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UK Sport urged to change funding model for Olympic and Paralympic Games

• Dozen disenfranchised sports call for less emphasis on medals• Badminton England and Wheelchair Rugby among the 12The governing bodies of 12 British sports have demanded an end to a funding policy that puts Olympic medals above all else.Describing th…

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Goodwood police welcome in racing’s battle against brawls – Talking Horses

Recent fighting has forced the racecourse to have police officers present every raceday for the remainder of the seasonAs Goodwood starts a three-day meeting, it’s encouraging to read that security has already been tightened up significantly since the …

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UK Sport’s report suggests penny is dropping that kindness costs little | Sean Ingle

The health check was a long time in coming but a trend towards a softer approach to coaching, as seen in hockey, bodes promisingly for sport’s wellbeing“The truth will be uncovered,” promised Dame Katherine Grainger as she revealed UK Sport’s first cul…

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UK Sport’s report suggests penny is dropping that kindness costs little | Sean Ingle

The health check was a long time in coming but a trend towards a softer approach to coaching, as seen in hockey, bodes promisingly for sport’s wellbeing“The truth will be uncovered,” promised Dame Katherine Grainger as she revealed UK Sport’s first cul…

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Whistleblowers’ fears revealed in landmark UK Sport report

‘Culture health check’ shows widespread pride but reports almost a third of Olympic athletes fear reprisals for speaking outThe optimistic tone of the UK Sport hierarchy as they presented the results of what they called a “culture health check” has rar…

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Ronaldo heroics establish Zidane’s team among Real Madrid greats

The 3-0 away victory against Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final included a masterclass from Isco as the holders underlined their superiorityOf all the masterpieces that Zinedine Zidane created during his playing career, t…

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Team GB pitch for more funding to join elite of Winter Olympics

• No reason we shouldn’t be top-15 nation, says BOA chief executive• Athletes arrive back at Heathrow after record-breaking GamesGreat Britain’s Olympic chiefs have launched an impassioned defence of their £28m winter sport funding and are undeterred i…

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018: ‘the Games of new horizons’? | Sean Ingle

Russian scandal couldn’t overshadow spectacular sport and thawing relations between North and South KoreaMoments before the XXIII Winter Games ended amid a furious barrage of K-pop and firecrackers, the president of the International Olympic Committee,…

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Team GB to target top-15 finish in Beijing after record medal haul

• UK wins five medals in Pyeongchang after Billy Morgan’s bronze• BOA’s Mike Hay: we need a couple of golds to break into top 15Britain’s Olympic chiefs are targeting a top-15 finish in the Winter Olympics in four years as they seek to build on their r…

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Team GB to target top-15 finish in Beijing after record medal haul

• UK wins five medals in Pyeongchang after Billy Morgan’s bronze• BOA’s Mike Hay: we need a couple of golds to break into top 15Britain’s Olympic chiefs are targeting a top-15 finish in the Winter Olympics in four years as they seek to build on their r…

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Team GB curlers beaten by Sweden in Pyeongchang – video

* Available to UK viewers only. Team GB’s curlers were beaten 10-5 by Sweden in the semi-finals but can still salvage a bronze medal in Pyeongchang on Saturday. An error by Eve Muirhead in the seventh end allowed Anna Hasselborg to steer Sweden ad…

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Gambling Commission clampdown is welcome but punters need backing | Greg Wood

A £6.2m fine for William Hill shows admirable determination to enforce the commission’s objectives, but more should be done for those unfairly restricted by bookiesThere was further evidence this morning that the Gambling Commission takes at least some…

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Drunken behaviour spoils genteel sport of crown green bowling

Shropshire bowls association bans alcohol after spectators behave like ‘football hooligans’The genteel sport of crown green bowling is being threatened by increasing incidents of hooliganism, prompting one county to impose a ban on alcohol-related trou…

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Britain is the loser if UK Sport’s medals-first dogma prevails | Sean Ingle

Liz Nicholl’s ‘no compromise’ policy has served a purpose but what good is a win in Pyeongchang if it has no impact at home?It is a question that could soon sound as familiar as a BBC commentator getting overexcited about a potential curling medal. “Wh…

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Badminton and archery get Olympic funding reprieve for Tokyo 2020

• Athletes in badminton, archery, climbing and karate get funding• UK Sport has increased Olympic medal target for 2020 as a resultBadminton is one of four sports to benefit from increased National Lottery funding targeting potential medal-winning athl…

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British para-snowboarder accuses governing body of disability and sex discrimination

• Cassie Cava had funding cut while in psychiatric hospital• ‘I was pushed to suicidal feelings and given no support’An independent investigation has been launched after a British para-snowboarding athlete, who had her UK Sport funding cut while she wa…

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‘I’m obsessed’: Yeovil manager Darren Way’s big plans for Manchester United | Ben Fisher

After a near-fatal car crash ended his playing career, Darren Way threw himself into management with Sir Alex Ferguson’s backing, and will now test himself against José MourinhoIt is 10.30am on Thursday morning and three hours after laying out the cone…

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At least Scotland’s women know how to play football | Kevin McKenna

The SFA has a medieval attitude towards women’s football while failing to deliver in men’s tournaments. With real support, female players can shake up the sportIn Scotland, the failure of our international squad to qualify for major football tournament…

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Mark Hughes defends decision to field weakened Stoke team in rout by Chelsea

• Pressure increases on manager after 5-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge• But Hughes insists gamble will pay off if they beat Newcastle on MondayMark Hughes has admitted his decision to field a weakened team against Chelsea, who coasted to a 5-0 win at Stam…

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Police investigating racially aggravated assault on Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling

• Forward allegedly kicked and racially abused before victory over Tottenham• Greater Manchester police say they are treating incident as a ‘hate crime’Greater Manchester police are investigating an incident of alleged racially aggravated assault on Ma…