Martha Kelner

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West Ham’s David Gold says agents are ‘sucking tons of money’ out of football

• Gold: ‘Other than agents, everyone else is against them’• Premier League club executives call for ban on paymentsThe West Ham co-chairman David Gold has launched a stinging attack on football agents, declaring they are “sucking tons of money” out of …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/sep/13/west-ham-david-gold-agents-money-football-fifa-uefa

Tennis rallies behind Serena Williams after US Open sexism claim

Players past and present back 23-time grand slam champion following outburst at umpireTennis players past and present have rallied behind Serena Williams after she claimed the sport was riddled by sexism following an extraordinary on-court tirade at an…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/09/tennis-rallies-behind-serena-williams-after-us-open-sexism-claim

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas gears up for home race

Welsh cyclist will be part of 120-strong peloton cycling 109-mile course through WalesThe farming village of Bancyfelin in the heart of Wales, with one pub, a post office and a tiny primary school, will be almost emptied tomorrow as cycling’s Tour of B…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/01/tour-of-britain-wales-first-winner-in-paris-gears-up-for-race-at-home

Brighton to offer free sanitary products to female fans in Premier League first

• Liverpool and Everton understood to be considering initiative• Thirteen clubs across UK have already signed upBrighton have become the first Premier League club to commit to providing female fans with free sanitary products after a campaign was launc…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/aug/29/brighton-free-female-sanitary-products-premier-league

Ben Stokes should have faced assault charge, says man he felled

Ryan Hale was punched in the face by the cricketer, who was acquitted of affrayA former soldier knocked unconscious by England cricketer Ben Stokes during a street brawl in Bristol has said he cannot understand why the sportsman was not charged with as…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/16/ben-stokes-should-have-faced-assault-charge-ex-soldier-in-nightclub

Not guilty, but Ben Stokes faces a battle to restore his reputation

Despite being cleared of affray, the cricketer’s night out may haunt him for years to comeIt was supposed to have been a fun evening out for members of the England cricket team after a victory over the West Indies. But for Ben Stokes, a bout of violenc…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/14/not-guilty-but-ben-stokes-faces-a-battle-to-restore-his-reputation

India fans may be staying away from first Test over ticket prices

• Asian cricket official says ‘element of cashing in’ at Edgbaston• Second-day attendance was 16,754 in 25,000-capacity groundCommunities of Indian cricket fans may have stayed away from the Edgbaston Test because organisers were trying to “cash in” on…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/03/india-ticket-prices-first-test-england-edgbaston

Chris Froome and I hung out to dry in doping cases, says Lizzie Deignan

• Deignan: UK Anti-Doping should have protected my reputation• ‘Unfortunately for Chris his reputation is tarnished’Lizzie Deignan has claimed Chris Froome has been denied a fair process in his anti-doping case and criticised the testing authorities fo…

Permanent link to this article: http://sportgnome.com/blog/2018/06/11/chris-froome-and-i-hung-out-to-dry-in-doping-cases-says-lizzie-deignan/

Premier League winter break to come into force in 2019-20 season

• Fixture changes will lead to a 10-day break in February • Move is designed to help England at major tournamentsA winter break will come into force in the Premier League for a first time in the 2019-20 season in a move the Football Association believe…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/08/winter-break-to-come-into-force-in-premier-league-england

R&A chief executive calls for more action to address lack of diversity

• Martin Slumbers says ‘we have to change fast’ or suffer• Local clubs expected to play integral role in attracting womenGolf requires a major facelift in order to attract more women and families and shift away from the stuffy, male‑dominated image it …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/29/ra-chief-executive-calls-for-action-on-diversity

Chris Froome should not be listed with cycling greats, says Hinault

• Bernard Hinault criticises Team Sky rider after Giro d’Italia win• Team Sky hit back, calling for fairness over FroomeBernard Hinault has launched a stinging attack on Chris Froome, claiming the Team Sky rider should never have been on the Giro d’Ita…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/29/chris-froome-cycling-bernard-hinault-giro-ditalia

Whistleblowers’ fears revealed in landmark UK Sport report

‘Culture health check’ shows widespread pride but reports almost a third of Olympic athletes fear reprisals for speaking outThe optimistic tone of the UK Sport hierarchy as they presented the results of what they called a “culture health check” has rar…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/16/whistleblowers-fears-revealed-uk-sport-report-olympic-athletes

Test that resulted in adverse finding for Chris Froome called into question

• Study claims it is unfeasible to accurately measure salbutamol• Froome under scrutiny for adverse finding at 2017 VueltaChris Froome’s battle to rescue his reputation after a failed drugs test looks bound for the court of arbitration for sport as it …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/07/chris-froome-salbutamol-test-called-into-question

Philippa York says macho culture prevents cyclists coming out

• York says there is an absence of support system for riders• ‘You can’t show any kind of weakness … you’ll get more abuse’Philippa York has suggested the macho culture in professional cycling is preventing riders from coming out as gay.York was King o…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/30/philippa-york-macho-culture-cyclists-coming-out

Different strokes: how ‘our Usain Bolt’ Adam Peaty rules the pool

With a female coach and fighter’s spirit, the UK swimmer’s rivals say he is redefining breaststrokeIn the midmorning sunshine on Australia’s Gold Coast, the most dominant swimmer in British history launched his hulking frame through the water, easing t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/06/different-strokes-how-our-usain-bolt-adam-peaty-rules-the-pool

Adam Peaty determined to increase his performance and bank balance

The breaststroke swimmer aims at the Commonwealth Games to improve his dominance and become the first to dip under 57sec in the 100mAs the titles have stacked up for Adam Peaty he has become more pragmatic in his approach to success. Still only 23, he …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/01/adam-peaty-determined-to-increase-performance-and-bank-balance