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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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Scottie Pippen: ‘I told Michael Jordan I wasn’t too pleased with The Last Dance’

The ex-Chicago Bulls star won new fans in the acclaimed Netflix documentary. He talks about his special relationship with MJ – and basketball’s equality problemVan Jones: ‘Joe Biden is a romantic idealist in the age of cynicism and snark’See the Observ…

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Scottie Pippen: ‘I told Michael Jordan I wasn’t too pleased with The Last Dance’

The ex-Chicago Bulls star won new fans in the acclaimed Netflix documentary. He talks about his special relationship with MJ – and basketball’s equality problemVan Jones: ‘Joe Biden is a romantic idealist in the age of cynicism and snark’See the Observ…

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All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur review – where is Mourinho’s dirty laundry?

Despite the promise of ‘access all areas’, the latest outing for the sports documentary series is as obligingly sanitised as everNot so long ago, football clubs were happy to lay themselves bare for TV cameras. The gold standard remains Channel 4’s 199…

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No way José: Football is no soap opera, despite Amazon’s efforts

Mourinho steals every scene in All Or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur, but even Tom Hardy can’t add any drama to a gussied up end of season DVDThe most revealing moment in the opening episode of All Or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur occurs during a private meet…

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Michael Jordan was years ahead of his game. The Last Dance showed that he still is

The docuseries that enthralled millions isn’t just about sport, but the pursuit of perfection. And at its heart is a superstar who still retains his mysteryThe Last Dance, the wildly popular documentary series co-produced by ESPN and Netflix about Mich…

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Aaron Hernandez: how did a $40m NFL star become a convicted killer?

In a Netflix docuseries, the shocking true story of a much-loved athlete convicted of first-degree murder is placed under the microscopeEven by the standards of America’s obsession with stories of spectacular falls from grace, the trajectory of Aaron H…

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‘We’re not allowed to talk about it’: inside the world of US sports betting

In the new series Action, an increasingly legalized world comes out of the shadows, changing the narratives of those involvedSeveral years ago, friends of Luke Korem, a documentary film-maker and Texas A&M grad, dared him to favor his team, an unde…

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All or Nothing leaves City fans with more questions than answers | Simon Hattenstone

As a Manchester City supporter it’s impossible not to take some pleasure in the documentary but it pulls its punches, fails to probe and is nothing but a gloriously glossy club commercialWhy am I so reluctant to watch All or Nothing: Manchester City? T…

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All or Nothing leaves City fans with more questions than answers | Simon Hattenstone

As a Manchester City supporter it’s impossible not to take some pleasure in the documentary but it pulls its punches, fails to probe and is nothing but a gloriously glossy club commercialWhy am I so reluctant to watch All or Nothing: Manchester City? T…

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‘We were forming family’: how LGBT sports grew in the early 1980s

The documentary Light in the Water tells the story of a group of gay men and women who fought against prejudice to swim their way to victoryIn the gay community, there’s an old adage about “alternative families”. Kath Weston wrote about it in her 1997 …

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Hillsborough disaster evidence from Sir Dave Richards called into doubt – video

Doubts have been cast over the evidence about the Hillsborough disaster given by former Premier League chairman, Sir Dave Richards. Richards made a similar statement to the Sun newspaper’s, that Liverpool fans had shouted a lewd comment at a female casualty being carried by police. Analysis of Richards’s evidence is included in a documentary, Hillsborough: Smears, Survivors and the Search for the Truth, to be shown on ITV on Monday night (10.40pm)

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Football chief under fire for ‘smear’ on Hillsborough supporters

Call for police to investigate evidence given by ex-Premier League boss Sir Dave Richards about behaviour of Liverpool fans

Serious doubts have been cast over the evidence about the Hillsborough disaster given in a statement by the former Premier League chairman, Sir Dave Richards, which included a notorious allegation against some Liverpool supporters.

Trevor Hicks, whose two teenage daughters, Sarah and Vicki, were among the 96 people unlawfully killed at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, has called for Richards’s evidence to be investigated by Operation Resolve, the current police investigation into the disaster.

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Idris Elba to take on extreme racing challenges for Discovery Channel series

Actor will attempt to master rally driving, street racing, aerobatics and speed boating for documentary series to air next year Continue reading…

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Joey Barton attributes ‘four ugly girls’ remark on Question Time to nerves

Outspoken footballer’s comment about voter choices at elections prompts jeers from audience and outcry online Continue reading…