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Will Miller: ‘Ugo passed and I said let’s turn this into a song. Emotion flew out of me’

The former Spurs and Burton midfielder discusses the impact of Ugo Ehiogu’s death, swapping football for a creative career and helping players with depressionI have been playing a song about life and death on a loop today. While waiting to interview Wi…

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UFC’s Brian Ortega apologizes for slapping Korean rapper Jay Park at fight

Featherweight apologizes for altercation at Saturday’s UFC 248Ortega slapped Korean rap star amid feud with Chan Sung JungUFC featherweight contender Brian Ortega has apologized for allegedly slapping Korean rapper Jay Park during a scuffle at Saturday…

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The Coral’s Jack Prince: ‘I’m used to football being ruined’

In between gigs the drummer is taking his Uefa coaching badge in Wales and says it is ‘not for fun and games’I still need you but I don’t want you now.As usual Jack Prince is first off stage, followed by James Skelly in his stetson and shades. Inside t…

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Dave meets Marcus Rashford: ‘I rate you so highly, because you take football seriously’

The Mercury prize-winning rapper and the Manchester United striker discuss hype music, family and fameIn a hard-to-find studio in north London, there is a small encounter between two big names. Dave arrives first. The south London rapper, 21, moved int…

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Run for the balls: West Ham team up with Iron Maiden for new kit

New shirt – presumably with the number of the beast on the back – launched by bassist Steve Harris and defender Pablo ZabaletaWest Ham United have collaborated with Iron Maiden on a new kit.Going under the name Die With Your Boots On, the new version o…

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Pep Guardiola meets Johnny Marr: ‘When we lose, it’s as if we’ve killed someone’

The musician and long-time Manchester City fan catches up with his team’s manager• Clare Balding meets Lucy Bronze • Romesh Ranganathan meets Héctor BellerínJohnny Marr You look very well. I’m guessing you went away during the international break becau…

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Jay-Z and NFL stage first concert despite Kaepernick backlash

Rapper criticised for league deal after it shunned ex-49ers player for kneeling protestThe first musical event to come from a partnership between Jay-Z and the NFL was staged in Chicago on Thursday, with the rapper facing a backlash over the league’s t…

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Bands FC: a bright idea that is raising thousands for vulnerable children

Two mates set out to design badges that pair bands with football clubs. Together they have raised huge sums for charityBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkLike most brilliant ideas, the concept behind Bands FC is disarmingly simple: “Bands …

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Jay-Z’s deal with NFL branded ‘disgusting’ by Colin Kaepernick’s girlfriend

Deal between league and rapper’s company Roc Nation has drawn criticism that it goes against Kaepernick’s calls for social justiceThe NFL was probably hoping they had solved their Colin Kaepernick problem. The sporting behemoth announced this week they…

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Jay-Z’s deal with NFL branded ‘disgusting’ by Colin Kaepernick’s girlfriend

Deal between league and rapper’s company Roc Nation has drawn criticism that it goes against Kaepernick’s calls for social justiceThe NFL was probably hoping they had solved their Colin Kaepernick problem. The sporting behemoth announced this week they…

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‘Drake curse’: Canadian star vindicated after Raptors’ NBA championship win

Prior to the victory over the Golden State Warriors, many had fallen victim to the music star’s reputation for bringing bad luckHis repeated interactions with athletes before critical games – and their subsequent losses – have earned Drake the unfortun…

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Drake’s Toronto superfandom: annoying, ludicrous and completely understandable

The rapper has spent the last six weeks making the Raptors’ playoff run about him rather than the team, but celebrity fans are part of the NBA’s heritageTo get the most obvious controversy out of the way first, the debate over whether Drake – Toronto’s…

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Leeds’ tawdry Twitter beef with Derby is actually social media done right | Paul MacInnes

It may look petty, but this online antagonism shows that many football clubs have become relatively savvy online operators after their faltering first steps a decade agoIf you, like many people right now, are yearning for common courtesy, a sense of ci…

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Drake v Bucks feud grows as Milwaukee turns its ire on rapper’s courtside antics

Raptors super-fan has been vocal during NBA playoff gamesRapper trolls Milwaukee star Giannis AntetokounmpoAs the Toronto Raptors have made their way through the NBA playoffs, casual viewers may have wondered if Drake was coaching the team rather than …

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Philadelphia Flyers remove Kate Smith statue over racism allegations

New York Yankees made similar move last weekControversy over song That’s Why the Darkies Were BornThe Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of the late singer Kate Smith outside the NHL team’s arena on Sunday, two days after covering it amid allegations…

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Don’t forget football racism of the past | Brief letters

Tommy Smith and Howard Gayle | Period poverty | Road deaths | Moira and the Mice | Songs about Europe | Sajid JavidYou rightly focus on the “return” of football racism (Sport, 13 April) and yet do not acknowledge its crude past a couple of days later i…

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Don’t forget football racism of the past | Brief letters

Tommy Smith and Howard Gayle | Period poverty | Road deaths | Moira and the Mice | Songs about Europe | Sajid JavidYou rightly focus on the “return” of football racism (Sport, 13 April) and yet do not acknowledge its crude past a couple of days later i…

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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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Big Boi and Travis Scott to play Super Bowl halftime show haunted by protests

Rappers will join headline act Maroon 5 in AtlantaNFL view of Kaepernick racial injustice protests at issueThe NFL on Sunday ended months of uncertainty by officially announcing Maroon 5 and the rappers Big Boi and Travis Scott as the performers for th…