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From Muhammad Ali to Colin Kaepernick, the proud history of black protest in sport

NFL players kneeling in the US and Premier League stars speaking out in the UK is nothing new: sportsmen and women have always been at the forefront of the fight for civil rightsWe may never know why Jake Hepple, a now unemployed welder from Burnley, t…

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Former England boxer Kelvin Bilal Fawaz wins 16-year battle to stay in UK

Exclusive: Fawaz, who was trafficked to the UK from Nigeria as a child, won his Home Office appeal last weekThe former England boxer Kelvin Bilal Fawaz has won his 16-year legal battle to live and work in the UK after the Home Office granted him leave …

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Paralympic rowing star Angela Madsen dies during solo crossing of Pacific

60-year-old was crossing from California to HawaiiMadsen was also a campaigner for disability and LBGT rightsAngela Madsen, whose remarkable life took in a spell in the Marines, a string of gold medals and record setting rowing journeys, has died while…

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2020 New York City Marathon cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

World’s largest marathon had been scheduled for 1 NovemberMayor Bill de Blasio says he hopes to welcome race back in 2021The New York City Marathon, which had been scheduled for 1 November, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.New York…

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‘Racism is not what Burnley is about’: how locals reacted to ‘White Lives Matter’ stunt

Lancashire town has worked hard to bring communities together since race riots of 2001Wajid Khan was half-watching his beloved Burnley football club when he received a WhatsApp message from a friend. It showed a banner reading, “White Lives Matter Burn…

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Women’s World Cup: winning bid to hold contest would bring $500m boost to Australia and New Zealand

Joint bid for 2023 tournament to be decided this week and would offer chance of soft diplomacyAustralia and New Zealand’s push to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup could result in diplomatic gains with China and other Asian countries, and long-term trade…

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Dutch football captains lead boycott of TV show over racist remarks

Virgil van Dijk and Sari van Veenendaal hit out at pundit and say ‘enough is enough’The captains of the Dutch men’s, women’s and youth national football teams are boycotting a leading sports TV programme over the racist comments of a longstanding pundi…

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Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup bid boosted after Japan ‘withdraws’

Japanese media reports country has decided against hosting 2023 competition, leaving only Colombia and joint Australia-NZ bid in the runningAustralia and New Zealand’s joint bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup has taken a significant step forward af…

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Joy v danger: Italian fans divided as football returns to Bergamo

Some supporters in province at centre of epidemic welcome return to normality but others fear it is too soonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMauro Ausilio was among 40,000 Atalanta fans, most of whom had travelled 30 miles fr…

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NBA’s Enes Kanter says father acquitted of terrorism charges

Indictments of Dr Mehmet Kanter were reportedly dropped by a Turkish court on Thursday The father of the NBA player Enes Kanter, an outspoken critic of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, has been acquitted of terrorism charges, the basketball…

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Napoli fans flood streets in ‘reckless’ Coppa Italia celebrations – video

The World Health Organization has condemned as ‘reckless’ celebrations on the streets of Naples after Napoli’s 4-2 penalty win over Juventus in the Coppa Italia. Large crowds of fans congregated in the city, ignoring social distancing rules in place to…

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Pilot in Kobe Bryant crash thought he was climbing rather than descending

Documents say Ara Zobayan was trying to climb out of cloudsCrash killed NBA legend, his daughter and seven othersThe pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, reported he was climbing when he was…

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French Olympic hopeful climber Luce Douady, 16, dies after cliff fall

Douady seen as one of the sport’s brightest young talents French climbing federation expresses ‘immense sadness’ Teenage French climbing prodigy Luce Douady was killed on Sunday when she fell on a footpath in a climbing area in the French Alps, the Fre…

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Shoulder to shoulder, New Zealand rugby fans cheer the return of crowds to live sport

In the week Jacinda Ardern declared the country coronavirus-free, going to the game was the icing on the cake “This is what we’ve been waiting for! This is what we’ve been waiting for!” yells a young rugby fan as he plunges his shoulder into the stampe…

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Shoulder to shoulder, New Zealand rugby fans cheer the return of crowds to live sport

In the week Jacinda Ardern declared the country coronavirus-free, going to the game was the icing on the cake “This is what we’ve been waiting for! This is what we’ve been waiting for!” yells a young rugby fan as he plunges his shoulder into the stampe…

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Shoulder to shoulder, New Zealand rugby fans cheer the return of crowds to live sport

In the week Jacinda Ardern declared the country coronavirus-free, going to the game was the icing on the cake “This is what we’ve been waiting for! This is what we’ve been waiting for!” yells a young rugby fan as he plunges his shoulder into the stampe…

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Irish government contacts UAE over crime boss role in Fury-Joshua bout

Daniel Kinahan praised by Fury over title fight ‘Big shout out to Dan. He got this done,’ says FuryThe Irish government has contacted the United Arab Emirates over the involvement of an Irish crime boss in a proposed boxing match between Tyson Fury and…

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Irish government contacts UAE over crime boss role in Fury-Joshua bout

Daniel Kinahan praised by Fury over title fight ‘Big shout out to Dan. He got this done,’ says FuryThe Irish government has contacted the United Arab Emirates over the involvement of an Irish crime boss in a proposed boxing match between Tyson Fury and…

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‘The atmosphere was brilliant:’ fans fail to keep their distance in Hungary

Having been starved of football for months, excitement got the better of the limited number of fans at the Hungarian cup finalWith chanting, drums and some very loosely enforced social distancing regulations, the Hungarian cup final on Wednesday evenin…

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Valencia criticise Atalanta coach who attended match with Covid-19

Gian Piero Gasperini admits he had symptoms prior to Champions League match in Spain Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Spanish football club Valencia have criticised the coach of Italian team Atalanta for “putting the…