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Olympics ‘gave each Londoner a £900 feelgood factor’

Critics balked at the price tag, but it turns out hosting the 2012 Games paid dividends for the city’s wellbeing The rocketing cost of staging Olympic Games has made it too expensive for many cities to contemplate. In the bidding to host the 2024 Games…

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It’s only a matter of time before Raheem Sterling gets it in the neck for coronavirus | Marina Hyde

In this week’s shifting blame game, health secretary Matt Hancock has kicked Premier League footballers into touchOne of the great rules of British public life is that sooner or later, everything ends up being blamed on footballers. No matter how alien…

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How to solve the football season dilemma

Bernard Wilson suggests a way to get round the problems caused by the coronavirus-related shutdown of English footballCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt hardly matters in the grand scheme of things but, in anticipation of a …

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Man from Sidcup runs marathon in his garden

James Page, 36, did 873 laps and raised over £3,000 for Children With Cancer UK Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage A man in south-east London ran a marathon in his garden to raise money for a cancer charity after the governmen…

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Sky and BT will ‘lose £1bn if sporting events stay shut until August’

Report recommends footballers take a pay cut to support clubs facing loss of revenue Sky and BT will lose almost £1bn in revenue if top-flight sport remains shut down until August, according to a report that recommends players take a pay cut to support…

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Live sports have shut down. When they come back, we must demand better | Musa Okwonga

For too long, profit has come before people’s enjoyment of the games they love. The break gives fans a chance to reassess • Coronavirus latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageSport is gone, at least for the time being. The arrival of the coron…

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Coronavirus: gambling firms urged to impose betting cap of £50 a day

MPs express concern that gamblers are being directed to riskier wagers in absence of mainstream sport during Covid-19 crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMPs have implored online gambling firms to impose a temporary bettin…

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Old Trafford ‘racist assault’ not caught on CCTV, family told

Camera was pointing in another direction when Kamarl Nelson, 19, was allegedly attackedAn alleged racist assault against a teenage Manchester United worker by security staff outside Old Trafford was not captured by CCTV as the cameras were pointing in …

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Everton’s new stadium can ‘unlock economic potential’ after crisis

Northern Powerhouse Partnership director praises project Hope is for work at Bramley-Moore dock by end of yearCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageBuilding Everton’s new stadium later this year will help boost economic confide…

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Emiliano Sala: CAA says crash investigation could take rest of 2020

Striker’s family criticise Civil Aviation Authority for length of investigation into death The family of the footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash 14 months ago, has strongly criticised the length of time it is taking the UK aviation regu…

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Emiliano Sala: pilot was not licensed to fly plane that crashed

David Ibbotson had not completed night-flying training and was not allowed to be paid for carrying passengersThe pilot of the plane carrying the professional footballer Emiliano Sala was not licensed to fly the aircraft when it plunged into the sea, ki…

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Coronavirus and football: how players, fans and managers have been reacting – video report

The pace of disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak has been accelerating across the football world. Here’s a look at how some players, fans and managers have been reacting to the series of new actions taken in the hope of slowing the spread of t…

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Furlongs, fancy hats – and a few face masks – for Ladies Day at Cheltenham Festival

Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival, also known as Ladies Day, sees tens of thousands of racegoers arrive at Prestbury Park racecourse dressed to impress Continue reading…

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No action taken against Yorkshire man arrested over Emiliano Sala death

Police end investigation of 64-year-old on suspicion of manslaughter over footballer’s fatal plane crash No further action will be taken against a man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in relation to the death of Emiliano Sala, police have said. Th…

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Old Trafford guards accused of racist attack on 19-year-old worker

Man allegedly called ‘slave’ and hit by guards who did not believe he worked at stadiumPolice are investigating claims of a racially-aggravated assault at Manchester United’s football stadium, after a 19-year-old hospitality worker said he was attacked…

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Old Trafford guards accused of racist attack on 19-year-old worker

Man allegedly called ‘slave’ and hit by guards who did not believe he worked at stadiumPolice are investigating claims of a racially-aggravated assault at Manchester United’s football stadium, after a 19-year-old hospitality worker said he was attacked…

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Cheltenham Festival: key race meeting goes ahead despite coronavirus

Organisers say special measures in place to keep tens of thousands of attendees safeCoronavirus – latest updatesTell us: have you been affected by the coronavirus?Simon Beattie, a keen racegoer from Wolverhampton, patted the bronze statue of the old Ch…

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64-year-old becomes oldest woman to row across Atlantic Ocean

Sara Brewer, who only took up rowing six years ago, made the 3,000-mile journey in 86 daysA 64-year-old who only took up rowing six years ago has become the oldest woman to row an ocean after crossing the Atlantic in 86 days.Sara Brewer achieved the fe…

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64-year-old becomes oldest woman to row across Atlantic Ocean

Sara Brewer, who only took up rowing six years ago, made the 3,000-mile journey in 86 daysA 64-year-old who only took up rowing six years ago has become the oldest woman to row an ocean after crossing the Atlantic in 86 days.Sara Brewer achieved the fe…

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Football pitch inundated as River Severn floods parts of Worcestershire – video

Drone footage shows the devastating impact of flooding in Worcestershire, with Stourport Swifts’ pitch completely submerged by flood water. Householders and businesspeople were forced to flee as flood defences were breached along the banks of the River…