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Irish police investigate rape claim against ‘sports star’ in Dublin

Woman reportedly filed complaint before being taken to sexual assault unitIrish police are investigating a claim that a prominent sports star raped a young woman in a hotel in Dublin city centre.Detectives from Pearse Street Garda station are investiga…

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Raheem Sterling shouldn’t have to educate the media about racism | Musa Okwonga

Sterling should be free to do his job – play football. But he’s right that the British media needs to tackle racism, head onRaheem Sterling is busy. He is busy being a world-class forward for Manchester City and England and he is busy being a parent. I…

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Coach is a Russian David and Goliath film tale – but twist is in the credits | Richard Williams

Russia’s equivalent of Grimsby Town overcome odds with the help of some powerful friends but crowd-pleasing morality tale is not quite what it seemsThe second-division team from a distant and ill-favoured coastal town are in the cup final. They’re play…

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Buenos Aires becomes ghost town as fans follow delayed final

• River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 to lift Copa Libertadores• Second leg of tie moved to Madrid because of crowd troubleRiver Plate fans thronged on to the streets of Buenos Aires when their team scored the decisive goal, yelling “Dale campeón! Dale C…

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Afghan football officials suspended over sexual and physical abuse allegations

• Country’s attorney general acts against six Afghan FA members• Allegations relate to abuse of the Afghanistan women’s teamThe Afghanistan attorney general, Farid Hamidi, has suspended six members of the Afghanistan Football Federation, including the …

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The Copa Libertadores debacle is a story of Argentinian politics

The decision to move the all-Argentinian South American football final to Spain after a violent incident is a sad commentary on the state of the countryArgentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, is famous – or infamous – for the frequency with which he int…

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Rescue ship reaches yachtswoman stranded in Southern Ocean

Susie Goodall was injured when her yacht flipped over as she took part in round-the-world raceA rescue ship has reached a British solo yachtswoman who was left drifting in the Southern Ocean after her vessel was wrecked in a storm as she took part in a…

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Royal Windsor Horse Show condemned for Bahraini sponsorship

Event being used by kingdom to distract from human rights abuses, complaint allegesThe UK’s largest outdoor horse show, which is patronised by the Queen, faces accusations that it is being used by the Bahraini royal family to distract from human rights…

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Ada Hegerberg stepped forward for women’s football, but sexism kicked her back | Suzanne Wrack

Martin Solveig’s twerking comments to the Ballon d’Or winner aren’t unusual for women in sport, but are hugely disappointingIt should have been about moving forward, a historic moment: the first women’s Ballon d’Or should have been a celebration.Becaus…

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How the ‘rugby rape trial’ divided Ireland

After a trial that dominated the news, the accused were all found not guilty. But the case had tapped into a deeper rage that has not died down. By Susan McKayThe verdicts were unanimous and came swiftly. After a trial that had lasted nine weeks, with …

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Boris Becker ends diplomatic immunity defence from bankruptcy

Former tennis star had argued that he had been appointed an attache by the Central African RepublicThe former world No 1 tennis player Boris Becker has dropped his claim to have diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy.The three-time Wimbledon champion had …

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Kareem Hunt admits lying to Chiefs about assault which led to his release

Running back cut over video of him kicking womanPlayer tells ESPN NFL did not speak to himKareem Hunt has acknowledged lying to the Kansas City Chiefs about his role in a February assault in a Cleveland hotel that ultimately led to his release this wee…

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Cameroon stripped of right to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Preparation delays and security situation behind decisionMorocco touted as replacement host for June tournamentCameroon has been stripped of the right to host next year’s Africa Cup of Nations after serious delays with its preparations and in the midst…

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Cameroon stripped of right to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Preparation delays and security situation behind decisionMorocco touted as replacement host for June tournamentCameroon has been stripped of the right to host next year’s Africa Cup of Nations after serious delays with its preparations and in the midst…

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Fifa examining claims of sexual and physical abuse on Afghanistan women’s team

• Team sponsor Hummel cuts ties pointing to allegations• Abuse allegedly perpetrated by men in Afghanistan’s FAFifa is examining allegations that members of the Afghanistan national women’s team were sexually and physically abused by men from the count…

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‘Deeply shameful’: 258 runners caught cheating in Shenzhen’s half marathon

Fake race numbers, imposters and those cutting corners to face penalties, including lifetime bans Organisers of the Shenzhen half-marathon have said the 258 participants caught cheating during Sunday’s race will not be able to run away from punishment …

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Copa Libertadores: second leg of final called off again hours before kick-off

• Match was set for Saturday but postponed after bus attack• Rescheduled game called off again on Sunday Related: River fans attack on Boca bus halts Copa Libertadores final for 24 hours It had been dubbed the final to end all finals, but nobody has an…

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Hernia mesh implants cost top British athlete five years of his career

Dai Greene says there should be more information so patients can weigh up risks • Revealed: how faulty implants harm patients worldwide• Why we’re examining the implants industryOne of Britain’s most successful athletes was forced to sit out an entire …

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Manchester City fans’ defence of UAE shows sportswashing in action | Barney Ronay

Tribal loyalty has been taken too far when supporters pontificate on an area that has nothing to do with football as if they are debating an offside decisionIt seems an odd detail now but the first person to find oil in Abu Dhabi was the deep sea explo…

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The UAE is trampling human rights. Man City must finally speak out | Simon Hattenstone

The jailing of British academic Matthew Hedges is an abuse the club can’t ignore. It’s time to pressure Sheikh MansourWhat is the price of success? If you’re a Manchester City fan with an interest in human rights, it’s a crisis of conscience. I’ve been…