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TV sports reboots

On 12 March, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus, sending his team and staff into self-isolation. The following morning, the Premier League threw in the towel – it was obvious that it was no longer possible to play football during the Covid-19 epidemic.

The rest of football and pretty much all sport followed. At a stroke, the schedules of the UK’s specialist sports broadcasters had been emptied.

Tom Hardy will narrate All Or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur documentary

The nine-part series, directed by Anthony Philipson and produced by 72 Films, will explore the team's first season in their new stadium and the impact of their manager Mauricio Pochettino being replaced by José Mourinho, plus how the club has dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Guided by Tom Hardy’s narration, the documentary will show how the club performs both on and off the pitch during a crucial season.

TV sport: All to play for

Welcome to the great British summer of no sport. There will be no Wimbledon, no Euro 2020 football, no Open golf and no Olympics, which leaves the sport broadcasters on the canvas.

Punch drunk they may be, but no one is throwing in the towel. The challenge is to fill the hours of telly set aside for sport this summer and to attract the bumper audiences being enjoyed elsewhere on TV during the lockdown.

Live sport has not disappeared entirely – Taiwanese basketball and baseball anyone? – but there is not much of it about.

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Liverpool's striker Mohamed Salah (credit: AP Photo/Jon Super)

A run-of-the-mill English Premier League fixture on a Tuesday evening early next month is set to be one of the most significant football matches to be played in more than two decades.

That is because the game between Crystal Palace and Bournemouth will be the first ever to be broadcast live and exclusively by one of the tech giants.

Amazon, the global digital platform and retailer, is showing this and 19 other Premier League games to UK audiences during December via its subscription service Amazon Prime after paying about £90m for a three-year deal.

Soccer Aid 2019 reveals celebrity line-up

Soccer Aid co-founder Robbie Williams (Credit: ITV)

Taking place at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge in London, all money raised will go towards Unicef’s work in providing care and protection for children around the world.

The match will see ex-football legends and celebrities such as Jamie Redknapp, Mark Wright and Ben Shepherd playing for the England team, and going head to head with the Soccer Aid World XI team.

Produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine UK, the match will be broadcast live on ITV on June 16th and hosted by Dermot O’Leary.

It’s a Full English for ITV

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Led by Harry Redknapp, a renowned manager who has led the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers to victory, the team consists of a who’s who of 1980s and 1990s footballing heroes. All a little over the hill, the goal is to get back in shape and on the pitch once more.

The team of eleven includes: John Barnes, David Seaman, Robbie Fowler, Mark Wright, Matthew Le Tissier, Chris Waddle, Rob Lee, Ray Parlour, Lee Sharpe,Mark Chamberlain, Paul Merson, and Razor Ruddock. They’ll be trying to prove that it’s never too late to get fit.

Ashley John-Baptiste takes the temperature in Russia

It was late March when BBC Newsgathering offered me a lifetime opportunity – to report from Russia during the World Cup. My response? Heck, yes! It was a no-brainer. 

Only hours after the initial buzz faded and I had spoken with mates did concerns arise.

Would I experience racial abuse in Russia? Would I be able to hack the cultural and language barriers while consistently providing quality reports? I knew without a doubt that this would be a step up from the domestic reporting that I was used to. 

Who's playing in Soccer Aid 2018?

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Famous faces that have previously graced the Soccer Aid pitch have included: Will Ferrell, Mike Myers, Woody Harrelson, Gerard Butler, Edward Norton and James Corden.

Homeland and Billions actor Damien Lewis, who has proved quite popular with fans due to his ability as a pacey winger has and continues to be a permanent fixture on the England team. This year, he is joined on the by four-time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah, as well as Soccer Aid regular, musician Olly Murs.