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Is Roman Abramovich’s rule at Chelsea nearing its end?

Russian oligarch has become a sporadic visitor to the club into which he has poured more than £1bn since 2003Roman Abramovich’s absence as Chelsea defeated Manchester United to claim the FA Cup, and the 15th major trophy of his ownership, is now explai…

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Roman Abramovich thought to be caught up in UK visa crackdown

No 10 confirms it is looking at investor visas, as Russia attacks ‘unfair’ practicesThe Chelsea football club owner, Roman Abramovich, appears to have been caught up in a government crackdown on wealthy investors coming to the UK after the Salisbury po…

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is without a UK visa

Russian billionaire’s visa ran out weeks ago and it is unclear whether he will get a new oneBritish authorities have not issued a new visa to the Russian oligarch and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and it is not clear whether one will be …

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Sierra Leonean athlete can stay in UK after three-year legal fight

Jimmy Thoronka, who was found sleeping rough a year after competing at Commonwealth Games, granted leave to remainA Sierra Leonean sprinter who absconded from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and was found sleeping rough on the streets of Lond…

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Mo Salah scores again as boots enter British Museum collection

Donation of record-breaking Liverpool player’s mint green footwear part of Egypt projectA pair of Mohamed Salah’s mint green football boots are to enter the collection of the British Museum, to be displayed next to ancient Egyptian sandals in a gallery…

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Özil and Gündoğan’s Erdoğan picture causes anger in Germany

Premier League footballers met Turkish president during his UK state visitTwo German footballers of Turkish heritage posing for photographs with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, have reignited a debate over dual citizenship and national ide…

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‘World’s oldest basketball court’: Canadian town fights for its place in history

The court in St Stephen, New Brunswick, was first played on in 1893. Now residents wants its importance recognizedOn a December day in 1893, a team of players descended into a musty Paris basement, weaving carefully around the court’s iron pillars to l…

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Israeli football club renames itself Beitar Trump Jerusalem after ‘courageous’ president

Six-time Premier League champion have ‘greatest love’ for TrumpMove made after president moves US embassy to JerusalemAs Jerusalem prepares for the inauguration of its new US embassy on Monday, the city’s best football team has announced it is renaming…

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Johan Cruyff’s leftwing legacy lives on as rich are barred from renting childhood home

Footballer’s flat in Amsterdam available as social housing for low earners only despite calls to turn property into a museumUntil he was 12, Johan Cruyff lived on the corner of Tuinbouwstraat and Akkerstraat in the working-class Betondorp district of A…

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Vladimir Putin’s ice hockey slump continues in five-goal performance

Russian president downward goalscoring trend continues Putin’s Legends of Hockey team wins 12-7 in exhibition gameIt appears rumours of Vladimir Putin’s invincibility may have been exaggerated as the Russian president only managed to score five of his …

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North American bid denies underhand tactics in 2026 World Cup campaign

US-governed territories have votes on 2026 tournamentLilian Thuram attacks Donald Trump’s ‘power game’The North American bid team for the 2026 World Cup has defended the right of four US-governed territories to vote for the host of the tournament after…

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Leeds feel the heat in Myanmar, but are made to feel welcome

Championship club’s two-match tour has not been well received, but a few fans have made the 5,600-mile tripWe’re just here for the football,” the Leeds United manager said after the first game of their short but controversial close-season tour of Myanm…

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Leeds feel the heat in Myanmar, but are made to feel welcome

Championship club’s two-match tour has not been well received, but a few fans have made the 5,600-mile tripWe’re just here for the football,” the Leeds United manager said after the first game of their short but controversial close-season tour of Myanm…

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The Canadian soccer star spurned by a men’s league: ‘It’s my gender – that’s it’

Stephanie Labbé, an Olympic medallist, qualified for a men’s team before the league rejected her – but she hasn’t given up the fightFor a brief moment, it seemed as though Stephanie Labbé had shattered through the glass ceiling of professional soccer i…

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Hey England fans, everything’ll be fine in Russia. Probably | John Crace

Supporters’ chief tells MPs he can’t promise all will be OK. But can’t everyone just chill a bit?How things change. Time was when the name “England football supporter” meant something. Someone who could get completely drunk in a foreign city centre by …

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‘This is on the NFL’: cheerleaders urge league to halt ‘blatant discrimination’

Fresh allegations follow continued claims of low pay, long hours and sexual harassment. Will commissioner Roger Goodell listen?Bailey Davis, one of two National Football League cheerleaders to file gender discrimination claims against the league, says …

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Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, an Egyptian hero for the 21st century

In Nagrig, the footballer’s birthplace, his generosity and rise to fame are inspiring a generation of new sports starsThe village where Mohamed Salah grew up is a cluster of red-brick houses threaded together by dusty unpaved streets and surrounded by …

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Victoria Pendleton abandons Everest climb on health grounds

Former Olympic cyclist advised to cut short expedition due to effects of oxygen deprivationThe Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton has abandoned an attempt to climb Mount Everest after suffering from the effects of oxygen deprivation.The cyclist-…

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Farage’s Belgium jibe met with World Cup warning for England

Former PM Guy Verhofstadt hits back after ex-Ukip leader says Belgium is not a nationPolitics and sport is rarely a comfortable mix. And that was the case for Nigel Farage after he belittled Belgium’s claim to be a nation state during a debate with the…

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‘Mo Salah brings pride to all Arabs’ – Egypt joy as Liverpool reach final

The Liverpool forward has reached demi-god status in his home country and even Egyptian Real Madrid fans want him to win the Champions League final against the Spanish sideIn a coffee-house down a Cairo sidestreet, the Roma v Liverpool game almost star…