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Higher costs may lead to sporting events shunning Britain after Brexit

• International federations may look elsewhere to stage big events• Executives warn House of Lords over Brexit implications for sportMajor sporting events including rugby and cricket World Cups are less likely to be held in post-Brexit Britain, the Hou…

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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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Why one tiny Scottish island is key to every Olympic curling stone – video

All the curling stones being used at the Pyeongchang Winter Games are made from granite mined from the tiny, uninhabited island of Ailsa Craig, in the outer Firth of Clyde. The granite is worked into the final stones by staff at Kays Curling in Mauchli…

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Manchester City boss calls Barry Bennell abuse scandal ‘terrible’

Manager Pep Guardiola speaks as questions remain over what club knew about former coachThe Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has described the Barry Bennell child sexual abuse scandal as a “terrible, terrible situation” amid questions as to what …

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Winter Olympics inspires Britons to hit the snowdromes

Indoor snow slopes are experiencing a sharp increase in visitors since the Games beganInspired by the Winter Olympics, thousands of people are hitting indoor snow slopes across the UK to try their hand at skiing and snowboarding for the first time.A wo…

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‘It isn’t easy admitting you were one of Barry Bennell’s boys’

Micky Fallon, one of the former players Bennell has been convicted of abusing, reveals the horrors he endured and asks how Crewe did not realise the coach was a risk when opponents called them ‘The paedophile lads’There is a scar on my cheek that will …

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Did this special football talent kill himself because of Barry Bennell?

Mark Hazeldine was a star of the Manchester City youth set-up but his behaviour changed dramatically after he went on a trip to Spain alone with Bennell. In 2006 he took his own lifeIt doesn’t take long, listening to the stories about Mark Hazeldine, t…

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Barry Bennell: the predatory Pied Piper who made stars and shattered lives

The former Manchester City and Crewe coach exploited his status to abuse potentially hundreds of boys, employing gifts, a sheep’s head and haunted houses to subject his victims to unspeakable horrorsAndy Woodward, one of the boys lost and brutalised du…

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‘There will be hundreds more,’ says player Bennell abused on Maine Road pitch

Former Manchester City youth player Gary Cliffe, waiving his anonymity after the Barry Bennell trial, tells the Guardian how countless instances of abuse shaped his life and of his anger towards the clubIt is when Gary Cliffe, speaking with remarkable …

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Manchester City ‘ignored warnings’ and kept Barry Bennell in youth set-up

• Bennell continued scouting and coaching for City, abusing countless boys• City youth coach Steve Fleet urged club in 1970s to keep away from BennellManchester City, one of the clubs most seriously implicated in the Barry Bennell sexual abuse scandal,…

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Ben Stokes may train on Saturday after reunion with England team-mates

• Cricketer reveals travel details in Instagram post• Adil Rashid opts out of first-class cricket for 2018 seasonIt will be a case of planes and automobiles for Ben Stokes as he finally meets up with his England team-mates on Friday in Hamilton.While S…

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Manchester residents oppose Gary Neville’s redevelopment plans

Ex-United player wants to build sports university but locals object to takeover of green beltGary Neville’s plans to transform Manchester have again been met with opposition after hundreds of residents objected to proposals by Manchester United’s “clas…

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Barry Bennell found guilty of sexually abusing youth footballers

Ex-Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra coach convicted on charges covering 1979 to 1990The former football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sexual offences against boys whom he targeted in the youth football set-ups of Manchester C…

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Barry Bennell found guilty of sexually abusing youth footballers

Ex-Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra coach convicted on charges covering 1979 to 1990The former football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sexual offences against boys whom he targeted in the youth football set-ups of Manchester C…

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Ben Stokes to face crown court trial over Bristol nightclub incident

England cricketer set for first crown court hearing on 12 MarchCo-defendants Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali also indicate not-guilty pleasThe England cricketer Ben Stokes will face a crown court trial over an altercation outside a nightclub in BristolThe 26-ye…

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French rugby players questioned over Edinburgh bar fight

French rugby federation confirms some of its players are being questioned over incident after Six Nations game at MurrayfieldFrench rugby players are being questioned by police after a fight in a bar in Edinburgh following the team’s game against Scotl…

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Still feeling the pain of the Munich air disaster | Letters

Readers respond to coverage of the 60th anniversary of the plane crash that killed eight Manchester United players, three of the team’s staff, eight journalists and four othersI read with sadness the articles about the Munich air disaster 60 years…

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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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Old Trafford ceremony remembers Munich air disaster 60 years on

Fans, players and survivors hold minute’s silence in remembrance of 23 people killed in 1958 crashFootball fans, players and the families of victims of the Munich air disaster have held a minute’s silence at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium 60 …