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  • Meet James Golding, the man who has had cancer twice and been hit by a truck... but refuses to be beaten

    “People say I’m unlucky because I’ve had cancer twice and I’ve been hit by a truck,” remarks James Golding matter-of-factly. “But I think I’m the luckiest man alive.” As a summary of Golding’s philosophy on life, it is difficult to beat that line, taken from a short documentary about the ultra-endurance cyclist released by Red Bull Media House earlier this year. The film, catchily titled ‘James Golding: the man who refuses to die’, was meant to coincide with Golding’s attempt on the Race Across America; the infamous 3000-mile ultra-distance cycling challenge which began life in 1982 as the Great American Bike Race and each year sees a load of like-minded nutters set off from California, west to east, crossing 12 states and taking in roughly 175,000 feet of climbing in the process.

  • Swimming pools reopen today - what are the new rules for indoor and outdoor facilities?

    Swimming pools, gyms and other sports facilities are open again after the coronavirus lockdown. The sector has convinced the Government that it is ready and has detailed measure in place. For swimmers, these include: No overtaking while swimming; Double-width lanes; Rest areas outside the pool to avoid gatherings between lengths; An option to arrive already changed into swimwear; Two-metre social distancing throughout changing areas; No more than one swimmer per six square metres of a pool; Pools divided for family sessions so that each household has their own area. Swimming is one of the biggest participation sports in the UK and, as well as being the main form of physical activity for many elderly people, there is concern that a generation of children are missing their mandatory opportunity to learn to swim as part of the primary school curriculum. There are 5,000 public pools in England and there are fears that as many as 500 could close permanently due to lost income and the viability of reducing numbers and introducing social-distancing measures. Swim England’s guidance is broken down into documents for users, operators, clubs, community facilities and instructors.

  • Snooker legend Willie Thorne dies

    Former snooker star Willie Thorne has died at the age of 66 after a short battle with illness. A message on Thorne's GoFundMe page read: "It is with a very heavy and broken heart that I have to officially announce that at 1.55am this

  • Wimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

    Wimbledon has become the latest sporting event to be cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis. The tournament was scheduled to take place at the All England Club from June 29 to July 12. The All England Club said in a statement: "It is

  • Howe generous – Eddie is the first top flight boss to take a voluntary pay cut

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has become the first Premier League boss to take a voluntary pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic. With football suspended since mid-March – and showing few signs of an immediate return – the

  • Pitch invader canine disrupts football match

    A very persistent dog seemed determined to take part in a football match in Istanbul. Footage of the clash between Fatih Karagumruk and visitors Giresunspor shows a couple of the home team players sizing up a free kick outside their