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Facebook buys rights to show La Liga games in India

Company signs exclusive three-year agreement to screen all 380 Spanish top-flight football matches across south Asia Facebook has bought the rights to show Spanish top-flight football in the Indian subcontinent in the latest move by a US technology com…

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Cryptocurrency and football: the future or too volatile to be trusted?

A team in Gibraltar will pay players in cryptocurrency as football delves into the innovation in the financial sectorNestled between the Rock and an airport runway, a football team are making history in Gibraltar. This time it is not the national side …

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Club forums are a haven for football fans in an ever angrier online world

Whereas YouTube and Twitter amplify rants, club forums offer kinship, humour and a place to open up to like-minded peopleBy Jem Stone for WSC, part of the Sport NetworkEarlier this year a Brighton fan who uses the pseudonym Last Summer posted to the we…

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‘Sweep ya dorm room’: The strange day Kevin Durant took his beef with me to Instagram

I’m an 18-year-old aspiring journalist, so it was a little surprising when an NBA champion cropped up on my Instagram commentsLike many kids, I dreamed of becoming a professional athlete. I grew up envisioning myself scoring the winning touchdown in th…

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Transatlantic tales of Morris Minors | Brief letters

Graham Kelly on football psychology | A Minor marriage | Morris Minus | Jeremy Hunt | PuffinsAlthough a respected sports scientist accompanied England manager Bobby Robson to Italia 90, the Football Association was not so attuned then to the psychology…

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Google Translate: the unlikely World Cup hero breaking barriers for fans | Nick Ames

The search company has reported queries containing ‘World Cup’ have gone up by 200% and those involving ‘beer’ by 65% as technology helps fans in Russia cross cultural dividesTwo couples are placed opposite each other at the one remaining table in a ba…

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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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VAR enjoys largely positive World Cup debut to confound football’s luddites

As with previous innovations that met with a hostile reception and then general approval, use of the video referee will become part and parcel of the gameWhen the controversial new rule came in, the real football men could barely hide their contempt. “…

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Curse of ITV’s World Cup opening match coverage strikes again

Viewers using broadcaster’s streaming service missed kick-off due to a ‘technical issue’The World Cup kicked off at 4pm on Thursday afternoon – but not for some people streaming the match on ITV’s website, who missed the start of the tournament. Relate…

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Amazon launches its assault on sport coverage with tennis at Queen’s

• Fever-Tree Championships screened on Amazon Prime Video • US Open, ATP Tour and Premier League will also be shownSky’s decision to walk away from tennis next summer, after several years covering everything from the salad days of Tim Henman to the ris…

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Robot helps disabled young fan enjoy Everton mascot experience from home

• Teenager with severely reduced mobility able to join heroes • ‘It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment,’ says mumFourteen-year-old Everton fan Jack McLinden became part of Premier League history on Monday, serving as a “remote” match-day mascot against Ne…

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Amazon buys exclusive UK rights to US Open tennis tournament

Five-year deal, thought worth $40m, gives Prime subscribers in UK access to grand slam eventAmazon has struck a deal said to be worth $40m (£30m) for the exclusive UK TV rights to the US Open tennis tournament, as the US firm looks to add to its 100 mi…

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Commonwealth Games wifi service will mine visitors’ Facebook data

The data mining, which the Gold Coast council says is legal, will be used to market the city to touristsThe Gold Coast council will use a new city wifi service to harvest Facebook data from visitors to next month’s Commonwealth Games.The data mining, w…

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Robot skiers tackle Olympic challenge in South Korea

As Pyeongchang hosts the Winter Olympics, down the road robots are also hitting the slopes – with a $10,000 prize on offerIt is not only human athletes who have been aiming to go “Faster, Higher, Stronger” in South Korea. Alongside the Pyeongchang Wint…

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Winter Olympics investigating if technical problems were cyber-attack

Wifi stopped working before opening ceremony and there were technical problems at main press centreWinter Olympics organisers are investigating whether the opening ceremony was the target of a cyber-attack after severe technological problems struck dur…

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Arsenal seals cryptocurrency sponsorship deal

First such deal by a major sporting team will see club promoting CashBet at the EmiratesArsenal has signed a sponsorship deal with the US cryptocurrency CashBet, which will see the Premier League club promote the firm’s initial coin offering (ICO) at t…

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Amazon US Open tennis deal sparks speculation over Premier League bid

Company is understood to have struck five-year deal for UK rights to tournament as BT and Sky prepare for football battleAmazon is understood to have snapped up the UK TV rights to the US Open tennis tournament, in a move likely to cause further specul…

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Amazon US Open tennis deal sparks speculation over Premier League bid

Company is understood to have struck five-year deal for UK rights to tournament as BT and Sky prepare for football battleAmazon is understood to have snapped up the UK TV rights to the US Open tennis tournament, in a move likely to cause further specul…

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Cracking the vault: Artificial intelligence judging comes to gymnastics

Japanese IT giant Fujitsu is developing a 3D sensory system that will make scoring easier. But will computers ever fully replace human judges?A light blinks on the black box alerting the gymnast to begin her routine. She launches off the vault, lands a…