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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 …

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Ray Wilkins had clever feet and a clever mind | Brief letters

London’s gang violence | Mo Mowlam | Ray Wilkins | Spring lambs | Easter bunnies | KakuroWhen is someone going to notice that gang violence only occurs where there is acute poverty (Police ‘have lost control of the streets’, 6 April)? Or is that too bi…

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Why Rio Ferdinand and Sadiq Khan are playing for Dulwich Hamlet | Hugo Greenhalgh

The football club has always fought for the community. Now the community is fighting to save the club from developersTake a walk down south London’s Lordship Lane, past East Dulwich station and up Dog Kennel Hill, and you’ll come across a sorry sight. …

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Cyrille Regis obituary

West Bromwich Albion and England footballer who blazed a trail for black players in the 1970s and 80sCyrille Regis, who has died aged 59 of a suspected heart attack, was a greatly admired centre-forward with West Bromwich Albion, Coventry and England a…

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Sadiq Khan to take control of London Stadium after critical review

• London mayor criticises Boris Johnson over West Ham conversion• ‘It reveals a bungled process with the previous mayor’s fingerprints all over it’The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is to take over control of the London Stadium, it has been announced.An …

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Terry Downes obituary

World middleweight boxing champion nicknamed the ‘Paddington Express’

Terry Downes, the “Dashing, Crashing, Bashing Paddington Express” who has died aged 81, was a popular all-action fighter who became world middleweight champion for nine months in 1961-62, retiring aged only 28 in 1964, when he was beaten in a challenge for the world light heavyweight title. A headline writer’s dream with a sharp cockney wit that spawned numerous one-liners, he was beloved by boxing promoters. His aggressive style rarely produced a dull fight, and Downes also had the charisma to ensure he was a major box-office draw.

Born and brought up in London, where he boxed as a junior for the Fisher amateur boxing club, Downes completed his boxing education in the US, where he fought for the Marine corps, which he had joined after his family emigrated in 1952. Downes’s elder sister, Sylvia, had previously travelled to Baltimore to join the famed Ringling Bros circus, but her family moved to the US to be with her when she lost an arm in a road accident. She was thrown from a bus on the way to the circus, suffering injuries when she was trapped between the vehicle and a telegraph pole.

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