteworthy Wimbledon court style – in pictures

From Lili de Alvarez’s groundbreaking culottes to Arthur Ashe’s short-shorts and Serena Williams’ Swarovski ‘broosh’, the grass courts of south-west London have seen their fair share of fashion moments Continue reading…

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Big hitters: the most noteworthy Wimbledon court style – in pictures

From Lili de Alvarez’s groundbreaking culottes to Arthur Ashe’s short-shorts and Serena Williams’ Swarovski ‘broosh’, the grass courts of south-west London have seen their fair share of fashion moments Continue reading…

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From the archive: Muhammad Ali considers retirement in 1975

Sports writer Hugh McIlvanney tries to keep up with the great boxerThe legendary sports writer Hugh McIlvanney, who died earlier this year, wrote about ‘The mad world of Muhammad Ali’ for the 23 March 1975 issue of the Observer Magazine. McIlvanney had…

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‘It’s the hope that gets you’: Spurs and Liverpool fans go head-to-head

As Tottenham and Liverpool meet in Madrid, John Crace (Spurs) and Hannah Jane Parkinson (Reds) look back on a lifetime of hope, pain and glory• Fans of Tottenham and Liverpool show their coloursO me, of little faith. When I accepted an invitation to sp…

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‘We’ve made a shrine at home’ – Liverpool and Tottenham fans, in pictures

Fans show their colours before today’s Champions League final in Madrid• John Crace (Spurs) and Hannah Jane Parkinson (Reds) look back on a lifetime of hope, pain and glory Continue reading…

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‘You get used to the gunfire’ – filming the Libyan women’s football team

Denounced on TV, they train at secret locations watched by armed guards. We meet the woman from Hastings who made a fascinating film about Libya’s guttsiest football squad‘Just what our country needs!” rails the imam sarcastically on Libyan TV. “A wome…

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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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Motofest: ‘A two-day, four-wheeled car extravaganza’ | Martin Love

It’s now the largest free urban motorsport festival in the UK and this year’s event in Coventry should prove to be spectacular – especially if you love CitroënMotofestWhen 1-2 JuneWhere CoventryPrice FreeDetails coventrymotofest.comBrexit uncertainty i…

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Fasts and late-night protein shakes: how Muslim athletes compete during Ramadan

The holy month began at the start of May this year. While some athletes find blending exercise and fasting tough, others say it helps them focusFor the better part of eight seasons, Hamza Abdullah played defensive back in the NFL. In each one of those …

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David and Victoria Beckham split from business partner Simon Fuller

Couple buy ex-Spice Girls manager’s 33% stake for about $50mDavid and Victoria Beckham have bought out their business partner Simon Fuller’s 33% stake in the former England footballer’s businesses for about $50m (£38m).The deal gives the Beckhams full …

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Sprinter Michael Johnson on recovering from a stroke: ‘I did feel like, why did this happen to me?’

The four-time Olympic champion didn’t know if he would ever recover from his stroke. Eight months later, he warns: it could happen to anyoneMichael Johnson is recalling the unusual physical sensations – involuntary movement of his left foot, numbness, …

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Belfast City Marathon course too long, organisers admit

Officials estimated that runners had to run an extra 460 metres due to ‘human error’The organisers of the Belfast City Marathon have had to admit to runners and wheelchair athletes that the course they completed on Sunday was almost half a kilometre to…

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Harry Redknapp: ‘What would improve my life? The body of a 20-year-old’

The former football manager on cheating death, the old East End, and embarrassment in the jungleBorn in London, Redknapp, 72, became a professional footballer for West Ham in 1966. He went on to become a manager, guiding Portsmouth to their FA Cup fina…

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London Marathon runners ‘harassed’ to speed up

One of race’s official pacers also says there were no water stations for slower runnersLondon Marathon organisers are investigating claims about the absence of water stations, and slower runners being ordered on to pavements for failing to keep up with…

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What’s black and white and a record holder? I was a London Marathon panda

Despite a duct-taped panda head, I beat the record for fastest woman in a full-body costume by 25 minutesBreaking a world record while running in a panda costume. Raising over £1,000 for charity. Even getting a tweet of congratulations from Paula Radcl…

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What’s black and white and a record holder? I was a London Marathon panda

Despite a duct-taped panda head, I beat the record for fastest woman in a full-body costume by 25 minutesBreaking a world record while running in a panda costume. Raising over £1,000 for charity. Even getting a tweet of congratulations from Paula Radcl…

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Trieste half-marathon backtracks on exclusion of Africans

Organisers invited only Europeans to draw attention to exploitation of African athletesThe organisers of a half-marathon in the northern Italian city of Trieste have backtracked on their decision to exclude African athletes from the race following accu…

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Undercover: female football fans in Iran

For nearly 40 years, Iranian women have been banned from watching stadium football matches. The photographer Forough Alaei, a World Press Photo winner in the sports category for her Crying for Freedom series, describes following the story of Zeinab, on…