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Laura Trott responds to criticism of British Olympic cycling success – audio

Guardian Sport - 7 hours 54 min ago

Laura Trott says criticism of Team GB’s Olympic cycling success is ‘annoying and frustrating’, as rival teams publicly question the medal haul. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Trott says the British team cycling programme is geared towards the Olympics rather than the World Championships

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The ignorance aimed at Caster Semenya flies in the face of the Olympic spirit | Katrina Karkazis

Guardian Sport - 7 hours 56 min ago

In pressing their case on hyperandrogenic athletes the IAAF have ensured hostile scrutiny will always fall on women who defy norms imposed by the powerful

The image that will stay with me long after the last competitor leaves Rio this week is a decidedly un-Olympic one. Caster Semenya, the women’s 800m gold medallist, extends her arms to fellow competitors Melissa Bishop of Canada and Lynsey Sharp of Great Britain. Sharp, who came in sixth, holds a tearful Bishop, who took fourth, in a tight embrace. Rather than respond to Semenya they remain in their embrace ignoring her. The photo was a sad endnote to one of the most vitriolic media and social media uproars I can recall, one in which the athletes were the casualties. And the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) did nothing to quell it.

In the month leading up the to the race, a cacophonous and spurious alarm sounded unfairly on Semenya’s right to compete. She endured relentless hostility and a deluge of cruel harassment from both the traditional and online media, something she has been withstanding for the seven years since the IAAF confirmed it was investigating her. It was reported she was even provided with a security team in Rio due to concerns the hostility might turn violent.

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'Dear Team GB, you had it easy - watching was hard.' Miranda Hart's open letter

BBC Sport - 8 hours 11 min ago
Comedian Miranda Hart loved every minute of the Olympics. Here she shows that love with an open letter to Team GB.

Conlan faces punishment over angry reaction in Rio

BBC Sport - 8 hours 21 min ago
Michael Conlan faces disciplinary action over his angry reaction to his Olympics defeat, says AIBA president Dr Ching-Kuo Wu.

‘I was moved by the pride of the people’ – Brazilian readers reflect on the Olympics

Guardian Sport - 8 hours 43 min ago

Brazilians were sceptical before the Olympics. Have they changed their minds?

• Fans from around the world on how their countries performed

The Games have been really successful. Brazilians have been in the spotlight, and culturally we like that. We are so passionate about everything we do that some of our actions may have impressed and shocked people from other countries.

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Phil Jones to stay at Manchester United despite Stoke City interest

Guardian Sport - 8 hours 57 min ago
• England defender is part of José Mourinho’s plans
• Stoke’s Mark Bowen: ‘Fingers crossed, something may happen’

Phil Jones is content to stay at Manchester United, with José Mourinho also having no wish for him to leave, despite Stoke City being the latest club to express an interest.

United have rejected several inquiries this summer for Jones as Mourinho’s position remains that the central defender is a key part of his defence.

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Premier League: transfer window summer 2016 – interactive

Guardian Sport - 9 hours 12 min ago

A look at how the 20 clubs have done in this transfer window – and the two previous summer ones. Light blue indicates a player signed and dark blue a player sold. Hover over the circles for the name of each player.

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T&T cops monitor WhatsApp gang video: Leaders show off arsenal

Stabroek - 9 hours 14 min ago
(Trinidad Guardian) A video depicting known gang leaders, some of whom are in currently in jail, is engaging the attention of Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit (CGIU) and the Strategic Services...

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Watch Team GB sing national anthem on plane

BBC Sport - 9 hours 15 min ago
On their flight back from Rio to London, some members of Team GB stand and sing the national anthem.

British Airways strikes gold with Team GB praise on Twitter

Guardian Sport - 9 hours 27 min ago

Sponsor, who returned athletes from Rio in special plane, is showered with endorsements from UK Olympians

Team GB may have brought back dozens of medals from Rio, but as they touched down at Heathrow airport it was team sponsor British Airways that seemed to have struck gold – thanks to a string of endorsements from the UK’s Olympians.

The airline, longstanding sponsor of Team GB, got plenty of social media mentions as it returned the Olympians to the UK in a Boeing 747 repainted with a golden nose and renamed “victoRIOus”.

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Celtic fans warned not to fly Palestinian flags at match in Israel

Guardian Sport - 9 hours 35 min ago

Warning by Israeli police follows flag waving at first leg of Champions League qualifier against Hapoel Be’er Sheva

Israeli police have warned against provocation at a football match on Wednesday night between Celtic and the Israeli team Hapoel Be’er Sheva after Scottish fans waved Palestinian flags and chanted support for Palestine at last week’s first-leg qualifier in Glasgow.

Any attempt to wave Palestinian flags at Hapoel’s stadium in Be’er Sheva, a city in the Negev desert, will not be tolerated, a police spokesman said.

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Cillian Willis to sue Sale Sharks over concussion which ended his career

Guardian Sport - 9 hours 36 min ago
• Scrum-half has accused Sale and two doctors after incidents in LV Cup match
• Willis never played again after suffering two head injuries against Saracens

A former Sale Sharks player who was forced to retire at 28 due to concussion is suing the Premiership side for ‘clinical negligence’.

Related: Are we still struggling to get our heads around concussion in sport? | Sean Ingle

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Rio Olympics 2016: Relive Jason Kenny, Andy Murray and Team GB's weekend medal haul

BBC Sport - 9 hours 38 min ago
Watch highlights of Team GB's stunning second weekend of the Rio 2016 Olympics, including golds for Jason Kenny and Andy Murray.

Super League try of the week: Hughes try snatches win for Warrington

BBC Sport - 9 hours 46 min ago
Watch Jack Hughes score the try of the week for Warrington in their 14-11 win over Castleford

Venezuela public workers face sack over referendum

BBC - 9 hours 56 min ago
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gives key ministries 48 hours to sack senior public workers who signed a petition calling for a recall referendum against him.

Rio Olympics heroes return: Team GB arrive back in UK – in pictures

Guardian Sport - 10 hours 56 sec ago

British Olympians landed at Heathrow airport after returning from their most successful away Games. Team GB flew home on a BA plane which had its nose painted gold in honour of the medallists

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Team GB arrives home from Rio Olympics – video

Guardian Sport - 10 hours 1 min ago

Members of Great Britain’s Olympic team arrive back at London Heathrow on Tuesday their most successful overseas Games. Team GB were greeted by hundreds of supporters at the airport after winning 67 medals in Rio and finishing second in the medal table behind only the United States

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Talking Horses: Tuesday’s best bets plus our tipping competition

Guardian Sport - 10 hours 10 min ago
Unnoticed looks poorly named in the 7.10 at Chelmsford, while Richard Hannon’s Blue Suede could be one to watch in the 5.10 at Newbury

So you’re at the races, waiting for the start of a Group race for two-year-olds. You expect the favourite will probably win but you don’t have a strong view. You’re more of a handicap kind of guy.

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Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says media is 'obsessed' with transfer window – video

Guardian Sport - 10 hours 17 min ago

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says the media is ‘obsessed’ with the transfer window, and doesn’t seem to believe in improvement on the training pitch. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Klopp says there is no pressure on Liverpool despite their 2-0 loss to Burnley on Saturday where he says the team didn’t show enough desire in the final third

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Rio 2016: the fans' verdict on how their countries performed at the Olympics

Guardian Sport - 10 hours 22 min ago

Australia failed to live up to expectations, Canada have a bright future, Denmark have reasons for pride, Team GB spent their money wisely and USA ‘crushed it’

Our performance was below expectations overall. We made the mistake of peaking for the Olympic trials and the world championship in an Olympic year which meant many performance in Rio seemed flat. We seemed unable to deal with the added pressure, and we seemed to lack the depth required when coming up against some really impressive competitors. My highlight was definitely the Australia women’s rugby sevens gold medal.

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