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Clash of chess stars ends in dramatic draw after seven gruelling hours

Norwegian champion Magnus Carlsen throws away victory against Fabiano Caruana The opening game of a world chess championship is often tense and overly tepid. But there was fire on the board in London as the Norwegian champion Magnus Carlsen sacrificed…

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Clash of chess stars ends in dramatic draw after seven gruelling hours

Norwegian champion Magnus Carlsen throws away victory against Fabiano Caruana The opening game of a world chess championship is often tense and overly tepid. But there was fire on the board in London as the Norwegian champion Magnus Carlsen sacrificed…

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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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Mohamed Elyounoussi: ‘Be humble, work hard for what you want in life’ | Jacob Steinberg

The Southampton winger and Norway international lives by his parents’ values and has never allowed success to go to his headAs Mohamed Elyounoussi thinks back to the days helping his father run a pizza restaurant in Sarpsborg, feelings of pride and gra…

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Miranda edges Brazil past Argentina while Belgium and Holland draw

• Goal in stoppage time settles South American derby• Arnaut Groeneveld equalises for Holland in BrusselsA stoppage-time goal from Miranda gave Brazil a 1-0 victory over Argentina in a foul-strewn friendly in Saudi Arabia. The central defender beat the…

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Bert van Marwijk’s debut ends in defeat as Norway thrash Australia

• Norway 4-1 Australia• Kamara 36, 57, 90, Reginiussen 48; Irvine 19Slow moving, often cumbersome in passing, poor defensively and unable to dominate possession, this was not how Bert van Marwijk would have would wanted his first game since taking over…

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‘No jerks allowed’: the egalitarianism behind Norway’s Winter Olympics success

Norway have powered to the top of the medals table on a budget a tenth of GB’s thanks to an inclusive approach based on camaraderie and grassroots participation“Yes! Old-fashioned is perfect!” chuckles Tom Tvedt, the president of Norway’s Olympic Commi…

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Norse code: what’s the secret of the Norwegians’ Winter Olympics success?

Hailing from a nation of only 5.2 million people, Norway’s squad is outperforming teams from much bigger countries – and, no, it’s not just because they have so much snowEleven days into the competition, Norway sit top of the medal table, out-performin…

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Norway’s curlers and their incredible Winter Olympic trousers – ranked

The Norwegian men’s curling team have become notorious for appearing in outlandish trouser designs. We look at some of the highlightsSince the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, the Norwegian men’s curling team have made a name for themselves by wearin…

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The film student who took up video analysis and ended up coaching Norway

Martin Foyston’s course in film studies helped him secure a job at Fulham, where he met Roy Hodgson and was inspired to take a risk and become a coachBy Tom Harvey for The Set Pieces, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkMartin Foyston walked away from a …

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Norway’s historic pay deal for women’s team shows it can be done | Suzanne Wrack

The Norwegian FA’s decision to offer male and female international players equal pay comes at a time when women’s teams are still battling for fairnessA standard has been set. Last week the Norwegian football association announced that their women’s na…

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Northern Ireland’s World Cup play-off spot confirmed after Scotland draw

Northern Ireland’s place in the play-offs for the World Cup finals has been confirmed after Scotland drew with Slovenia.

Only eight of the nine group runners-up will make it through to next month’s play-offs and Slovakia, who finished second in Group F at Scotland’s expense, ended their qualification campaign with fewer adjusted points than the Northern Irish.

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Norway FA agrees deal to pay male and female international footballers equally

• Male players to contribute their commercial earnings to women’s team
• Caroline Graham Hansen: ‘Thank you for making this step’

A new agreement between Norway’s football association and the country’s international players will lead to men and women receiving the same financial compensation for representing their country, with the men making a financial contribution to the women’s team.

In what players’ union boss Joachim Walltin believes to be the first deal of its kind, the Norwegian FA has announced it is almost doubling the remuneration pot for the women, from 3.1 million Norwegian kroner (£296,000) to a total of 6 million kroner (£574,000). This includes a contribution of 550,000 kroner by the male players, money they currently receive for commercial activities undertaken as part of the national teams. “Norway is a country where equal standing is very important for us, so I think it is good for the country and for the sport,” Walltin added.

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Michael O’Neill to risk bans if Northern Ireland need result in Norway

• Six players one booking from one-match suspension in World Cup qualifiers
• ‘We will evaluate situation when everyone else has played,’ manager says

Michael O’Neill will risk having key players banned for a World Cup play-off should Northern Ireland need a result in Norway to seal their place.

O’Neill’s team are well positioned to secure one of eight play-off berths having finished second in Group C behind the world champions Germany, who ended Northern Ireland’s four-year unbeaten home run in competitive matches on Thursday. Northern Ireland finish their group campaign in Oslo on Sunday and will kick off with a play-off place confirmed should Bosnia and Herzegovina fail to beat Belgium and Cyprus avoid defeat by Greece on Saturday.

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Euro 2017: Holland beat Belgium to qualify as Norway crash out to Denmark

• Belgium 1-2 Holland: hosts win all three games to top Group A
• Norway 0-1 Denmark: goal from Katrine Veje sees off 2013 finalists

Holland became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals of Euro 2017 with a 2-1 win over neighbours Belgium.

The tournament hosts took the lead through their captain, Sherida Spitse, who scored a 27th-minute penalty, before Belgium’s Tessa Wullaert hit a bizarre long-range strike to level the scores, the first goal that Holland have conceded all tournament.

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Norway in danger of elimination after Belgium defeat at Women’s Euro 2017

Norway 0-2 Belgium
Holland 1-0 Denmark

The two-times champions Norway must beat Denmark on Monday to avoid elimination from the Women’s Euro 2017 after a shock 2-0 defeat by Belgium.

Related: Euro 2017 fixtures and results: interactive wallchart

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Northern Ireland ease past Norway after early strike from Jamie Ward

For all that Northern Ireland have flourished over the last two and a half years, this victory against Norway must be charged with extra significance for Michael O’Neill. “I couldn’t have asked for more,” fairly summed up how the manager felt as he tried to play down a clear delight at passing this crucial step towards securing a play-off place for Russia 2018.

Back in February 2012 – what now seems like a grainy, bygone age for a squad galvanised beyond recognition – the manager took over in the hope of arresting terminal decline. A 3-0 home slump against the Norwegians in a friendly merely confirmed the lowly status of Northern Ireland, long before they earned a place in the last 16 of Euro 2016. O’Neill, finding his way in the course of international management, visibly carried the weight of responsibility then, unlike the flexible, confident coach he is today.

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The world’s northernmost surf school – in pictures

Unstad, located among the Lofoten Islands off Norway’s west coast, is an increasingly popular spot for Arctic surfing. The magnificent light conditions and turbulent waters in this wilderness outpost lure artists and sports enthusiasts alike. Instead of encountering sharks like in tropical waters, surfers in Lofoten are more likely to see a colony of seals and, if they are lucky, the northern lights

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‘So beautiful’: Mick Fanning goes for midnight surf under the northern lights – video

Australian pro surfer Mick Fanning pulls on a thick wetsuit and hood to surf under the stars as the northern lights play above him in Norway. ‘This is one of the prettiest surfs I’ve ever had in my life,’ says the three-time world champion through numbed lips. The full results of the project, called Chasing the Shot, will be released early next year

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Roald Jensen: ‘The Garrincha of the Nordics’ you may never have heard of

Roald ‘Kniksen’ Jensen had earned 25 international caps before he was old enough to vote but few football fans know about his magical, unfulfilled talent

By Nils Henrik Smith for Nutmeg magazine, part of the Guardian Sport Network

He was the most mesmerising player his compatriots had ever seen. He made his international debut aged 17 and ran rings around World Cup finalists. He led his hometown club to consecutive league titles and earned 25 full caps before he was old enough to vote. His ability was acknowledged by the most successful British manager of all time. He had a horse race named after him. And he died, aged 44, still wearing his football boots and old national team shirt. His nickname was “The Garrincha of the Nordics”, but few football fans outside of his home country and the Scottish club he graced are likely to have heard of him. This is the story of Roald “Kniksen” Jensen.

Brash and fiercely independent, Bergen ticks all the traditional second-city boxes. Once a member of the Hanseatic League, the northern European trading block formed in the 13th century by the region’s most important merchant towns, the “city between the seven mountains” was for centuries Norway’s main gateway to the world, taking no small amount of pride in its cosmopolitan, quasi-separatist outlook, enshrined in the popular song and slogan “I’m not from from Norway, I’m from Bergen!”

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