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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…

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Why Ethiopia’s running success is about more than poverty and altitude

The strong record of the country’s athletes is often attributed to these factors, but hard work, planning and creativity play a key roleIt is 3.15am and I have just woken from a fitful four-hour sleep. I am already wearing running shorts and I quickly …

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Why Ethiopia’s running success is about more than poverty and altitude

The strong record of the country’s athletes is often attributed to these factors, but hard work, planning and creativity play a key roleIt is 3.15am and I have just woken from a fitful four-hour sleep. I am already wearing running shorts and I quickly …

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Reece Prescod: ‘Sometimes you just want to die, but you’ve got to keep going and keep running’

The UK’s top sprinter on smoked salmon before a session, his love of a good javelin competition and how his grandad’s funeral inspired him to get into the sportWhat have you been up to recently? I’ve been in Berlin doing some photo stuff with Nike for …

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Tom Daley: ‘If I hadn’t met Lance, I don’t know if I’d be diving now’

From being objectified at 14 to coming out five years later, the diver has lived his life in public. Still only 24, he talks about his marriage to Lance Black, fatherhood – and why he’s speaking out about gay rights around he worldYou could say this ab…

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RideLondon: peletons and a pennyfarthing – in pictures

RideLondon is part of a programme by mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London to get more people on their bikes. The weekend event includes a fun ride, FreeCycle, and two professional races, the 100-mile RideLondon-Surrey Classic and women’s event Rid…

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Thank you for the Mackem memories | Brief letters

Sunderland fans | Sharing ice-cream with dogs | The ‘threat’ of rain | Grey ‘Gordon Bennett’ | Gladioli in the dress circleFor part of my childhood in the 1950s we lived at Roker in Sunderland (J-force give Sunderland followers some respite, 12 July). …

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How the psychology of the England football team could change your life

England players seem happier and more grounded – and much of the credit goes to psychologist Pippa Grange. What can the team’s approach teach us all about facing fear and failure?This week, the England midfielder Dele Alli was asked if he was nervous a…

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Why Harry Kane is an inspiration for chubby children everywhere

As an overweight kid, a role model like Kane would have helped me shrug off taunts and kick a ballOne of the lesser joys of England’s glorious run to the World Cup semi-finals has been the resurfacing of pictures of a young Harry Kane – notab…

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Waistcoat sales up as Gareth Southgate sets trend at World Cup

England manager is said to have sparked an increase in sales of formal wear For years football fans have been able to emulate the look of their idols with replica shirts, but this World Cup something different is happening: supporters are rushing to bu…

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Wimbledon ‘has made no progress’ on male bias on top show courts

Exclusive: research finds significantly more men’s than women’s tennis seen on Centre and No 1 since 1993Wimbledon is behind the times when it comes to gender parity with a distinct lack of progress on affording women equal time on the championships’ m…

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Racegoers attend first day of Royal Ascot – in pictures

The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse-racing calendar. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711. Top hats and tails remain compulsory in parts of the course while a daily procession of horse-drawn carria…

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Sir Matt Busby airbrushed from Liverpool FC history? | Brief letters

Upskirting | Sir Matt Busby | Sign language | Vegetarianism | Thameslink | Clive JamesOnce the law is eventually passed to class upskirting as the criminal offence it clearly is (Upskirting bill is blocked by single Tory objection, 16 June), can the po…

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When the Kop worshipped a saint | Brief letters

Arthur C Clarke | Vegan tropes | Hadrian’s Wall | Honoured Liverpool FC players | Morris MinorsAs with so many things, Arthur C Clarke foresaw the contamination of other worlds (Letters, 14 June) in his short story Before Eden, published in Amazing&nbs…

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Steve Redgrave: ‘I feared diabetes would end my rowing career’

The five-time Olympic gold medallist discusses competing after his diagnosis – and breaking down barriers for othersWhen Sir Steve Redgrave was diagnosed with diabetes 20 years ago at the age of 35, he thought it would mean the end of his rowing career…

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Why Laird Hamilton is still making waves

Laird Hamilton found fame and fortune surfing the world’s biggest breakers. But, as he tells Tim Lewis, his daredevil streak could easily have led him down more dangerous paths as a young man. Plus, he reveals his life secrets for staying ahead of the …