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The cultural stigmatisation of referees is still relevant today

In one of the most memorable and moving passages in Your Show – the new novel by Ashley Hickson-Lovence based on the life of Uriah Rennie – the Premier League’s first black referee is scrolling through a selection of internet comments and press coverage on some of his recent performances. “Too big for his Fila-sponsored […]

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England face their first Test without Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole

Anew era for England women’s cricket dawns on Monday as they begin a Test match – at Taunton, against South Africa – without Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole for the first time in 14 years. With Shrubsole having retired from international cricket and Brunt stepping back to focus on white-ball cricket, Lisa Keightley says the […]

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Matteo Berrettini: ‘Winning Wimbledon? It sounds crazy but I know I can do it’

Sometimes it takes a while before the scale of an achievement such as reaching the final of Wimbledon for the first time sinks in. For Matteo Berrettini it came within a few hours. Having attended the Euro 2020 final and seen Italy defeat England on penalties, Berrettini joined the team on the pitch for the […]

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Understrength Matildas hammered by Spain in 7-0 friendly defeat

Under-pressure coach Tony Gustavsson has defended his experimental approach to Australia’s first international meeting with Spain, despite a 7-0 drubbing in Huelva that rated as the Matildas’ heaviest loss in 25 years. An understrength Australia side were overwhelmed by the hosts in the second half at the Estadio Nuevo Colombino, conceding six goals after a […]

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Gareth Bale confirms Los Angeles FC move when Real contract expires

Gareth Bale has confirmed he is poised to join the Major League Soccer side Los Angeles FC when his contract with Real Madrid expires. The five-time Champions League winner is soon to be a free agent and is looking for a new club ahead of playing for Wales at the World Cup finals tournament in […]

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New York win Major League Rugby championship game against Seattle

Warming-up for the Major League Rugby championship game, Rugby New York wore t-shirts proclaiming themselves “Iron Workers”, a team identity built on the blue-collar battalions who built New York City itself. The small crowd at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey indicated the work ahead if MLR is to become a major player […]

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If Brendon McCullum’s bold new era is an illusion it is a persuasive one

Shortly after half past five a wild and barbarous noise consumed Headingley, the sort that brings local residents to their windows and the day-trippers in the hospitality boxes streaming out on to the balconies. A few of the dozing members in the pavilion may even have been stirred from their evening slumbers. Out in the […]