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England secure team gold in men’s gymnastics with dominant performance

For the third Commonwealth Games in a row England are gold medallists in the men’s team competition, this time triumphing by 13.350 points. It is an outcome that was never in doubt and their success is becoming increasingly predictable but it was a result made even more meaningful by the number of deeply impressive performances […]

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‘A nation has fallen in love’: Lionesses charge can transform girls’ football

When England emerge from the tunnel at a sold-out Wembley on Sunday to play Germany, the record eight-time winners of the competition, eyes will be on them like never before. The Lionesses’ run to the World Cup semi-final in Canada in 2015 was unexpected and caught the attention of many back home. The journey to […]

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Bowls, boxing, basketball: Birmingham’s bonanza of sport

“Ten, nine, eight, no wait, I’ve got ahead of myself, nine, eight, seven…” The Birmingham Commonwealth Games began with this out-of-synch countdown in (and yes I had to triple check this) Royal Leamington Spa, where, at just gone eight on Friday morning, 80 finely-honed athletes filed out of a little wooden pavilion in Victoria Park […]

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Vettel’s activism defined latter years but talent burned brightest on track

“Everyone in the paddock loves him,” observed Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Sebastian Vettel. “You will not hear a bad word about Seb.” One perspective on Vettel, who announced his impending retirement on Thursday, that reflected a uniformity of opinion that is rare, almost unheard of, in Formula One’s fractious and egocentric atmosphere. Sainz was […]

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Rugby codes ban transgender women from playing in women’s union and league matches

Transgender players have been blocked from competing in women’s rugby in union and league. Both codes have amended regulations to permit only players born as female to compete in women’s matches. The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Rugby Football League (RFL) both issued statements on Friday confirming updated policies, leaning on science to back […]

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England begin Commonwealth Games cricket without captain Heather Knight

The England captain, Heather Knight, will miss her side’s opening fixture at the Commonwealth Games against Sri Lanka on Saturday due to a lingering hip injury. Women’s cricket is making its debut appearance at the Games, in a Twenty20 tournament at Edgbaston between 29 July and 7 August. Knight has received an injection in her […]

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Jimmy Anderson, England’s cold-weather Warne, still the ultimate magician at 40

For many years there was a Jimmy Anderson poster on the back of London buses advertising a well-known brand of bro-vitamins, the kind of everyday pill that makes men happy, toned, slabbed, thickly coiffured, good at sport, magnetic in social situations and frankly – if I can speak plainly here – stone cold model-handsome. The […]