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No longer At The Races: Sky Sports comes under starter’s orders | Greg Wood

The broadcaster wants to revolutionise televised racing – and is prepared to invest money and resources to do soThere are unlikely to be many mourners when At The Races officially expires at midnight on Monday. After all, and with all due respect to th…

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Tyson Fury is no angel but he should have been on the Spoty shortlist | Kevin Mitchell

It is toweringly paradoxical that a fighter who is trying against mountainous odds to put embarrassing chunks of his past behind him is reminded of his sins again in a public referendumGeraint Thomas deserves the acclaim of armchair Britain as the nati…

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018 – live!

Latest updates and reaction from the awards show in BirminghamThe Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2018Feel free to email Ben or to tweet: @benfisherj 7.07pm GMT Gary Lineker introduces himself, Clare Balding tells us “sport has that special …

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Dina Asher-Smith a real contender for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

The athlete who won three European gold medals is likely to be up against Harry Kane, Geraint Thomas and Lewis HamiltonA hugely successful and exhilarating year for British sport will be acknowledged in time-worn fashion on Sunday night when the countr…

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BBC unable to stop Brexit war among its sports broadcasters

Lineker versus Agnew spat intensifies debate about how impartiality rules are appliedBrexit has already split a nation, enraged millions on both sides of the debate and left a country teetering on the brink. Now it has come for the nation’s sports star…

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Eleven Sports sees UFC go to BT as talks to avoid closure continue

• Serie A and La Liga could also leave troubled streaming service• Eleven Sports is owned by Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani BT has taken back control of the UK rights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship from beleaguered Eleven Sports, the self-styled…

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Gary Lineker criticised by Jonathan Agnew for ‘political’ Brexit tweets

BBC’s cricket correspondent says he would be sacked if he copied Match of the Day hostBBC Sport host Gary Lineker has been criticised by his colleague Jonathan Agnew for expressing his political views on Twitter.The former England football captain, who…

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Sterling’s racism ordeal was ugly but reaction has been oddly instructive | Eni Aluko

Fallout from the Manchester City forward’s complaint about the media scrutiny black players face has been hearteningThis week could be a eureka moment for football. Most of the reaction to Raheem Sterling’s claims that parts of the media have racially …

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Regular female-led football coverage ‘generations’ away, says Jacqui Oatley

• Broadcaster supports Women in Football’s #WhatIf campaign• Fewer than a third of 2018 major sport roles filled by womenThe sports broadcaster Jacqui Oatley has said it will take “a couple of generations” before women working in football as reporters,…

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Eleven Sports may be facing closure in UK after only four months

Service holds UFC, La Liga and Serie A rightsPromised distribution had not been securedEleven Sports, the self-styled “Netflix of Sports” controlled by the Leeds United owner, Andrea Radrizzani, could be facing closure in the UK & Ireland after fai…

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Raheem Sterling shouldn’t have to educate the media about racism | Musa Okwonga

Sterling should be free to do his job – play football. But he’s right that the British media needs to tackle racism, head onRaheem Sterling is busy. He is busy being a world-class forward for Manchester City and England and he is busy being a parent. I…

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Monday Night Football: Has Jason Witten ruined a US television institution?

The former Cowboy has been a disaster since he joined the most storied broadcast in American sports, but he’s not the show’s only problemThe NFL has a multitude of problems: players committing off-the-field violence, the Oakland Raiders in general and,…

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Paul Sherwen obituary

Cyclist, television commentator and broadcaster who became one of the defining voices of his sportPaul Sherwen, who has died of a heart attack aged 62, was a pioneering member of the group of English-speaking cyclists nicknamed the Foreign Legion, a do…

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Raheem Sterling has kicked up a storm but as ever the outrage will pass

The England forward’s Instagram post has got people, journalists especially, talking about racism but nothing will change – it never doesWith one early-morning Instagram post Raheem Sterling has got everyone talking about racism. Racism in football, ra…

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Fox edges Seven as Test cricket on Australian TV enters brave new era | Matt Cleary

Blokey banter was minimal and one can only assume there has been word from on highAnd so begins another summer of cricket and the nation can indulge in one of our favourite pastimes – bagging the TV commentary. Who you can’t stand, who you can, and who…

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UK betting firms back live sports advertising ban

Online gambling firms such as Bet365, William Hill and Ladbrokes agree ban amid fears of impact on children Online gambling companies have agreed to a voluntary “whistle-to-whistle” ban on advertising during live sports, in an effort to address concern…

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Guardian picks up honours at Football Supporters’ Federation awards

• Sixth straight newspaper-of-the-year title is won• Weekly podcast and Barney Ronay also honouredThe Guardian was honoured three times at the Football Supporters’ Federation awards on Monday.The paper was awarded newspaper of the year for the sixth co…

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F1 season ends and building of the broadcasting paywall begins | Richard Williams

Only the British Grand Prix will be on UK terrestrial TV next season, as F1 cuts itself from the massesWhile Lewis Hamilton performed his doughnuts in front of the grandstand and then removed his fireproof vest in order to display his tattoos on the po…

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Ian Robertson hangs up his mic: ‘You don’t gain anything from being an assassin’ | Andy Bull

After 47 years on the BBC, charming Nelson Mandela and Elizabeth Taylor along the way, the voice of rugby will call it a day at Twickenham painting the best picture he canAt school the teachers called Ian Robertson “Chatterbox”. It was “Chatterbox! Sil…

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EFL agrees new five-year £595m TV deal with Sky but risks wrath of clubs

• Some Championship clubs not keen on parts of proposed deal• Aston Villa, Derby and Leeds among clubs who voiced concernsThe English Football League has announced it has formally agreed to a five-year domestic broadcasting deal with Sky Sports worth £…