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‘I was a dangerous person’: Casey Legler on life as a teenage Olympian – and raging alcoholic

At 19, Legler broke the Olympic freestyle swimming record. But she was also an alcoholic and drug dealer who had suffered years of abuse from her trainers. She is surprised she is still alive, she saysOne day, when she was a teenager, Casey Legler woke…

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Scottish golf’s biggest handicap? Its elitist clubs. But change is in the air… | Kevin McKenna

For too long a haven of petty prejudices, clubs are realising they must reform or dieIt’s difficult to be good at golf when you have a swing like an industrial digger gouging trenches. When I was young, I tried so hard to be good at golf. However, my J…

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Riding the Transcontinental: my saddle-sore sprint across Europe

The self-supported Transcontinental cycle race from the Black Sea in Bulgaria to France’s Atlantic coast is the toughest test of its kindAs I rolled along quiet lanes in the mountains of Serbia, a ferocious barking delivered a jolt of adrenaline and ca…

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Shanghai’s ostracised skateboarders – in pictures

Skateboarding will debut in the Tokyo Olympics next year. Despite this, those who are part of a growing scene in Shanghai, China, complain of being labelled troublemakers Continue reading…

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‘Bruiser! Bruiser! Bruiser!’: from school gate to fight club

Anyone can be a cage fighter, says a fitness program promising ‘the ultimate human transformation’ Julia Schaefer’s fight name is Bruiser. “Because I bruise easily,” she qualifies. “Not because I cause bruises.”But that’s probably not true. Continue re…

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‘No judgment. We just run’: inside San Quentin’s 1,000 Mile Club

Sport programs in prison are aiming to end reoffending. And the results are striking on both sides of the AtlanticMarkelle Taylor finished the 2019 Boston Marathon in three hours, three minutes and 52 seconds, a blisteringly fast time for a 46-year-old…

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‘All I want is to go’: five young athletes on their dreams of Olympic glory

It’s exactly a year until the torch is lit at the Tokyo Olympics. Here, five hopefuls reveal some of the sacrifices they’ve made in the hope of winning a priceless place in Team GBLina, 23, grew up in east London. She recently switched from 400m to hur…

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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, …