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Rich tennis fans vie for five-year, £100,000 Centre Court tickets

Demand will far exceed supply for Wimbledon debentures going on sale next weekThe super-rich will begin battling it out next week for some of the most expensive and exclusive sports tickets in the world: five-year passes for every match on Wimbledon’s …

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Tottenham Hotspur station is a bad idea | Brief letters

White Hart Lane | A hug that said it all | Car-free rambles | Solar power | Breakup songs | Brexit BrelI’m a long-term Tottenham resident and lifelong Spurs fan living just a few minutes’ walk from the stadium. There is no need to waste public money on…

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Tottenham Hotspur station is a bad idea | Brief letters

White Hart Lane | A hug that said it all | Car-free rambles | Solar power | Breakup songs | Brexit BrelI’m a long-term Tottenham resident and lifelong Spurs fan living just a few minutes’ walk from the stadium. There is no need to waste public money on…

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London railway station to be renamed Tottenham Hotspur

TfL says change is subject to public consultation but football club appears to be telling partners decision is madeThe railway station near Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium is to be renamed after the club lobbied the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, and his tr…

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Arthur Turner obituary

Footballer who played for Charlton in an FA Cup final, but never played a game for them in the leagueThe footballer Arthur Turner, who has died aged 98, had the unusual distinction of appearing in an FA Cup final for his side without ever playing a gam…

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‘We’re careful we don’t sell dreams’: the football academy with a knack for spotting talent | Ed Aarons

South London’s Kinetic Academy has produced 33 professionals but its focus is on keeping young boys away from trouble and into an environment where they can thrive“When you’re 15 or 16 sometimes you’re not mature enough to make the right decisions – yo…

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London streets ‘too dirty’ for super-rich football giant Spurs

Club claims the area around its new ground must look better – but won’t pay for clean-upEngland’s top Premier League teams attract huge crowds and legions of devoted supporters around the globe. But closer to home they are facing charges of behaving wi…

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Police question suspect over alleged abuse of Raheem Sterling

Met says TV and CCTV footage is being examined to see if offence was committedA man alleged to have hurled racist abuse at footballer Raheem Sterling during a televised Premier League game has been questioned under criminal caution, the Metropolitan po…

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Tottenham fan fined for hurling banana skin at black Arsenal player

Magistrate also bans Averof Panteli for four years, saying his actions had ‘racial element’A Tottenham fan has been fined after throwing a banana skin at a black Arsenal footballer in a “targeted gesture” that had a “racial element”.Averof Panteli admi…

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Manchester joins London in bid to host ATP Finals tennis from 2021

Singapore, Tokyo and Turin also in running for eventLondon has staged tournament at O2 since 2009Manchester has joined London as a leading candidate to host the ATP Finals from 2021 to 2025. The end-of-season tournament is to be held at the O2 Arena in…

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Wimbledon to expand after golf club members vote to sell for £65m

Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly are among those who will receive an £85,000 windfall from the salePiers Morgan, Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly, former cabinet secretary Lord Gus O’Donnell, and the 754 other members of Wimbledon Park golf club have voted…

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Long battle expected as world’s top two chess players meet in London

Organisers hope for large global audience as Magnus Carlsen plays Fabiano Caruana The last time an American challenged for the world chess championship it was seen as an almighty clash of civilisations: west versus east, capitalism against communism, a…

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Dulwich Hamlet to return to Champions Hill after eight months in exile

• National League South club had been in dispute with owners• Talks between club, council and owners prove successfulDulwich Hamlet are to return to their Champions Hill ground after eight months in exile.The National League South club have been playin…

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Wembley stadium sale is no cause for concern | Letter

Paul Lorber says Wembley could still be the England football team’s homeAt the time of English Football’s greatest triumph, in 1966, Wembley stadium was owned by a private company. Wembley Stadium Limited owned it from 1923 until the mid-90s, when the …

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David Beckham avoids speeding prosecution on technicality

The footballer’s speeding notice arrived a day later than the statutory 14-day windowDavid Beckham will avoid prosecution over a speeding charge, after his lawyer Nick Freeman, who calls himself Mr Loophole, argued that it had arrived a day after the l…

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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…