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Sky reporter Michelle Owen reveals online abuse over red card mistake

Owen: ‘This happens too often to too many people’Jeff Stelling ‘distraught’ by social media abuse of reporterMichelle Owen has shared some of the abuse she received online over her reporting for Sky’s around-the-grounds coverage, and called on social m…

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Love letters: football commentators on their handwritten notes

John Murray, Ian Danter, Kris Temple and Peter Drury on how they write their notes and why they hold so many memoriesBy Mark Sanderson for When Saturday ComesJohn Murray, the football correspondent for BBC Radio 5 live, sits in his office, surrounded b…

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The Guardian view on women’s football: the new deal is a gamechanger | Editorial

A decision by the BBC and Sky to invest £8m a year in the Women’s Super League puts the sport on a far stronger footingIn one sense it’s been a long time coming. Advocates of women’s football in England spent most of the last decade pushing for broadca…

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‘A huge step forward’: WSL announces record-breaking deal with BBC and Sky

£8m-a-season deal believed to be biggest in women’s footballKelly Simmons hails ‘a landmark moment for the women’s game’The FA has announced it has signed a “landmark” multimillion pound deal with Sky Sports and the BBC for the broadcast rights to the …

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NFL finalizes blockbuster $113bn media rights deal through 2033 season

NFL will nearly double media revenue to over $10bn per seasonAmazon paying about $1bn for Thursday Night Football packageThe NFL will nearly double its media revenue to more than $10bn a season with new rights agreements announced on Thursday, includin…

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Under the bridge: a female journalist’s life among the sports troll army

In an extract from her latest book, Julie DiCaro explains why the old advice about ignoring harassment on social media simply doesn’t workMy first experience with mass trolling was in 2013. I had recently published a piece that attempted to dispel some…

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The Guardian’s Jonathan Liew named sports writer of the year at SJA Awards

SJA praises Liew’s ‘abundant style’ and ‘insight and emotion’Guardian’s Andy Bull and Tom Jenkins also receive top prizesThe Guardian’s Jonathan Liew, Andy Bull and Tom Jenkins have been honoured with top prizes at the British Sports Journalism Awards,…

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Murray Walker ? a life in pictures

The broadcaster, who was the voice of Formula One on British television, has died aged 97. His career spanned more than 50 years at the BBC and ITV before he retired from commentating in 2001 Continue reading…

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Murray Walker, the voice of Formula One, dies aged 97

Tributes paid after broadcaster’s death announcedWalker first commentated on F1 in 1978 for the BBCFor generations of British fans, Murray Walker, who died on Saturday at the age of 97, was, quite simply, the voice of Formula One.The affection with whi…

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Ian St John obituary

Scotland and Liverpool footballer who later became a popular broadcaster, particularly in the ITV show Saint and GreavsieThe footballer and television personality Ian St John, who has died aged 82 after suffering from cancer, was a pivotal figure in th…

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The horrific abuse of sports stars exposes social media’s mob rule | Simon Jenkins

Sonja McLaughlan is just the latest innocent victim. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter must do more to stop the hateAfter covering last Saturday’s Wales-England rugby match, the BBC’s reporter Sonja McLaughlan found herself sitting in her car in t…

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BBC and RFU ‘strongly condemn’ online abuse sent to Sonja McLaughlan

BBC rugby reporter was sent abuse after pitchside interviewsRFU: ‘Abuse for doing your job is not OK. We stand with you’The BBC and the Rugby Football Union have strongly condemned the online abuse suffered by the reporter Sonja McLaughlan following he…

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Rugby league magazines are battling to survive the pandemic

Two of rugby league’s most established publications have closed in the last year. The fight to save the rest continuesBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredWhen League Weekly announced last week that they were closing for good, 11 months after the ma…

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UK’s first football hate crime officer turns focus on social media

Stuart Ward of West Midlands police aims to stamp out racist abuse in grounds and online to bring back community spiritSince starting his role as the UK’s first football hate crime officer earlier this month, PC Stuart Ward has been busier than expecte…

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The allure of the foreign sports paper, where language skills are not required

We’re going nowhere for a while, so let’s reminisce about copies of Marca and Kicker that were more read than understoodBy Harry Pearson for When Saturday ComesIn a newsagents on Gran Canaria last year, I did what any sensible person would do when face…

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‘A long 16-year wait’: Channel 4 confirms India v England Test TV rights

Tests back on UK terrestrial TV for first time since 2005Series will begin on Friday with first Test in ChennaiTest cricket will return to terrestrial television in the UK for the first time since the 2005 Ashes after Channel 4 confirmed it had won the…

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Channel 4 wins rights for England’s Test cricket tour of India

Huge coup for broadcaster comprises Tests, T20s and ODIsLate deal sealed before first Test in Chennai on FridayChannel 4 have won the rights to show England’s upcoming series in India in a groundbreaking deal that sees Test cricket return to terrestria…

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Ministers promise crackdown on online racism against black footballers

Marcus Rashford describes racist abuse as ‘humanity and social media at its worst’Ministers have vowed to crack down on online racism levelled at footballers as Manchester police confirmed they were launching an investigation into the racial abuse a nu…

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Police investigating racist social media abuse of Manchester United players

Marcus Rashford among high-profile players to speak out‘We will be investigating these crimes thoroughly,’ say policeGreater Manchester police have confirmed they are investigating racist comments sent to a number of Manchester United players over soci…

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England may return to terrestrial TV as Channel 4 closes on India Test series

Test team last on live terrestrial TV in 2005Contract not signed but Channel 4 confident of successEngland’s Test team could return to Channel 4 for their first live appearance on terrestrial television in more than 15 years unless Sky or BT Sport subm…