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History rewritten as wrestler Louis Bruce revealed as Britain’s first black Olympian

Tram driver competed at 1908 London Games, research shows He is just the fourth known black Olympian from any country A feat of detective work – and the chance discovery of dozens of well-preserved documents at a wrestling club in Wigan – has unlocked a remarkable secret that rewrites more than 100 years of British Olympic history, the Guardian can reveal. The sprinter Harry Edward, who won two...

'I'm not going to destroy him': Kyrgios on spat with Michael Venus – video

The men’s doubles finalists dubbed as the 'Specials Ks' gave a fiery post-match interview following their straight-sets semi-final triumph over Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos. Nick Kyrgios accused Michael Venus of showing a lack of sportsmanship and being ‘salty’. Thanasi Kokkinakis said the intention of their confrontational style was to get the crowd going, not disrespect their opponents. High-octane Kyrgios and Kokkinakis storm into Australian Open final Continue reading...

Barcelona enter race with Tottenham to sign Adama Traoré from Wolves

Details of move to bring Traoré back to Barça being discussed Spurs ended last week confident of signing Spain international Barcelona are in talks with Wolves over a move for Adama Traoré as they try to beat Tottenham to the signing of the Spain international. Spurs ended last week confident of landing Traoré but they are in danger of losing out to Barcelona, where the player started his caree...

How should cricket adapt to deal with the issue of concussion?

With concussions on the rise and legal actions escalating, the sport has to change to protect its long-term future By Jo Harman for Wisden Cricket Monthly Will Pucovski should have spent the last few months opening for Australia in the Ashes. Instead, the 23-year old batting prodigy has been recovering from what is believed to be his 10th concussion. He experienced the first while playing Aussi...

Fifa president: more World Cups could save African migrants from death in the sea

Gianni Infantino makes remarks to Council of Europe assembly Outrage at comments related to biennial World Cup plan The president of Fifa, Gianni Infantino, has said his plans for a World Cup every two years could stop African migrants from finding “death in the sea”, in an extraordinary address to European politicians. Speaking at a session of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europ...

However you get a kick out of football, certain kicks deserve to be cherished | Max Rushden

VAR controversy around Liverpool’s penalty at Crystal Palace swamped the mesmerising swing of the boot that led to it After 84 minutes and 39 seconds of Liverpool’s win at Crystal Palace on Sunday, Diogo Jota ran on to the ball, chested it, miskicked it, planted his leg into the path of Vicente Guaita and went down. Three seconds of action which Kevin Friend apparently watched 17 times before d...

Quickfire Barty turns Keys inside out to reach first Australian Open final

World No 1 defeats American 6-1, 6-3 in 62 minutes Ash Barty yet to drop a set in this year’s Australian Open For the fourth round in succession under the weight of Australian Open pressure, Ash Barty stood on Rod Laver Arena before a taller, stronger and flatter ballstriker capable of hitting so many of the best tennis players off the court and she dismantled her challenger with ease. This tim...

Derby given extra month by EFL to prove they can finish season

Deadline of 1 February extended after review More time to find buyer and seek clarity on legal claims Derby’s administrators and the English Football League have agreed a one-month extension to the deadline set to provide proof of funding. A joint statement from the club administrator, Quantuma, and the EFL said the decision had been reached after “a formal review of revised financial forecasts...

Concacaf World Cup qualifiers: five things to look out for

Canada, Mexico and the US are frontrunners for a place at Qatar 2022. But there have been several important changes since the teams last played In the next seven days, Concacaf teams will play three matches that will go a long way to deciding who clinches a spot at Qatar 2022. With six games to go, Canada, the US and Mexico occupy the three automatic qualifying places in the table. Here’s what ...

Should star quarterbacks now avoid the talent-packed AFC?

Reaching the Super Bowl through the AFC now means battling past a host of brilliant young quarterbacks. Has the NFC become the easy option? Last Sunday’s epic between the Chiefs and Bills was about more than an individual game. It redefined what is possible in a playoff game, and what is now expected for a team to compete at the top of the AFC. Twenty-five points in the final two minutes. One h...

On Holocaust Memorial Day let’s commit to ridding football of antisemitism

Hate in the stadium does not stay in the stadium and we all have a responsibility to remember and act If you have visited Stamford Bridge over the past years, you may well have spotted a 12-metre-tall mural, hanging high on the West Stand wall. Painted by the British-Israeli street artist Solomon Souza, it depicts three footballers: Julius Hirsch and Árpád Weisz, Jewish players murdered at Ausc...

Football transfer rumours: Müller to swap Bayern for Newcastle or Everton?

Today’s tattle wants to chill with the big boys Having spent every minute of his decorated career at Bayern Munich, could Germany legend Thomas Müller be ready to muddy his spats in the Premier League? “No,” would seem to be the obvious answer, considering the 33-year-old Raumdeuter is still banging them in for the Bundesliga champions. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped British media outlets fr...

Tom Harrison can’t even talk a good game any more, so why is he still in charge? | Andy Bull

Cricket’s executives are unrepresentative of the sport and hopelessly ill-equipped to tackle the problems it faces And it all started so well. The England and Wales Cricket Board’s chief executive, Tom Harrison, began his appearance in front of the DCMS select committee with earnest thanks, to the MPs for the opportunity, and to Azeem Rafiq for his testimony, then eased into a well-rehearsed sp...

No dream ending for Dylan Alcott as Australian Open final defeat ushers in retirement

Australian falls 7-5 6-0 to Sam Schröder in last match of career ‘I’m really the luckiest guy in the world,’ Alcott says He said he would live if he did not win, and live Dylan Alcott shall. Without an eighth consecutive Australian Open title but with his nation behind him. Alcott, who was this week named Australian of the year, lost his quad singles final 7-5, 6-0 to Sam Schröder of the Nether...
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