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A short history of rugby league on TV: from Richard Madeley to multiscreen

Rugby league returns this week with a glut of live games. There was a time when viewers only had an hour with MadeleyBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredOnly a few days to go until your rugby league famine is over. All eight of this weekend’s NRL g…

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Former England batsman Rob Key recovering after suffering mini stroke

Former Kent captain posts news on InstagramThe 41-year-old thanks staff at Canterbury hospitalRob Key, the former England and Kent batsman, has revealed he was hospitalised over the weekend after suffering a mini stroke.The 41-year-old, whose internati…

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Premier League clubs face at least £300m bill to broadcasters

Broadcast money to be lost even if season carries on Product not delivered when and how TV companies wanted itThe Premier League’s clubs are set to lose between £300m and £350m in broadcast revenues even if they find a way to finish the season. The pen…

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Paul Pogba: ‘I don’t even know who Graeme Souness is, really’

Manchester United midfielder ignores pundits’ criticism‘I’m not someone that looks always at Sky Sports News’The Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has claimed he did not know who his long-term critic Graeme Souness was.Souness, in his role as a S…

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‘Netflix of sport’ to target Premier League rights after UK launch

Dazn’s initial focus will be on boxing when it expands to 200 countries, including UK, in MayA streaming service that is aiming to become a “Netflix of sport” is to expand to 200 countries, including the UK, and is targeting Premier League rights for t…

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Celtic refusing to co-operate with Sky Sports after Morelos mistranslation

Sky not welcome at Celtic press conferenceInterview with Rangers striker was mistranslatedCeltic are refusing to co-operate with Sky Sports as the Scottish champions pursue a full explanation for a mistranslated interview with the Rangers striker Alfre…

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Celtic and Rangers earn wins after Sky apologises for Morelos ‘inaccuracies’

• Celtic stay seven points clear, Ianis Hagi strikes Rangers winner• Sky admits errors made in translation of controversial interviewA comprehensive 4-0 win for Celtic at Motherwell kept the champions on a steady course for their ninth successive Premi…

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Gary Neville says football’s racism problem extends to UK politics – video

After allegations of racist chants marred Chelsea’s 2-0 away win over Tottenham Hotspur, former England player Gary Neville has called on the Premier League to ‘stand up’ to football’s racism problem. Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said raci…

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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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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…

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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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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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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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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…

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Liam Plunkett wants Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air television

• England bowler wants ‘as many people to watch it as possible’• Sky viewing figures dwarfed by Women’s football World CupLiam Plunkett has thrown his support behind the idea of the Cricket World Cup final being screened on a free-to-air platform, sayi…

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Cricket World Cup final could yet be shown on free-to-air platform

• Sky executives understood to be considering one-off move• Options include online streaming of Lord’s final on 14 JulyThe Cricket World Cup final could yet be shown on a free-to-air platform in the UK, with the rights holder, Sky, understood to be con…

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Gordon Strachan will not appear on Sky again after Adam Johnson remarks

• Former Scotland manager will no longer be used by broadcaster• Strachan seemed to conflate Johnson issue with racial abuseThe former Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will no longer be used by Sky Sports after controversial comments in which he appear…

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Sky Bet criticised for featuring gambling addict Paul Merson in adverts

Company says it no longer uses pundit in promotional material Campaigners say betting firms should stop using sport starsSky Bet has come under fire for using Paul Merson in its adverts despite his well-documented struggles with gambling addiction.The …