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Turning up the heat: sport’s a struggle for all when the temperature rises | Paul MacInnes

My five-a-side is a nightmare but however awkward this season may be for the average punter, it ain’t nothing compared to what the professionals have to endureIt’s great weather for pétanque. Or fishing, provided you can find the water. With the planet…

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Thank you for the Mackem memories | Brief letters

Sunderland fans | Sharing ice-cream with dogs | The ‘threat’ of rain | Grey ‘Gordon Bennett’ | Gladioli in the dress circleFor part of my childhood in the 1950s we lived at Roker in Sunderland (J-force give Sunderland followers some respite, 12 July). …

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Worcester install more cooling stations as racing prepares to deal with heatwave

• Abandonment at course in 2009 was first in hot weather• BHA to highlight measures introduced for high temperaturesWorcester will have extra cooling stations available at Wednesday’s meeting when the course hosts the first afternoon jumps meeting sinc…

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London Marathon could be biggest ever despite heat worries

Organisers aim to break fundraising world record for 12th consecutive year as forecasters say race could be hottest everOrganisers of the London Marathon are hoping to break participation and fundraising records, despite predictions that Sunday’s race …

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Football League fixtures fall victim to snowy weather as freeze continues

Ipswich and Sheffield United make early postponementsSix League One games and most Scottish fixtures offTwelve of Saturday’s Football League fixtures have already been postponed as the freezing weather continues to bite. The non-league and Scottish pro…

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Billy Morgan snowboards in Essex after Winter Olympics bronze – video

Team GB’s Billy Morgan took to the streets of Essex after the ‘Beast from the East’ coated them in snow. The Olympian had not long returned from a successful trip to Pyeongchang, bringing home a bronze medal from the Games. Morgan performed tricks, spi…

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Billy Morgan snowboards in Essex after Winter Olympics bronze – video

Team GB’s Billy Morgan took to the streets of Essex after the ‘Beast from the East’ coated them in snow. The Olympian had not long returned from a successful trip to Pyeongchang, bringing home a bronze medal from the Games. Morgan performed tricks, spi…

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Mata may be a very good boy, but does he pay his taxes? | Brief letters

Freemasons in the police | Footballer of the Year | Drunk tanks | Storm DylanUrgent action is needed if the national spokesman for the Freemasons says they are a parallel organisation who “fit into” the police (Freemasons are blocking reform, says poli…

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Wimbledon attendance hits nine-year low as rain stops play

Crowds in opening week at All England Club failed to reach capacity on two consecutive days for first time in 12 years

Wimbledon attendance hit a nine-year low in its opening week as miserable weather deterred ticket holders from turning up.

The first four days of the tournament were attended by 155,845 tennis fans – the lowest turnout since 2007, when 148,986 attended.

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Loughborough football team photo with Barry Hines is a bit of football history | Letters

Barry Hines | Culture white paper | Lahore Pietà | Maskarade’s prize crossword | Storm Windy McWindface

Loughborough football alumni group has a photo that I love featuring not only Barry Hines, Bob Wilson and Dario Gradi but also Ted Powell (who helped shape the England U19 careers of the Nevilles, Butt, Scholes, Campbell etc), Keith Blunt (coached at Malmö), Alan Bradshaw (played at Crewe); the team was coached by Allen Wade and Charlie Hughes. Also, it was my father Dave Crane (pictured alongside Robbie Brightwell in another Loughborough photo), his roommate and fellow Yorkshireman, who gave him Animal Farm to read, and helped inspire Barry’s love of literature (Hines gave us a portrait of the forgotten game, 26 March).
Tim Crane
Lead member, Loughborough football alumni group

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After the flood, a small miracle on the pitch: Carlisle’s community spirit is reborn

Captain and players went to the aid of local people and that loyalty is now being repaid

When the devastation wrought by Storm Desmond as it rampaged through Cumbria last month began at last to ease, a communion also stirred among the rubble. It was the process of a much-loved football club deepening its bonds within its own community as it reached out to its stricken neighbours.

On Saturday, at Brunton Park, home of Carlisle United FC, people gathered to say thank you and to support their heroes in blue as they drew 1-1 with York City in their quest for promotion to the next level of the Football League. Some here had cheerfully billed this as “The Flood Derby”; York also having seen storm damage. It was Carlisle’s first game back at their home after it was almost wholly engulfed by the swollen waters of the river Eden early in December.

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Wimbledon 2015: feeling hot, hot, hot – in pictures!

With record-breaking temperatures across the UK, Guardian photographer Graeme Robertson checks out how the punters are dealing with the heat Continue reading…

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Wimbledon 2015: ball boy faints on tournament’s hottest ever day

Australian player Bernard Tomic criticises ‘heat rule’ as temperatures at All England Club soar to 35.7C

A ball boy was hospitalised and spectators and players struggled to cope with the hottest temperatures in Wimbledon history on Wednesday, as at least one senior player questioned why female competitors are allowed to take a break during very hot matches but male players are not.

Temperatures at the All England Club soared to 35.7C, more than the previous record of 34.6C set during the scorching summer of 1976.

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The 20 photographs of the week

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne and celebration and heartache in Ukraine – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week Continue reading…

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Sandown set to race but Wetherby call early inspection for Saturday

• Channel 4 televised meeting must pass 2pm Friday check
• Catterick forced to call off fixture owing to frozen track

Abandonments are an issue once more for horse racing around Britain as the cold weather takes a grip but the week’s feature race-meeting at Sandown on Saturday is expected to survive. The south London track has been under frost covers since Wednesday and no formal inspection is planned by its clerk, Andrew Cooper.

“I think we’ll be OK,” Cooper said on Friday morning. “We had a very brief flurry of snowflakes at 4pm yesterday but that didn’t settle, so the next hurdle is tonight’s frost, which isn’t looking too severe by any means.

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Sandown set to race but Wetherby must pass Saturday inspection

• Channel 4 televised meeting must pass 8am check
• Catterick forced to call off fixture owing to frozen track

Abandonments are an issue once more for horse racing around Britain as the cold weather takes a grip but the week’s feature race-meeting at Sandown on Saturday is expected to survive. The south London track has been under frost covers since Wednesday and no formal inspection is planned by its clerk, Andrew Cooper.

“I think we’ll be OK,” Cooper said on Friday morning. “We had a very brief flurry of snowflakes at 4pm yesterday but that didn’t settle, so the next hurdle is tonight’s frost, which isn’t looking too severe by any means.

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Catterick and Chepstow weather worries as big freeze threatens racing

• Both tracks must pass early-morning Friday inspections
• Frost covers going down at Sandown for Saturday card

The race meetings at Catterick and Chepstow on Friday must pass early-morning inspections with the weather set to take a turn for even worse across the country over the weekend.

The threat of overnight snow and frost has forced Catterick officials to call an inspection at 8am. Ten millimetres of rainfall during the last 24 hours has been compounded by a light covering of snow and sub-zero temperatures.

Related: Talking Horses: Thursday’s best bets and lastest racing news

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Windsurfers battle stormy seas off Cornwall – video

Ten of the world’s best windsurfers battle huge waves and 80mph winds off the coast of Cornwall for Red Bull’s Storm Chase competition

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The 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this weekJim Powell

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Surrey residents wakeboard along country lanes – video

Extreme sports enthusiasts take full advantage of the flooded country lanes in Surrey with a spot of wakeboarding