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Jess Varnish loses employment tribunal against British Cycling and UK Sport

• Varnish had hoped to sue governing body• 28-year-old to consider her optionsFormer Great Britain track cyclist Jess Varnish has lost her landmark employment case against British Cycling and UK Sport which had threatened to overhaul the way Olympic at…

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Pep Guardiola on Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Wolverhampton – video

Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City beat 10-man Wolves 3-0 on Monday to cut Liverpool’s title advantage to four points. Pep Guardiola said despite the win, his team’s movement in the final third could have been better after the…

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Danielle van de Donk hits double as Arsenal survive West Ham scare in WSL

After falling behind at Rush Green, two goals from Danielle Van de Donk and a debut goal from Janni Arnth helped Arsenal make up for their defensive fragility to earn a testing 4-2 win over West Ham. Related: West Ham v Arsenal: Women’s Super League – …

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Olympian Jess Varnish accuses British Cycling of ‘extreme control’

Employment tribunal hears athlete allege she was punished for minor transgressionsThe Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish has accused British Cycling of exercising “extreme control” over her and other athletes in her long-running legal attempt to sue the orga…

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Olympian Jess Varnish accuses British Cycling of ‘extreme control’

Employment tribunal hears athlete allege she was punished for minor transgressionsThe Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish has accused British Cycling of exercising “extreme control” over her and other athletes in her long-running legal attempt to sue the orga…

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Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Mark Allen to secure seventh UK snooker crown

• Win comes 25 years after he first won the UK Championship• O’Sullivan equals Stephen Hendry’s haul of triple crown titlesRonnie O’Sullivan claimed a record-breaking seventh UK Championship title with a 10-6 victory over Mark Allen at the York Barbica…

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Surfing and skateboarding receive huge Olympic boost from UK Sport

• Softball and goalball are others to gain from ‘aspirational fund’• Mims Davies lauds chance for athletes to shine at Tokyo 2020Britain’s surfers, skateboarders and softball players are to receive official funding for the first time to help them quali…

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Tributes flow for UK Sport’s ‘incredible’ departing CEO Liz Nicholl

• Nicholl to step down after spearheading huge success• Katherine Grainger praises ‘tireless work, humour, resilience’For the past eight years Liz Nicholl has been one of the most powerful figures in British sport, the high priestess of UK Sport’s cont…

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‘Make Us Dream’: Steven Gerrard’s highs and lows at Liverpool and beyond – video trailer

Steven Gerrard, the only footballer ever to score in an FA Cup, Champions League, League Cup and Uefa Cup final, has been reflecting on his triumphs and struggles since joining Liverpool’s academy at the age of eight.In ‘Make Us Dream’, the Rangers man…

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Government releases funding to help more athletes qualify for Tokyo 2020

• ‘Aspiration fund’ totalling £3m set up by the government • Paralympic sports such as wheelchair rugby also eligibleOlympic sports such as badminton, basketball and surfing, which do not receive elite funding by UK Sport, will be able to apply for up …

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Real Madrid to sue over claims club forced Ronaldo to settle in rape case

• Spanish club claim to have ‘no knowledge’ of newspaper claims• Correio da Manhã stands by story published on WednesdayReal Madrid say they have taken legal action against a Portuguese newspaper that reported the Spanish club forced Cristiano Ronaldo …

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Barcelona held by Valencia as Mbappé scores four in 13 minutes for PSG

• Barça drop to second in La Liga following 1-1 draw• France striker helps PSG beat Lyon 5-0Barcelona missed the chance to return to the top of La Liga after being held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia, while Kylian Mbappé scored four times in the second half…

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UK Sport targets 2030 World Cup in ambitious bid to host array of events

• New plan to bring up to 60 major sports events to UK• Ryder Cup and cycling grand tours also on wish listUK Sport says hosting the 2030 football World Cup in Britain would be the “crowning achievement” of audacious new plans to hold between 40 and 60…

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Son Heung-min’s hopes of military reprieve rise as South Korea reach final

• South Korea beat Vietnam in Asian Games semi-final• Victory in final would exempt Spurs winger from military dutySon Heung-min’s chances of avoiding compulsory military service increased after South Korea beat Vietnam to advance to the final of the A…

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Paul Pogba penalty gives Manchester United dream start against Leicester

Was that, very briefly, a smile on José Mourinho’s face? Blink, and you might have missed it, but at least Manchester United have begun the new season with a victory and after all the sullenness of pre-season, the complaints about the club’s transfer b…

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Talking Horses: John Gosden’s record points to Beatboxer calling tune

Trainer’s 26% success rate this season means Beatboxer is the nap of the day in the 6.15 at HaydockNot too many trainers will admit they watch their own strike rates but racegoers and punters alike put great store by them and John Gosden has among the …

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Joe Hart completes £3.5m Burnley move from Manchester City

• Goalkeeper ends 12-year stay with Manchester City• Burnley now have three England ‘keepers in squadBurnley have signed goalkeeper Joe Hart on a two-year deal from Manchester City for a fee in the region of £3.5m.The Clarets confirmed the transfer on …

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UK Sport’s ‘no compromise’ policy finally comes up for debate | Sean Ingle

Ed Warner’s call for change in the ‘bloated’ and ‘flawed’ Olympic sport funding system puts the focus on medals in the spotlightThe battle for UK Sport’s soul has raged for years but it has been a one-sided skirmish. The policy of “no compromise” …

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Carl Ikeme: ‘People are diagnosed with terminal cancer … I was grateful I was given a chance’

The Wolves goalkeeper is in full remission after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia 13 months ago and says he feels grateful to savour simple pleasures againThe first week of pre-season training at Wolverhampton Wanderers was over and Carl Ikeme had …

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West Ham aim to beat Chelsea to signing of Brazil winger Bernard

• Bernard is free agent after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk• Winger has won 14 caps for BrazilWest Ham have revived their interest in Bernard after learning the Brazil winger could be persuaded to lower his wage demands.Manuel Pellegrini targeted the 25-yea…