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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…

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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,…