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London Marathon race director admits event may include only elite runners

Hugh Brasher holds out hope for full October race‘At the moment, I don’t want to discount anything’The race director of the London Marathon has refused to rule out staging the event as an elite-only race in the autumn if social distancing rules make it…

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Peter Bonetti obituary

Agile goalkeeper who helped Chelsea win three cups but fared less well for England in the 1970 World Cup finalsIt was Peter Bonetti’s misfortune that despite his goalkeeping agility – his nickname “the Cat” was well deserved – and despite the many matc…

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Sir Stirling Moss obituary

British motor racing ace who, although he never won the world championship, inspired devotion in followers of the sportHe was content to be known, he often said, as the man who never won the world championship: a way of distinguishing him from those of…

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Olympics ‘gave each Londoner a £900 feelgood factor’

Critics balked at the price tag, but it turns out hosting the 2012 Games paid dividends for the city’s wellbeing The rocketing cost of staging Olympic Games has made it too expensive for many cities to contemplate. In the bidding to host the 2024 Games…

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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…

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Spurs criticise OED over expanded definition of ‘yid’

North London club says entry referring to its fans’ use of term ‘fails to distinguish context’Tottenham Hotspur have criticised the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) after it expanded its definition of the word “yid” to include a “supporter of or player …

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Michail Antonio: ‘I’m about to fight a guy and he might have stabbed me’

West Ham’s cult hero knows about gang culture and is determined to help kids with ‘boisterous’ lives find a better, calmer path“I had a short temper growing up,” Michail Antonio says. “When I was younger, from primary school to 14, you just needed to c…

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Michail Antonio: ‘I’m about to fight a guy and he might have stabbed me’

West Ham’s cult hero knows about gang culture and is determined to help kids with ‘boisterous’ lives find a better, calmer path“I had a short temper growing up,” Michail Antonio says. “When I was younger, from primary school to 14, you just needed to c…

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Not dropping the mic: after 51 years, Brentford FC’s MC to keep going at new ground

Championship side says it would be unthinkable to relocate without Peter Gilham, ‘Mr Brentford’ to fansThe Championship side Brentford FC are bucking the trend of ageism that is shunting older, experienced professionals into forced retirement across th…

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Martin Peters obituary

West Ham and England footballer who scored in the 4-2 win over West Germany in the 1966 World Cup finalMartin Peters, who has died aged 76, was a key figure in England’s 1966 World Cup side, and a footballer of such intelligence and sophistication that…

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Bernie Ecclestone: £50m jewellery raid possibly an ‘inside job’

Former F1 boss says burglary at daughter Tamara’s house was an ‘awful thing to happen’The former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has said he believes the theft of £50m worth of jewellery from his daughter’s property was an “inside job”.Tamara Eccles…

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‘We walked off and beat racism. Now can we just beat Yeovil?’

Haringey’s manager tells of his pride in his team for walking off the pitch … and his hopes for their FA Cup replay Pre-match preparations at Haringey Borough FC are hectic at the best of times for Tom Loizou. Toilets need cleaning, floors wiping, cat…

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‘We walked off and beat racism. Now can we just beat Yeovil?’

Haringey’s manager tells of his pride in his team for walking off the pitch … and his hopes for their FA Cup replay Pre-match preparations at Haringey Borough FC are hectic at the best of times for Tom Loizou. Toilets need cleaning, floors wiping, cat…

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England’s Kyle Sinckler: from school with no rugby to World Cup semi-final

Prop forward attended state school in London and is now a role model for others on similar pathIn a sport where private school alumni still hold sway, Kyle Sinckler is something of an exception. Raised in Furzedown, near Tooting in south London, he joi…

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Dina Asher-Smith: schoolgirl star who made it to the top of the world

At the age of seven, she was faster than her teachers. Old friends tell why the British sprint sensation is a grown-up version of her young selfIt’s hard to pick out detail from the grainy footage, but it’s clear from the commentary that something odd …

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In Pictures: NFL takes over the Tottenham Hotspur stadium

The Guardian gets exclusive access behind the scenes at White Hart Lane before Tottenham host the NFL game between Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders Continue reading…

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Footballer carjacking attempt reveals threat to London’s super-rich

Ultra-wealthy hiring military drivers and bringing in more guard dogs to counter armed thieves The criminal threat to London’s wealthiest footballers is now so serious that they are hiring military drivers, bringing in more guard dogs, and could face n…

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Why 2012 London Olympics drug cheats are still being caught

Retrospective testing means athletes cannot breathe easily for a decade, but the system is flawedWhen two swimmers refused to acknowledge victories by Chinese swimmer Sun Yang at the last month’s world swimming championships, the very public protests r…

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Seven men arrested after tube fight before Community Shield match

• Men arrested on suspicion of violent disorder after station fight• British Transport Police appeals for witnesses to come forwardSeven football fans have been arrested after fighting broke out on the London Underground before the Community Shield mat…

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Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac fights off armed men trying to rob Mesut Özil’s car – video

Arsenal full-back Sead Kolasinac fought off two men wielding knives after he and teammate Mesut Özil were attacked in north London on Thursday.
In a video of the incident that has been circulated on social media, Kolasinac can be seen jumping out of a…