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Ultrarunner Jasmin Paris on her gruelling 83-hour win: ‘I just had one job to do’

The winner of the brutal Montane Spine Race on how hiking with her baby helped her to smash the men’s record – despite having to express milk along the wayIt is Britain’s most brutal running race – 268 miles non-stop along the Pennine Way, from Edale i…

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Hillsborough trial: police chief unfairly singled out, court told

David Duckenfield’s defence lawyer tells jury other factors contributed to disasterThe manslaughter prosecution against David Duckenfield, the former South Yorkshire police officer in command at Hillsborough when 96 people were killed in a crush, is “u…

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Chelsea launches #WeRemember campaign to raise Holocaust awareness

Campaign running ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day as club faces action over alleged racist chantsThe Chelsea football club owner, Roman Abramovich, and leading players have launched a video and social media campaign to raise awareness of the Holocaust, …

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Hillsborough police chief guilty of ‘extraordinarily bad’ failures, court told

Prosecution says David Duckenfield breached duty of care to spectatorsThe South Yorkshire police officer in charge of the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough in 1989 was responsible for “extraordinarily bad” failures that were “a substantial cause” of 96…

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Hillsborough police chief goes on trial for manslaughter

David Duckenfield faces criminal charge 30 years after 96 died at FA Cup semi-finalAlmost 30 years since 96 men, women and children were killed at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough footb…

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Pain, regrets and post-tennis plans: Andy Murray on his hardest decision

In his first major interview since his tearful announcement of imminent retirement, Britain’s tennis great talks of his first-round tie in Melbourne – and how he’ll cope afterwardsAndy Murray has been guarding a chronic hip condition for several years,…

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Neil Warnock on Brexit: ‘I can’t wait to leave. To hell with the rest of the world’

• Cardiff manager attacks government’s handling of Brexit talks• ‘I can’t wait to get out. We’re better off out of the bloody thing’Neil Warnock has used a post-match press conference to attack the government’s handling of Brexit negotiations – insisti…

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The Guardian view on Andy Murray: great Scot, great guy, great backhand | Editorial

The former Wimbledon men’s singles champion is a man who reshaped the game, on and off courtAndy Murray, who has signalled his retirement from tennis, is a sports revolutionary. His claim in history was to be Britain’s first Wimbledon men’s singles cha…

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Pair out of England Lions tour over Alex Hepburn trial revelations

• Joe Clarke and Tom Kohler-Cadmore dropped from India party• ECB responds after details emerged about Whatsapp groupJoe Clarke and Tom Kohler-Cadmore, two promising young batsmen, have been stood down from the England Lions tour to India that departs …

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Alex Hepburn trial jury fails to reach verdicts

Ex-Worcestershire cricketer denies two counts of rape against woman in April 2017The jury in the trial of the cricketer Alex Hepburn has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts on two counts of rape.Jurors deliberated for more than nine hours b…

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Paul Gascoigne pleads not guilty to train sex assault

Former England footballer will say he has a propensity to kiss people ‘in a non-sexual manner’Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne will defend himself against a sex assault charge by saying he has a propensity to kiss people “in a non-sexual manner…

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Kit Carson, ex-football coach accused of abuse, dies in traffic collision

Seventy-five-year-old due to stand trial accused of sexual abuse of 11 boys over 30 yearsA youth football coach and scout credited with helping launch the careers of several professional players has died in a car crash on the first day of his trial for…

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Worcestershire cricketer raped sleeping woman, court hears

Alex Hepburn is alleged to have attacked woman after helping set up WhatsApp sex conquest ‘game’A professional cricketer raped a sleeping woman after helping to set up a sexual conquest “game” with friends on WhatsApp, a court has heard.Alex Hepburn, a…

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Vlogger, 14, traumatised by ‘aggressive’ Chelsea steward incident

Boy alleges he was ‘manhandled’ and ‘dragged’ away while filming outside football groundA 14-year-old boy has claimed he was “manhandled” and “dragged” away by a football steward as he filmed outside Chelsea’s ground.Max Hayes, 14, a YouTube vlogger, s…

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‘We’re careful we don’t sell dreams’: the football academy with a knack for spotting talent | Ed Aarons

South London’s Kinetic Academy has produced 33 professionals but its focus is on keeping young boys away from trouble and into an environment where they can thrive“When you’re 15 or 16 sometimes you’re not mature enough to make the right decisions – yo…

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Serena Guthrie’s stellar homecoming puts wind in sails of English netball

The sport’s ascent into the mainstream was confirmed by flair and fervour on show at Superleague’s showpiece eventWhen Serena Guthrie left Team Bath in 2015, relocating to the netball strongholds of New Zealand and Australia for the peak years of her c…

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Female footballers list is a massive win | Brief letters

Top 100 players | Low minimum wages for young people | Steve Bell, Peter Schrank and Keira Knightley | Sandwich puzzle | Placenames: Dorset’s River Jordan and Sodom in WalesAlmost a year ago, I wrote to you after your list of the 100 best footballers i…

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Ruth Strauss, wife of former cricketer Andrew, dies aged 46

Former England captain left cricket board role when wife was diagnosed with rare cancerRuth Strauss, the wife of the former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss, has died aged 46 after suffering from a rare form of lung cancer.“It is with great sadne…

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Alastair Cook leads list of sporting New Year honours with knighthood

Other awards for Bill Beaumont, Gareth Southgate and Geraint ThomasAlastair Cook has been hailed as an exemplary ambassador for cricket after the former England captain received a knighthood in the New Year honours list.Colin Graves, the chairman of th…

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London streets ‘too dirty’ for super-rich football giant Spurs

Club claims the area around its new ground must look better – but won’t pay for clean-upEngland’s top Premier League teams attract huge crowds and legions of devoted supporters around the globe. But closer to home they are facing charges of behaving wi…