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Robert Armstrong, former Guardian rugby correspondent, dies aged 76

• Armstrong joined paper in 1970 as a sub-editor• Covered the 1991 World Cup and two Lions toursRobert Armstrong, the Guardian’s former rugby union correspondent, has died at the age of 76.Armstrong, who also covered football and tennis for many years,…

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When Saturday Comes in peril should bother everyone who cares about football | Barney Ronay

The only independent national football magazine to make it through the game’s boom times is now in need of a lifeboatWho are the good guys anyway? It can be hard to tell. Compromise, commercial interests, good intentions cut with contradictions. Profes…

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BT Sport keeps Champions League rights in £1.2bn deal for 2021-24

BT unable to cut bill amid interest from Sky and ITVDeal includes Europa League and Europa Conference LeagueBT Sport has retained the rights to the Champions League until 2024 but has been unable to cut its £1.2bn bill after having to see off offers fr…

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The real Diego Maradona comes to life in Mexico in captivating series | Ed Vulliamy

When the Argentina legend went to manage a Mexican second division side in drug- and gang-ravaged Culiacán, many feared the worst, but a revealing documentary shows him thrivingDiego Maradona tears a piece of paper, then again, until it is in shreds. O…

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The dread hand of private equity ended up killing Deadspin

The popular website understood that ‘sports’ represents more than just what occurs on the field. We are all much poorer for its demiseThis week would have been a great time to read Deadspin. The Nationals pulled off two straight wins in Houston to take…

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Deadspin staffers resign en masse in defiance of ‘stick to sports’ mandate

Seven Deadspin staffers resign one day after top editor firedPopular website has clashed with management repeatedlyAt least seven staff members at Deadspin quit en masse on Wednesday as part of a dispute with management over its focus, a spokesman said…

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Deadspin editor fired amid uprising against ‘stick to sports’ order

Staff responded to policy by only publishing non-sports storiesPopular website has clashed with management repeatedlyA top editor at Deadspin has been dismissed amid a staff revolt against an edict from upper management directing the website to exclusi…

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Liverpool fans fuming over Amazon’s 8pm Boxing Day fixture change

Leicester match moved to accommodate internet companySpirit of Shankly: switch has ‘zero-consideration’ for supportersThe Liverpool supporters’ group Spirit of Shankly has criticised the rescheduling of the Boxing Day fixture at Leicester, calling it “…

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Ben Stokes takes legal action against Sun over story about his mother

Cricketer attacked newspaper’s article about a tragedy in his family as ‘despicable’ Ben Stokes and his mother, Deborah, have launched legal action against the Sun, after the newspaper last month published a front-page story detailing a tragedy involvi…

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Rebekah Vardy ‘hires IT experts’ over Coleen Rooney leak claims

Vardy suggests someone else with access to her Instagram account could have leaked stories to the SunRebekah Vardy has said she is calling in forensic computer experts to examine who had access to her Instagram account following an extraordinary disput…

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Rebekah Vardy ‘hires IT experts’ over Coleen Rooney leak claims

Vardy suggests someone else with access to her Instagram account could have leaked stories to the SunRebekah Vardy has said she is calling in forensic computer experts to examine who had access to her Instagram account following an extraordinary disput…

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Coleen Rooney accuses Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories to Sun

Wife of Wayne Rooney claims fellow footballer’s wife passed on her private Instagram postsColeen Rooney has claimed to have caught another footballer’s wife passing her private information to the Sun, after apparently running an elaborate sting operati…

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Coleen Rooney accuses Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories to Sun

Wife of Wayne Rooney claims fellow footballer’s wife passed on her private Instagram postsColeen Rooney has claimed to have caught another footballer’s wife passing her private information to the Sun, after apparently running an elaborate sting operati…

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NHS boss condemns English cricket’s sponsorship deal with KP Snacks

Simon Stevens says ECB’s Hundred tie-up with maker of Hula Hoops undermines fight against childhood obesity The head of the NHS has criticised English cricket for letting KP Snacks sponsor a new tournament that is designed to encourage young people to …

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Face-grab photos are ‘nonsense’, says Ben Stokes’s wife

Clare Stokes says images that seemed to show couple fighting were ‘twisted’ by paparazziThe wife of the cricketer Ben Stokes has dismissed allegations of a physical altercation between the couple at an awards ceremony.Pictures have emerged of Stokes an…

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Premier League clubs warned of revenue fall unless piracy is tackled

• BeIN Media Group CEO says ‘media rights bubble’ set to burst• ‘The truth is that our industry is completely unprepared’Revenues for Premier League clubs such as Watford and Bournemouth will fall off a cliff unless online piracy is faced down, the wor…

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Five biggest challenges facing Premier League’s new chief executive | Paul MacInnes

David Pemsel, the incoming chief executive at the Premier League, has plenty to work on when he takes up the reinsWhen the Premier League was formed in 1992, football clubs were, by and large, owned by local businessmen. Peter Swales, then the chairman…

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Premier League appoints Guardian’s David Pemsel as chief executive

Clubs say Pemsel hired because of his ‘straightforward style and personal integrity’The Premier League has appointed the Guardian’s David Pemsel as its new chief executive.Confirmation of the appointment came at a meeting of Premier League club chairme…

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Fuji hogs the horizon as ITV fails to park stereotypes but passes World Cup test | Simon Burnton

Japanese cliches, popular victors and a confusing tackle ‘demonstration area’ made for interesting viewing on day oneClose your eyes and design, in the realm of your imagination, a Japan-themed TV studio. Come back whenever you’re ready. Of course you’…

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Spectacle of Singapore offers F1’s best chance of attracting a new audience | Giles Richards

The dazzling race on a floodlit cityscape circuit is a vital tool for selling the sport to potential fans when there is precious little free-to-air coverage available, particularly in the UKThe floodlit cityscape of Singapore will host Formula One agai…