Victoria Pendleton reveals she considered taking her own life

• Former Olympic cyclist speaks about mental health issues• 38-year-old has ‘turned a corner’ after summer tormentFormer Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton has revealed she considered taking her own life last summer.The 38-year-old has previously spoken about her mental health issues and, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, has given a graphic account of how matters deteriorated. Continue reading...

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Victoria Pendleton: Olympic champion 'turns corner' after suicide thoughts

Olympic track cycling champion Victoria Pendleton says she has "turned a corner" after she "was minutes away" from taking her own life last summer.

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Scottish Premiership is tight at the top … but is there really a title race? | Ewan Murray

Three points separate the leading four clubs but the managers of Kilmarnock and Aberdeen have dismissed claims their sides can challenge Celtic at the summitThe strange thing about optimism attached to an unusually tight Scottish top-flight season is that this sense has generally emanated from those not involved in it. As the Premiership resumes on Wednesday, three points separate the top four teams. St Johnstone, who are sixth, are only eight from the summit.Those north of the border seeking bragging rights finally have ammunition. Chelsea, the fourth-placed team in the Premier League, are 13 points behind leaders Liverpool. In the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig lie fourth but 14 points worse off than Borussia Dortmund. A Juventus stroll towards the Serie A title is such that they lead by nine. Paris St-Germain have already dismantled Ligue 1; their advantage is 13 points over Lille with two matches in hand. Continue reading...

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Emiliano Sala was 'so ready' to join us, says Cardiff City chief executive – video

Cardiff City chief executive Ken Choo has said that the club is in shock over new signing Emiliano Sala's disappearance. The 28-year-old striker was aboard a small passenger plane that lost contact on Monday night off the coast of Guernsey as he was flying to Wales from Nantes, French authorities have said.The Channel Islands air search chief officer, John Fitzgerald, told the Associated Press: 'After all this time the weather’s quite cold, the water is very cold out there ... I am not expecting anyone to be alive.'Sala completed his move from Nantes to Cardiff for a club-record fee over the weekend, but had returned to France to say goodbye to his teammates. He was set to train with Cardiff for the first time on Tuesday morning and expected to make his debut against Arsenal next week. Emiliano Sala: Cardiff's new striker who was on missing plane – video report Continue reading...

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Footballers who have scored goals with unlikely parts of the body | The Knowledge

Plus: most foreign managers from a single nation, more subbed goalkeepers and dire champions. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“What is the furthest distance a player has scored from without using their head or foot, disregarding deflections?” wonders Michael Hargreaves.The answer to this question depends on how you define ‘deflection’. “I’m sure there are longer-range examples from others, but maybe none so entertaining as Ben Williamson’s ‘butt goal’ for Cambridge against Notts County,” offers Miles Fenton. “It wasn’t intentional, but can’t be called a deflection either,” he adds, challenging anyone – anyone – to dispute his definition. Continue reading...

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CBS refuses to run Super Bowl ad for medical marijuana

Acreage Holdings ‘disappointed but not surprised’ by newsMarijuana now legal in some form in 33 US statesCBS has rejected a Super Bowl television ad calling for the legalization of medical marijuana sponsored by one of the largest cannabis investment companies. Related: Tom Brady was already the greatest QB of all time – now he's just rubbing it in Continue reading...

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Ricky Ponting & Shane Warne send message to cricket car crash victim

Wiltshire wicketkeeper Billy Cookson receives a special video message from Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan after a horrific car crash in Australia that almost claimed his life.

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Hamish Watson: Edinburgh & Scotland flanker to miss Six Nations games with broken hand

Edinburgh flanker Hamish Watson will miss at least the first half of Scotland's Six Nations campaign with a fractured hand.

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Jasmin Paris’s feat of endurance was a welcome antidote to modern sport | Sean Ingle

The runner’s remarkable story evokes a bygone age of pushing at impossible boundaries for the sheer love of sportClose the books. Ready the gongs. We may have already seen the most remarkable performance from a British athlete in 2019. The fact that Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win the 268-mile Spine Race, which swaggeringly bills itself as one of the toughest endurance contests in the world, was jaw-dropping enough. In addition, to beat her nearest male rival by 15 hours and set a course record by 12 – while pumping milk for her baby daughter at feeding stations – marked it out as a feat for the ages.But there was another reason why Paris’s story resonated so deeply it made the BBC’s News at Six, received enormous traffic on the Guardian’s website and was tweeted by Chelsea Clinton. There was a purity which harked back to a bygone age of pushing at impossible boundaries for the sheer love of sport and unfettered adventure. Continue reading...

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Six Nations 2019: Leigh Halfpenny ruled out of Wales' opener with France

Back Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales' opening Six Nations game away to France in Paris on Friday, 1 February.

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Emiliano Sala, the humble forward who enriched everyone's lives

Argentinian striker’s move to Cardiff was a natural progression as his goal-scoring record steadily improvedBy Adam White for Get French Football NewsOutside of Paris, goals can be rare in Ligue 1. But since joining Nantes, Emiliano Sala has scored more than most. He was outstanding in the first half of this season and attracted interest from abroad. Having travelled to Wales twice to agree a potentially career‑defining transfer with Cardiff, he returned to Nantes to say goodbye to his teammates on Monday night.“The last goodbye” was the caption Sala put on a social media post of himself surrounded by them at the club’s training ground before he was driven to the airport for his return to Wales and Premier League football by Nicolas Pallois, a Nantes defender and close friend. Sala was due in Cardiff by 9pm but never arrived after the plane in which he was travelling disappeared over the Channel. Continue reading...

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Serena Williams knocked out of Australian Open by Karolina Pliskova after holding match points

Serena Williams misses four match points before succumbing to Czech Karolina Pliskova in a dramatic Australian Open quarter-final.

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Watch 'incredible recovery' as jockey Mikey Sweeney almost falls off and still wins

Jockey Mikey Sweeney on Ask Heather almost falls off but makes an "incredible recovery" then goes on to win the race.

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