Botaoshi — the extreme Japanese sport you’ve probably never heard of

(CNN)Hundreds of bodies slam violently against each other, hands pull at limbs, feet kick at heads. It’s a chaotic, violent assault — and it’s taking place at a school sports day. “It’s rugby, it’s NFL, it’s wrestling, it’s sumo, it’s crazy it’s what it is. I’ve never seen anything like…

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NFL ready for another London party and edging closer to permanent move | Sean Ingle

Wembley will host the first of three London games on Sunday and the NFL believes the prospect of a permanent London franchise is now moving closer to reality The figures are almost as dizzying as a crunching helmet-to-helmet hit from a 300lb defensive lineman. On Sunday 84,000 people will pack…

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Arnautovic seals victory as West Ham compound Manchester United gloom

The gloom surrounding Manchester United intensified after Felipe Anderson, a Victor Lindelf own goal and Marko Arnautovic gave West Ham a 3-1 win Clubs cannot win the Premier League by the end of September, but they can certainly lose it. And yet for Manchester United, the death or otherwise of…

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Michael Carrick: Depression over a game sounds extreme but I felt in a very dark place

Michael Carrick tells Daniel Taylor about the guilt that gripped him after the 2009 Champions League final, guiding Manchester Uniteds young players though pitfalls and dishing out rollickings Michael Carrick tells a story about the first time he encountered Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United when, by his own admission,…

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