Marina Hyde

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Ben Stokes has embarrassed the ECB? Usually it doesn’t need anyone’s help | Marina Hyde

The all-rounder’s court case may be over but the England and Wales Cricket Board’s handling of this affair doubtless has a few more embarrassing twists and turns to take yetI am relieved to learn that the not guilty verdict in the Ben Stokes affray tri…

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‘Cancelling Christmas’ and poppygate: Premier League guide for new arrivals | Marina Hyde

So you’ve swapped Serie A or the Bundesliga for life in England. Here’s a crash course in what to expect from your new leagueWelcome, talented football player from Abroad! As one of our age-old sayings goes: to be signed to an English Premier League si…

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Inside the Wimbledon wormhole with Boris, Martina … and Arron Banks? | Marina Hyde

The verbal rallies have started at SW19 as Martina Navratilova came out on top in a joust with the Brexit financier while Boris Becker was left stumped by Sue Barker’s opening gambit“To everyone’s surprise,” reflects a character at the start of sci-fi …

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Leeds United, their Myanmar muddle and football’s most boggling tours | Marina Hyde

Leeds’ planned trip to Myanmar highlights the malarial atmosphere of the modern game, yet Dallas Tornado’s 1967 world tour may remain football’s most unfathomable odysseyBy the time you read this column, ideally, it will have been overtaken by fast-mov…

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Tampergate, David Warner’s WhatsApp exile and cricket’s very modern crisis | Marina Hyde

The fallout from the ball-tampering scandal keeps on coming and the executions have been swift – is there even the slightest chance Australia has taken this just a little bit too far?Is #MeToo the new -gate? As you know, the final syllable of Watergate…

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Stand up for Aly Raisman in fight to purge the horrors of Larry Nassar | Marina Hyde

The US gymnast, who gave an electrifying victim statement face to face with her abuser in court, is now is now taking on the US Olympic CommitteeLast Friday, the multiple gold-medal winning US gymnast Aly Raisman delivered an electrifyingly powerful vi…

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The Froome affair proves it: Team Sky is champion of misunderstandings | Marina Hyde

Claim follows claim and now Chris Froome fails a drugs test. Fate is unkind to our premier cyclistsIt’s always exciting when something goes right down to the wire. And for many of us, the race to re-edit Chris Froome’s Sports Personality of the Year se…

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BT and Sky battle to keep England’s Ashes Unnameables anonymous | Marina Hyde

Joe Root is light years away from the visibility David Gower enjoyed and, away from terrestrial TV, some team-mates in Australia might as well be in a witness protection programmeAt the risk of making myself a hostage to fortune, it is very possible th…

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Tennis drug cheats do exist, but it’s too easy for them to slip through the net | Marina Hyde

Maria Sharapova is back and her drug ban is receding into memory in a sport where the anti-doping procedure barely scratches the surface of a problem that is unlikely to be non-existent

In tennis, cleanliness is next to wealthiness. Announcing record levels of sponsorship deals back in 2015, the ATP chairman Chris Kermode explained: “People see [tennis] as a clean sport, it’s a great product with great athletes and I think tennis is in the best place it’s ever been.”

Why do people see tennis as a clean sport? The simple answer is that very few players ever test positive for banned substances. Except in faintly glamorous ways, like when Richard Gasquet ingested cocaine from kissing a lady all night in a Miami nightclub. Richard, you’ve tested positive for being a Mr Loverman.

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Preparing for life without a foremost national asset, Mark Clattenburg | Marina Hyde

Premier League referee’s come-and-get-me plea to the MLS or China displays all the hallmarks of being dictated by his agent, and after lunch at thatFunny to think that Mark Clattenburg inking a sponsorship deal while still a serving referee once felt l…

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Why MLS should just sell itself and not the American dream | Marina Hyde

Forget the beaches and the shopping, Major League Soccer is growing into something a lot more than a lifestyle option with a football contract attachedClearly this is far from fashionable, but among my most detested of modern words are “pampering” and …

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