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Cricket castaways: the game’s long run on Desert Island Discs

Cricketers have a staple on the show since its launch in 1942. What can we learn about their appearances?By Peter Hoare for The NightwatchmanDesert Island Discs is older than one-day cricket, Test Match Special and covered pitches. It was born on the B…

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Gary Lineker takes 25% BBC pay cut and agrees to tweet more carefully

All corporation staff to be bound by strict new social media guidelines within weeksGary Lineker has taken a 25% pay cut to remain as host of Match of the Day for the next five years, along with an agreement to be more careful in his use of Twitter to …

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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…

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Sue Barker to leave BBC’s Question of Sport after 24 years

Team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell also axed in quiz show shake-upThe tennis and broadcasting star Sue Barker is to leave A Question of Sport after 24 years as its host in a big shake-up of the BBC quiz show.The programme’s team captains, Matt …

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All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur review – where is Mourinho’s dirty laundry?

Despite the promise of ‘access all areas’, the latest outing for the sports documentary series is as obligingly sanitised as everNot so long ago, football clubs were happy to lay themselves bare for TV cameras. The gold standard remains Channel 4’s 199…

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David Bryant obituary

Champion bowls player who won 13 world titles during a golden era for the sportFew sporting world champions have won their medals while smoking a pipe, but David Bryant, who has died aged 88, did just that as he claimed three world outdoor bowls single…

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Cricket coming home? Live return to BBC TV will not be like the 90s | Emma John

The coverage of Sunday’s England v Pakistan T20, the first match on the BBC in two decades, will be very different to the days of Peter West and Tony LewisNostalgia is the comfort blanket of our times. The BBC knows this, which is why it spent lockdown…

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No way José: Football is no soap opera, despite Amazon’s efforts

Mourinho steals every scene in All Or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur, but even Tom Hardy can’t add any drama to a gussied up end of season DVDThe most revealing moment in the opening episode of All Or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur occurs during a private meet…

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Leagues ahead: why Last Chance U’s final season may be its best yet

The fifth run of the American football doc has been described as ‘vanilla’. But look closer and you’ll find a fitting ending, devoid of the toxicity and stress of oldTo the untrained eye, it may seem as if Last Chance U is going out with a whimper. You…

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Dutch football captains lead boycott of TV show over racist remarks

Virgil van Dijk and Sari van Veenendaal hit out at pundit and say ‘enough is enough’The captains of the Dutch men’s, women’s and youth national football teams are boycotting a leading sports TV programme over the racist comments of a longstanding pundi…

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Willie Thorne obituary

Popular snooker player with enormous ability but a fragile temperamentWith his bald head, magnificent moustache and standing 6ft 2in tall, Willie Thorne, who has died aged 66 after suffering from leukaemia, was one of the most instantly recognisable an…

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The Guardian view on the sporting life: games in a time of coronavirus | Editorial

Can the UK’s favourite sports answer the questions posed by Covid-19? The restarting of the Premier League will offer some clues“There can be no summer in this land without cricket,” wrote Neville Cardus, the long-time Guardian cricket – and indeed cla…

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Premier League confirms first fixtures and free-to-air games for season restart

Bournemouth v Crystal Palace is first live game on BBCLeague reveals 33 matches will be on free-to-air TVThe Premier League has published the official fixtures for the first three rounds of the restarted season, and revealed 33 games will be available …

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‘I dance to Joe Wicks every morning’: football commentators in lockdown

Peter Drury and Guy Mowbray have been enjoying their time off, volunteering for the NHS, doing homework and keeping fitBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkEven during the current hiatus, Peter Drury is still spending time at a football grou…

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‘Back in the former USSR’: where were you when England were knocked out of Euro 96?

Ahead of ITV’s repeat of the historic match between England and their old rivals Germany, famous faces recall the gameI was, of course, at Wembley, which is brought home any time you see a montage of Euro 96 and the cameras cut to me and Frank Skinner …

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Michael Jordan was years ahead of his game. The Last Dance showed that he still is

The docuseries that enthralled millions isn’t just about sport, but the pursuit of perfection. And at its heart is a superstar who still retains his mysteryThe Last Dance, the wildly popular documentary series co-produced by ESPN and Netflix about Mich…

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Euro 96 Relived: like experiencing a painful summer crush all over again

On paper, rewatching old football matches should be ludicrous … until you find yourself clenching your fist at a Shearer goal Never has a wild experiment made me feel such vivid emotions. Because that’s exactly what Euro 96 Relived (ITV4/ITV Hub, near…

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In a new documentary, Lance Armstrong shows plenty of rage but little regret

ESPN’s new film on the cyclist is a compelling study in the corruption of the male athletic ego“It’s a miracle I’m not a mass murderer,” Lance Armstrong, reflecting on his mother Linda’s laissez-faire approach to parenting, muses in the opening scenes …

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Sport documentaries: readers recommend their favourite films

From skateboarding to Sunderland, here are the documentaries you suggested to get through live sport’s long shutdownWe recently recommended 12 sports films to watch during lockdown, and asked readers for their favourite documentaries. Here are some of …

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Hafthor Bjornsson, Game of Thrones’ ‘Mountain’, breaks world deadlift record

Icelandic strongman lifts 1,104 lb at Thor’s Power Gym31-year-old starred as Ser Gregor Clegane in HBO seriesIcelandic actor and strongman Hafthor Bjornsson set a world record for the deadlift on Saturday when he lifted 1,104 lb (501 kg) at Thor’s Powe…