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An armchair guide to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan | Barry Glendenning

Early-morning kick-offs, a special gizmo in the ITV studio and how to adopt Japanese customs, even while drinkingWhile this year’s Rugby World Cup is being staged in the Land of the Rising Sun, the time difference between Japan and Europe means rugby d…

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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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‘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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Peter Crouch: ‘Getting 50,000 people on their feet – you can’t replicate that’

He’s played for seven Premier League clubs and been capped 42 times, but last month he finally hung up his boots. So what’s next for one of Britain’s best-loved footballers?Folded up in the corner of a sofa, wearing skinny black jeans and a black shirt…

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Jimmy Greaves had the right idea: football broadcasting should be fun | John Brewin

As one half of Saint and Greavsie, the former striker spoke about the sport he loved with enjoyment and wit. We could do with some of that now“I am someone who believes that what we need without a doubt is more of Jimmy Greaves,” wrote the performance …

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Women’s World Cup has come a long way since cupboard commentary

The media coverage and popularity of this year’s tournament highlight the dramatic transformation in the women’s gameWhen the first story after the bongs of the BBC Ten O’Clock News comes live from an established anchor reporting from outside a women’s…

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Tour de France offers TV viewers a soothing look at some brutal sport

Commentators combine the history – boils and all – and the pretty countryside to make a seductive packageIn his book Down Under, the American travel writer Bill Bryson writes of accidentally stumbling into “the surreal and rewarding world of cricket on…

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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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Cold, hungry and home late – not quite how I envisaged Nations League stint | Max Rushden

Two long nights in Portugal gave me a new-found respect for pitchside reporters and an extra-time craving for a bananaIt’s the 90th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo, on a hat?trick, cuts inside his man and whacks it in the corner of the net to seal Portgual’s…

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Alex Scott: ‘I wouldn’t want Graeme Souness to change because I’m female’

The former England full-back Alex Scott, preparing for the Women’s World Cup as a pundit this time, relishes her studio clashes and setting an example“It’s going to get to a stage where I’m not regarded as a female pundit. I don’t want to be regarded a…

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Mike Watterson obituary

Sports promoter who brought snooker’s World Championship to the Crucible in SheffieldThe sports promoter Mike Watterson, who has died aged 76, helped to transform snooker and darts in the 1970s and 80s into major televised sports enjoyed by millions. H…

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Sunderland ’Til I Die, and the plight of the merely-very-good football player | Andrew Anthony

The Netflix series is fascinating for many reasons, but primarily for the insight it gives into the plight of players who have fallen just below the standards of the game’s eliteAmong the many joys of the eight-part Netflix series Sunderland ’Til I Die…

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What happened next? How the World Cup brought in a new era for Alex Scott – and women in football

She had already earned 140 caps for England, but Scott became one of the breakout stars of the men’s tournament this year as the first woman pundit taken to a World Cup by the BBC. She reveals why it wasn’t all plain sailing Alex Scott is not alone in …

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Rugby league should never forget the power of free-to-air TV

If the sport wants a mainstream audience, it has to prioritise its relationship with the BBC and coverage of the England teamBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredDoes rugby league take the BBC for granted? And are the RFL flogging a dead horse with …

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Eleven Sports: who is the new player in battle for sport broadcast rights?

Eleven Sports has already snapped up the US PGA, La Liga and Serie A rights as another new broadcaster enters the ever-changing TV sports landscapeWhen the new season arrives there will be some changes to get your head around. New players, new managers…

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Livestream of England match will have 20-second delay, says BBC

Millions are expected to watch quarter-final game against Sweden on mobile or big screenMillions of Britons unable to get close to a television will spend Saturday afternoon watching England’s World Cup quarter-final match livestreamed on to their mobi…

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BBC goes safer and surer in round one of World Cup battle with ITV

Gary Lineker’s early Salah joke baffled his pundits, but corporation’s coverage looks good for the long haul• How BBC made its World Cup trailer entirely out of tapestryThe BBC started its World Cup coverage with a moody montage of Mohamed Salah and Lu…

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World Cup TV guide: the presenters, pundits and what’s on where | Paul MacInnes

With matches running from 11am to 9pm BST and highlights shows on top, there’s a lot to watch. Here’s how it all breaks downEnglish football fans have spurned the chance to visit Russia in their droves. According to Fifa, more match tickets have been s…

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Juventus and All Blacks turn to TV shows to win fans

Netflix and Amazon sign up big sports teams for docu-series like Last Chance U aimed at broadening clubs’ global appeal Sports clubs hoping to expand their fan base in an increasingly competitive international market are turning to Amazon Prime and Net…

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BT Sport’s fine Ashes partnerships blighted by commercial breakdowns | Simon Burnton

Matt Smith and co had a solid opening despite a late wobble, while there’s an Ashes bromance in the air for Graeme Swann and Damien Fleming, but the adverts did jar a littleFade in. Interior, an extraordinarily messy room with a massage bed in the midd…