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‘No pasarán’: Spain laps up Clapton CFC’s anti-fascist football kit

London non-league club’s shirt salutes International Brigades who fought in Spanish civil warA London non-league football club’s away kit has become a surprise hit in Spain, because of the anti-fascist message embroidered into it. Clapton Community FC …

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World’s oldest village cricket green under threat from developers, club says

Mitcham cricket club in south London wants to resolve status of its 115-year-old pavilionA village cricket green believed to be the oldest in the world continuously used to play the game is under threat from developers, players say.Mitcham cricket gree…

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Nine-year-old chess prodigy told he can stay in UK

Shreyas Royal’s father says son ecstatic after Home Office reverses visa decisionA nine-year-old chess prodigy has been told he does not have to leave the UK when his father’s work visa expires, a move that has been welcomed by MPs and chess organisati…

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Cyclist in RideLondon 100 event dies after suffering heart attack

Nigel Buchan-Swanson, 69, who was fundraising for cancer charity, fell ill at 56-mile pointA man died after suffering a heart attack while taking part in Sunday’s RideLondon 100 cycling event, the organisers have said.Nigel Buchan-Swanson, 69, fell ill…

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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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Football and fat fees: questions raised over funding of sporting conference

Was ‘sports integrity’ event that repeatedly questioned 2022 World Cup decision funded by Qatar rivals?After Russia’s wildly successful World Cup, the eyes of the sporting world have turned to the next host, Qatar – and a recent event in London gave an…

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Wimbledon cleaning staff ‘take food from bins due to low pay’

Housekeepers claim club provides insufficient money for food during their shiftsCleaning staff at Wimbledon claim they were forced to take food from bins because they were given insufficient money by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) to buy lunc…

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Hyde Park World Cup semi final: fans’ joy turns to disappointment

Event attended by 50,000 optimistic fans but 2-1 win for Croatia sees England leave competition“It’s like the Olympics again.” There was a feeling of high optimism in Hyde Park, where new fans mixed with the more established, as kick-off approached. By…

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Wimbledon ditches ban on spectators using mobile phones

All England Club chief makes concession as England’s World Cup joy steals fans’ attentionThe All England Club has ripped up its rules on mobile phone use during matches at Wimbledon as it faces a battle with the World Cup for spectators’ attention.Sinc…

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Sweden football fans in London: sweaty optimism gives way to a sad silence

In a packed, yellow-shirted bar in London, Sweden’s expat community hunkered down in a sweltering afternoonIt all started so well. Ninety minutes before the game, Johan Bondegreen was quietly, stoically, Scandinavianly confident. “England,” he told me,…

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A nation hungry for joy finds new heroes in England’s World Cup stars

From Yorkshire, home of six of the squad, to Tottenham, where five of them play, the country united to cheer an intoxicating winAnd so to the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years.As the final whistle blew on a 2-0 victory that left ecstatic Engla…

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Oh Co-lombia! South London expats whistle and sing – but are silenced

England had the last word in the World Cup last-16 but there was no missing the passion from those in yellow, blue and red at the Colombian bar in Elephant and CastleThe air in Elephant and Castle was hot and thick. It has been like this for days acros…

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Colombia fans share World Cup tonic in London amid fears for community

Events in Russia are followed closely in Elephant and Castle as tournament helps take minds off regeneration uncertaintyWorld Cup fever may slowly be gripping England supporters as Gareth Southgate’s side prepare to face Colombia in the last 16 but the…

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London Marathon impostor pleads guilty to fraud

Stanislaw Skupian crossed finish line with stolen race identifier, court papers showA man who cheated in the London Marathon by crossing the finish line with a legitimate runner’s lost number has pleaded guilty to fraud.Stanislaw Skupian was pictured a…

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Sierra Leonean athlete can stay in UK after three-year legal fight

Jimmy Thoronka, who was found sleeping rough a year after competing at Commonwealth Games, granted leave to remainA Sierra Leonean sprinter who absconded from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and was found sleeping rough on the streets of Lond…

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Wimbledon serves up ban on plastic straws

All England Lawn Tennis Club ditches plastic straws for this year’s championshipsWimbledon would not be the same without a thirst-quenching Pimm’s, but this year visitors to the annual tennis championships will be served the beverage without the custom…

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London Marathon ‘impostor’ accused of claiming runner’s medal

Man pictured at finish with lost race number of charity runner who was removed from courseLondon Marathon organisers are investigating after it emerged that an apparent impostor may have used a genuine runner’s lost race number to collect a medal. Jake…

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Wembley stadium and lessons from cricket for the FA | Letters

Readers including former FA chief executive Graham Kelly respond to news that the FA is considering selling Wembley to Fulham owner Shahid Khan in a £900m dealDavid Conn’s report on the Football Association’s proposal to sell Wembley (Sport, 27 April) …

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Masterchef contestant, 29, dies after collapsing during London Marathon

Matt Campbell collapsed at the 22.5-mile markRace had taken place in record temperaturesMatt Campbell, aged 29, a professional chef from the Lake District, has died after collapsing in Sunday’s London Marathon.Campbell, who featured on television in Ma…

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Broccoli for bulldogs: how Arsène Wenger transformed Arsenal | Clive Anderson

At first the Gunners’ new arrival from Japan was known as Arsène Who. But not for longI was there right at the beginning of Arsène Wenger’s extraordinary 22-year reign at Arsenal FC. Twenty-two years when the average time in charge of a Premier League …