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How Premier League footballers got woke

Once renowned for luxury lifestyles and bad behaviour, players are speaking out on big issues from mental health to politics“I wanted to see if anyone from our industry would speak out about the [Alabama] abortion bill, but I guess people are too scare…

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Coach jailed for ‘regime of sexual abuse’ against teenage girls

Philip Banning pleaded guilty to 18 indecent assault charges dating back to 1970s A former British athletics coach has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for a “regime of sexual abuse” against teenage girls at the club where he worked.Philip Bannin…

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Coach jailed for ‘regime of sexual abuse’ against teenage girls

Philip Banning pleaded guilty to 18 indecent assault charges dating back to 1970s A former British athletics coach has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for a “regime of sexual abuse” against teenage girls at the club where he worked.Philip Bannin…

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Church criticises Wayne Rooney over Derby gambling tie-up

Former England captain’s surprise move to Derby partly funded by online casinoThe Church of England and healthcare professionals have criticised the footballer Wayne Rooney over his transfer to Derby County, which involves a lucrative deal to promote a…

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‘I felt worthless’: how the Homeless World Cup changes lives

Players say football has restored pride and self-worth as Cardiff tournament reaches climaxLauren Blud feels as if she is having a panic attack whenever she steps on to the pitch before a game. But as soon as the referee’s whistle sounds, she thinks ab…

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Kit sponsors can offer fond memories but betting logos would not be missed | Max Rushden

Tottenham with Holsten and Arsenal with JVC evoke shirt nostalgia but gambling is already front and centre in footballForty years ago this week, Liverpool announced the first ever top flight sponsorship deal in the UK with Hitachi – £100,000 over two y…

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‘No judgment. We just run’: inside San Quentin’s 1,000 Mile Club

Sport programs in prison are aiming to end reoffending. And the results are striking on both sides of the AtlanticMarkelle Taylor finished the 2019 Boston Marathon in three hours, three minutes and 52 seconds, a blisteringly fast time for a 46-year-old…

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How can we end the current impasse over transgender athletes? | Sean Ingle

One side of the argument believes that women’s sport must be protected, the other that gender identification trumps everything. Debate is needed to find a fair solutionI can’t stop thinking about Feagaiga Stowers. Or rather a picture of the 18-year-old…

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Half of Premier League clubs to have gambling sponsors for 2019/20

Clubs stand to earn nearly £350m from sponsorship17 of 24 Championship clubs will have gambling sponsorsHalf of the Premier League’s shirts will be emblazoned with a gambling company’s logo during the 2019/20 season, reigniting concern about the normal…

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Cricket World Cup win ‘is huge chance’ to get more children playing

Governing body ECB urged to address ‘struggling’ state of grassroots gameEnglish cricket’s governing body has been urged to capitalise on the national team’s dramatic World Cup victory to increase the number of children playing the game.A lack of playi…

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Keegan Hirst: ‘I’m proud to be a rugby league player and I’m proud to be gay’

The Wakefield prop is keen to play a role in Super League’s Wellness Round as it highlights issues in men’s mental healthFour years removed from the day that changed his life forever, Keegan Hirst is still committed to making a difference. “No matter w…

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If Martina Navratilova can change her mind on trans athletes, so can sport | Owl Fisher

I was prepared for the worst when I watched the veteran tennis star’s BBC documentary, but her conclusion was upliftingWhen I first heard about the documentary on trans athletes presented by Martina Navratilova on BBC One, I was worried that it would f…

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Frankie Dettori’s Ascot exploits had online firms rushing to sell punters short | Greg Wood

With a payout in excess of the jockey’s Magnificent Seven on the cards at the Royal meeting, the big firms did no one a favour by refusing multiplesThere were some memorable and historic achievements at Royal Ascot last week, including Hayley Turner’s …

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State of Mind remains crucial for rugby league players and the public | Aaron Bower

Ian Knott almost killed himself after retirement but now gives talks on behalf of the mental health charityIn September 2010 the rugby league world changed for ever with the death of Terry Newton, aged 31. It emerged that the former Great Britain hooke…

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British Olympians call for IOC to shelve ‘unfair’ transgender guidelines

• Survey of 15 female athletes finds frustration over current policy• Group in favour of suspension of rules pending further researchThe International Olympic Committee’s guidelines for transgender athletes are unfair on female athletes and should be s…

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Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr convicted of raping homeless woman

Former tight end faces life in prison for two counts of rape Winslow Jr, 35, played for Browns, Bucs, Patriots and JetsFormer NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr – the son of a Hall of Famer who himself earned more than $40m during his career – has been convi…

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Tokyo 2020: U-turn as hotels agree to wheelchair rooms for Paralympics

Promise by Japan that rooms will stay accessible as Paralympics legacy follows Guardian revelation that hotels wanted payment for conversionsThe Japanese government has promised that all hotel rooms that are converted to make them accessible for wheelc…

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‘You get used to the gunfire’ – filming the Libyan women’s football team

Denounced on TV, they train at secret locations watched by armed guards. We meet the woman from Hastings who made a fascinating film about Libya’s guttsiest football squad‘Just what our country needs!” rails the imam sarcastically on Libyan TV. “A wome…

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‘I wouldn’t be the refugee, I’d be the girl who kicked ass’: how taekwondo made me

When she arrived in the US as a 10-year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri found it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard – by becoming a taekwondo championWhen I was 13, three years after arriving in the US with my mot…

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‘The FA didn’t stop him’: The long road to justice for Bob Higgins’ abuse victims

Cultivation of father-figure role allowed coach to get away with sexual abuse of boys for decadesHiggins guilty of 45 counts of indecent assaultBob Higgins was the star-maker, the super-coach. He worked with the likes of the former England great Alan S…