‘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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Toilet gags is very difficult to build when Justin Gatlin’s gold leaves a bad fragrance | Richard Williams

The polluted straw that led 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 dominated the athletics headlines, it came in the discovery of O-desmethyltramadol in a sample taken from a pony 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 recalls 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 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? Are…

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‘Who will do the work?’ Trump’s migrant crackdown risks horse racing’s future

The unglamorous hours in the stables means racing has long relied upon undocumented workers but recent federal raids raise pressing questions When it comes to its workforce, American horse racing could be galloping towards a crisis. A visa program that serves the racing industry poorly plus a dearth of US employees willing to do the sports grunt work the grooming, the exercise-riding and the hot-walking of racehorses has long left racing heavily reliant upon undocumented workers from Mexico and elsewhere in Central and South America. But now, the recent spate…

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

The contaminated straw that led a racehorse to fail a drugs test might raise 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 decision, the British Horseracing Authoritys disciplinary committee accepted the explanation that the metabolite of the opioid tramadol detected after the three-year-old bay filly finished unplaced at Wolverhampton could…

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

For a non-contact athletic, baseball appears to involve plenty of fightings. 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 brawl, highlightings of which seemed to occupy an unusual sum of day on British television more, it seemed to me, than on American TV. Its simply refreshing to us, McIlvanney…

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Toilet gags is very difficult to stimulate when Justin Gatlin’s gold leaves a bad stench | 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 dominated the sports 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 detected after the three-year-old bay filly finished unplaced at Wolverhampton could…

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