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Guardian chief sports correspondent

BBC pay £204m to keep Match of the Day as ITV decline to bid

theguardian.com — The familiar theme tune to Match of the Day will remain a fixture on the BBC until at least the end of the decade, after the corporation paid £204m to renew the rights for three more years.

José Mourinho declares himself 'the happy one' after his Chelsea return

theguardian.com — Returning to Chelsea José Mourinho insisted he is no longer "a special one" but a humble one, vowing to introduce a stability that has been lacking for both the Portuguese and the club since he first departed six years ago.

Agents made £155m on international transfers in 2014, Fifa reveals

theguardian.com — Payments to agents acting on international transfers for clubs rose to £155m ($236m) in 2014 according to Fifa figures, with a booming English transfer market accounting for by far the largest slice. The study of the market in 2014 showed that despite the introduction of Uefa's financial fair play rules, the booming broadcast market and growing commercial opportunities enabled English clubs to carry on spending.

Football Association to endorse Prince Ali’s bid for Fifa president

theguardian.com — The Football Association is set to back the nomination of Jordan's Prince Ali in his battle with Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency. Prince Ali, who is a Fifa vice-president but could lose his seat on the executive committee in a reorganisation by the Asian Football Confederation, announced his candidacy this month.

2022 Qatar World Cup vote should be re-run, claims Council of Europe

theguardian.com — The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has called on Fifa to re-run the vote for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, claiming in a new report that the original process was "radically flawed" due to bribery and corruption.

BT Sport hoping to sign Gary Lineker to front Champions League coverage

theguardian.com — BT Sport has stepped up attempts to sign Gary Lineker to front its live Champions League coverage next season on a deal that would enable him to also continue presenting Match of the Day for the BBC.

Heather Rabbatts: football should have handled Ched Evans case better

theguardian.com — Recent controversies involving racism and sexism have cast "a very big shadow" over football according to the FA director Heather Rabbatts, who also believes that the sport should have handled the Ched Evans affair differently.

Adrian Chiles replaced as ITV Sport football presenter by Mark Pougatch

theguardian.com — BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Pougatch has joined ITV as its main lead football anchor with immediate effect, replacing Adrian Chiles in a sudden switch. ITV has the rights to live Champions League football until the end of this season and also screens England's home qualifiers and friendlies in a deal that runs until 2018.

Three leading sponsors ditch association with scandal-hit Fifa

theguardian.com — Three of Fifa's highest-profile sponsors during the Brazil 2014 World Cup have joined Sony and Emirates in declining to renew their contracts with the scandal-hit world governing body, it has emerged. Castrol, Continental Tyres and Johnson & Johnson - so-called second-tier sponsors that had a high-profile presence in Brazil - have confirmed that they have not renewed their deals.

Snooker pushes for place at 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

theguardian.com — In a move likely to provoke a fresh wave of pub debate about what makes a sport a sport, snooker has launched a bold bid to be included in the 2020 Olympic Games.
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Jan 29, 2015

Breaking News! No News! RT @SkySportsNewsHQ: BREAKING NEWS: Chelsea announce there will be no pre-match news conference tomorrow #SSNHQ

Jan 29, 2015

RT @KeirRadnedge: Jerome Valcke follows Sheikh Salman in insisting that winter is a done deal for Qatar 2022 . . . tinyurl.com/5sbv33m

Jan 29, 2015

BBC pay £204m to keep Match of the Day as ITV decline to bid bit.ly/1yE6TEK

Jan 29, 2015

Under new MoTD deal main Sat night show will be on iPlayer for first time and BBC will introduce a new 10pm midweek magazine show on BBC2.

Jan 29, 2015

Premier League confirm that BBC have renewed MoTD deal until 2019 - £204m over three years.

Jan 29, 2015

BBC look certain to retain MoTD highlights after ITV decide against bidding..

Jan 29, 2015

RT @TMFootyFinance: Doubt #WestHam are too pleased to see #Alpari signing up to sponsor #Zenit 2 wks after their UK operation went bust: sportbusiness.com/sport-news/zen…

Jan 29, 2015

Sports minister concerned over decline in number of people playing sport bit.ly/15V1LVP

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