FA furious after US officials are caught in Englands World Cup hotel

The Football Association is furious after US team officials were caught in private rooms in Englands hotel two days before the teams meet in the Womens World Cup semi-final An extraordinary spygate row has broken out at the Womens World Cup after undercover US team officials were caught wandering into private rooms at Englands hotel while Phil Nevilles side were out training. The Football Association is furious over the incident, which occurred on Sunday morning, two days before the teams meet in Tuesdays semi-final. It claimed that it would never scope out another teams hotel let alone enter their inner sanctum while they were still in the tournament. It is understood the US officials were not wearing official team uniforms …

England trips are being co-opted by the right but football has resisted before | Barney Ronay

Tommy Robinson was up for the fight in Guimares on Thursday night and there are reports of England fans chanting his name in bars but together we can fight this influence Back in the mid-1980s, when English football was a wild, rust-caked, occasionally frightening place, a group of Leeds United supporters noticed that the National Front had gained a small but significant foothold around Elland Road. Football was seen as a fertile seeding ground for far-right politics. On matchdays the NF had begun to sell its magazine, Bulldog, outside the ground. They became a visible presence, gained a little traction, took a share of the day. Eventually there was a reaction. Rob Conlon Sign up to The Recap, our weekly …

‘I wouldn’t be the refugee, I’d be the girl who kicked ass’: how taekwondo made me

The long read: When she arrived in the US as a 10-year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri found it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard by becoming a taekwondo champion When I was 13, three years after arriving in the US with my mother and brother, I devised a plan to get into the Ivy League. I was a refugee kid with no money and I lived in Iran, she had done horse-riding and tennis. But then the revolution happened, and her sporty body was draped and forgotten. Banned from public exercise, she took to pounding her ass against walls to get that chic, saddle-flattened effect of the late 70s. Sometimes …

A historic win. The National Spelling Bee has not one — but 8 champions

(CNN)Can you spell history? The 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee had an epic ending with eight co-champions. “We have plenty of words left on our list but will soon run out of words that would challenge you,” said the Bee’s official pronouncer Dr. Jacques Bailly, calling those remaining in the 17th round “the most phenomenal assemblage of super-spellers” in the competition’s history. The crowd agreed with a standing ovation. “We’re throwing the dictionary at you and so far, you are showing the dictionary who is boss.” And, sure enough, all of the competitors from round 17 made it to the end. Thursday night’s finals went on more than an hour and half past the scheduled time with words like omphalopsychite, …

Liverpools waves of red fury and recklessness end in joyous bedlam | Barney Ronay

There were seething huddles in the aisles, bodies lifted and hugged and grappled after Liverpools unbelievable comeback against Barcelona Do not adjust your reality. This really is happening. There have been glorious, entirely improbable games in Liverpools European history, including this was something else, an effort of will that, frankly, took the breath away. On a rapturous night Liverpools season of chasing to the end narrowed first to a fine point; then burst into the most extravagant life as a 1-0 half-time lead against Barcelona became two, then three, then four. With 79 minutes gone, the most celebrated team of the modern age had been reduced to bunch of mooching, stumbling yellow-shirted spectators. A Champions League season that had seemed …

‘You get used to the gunfire’ filming the Libyan women’s football team

Denounced on TV, they train at secret locations watched by armed guards. We meet the woman from Hastings who made a fascinating film about Libyas guttsiest football squad Just what our country needs! rails the imam sarcastically on Libyan TV. A womens football team! And whats more, they chose tall, young beautiful girls for the team and for months their legs will be exposed. Womens football may be getting its moment in the spotlight with the World Cup about to kick off. But, as the absorbing new documentary revolution that brought Muammar Gaddafis reign to an end. It seemed to promise a new era of democracy and freedom including womens freedom to play football. That period was really joyous, says …

Kentucky Derby ‘wide open,’ says champion trainer Bob Baffert

(CNN)He’s targeting a record-equaling sixth Kentucky Derby win, but champion trainer Bob Baffert believes the Churchill Downs showpiece is “wide open” this year. View this post on Instagram “Game Winner was a champion two-year-old, but I don’t know how the weather is going to affect him — he comes from off the pace and might have some traffic problems. “I love Roadster, but he’s got to prove something, he’s lightly raced; and Improbable, if he doesn’t get too excited — they have to handle crowds — the way he’s been training he loves this track but he needs to break [out of the stalls]. “One day I like one and then I’ll change my mind. I think Improbable, we don’t …

Anyone else would have kicked him out: celebrity flatmates reveal all

Stealing clothes, sharing a bed, cereal for dinner… from Shaun Ryder and Bez to the boys from Busted, former housemates remember their first house share He could burn all your clothes, eat all your food, rob all your money, but hed always have your back in a fight Happy Mondays bandmate blackgrapemusic.com. Happy Mondays play Katherine Ryan lived with photographer Katherine Woroniecka when they were undergraduates at Ryerson University in Toronto in 2001 Comedian Katherine Ryan (left) and Katherine Woroniecka. Katherine Ryan I met Katherine the day we both moved to the big city from our respective small towns. We were 18 years old. Our landlady, Bonnie, was a very eccentric older lady with a cat and a lovely house …

Utah Jazz hand down lifetime ban to fan who racially abused Russell Westbrook

The Jazz have permanently banned a fan whom Russell Westbrook said told him to get down on your knees like youre used to during Mondays game The Utah Jazz have announced a lifetime ban of a fan who engaged in excessive and derogatory verbal abuse of Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook during Monday nights game in Salt Lake City. The ban is effective immediately and includes all arena events, the team pic.twitter.com/LquwRmLVNy a young fan touching him on the sideline during a game. pic.twitter.com/k8lkUwAyq6 Keisel told ESPN. She never got up. She never stood up. She never said a word to him. I mean, its all fine, were having fun and games with the guy and were talking, but …

Fernando Ricksen: I like living too much, Im not ready to go

Fernando Ricksen, the former Rangers and Netherlands player, has motor neurone disease. We spend time with him and his wife and find anger, sadness and humour At St Andrews Hospice in Airdrie, about eight miles outside Glasgow, Fernando Ricksen is beginning to show the first signs of tiredness after answering questions with his eyes for more than an hour. As an emotional and deeply moving interview draws to a close, Ricksen is asked whether there is anything else he would like to mention in this article. After a short pause while his eyes scroll across the screen to select the words that his voice-computer reads aloud once the sentence is complete, Ricksen adds: My wife, so that I get some …

Malcolm Brogdon: ‘People think if youre black you cant be both educated and a sportsman’

The guard has helped his team to the best record in the NBA. He talks to Donald McRae about race, Giannis Antetokounmpo and his drive to fight poverty Its still winter in America, with downtown Milwaukee lined by banks of dirty snow, but there is sunshine in this room. Donald Trump remains in office, as anger and disillusion festers, but Malcolm Brogdon defies these downbeat days. Fiery eloquence and hope pour out of the lead the Eastern Conference and have the best record in the league. associate dean of the science and maths department. I was lucky I had a mom who had seen it all. From seeing my grandfather march in the Civil Rights era, she understood the depth, …

Mikaela Shiffrin makes history with fourth straight slalom gold

(CNN)Mikaela Shiffrin proved she really is in a league of her own in the slalom, becoming the first skier in history to win four consecutive world titles in the same event. Mikaela Shiffrin: Why I won’t be objectified She admitted that the possibility of making history was the extra motivation she needed to power through. “Today was something else,” she said of the occasion. “There’s been a lot going on these Championships since the Super-G win. I certainly had a lot of doubt today but in the most important moments it was okay. “Like I said, my team was just spectacular this whole time to get me to toughen up and do the job. I’m really, really happy.” The packed …