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The NFL’s Kaepernick settlement should just be the start of making amends | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Hopefully the league can now support the values of the US constitution rather than pandering to those who mistake parochialism for patriotismIn one of my favorite sports movies, Vision Quest, the varsity wrestling coach tells his students they can chal…

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Four people stabbed in football-related violence in Rome

A Briton, two Spaniards and an American were injured in fighting at bar in Italian capitalA Briton was among four people stabbed in football-related clashes in central Rome, according to Italian media reports.Fighting broke out shortly after 9pm on Wed…

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England’s Joe Root praised for response to alleged homophobia

Cricketer told West Indies’ Shannon Gabriel ‘there is nothing wrong with being gay’The England cricket captain Joe Root has been widely hailed for his response to alleged homophobic abuse after telling an opponent that “there is nothing wrong with bein…

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He’s free, but who’s to blame for Hakeem al-Araibi’s ordeal?

Campaigners examine whether the failings of Interpol, Australian police, the world’s footballing bodies and Thai authorities allowed the refugee athlete to fall into Bahrain’s webAs Hakeem al-Araibi settles back into his life in Melbourne after 76 days…

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Hakeem Al-Araibi: Thailand to free Bahraini footballer

Thai authorities drop extradition case against refugee, meaning he can return to Australia The Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi is set to return to Australia after Thai authorities withdrew an extradition case against him.The surprise decision on M…

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Revealed: Lynton Crosby’s £5.5m offer to undermine 2022 Qatar World Cup

Tory strategist’s pitch detailed how CTF Partners would spread negative stories and press Fifa to ‘restart bidding process’Sir Lynton Crosby offered to work on a campaign to cancel the 2022 Qatar World Cup and get it awarded to another country in retur…

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Rio declares three days of mourning after fire kills 10 teenage footballers

Flamengo president says it is ‘the worst tragedy to happen to the club in its 123 years’Rio de Janeiro has declared three days of mourning as investigators seek to determine the cause of the fire that killed 10 teenage footballers at the training centr…

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Emiliano Sala: missing pilot’s family raise funds for search

David Ibbotson, who was flying light aircraft that crashed in Channel, has not been foundThe family of the missing pilot of the plane carrying the footballer Emiliano Sala have set up a fundraising page for donations to help restart a search for him.Sa…

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Emiliano Sala’s family says search for missing pilot must continue

David Ibbotson, who flew footballer in plane that crashed into sea, has not been foundThe family of the footballer Emiliano Sala has called for the authorities to continue to search for missing pilot David Ibbotson as the world of football came to term…

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Ski president sorry for praising dictators and attacking ‘so-called’ climate change

Gian Franco Kasper said dictators make good event hosts75-year-old once said women shouldn’t ski jumpThe president of the International Ski Federation has apologised after an interview in which he questioned climate change and said he preferred countri…

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Into the blue: free-diving in Antarctica – in pictures

?ahika Ercümen, a world record-holding free-diver from Turkey, is diving in Antarctica as part of a scientific research mission. Photographer Özge Elif K?z?l is travelling with her to document the trip Continue reading…

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Male golfers happily took Saudi money. Female players may think twice

Saudi Arabia plans to host a tournament for female golfers but athletes may have qualms about a country in which women are second-class citizensSaudi Arabia, a country that recently took the radical step of allowing women to drive, is now a stop on the…

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Friends of UK football fan detained in UAE call for his release

UAE official denies Ali Issa Ahmad was arrested for wearing Qatar shirtFriends of the British football fan who has been arrested and detained in the United Arab Emirates have called on the UAE government to allow him to return home safely to the UK.The…

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Petra Kvitova: tennis star tells Czech court of knife attack

Wimbledon winner describes grabbing blade in attack, which left her with hand injuriesThe two-times Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova told a Czech court on Tuesday how she grabbed the blade of an attacker’s knife and forced it away from her neck, leavin…

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José Mourinho dancing on ice – at last, he’s served up something watchable | Marina Hyde

From his Russian tumble to a Spain prison sentence, the erstwhile United manager has had a dim week. At least it’s entertainingAfter so many years of refusing to give the public what they want, it’s great to see José Mourinho finally serving up somethi…

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British man detained in UAE after wearing Qatar football T-shirt to match

Ali Issa Ahmad held over ‘false allegations against security officials’ after initial arrestA British football fan has been arrested and detained in the United Arab Emirates after he wore a Qatar national team shirt to a match.Ali Issa Ahmad, 26, a Bri…

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Sports minister Mims Davies calls for summit to tackle increase in abuse

• Set to meet football authorities and outside groups• Football should ‘not foster division’, she told parliamentThe sports minister, Mims Davies, is to hold an urgent summit with football leaders to discuss how to stamp out the growing problems of rac…

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Emiliano Sala’s ‘body could be found among plane wreckage’

Premier League footballer and pilot may be among debris on seabed, shipwreck expert saysThe wreckage of the plane carrying the footballer Emiliano Sala was surprisingly intact when it was found and it is possible that his body, and that of the missing …

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Hakeem al-Araibi faces further 60 days in Thai jail after extradition hearing

Refugee footballer arrived shackled and barefoot for hearing on Bahrain extradition requestRefugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi has been given 60 days to prepare a defence against Bahrain’s attempt to extradite him from Thailand.The 25-year-old will rem…

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Emiliano Sala: missing Premier League footballer’s plane found

The plane carrying the missing Cardiff City player and pilot David Ibbotson has been foundThe wreckage of the plane that vanished with the footballer Emiliano Sala on board has been found within hours of a search starting in the sea off the Channel Isl…