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UK minister promises to look at football governance after Super League fiasco

‘We will not have our national game taken away from us for profit,’ says Oliver DowdenEuropean Super League plans in tatters as clubs withdraw – live updatesThe withdrawal of six English Premier League clubs from the European Super League highlights th…

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The European Super League: what can Boris Johnson do about it?

Analysis: The PM has set himself against the elite club plans. Here are some ways they could be challengedWhile ministers might be united with fans and opposition parties in pledging to oppose a European Super League (ESL) including six English clubs, …

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Government pledges to stop English clubs joining European Super League

Oliver Dowden announces review into sport governance in response to breakaway plan by six English clubs The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, has pledged that the government will do “whatever it takes” to stop English football clubs joining a breakaway…

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Johnny Dumfries obituary

Racing driver who won the Le Mans 24 Hours race but had his path to Formula One success blocked by Ayrton SennaIt was Johnny Dumfries’s good fortune to be born into the Scottish aristocracy, as a descendant of Robert the Bruce and the heir to the marqu…

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Marcus Rashford vows to reach children who have never owned book

As he awaits publication of practical children’s guide in May, footballer and campaigner promotes readingThe footballer and anti-poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford has vowed to reach hundreds of thousands of children who have never owned a book, before…

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Cheltenham Festival is a faraway glimpse for diehard race-goers

Unlike last year, the stands are empty and the atmosphere ‘weird’ – but at least there’s racingAs the time of the first race approached, figures began to appear on the crags and outcrops of Cleeve Hill, high above Cheltenham racecourse.This year’s hors…

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Minister asks Gambling Commission to explain Football Index action

John Whittingdale holds talks with betting regulator over self-styled ‘stock market of football’Directors of Football Index, the self-styled “stock market of football” that suspended trading last week, hope to relaunch the company after an administrati…

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Forests will rise around Birmingham to make Commonwealth Games 2022 carbon neutral

Organisers say 2,022 acres in the West Midlands will be forested, with mini-forests in urban areasThousands of acres of forest will be created in and around Birmingham under plans to make the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the city carbon neutral.In an ann…

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‘A sadness about the town’: Cheltenham prepares for remote festival

Event will take place behind closed doors and the financial and psychological loss is keenly felt in the town Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage The blossom is blooming and the crocuses are out. There is heat in the sun when i…

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Emiliano Sala’s family launch legal action over footballer’s death

Family of footballer who died in plane crash two years ago launch action against Cardiff City and FC NantesThe family of the footballer Emiliano Sala have launched legal action against Cardiff City and his former club, FC Nantes, over his death in an a…

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Locals fight for youth activities at risk from Leeds budget cuts

A sailing centre may be one of many services to disappear as the council hunts for £87m of savingsFor many children from across Leeds, a visit to the Sailing and Activity Centre in the semi-rural town of Yeadon, on the edge of the city’s council area, …

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Scotland’s deputy first minister calls Rangers fans’ celebrations ‘shameful’

John Swinney: ‘Behaviour of some fans an absolute disgrace’Police Scotland made 28 arrests in Glasgow on Sunday The fallout from celebrations of Rangers’ Scottish title win has continued after the country’s deputy first minister took aim at “shameful” …

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Boris Johnson pledges £2.8m towards British and Irish bid for 2030 World Cup

‘We are very, very keen to bring football home in 2030’FA to take different approach after poor campaign for 2018The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has pledged £2.8m towards a potential joint bid from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Repu…

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The horrific abuse of sports stars exposes social media’s mob rule | Simon Jenkins

Sonja McLaughlan is just the latest innocent victim. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter must do more to stop the hateAfter covering last Saturday’s Wales-England rugby match, the BBC’s reporter Sonja McLaughlan found herself sitting in her car in t…

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British athlete Sarah McDonald reveals assault while training

Runner says man on moped ‘grabbed her bum’ on canal towpath in BirminghamAn athlete who competes for Great Britain has spoken of her shock after she was assaulted on a canal towpath in Birmingham while training for the Olympics.Sarah McDonald, a middle…

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No spectators at sporting venues in England until 17 May at earliest

Part of government’s ‘road map’ for easing Covid restrictions10,000 fans could watch final round of Premier League gamesSpectators will not be able to return to sporting venues in England until 17 May at the earliest, the government has announced. The …

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‘I ate 40kg of chocolate’: Yorkshire teacher, 21, on rowing solo across the Atlantic

Jasmine Harrison, the youngest woman to make the 3,000-mile journey alone, relished the freedom of doing it all by herselfIt was always during the night when things went wrong for Jasmine Harrison, the youngest woman to row solo across the Atlantic Oce…

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‘I ate 40kg of chocolate’: Yorkshire teacher, 21, on rowing solo across the Atlantic

Jasmine Harrison, the youngest woman to make the 3,000-mile journey alone, relished the freedom of doing it all by herselfIt was always during the night when things went wrong for Jasmine Harrison, the youngest woman to row solo across the Atlantic Oce…

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End outside sport ban, top scientist urges Johnson as all adults set for jab by July

Outdoor sports for children should be allowed now as prime minister sets new vaccination targetData on the number of Covid-19 cases is now so encouraging that outdoor sports for children and small numbers of adults should be allowed immediately as part…

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Meet Kyril Louis-Dreyfus, 23 – English football’s youngest chairman

Heir to Swiss commodity trading empire takes helm at Sunderland pledging to match the fans’ passionMeet Kyril Louis-Dreyfus. The 23-year-old heir to a Swiss commodities fortune has bought a majority stake in Sunderland AFC and installed himself as the …