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Love letters: football commentators on their handwritten notes

John Murray, Ian Danter, Kris Temple and Peter Drury on how they write their notes and why they hold so many memoriesBy Mark Sanderson for When Saturday ComesJohn Murray, the football correspondent for BBC Radio 5 live, sits in his office, surrounded b…

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The Joy of Six: The Simpsons’ greatest sports episodes | Alex Reid

From a softball classic to US soccer perceptions being skewered, via Lisa’s bloodthirsty goaltending, Homer v Tatum and moreQuiz: Springfield’s greatest sporting momentsEither the best Simpsons sporting episode or simply the best Simpsons episode. Iron…

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Finding Jack Charlton review – how an Englishman became an Irish hero

An elegantly spliced celebration of the footballer-turned-manager who made Ireland proud of their national team Ever since Oliver Cromwell gave his troops no quarter at the Siege of Drogheda in 1649, and maybe even before that massacre, it has been wel…

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Stephen A’s schtick to Kimes’s insight: ranking the NFL’s best analysts

The NFL is perhaps the most scrutinized league in the world. But who gives the best analysis of what goes on with the teams and players?1) Domonique Foxworth, ESPNFoxworth has a unique biography among NFL analysts. A former cornerback who played six se…

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Stephen A’s schtick to Kimes’s insight: ranking the NFL’s best analysts

The NFL is perhaps the most scrutinized league in the world. But who gives the best analysis of what goes on with the teams and players?1) Domonique Foxworth, ESPNFoxworth has a unique biography among NFL analysts. A former cornerback who played six se…

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Murray Walker obituary

Motor racing broadcaster whose ‘pants on fire’ commentaries were loved by listeners and viewers over seven decadesSeldom can any frontrank outside-broadcast commentator have had a longer span at the microphone, or a voice more distinctively identifiabl…

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Ian St John obituary

Scotland and Liverpool footballer who later became a popular broadcaster, particularly in the ITV show Saint and GreavsieThe footballer and television personality Ian St John, who has died aged 82 after suffering from cancer, was a pivotal figure in th…

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66 hours of non-stop TV sport: settle down for a great weekend on the sofa

Test cricket, the Six Nations, Premier League, Super Bowl, Australian Open … the best of sport is happening this weekend across four continents, some of it even with crowds An icon with one more chance to cast history in her image. The Greatest of All …

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Packers’ Aaron Rodgers to guest host Jeopardy! after death of Alex Trebek

Quiz show is using guest hosts after death of TrebekQuarterback won celebrity edition of show in 2015Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he will be a guest host on Jeopardy! during the offseason.The show is currently using a series of inte…

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HBO’s Tiger highlights curious white space at the heart of golfer’s life

New documentary is a portrait of a man whose unwillingness to speak out on race may be a form of self-protectionThe black Mercedes sedan had two blown tires when police found it idling with its brake lights bright and blinker flashing on the side of an…

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HBO’s Tiger highlights curious white space at the heart of golfer’s life

New documentary is a portrait of a man whose unwillingness to speak out on race may be a form of self-protectionThe black Mercedes sedan had two blown tires when police found it idling with its brake lights bright and blinker flashing on the side of an…

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Scottie Pippen: ‘I told Michael Jordan I wasn’t too pleased with The Last Dance’

The ex-Chicago Bulls star won new fans in the acclaimed Netflix documentary. He talks about his special relationship with MJ – and basketball’s equality problemVan Jones: ‘Joe Biden is a romantic idealist in the age of cynicism and snark’See the Observ…

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Scottie Pippen: ‘I told Michael Jordan I wasn’t too pleased with The Last Dance’

The ex-Chicago Bulls star won new fans in the acclaimed Netflix documentary. He talks about his special relationship with MJ – and basketball’s equality problemVan Jones: ‘Joe Biden is a romantic idealist in the age of cynicism and snark’See the Observ…

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‘It’s electrifying’: chess world hails Queen’s Gambit-fuelled boom

Sales of sets and paraphernalia have been matched by a dramatic rise in players in the wake of the Netflix dramaSince its arrival on Netflix last month, The Queen’s Gambit has attracted a staggering 62 million viewers – making it the streaming service’…

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Adam Hills: ‘Tacklers know which foot I’ll step with – only one works’

The Australian comic has found physical disability rugby league with Warrington and hopes to appear in a world cup next yearAdam Hills will not do stand-up gigs on a Tuesday night. Some time ago, he told his agent to stop booking them. Instead, every T…

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Has Ted Lasso doomed American managers to yet more mockery?

US players are winning more respect on the pitch, but Apple TV’s recent comedy shows the ridicule reserved for their coaching counterparts is still alive and wellThe joke is a familiar one. A tired one. “AFC Richmond is gonna give you everything we got…

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Full pockets and tailored ads: Amazon plants its flag in land of televised rugby | Barry Glendenning

Two untaxing wins meant the corporate behemoth arrived quietly – but the smart money says it’s here to stayIf Amazon Prime Video was hopeful its maiden foray into rugby coverage would be the main talking point of the weekend’s international Test match …

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How to get good at chess

You don’t have to be a polymath like Beth Harmon in The Queen’s Gambit to improve your gameThe first thing to say about chess is that we are not all natural geniuses like Beth Harmon, the star of The Queen’s Gambit, who is taught the game by grumpy but…

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All Premier League games in October likely to be shown live on TV

Restrictions on fans in grounds leads to change of planGames in September shared between four broadcastersLive TV coverage of every Premier League match is expected to continue into October after the government announced the suspension of plans to retu…

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TV highlights package is an art and a science in era of low attention span | Jonathan Liew

Condensing the action works better for some sports than others, but it feels crucial as viewing options keep expandingApparently, the US Open men’s final on Sunday night was incredible. I wouldn’t know; I only saw the highlights. Which, as everyone kno…