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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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The NFL is 70% black, so why is its TV coverage so white?

This Sunday’s Super Bowl on CBS will be broadcast by a team of competent professionals. They just won’t be representative of the sport they’re covering Last November, in the lead-up to the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day game between the New Orleans Saints 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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Harry Redknapp sets out tactics in crab-stroking I’m A Celebrity debut

The former Spurs and West Ham manager’s no-nonsense approach won admirers as he choked down emu in the jungle with Nick Knowles and ‘the brainy lady off The Chase’“They’ve got a football manager on the other team. That’s a bit of a problem because he’s…

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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All or Nothing leaves City fans with more questions than answers | Simon Hattenstone

As a Manchester City supporter it’s impossible not to take some pleasure in the documentary but it pulls its punches, fails to probe and is nothing but a gloriously glossy club commercialWhy am I so reluctant to watch All or Nothing: Manchester City? T…

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All or Nothing leaves City fans with more questions than answers | Simon Hattenstone

As a Manchester City supporter it’s impossible not to take some pleasure in the documentary but it pulls its punches, fails to probe and is nothing but a gloriously glossy club commercialWhy am I so reluctant to watch All or Nothing: Manchester City? T…

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‘We were forming family’: how LGBT sports grew in the early 1980s

The documentary Light in the Water tells the story of a group of gay men and women who fought against prejudice to swim their way to victoryIn the gay community, there’s an old adage about “alternative families”. Kath Weston wrote about it in her 1997 …

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Caution! Stalled government ahead | Brief letters

Alan Gilzean | Eldorado at the BBC | Motorway speeds | Morris Minors | Fake newsRumour has it that the only reason Alan Gilzean (Obituary, 12 July) stayed with Tottenham Hotspur after Jimmy Greaves left was that with the advent of substitutions, the Sp…

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World Cup final TV battle: BBC goes for goosebumps as ITV pitches to fans | Paul MacInnes

Neither channel got its World Cup final coverage exactly right but each provided a unique perspective on the same eventIt is a job few broadcasters can manage, persuading people to follow you to BBC Two for the tennis while at the same time convincing …

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Why Ninja Warrior is the sport America needs | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The TV show will never rival any of the major US sports but it teaches us that an athlete’s reach should exceed their graspAs bantering sports commentators, barstool fans and tall, handsome retired athletes endlessly debate which sport will emerge as t…

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‘It’s coming home’: England are winning the meme World Cup

Del Boy, David Brent, Caesar and the monkey in Friends all say it’s coming home. So, who knows, maybe this is England’s yearWhat if I told you it’s coming home? pic.twitter.com/sUjxFLkGJo Continue reading…

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Only Connect: the Guardian World Cup edition

What comes fourth in these sequences of World Cup trivia?• Try more World Cup quizzes: England, line-ups and picturesThe Only Connect format is pretty easy to get the hang of even if you’ve never seen the show. We give you three bits of trivia from the…

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Telemundo suspends TV hosts for ‘slant-eye’ gestures after South Korea win

Co-hosts ‘indefinitely suspended’ for racist gestures on live TVSouth Korea had guaranteed Mexico a place in World Cup last 16A pair of US-based television hosts were indefinitely suspended on Thursday after using racist ‘slant-eye’ gestures during a l…

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Blissed-out Gary Lineker an equal match for Rio Ferdinand’s reality check | Scott Murray

BBC’s TV presenters started out on the cautious side before the goals flooded in and even then one remained unimpressedComplain about the licence fee if you must but the bottom line is the BBC’s comprehensive World Cup coverage offers something for eve…

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Alan Sugar under fire over ‘racist’ Senegal World Cup team tweet

Peer apologises after comparing players to people selling bags and sunglasses on beaches in tweet BBC calls ‘seriously misjudged’Alan Sugar has been criticised for posting a tweet about the Senegal World Cup squad that compared the players to people se…

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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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Australia enters the unknown with new era of World Cup coverage | Jonathan Howcroft

How will Optus cope with the huge responsibility of bringing the world’s biggest sporting event to Australian screens?The mellifluous ooh sound Les Murray fashioned when forming the word football is the source of vivid Proustian memories throughout Aus…