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My favourite game: Cardiff v Coventry at Cardiff Arms Park, 1972 | Sport

Players, including Barry John and Gareth Edwards (seated on ground right and left respectively), and staff of Cardiff rugby club ahead of the 1971-72 season.

There are many images of Barry John, but a personal favourite is of the outside-half sitting on the ball where the touchline met the 22 on the side of the main stand as Cardiff slid towards defeat against a club that was then one of the strongest in Britain. He …

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‘It’s horrible’: Halesowen halted with promotion and Wembley in sight | Football

Simeon Cobourne scores Halesowen’s winner in the FA Trophy at Barnet.

If everything went as well for Halesowen Town as planned, their time spent in the Southern League Division One Central would have been over in a flash. After years of struggling in the division above, last season they were finally relegated. The failure prompted a complete rehauling of the team, …

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Katie Swan puts tennis aside to help coronavirus relief effort in Kansas | Sport

While Covid-19 seeps daily into the consciousness of the White House, 1,200 miles away in Wichita, Kansas, a British tennis player is helping families who know poverty but are yet to feel the full impact of coronavirus. As Katie Swan waits for the Tour to resume – and for Wimbledon …

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Players’ refusal to compete could stall return of Premier League and EFL | Football

Attempts to resume the Premier League and English Football League seasons after 30 April could be thwarted by players refusing to ­compete because of the coronavirus pandemic. Premier League, English Football League and ­Professional Footballers’ Association ­ officials held a conference call on Friday to discuss a unilateral response to …

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Major League Baseball and players’ union agree on terms for return of 2020 season | Sport

Players agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but left open details of what a configured schedule would look like. As part of the agreement approved by the union Thursday night, players …

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Stress, spanners and dismay: another glimpse behind Sunderland’s curtain | Football

Charlie Methven embarks on a foul-mouthed rant about the club’s descent to the status of national laughing stock.

A BBC film crew working on a Sir David Attenborough wildlife documentary once sparked controversy by rescuing several penguins trapped in a ravine from certain death. Their life-saving intervention prompted an absorbing debate on ethics and whether observers tasked with recording what was unfolding in front of them had done …

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Tokyo 2021 is golden chance to close Big Sport circus and give the Olympics back | Barney Ronay | Sport

The Olympic rings pictured through a fence in Tokyo.

Citius. Altius. Cancelled by a bat virus. In the end the decision to postpone the Olympic Games came as no surprise to anyone. Tokyo 2020 had struggled on manfully, like the last Japanese soldier still fighting the second world war from inside a small Pacific island copse in 1974. But …

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Sports clubs across Australia unite to pitch in during coronavirus crisis | Scott Heinrich | Sport

Sport has always been more than a game to Craig Foster. Digest any of his musings on football, and Foster’s view of sport as a vehicle to effect change, break down boundaries and bring people together is palpable. The former Socceroo and SBS presenter is also a dab hand at …

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Richard Parks: from record-breaking solitude in Antarctica to flat isolation | Sport

Richard Parks passes the ball out during the Powergen Cup semi-final between Leeds Tykes and London Irish at Headingley in March 2005.

As each of us languishes in isolation, one man is about to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for being on his own. When the next edition of every aspirant child’s bible comes out later this year, Richard Parks will be included for skiing more miles (2,299) in Antarctica, …

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Open moves closer to postponement as R&A looks at 2020 reschedule | Sport

The R&A is understood to be edging closer to a postponement of the Open Championship, amid a growing realisation golf’s oldest major cannot be held in July at Royal St George’s. An announcement could be made following talks next week, with the Open’s organisers hopeful of rescheduling the tournament for …

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