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Ben Stokes attacks ‘despicable’ Sun story about family tragedy

England cricketer says front-page article about family trauma in 1980s is immoralThe England cricket player Ben Stokes has described a front-page article by the Sun newspaper about a family tragedy 31 years ago as “disgusting” and “immoral”.In a statem…

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No offer of presenter job for David Gower despite BBC Today cameo

• Sky presenter’s Today appearance coincides with start of Test• Former Test captain’s anchor duties ending after Ashes seriesThe BBC is not planning to offer a permanent presenter role to David Gower, who is set to leave Sky at the end of his contract…

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Jonathan Agnew is subject of complaint to BBC over abusive tweets

Broadcaster made series of late-night posts calling cricket writer Jonathan Liew ‘racist’Jonathan Agnew is the subject of a formal complaint to the BBC over a series of abusive tweets he sent to a fellow cricket writer.The Test Match Special commentato…

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Ben Stokes’s miracle Headingley knock sets Test record for Sky

• Broadcaster registers peak of 2.1 million UK viewers• Channel 5’s one-hour highlights package attracts 2 millionBen Stokes and the miracle of Headingley resulted in Sky’s highest audience for a day of live Test cricket, with a peak of 2.1 million UK …

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Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford target of racist abuse on Twitter

Footballer subject to hateful remarks after missing penalty against Crystal Palace on SaturdayManchester United footballer Marcus Rashford was subject to racist abuse on Twitter after he missed a penalty on Saturday during the club’s narrow defeat agai…

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Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford target of racist abuse on Twitter

Footballer subject to hateful remarks after missing penalty against Crystal Palace on SaturdayManchester United footballer Marcus Rashford was subject to racist abuse on Twitter after he missed a penalty on Saturday during the club’s narrow defeat agai…

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‘The ultimate binge-watch’: why football docs top Game of Thrones for drama

Stuffed full of agony, redemption and melodrama, football is the perfect fit for the streaming age, as Amazon’s engrossing Leeds United documentary provesVery few Leeds United fans regard the denouement to the 2018-19 football season as anything other …

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Advert for gambling app banned for using young footballers

Football Index accepts it broke code by using players under 25 such as Jadon Sancho A Facebook advert for a gambling app featuring young football players including Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappé has been banned by the advertising regul…

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Russell Crowe, Kalvin Phillips’ gran and hope – Leeds documentary has it all (apart from Bielsa)

The first two episodes of Take Us Home are slightly sanitised but they show why the club’s fans are believing againThe Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips is leaning against a table with his family. His gran pipes up. “Bielsa,” she says with a beaming smi…

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Church criticises Wayne Rooney over Derby gambling tie-up

Former England captain’s surprise move to Derby partly funded by online casinoThe Church of England and healthcare professionals have criticised the footballer Wayne Rooney over his transfer to Derby County, which involves a lucrative deal to promote a…

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Saudi race not about F1 healing powers but cash and cleaning the regime’s reputation | Marina Hyde

For all the talk of social change in Saudi Arabia, the beneficiaries of a grand prix would be F1’s coffers and the country’s rulerWas it really only last year that Formula One’s owner, Liberty Media, was making its pious announcement that “grid girls” …

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Gambling advert ban takes effect from start of Ashes

No gambling adverts will be shown during live sport televised before 9pm watershedA ban on gambling adverts during televised sport has come into effect, with the Ashes cricket series between England and Australia becoming the first major UK sporting ev…

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Football world calls on Saudi Arabia to stop pirating of matches

Bodies including Premier League write to Saudi authorities asking them to crack down on content theftThe world’s biggest football authorities, including those who run the Premier League, World Cup and Champions League, have called on Saudi Arabia to ta…

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David Gower was always so welcoming to viewers but he now faces long goodbye | Emma John

Gower is ‘being retired’ by Sky after the Ashes. His palpable kindness, making us feel safe in a sport that can be – especially to the uninitiated – a little intimidating, will be missedThe news that David Gower will be laying down his microphone – or,…

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Take Us Home: Leeds’ docu-series on Bielsa’s first season, narrated by Russell Crowe – trailer

Leeds United and Amazon Prime have released the trailer for Take Us Home, a new docu-series covering the club’s push for promotion during the 2018-19 season after a 15-year absence from the Premier League.The six-part series, which has been narrated by…

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Christen Press responds to criticism over partnership with Barstool Sports

USA star posted video to Barstool’s official Instagram accountBarstool has history of crude humour and sexist jokesUSA star Christen Press has responded to questions about her involvement with Barstool Sports, a website with a history of misogyny. Pres…

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What Berwick Rangers going viral tells football clubs about social media

Bayern Munich and Roma are not the only clubs gaining fans online – as Berwick, Motherwell and Celtic showed last seasonBy Simon Meehan for Nutmeg magazineIt’s 4.50pm on a cold, blustery Saturday in March and I am at the in-laws’ house on the south coa…

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4.5 million Britons watch Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air

Viewing peaked for drama of super over but still lagged behind Wimbledon finalEngland’s cricket World Cup victory attracted a peak TV audience of 4.5 million people on Channel 4, as live international cricket returned to free-to-air television for the …

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Tactical toilet breaks and apple on willow: what free-to-air cricket could inspire | Max Rushden

Putting the Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air TV could just be a one-off, but what if it was the start of something more?In the summer of ‘93, everyone at my school became a leg-spinner. We’d never seen leg-spin before Shane Warne arrived. Not tha…

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Welcome glimpse of England’s Cricket World Cup charge would still infuriate | Vic Marks

The bemusement of Liam Plunkett and co is understandable – their glory bid should be available to all on free-to-air TVThere has been a buzz around the England camp as well as a sense of puzzlement. They are in the semi-finals; they are playing well, t…