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‘Winning netball gold is a game changer’: Housby basks in surprise win

Goal scorer Helen Housby hopes Commonwealth triumph will lead to boost for her sportIt’s one week on from the sensational last-second goal that could change English netball for ever. Scorer Helen Housby has hardly removed her Commonwealth gold medal. I…

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Woman who blazed a trail for equality in marathons hits London’s starting line

Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially compete in the Boston marathon, will fire the gun on the elite raceThere are many differences between Sunday’s London marathon and the one run in Boston, Massachusetts last Monday, not least the weather.W…

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London Marathon could be biggest ever despite heat worries

Organisers aim to break fundraising world record for 12th consecutive year as forecasters say race could be hottest everOrganisers of the London Marathon are hoping to break participation and fundraising records, despite predictions that Sunday’s race …

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England’s netball success shines light on thriving UK club scene

Last-gasp Commonwealth gold could inspire more women to don a bib and get fit, clubs hopeIt has often been dismissed as a schoolgirl’s sport, or basketball for women. Football fans scoff at its strict zones, which allow only one player to zip between e…

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Football coach Kit Carson pleads not guilty to child sexual offences

Well-known scout, 74, faces multiple charges over alleged offences between 1978 and 2009A youth football coach and scout credited with helping launch the careers of several professional players has appeared in court charged with sexual offences against…

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Feminists to stage rally at Ulster rugby match after rape acquittal

Protesters to descend on stadium calling for end to sexism after players cleared of assault Hundreds of protesters are preparing to gather at the home of Ulster Rugby as organisers of the demonstration say they want to “stamp out” misogyny and sexism i…

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Irish rugby player tries to recover legal fees after rape acquittal

Paddy Jackson seeks to retrieve some or all of estimated £100,000-plus costs from trialAn Irish rugby international who was acquitted of rape is attempting to recoup his legal costs, it has emerged.The Ulster player Paddy Jackson is seeking to recover …

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Former MP’s tweet almost collapsed Ulster rugby rape trial

Comment by leader of Alliance party, Naomi Long, led to demands from defence team that the trial be stopped, it has emergedA former Northern Ireland MP’s tweet almost collapsed the trial of two Irish rugby stars who were acquitted of rape, it has emerg…

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Former MP’s tweet almost collapsed Ulster rugby rape trial

Comment by leader of Alliance party, Naomi Long, led to demands from defence team that the trial be stopped, it has emergedA former Northern Ireland MP’s tweet almost collapsed the trial of two Irish rugby stars who were acquitted of rape, it has emerg…

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Supporters of rugby stars acquitted of rape take out newspaper ad

Full-page ad calls for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rugby suspensions to be liftedSupporters of two Irish rugby internationals acquitted of rape have taken out a full-page newspaper advertisement demanding their playing suspensions be lifted.The B…

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Supporters of rugby stars acquitted of rape take out newspaper ad

Full-page ad calls for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rugby suspensions to be liftedSupporters of two Irish rugby internationals acquitted of rape have taken out a full-page newspaper advertisement demanding their playing suspensions be lifted.The B…

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Commonwealth Games swimmer Otto Putland cleared of rape

Welsh swimmer was accused of raping woman who had just had sex with his friendA Welsh international swimmer has been cleared of raping a woman who claimed he forced himself on her shortly after she had consensual sex with his friend. Otto Putland, 24, …

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Barry Bennell appeals against 30-year prison sentence for sexual offences

• Former football coach seeks lighter punishment• 64-year-old faces complaints from around 90 former playersBarry Bennell, the former football coach who was branded “sheer evil” and the “devil incarnate” after subjecting junior footballers from Manches…

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Trump official: football fans should ‘think twice’ about Russia World Cup

Senior White House staffer says consular services threatenedTrump-Putin meeting will ‘thrash out’ US-Russia relationsFootball fans should “think twice” about travelling to the World Cup in Russia this summer as consular services are threatened by the d…

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Don’t believe the scare stories. Foreign fans will be protected better than some might deserve

A Russian journalist believes his country’s love of English football will protect all but the most violent travelling supporters during the World CupAbout six months ago a big Russian publishing house asked me to write a book before the World Cup. I su…

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Irish rugby player cleared of rape says he feels shame and regret

Ulster star Paddy Jackson issues apology after newspaper advert called for him to be droppedOne of the Irish rugby international players acquitted of rape has released a statement of apology, after campaigners paid for a full-page advert in the Belfast…

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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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Different strokes: how ‘our Usain Bolt’ Adam Peaty rules the pool

With a female coach and fighter’s spirit, the UK swimmer’s rivals say he is redefining breaststrokeIn the midmorning sunshine on Australia’s Gold Coast, the most dominant swimmer in British history launched his hulking frame through the water, easing t…

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Ray Wilkins obituary

England, Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder known for his grace and reliability under pressureRay Wilkins, who has died aged 61 after a cardiac arrest, was one of England’s most capped footballers, appearing 84 times for his country between 1976 …

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Cost to fill Panini World Cup sticker book is £734, says maths prof

But Paul Harper calculates that swapping duplicates with friends will reduce cost to about £250 A maths professor from Cardiff has calculated that filling this year’s World Cup sticker book will cost collectors £773.60. Prof Paul Harper has devised a f…