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Sunday with Vinnie Jones: ‘I put the kettle on and watch the deer and foxes’

The football hardman and actor on golf, fry-ups and chilling outAre you an early riser? I get up at 5.30am with the larks every day, mate. I put the kettle on and watch the deer and the foxes to keep an eye on what’s going on. First light is the best t…

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Burberry partners with Marcus Rashford to fund youth centres

Footballer publishes letter to his 10-year-old self to encourage people ‘to dream’Everyone wants to be connected to Marcus Rashford these days, including Burberry, which today announced a partnership with the footballer for a series of initiatives to h…

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Andy Murray: ‘Off court I’m pretty laid back’

The tennis player, 33, on difficult moment growing up, hating cruelty to animals and not punching wallsMy earliest memory would be when I was about four or five, walking into school on my first day. I don’t remember much about it, though. My brother Ja…

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‘Never shoot with a wonky pea!’: meet the alternative world champions

From a double-title peashooter to the Michael Schumacher of lawn-mower racing, the unlikeliest sports require skill and staminaTwo years ago, I found myself on the village green in Witcham in Cambridgeshire. It was my birthday and my boyfriend Ian had …

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‘Football should be an extended family’: the fans turning the tide on racism

As the Premier League kicks off, meet the supporters changing the face of the beautiful gameManchester City’s 22 June match against Burnley – a brisk, 5-0 dismantling in the ghostly expanse of a spectator-free Etihad Stadium – will not go down as a vin…

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‘Football should be an extended family’: the fans turning the tide on racism

As the Premier League kicks off, meet the supporters changing the face of the beautiful gameManchester City’s 22 June match against Burnley – a brisk, 5-0 dismantling in the ghostly expanse of a spectator-free Etihad Stadium – will not go down as a vin…

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Ultrarunner Coree Aussem-Woltering: ‘I want to show gay people are extremely active’

The endurance athlete has returned from a race across Fiji with an all-Black team. He is keen to break stereotypes in adventure sportsCoree Aussem-Woltering and his teammates paddled downriver on Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu. They were one of 66 te…

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Ultrarunner Coree Aussem-Woltering: ‘I want to show gay people are extremely active’

The endurance athlete has returned from a race across Fiji with an all-Black team. He is keen to break stereotypes in adventure sportsCoree Aussem-Woltering and his teammates paddled downriver on Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu. They were one of 66 te…

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David Goldblatt: ‘What is a football club? Its supporters’

Fans’ collective web of stories, memories and identities is what makes the game matter• Time to reset: more brilliant ideas to remake the worldThe eerie, tepid games of football played without crowds have been one of the pandemic’s stranger sights. Acc…

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My obsession with West Brom has gone too far

Ever since I was a boy, my happiness has depended on my football team’s success. That’s starting to seem foolishMy grandad took me to my first football match, on 27 April 1974. West Bromwich Albion drew with Luton Town 1-1. I have been a West Brom supp…

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‘It’s important to live without bitterness’: Andrew Strauss on the death of his wife Ruth

Non-smoking lung cancers are mysteriously on the rise – and Ruth Strauss died of the disease in 2018. Her husband discusses his campaign for more research and how he and his two sons have copedAndrew Strauss is on his way to Cornwall for a long weekend…

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Antonio Argüelles, the grandfather who swam from Northern Ireland to Scotland

The Mexican swimmer missed out on his dreams of making the Olympics, but in later life he found a remarkable talent for feats of enduranceMexican open-water swimmer Antonio Argüelles dove into the North Channel on the Irish side. His goal was to swim f…

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‘Humans need it’: Will a lack of sex force players to break the NBA’s bubble?

When the league resumes at the end of the month, players will be without their partners for weeks. Coping without intimacy could be tough to deal withAt one end of the spectrum there is Wilt Chamberlain, the NBA Hall of Famer who built a Bel Air mansio…

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‘Humans need it’: Will a lack of sex force players to break the NBA’s bubble?

When the league resumes at the end of the month, players will be without their partners for weeks. Coping without intimacy could be tough to deal withAt one end of the spectrum there is Wilt Chamberlain, the NBA Hall of Famer who built a Bel Air mansio…

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Everyone for tennis: sport breaks out of middle-class bubble

On what should have been the eve of Wimbledon, local clubs are enjoying a boomIt’s Friday morning at Belair Park in Dulwich, south-east London, and all four tennis courts are in use. On one of them Avneet, a 26-year-old student, is taking on her boyfri…

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2020 New York City Marathon cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

World’s largest marathon had been scheduled for 1 NovemberMayor Bill de Blasio says he hopes to welcome race back in 2021The New York City Marathon, which had been scheduled for 1 November, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.New York…

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Operators of gyms and pools query England’s new lockdown rules

Nightclubs also off limits but pubs can open – prompting accusations of inconsistencyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has given the green light to a night out in a pub or restaurant in England but gym workouts,…

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From the archive: Scotland’s World Cup fever, 1978

For a moment it looked like Archie Gemmill and the boys might actually lift the trophy…For a short, giddy time some people were actually contemplating Scotland winning the World Cup, as illustrated on the cover of the Observer Magazine with copious can…

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Spirit Journey: one man’s role in a 6,000-mile run through North America

When Noé Álvarez joined an extraordinary ultramarathon he tested himself physically and mentally, while also connecting with his heritageWhile jogging on the spot, Mexican-American runner Noé Álvarez showed his passport to the border agent in Nogales, …

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Man from Sidcup runs marathon in his garden

James Page, 36, did 873 laps and raised over £3,000 for Children With Cancer UK Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage A man in south-east London ran a marathon in his garden to raise money for a cancer charity after the governmen…