Professional punter Harry Findlay:’ I didn’t have the develop fare to see my mum’ | Donald McRae

Harry the Dog tells Donald McRae about losing a 2.5 m bet in 2007, coming back from depression and why, with all disrespect, Ray Winstone should be ashamed of himself ‘I am a gambler ,” Harry Findlay says as if, after talking for three hours, the stark truth needs to be heard again.” If I had PS1, 000 left and there was a two-dog race at the lower end of my road and I didn’t know the kind, but I could get almost evens on both puppies, I’d set PS500…

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‘Maximum tension, minimum release’: why baseball renders so many brawls

For a non-contact sport, baseball appears to involve plenty of fights. What is it about the game that produces confrontations? In 1986 I had the privilege of sitting next to the great Scottish sportswriter Hugh McIlvanney during the NFLs first American Bowl at Wembley Stadium. One of the topics we discussed was the fascination that British fans have with baseball brawls, highlightings of which seemed to occupy an unusual sum of period on British television more, it seemed to me, than on American TV. Its only refreshing to us, McIlvanney…

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Tom Jenkins’ best athletics photos of 2016

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his favourite images from 2016 and remember how each one was created Andy Murray wins Wimbledon again 10 July 135 mm lens 1/1600 f4 ISO 1000 Championship-winning point at Wimbledon is always a little bit nervy for me even though I have done many of them over the years. There are some pretty big decisions to be made what lens do you go on as you dont know where on the court they will celebrate? Do you go upright or landscape?…

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Toilet gags is very difficult to attain when Justin Gatlin’s gold leaves a bad smell | Richard Williams

The polluted straw that resulted a racehorse to fail a drugs test might create a smile but events at the world athletics in London are no laughing matter If there was a lighter side to a week in which doping predominated the athletics headlines, it came in the discovery of O-desmethyltramadol in a sample taken from a horse called Wotadoll. Sitting in judgment, the British Horseracing Authoritys disciplinary committee accepted the explanation that the metabolite of the opioid tramadol seen after the three-year-old bay filly finished unplaced at Wolverhampton could…

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Tom Jenkins’ best sports photos of 2016

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his favourite images from 2016 and recollect how each one was created Andy Murray wins Wimbledon again 10 July 135 mm lens 1/1600 f4 ISO 1000 Championship-winning point at Wimbledon is always a little bit nervy for me even though I have done many of them over the years. There are some pretty big decisions to be made what lens do you go on as you dont know where on the court they will celebrate? Do you go upright or landscape?…

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