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Olympic viewers urged to be patient as BBC forced to juggle live streams

Frustration as reduced broadcasting rights limit corporation’s coverage to only two events at a timeTokyo Olympics – live updatesFans missing live Tokyo Olympics coverage of their favourite sports are being urged to be patient as the BBC juggles live s…

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Chernobyl for Ukraine, pizza for Italy: South Korean TV apologises for Olympic images

MBC sorry for ‘inappropriate images and captions’Syria and Haiti summed up by war and unrestA South Korean broadcaster has apologised after using offensive images to depict several countries during the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday.MBC dis…

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Lockdown reawakened my childhood love of chess. Now I can’t do anything else | Phil Wang

The alert I get when an opponent has made their move gives me the shot of excitement I used to get from social media notificationsLord help me, I am in the whirlwind throes of the beautiful game. Online chess. The ancient pastime enjoyed a boom late la…

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Naomi Osaka review – a poignant, painful look at the life of the tennis wunderkind

She may have beaten Serena Williams, but Netflix’s affecting new docuseries reveals Osaka as a young woman plagued by self-doubt, and trying to figure out her place in the worldThere is a problem that sometimes afflicts documentaries about sports perso…

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Manchester shows support for Marcus Rashford: ‘It’s evolved into something special’

Community comes together to back England footballer and oppose racism after mural was defacedFor Ed Wellard, “there was a kind of inevitability” to hearing that the mural of Marcus Rashford had been defaced after England’s Euro 2020 final defeat.Wellar…

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Winning team, winning melodies: Euro 2020 and terrace anthems

From Sweet Caroline to Southgate You’re the One, England supporters’ songs have a less macho feel these daysAs the sun sets on a sensational Euro 2020, the din ringing in our ears has a different tone from usual. Chants emanating from Wembley, pubs and…

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Winning team, winning melodies: Euro 2020 and terrace anthems

From Sweet Caroline to Southgate You’re the One, England supporters’ songs have a less macho feel these daysAs the sun sets on a sensational Euro 2020, the din ringing in our ears has a different tone from usual. Chants emanating from Wembley, pubs and…

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ITV’s England ‘curse’ lifted but BBC will dominate Euro 2020 final

Semi-final was a big win for ITV but vast majority likely to switch to BBC when broadcasters go toe-to-toe for the finalWhen Sam Matterface finished ITV’s commentary on England’s historic Euro 2020 victory over Denmark, he concluded with a plea to view…

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Sing when you’re winning – take our Euro 2020 football anthems quiz

Do you know your Ant from your Dec and your Three Lions from your Atomic Kitten? Find out with our tricky and slightly silly quizThey are the soundtrack to our summers of joy and despair. The songs that accompany the moments when our hearts soar as goa…

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Sing when you’re winning – take our Euro 2020 football anthems quiz

Do you know your Ant from your Dec and your Three Lions from your Atomic Kitten? Find out with our tricky and slightly silly quizThey are the soundtrack to our summers of joy and despair. The songs that accompany the moments when our hearts soar as goa…

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Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica selected for US Olympic showjumping team

29-year-old was an alternate at London 2012 OlympicsSpringsteen will ride stallion Don Juan van de DonkhoeveJessica Springsteen, the daughter of Bruce Springsteen, has been selected for the Tokyo Olympics show jumping team, the US equestrian team annou…

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Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica selected for US Olympic showjumping team

29-year-old was an alternate at London 2012 OlympicsSpringsteen will ride stallion Don Juan van de DonkhoeveJessica Springsteen, the daughter of Bruce Springsteen, has been selected for the Tokyo Olympics show jumping team, the US equestrian team annou…

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Arsenal’s 1989 title-winning match to get orchestral treatment

Work by Mark-Anthony Turnage at Barbican celebrates famous 2-0 victory against Liverpool at AnfieldFor some Arsenal fans it was the greatest night of their lives and for most football supporters it was, at the end at least, nothing short of thrilling.F…

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Euro 2020 on TV: calm start for BBC but for Savage dig at Boris Johnson

Lineker marshalled the studio well, Mowbray and Jenas made a solid double act, but the forgetful prime minister got a kickingFootball punditry can be a detestable sham. The BBC gave an ominous reminder of that during their Euro 2020 preview show on Thu…

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Prue Leith, Lemn Sissay and Alison Moyet recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

Key figures in UK arts, culture and sport rewarded in list dominated by heroes and heroines of pandemicThe Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, the poet Lemn Sissay and the singer-songwriter Alison Moyet are among notable figures in the arts to hav…

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Dream Horse: the true story of a Welsh village that raised a racehorse

Twenty years ago, one woman convinced her neighbours to buy, rear and train a thoroughbred racehorse, Dream Alliance. Now their unlikely story is relived in a feelgood filmEver felt stirred by a warm sense of connection to the world around you? Well, t…

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Dream Horse: the true story of a Welsh village that raised a racehorse

Twenty years ago, one woman convinced her neighbours to buy, rear and train a thoroughbred racehorse, Dream Alliance. Now their unlikely story is relived in a feelgood filmEver felt stirred by a warm sense of connection to the world around you? Well, t…

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Dream Horse: the true story of a Welsh village that raised a racehorse

Twenty years ago, one woman convinced her neighbours to buy, rear and train a thoroughbred racehorse, Dream Alliance. Now their unlikely story is relived in a feelgood filmEver felt stirred by a warm sense of connection to the world around you? Well, t…

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Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In review – less hairdryer treatment than crowning glory

Really, you can’t go wrong with this material: a working-class Scot becomes the most decorated manager in football, yet age and illness cannot dim his gleamThe life story of football manager Alex Ferguson is just so rousing that any movie about him mor…

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Gods of Snooker: how the sport went from dingy hobby to national treasure

The BBC’s new documentary series charts how the game became a riveting TV soap opera full of colourful charactersThey say everyone who watched it remembers where they were for the Apollo 11 moon landing. Aired last Sunday, the first episode of the smok…