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Anna Kiesenhofer is a math genius who just pulled off one of the biggest shocks in Olympics history

Nobody was speaking about Anna Kiesenhofer ahead of the Tokyo 2020 women’s road race, but they certainly are now. The Austrian rider was considered a novice compared to her competitors, notably defending champion Anna van der Breggen, former Olympic bronze medalist Elisa Longo Borghini, Britain’s Lizzie Deignan, Germany’s Lisa Brennauer and former world title champion […]

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Diamonds sparkle on horizon for ‘roundabout girl’ Maddie Hay

She has been dubbed “the roundabout girl” for her propensity to return regardless of challenges thrown at her, and after consecutive Super Netball match MVP awards Giants midcourter Maddie Hay could be on track for a Diamonds call-up. The Sydney native debuted for the NSW Swifts in the ANZ Championship in 2014 under Rob Wright […]

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England’s famous win over Australia: the most consequential match of all

I was there, you know. On the world’s most famous cricket ground on the day of England’s most famous Test win. In the old Lord’s press box next to the pavilion. True, the win in question was not actually at Lord’s: it was 200 miles away at Headingley. But we remember the most dramatic events […]

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What does winning Olympic gold mean? For Fiji, it inspired a nation

We were 43-7 ahead with time up and with possession deep in Great Britain’s half. The Olympic gold medal in the men’s rugby sevens at Rio 2016 was about to be won, the first ever medal of any colour for the country of Fiji. As the coach, it was my undoubted career high to date. […]

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Weightlifter Cyrille Tchatchet: from despair to an Olympic dream

The weightlifter Cyrille Tchatchet stood on the edge of a cliff in Sussex contemplating whether to take his own life. Having left the Athletes’ Village at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, he feared for his safety if he were to return to his native Cameroon. Tchatchet had been forced to live rough in Brighton […]

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Baseball and softball prepare to pitch in at Olympics after 13-year absence

Baseball, which was formally added as a medal sport in 1992, and softball, which joined it four years later, became the first sports in seven decades to be eliminated from the Olympic programme following the 2008 Beijing Games. The surprise vote by an International Olympic Committee that is typically broken toward expansion has been generally […]

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Manchester United Women sign Vilde Bøe Risa but search for manager goes on

Manchester United Women have announced their first signing for the new season with the Norway international Vilde Bøe Risa joining on a free after terminating her contract with Sandviken. United finished fourth in the Women’s Super League season last season, one point behind Arsenal in the last Champions League place. However, the manager Casey Stoney […]