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Dina Asher-Smith: ‘You get 10 seconds to make your mark’

The fastest woman Britain has ever seen is also thoughtful, inspirational and willing to talk about things that athletes often avoid, like politics and periods. But in the countdown to the Tokyo Olympics, sprinter Dina Asher-Smith knows that every seco…

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Lockdown reawakened my childhood love of chess. Now I can’t do anything else | Phil Wang

The alert I get when an opponent has made their move gives me the shot of excitement I used to get from social media notificationsLord help me, I am in the whirlwind throes of the beautiful game. Online chess. The ancient pastime enjoyed a boom late la…

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Who needs Usain Bolt when there’s Sky Brown? New stars set to shine at Tokyo Olympics

The teenage skateboarder heads a list from Great Britain taking part in debut sports at a decidedly odd Olympic GamesThe Olympics is happening – and for that we can only be grateful. But these Games, the 32nd of the modern era, are likely to be odd one…

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Teenage skateboard superstar Sky Brown: ‘I begged my parents to let me go with Team GB’

When she lands in Tokyo, Sky Brown will become one of the UK’s first Olympic skateboarders – and, at 13, the team’s youngest ever member. Will her next trick be a gold medal?The sun is setting on another hazy summer evening in Oceanside, California, a …

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Swimming caps for natural black hair ruled out of Olympic Games

International Swimming Federation rejects use of Soul Cap, saying it does not ‘fit the natural form of the head’Swimming caps designed for natural black hair created by a black-owned brand will not be allowed at the Olympics.The hats, made by Soul Cap,…

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Supermarkets sell out of strawberries. Pimm’s flows freely. Ace! It must be Wimbledon | Hannah Jane Parkinson

Last year’s tennis-less summer was saddening. This year, the fresh, green lawns will be a sign of hopeWimbledon is upon us, when the month of June transforms the UK into a tennis-mad nation (although this year it will have some competition from Euro 20…

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Sabrina Verjee sets record for running 214 Wainwright peaks in less than six days

Cumbrian’s 325-mile route takes in 36,000m of ascent39-year-old vet slept a few hours a nightThe British ultrarunner Sabrina Verjee has shattered the record for completing all of the Lake District’s 214 Wainwright peaks in less than six days – making h…

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Andy Murray: ‘Don’t be sad for me! I like doing this – no one’s forcing me to play’

It’s been a tumultuous five years for Andy Murray: countless injuries, a new metal hip, four children and a bout of Covid. Can the former world No 1 really battle his way back to brilliance at Wimbledon? Is he or isn’t he? One minute Andy Murray, one o…

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What Euro 96 can teach us about life | Adrian Chiles

Last week, I met England football greats Tony Adams and Teddy Sheringham to talk about the historic tournament. But I left with some lessons that go far beyond footballWarning: I am about to bang on about football. Reassurance: it’s not really about fo…

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What Euro 96 can teach us about life | Adrian Chiles

Last week, I met England football greats Tony Adams and Teddy Sheringham to talk about the historic tournament. But I left with some lessons that go far beyond footballWarning: I am about to bang on about football. Reassurance: it’s not really about fo…

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What Euro 96 can teach us about life | Adrian Chiles

Last week, I met England football greats Tony Adams and Teddy Sheringham to talk about the historic tournament. But I left with some lessons that go far beyond footballWarning: I am about to bang on about football. Reassurance: it’s not really about fo…

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What Euro 96 can teach us about life | Adrian Chiles

Last week, I met England football greats Tony Adams and Teddy Sheringham to talk about the historic tournament. But I left with some lessons that go far beyond footballWarning: I am about to bang on about football. Reassurance: it’s not really about fo…

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Marcus Rashford: ‘Whenever I hear “no”, I ask myself: why not?’

Last year the football star twice fought Boris Johnson on food poverty – and won 2-0. Now he has a new goal: helping the 383,000 British kids who have never owned a bookImagine being Marcus Rashford. You’re just going about your business, playing footb…

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Marcus Rashford: ‘Whenever I hear “no”, I ask myself: why not?’

Last year the football star twice fought Boris Johnson on food poverty – and won 2-0. Now he has a new goal: helping the 383,000 British kids who have never owned a bookImagine being Marcus Rashford. You’re just going about your business, playing footb…

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‘I hope you know this was never about football’: coaching my daughter’s team

When we started training, I thought it was for her sake. So why do I dread the day my daughter hangs up her boots?One day you’ll understand that this was never about football. It could have been anything. I just wanted to be where you were, as much as …

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Readers reply: how and when did football chants start?

The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical conceptsHow and when did fans start singing team songs and chants at football matches? W…

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Readers reply: how and when did football chants start?

The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical conceptsHow and when did fans start singing team songs and chants at football matches? W…

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How my football fandom grew to fill a lockdown-shaped hole | Francisco Garcia

Obsessing over the beautiful game is my one release from the relentless churn of identikit pandemic daysWe all have moments, often under pressure, that expose our deepest needs. Mine came in mid-January. It was a midweek pandemic evening, like any of t…

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Serena Williams: ‘My most embarrassing moment? I don’t get embarrassed’

The tennis player on being there for her daughter, crying a lot and bringing back dinosaurs Born in Michigan, Serena Williams, 39 made her professional tennis debut at the age of 14. The winner of four Olympic gold medals and 23 grand slam singles titl…

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Kelly Holmes: ‘There’s a lot of people struggling mentally… I want to lift their spirits’

The 2004 double Olympic champion has turned her attention to the home-fitness market… when she’s not videoing her alpacasDame Kelly Holmes is well qualified – perhaps overly so – to lead online exercise classes. For one thing, she has the energy, as …