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Robert Armstrong obituary

Robert Armstrong, who has died from a brain tumour aged 76, was a Guardian sports writer, specialising in football, rugby and tennis, his own game. Known for the “no frills” accuracy of his reports, he filed reassuringly ahead of deadline from World Cu…

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Extra FA Cup games offered to BBC and BT Sport after betting outcry

• FA talks to broadcasters after gambling companies step aside • Games could also be streamed on governing body’s websiteBroadcasters look likely to televise more FA Cup matches live, after the Football Association confirmed it was discussing how to en…

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Bobby Madley’s plight symptomatic of social media shame culture | Max Rushden

The former Premier League referee’s career was finished by one moment and this absence of forgiveness is likely to be repeatedIn an emotional blog post on New Year’s Eve, the former Premier League referee Bobby Madley detailed how his career was finish…

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Bobby Madley’s plight symptomatic of social media shame culture | Max Rushden

The former Premier League referee’s career was finished by one moment and this absence of forgiveness is likely to be repeatedIn an emotional blog post on New Year’s Eve, the former Premier League referee Bobby Madley detailed how his career was finish…

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Dave Rogers: ‘My favourite photo? Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal in 2003’

There are few more trusted witnesses than the veteran photographer who has been capturing rugby’s big moments for nearly 40 yearsAnyone who has attended a rugby match will have seen him from a distance. The anorak, the slightly rounded shoulders from d…

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Guardian wins FSA newspaper of the year award for seventh time in a row

Guardian wins supporters’ vote at rebranded awardsFootball Weekly and David Squires also nominatedThe Guardian has been named newspaper of the year at the Football Supporters’ Association awards – winning the award for the seventh time in a row.The FSA…

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England cricketer Ben Stokes wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

• Stokes honoured for World Cup win and Ashes heroics• Super over victory over New Zealand named moment of yearBen Stokes has become the first cricketer since Andrew Flintoff in 2005 to be named BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year after helping Englan…

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England cricketer Ben Stokes wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

• Stokes honoured for World Cup win and Ashes heroics• Super over victory over New Zealand named moment of yearBen Stokes has become the first cricketer since Andrew Flintoff in 2005 to be named BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year after helping Englan…

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Society and social media alter Spoty contenders’ outlooks | Andy Bull

Raheem Sterling, Lewis Hamilton and Ben Stokes have used social media to fight back against a hostile pressLet’s begin with Bob Nudd. Now, this may seem a strange place to start an article about the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards when the sh…

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Society and social media alter Spoty contenders’ outlooks | Andy Bull

Raheem Sterling, Lewis Hamilton and Ben Stokes have used social media to fight back against a hostile pressLet’s begin with Bob Nudd. Now, this may seem a strange place to start an article about the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards when the sh…

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BT to let sport fans buy monthly pass to watch matches for first time

Firm acknowledges consumers’ preference for Netflix-type flexibility over long-term dealsBT is to launch a monthly pass allowing sport fans to watch content including Premier League and Champions League football without a contract for the first time, a…

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Amazon breaks into Champions League with German deal

Streaming service follows Premier League success with further football rights tie-upFresh from the success of streaming top-flight English football for the first time, Amazon has sets its sights on Europe’s premier club competition, securing exclusive …

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Bob Willis obituary

Former England cricket captain regarded as one of the finest fast bowlers of his generationIn the 1970s and early 80s, when English cricket was beset by regular crises and deep malaises, offset by the occasional moment of outrageous glory, there was on…

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Four screens and countless tweets: the modern perils of consuming football

Amazon’s major selling point, that you can watch all the games, is the worst thing about it. You CAN watch them all. Add in social media, and being an armchair fan becomes exhaustingTV to the left of me, laptops to the right, there I was, stuck in the …

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Amazon creeps into football’s broadcast jungle with stream designed to drown us | Jonathan Liew

Amazon Prime’s debut night was aiming for continuity, as if you wouldn’t even notice it further monetising your love of footballOne of the lesser known but more frequently thumbed tomes on my bookshelf is something called The Premier League Handbook. P…

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Amazon’s Premier League arrival comes with a hefty price tag for fans | Barney Ronay

No matter how glossy the Amazon product, fans are still being sold the same things they already owned in the first placeThe Americans are coming. Or rather, they’re already here, and already launching the next step in a takeover by stealth that may onl…

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Monday Night Football: the once great NFL show is now the worst on television

Overblown announcing, incoherent analysis and bizarre graphics: ESPN’s broadcast checks every box when it comes to bad TVThe NFL has a real problem when the marquee match-up for its most famous broadcast is best enjoyed on mute. This week, Lamar Jackso…

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Ben Stokes on pole to take BBC sports personality of the year award

• Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson in frame• Raheem Sterling, AW Jones and Lewis Hamilton shortlistedBen Stokes will face competition from Dina Asher-Smith, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Raheem Sterling as he seeks to become the first cri…

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New broadcast deal shapes as pivotal moment for rugby union in Australia | Bret Harris

The game is in danger of becoming a minor sport if administrators cannot secure a lucrative deal with Foxtel or rivals OptusRugby Australia’s negotiation of its next broadcast deal has got off to a shaky start with Foxtel reportedly threatening to cut …

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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,…