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Aaron Hernandez: how did a $40m NFL star become a convicted killer?

In a Netflix docuseries, the shocking true story of a much-loved athlete convicted of first-degree murder is placed under the microscopeEven by the standards of America’s obsession with stories of spectacular falls from grace, the trajectory of Aaron H…

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Amazon breaks into Champions League with German deal

Streaming service follows Premier League success with further football rights tie-upFresh from the success of streaming top-flight English football for the first time, Amazon has sets its sights on Europe’s premier club competition, securing exclusive …

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The changing art of cricket commentary

David Lloyd, David Gower, Alison Mitchell and Geoff Lemon on the demands and delights of the jobBy Jo Harman for Wisden Cricket Monthly“As a presenter, David Gower is excellent,” says David Lloyd, who worked alongside him at Sky for two decades. “I hav…

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Slapdash England suffer their own It’s a Royal Knockout humiliation

The Queen offered her goodwill message to Eddie Jones’s side but there was no goodwill from the SpringboksAnyone who cringes at the memory of It’s a Royal Knockout (is it only 32 years ago?) would know our oldest family do not always bless high-grade i…

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Jonathan Agnew is subject of complaint to BBC over abusive tweets

Broadcaster made series of late-night posts calling cricket writer Jonathan Liew ‘racist’Jonathan Agnew is the subject of a formal complaint to the BBC over a series of abusive tweets he sent to a fellow cricket writer.The Test Match Special commentato…

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‘The ultimate binge-watch’: why football docs top Game of Thrones for drama

Stuffed full of agony, redemption and melodrama, football is the perfect fit for the streaming age, as Amazon’s engrossing Leeds United documentary provesVery few Leeds United fans regard the denouement to the 2018-19 football season as anything other …

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Miami Marlins apologise for blaming rival Rays for death of Steve Irwin

Tweet came during two-game series between Florida teamsAustralian TV presenter was killed by stingray in 2006The Miami Marlins have said sorry after their official Twitter account blamed their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the death of TV…

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Duane Pipe and the sorely missed loo roll | Brief letters

Women’s football | Loo roll | Rare names | Kim Darroch | HeadlinesOne likely outcome of England’s performance in the World Cup (What will be the legacy of England’s Success?, 6 July) is that we will no longer be able to watch them live and free on TV a…

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‘Surreal’ time in the TMS booth that came about by accident | Vic Marks

In another extract from his new book, Vic Marks explains how his time with TMS started in India and why his favourite commentator was Tony CozierWorking on Test Match Special has never been my main job and on most days it does not feel like a job at al…

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Cricket World Cup’s efforts to ‘engage’ doomed by terrestrial TV void | Andy Bull

TikTok, Helo, YouTube and the rest – like highlights after midnight – cannot make up for a widespread inability to watch the games unfoldRepeat a word often enough and it seems to lose all meaning. It’s called semantic satiation, and it’s a phenomenon …

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The Guardian view on cricket: play the game | Editorial

The game is shrinking in its homeland, but it still thrills hundreds of thousandsOnce in a while sport throws up some feat of truly astonishing athleticism. Professional sportspeople operate all the time at a level which most of us could never for a mo…

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‘I’m so obsessed’: Adam Hills on fitting his TV career around rugby league

The Last Leg presenter talks about physical disability rugby league, playing at Anfield and his 400-mile trips to trainingBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIf you happen to see a bearded bloke wearing South Sydney Rabbitohs gear in the Crouch End…

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How Stephen A Smith went from visionary pundit to ESPN’s $10m hot-take machine

The broadcaster’s shouter-in-chief is about to become the richest man in sports media after nearly washing out chasing a vision that was ahead of its timeAdidas needs Beyoncé more than Beyoncé needs Adidas. Last week’s announcement of their multi-year …

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How Stephen A Smith went from visionary pundit to ESPN’s $10m hot-take machine

The broadcaster’s shouter-in-chief is about to become the richest man in sports media after nearly washing out chasing a vision that was ahead of its timeAdidas needs Beyoncé more than Beyoncé needs Adidas. Last week’s announcement of their multi-year …

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How Stephen A Smith went from visionary pundit to ESPN’s $10m hot-take machine

The broadcaster’s shouter-in-chief is about to become the richest man in sports media after nearly washing out chasing a vision that was ahead of its timeAdidas needs Beyoncé more than Beyoncé needs Adidas. Last week’s announcement of their multi-year …

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Mike Watterson obituary

Sports promoter who brought snooker’s World Championship to the Crucible in SheffieldThe sports promoter Mike Watterson, who has died aged 76, helped to transform snooker and darts in the 1970s and 80s into major televised sports enjoyed by millions. H…

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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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What happened next? How the World Cup brought in a new era for Alex Scott – and women in football

She had already earned 140 caps for England, but Scott became one of the breakout stars of the men’s tournament this year as the first woman pundit taken to a World Cup by the BBC. She reveals why it wasn’t all plain sailing Alex Scott is not alone in …

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Rugby league should never forget the power of free-to-air TV

If the sport wants a mainstream audience, it has to prioritise its relationship with the BBC and coverage of the England teamBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredDoes rugby league take the BBC for granted? And are the RFL flogging a dead horse with …

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Monday Night Football: Has Jason Witten ruined a US television institution?

The former Cowboy has been a disaster since he joined the most storied broadcast in American sports, but he’s not the show’s only problemThe NFL has a multitude of problems: players committing off-the-field violence, the Oakland Raiders in general and,…