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English fans warned to beware ticket touts in rush for European finals

Some websites list £10,000 tickets for Liverpool-Tottenham Champions League final in MadridFans travelling to the finals of Europe’s two major club competitions have been warned about touts who are willing to exploit their eagerness to get to the match…

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‘The joy is tainted’: Liverpool and Tottenham fans face high price for success

Supporters’ groups cry foul at soaring price of tickets, flights and accommodation for Madrid Champions League final Now that they have caught their breath, many Liverpool and Tottenham fans say their delight at qualifying for the Champions League fina…

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Into the blue: free-diving in Antarctica – in pictures

?ahika Ercümen, a world record-holding free-diver from Turkey, is diving in Antarctica as part of a scientific research mission. Photographer Özge Elif K?z?l is travelling with her to document the trip Continue reading…

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Transfer news: sacking ends José Mourinho’s record 895-day hotel stay

The former Manchester United manager has been living in a £600-a-night hotel since July 2016 – racking up an enormous billName: The Lowry hotel.Age: Opened in 2001. Continue reading…

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Grand Pardubice Steeplechase: the world’s toughest horse race – a photo essay

Photographer Tom Jenkins travelled to Pardubice in the Czech Republic to document the 128th Velka Pardubicka Steeplechase (the Czech Grand National) – the world’s oldest and most difficult cross-country horse raceThe 128th Velka Pardubicka Steeplechase…

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England fans dash to Russia for World Cup quarter-final

Unexpected release of tickets prompts some to go to extreme lengths to be in SamaraEngland fans have been making a last-minute dash to Russia for the World Cup quarter-final against Sweden after it emerged that their side’s biggest game for 12 years co…

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Football trips in Europe and South America: readers’ travel tips

Our tipsters find football makes a great focal point for a city break, whether it’s watching an elite European club or one where the hotel waiter moonlights as the centre-forward Ipurua stadium (capacity 7,000), in the Basque town of Eibar, is the smal…

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From skiing to tombstoning – how dangerous are our favourite pastimes?

A skier in Japan has been killed by falling rocks – but it’s not the only hazardous activity in which many of us are inclined to indulgeOne skier has been killed and others have been injured in Japan by volcanic rocks falling from Mount Kusatsu-Shirane…

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‘So beautiful’: Mick Fanning goes for midnight surf under the northern lights – video

Australian pro surfer Mick Fanning pulls on a thick wetsuit and hood to surf under the stars as the northern lights play above him in Norway. ‘This is one of the prettiest surfs I’ve ever had in my life,’ says the three-time world champion through numbed lips. The full results of the project, called Chasing the Shot, will be released early next year

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Conquering the Cent Cols Challenge in the Pyrenees: from despair to defiance

Oliver Duggan recounts the geographical, physical and mental rollercoaster of cycling 100 mountain passes in 10 days across southern France and Spain

The col de la Core is not a famous climb – in cycling, or any other sport. There are no champions’ names spray painted on the ground, no monuments at the top to riders past or present. It has no especially beautiful scenery or harsh gradients. It is a simple, two-lane road, and on a Saturday morning last month, it nearly killed me.

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Conquering the Cent Cols Challenge in the Pyrenees: from despair to defiance

Oliver Duggan recounts the geographical, physical and mental rollercoaster of cycling 100 mountain passes in 10 days across southern France and Spain

The col de la Core is not a famous climb – in cycling, or any other sport. There are no champions’ names spray painted on the ground, no monuments at the top to riders past or present. It has no especially beautiful scenery or harsh gradients. It is a simple, two-lane road, and on a Saturday morning last month, it nearly killed me.

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Football on the streets of Havana

US based photographer Marius Bugge travelled to Cuba’s colourful capital, Havana, to cover the historic match between New York Cosmos and the Cuba national team. While there he spent some time photographing the growing popularity of street football. Here are a selection of his favourite images

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Amid the Fifa scandal, Moscow’s 2018 World Cup venue is ahead of schedule

Officials in Moscow are publicly dismissive about the threat of Fifa changing the venue of the next football World Cup – but they know that if the unthinkable happens it could cost them billions

As cranes swing through this vast cavernous space and diggers scuttle around below, workers take blow-torches to the heavy iron beams propping up the facade of one of Moscow’s most iconic structures: Luzhniki stadium in the south-west of the city, still very much on schedule to host the World Cup final in 2018.

“These iron beams are 50 years old, and they could stand for another 50 years,” said the foreman Murat Akhmadiyev, patting the dark metal. “But we’re tearing them down and replacing them. Everything here is changing constantly.”

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Le battered sausage whets appetites for Tour de Yorkshire

The surroundings – and some would say the cuisine – rival the Tour de France, but cyclists know God’s Own County will prove tougher than it looks

When Britons cross the Channel to watch the Tour de France, they swap sliced bread for baguettes and cornflakes for croissants. Should any French cycling fans make the reverse journey this weekend for the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, they may encounter one of Britain’s unsung culinary delicacies: le battered sausage, dyed blue by Audrey’s chip shop in Bridlington to match the turquoise jersey of the race leader.

“It was a bit of a joke initially,” said owner James Morrison. “I just did a batch of blue fish to get in the local newspaper, but then people kept on coming in asking for them.”

Related: Cycling the winner as Le Grand Départ wins hearts and minds | Robert Millar

Related: Gothic weekend in Whitby – in pictures

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How Yorkshire won the 2014 Tour de France: the Grandest Départ’s legacy

For Cambridge, Essex and London, but most of all for Yorkshire, hosting the first stages of the world’s greatest bicycle race was a resounding success. And the glow hasn’t faded yet, with participation still riding high and more major races planned

July 2014: A bluffer’s guide to the Tour de France Continue reading…

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Barcelona’s Andrés Iniesta lists his family vineyard on Airbnb

The Barcelona and Spain midfield star has added his family vineyard – Bodega Iniesta – to Airbnb, offering two lucky guests the chance to be hosted by one of the world’s most celebrated footballers

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European football breaks: why it pays to see games in Berlin and Brussels

With Premier League ticket prices in another division, try a trip to continental Europe where the fans are good-natured and the cheap admission means plenty of money left over for fun Continue reading…

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London Surf Film Festival: five movies you have to catch

Surfing in Iran, tackling prejudice and big wave eye-candy, the London Surf Film Festival provides an adrenaline rush on all fronts Continue reading…

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Surfing aims for Olympic status as UK inland sites aim to guarantee perfect waves

Work starts on sites in Snowdonia and Bristol capable of hosting International Surfing Association finals Continue reading…

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Tour de France: Can TV coverage lure French tourists from the capital?

The French rarely travel outside of London when they visit Britain. The televised pictures of Yorkshire’s glorious countryside came as a revelation Continue reading…