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Sound and vision: how a blind photographer shot the Games

Australian Andrew Follows is blind in one eye and has tunnel vision in the other, but his sense of hearing – and his labrador Leo – helped him capture the spirit of the Commonwealth GamesWith Leo, his labrador, fast asleep on the pool deck, Andrew Foll…

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Ray Wilkins had clever feet and a clever mind | Brief letters

London’s gang violence | Mo Mowlam | Ray Wilkins | Spring lambs | Easter bunnies | KakuroWhen is someone going to notice that gang violence only occurs where there is acute poverty (Police ‘have lost control of the streets’, 6 April)? Or is that too bi…

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‘In a way, I’m lucky’: Doddie Weir on MND, rugby and his crusade for a cure

In New York for fun and treatment, the Scottish rugby great discussed life with motor neurone disease – and what he’s doing to fight itIn a famous scene from Living with Lions, the seminal documentary about the 1997 victory in South Africa, Doddie Weir…

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Why Rio Ferdinand and Sadiq Khan are playing for Dulwich Hamlet | Hugo Greenhalgh

The football club has always fought for the community. Now the community is fighting to save the club from developersTake a walk down south London’s Lordship Lane, past East Dulwich station and up Dog Kennel Hill, and you’ll come across a sorry sight. …

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‘Urban dirt bikes saved my life’ – a photo essay

Hunted by police but idolised by followers, some street riders have risen from their inner-city neighbourhoods to find fame and big money sponsorship. Could urban dirt biking do a Nascar?All photographs by M Holden Warren“This is to dirt bike culture w…

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Sunderland offer homeless people shelter from freeze in ‘warm room’

• Club offers hot food and places to sleep at Stadium of Light• North-east hit hard by UK’s brutal weatherSunderland turned a usually quiet corner of the Stadium of Light into a temporary shelter for homeless people on Friday.Acutely conscious that the…

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William Hill fined £6.2m by Gambling Commission

Firm handed big fine over failure to spot problem gambling and prevent money launderingBetting group William Hill has been fined £6.2m by the gambling industry regulator for failing to protect consumers and prevent money laundering.The Gambling Commiss…

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Barry Bennell branded ‘sheer evil’ as he is sentenced to 31 years

Judge describes former youth football coach as ‘devil incarnate’ for child sexual abuseThe former football coach Barry Bennell was branded a “monster” by one of his victims in court as he was sentenced to 31 years.The catalogue of sexual abuse revealed…

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Drunken behaviour spoils genteel sport of crown green bowling

Shropshire bowls association bans alcohol after spectators behave like ‘football hooligans’The genteel sport of crown green bowling is being threatened by increasing incidents of hooliganism, prompting one county to impose a ban on alcohol-related trou…

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PR stunts of F1 and gambling industry are hardly sharp end of feminism | Marina Hyde

Chucking out press releases about ending the practices of grid girls and swimsuit-wearing promotions workers to claim some sort of moral high ground should ring a few alarm bellsTo the list of Great Woke?ings of our time, we must formally add the gambl…

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Isaac Hayden: ‘We have mansions, yet people are queueing for food’

The Newcastle midfielder visited Newcastle’s West End Foodbank as the club’s fans and staff help the local communityOnly seven miles separate Newcastle’s West End Food bank in Benwell and the north-east footballers’ mecca of Darras Hall but they repre…

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How I fell in love with roller derby | Jordan Raskopoulos

In any other sport, a trans woman’s strength would be held to scrutiny. In derby, it is celebratedSport is a big thing in my family. My father was a Socceroo. One of my sisters was a competitive figure skater, the other a rhythmic gymnast and my brothe…

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‘I was number one. And they wanted me to wear a crop top’: cleaning up UK sport

The sportspeople fighting for a level playing field• The campaigners shaking up film and TV• The MP activists cleaning up Westminster• Actors, directors and producers changing theatre• Fighting the supermarkets for equal paySport is going through a pro…

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How was Larry Nassar able to abuse so many gymnasts for so long?

The biggest sexual abuse scandal in sports history shines a light on a culture of medals over moralsLarry Nassar was a wonderful doctor – everyone said so. The little girls who were sent to him were told it was an honour. Their parents were told it was…

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Bookmakers are urged to rethink closing down winning punters’ accounts

• House of Lords committee hears arguments by bookies and punters• Fears over reputation of industry as £660m wiped off market valueBookmakers were urged to “get a grip” on the subject of punters being restricted and having their accounts closed, as it…

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Punter left furious after Ladbrokes take £800 in ‘dormancy’ fees

• Punter has been trying to withdraw his balance since 2014• ‘It is incredible that something like this can happen in the UK’A punter who is barred from accessing an online betting account with Ladbrokes which was previously almost £1,300 in credit sai…

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India’s blind cricketers are champions – but money is still a sticky wicket

Unlike India’s superstar players, blind cricketers manage with minimal support. Could World Cup success finally bring them the funding they deserve?They are brilliant exponents of India’s best-loved game, a sport that routinely produces millionaire sup…

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Government accused of withholding £2.5bn of Olympic legacy assets from charities

Lottery money originally earmarked for good causes may now not be repaid for 30 yearsThe government has been accused of sitting on almost £2.5bn-worth of assets that have been earmarked for good causes and charities, many of which face an uncertain fut…

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Government accused of withholding £2.5bn of Olympic legacy assets from charities

Lottery money originally earmarked for good causes may now not be repaid for 30 yearsThe government has been accused of sitting on almost £2.5bn-worth of assets that have been earmarked for good causes and charities, many of which face an uncertain fut…

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Sam Allardyce brands UK’s reliance on food banks a ‘disgrace’

• Everton manager sounds off after visit to North Liverpool Foodbank• ‘People who are in work cannot afford to live at a decent level’Sam Allardyce has branded the growing number of food banks in Britain a national disgrace after visiting one in his ro…