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Olympic viewers urged to be patient as BBC forced to juggle live streams

Frustration as reduced broadcasting rights limit corporation’s coverage to only two events at a timeTokyo Olympics – live updatesFans missing live Tokyo Olympics coverage of their favourite sports are being urged to be patient as the BBC juggles live s…

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Naomi Osaka review – a poignant, painful look at the life of the tennis wunderkind

She may have beaten Serena Williams, but Netflix’s affecting new docuseries reveals Osaka as a young woman plagued by self-doubt, and trying to figure out her place in the worldThere is a problem that sometimes afflicts documentaries about sports perso…

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ITV’s England ‘curse’ lifted but BBC will dominate Euro 2020 final

Semi-final was a big win for ITV but vast majority likely to switch to BBC when broadcasters go toe-to-toe for the finalWhen Sam Matterface finished ITV’s commentary on England’s historic Euro 2020 victory over Denmark, he concluded with a plea to view…

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Gods of Snooker: how the sport went from dingy hobby to national treasure

The BBC’s new documentary series charts how the game became a riveting TV soap opera full of colourful charactersThey say everyone who watched it remembers where they were for the Apollo 11 moon landing. Aired last Sunday, the first episode of the smok…

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Clive Tyldesley: ‘Football commentary is all I ever wanted to do’ | Donald McRae

From Shankly, Clough and the Camp Nou in 1999 to the failed European Super League, the broadcaster reflects on the game“The first thing you’ve got to get your head around as a broadcaster,” Clive Tyldesley says, “is that it’s not actually about you. It…

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Clive Tyldesley: ‘Football commentary is all I ever wanted to do’ | Donald McRae

From Shankly, Clough and the Camp Nou in 1999 to the failed European Super League, the broadcaster reflects on the game“The first thing you’ve got to get your head around as a broadcaster,” Clive Tyldesley says, “is that it’s not actually about you. It…

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Clive Tyldesley: ‘Football commentary is all I ever wanted to do’ | Donald McRae

From Shankly, Clough and the Camp Nou in 1999 to the failed European Super League, the broadcaster reflects on the game“The first thing you’ve got to get your head around as a broadcaster,” Clive Tyldesley says, “is that it’s not actually about you. It…

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Clive Tyldesley: ‘Football commentary is all I ever wanted to do’ | Donald McRae

From Shankly, Clough and the Camp Nou in 1999 to the failed European Super League, the broadcaster reflects on the game“The first thing you’ve got to get your head around as a broadcaster,” Clive Tyldesley says, “is that it’s not actually about you. It…

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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…