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Qatar agrees to inquiry into death of Briton at World Cup stadium

Family of Zac Cox say a British judge will look for lessons to be learned from death in 2017The Qatari organisation in charge of staging the 2022 World Cup has agreed to hold a wide-ranging inquiry led by a British judge into the death of a British wor…

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British football fan detained in UAE lodges human rights complaint

Ali Issa Ahmad brings case to UN alleging he was tortured after wearing Qatar T-shirt to matchA British football fan who says he was detained and tortured while on holiday in the United Arab Emirates because he wore a Qatar shirt has lodged a legal com…

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R&A chief executive refuses to condone or condemn Portrush march

• Martin Slumbers: ‘Our job is to respect fact that we are guests’• Tourist firm owner says march an ‘unnecessary provocation’The R&A has refused to condemn a “celebration of marching bands” which is staging a three-hour show in Portrush on Saturda…

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Fleetwood manager Joey Barton charged with actual bodily harm

Ex-England international to appear at magistrates court over incident at BarnsleyJoey Barton, the manager of Fleetwood Town, has been charged with causing actual bodily harm after his Barnsley counterpart, Daniel Stendel, was left with facial injuries …

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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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4.5 million Britons watch Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air

Viewing peaked for drama of super over but still lagged behind Wimbledon finalEngland’s cricket World Cup victory attracted a peak TV audience of 4.5 million people on Channel 4, as live international cricket returned to free-to-air television for the …

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‘This is England’: nation unites to rejoice in Cricket World Cup final win

Outpouring of euphoria across England after unprecedented victory against New Zealand at Lord’s“Incredible … Indescribable … You couldn’t make it up.”England’s cricket players and fans have been struggling to sum up their emotions after the team won an…

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Not cricket: Jacob Rees-Mogg criticised for World Cup comments

Brexiter says England beating New Zealand shows ‘we clearly don’t need Europe to win’ Jacob Rees-Mogg has been criticised for politicising England’s victory in the Cricket World Cup after writing on social media that “we clearly don’t need Europe to wi…

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‘I had no time for emotions’: Halep on her fearless defeat of Williams

The Romanian took less than an hour to demolish the seven-times Wimbledon champion. But we shouldn’t write off Williams just yetLast month, Simona Halep was asked what she thought when the word “grass” came up. She replied: “Picnics.” Now the 27-year-o…

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‘I had no time for emotions’: Halep on her fearless defeat of Williams

The Romanian took less than an hour to demolish the seven-times Wimbledon champion. But we shouldn’t write off Williams just yetLast month, Simona Halep was asked what she thought when the word “grass” came up. She replied: “Picnics.” Now the 27-year-o…

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New Zealand’s cricket fans also know the pain of seizing defeat from the jaws of victory

Kiwis hope a win for the Black Caps will exorcise the demons of their 1992 defeat by PakistanSimon Day can still remember the feeling of nausea and utter helplessness that can only be brought about by a crushing cricketing defeat. Day, now 34, was then…

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The Guardian view on English cricket: a game in need of urgent attention | Editorial

Winning the World Cup would be intoxicating, but the future health of the sport is far from guaranteedCricket will at last get its day in the sun at Lord’s on Sunday when England play New Zealand in the World Cup final. The whole country will be able t…

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Wimbledon seats up for sale on resale sites for thousands of pounds

Listings on sites including Viagogo criticised for not displaying seat numbersOwners of highly prized debenture seats at Wimbledon are reselling hundreds of tickets every year via resale sites such as Viagogo to tennis fans who may have no idea where t…

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Cricket World Cup final will be on free-to-air TV if England qualify

Sky says it aims to ensure wide audience for final at Lord’s if tournament hosts get thereThe Cricket World Cup final will be shown on a free-to-air platform if England qualify after debate about whether the tournament has captured the public interest….

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Tennis players find tranquility in Wimbledon’s living walls

The living walls employ state-of-the-art technology, which means they are automatically irrigatedPlaying on Wimbledon’s hallowed courts can be an intense experience, causing many a player to hurl a racket or mutter a profanity in exasperation. But some…

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England’s World Cup dream dies, but support for women’s game is real winner

Lionesses’ semi-final defeat left a newly inspired nation of football fans devastated but full of prideWhen England equalised after sustained early pressure and going a goal down against the US, Emma O’Connor instinctively rose to her feet and pumped h…

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Paul Jubb fails to pull off fairytale Wimbledon debut

Wildcard 19-year-old from working-class background loses in first round Britain will be represented by seven players in the second round of the men’s and women’s singles for the first time since 2006. But Paul Jubb will not be among them after the 19-y…

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Adidas under fire for racist tweets after botched Arsenal launch

Company automatically posted pictures of new shirts with offensive Twitter handles on back Adidas UK has come under fire after a social media gambit backfired spectacularly, leading to the company tweeting out pictures of its shirts with racist and off…

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Prodigy Cori Gauff, 15, ready to make her Wimbledon mark

The hotly tipped American faces Venus Williams after qualifying without losing a setOn Monday at Wimbledon, a teenage hopeful will take centre stage against one of the greats of the game, dreaming of one day emulating their achievements. It is somethin…

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All eyes on Lioness Ellen White in battle with USA’s Megan Rapinoe

Striker has ‘goggle’ goal celebration depicted in mural in her home town of AylesburyOn Friday morning, with impeccable timing, a new mural appeared at the less salubrious end of Aylesbury’s high street. It depicted Ellen White, the star striker of the…