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Footballer dies after assault in Nottinghamshire

Jordan Sinnott was discovered with a suspected fractured skull and died on SaturdayA non-league footballer has died in hospital after being assaulted.Jordan Sinnott, who played for Matlock Town, was found unconscious with a suspected fractured skull fo…

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‘It’s a hard and challenging sport’: inside the world of competitive cheerleading

A new Netflix series comes amid an explosion of interest in the activity in the UKLizzie Williams describes watching Netflix’s new cheerleading documentary, Cheer, as surreal. It was the first time the 26-year-old British cheerleader had seen an accura…

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Emiliano Sala’s family urge faster progress in crash investigation

Footballer newly signed for Cardiff City died in a plane crash off Guernsey a year agoThe family of the footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash a year ago, have claimed his death was preventable and called for air investigators to speed up …

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Village Manchester FC decries rise in ‘toxic’ homophobic chanting

Calls for harder punishments after latest alleged incident in Millwall-Reading matchA Manchester football club that has faced “appalling” alleged homophobic abuse has urged the FA to radically overhaul its disciplinary processes after further reports o…

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Futsal: the thinking player’s game that doesn’t hurt the head

With a smaller, heavier ball, the game is played on the ground, which means less worry about head injuriesGone are the days when primary-school children were condemned to wincing, eyes shut tightly in fear, as a heavy leather football smashed against t…

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Can heading a football lead to dementia? The evidence is growing

Concussion can have lifelong consequences and children are particularly at riskThe death in 2002 of the former England and West Bromwich Albion striker Jeff Astle from degenerative brain disease placed the spotlight firmly on the possibility of a link …

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Children in Scotland could be banned from heading footballs over dementia link

Scottish Football Association finalising proposalsChildren under 12 could be banned from heading in trainingShare your experiencesChildren under the age of 12 could be banned from heading the ball in training in Scotland because of links between footba…

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Prince Harry to make Rugby League World Cup draw as planned

Duke of Sussex to conduct proceedings at Buckingham Palace in role as sport’s patronPrince Harry’s first public engagement since announcing that he and Meghan are to step back from their royal duties is to go ahead as planned on Thursday, when he condu…

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Anger over use of facial recognition at south Wales football derby

Protest held before Cardiff v Swansea as fans say technology is taking away their rightsFootball supporters and civil rights activists have expressed anger and concern over the use of facial recognition technology for a derby match in south Wales.Two s…

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Facial recognition at South Wales derby ‘a step too far’, says police chief

North Wales police and crime commissioner criticises plans for Cardiff and Swansea clashOne of the most senior policing figures in Wales has warned that the use of facial recognition technology at the country’s biggest football derby this weekend could…

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England’s cricketers and exceptional women in sport honoured

Ben Stokes recognised with an OBE while England midfielder Jill Scott receives an MBE The victorious England World Cup cricket team and the exceptional contribution of a number of women in sport were recognised in the honours.A number of the squad who …

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Not dropping the mic: after 51 years, Brentford FC’s MC to keep going at new ground

Championship side says it would be unthinkable to relocate without Peter Gilham, ‘Mr Brentford’ to fansThe Championship side Brentford FC are bucking the trend of ageism that is shunting older, experienced professionals into forced retirement across th…

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Chelsea supporter arrested for racially abusing Tottenham’s Son Heung-min

• Incident was reported to police by fellow Chelsea fan• Spurs investigating abuse of Antonio RüdigerEnglish football’s racism crisis took a new twist after it emerged that a Chelsea supporter was arrested for racially abusing Tottenham Hotspur’s Son H…

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PFA calls for UK government inquiry into racism in football

Professional Footballers’ Association urges governing bodies to unite to end abuseThe Professional Footballers’ Association has called for a government inquiry into racism in football as campaigners demand more comprehensive sanctions following an alle…

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Gary Neville says football’s racism problem extends to UK politics – video

After allegations of racist chants marred Chelsea’s 2-0 away win over Tottenham Hotspur, former England player Gary Neville has called on the Premier League to ‘stand up’ to football’s racism problem. Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said raci…

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Chelsea’s Premier League win over Tottenham marred by racist abuse

• Message repeatedly read out over PA at Tottenham Stadium • Chelsea reported abuse aimed at Antonio Rüdiger to refereeChelsea’s 2-0 away win over Tottenham was marred by alleged racist abuse from the stands. Stadium announcements were made to supporte…

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First woman to beat a man at PDC world darts overwhelmed by response

Billie Jean King leads wave of tributes to Fallon Sherrock after ‘gamechanging’ victoriesFallon Sherrock has said she is overwhelmed by the “incredible” response to her historic victories at the PDC World Darts Championship, as Billie Jean King led a w…

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First woman to beat a man at PDC world darts overwhelmed by response

Billie Jean King leads wave of tributes to Fallon Sherrock after ‘gamechanging’ victoriesFallon Sherrock has said she is overwhelmed by the “incredible” response to her historic victories at the PDC World Darts Championship, as Billie Jean King led a w…

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Fans don fancy dress to cheer on world darts championships – in pictures

The William Hill world darts championships at Alexandra Palace in London takes place from 13 December until 1 January 2020 and its hundreds of costumed fans make it a Christmas spectacle Continue reading…

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Ex-Liverpool player takes back fantasy football top spot

Nick Tanner regained the position from Norwegian chess grandmaster Magnus CarlsenAn ex-professional footballer who is currently topping the fantasy football world rankings says he is not daunted by his rival for the title – the world chess champion, Ma…