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Redefining the ‘strong man’: Tyson Fury praised for openness on mental health

Boxer was taunted about depression by Deontay Wilder in run-up to heavyweight title fightTyson Fury’s struggle with his mental health was ridiculed by his opponent in the run-up to the most anticipated heavyweight title fight in decades. “Don’t you eve…

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Why doesn’t boxing care about gender-based violence? | Bryan Armen Graham

The Gervonta Davis video is the latest example of the boxing industry’s structural inadequacy and self-serving indifference when it comes to holding abusers of women to accountEarlier this month Gervonta Davis, the World Boxing Association’s lightweigh…

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Everton show the way by promoting community rather gambling | David Conn

If Premier League clubs want recognition for work off the pitch then rejecting sponsorship from bookies is the way forwardIn a climate of serious concern finally rising about football’s drenching with gambling adverts, Everton showed a glimpse of a bet…

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Does Fifa Ultimate Team risk turning players into gambling addicts? | Tom Usher

A French lawsuit filed against EA argues that the video game’s controversial card packs should be classified as gamblingMy mum doesn’t know it, but she’s actually incredibly lucky she didn’t have me 10 years later. First because she would’ve been well …

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Tony Adams: ‘Alcohol gave me a good hiding – I needed a lot of pain’

Adams says Sporting Chance, the 20-year-old charity he set up for those in sport with addiction and mental health issues, eclipses all he achieved in his illustrious playing career“Captaining your country, going out at Wembley, captaining Arsenal to 10…

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Call to close teenage sex ‘loophole’ for faith leaders and coaches

Report says law fails to prevent supervising adults from having sex with 16- and 17-year-oldsA cross-party group of MPs has called for a change in the law that allows adults in positions of trust, from sports coaches to faith leaders, to legally have s…

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‘Shell-shocked’ bookmakers face big fines for underage betting at Royal Ascot

• Seven on-course bookies allowed 16-year-old to place £5 bet • ‘It’s scary. You’d think there’d be a procedure in place’Racecourse bookmakers say they are “shell-shocked” at a decision by the Gambling Commission to ramp up punishments meted out for fa…

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Will a clause against gender-based violence change Argentinian football?

Vélez Sarsfield have overhauled their players’ contracts in an effort to combat a problem that is all too common in societyRicardo Centurión is toxic. But the winger’s raw skill — his game is full of stepovers and mazy runs – appears to blind fans to h…

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‘The reality is I am an addict’ – Hamilton Academical manager opens up on gambling problem

• Brian Rice reports himself to Scottish FA for breach over betting• SFA to consider sanctions on 30 JanuaryThe head coach of Hamilton Academical, Brian Rice, has reported himself to the Scottish FA for a breach of their betting rules and admitted a la…

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Mixed reception for proposal to ban children heading footballs

Campaigners welcome ‘positive step’, but some working in children’s football question how enforceable it would bePeter Monk gave a wry response when asked if he thought children should be allowed to head a football from a young age.“To be honest, with …

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Can heading a football lead to dementia? The evidence is growing

Concussion can have lifelong consequences and children are particularly at riskThe death in 2002 of the former England and West Bromwich Albion striker Jeff Astle from degenerative brain disease placed the spotlight firmly on the possibility of a link …

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Children in Scotland could be banned from heading footballs over dementia link

Scottish Football Association finalising proposalsChildren under 12 could be banned from heading in trainingShare your experiencesChildren under the age of 12 could be banned from heading the ball in training in Scotland because of links between footba…

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‘Gamblification’ of football must be dealt with properly in next betting Act | Greg Wood

Betting on sport has always been popular, even when illegal, but after the last disastrous Gambling Act it is time to treat the issue in a more mature waySuper Bowl XXIX in January 1995 between the San Francisco 49ers and the San Diego Chargers looked…

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Gambling sites take short-term hit for better long-term reputations

Owning broadcast access to FA Cup games must have been a money-spinner or it wasn’t worth doingThere have been VAR reviews that took longer than it did for gambling firms to wilt in the heat of widespread fury at their exclusive deal to broadcast dozen…

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Rob Burrow reveals doctor’s positive motor neurone disease outlook

• ‘Rather than three years it’ll hopefully be nearer 10’• Benefit game on Sunday to raise funds for ex-Rhinos half-backRob Burrow has revealed he has been told he has “very early stage” motor neurone disease but is hopeful he can live for another decad…

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How the betting industry has become inextricably linked to football | Rob Davies

Through sponsorship and advertising,the gambling industry has successfully and deeply hitched itself to the world’s most popular gameIt should come as no surprise that the gambling industry has hitched itself to the world’s most popular game. Here are …

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UEA begins study with former players into link between football and dementia

• £1m Scores project to screen ex-footballers’ brain health• Retired footballers aged over 50 being sought to take partResearch into the link between football and dementia is to be intensified by a £1m study that tests former players for early signs of…

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‘It gave me a sense of normality’: how football helps men with mental health

A five-a-side football initiative in Wigan is thriving because it gives men who might have become isolated an outletIn 2017 Peter Hill set up Place2Place FC, a five-a-side team in Wigan for men facing challenging circumstances. It followed the loss of …

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Footballers’ mental health messages to be shown before FA Cup ties

Wellbeing suggestions will be screened in stadiums in an awareness initiativeFor Jesse Lingard and Alex Scott, yoga helps. Son Heung-Min prefers an early night, while Chris Kamara takes a long walk and Harry Maguire plays golf. These are some of the wa…

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Pete Frates, baseball player and inspiration for ice bucket challenge, dies at 34

Former baseball player helped spread of charity driveChallenge has raised $220m for research into ALSPete Frates, a former college baseball player whose battle with motor neuron disease helped inspire the ice bucket challenge, has died at the age of 34…