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Oscar Piastri wins F1 Hungarian GP after McLaren order Norris to give up lead

Oscar Piastri won the Hungarian Grand Prix after an enormously tense finale in a showdown with his McLaren teammate Lando Norris, who finished second only after he very reluctantly agreed to follow team orders and let the Australian past with three laps remaining to secure his debut Formula One grand prix victory.Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was third. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was fourth and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who was furious with his car and his team throughout, came in fifth. He is under investigation for causing a collision, having hit Hamilton in an over-ambitious overtake attempt late in the race.After Piastri had taken the lead from second on the grid behind Norris at turn one on the opening lap, he had looked largely in control as he moved toward his first win

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Cracks appear in Geelong’s fortress with another dirty night on home turf | Craig LIttle

When Geelong historian and former vice-president, Bob Gartland, told the ABC in March that “the stadium precinct is probably the glue that holds us all together”, it is unlikely that he had in mind the mud at Kardinia Park.When you feed a stadium off the public purse like a foie gras goose, one thing you don’t expect is a surface that was as redolent as the guernsey the Cats wore to celebrate Edward ‘Carji’ Greeves and the centenary of his Brownlow Medal triumph.“It was [like] running out in a paddock with how muddy it was,” Western Bulldogs forward Jamarra Ugle-Hagan said. “It was pretty dangerous out there – obviously just had to keep your feet, but it was really wet out there.”There was a time when football was well acquainted with mud

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Ray Reardon obituary

Ray Reardon, who has died aged 91 from cancer, was snooker’s world champion six times in the 1970s, the decade in which the game was changing from subterranean folk sport into a TV attraction.Always immaculately dressed, a highly popular and genial ambassador for the game, ever adept at engaging a crowd, he remains the oldest champion and, on the strength of his 18-15 defeat by Alex Higgins at the age of 49 in 1982, its oldest finalist. After his wins in 1970, 1973-76 and 1978 he was still good enough to reach the 1985 semi-finals, when he was 52, before Steve Davis, the dominant figure of the 80s, trounced him 16-5.As a player, he transformed himself from brilliant young potter into supreme tactician. In later life his deep knowledge of the game was utilised by Ronnie O’Sullivan, who acknowledged him as a significant factor in capturing the 2004 world title

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Paris Olympics is chance to celebrate UK and bring nation together, Gabby Logan says

The Paris Olympics will provide a moment to celebrate modern Britain and bring the nation together, Gabby Logan has said.Speaking before the opening of the 33rd summer Olympic Games in Paris on Friday, the presenter said the Games could be a time to appreciate the “steadier” nature of British politics, which had not had to face down the far right as France did in elections held weeks before the Olympics.“The election has shown us that we’re not going in the same direction as a lot of countries in Europe at the moment. And I think for all of us [in the UK, it’s] a moment where we go: ‘OK, we’re perhaps taking this a bit steadier than some countries are.’”Logan, who will lead the BBC’s presenting team in Paris with Clare Balding and Mark Chapman, added: “When the GB team walks into the stadium, it will reflect modern Britain and it will look like our towns and cities and I think that’s really important … In our team, we see a unifying of our country, so hopefully France will enjoy that moment of unity too

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From living in a van to Olympics contender: GB windsurfer Sam Sills

In 2021, out of cash and and heading out of the sport, the naval architect had one last chance in rural Switzerland …Half a decade since he quit the UK for forward-thinking Scandinavia on a mission to reduce the nautical world’s carbon footprint, and 18 months after dwindling money reserves prompted him to move the entire contents of his life into the back of his van, Sam Sills found himself shivering by a lake in rural Switzerland.At an altitude close to 2,000m above sea level, Silvaplana is a popular tourist destination for skiers throughout much of the winter. Even during the peak summer months, temperatures barely trouble the mercury with nights ranging on a scale from chilly to glacial. For participants at the 2021 iQFoil World Championships – the headline event for a new windsurfing discipline that had been confirmed for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Olympics – not even the picturesque backdrop could generate much desire to hang around any longer than competition demanded.Those fortunate enough to be part of national teams – as Sills had been once upon a time – found solace in the warmth of nearby hotels to rest and recuperate between races, somewhere to eat, sleep, shower, go to the toilet: the type of basic necessities required to compete in elite sport or go about a conventionally functional life

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Midas touch: how to kick like 1500m world champion Josh Kerr

Kerr’s battle with Jakob Ingebrigtsen will be a Paris 2024 highlight. The Scot’s coach Danny Mackey explains how to tweak his workouts to boost your parkrun sprint finishJosh Kerr is one of the fastest middle distance runners in history. He is the world 1500m champion, the world record-holder over two miles indoors and Britain’s quickest man over a mile – ahead of Steve Cram, Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett. But perhaps Kerr’s ultimate superpower is his ability to find even more at the end of his races, when his lungs are burning and his limbs are screaming.According to Kerr’s highly regarded coach, Danny Mackey, that ability comes not only from physical training, but his psychological strength and his ability to prioritise what really matters

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