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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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Football’s Darkest Secret review – spare and unrelenting

This investigation into the crimes of Barry Bennell and others is unsensational, compassionate and necessary, and the courage of those who came forward shines throughI once – walking through London, not very late at night – came across a man holding fa…

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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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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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UK TV streaming subscribers can no longer access live sport when in EU

Sky, Amazon, Netflix and BT Sport lose right to let UK viewers automatically watch all content after Brexit transitionUK customers of TV streaming services can no longer watch live sport, including Premier League football, when visiting the rest of Eur…

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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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Christmas may be cancelled but sport on TV can save the day once again

There is even less to do than usual over the festive break so why not watch live sport and when that has finished a few decent sport documentaries? In a year when solace has been in greater demand than multipacks of loo roll, thank goodness for televis…

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BBC’s downsized Spoty celebration fills space and reflects these odd times | Simon Burnton

The ceremony’s usual bombast was dialled down a little but odd moments were reassuringly present and correctAs the BBC’s small, Covid-friendly Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony drew to a predictable conclusion, Lewis Hamilton – appearing vi…

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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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Magnus Carlsen: ‘Chess has not been very kind to women over the years’

The world champion has praised Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit and thinks it would be close if he played the fictional Beth HarmonOn his Instagram feed, Magnus Carlsen imagined a photoshopped match against Beth Harmon, the fictional heroine of Netfli…

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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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Marcus Rashford given MBE in birthday honours for school meals campaign

Footballer urges PM to extend scheme after being included on diverse list delayed by pandemicThe footballer Marcus Rashford has urged the government to extend its provision of free school meals as he accepted an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list…