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‘It seems so simple’: can I cut it at the World Stone Skimming Championships?

I came with lofty ambitions. But I soon find out what I’m up against in this fiercely competitive sportThere aren’t many actual rock stars in the world of competitive stone skimming. But with his wiry frame, camouflage jacket and eyebrows thicker than …

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Pitch perfect: why vintage football shirts are a style game-changer

A heady mix of Drake, Liam Gallagher and nostaglia is moving the goalposts when it comes to classic kitsJust like fashion, football seasons are primed around newness. As well as players, rivalries and bids for the title, three new kits arrive for each …

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Eliud Kipchoge’s sub two-hour marathon – in pictures

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge makes history by running a marathon in under two hours in Vienna Continue reading…

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‘I kept going’: Nine-year-old enters 5km race … and accidentally wins 10km event

Kade Lovell took wrong route and won adults’ raceMother assumed son had gone missing during eventIt took nine-year-old Kade Lovell longer than expected to finish his 5km race in Minnesota, but only because he was busy accidentally winning a separate 10…

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Cycling world championships in Yorkshire – in pictures

The UCI road world championships took place in the Yorkshire dales amid relentless rainAbout 1,400 riders from 90 countries competed in the UCI road world cycling championships, which ploughed through the Yorkshire dales, culminating in Harrogate. Cont…

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Sir Bradley Wiggins: ‘My most embarrassing moment? Post 2012, I had a few hissy fits’

The cyclist on the birth of his daughter, his estranged father, and living life in the public eyeBorn in Belgium, Bradley Wiggins, 39, grew up in London. He became a junior world champion in 1998 and won Olympic bronze in 2000. In 2012, he was the firs…

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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…