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Shock among Russian athletes over Wada four-year global ban for doping

Svetlana Romashina, the five-time Olympic champion, says the ban is a ‘blow to the reputation of clean athletes’The five-times Olympic gold medallist Svetlana Romashina was in the pool when she received the news that Russia had been slapped with a four…

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Gary Neville criticises PM after fan accused of racism at Manchester derby

Commentator said Boris Johnson’s language around immigration fuels racism in society and footballFootball commentator and pundit Gary Neville blamed Boris Johnson’s election rhetoric on immigrants and immigration for fuelling the number of racist incid…

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‘They want the money’: the real reason boxing is going to Saudi Arabia

Joshua v Ruiz bout exposes argument that kingdom is ‘sportswashing’ rights abusesFor boxing fans it is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year. But Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight fight against Andy Ruiz Jr is also rapidly becoming the mos…

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Croatia wrongly deports Nigerian table tennis players to Bosnia

Organisers of competition students travelled to attend demand their return to Nigeria The organisers of an international student sports competition have called for two Nigerian table tennis players to be returned to their own country after Croatian pol…

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ISU apologises after nominating ‘offensive’ Auschwitz uniform for costume of year

Anton Shulepov wore costume during free skating programAnti-Defamation League says costume is ‘insensitive and offensive’The International Skating Union has reversed its decision to nominate an “irresponsible and offensive” costume made up of Auschwitz…

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Paris wants to host Olympic surfing competitions on Tahiti

Polynesian island is suggested as alternative to Atlantic coast locations of French mainlandFrance is proposing to hold the 2024 Olympic surfing competitions on the island of Tahiti.Paris, which will host the summer Games, has reportedly suggested the …

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Women’s rugby in Morocco – a photo essay

Playing rugby as a woman in a Muslim country is not an easy task. Even in Morocco, with its more modern approach to Islam, the sport is usually regarded as being strictly for men. However, the women of the all-female rugby team AMAR (or Association Mar…

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Southeast Asian Games in chaos as players go hungry and athletes sleep on floor

Philippines organisers admit ‘inconveniences’ have seen teams stranded at airports and players underfedThe organisers behind the Southeast Asian Games have apologised after complaints emerged of football teams sleeping on floors, airport delays and ath…

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‘Utterly disgusting’: New Zealand denounces racist abuse of Jofra Archer

The English fast bowler said he was racially abused at a match in Mount ManganuiThe New Zealand race relations commissioner Meng Foon has labelled racist abuse of English bowler Jofra Archer on Monday “utterly disgusting”, as the country’s minister for…

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‘Utterly disgusting’: New Zealand denounces racist abuse of Jofra Archer

The English fast bowler said he was racially abused at a match in Mount ManganuiThe New Zealand race relations commissioner Meng Foon has labelled racist abuse of English bowler Jofra Archer on Monday “utterly disgusting”, as the country’s minister for…

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Chelsea are back in fashion – but Roman Abramovich is out in the cold

Special report: A young, resurgent side are delighting fans but the club’s billionaire owner is feeling the chill after years of being welcomed by the British establishmentIn the final minutes of Chelsea’s crisp win over Crystal Palace in their last ho…

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Olympic committee’s deal with Airbnb angers Paris authorities

Mayor of 2024 host city has promised to rein in website, blamed for pushing up rentsParis city authorities have reacted angrily to what they call a “risky” deal between the Olympic committee and the short-term tourist rental company Airbnb.Officials in…

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Raymond Poulidor obituary

French cyclist who achieved a record eight podium finishes in the Tour de France but never wore the leader’s yellow jerseyRaymond Poulidor, who has died aged 83, became France’s most popular cycle racer – and arguably its most best-loved sportsman – th…

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YouTuber KSI beats rival Logan Paul in boxing rematch

Briton wins six-round cruiserweight bout in LA against fellow YouTube personalityBritain’s KSI has won his six-round cruiserweight boxing fight against fellow YouTube personality, the American Logan Paul.The fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles w…

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YouTuber KSI beats rival Logan Paul in boxing rematch

Briton wins six-round cruiserweight bout in LA against fellow YouTube personalityBritain’s KSI has won his six-round cruiserweight boxing fight against fellow YouTube personality, the American Logan Paul.The fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles w…

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Trump swaps baseball boos for cheers at Louisiana-Alabama football game

President attends big college showdown in TuscaloosaSupport for embattled Trump outweighs stadium protestsDonald Trump found comfort in the Deep South on Saturday, as college football fans cheered the nation’s top two teams – and him. Related: Sessions…

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East v West: FC Viktoria and Berliner Dynamo meet in a united city

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall the two teams have let go of the ghosts of the pastAndreas applied for papers to leave East Germany in 1986. After a three-year wait his request was granted in July 1989. “As a 24-year-old I was ready for the …

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Donald Trump retweets obscene comments from fighter after UFC appearance

President was greeted with boos and cheers in New YorkEric Trump denies his father had a negative receptionDonald Trump followed up his appearance at an Ultimate Fighting Championship event in New York City on Saturday night by retweeting an obscene co…

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‘I just can’t do it’: Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle declines White House invite

Closer feels ‘very strongly’ on Trump’s issues on raceNationals clinched first World Series title on WednesdayWashington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle will not go to the White House when the World Series champions meet Donald Trump on Monday. Relate…

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‘I just can’t do it’: Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle declines White House invite

Closer feels ‘very strongly’ on Trump’s issues on raceNationals clinched first World Series title on WednesdayWashington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle will not go to the White House when the World Series champions meet Donald Trump on Monday. Relate…