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Tour de France boss ‘feels sad’ for tourism chief in expenses row

Christian Prudhomme pays tribute to Sir Gary Verity, who has quit Welcome to YorkshireThe Tour de France director has paid tribute to Sir Gary Verity, the tourism boss who brought the race to Yorkshire but who resigned last month in an expenses scandal…

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Why societal change makes mockery of England’s dual nationality debate | Barney Ronay

Increasing numbers of England players are dual-qualified, requiring a nuanced approach to identity, history and familyWhat have Declan Rice, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Dele Alli, James Tarkowski and Trent Alexander-Arnold got in common? Aside from carrying th…

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FIFA Foundation Community Programme – in pictures

Star striker Samuel Eto’o represented the UNHCR Sport and Cooperation Network in Cameroon to coach child refugees from neighbouring Central African Republic, part-funded by the Fifa Foundation Continue reading…

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Annie Vernon: ‘That silver medal was devastating – like a broken heart’ | Donald McRae

Desperate to win, terrified of defeat – the Olympic silver medallist tells of dealing with this profound challenge for elite athletesOut of heartache, sometimes, clarity can emerge. For Annie Vernon – a former Olympic and world champion rower who is no…

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Kelly Holmes on mental health and happiness: ‘I’ve been to the lowest point and the highest’

Since retiring, the athlete has opened up about self-harming. She talks about winning double gold, losing her mother – and her new mental health podcastKelly Holmes has always liked to surprise. So when the double Olympic gold medallist decided to have…

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Burnley’s Aaron Lennon fears other players still struggle with depression

• ‘There are probably players out there who don’t want to talk’• Winger at launch of Burnley in the Community projectAaron Lennon believes he has made a full recovery from the stress-related illness that led to his brief detainment under the Mental Hea…

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Elite sport is gradually waking up to widespread mental health issues | Sean Ingle

Administrators are arriving at a better understanding of the extent of anxiety and depression among top sportspeople and a finger is pointing at social mediaOn Friday night the NBA’s commissioner, Adam Silver, made a statement that was both shocking an…

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Sports stars weigh in on row over transgender athletes

Campaigners divided over whether trans women have an unfair advantage in sportFirst it was Martina Navratilova. Then Paula Radcliffe and Kelly Holmes. Now, almost with every passing day, there are more voices wading into the issue of whether transgende…

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LGBT group drops Martina Navratilova over transgender comments

• 18-time grand slam winner no longer Athlete Ally ambassador• Navratilova also loses place on advisory boardMartina Navratilova has been removed as an ambassador by Athlete Ally, an organisation that supports LGBT athletes, following her comments on t…

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The perfect view of Gordon Banks’ greatest save | Brief letters

Gordon Banks | Lynton Crosby | Sleep disruption | MasturbationWhile popular opinion would have it that the save that Gordon Banks made at the 1970 World Cup was the greatest ever (Pelé leads tributes to ‘a goalkeeper with magic’, 13 February), I unders…

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Birmingham gets ready for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Locals in host city have concerns any benefits will be short term, while others are optimistic the event will unite everyoneIn the summer of 2022, thousands of athletes, officials and fans from more than 70 nations and territories will descend on Birmi…

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Victoria Pendleton’s candour highlights again the vulnerability of ex-champions

The Olympic legend’s mental health battle is a reminder of the darkness that can descend when a sporting great’s career endsThere were no tears when Victoria Pendleton won her first Olympic gold medal. There was no great emotional climax, no comforting…

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CBS refuses to run Super Bowl ad for medical marijuana

Acreage Holdings ‘disappointed but not surprised’ by newsMarijuana now legal in some form in 33 US statesCBS has rejected a Super Bowl television ad calling for the legalization of medical marijuana sponsored by one of the largest cannabis investment c…

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British bookies go from favourites to American outsiders

No sooner has one law changed in gambling companies’ favour than another turns against them. Now all bets are off againWhat starts in the US, the cliche goes, inevitably ends up in the UK (burger restaurants, assaulting fellow shoppers on Black Friday …

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Crystal Palace football club offers rough sleepers a refuge

Up to 10 people will be able to sleep at Selhurst Park when temperatures drop below zeroCrystal Palace has offered rough sleepers a room inside their stadium to spend the night, prompting a local councillor to call on other Premier League football club…

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Crystal Palace football club offers rough sleepers a refuge

Up to 10 people will be able to sleep at Selhurst Park when temperatures drop below zeroCrystal Palace has offered rough sleepers a room inside their stadium to spend the night, prompting a local councillor to call on other Premier League football club…

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‘People are dying’: Campaigners want gambling classed a public health issue

• Charles and Liz Ritchie’s son Jack killed himself after gambling• ‘The industry targets vulnerable and those already addicted’Campaigners for stronger government regulation of gambling have called for it to be classed as a public health concern and f…

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Revealed: the ‘dire consequences’ of football’s relationship with gambling

• Some young men cannot watch games without multiple bets• ‘Gambling is the worst addiction,’ major new study is toldThe relentless involvement of betting companies in football has drawn a generation of young men into strongly associating their support…

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Revealed: the ‘dire consequences’ of football’s relationship with gambling

• Some young men cannot watch games without multiple bets• ‘Gambling is the worst addiction,’ major new study is toldThe relentless involvement of betting companies in football has drawn a generation of young men into strongly associating their support…

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Female footballers list is a massive win | Brief letters

Top 100 players | Low minimum wages for young people | Steve Bell, Peter Schrank and Keira Knightley | Sandwich puzzle | Placenames: Dorset’s River Jordan and Sodom in WalesAlmost a year ago, I wrote to you after your list of the 100 best footballers i…