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‘We have lost a giant’: athletics world hails Sir Roger Bannister

Sebastian Coe leads tributes to British athlete who was first to break the four-minute mile Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to sprint through the four-minute-mile barrier, has been hailed as a trailblazer who made the impossible possible and inspired generations of British people to take up sport, following his death aged 88. Sebastian Coe, president of athletics governing body the IAAF, led the tributes that also came from medicine, academia and sports administration fields that Bannister also took to with vigour and considerable success after he hung up his…

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Thanks to Canada, gay Olympic athletes have a place all their own in the Olympic Village

(CNN)LGBTQ athletes have a place to call their own in the Olympic Village in Pyeongchang. The Canadian Olympic Committee hosts the Pride House in its Canada Olympic House in the village, in a collaboration with Pride House International, which promotes equality and diversity in sports, and the Korean Sexual Minority Culture and Rights Center. “Team Canada is proud to embrace its diversity at Canada House, which includes a sign at the front door, welcoming all and knows that as a team, we are stronger when we celebrate our differences,” Chris…

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Jos Mourinho reminds Klopp of Pogba fee comment after 75m Van Dijk deal

Jos Mourinho said Jrgen Klopp should be asked about his view he would never buy success after Liverpool spent 75m on Virgil van Dijk Jos Mourinho said Jrgen Klopp should be asked about the comment he made in 2016 that he would never buy success. The Manchester United manager pointed to Klopps observation after Liverpool agreed this week to pay Southampton 75m for Virgil van Dijk. Mourinho was clarifying remarks made after Uniteds 2-2 Boxing Day draw with Burnley at Old Trafford. He stated his near as United neared the…

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Jos Mourinho in post-match fracas over Manchester Citys noisy celebrations

Up to 20 players and staff from Manchester United and Manchester City had to be separated after an extraordinary bust-up in which bottles and punches were thrown after the derby match Police officers and stewards had to separate up to 20 players and members of staff from Manchester United and City after an extraordinary bust-up in which bottles and punches were thrown and Mikel Arteta, one of Pep Guardiolas assistants, was left with blood streaming down his face. The incidents have prompted an inquiry from the Football Association, which has…

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Russia banned from Winter Olympics over state-sponsored doping

Russia has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang for an institutional conspiracy to corrupt London 2012 and Sochi 2014, while the former sports minister Vitaly Mutko has been banned for life Russias Olympic Committee has been banned from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and ordered to pay $15m in costs after making what the International Olympic Committee called an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport. Tellingly the IOC also accepted, for the first time, that the Russian state had been involved in…

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The decline of Holland: how Dutch are doomed by total obsession with past | Priya Ramesh

Nostalgia, arrogance and an insular group of Dutch legends turned coaches have stalled the Oranje Machine and left Holland failing to qualify for a second successive competition In Graham Swifts Cruyff and Van Hanegems cohort in the 70s, Gullit, Rijkaard, Van Basten and Koeman in the 80s, Bergkamps batch in the 90s and the 1983-84-born class of the 00s led by Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. In the wake of they have taken a step. There was always physical football, a lot of running. Now, there is a lot more…

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Iceland become smallest nation ever to qualify for World Cup finals

Iceland sealed their place in Russia with a 2-0 victory over Kosovo, becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup finals Iceland sealed a place in Russia with a 2-0 victory against Kosovo in Reykjavik, becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for a World Cup finals. Heimir Hallgrimssons team knew a win against Group Is bottom side would guarantee top spot and an automatic qualifying place, and Evertons Gylfi Sigurdsson settled their nerves with a superbly taken goal five minutes before half-time. Sigurdsson also set up…

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‘Equality for all’: Macklemore issues emotional plea during NRL grand final

US rapper performs Same Love after a week of controversy in Australia due to his support for marriage equality The US rapper, Macklemore, issued a call for equality after an emotional performance of his hit single, Same Love, in a much-hyped pre-game show at the NRL grand final. The performance at ANZ Stadium in Sydney follows previously described Same Love as a song that deals with equal rights, human rights for LGBTI people. This is an issue that I feel strongly about, that I feel passionate about. These people are…

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‘Merci!’: Montpellier, France sends misspelled football jerseys to Montpelier, Vermont

Vermont state capital, with one L, will receive professional football jerseys from French Ligue 1 club and give them to high school students The city of Montpelier, Vermont has said Merci to the French city of Montpellier after its mayor and professional football team announced plans to send some misprinted football jerseys its way. Bill Fraser, the city manager in Montpelier, Vermont, said the French football team with just one L instead of two. On Thursday he confirmed that the city in southern France had decided to send the shirts…

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Liverpool deny telling Barcelona Philippe Coutinho could go for 200m

Barcelonas claim that Liverpool made a deadline day attempt to sell Philippe Coutinho for 200m (183m), which the Spanish club rejected, has been dismissed by the Anfield club Liverpool have denied Barcelonas claims that they were prepared to sell Philippe Coutinho on Spains transfer deadline day for 200m (183m). The Catalan club had had three bids swiftly rejected for the Brazil midfielder and Liverpool had repeatedly insisted that he was not for sale but, with the 25-year-old handing in a transfer request and not training with his team-mates, citing a…

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Chelsea agree fee with Arsenal to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Chelsea have agreed a fee with Arsenal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the player potentially the first of three England internationals destined for Chelsea Liverpool, however, retain an interest in the midfielder Chelsea have kickstarted a frantic scramble for reinforcements in the final week of the summer transfer window by agreeing a fee of around 35m with Arsenal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the player potentially the first of three England internationals destined for Stamford Bridge before the cut-off on Thursday. Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has entered the final 12 months of his contract,…

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Kylian Mbapp set to join PSG on loan with option to buy for 155m

Paris Saint-Germain have reached a deal with Monaco to sign Kylian Mbapp on loan for one season with an option to sign the 18-year-old for 155m Paris Saint-Germain have reached a deal with Monaco to sign Kylian Mbapp on loan for one season with an option to sign the 18-year-old for 155m (143m) plus a series of add-ons that could see the transfer cost a total 190m (175m). PSG have been locked in talks with Monaco and Uefa over the past week to try to reach a deal that would…

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