News Vinnie Jones ha revealed he has skin cancer

Snatch star says condition has 'knocked me for six and made me reassess my life and goals'

It's only a game . . .: Sport is a testosterone-fuelled arena for legalised physical aggression, right? Not so with Tchoukball, according to Richard Simpson

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.' A justifiable observation made by the author George Orwell in 1945, since most sports have long since waved goodbye to those gallant days of amateurism and have left their players to do battle under a new maxim: it's not the taking part that matters, it's the winning. But in a world where the likes of Vinnie Jones shoot to cult status, it is refreshing to learn that one sporting fraternity remains proudly committed to the gentleman's spirit.

Football: Wilkinson is taken to task by Cantona: Manchester United's volatile French striker accuses Leeds manager of 'forcing' him to leave Elland Road. Guy Hodgson reports

ERIC CANTONA, the volatile inspiration behind Manchester United's attempt on a domestic treble, would never have left Leeds but for Howard Wilkinson's determinaton to drive him out.

Football: Dons the undoing of Deehan

Wimbledon. . . .3

Football: Ndlovu's talent unhinges Dons

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Football: Majestic McAllister

Leeds United. . 4

Football: Wimbledon struggle to be loved

FOR anyone not totally of their persuasion, going to see Wimbledon involves taking along a clutter of pre-conceived ideas, none of them positive. Vinnie Jones and the rest have not exactly striven to cajole us into viewing them sympathetically. The latest nasty little business of the club's owner, Sam Hammam, allegedly scrawling obscenities on a dressing-room wall at Upton Park, was in keeping with the sort of language that comes in from the public in the mail whenever any of us in the media criticise, or even question, the club and some of its players' contributions to football's propriety and standards of skill.

Football: Jones misses date with FA

VINNIE JONES, whose visits to the Football Association's disciplinary committee are so frequent there is talk of building him a flat on the premises, failed to turn up at the appointed time for a hearing yesterday and landed an indefinite ban.

OLYMPICS / Barcelona 1992: Volleyball: Mean machine marches on: Close-knit and close-shaven, the American volleyball team are a formidable unit. Guy Hodgson figures out why

YOU NEED hands to play volleyball. Not just to thump the ball over the net, but to join in the orgy of congratulation when anything goes your way. A kill and flesh pumps flesh, a block and palms crash together. You suspect if someone ties their shoe-laces correctly a party breaks out around him.
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