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'Half of Premier League clubs could play in empty stadiums and still make money'

'Half of Premier League clubs could play in empty stadiums and still make money'

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Half of Premier League clubs could have played in empty stadiums and still made a pre-tax profit in the first season of the current broadcast deal, BBC research has found.In 2016-17, during which clubs benefited from a record £8.3bn in global TV revenue, matchday income contributed less than 20p in every £1 earned by 18 top-flight outfits.The number of clubs that would have recorded pre-tax profits even if matchday income was taken away rose from two in 2015-16 to 10 in 2016-17. Dr Rob Wilson, a sport finance specialist at Sheffield Hallam University, said the previous £3.018bn broadcast deal struck in 2012 signalled a permanent change to top-flight football as a business i...
Fortnite to skip Google Play on Android

Fortnite to skip Google Play on Android

Technology
The developer of Fortnite has confirmed it will bypass the Google Play app store when the game is released for Android smartphones.The Google Play store lets Android users buy and download apps using a simple interface, although Google takes a 30% cut of sales made.Epic Games' chief executive Tim Sweeney said 30% was "disproportionate" to the contribution Google made.The studio has not yet announced when the game will arrive on Android.Fortnite Battle Royale sees 100 players land on an island to look for weapons and build defences. The person who survives the longest wins.The game is free to play, although gamers can choose to buy cosmetic customisations such as clothes and dance moves for their character.In a statement about the...
Open Championship 2018 tee times: What is the order of play for third round at Carnoustie?

Open Championship 2018 tee times: What is the order of play for third round at Carnoustie?

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The Open Championship is underway for its 147th edition, and you can listen to live commentary on talkSPORT 2. This year’s Championships will run from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, July 22. American duo Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner are joint leaders on six-under as we head into what promises to be an action-packed day three, with England’s Tommy Fleetwood just a shot behind. Rory McIlroy is also a great position just a shot adrift of Fleetwood, and 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett remains well placed on two-under. But how will they fare on Saturday? See the order of play for day three at Carnoustie below… Getty Defending champion Jordan Spieth is also in a great position at three-under after two ro...
Exoskeleton that allows humans to work and play for longer

Exoskeleton that allows humans to work and play for longer

Technology
Would you put on an exoskeleton that meant you could run for an entire day without getting tired?What about one that would allow you to stay on your feet longer at work?The technology to give people superhuman strength is currently being developed but the ethical questions about whether we should be developing it and in what circumstances it should be used, are only just beginning to be asked.An exoskeleton, as the name suggests, is an external frame that can be worn to support the body, either to help a person overcome an injury or to enhance their biological capacities. Powered by a system of electric motors, the frame gives limbs extra movement, strength and endurance.At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Biomechatron...
How did Karius play on with concussion? Head injury Q&A

How did Karius play on with concussion? Head injury Q&A

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Liverpool's Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid was defined by many factors, but none more so than the two errors by goalkeeper Loris Karius.Throwing the ball directly at Karim Benzema was bad enough, but he then let Gareth Bale's shot slip through his fingers as well.But now, perhaps, an explanation has emerged, after the 24-year-old German was diagnosed with concussion by medical experts in Boston five days after the match. Real defender Sergio Ramos, already cast as the villain by some Liverpool fans for his involvement in the incident that led to Mohamed Salah's injury-enforced withdrawal from the final, collided with Karius moments before his first mistake.So how did Karius cont...