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World Cup prompts unprecedented global explosion for women’s football

• Viewing-figures records shattered across continents• England face Norway in quarter-final on ThursdayAs the Women’s World Cup enters the quarter-final stages, the sound heard across the globe is of records – and prejudices – being joyously shattered….

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Put the smartphone down Aggers old chap. This spat really isn’t cricket | Barney Ronay

The BBC has reprimanded its cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew after a foul-mouthed rant against journalist Jonathan LiewOh, stop it Aggers. The news that Jonathan Agnew MBE, the BBC’s voice of cricket, has been reprimanded by the corporation for rep…

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Leon Mann: ‘We need people in power to show they care about diversity’

The former BBC and ITV presenter has become a campaigner for greater BAME representation in British sports media and is determined to see radical change to a stark issueLeon Mann tells a story which, by his own admission, is as depressing as it is amus…

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Fresh Premier League setback as Tim Davie declines chance to take top job

• BBC man will not replace Richard Scudamore as chief executive• Susanna Dinnage U-turn meant first effort to fill role failedThe Premier League has suffered a significant setback after Tim Davie followed Susanna Dinnage in declining the chance to take…

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The Guardian view on Andy Murray: great Scot, great guy, great backhand | Editorial

The former Wimbledon men’s singles champion is a man who reshaped the game, on and off courtAndy Murray, who has signalled his retirement from tennis, is a sports revolutionary. His claim in history was to be Britain’s first Wimbledon men’s singles cha…

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Tyson Fury is no angel but he should have been on the Spoty shortlist | Kevin Mitchell

It is toweringly paradoxical that a fighter who is trying against mountainous odds to put embarrassing chunks of his past behind him is reminded of his sins again in a public referendumGeraint Thomas deserves the acclaim of armchair Britain as the nati…

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018 – live!

Latest updates and reaction from the awards show in BirminghamThe Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2018Feel free to email Ben or to tweet: @benfisherj 7.07pm GMT Gary Lineker introduces himself, Clare Balding tells us “sport has that special …

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Dina Asher-Smith a real contender for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

The athlete who won three European gold medals is likely to be up against Harry Kane, Geraint Thomas and Lewis HamiltonA hugely successful and exhilarating year for British sport will be acknowledged in time-worn fashion on Sunday night when the countr…

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BBC unable to stop Brexit war among its sports broadcasters

Lineker versus Agnew spat intensifies debate about how impartiality rules are appliedBrexit has already split a nation, enraged millions on both sides of the debate and left a country teetering on the brink. Now it has come for the nation’s sports star…

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Gary Lineker criticised by Jonathan Agnew for ‘political’ Brexit tweets

BBC’s cricket correspondent says he would be sacked if he copied Match of the Day hostBBC Sport host Gary Lineker has been criticised by his colleague Jonathan Agnew for expressing his political views on Twitter.The former England football captain, who…

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Ian Robertson hangs up his mic: ‘You don’t gain anything from being an assassin’ | Andy Bull

After 47 years on the BBC, charming Nelson Mandela and Elizabeth Taylor along the way, the voice of rugby will call it a day at Twickenham painting the best picture he canAt school the teachers called Ian Robertson “Chatterbox”. It was “Chatterbox! Sil…

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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Mark Chapman: ‘Alan Shearer’s family get abuse for his punditry – it’s weird’ | Sachin Nakrani

The Match of the Day 2 presenter believes the criticism pundits like Shearer receive on social media has become incessant, unfair and does them and those who work behind the scenes a disserviceA warm afternoon in south Manchester and Mark Chapman is in…

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The Martin Plan: how Test cricket can rediscover its mainstream mojo

We need to make the Lord’s Test a midsummer festival of cricket for everyone, seen by the greatest number possible. And that means getting it on terrestrial TVOn the Friday before England’s defeat at Trent Bridge the BBC staged a smiley and slapstick T…

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Caution! Stalled government ahead | Brief letters

Alan Gilzean | Eldorado at the BBC | Motorway speeds | Morris Minors | Fake newsRumour has it that the only reason Alan Gilzean (Obituary, 12 July) stayed with Tottenham Hotspur after Jimmy Greaves left was that with the advent of substitutions, the Sp…

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World Cup final TV battle: BBC goes for goosebumps as ITV pitches to fans | Paul MacInnes

Neither channel got its World Cup final coverage exactly right but each provided a unique perspective on the same eventIt is a job few broadcasters can manage, persuading people to follow you to BBC Two for the tennis while at the same time convincing …

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Andy Murray stays true to his deadpan self in debut as pundit

Insightful and mischievous, the player aced it on BBC One’s Wimbledon coverageWatching Andy Murray make his debut as a pundit on BBC One’s Wimbledon coverage, it was hard to believe this was the same person as the grumpy, introverted teenager who once …

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England World Cup win over Sweden watched by almost 20m viewers

BBC’s coverage of quarter-final victory over Sweden peaked at 19.64 million on SaturdayThere were gasps, there were cheers – in many cases there was frank disbelief – as England defeated Sweden on Saturday, and went through the to the semi-final of a W…

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World Cup: Lucid restraint at the BBC … as everyone else goes totally mad

The professional pundits covering the England-Sweden World Cup match on Saturday had it all under control“This game doesn’t really need hyping up, so we’re going to do it anyway.” It already seems so long ago, but back at 2.40pm on Saturday, when there…