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How England’s World Cup progress gives us a shot at a hopeful future | Hugh Muir

Can the government replicate the communal moments created by a diverse English football team to boost the national mood?“Oh, to be in England / Now that April’s there,” wrote Browning, but he might have looked at that again after last weekend and decid…

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How England’s World Cup progress gives us a shot at a hopeful future | Hugh Muir

Can the government replicate the communal moments created by a diverse English football team to boost the national mood?“Oh, to be in England / Now that April’s there,” wrote Browning, but he might have looked at that again after last weekend and decid…

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Police warn about fans’ behaviour in England during World Cup

On day of Sweden match, there were 387 football-related incidents and 70 arrestsPolice chiefs have warned against a repeat of the “significant disorder” that accompanied England’s World Cup victory over Sweden, saying there were 387 incidents across th…

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Why Harry Kane is an inspiration for chubby children everywhere

As an overweight kid, a role model like Kane would have helped me shrug off taunts and kick a ballOne of the lesser joys of England’s glorious run to the World Cup semi-finals has been the resurfacing of pictures of a young Harry Kane – notab…

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Golf is a hard sport to be out in. The LPGA didn’t make it easier for me

The women’s tour’s deafening silence during Pride Month and broader lack of support of the LGBTQ community is why many pro golfers don’t feel comfortable being out. I would knowI am bisexual.It’s not something I advertise … well, until now. It’s partly…

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The Amputee World Cup – and other antidotes to the bloated Fifa-fest

Matches are free, friendship is infectious and the fan doesn’t feel like an exploited consumer – welcome to the alternative World Cups, where the true spirit of sport lives onYou may, just conceivably, have heard about a football tournament going on in…

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The Amputee World Cup – and other antidotes to the bloated Fifa-fest

Matches are free, friendship is infectious and the fan doesn’t feel like an exploited consumer – welcome to the alternative World Cups, where the true spirit of sport lives onYou may, just conceivably, have heard about a football tournament going on in…

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The Amputee World Cup – and other antidotes to the bloated Fifa-fest

Matches are free, friendship is infectious and the fan doesn’t feel like an exploited consumer – welcome to the alternative World Cups, where the true spirit of sport lives onYou may, just conceivably, have heard about a football tournament going on in…

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The Amputee World Cup – and other antidotes to the bloated Fifa-fest

Matches are free, friendship is infectious and the fan doesn’t feel like an exploited consumer – welcome to the alternative World Cups, where the true spirit of sport lives onYou may, just conceivably, have heard about a football tournament going on in…

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Sir Matt Busby airbrushed from Liverpool FC history? | Brief letters

Upskirting | Sir Matt Busby | Sign language | Vegetarianism | Thameslink | Clive JamesOnce the law is eventually passed to class upskirting as the criminal offence it clearly is (Upskirting bill is blocked by single Tory objection, 16 June), can the po…

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Steve Redgrave: ‘I feared diabetes would end my rowing career’

The five-time Olympic gold medallist discusses competing after his diagnosis – and breaking down barriers for othersWhen Sir Steve Redgrave was diagnosed with diabetes 20 years ago at the age of 35, he thought it would mean the end of his rowing career…

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Curbing FOBTs is a big win – now bookies’ racing bet practices must go | Greg Wood

After bookmakers lost their ignominious battle against shop roulette stakes being cut to £2, bookies’ licences should enforce minimum bet guarantees on racing and other sportsAfter a 15-year campaign the announcement on Thursday that the maximum stake …

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Johan Cruyff’s leftwing legacy lives on as rich are barred from renting childhood home

Footballer’s flat in Amsterdam available as social housing for low earners only despite calls to turn property into a museumUntil he was 12, Johan Cruyff lived on the corner of Tuinbouwstraat and Akkerstraat in the working-class Betondorp district of A…

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Britain’s bookmakers jockey for position in US betting watershed | Rob Davies

William Hill is a nose in front, with Paddy Power Betfair on the rail as market looks set to open upOver the past 26 years, if you had placed a bet on a baseball game in the US, the chances are you were doing so illegally. On the other end of the wager…

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And they’re off! Martin Amis’s Gamblers – in pictures

Documentary photographer Martin Amis has spent 13 years visiting racecourses to capture the idiosyncratic tribe of horse-racing enthusiasts, united only by their hope of finding the next winner Continue reading…

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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…