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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…

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Phil Neville: ‘England women are playing with arrogance, swagger, style’

After a rocky start as manager of the Lionesses, the team are now ranked third in the world. The ex-Manchester United star talks family, football and those controversial tweetsPhil Neville is looking back at his first match in charge of the England wom…

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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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Sky Brown: 10-year-old skateboarder set to compete for Team GB at Olympics

Youngster set to become Britain’s youngest summer OlympianBrown will be 12 years old at start of Tokyo Games in 2020She’s already the world’s youngest professional skateboarder, with an Instagram following of 300,000 hanging on her every video, from le…

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Going it alone: What drives solo endurance athletes?

From transatlantic rowers to cross-continental runners, solo adventurers rely as much on their mental strength as their physical attributesFew people have the will and the stamina needed to run across a continent or row across an ocean — and even fewer…

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The perfect view of Gordon Banks’ greatest save | Brief letters

Gordon Banks | Lynton Crosby | Sleep disruption | MasturbationWhile popular opinion would have it that the save that Gordon Banks made at the 1970 World Cup was the greatest ever (Pelé leads tributes to ‘a goalkeeper with magic’, 13 February), I unders…

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Seven marathons in seven days: British runner sets time record

Susannah Gill beats women’s record for World Marathon ChallengeWhat started out as a “crazy ambition” yesterday ended in a world record as the British runner Susannah Gill successfully completed seven marathons across seven continents in seven days to …

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Billy Vunipola: ‘My coolest scar is on my forehead’

The England rugby player, 26, on singing, getting emotional and the joy of winningMy earliest memory is of Heathrow airport when I moved from Tonga to the UK, aged six. It was so cold I could see my breath, so I pretended I was smoking. The crowds were…

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Rio Ferdinand: ‘I used to drink 10 pints then move on to vodka’

Since retiring, the former England footballer has campaigned against Brexit and knife crime, and made a moving documentary about the death of his wife. Now he has embarked on a health business – but is it credible?Rio Ferdinand has experienced terrible…

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Why Iron Girl went down like a lead balloon

In the week in which Jasmin Paris won the 268-mile Spine Race, and women are winning more and more endurance races, a 5K night-time race for ‘women over 16’ had to be hastily rebrandedLast week Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win the 268-mile Sp…

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Ultrarunner Jasmin Paris on her gruelling 83-hour win: ‘I just had one job to do’

The winner of the brutal Montane Spine Race on how hiking with her baby helped her to smash the men’s record – despite having to express milk along the wayIt is Britain’s most brutal running race – 268 miles non-stop along the Pennine Way, from Edale i…

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Think boxers need meat to succeed? Vegan fighter Bryant Jennings disagrees …

At least two vegetarians have captured world titles but meat has long been associated with vitality in the fight gameBoxing fans are used to idols with unusual eating habits. Former junior welterweight title-holder Ruslan Provodnikov went in for raw mo…

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Ramla Ali: ‘In boxing we are all equal’

After her family fled Somalia and settled in Britain, Ramla Ali secretly took up boxing, having been teased at school for being overweight. Now she’s a national champion, and inspiring other African and Muslim women to fightWhen Ramla Ali, a British ch…

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A 13-year-old girl is a ‘lesbian’ if she plays football? Some things don’t change

Taunts like this have been around for decades – but this playground name-calling reflects how women’s sports are treatedWhen I was in school a few decades ago, it was standard to be called a lesbian if you so much as kicked a football back to a boy in …

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You have to keep fit to stay in gaming

The world of eSports is tough and competitive so professional gamers are following the fitness regime of sports starsTo make it as a professional gamer, players are increasingly hoping to hone their fitness as well as their gaming skills. With the Leag…

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Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual: hooliganism gave me a way to fit in

He dressed smart, carried a knife and wound up in jail. As his life story hits the stage, Riaz Khan reveals how, in 1980s Britain, soccer violence was very multiculturalIt wasn’t so much the violence that attracted Riaz Khan to football hooliganism as …

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Diane Leather obituary

First woman to run a sub-five-minute mile, who had to wait years for the recognition she meritedDiane Leather, who has died aged 85, was the first woman to run a mile in under five minutes. Her achievement came in 1954, just 23 days after Roger Bannist…

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‘I’m not sure I’ll wear a waistcoat again’ jokes Southgate on England return

• Manager’s dress sense was talking point during World Cup• Southgate jokes that he’ll make decision based on weatherGareth Southgate joked that he might never wear a waistcoat again after he unveiled his first England squad since he guided the team to…

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KSI v Logan Paul: was the YouTubers’ fight more than just hype?

The pair’s boxing bout on Saturday drew a global audience of two million. For a fanbase used to fake online beef, it was a welcome next stepTo understand why millions of people watched two YouTubers duke it out in the Manchester Arena this weekend, you…

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Tony Adams: ‘I put down alcohol. But I couldn’t put down fish and chips’

The ex-Arsenal captain on football’s drinking culture, the joy of Hobnobs – and why food is his last weaknessI regret my own parents not teaching me to cook. Thank god for my wife, a fantastic cook. Her name was Poppy Teacher [a member of the whisky fa…