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Pitch-invading football fans are simply copying players’ on-field histrionics

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The footballing authorities need to widen the scope of discussions in response to recent pitch invasions if they really want to control the unacceptable behaviour of fans (Authorities searching for solutions after pit...

Premier League 2021-22 review: players of the season

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In curling his first goal of the season beyond the outstretched arm of the Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul, Salah became the first player to score in the opening game of five consecutive Premier League campaigns. At the t...

Wimbledon stripped of ranking points over ban on Russian players

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The ATP and the WTA have decided to penalise Wimbledon for its decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from the tournament by stripping ranking points from the tournament this year. The decision marks the most ...

Players taking Saudi money for weak events is a bad look for golf

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Despite Lee Westwood’s claims, golfers have not been singled out for special attention during dalliances with Saudi Arabia. In fact the ease with which the Saudis have breezed into the golf scene – both male and femal...

New York Times drops ‘fetus’ as an answer to Wordle – but not for all players

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The New York Times has removed the word “fetus” from its Wordle answers to keep the game “distinct from the news”, a move apparently related to last week’s leaked Roe v Wade supreme court draft ruling. The change caus...

West Indian dominoes players dismayed by noise ban in London square

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A Thursday afternoon at Maida Hill market square is filled with pensioners happily chatting and playing cards while enjoying the sunshine. However, over the past year the square has been at the centre of an ongoing ro...

Andy Murray ‘not supportive’ of Wimbledon ban on Russian players

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Andy Murray is “not supportive” of the government’s plan to ban Russian and Belarusian players from Wimbledon but added there was no “right answer” to the difficult situation. Wimbledon officials reiterated their posi...

‘Very unfair: Rafael Nadal critical of Wimbledon ban on Russian players

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Rafael Nadal has branded Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players “very unfair” as the ATP considers its response. Wimbledon officials reiterated their position last week, saying that a directive from the gov...

Wimbledon cannot be faulted for banning Russian players

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Criticism of Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players (Letters, 22 April) seems to me to embody the currently fashionable fallacy that people are entirely individuals and have negligible collective identity (...

Rugby league’s players’ union calls for Easter double-headers to be dropped

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The traditional Easter double-header this year could be the last time fans get to experience one of the highlights of the Super League calendar amid a player-led push to improve welfare. The Rugby League Players Assoc...

SFA urged to consider fit and proper person test for players after Goodwillie backlash

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Football clubs and their governing bodies across the UK are being challenged to show leadership, and follow up “easy” words with action on gender-based violence, by fans and campaigners galvanised in the wake of the R...

‘It could have been us’: WNBA players speak out on Brittney Griner detention

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Two of Brittney Griner‘s USA Basketball teammates have broken their silence on the star player’s imprisonment in Russia. Most WNBA players have been hesitant to talk about Griner’s detention on drug charges in Russia,...

South Africans and Pacific players to keep non-foreign category until 2024

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The Rugby Football Union has ruled that Premiership stars from South Africa and the Pacific Islands will continue to be classified as non-foreign until 2024, when the governing body is seeking to introduce beefed-up r...

Jordi Cruyff: ‘Barcelona is still special, players will lose money to be here’

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“In the end, there is relief,” Jordi Cruyff says. “There’s a ‘pfff, thank goodness’. And if the signings then fit in and play well, you get a feeling of a job well done.” There was a minute to go before midnight on d...

UK national lottery firm fined after telling winning players they had lost

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The national lottery operator, Camelot, has been fined £3.15m for three errors on its mobile app, which affected tens of thousands of players. The first involved up to 20,000 users who were told their winning tickets ...

Cameron Smith holds on to win delayed Players Championship and $3.6m prize

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This was almost worth the wait. On day five, the weather-delayed Players Championship delivered moments worthy of its tournament’s lofty status. The last three holes of the eventual winner, Cameron Smith, summed up th...

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