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Vladimir Putin sympathises with Nurmagomedov over McGregor brawl

Russian president congratulates fighter over UFC 229 victoryLas Vegas fight ended with brawls breaking out in arenaVladimir Putin has congratulated Khabib Nurmagomedov on his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229, and sympathised with the fighter over…

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Ana Carrasco becomes first female rider to win motorbike world title

Spaniard wins World Supersport 300 by single pointCarrasco dedicates title to late friend Luis SalomAna Carrasco has made history after becoming the first female rider to win a motorbike world championship.The 21-year-old clinched the World Supersport …

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Ryder Cup: how golf is new focus of soft power diplomacy

With Donald Trump a keen player, tournament offers chance for Europe to show united frontAs the Ryder Cup tees off for the first time in France this weekend, at a vast course beyond the Palace of Versailles, golf is becoming a new focus of soft power d…

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Qatar World Cup workers still exploited, says Amnesty report

Charity says promised government reforms to ‘kafala’ system have not taken place Migrant workers building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup and other big projects in Qatar are still suffering exploitation and severe human rights violations despite …

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British ultra-endurance cyclist Mike Hall in ‘Hunger Games on wheels’ when killed

Inquest hears Hall was wearing dark clothing and bike was ‘virtually indistinguishable’ in the darkBritish ultra-endurance cyclist Mike Hall was in the midst of the “Hunger Games on wheels” when he died after being hit by a teenage driver near Canberra…

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Alexander Povetkin has Russian government behind him, warns Hearn

• Anthony Joshua’s promoter says fight is important for Russia• ‘This is a major, major thing if he could stick one on a Brit’Alexander Povetkin has the full weight of the Russian government behind him as he prepares to fight Anthony Joshua at Wembley …

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Three men convicted of acid attack on former boxer Michael Watson

Simon Luck, Paul Samuels and Anselm Legemah found guilty of conspiracy to rob and spraying corrosive fluidThree men have been convicted of launching acid attacks on road users, with the former boxer Michael Watson and his carer among their victims.Simo…

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The Serena cartoon debate: calling out racism is not ‘censorship’ | Gary Younge

The depiction of the tennis star in an Australian newspaper recycled centuries-old racial stereotypes. Publishing it showed an extraordinary lack of judgmentIf there is one thing more damning than the racist cartoon of Serena Williams published in Melb…

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Six years after the Port Said riot, Egypt’s fans return to the stadiums

Supporters are allowed to watch domestic games regularly for the first time since 2012 but they have to give details to the security services – and chanting could be monitoredWhen Egyptian spectators returned to the stands for a match between Zamalek F…

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Fascist fight clubs: how white nationalists use MMA as a recruiting tool

Far-right groups across Europe and North America are using mixed martial arts to swell their numbers, spread their ideology and fight their enemies“You will not replace us.”This was one of the slogans chanted during a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia…

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‘A new heroine’: Japan celebrates first grand slam winner amid Serena row

Shinzo Abe and Japanese news outlets have lauded Naomi Osaka’s victory at the US Open on SundayWhile the tennis world debated the merits of Serena Williams’ tirade against umpire Carlos Ramos during Saturday’s US Open final, Japan heaped praise on its …

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Is Colin Kaepernick’s Nike deal activism – or just capitalism? | Ben Carrington and Jules Boykoff

The first NFL player to take a knee may need to go further and take a stand against the injustices of capitalism itselfGil Scott-Heron famously noted that the revolution would not be right back after a message, would not go better with Coke, and certai…

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Colin Kaepernick seals Nike campaign … and backing from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Quarterback was one of first players to kneel during anthemTrump has slammed protests and no team has signed QBFormer Iran president says Kaepernick ‘is one of the best quarterbacks’Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who spark…

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Who will be king? Three-way battle for control rocks international chess

Accusations of corruption, lies and Russian meddling fly as the World Chess Federation’s presidential elections approachCandidates are feuding bitterly before a vote marred by accusations of vote-buying, “fake news” and Russian meddling. It may sound l…

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Who will be king? Three-way battle for control rocks international chess

Accusations of corruption, lies and Russian meddling fly as the World Chess Federation’s presidential elections approachCandidates are feuding bitterly before a vote marred by accusations of vote-buying, “fake news” and Russian meddling. It may sound l…

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‘No pasarán’: Spain laps up Clapton CFC’s anti-fascist football kit

London non-league club’s shirt salutes International Brigades who fought in Spanish civil warA London non-league football club’s away kit has become a surprise hit in Spain, because of the anti-fascist message embroidered into it. Clapton Community FC …

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Mohamed Salah blames Egypt’s FA for hampering World Cup preparations

Liverpool star says celebrities were among ‘many disturbances’ at team’s Chechen training baseThe Liverpool and Egypt footballer Mohamed Salah has accused the Egyptian Football Association of hampering the country’s World Cup preparations in Russia ear…

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Genoa fans stay silent to honour victims of bridge collapse

Fans watched match against Empoli for 43 minutes in near-silence to honour victimsFans of Italian football club Genoa watched the first 43 minutes of their team’s Serie A match at home to Empoli in near-silence on Sunday to honour the victims of the mo…

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Chelsea deny reports Roman Abramovich is considering selling club

• Sunday Times claims Russian has begun strategic review• Club source says Abramovich has no plans to sellChelsea are insistent owner Roman Abramovich is not looking to sell the club. A report in the Sunday Times has claimed club directors acting for t…

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Chelsea deny reports Roman Abramovich is considering selling club

• Sunday Times claims Russian has begun strategic review• Club source says Abramovich has no plans to sellChelsea are insistent owner Roman Abramovich is not looking to sell the club. A report in the Sunday Times has claimed club directors acting for t…