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Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.



Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

Mani Djazmi is joined by two time Paralympic sprint champion Martina Caironi and Lex Gillette, who is a four time Paralympic silver medalist in the long jump. The panel discuss performances at this years Para Athletic Championships and there are exclusive interviews with Paralympic Champions Jonnie Peacock and David Behre. Five years on from the London Paralympic games, Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson and journalist Mik Scarlet discuss whether the games have helped improve the lives of disabled people living in the United Kingdom. Plus, we'll hear how Paralympic gold medalist Heinrich Popow who took the dancing world by storm.


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

Will there be a Premexit?
The Premier League is one of the most powerful leagues in the world. English clubs always challenge for major European titles and sign the world’s best players for record transfer fees. But are the glory days of the Premier League coming to end because of Brexit? Dr Babatunde Buraimo, from Liverpool University, says there are several factors that could help keep the Premier League an attractive destination.

Four Four Feng Shui
London based Queens Park Ranger are trying out a new tactic ahead of the upcoming season. They have hired a Feng Shui expert to help improve the clubs fortunes. Feng Shui expert Jan Cisek has told Sportshour that he wouldn’t be surprised to see QPR near to the top of table due to Feng Shui. But he also believes the club should force the players to do Feng Shui in their homes.

The unexpected battle for a world record
Back at the start of the year, Sean Conway set himself a challenge to cross Europe on a bicycle in the shortest amount of time. The record stood at 29 days. But just as Sean is about to start his challenge, Germany’s Jonas Deichmann on Thursday beat the record by four days and Briton Ian Findlay is halfway through his attempt and could bring the record down further. Sean says his confident he can complete the challenge in less than three weeks.

Stick or Twist
The Uefa Women’s European Championships is currently taking place in the Netherlands and to celebrate, Panini released a sticker book. It is the first time; the company has released a sticker album for the tournament. Will Panini continue to print these books for every major women tournament? Nick Clark says companies will continue to invest in Women’s football as it is becoming more profitable.

The Namaste NFL player
Keith Mitchell was a hard hitting tackler in the NFL, until he suffered a career ending injury. In order to help with his recovery, he started to practise yoga. Years later, as a trained yoga teacher, Keith has held a yoga class at the United Nations.


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

Bolt's best friend
Nugent Walker or NJ, as he’s known has been Usain Bolt’s best friend since primary school and manager since 2010. Despite being a ‘monster on the track’, NJ says Bolt is a bit of a dominos geek off it. What stands out from the interview is NJ is extremely proud watching his friend dominate the track. We could hear Usain in the background whilst we were talking to Nugent. He wasn’t able to talk; I think he has a race this week.

Bolt changed my life
Robyn Williams caught a pair of Bolt’s running spikes at the 2016 Anniversary Games. She says having the spikes inspired her to continue her athletics training. George Hoy was a games changer at the 2012 Olympics and managed to walk away with Bolt’s hat, after carrying his kit in the 200 metre heats. The Londoner says the conversation helped him apply and complete his university studies and gain confidence. Finally, a video of Dionne Hansey celebrating Bolt’s victory in the 200 metres went viral around the world. She says Bolt has been an important person in her life and the history of Jamaica.

Athletics nationality problem
Jak Ali Harvey is a Jamaican born athlete, who runs for Turkey. He says he changed nationalities because he received better support from Turkish athletics. Many African and Caribbean runners have decided to run for Middle Eastern countries in recent years. Professor Paul Michael Brannagan says athletes changing nationalities to represent Middle Eastern countries are helping improve the image of Middle Eastern governments.

Record bid devastation
Last week, we interviewed Sean Conway and discovered there was a three way battle for the world record for crossing Europe on a bicycle. Iain Findley was one of those cyclists, who was aiming to break the record. But the cycling coach had to abort his record attempt due to injury. Iain says the decision to quit has affected him mentally but believes Sean, who inspired him to take on the challenge, can break the record.


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

Footballs forgotten fans
Football matches can be quite a daunting experience, especially fans suffering from social anxiety. Sonia Peacock’s son Kyle is autistic and she says clubs need to make fans with social anxiety feel more welcome. Kyle stopped attending Everton matches, after he was attacked by away fans, a couple of years ago. He only returned to Goodison Park this summer and Sonia says Kyle’s positive experience was down to fellow Everton fan Danny. A post from social media about the meeting went viral on social media. Sonia says Premier League clubs need to increase help for fans suffering from social anxiety.

The Rise of Fan TV
Football fans always have an opinion on their club. Who should play in a certain position and what signings they should have bought in the transfer window. In recent seasons, some fans have turned their opinion into their profession by creating Fan TV channels on social media. The biggest and the most watched is Arsenal Fan TV. Robbie Lyle the channels founder, says it’s popularity is because it allows fans to voice their opinions, which established media companies ignore.

Crouch… Bind… You’re cut
The England Women’s Rugby team have kicked off their defence of their World Cup title, despite uncertain surrounding the future of game, after the RFU’s decided to restructure their contracts. Former captain Catherine Spencer believes the team are currently in a ‘lose lose situation’ as the RFU will back their decision whether they win or lose the World Cup.She says the players made the correct decision not to go on strike but if things don’t improve, they should consider it in the future, like their male counterparts did in 2000.

$649,000 to buy a friend
What would you do if the horse you competed with in the Olympics was put up for sale? You would do anything to raise the money to buy him wouldn’t you?! Jonty Evans set up a just giving page to try and raise funds to buy Cooley Rorkes Drift from his owners. Thanks to donations from around the world, Jonty has raised enough money to buy his friend back.

BBC Newsreader barking up the wrong tree
When Simon McCoy’s presentation of the Dog Surfing Competition went viral around the world, we thought it only fair to get a response from the winner. Unfortunately, Abbie an Australian kelpie wasn’t available but her owner Michael Uy was. Michael has invited Simon to take part in next year’s contest. We hope Simon accepts, the pride of the BBC is at stake.


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

The First Ostracised Athlete
The events in Charlottesville and the remarks made by President Trump this week, has seen an increase in US athletes speaking out against racism. One of the first high profile athletes to speak out about racism in the US, was two time NBA champion Craig Hodges. The former Chicago Bulls basketball player wrote a 14 page letter to President HW Bush expressing his displeasure at the inequality in society, but it was to his detriment, he would never play professional basketball in the US again with no contract offers.

Playing on, after a brain bleed
Head injuries are the number one medical concern in rugby. Players have to pass strict medical tests, if they're to return to the pitch. But imagine returning to the field, after suffering a bleed on the brain. That is what Abu Dhabi Saracen Stephen Hamilton will be doing in the coming weeks. Hamilton, who plays centre and is also the director of rugby, missed the whole of last season due to the injury. Despite his family's concerns, Steve says he wants to fulfill his dream playing international rugby for the UAE.

It's more than a Bronze medal
Tianna Bartoletta this week revealed that she had won a Bronze medal in the World Championships, after becoming homeless three months ago and relocating to the Netherlands. In the post she also stated that she took the precaution to give herself the chance of a life that, in her words, "didn't involve fear or fighting, threats, and abuse".Sportshour's Ade Adedoyin has been to meet her.

NFL - Now Female League?
How easy is it for a woman to get a coaching position in the league? Many women are offered coaching internships like Phoebe Schecter but are never appointed to a team's permanent staff. In fact, the San Francisco 49ers became only the second team to appoint a woman to their permit coaching staff this season. Phoebe says many factors will need to change before a female coach becomes a permit fixture on the NFL side-lines.

Taking the Aussie out of Aussie Rules
The grand finals of the AFL international Cup take place this weekend. But despite the sport being called Aussie Rules, no repatriated Australians can represent their adopted country. Surely, Australian influence would help improve the quality of the sport globally? Grant Williams from the AFL says global participation is needed to grow the game, not ex pats.


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

England takes on New Zealand in the final of the Women's Rugby World Cup on Saturday. It's an event players and fans alike are hotly anticipating, but for Jean Kim it's too painful to watch. When Jean says the sport of rugby saved her life, she means it, which makes it all the more difficult for her now she’s banned from playing.

How to swim the English Channel four times, non stop
Chloe McCardel is attempting to do something no one has ever done, or even tried! She will swim across the English Channel to France....And then back again and then back again and then back again... Without stopping! The Australian swimmer explains that previously, when completing her triple crossing, she suffered from fatigue induced hallucinations.

Mayweather v McGregor: Fine fighting fayre or farce?
We preview the 'big fight' by profiling both fighters and ask why so many people are interested in a sporting event many feel a farce. We look at the way the fight has been marketed and whether it has been done so without consideration of the consequences.

Clipper Comes Home… Eventually:
We are on board as the Clipper Race leave Liverpool.. It’ll be the best part of a year before the professional and amateur crew members are back in the city at the finish line. Robin Knox Johnston explains the draw of the race

(Photo: (L) Jean Kim)


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

Ahead of the new NFL season we profile Colin Kaepernick. He stirred controversy last year for sitting or kneeling during the anthem, in protest against the treatment of black Americans. The quarterback remains without a team as the new season approaches. Supporters claim he remains unemployed because he was prepared to speak out about inequality in wider American society.

We are joined by Dr. Harry Edwards, who organised the "Olympic Project for Human Rights" in the 1960's. It prompted Tommie Smith and John Carlos to produce one of the most iconic moments in sport history - the 'Black Power' salute as the American national anthem played out in Mexico in 1968 after they won Olympic gold and silver.

For the past 7 years Dr. Edwards has worked at the San Francisco 49ers, the only team Colin Kaepenick has played for. We also hear from Marlene and Beverley Owens, daughter of legendary athlete Jessie Owens. Craig Hodges, who after winning the NBA Championship in 1992 with the Chicago Bulls, never played in the NBA again. Details of a letter he sent to then-president George W Bush expressing his anger at the treatment of the poor and minorities in the country was leaked to the media. We also hear from Marc Spears, Chairman of the National Association of Black Journalists Sports Task Force.

Photo: Colin Kaepernick. Credit: Getty Images


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

The Homeless World Cup in Oslo came to an end this week, how striking that it should be played out against the backdrop of a record breaking transfer window. We hear from Sophie and David who both found themselves in need of help in their lives and are now on the road to recovery through football, proudly representing Wales! Social went last week.

When you win the World Cup... but have to go back to work
There was an unexpected side effect to the recent victory of the New Zealand women's rugby team at the World Cup in Ireland. The city of Auckland lost its ability to send one of its detectives under cover. Why? Well when you've just captained the rugby mad nation to another World Cup win there aren't that many people, or criminals, who don't know who you are! By day Fiao'o Fa'amausili is a detective in the Auckland police force, at night she spearheads the finest team in women's rugby.

From Old Trafford to New Beginnings
Fast cars, flashy jewellery, expensive clothing, sure… but being environmentally friendly isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you think Premier League footballer. But one man who played at Manchester United alongside Ronaldo, Rooney and Giggs, is trying to prove otherwise. Now retired, Richard Eckersley is the owner of "Earth Food Love" a shop in Devon in the South West of England that is trying to become Britain's only zero waste supermarket. That means none of its 200 products comes with any packaging. So don't forget to bring your own bags, bottles and bowls if you want to buy anything!

Cerebral Palsy Football:
We look ahead to football’s Cerebral Palsy World Championships with England captain Jack Rutter. He developed the condition after he was punched to the ground in an unprovoked attack.

Photo: The Homeless World Cup is advertised in Oslo Credit: @poblgroup


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

When we heard that Adam Rolston and his caddie Ron Rutland were planning on raising money for the Laureus Sport for Good charity by playing the longest hole in golf history, one that literally spanned the length of Mongolia, we had to find out more! Well 82 days and about 20,000 shots later, the pair are just a lofted wedge and a putt away from completing their adventure. We’re on the final stretch with the pair as they exit the Gobi and enter the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar.

Retirement Goals:
Robbie Simpson might still be playing a professional football, but he’s got more than one eye on what comes next, and how he can help other athletes facing the same career crossroads. He has started Life After Professional Sport (LAPS) an organisation that brings businesses together with athletes who are close to, or have completed their sporting careers. Things are changing, when Robbie walked into the dressing room at his first professional club, Coventry City, 10 years ago he was the only one with a university degree. However in the squad at his current club Exeter City, he says there are 11 graduates and many more with a post playing plan.

Summersaults in the Sky:
Slalom racing is tough enough on skis, but imagine doing it in a plane! That's what those taking part in the Red Bull Air Race Championship do each week. Pilots nip through a series of 25-metre-high pylons around a track in the sky. Melanie Astles is the first, and only female pilot, and has been telling us about the challenges of acrobatic air racing and how she’s proving that for women pilots, the sky really is the limit.

Photo: Adam Rolston and his caddie Ron Rutford playing golf in Mongolia Credit:


President Donald Trump suggested during a rally speech in Alabama, athletes who fail to stand during the national anthem should be fired or suspended.

Over the weekend, following this announcement, many players, coaches and owners in the NFL went out of their way to kneel and silently protest.

We hear from LeBron James and other notable sport stars of America, poet Kwame Alexander and author Professor Louis Moore.

(Photo: Dallas Cowboys link arms and kneel before the start of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals Credit: Getty Images)


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

A week on from Catalonia's vote for independence Caroline Barker is joined by Radio Catalunya's Ernest Macia and Spanish football commentator Eduardo Alvarez to look at what Catalan independence could mean for sport in the region and FC Barcelona, one of the world's biggest football clubs.

(Photo: Catalan flag. Credit: Getty Images)


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

Vegas Strong

It’s been two weeks since a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas. The city is still trying to recover from the tragedy. One source of inspiration is the city’s first professional sport team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights. The ice hockey team came into existence this year and, on Tuesday, they hosted their first ever home match, where they honoured the emergency services. The team have yet to lose this season. Steve Carp covers the team for the Las Vegas Review-Journal; his friend was shot and injured during the attack. Steve talks about how the team has helped heal a community. Club President Kerry Bulboz also talks about the effort made by the club to help heal a community.

A tale of two Ironwomen

On Saturday, Elizabeth McTernan and Linda Ashmore will be competing in the toughest event on the planet, the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. For Elizabeth, the race on Saturday will be her first ever Ironman World Championships. She is paralysed from the waist down and will be the only female disabled athlete to compete in this year’s race. Linda, on the other hand, will be competing in her third race at the age of 70. She started running triathlons and ironmans in her mid 60’s, after she beat breast cancer.

Four Four Toons

What links Dennis the Menace, Mario Balotelli, Homer Simpson and Diego Costa? They're all beloved characters and cartoons! Dean Stobbart, is the man behind 442oons. The youtube channel regularly publishes cartoons about the Premier League and the world of football. The sketches and songs have helped Dean reach more than one million subscribers on the video sharing website. There is no football off limits in his cartoons.

127 year wait for a team

The Barbarians, a rugby team that prioritises flair over tactics; everyone remembers the Gareth Edwards try against the All Blacks in 1973. This week it was announced that the Barbarians would introduce a women’s team, 127 years after the club was formed. Barbars coach Giselle Mathers talks about how the new team could help develop women’s rugby.

Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

Vegas Strong

It’s been two weeks since a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas. The city is still trying to recover from the tragedy. One source of inspiration is the city’s first professional sport team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights. The ice hockey team came into existence this year and, on Tuesday, they hosted their first ever home match, where they honoured the emergency services. The team have yet to lose this season. Steve Carp covers the team for the Las Vegas Review-Journal; his friend was shot and injured during the attack. Steve talks about how the team has helped heal a community. Club President Kerry Bulboz also talks about the effort made by the club to help heal a community.

A tale of two Ironwomen

On Saturday, Elizabeth McTernan and Linda Ashmore will be competing in the toughest event on the planet, the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. For Elizabeth, the race on Saturday will be her first ever Ironman World Championships. She is paralysed from the waist down and will be the only female disabled athlete to compete in this year’s race. Linda, on the other hand, will be competing in her third race at the age of 70. She started running triathlons and ironmans in her mid 60’s, after she beat breast cancer.

Four Four Toons

What links Dennis the Menace, Mario Balotelli, Homer Simpson and Diego Costa? They're all beloved characters and cartoons! Dean Stobbart, is the man behind 442oons. The youtube channel regularly publishes cartoons about the Premier League and the world of football. The sketches and songs have helped Dean reach more than one million subscribers on the video sharing website. There is no football off limits in his cartoons.

127 year wait for a team

The Barbarians, a rugby team that prioritises flair over tactics; everyone remembers the Gareth Edwards try against the All Blacks in 1973. This week it was announced that the Barbarians would introduce a women’s team, 127 years after the club was formed. Barbars coach Giselle Mathers talks about how the new team could help develop women’s rugby.


Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

‘Coming of age for women in sport’

‘We’re not scared to rock the boat anymore’ and ‘we need more women in the corridors of power’, those are some of the comments from Ruth O’Reilly. Ruth was part of the Irish Rugby team at this summer’s World Cup. She criticised the Irish Rugby Football Union on the final day about a lack of planning, commitment and communication during their World Cup preparations. This week, saw the IRFU downgrade the Women’s Head coach role from a full-time one to a part-time, 6 month casual contract. It was one of many stories that saw female athletes speak out about the actions of governing bodies. Ruth thinks women will be encouraged to speak out more about their grievances.

Don’t isolate female refs, introduce more

Finland v Norway was a record breaking rugby game. It didn’t break a record for the amount of tries scored or the number of sin bins given. The game created history because it saw Alhambra Nievas become the first female referee to take charge of a competitive men’s international. Her colleague Joy Neville will follow in her footsteps, when she referee’s a men’s competitive fixture next week and Alhambra says more sports should follow rugby by introducing several female referees at the same time. The Spaniard says more female refs will mean they don’t feel as pressured or isolated as their male counterparts.

The Blade Babe

‘Project Blade’ may sound like a Hollywood film but it’s actually a new initiative set up by Paralympic champion Marlou Van Rhijn to get running blades more accessible for children. A new pair blades costs £4,500 and Marlou in conjunction with Nike has set up a station in their Amsterdam store, where children can buy their own blades like they can running shoes. The Blade Babe as she likes to be known hopes the success of the store in the Netherlands will lead to it being available across the world.

Is Europe not that kneedy?

Hertha Berlin became the first sports team outside of the North America to adopt the take a knee protest. Not many European athletes or teams have followed their American colleagues and adopted the take a knee protest. Doctor Kehinde Andrews from Birmingham City University says European teams and athletes aren’t following suit because they’re too scared of the repercussions.

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A look back at a year when President Trump and the world of sport clashed

A look back at a year when President Trump and the world of sport clashed.

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Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

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On the 1989-90 tour of West Indies, England had five Afro-Caribbean players. In the week the teams meet again in the Caribbean we ask why have only 2 black players have represented England at Test level since the turn of the century? Sportshour hears from the MCC head coach Mark Alleyne.

Running for Routledge

Sportshour is joined by Susie Steven as the UK leg of her marathon adventure finishes…13 marathons in 13 days. She has run from her home town Darlington to Southampton and will now cycle across South America and eventually arrive on Easter Island in time to run their marathon in June! All to honour 19th century explorer Kate Routledge who made the same journey exactly a hundred years ago.

Out, Proud and Performing Better?

In the week Jason Collins became the first openly gay active NBA player, Sportshour looks at claims athletes who do come out are rewarded with better athletic performance.

Diversity Excluded

Sportshour is joined by Steve Frost, former head of Diversity and Inclusion at London 2012, who reports on how the Sochi Games failed on all but a sporting level.

Paralympic Preview

Former sit skier Chris Waddell is a Paralympic Hall of Famer. With 12 medals from four games including 5 golds, he’s in the perfect position to preview the games and what they can achieve.

Different Direction

There was a time when people dreamed of being pop stars, now the pop stars dream of being footballers. We are with One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson as he makes his debut for home town team Doncaster Rovers.

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We speak to Katherine Starr about how sports governing bodies can tackle sexual assault

Former Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was jailed for 175 years, after he was convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault. We speak to Katherine Starr who created Safe 4 Athletes, an organisation protecting athlete welfare, who says the first gymnast came to her to report sexual abuse in US Gymnastics.

Kiko Matthews will try to break the world record for rowing solo across the Atlantic, despite having little or no experience in a boat. She will be raising money for Kings College Hospital in London, to say thank you for the treatment she received for a rare and life threatening condition: Cushing Disease. And we speak to the Reggae Rollers, Jamaica's first ever lawn bowls team.

A Real Sporting Sacrifice20150926

2-time national Motocross champion Adrianne Cooper has at the age of just 27 had her career ended after losing a kidney. However the loss of that kidney was deliberate. She made a conscious decision to gift the organ to 10 year old Logan Carson saving his life and in the process having her career terminated early.

The Medieval Maul

Whilst listening to the Rugby World Cup the Sportshour team were struck by the language used. It turns out that 'ruck' and 'maul' have entomological roots dating back way before the game was invented. Simon Horobin, Professor of English at Oxford University explains all.

How to Be a Record Breaker in Berlin

The men's marathon world record has been broken on seven separate occasions in Berlin. So what is it about this particular race that enables the shortest times in the longest race? Ed Harry Investigates.

Inside the scrum

We ‘crouch, bind and set' to find out exactly what goes on inside a scrum.

"Remembering Terry"

We hear from Anna, just one of thousands of people who'll be putting on their running shoes on Wednesday to raise money as part of Terry Fox Day. Anna survived the same cancer that killed Terry whilst trying to complete his "Marathon of Hope" across Canada in 1980.

One Last Yogiism

We remember Yogi Berra by unashamedly looking at the greatest quotes in sporting history, from the inspiring to the idiotic, super to stupid… We have the best and the very, very worst!

Sporting Witness… In September 1983, Gerrie Coetzee – known as the Boksburg Bomber - became WBA heavyweight boxing champion of the world. He was the first white heavyweight champion since 1959 and the first South African to win a world heavyweight title. Commentator Heinrick Marnitz, recalls events inside and outside the ring, and how the title fight became one of the first major televised sporting moments in South Africa.

(Photo: Adrienne and the boy she donated her kidney to Logan Carson after a successful operation Credit: Adrienne Cooper)

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We look at the sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed gymnastics in the USA. We hear from former gymnast Rachael Denhollander on waiving her right to anonymity to accuse former USA national team doctor Dr Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. We also hear from John Manley the lawyer representing two gymnasts, including an Olympian, who are suing Gymnastics USA for their failure to act on allegations brought to them about Dr Nasser. Mark Alesia one of the investigators from the Indianapolis Star, the paper that broke the story, also joins us.

"I feared for my own safety"

The documentary 'Forever Pure' centres on Israel's most notorious football club, Beitar Jerusalem. The film follows the team, its fans and owners after signing two Muslim players from Chechnya. The first Muslims to play for the team... The angry reaction of fans shocked the country with director Maya Zinshtein receiving death threats.

Acting the part of captain

Ed Rolston had two dreams growing up, to play international rugby and to be a star of the big screen. There was a time when neither seemed attainable. He left professional rugby before his career ever really got going, but now he is the captain of the Hong Kong national side and the first half of his ambitious double is complete. So what happened to his attempt to conquer Hollywood?

Sporting Witness: It is 60 years since a love affair between a Czechoslovak discus thrower and an American hammer thrower made the headlines at the Olympic Games in Melbourne. The discus thrower was Olga Fikotova, who won gold in her event but was then ostracised by Czech officials for starting a relationship with a westerner. At the height of the Cold War, Fikotova was treated as a potential defector and virtually ignored on her return to Prague despite winning Czechoslovakia’s only gold of the Olympics.

Photo: Gymnasts practice Credit Guang Niu/Getty Images

African Athlete's Undervalued?20140426

After Yaya Toure said being African has restricted the recognition his skills deserve we speak to Maria Mutola considered by many as Africa’s greatest female athlete. She believes she was paid three times less by sponsors than American counterparts despite her dominance. She also reveals that she considered leaving Mozambique to take up American citizenship so she could earn the same.

Sporting Memory

The remarkable relationship between sport and dementia. We hear from the Sporting Memories Network as their project continues to grow, taking in a new global perspective and providing stories of those remembering their early life by reliving glorious sporting moments.

Evans Equality

Ladies Day at the Snooker world championship was a good opportunity to look at what is preventing 10-times women’s champion Reanne Evans from succeeding in the men’s game. She has played on the men’s tour for two years and did not win a match. We hear theories as varied as the notion that men and women’s brains work differently to a lack of finance in the women’s game.

Mani Muses on Moyes

After David Moyes left Manchester United Mani Djazmi looks at the problems inherent in the least secure profession in the world.


The story of one woman who escaped from mean streets of the Bronx via a sport she initially thought was a vegetable!

Jamaica Sprint Stars

How the return to the island of Jamaica has inspired a new generation of sprinters, who are on course to put Usain Bolt in the shade.

Sporting Witness

Brandi Chastain bares all by revisiting one of the most exciting matches in the history of women's football - the final of the 1999 Women's World Cup. Chastain’s exuberant celebration at the end of that match has gone down as a classic image in sport.

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…Awarded to the city of….

Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid are competing to be the 2020 Olympic hosts. We’ll hear why some say the decision was made at least 8 years ago and take a look inside the smoke filled rooms that dominate the internal politics that goes into winning the bid. Guests include Dr Vassili Girginov, visiting Professor at the Russian International Olympic University and Mike Lee, who masterminded Great Britain’s successful bid for 2012.

Ashe to Ashe

On the 45th anniversary of the first US Open final in the professional era we hear from the man defeated by Arthur Ashe in 1968. Dutchman Tom Okker lost in 5 sets and recalls that first final, his life on the tennis tour and his career as an art dealer once he laid his racquet down!

Prime Minister’s Captain.

As Australia goes to the polls we speak to the former Australian rugby international Phillip Crowe. He captained the current leader of the opposition Tony Abbot when they both turned out for the Oxford University rugby team. We’ll find out what kind of team player he was on and off the pitch ahead of potentially running Australia.

NFL Season Start

As the new American football season gets underway we hear from Michael Duerson whose brother Dave, a former player, shot himself in the heart in 2011. Dave wanted to commit suicide in a way that preserved his brain for scientific research. He had had a career of head concussions caused by playing Gridiron. Only last week 4500 former players settled with NFL on this issue, but is enough being done to stop these injuries? We are also joined by Troy Vincent Senior Vice President of the NFL Player Engagement Organisation.

Bright, Kamara, Action

No sooner had footballer Kei Kamara clicked his heels three times he found himself back England following a transfer deadline day deal from Kansas City. We hear how Kamara is on a one man mission to improve the image of his native Sierra Leone through footballing success.

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Nick Robone's brother saved his life, after being injured in the Las Vegas shooting

‘I didn’t realise I was shot, it felt like I was hit by a hammer’
On October 1st, Nick Robone and friends headed to a music festival in downtown Las Vegas. Halfway through headliner Jason Aldean’s set a crackle of gunfire can be heard over the music. Nick was one of the 500 people injured by the gunman; the bullet had just avoided his heart and punctured his lung. As blood filled his mouth, his brother Anthony and friend Billy carried Nick to safety. As they waited behind a parked car, Anthony gave medical treatment to Nick and others injured by the gunman. Nick, who is an ice hockey coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas says the hockey community has helped his recovery.

The Wallaby Great and his Paralympic Padawan
Australia, a country associated with successful sports teams and athletes. In order to maintain sporting success throughout different generations, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame has introduced a mentoring scheme, where Australia sportstar of the past mentor stars of the future. Paralympic snowboarder Ben Tudhope has been paired with Rugby Union World Cup winner Nick Farr Jones. Ben was the youngest competitor at the Sochi Winter Olympics and ahead of next year’s games, Ben hopes Nick's guidance will help him to the medal podium.

He’s run a blinder
Running a marathon is a sporting milestone in anyone’s life. But imagine running 26 miles blind and unguided. Well that is the challenge facing Simon Wheatcroft as his lines up at the start of the New York Marathon on Sunday. Simon lost his sight as a teenager due to a genetic disease and will be tackling the course using smartphone-based navigation. If he completes the course, it is the first time that anyone blind has ever raced a marathon solo.

Bullying, Boxing and an American’s Cup winning champion
The America’s Cup is the oldest sport competition in the world. In order to win the trophy, crews need to physically and mentally tough. Aussie James Spithill has captained Team Oracle USA to victory twice. The second times being that memorable come from behind victory, which featured Sir Ben Ainsle. But things weren’t plain sailing for James as a child, as he was bullied due to a disability. James talks about how boxing helped turn his life around and what advice he has for children who are being bullied at the moment.

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Steve Walters on supporting fellow child abuse survivors and making sport a safer place.

Following former football coach Barry Bennell’s sentencing of 31 years for 50 counts of child sexual abuse, we speak to one of his victims Steve Walters who along with other survivors, have set up a support network, The Offside Trust to combat child abuse in sport and support the healing journey of survivors. In a moving and raw interview, Steve explains what it was like coming face to face with the man who ruined his childhood and how he now aims to rebuild his life.

Fans in Australia have had their first taste of a bite-sized version of one of the country’s most popular sports. AFLX is a new, turbo-charged version of Australian Rules Football which organisers hope will be popular with international audiences. It is the latest sport to attempt bringing in new fans to a shorter form of a traditional game. We find out what the response has been like.

Vince Smith was a successful jockey winning over 250 races but she is now openly living as a woman after spending more than half a century hiding her feelings from friends, family and those in the horse-racing industry. She is currently in talks to become the first ever jockey to race as both a man and woman, and telling her story to help others considering a gender change.

June Kang used to tell her son, Andy, bedtime stories about the Korean War and how it not only divided a nation, it divided families. Her dad — his grandfather — fought in the war. So watching North and South Korea march as a single team into the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics carried enormous emotional weight. Andy was born in Korea but made his debut as an Australian Olympian in a sport Korea dominate - short-track speed skating. We speak to Andy about his experience in PyeonChang.

Canada captain Caroline Ouellette faced her US counterpart Julie Chu on many occasions in the most heated rivalry in Ice Hockey. Chu was the first Asian-American woman to play for the US team - Ouellette led Team Canada to gold at the 2014 Winter Games but who would have predicted what would happen next. Clearly, they were more than just rivals and the couple have had their first baby – we speak to Caroline about how they met and was it love at first ice?

Picture - Steve Walters (Credit - Getty Images).

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This week's visit by Barack Obama to Cuba, was the first by a sitting US president since the 1959 revolution.

It followed two years of secret talks which eventually restored embassies in Havana and Washington.

On Tuesday Presidents Obama and Castro even sat together, to watch a baseball, between the Cuban National team and the Tampa Bay Rays from the US Major League -- a league that features many players who've defected from Cuba. So what does the future hold --

Film maker and author Brin-Jonathan Butler has explored Cuba through sport.

Plus when it comes to sport in India, cricket is the boss. But it's said rugby was played in Calcutta in 1872 and every year England and Scotland play for the Calcutta Cup, a trophy made from melted down rupees. Among the groups of cricketers playing in one of the city's open spaces, Sarah Mulkerrins discovered the Jungle Crows rugby team, who are using the sport to divert some of the city's youngsters from a life of crime.

(Picture: Sasha Obama, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro attend an exhibition game between the Cuban national baseball team and Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Devil Rays, credit: Getty Images)

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Caroline Barker and Nomsa Maseko present LIVE from the home of the Kaizer Chiefs. Who will get your vote this year? And join an illustrious list of previous winners.

(Photo: Kaizer Chiefs logo Image Credit: BBC)

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Formula One team Caterham have raised enough money to participate in the final Grand Prix of the season. The team's financial problems have led the company into administration. They have used a novel investment strategy, crowd funding. That has been described by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone as like a "begging bowl". So does it cheapen the sport? We speak to the man behind the idea and ask if it could be a new way for sport teams to raise revenue.

Rime of the Modern Day Mariner

Cape Town is the setting for the start of the second leg of the world’s premier ocean race. So what is it like to be on the open seas for so long? We asked Dee Caffari, the only woman to circumnavigate the world in both directions, about life on board of the only all-women team in the Volvo ocean race. With a little help from the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Cycling: A Bright Idea

Everyone knows that cycling is a bright idea, now the proof. We are in Netherlands at the opening of a cycle path that is lit by the power of those passing through!

AFCON Challange

The host country for the Africa Cup of Nations is still unknown after Morocco pulled out of hosting Africa's most prestigious sporting competition. Hosts normally have years to prepare, so what will be the challenges facing whoever steps in, in putting this event on in just 60 days? We speak to Nomsa Mahlangu, who was on the organising committee of South Africa's successful World Cup in 2010 and AFCON 2013.

Stan: Still the Man

Stiliyan Petrov was captain of the Bulgarian national football team and starred for Glasgow Celtic and for Aston Villa in the English Premier League. In March 2012 he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia. His treatment was successful and in August 2012 he went into remission, but his professional football career was over. Two years on, Petrov, who still lives near to Aston Villa's stadium, is still playing football, albeit in the slightly less glamorous surroundings of his local team Wychall Wanderers.

Sporting Witness

As the MLS (Major League Soccer) season approaches its climax in the US, we have an inside account of Pele's shock transfer to the New York Cosmos in 1975 - which put US soccer on the map.

(Photo: A Caterham car is lifted off the track during qualifying at the 2014 Monaco F1 Grand Prix. Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Football at the Edge of the World

On a remote island in the US state of Alaska, people from around the world are drawn together by fishing and football. Each year they play for the 'International Friendship Cup'. Some say the trophy was left by a visiting British naval ship in Cold War times. Annie Ropeik has been delving into its history, and what it means for the people still living, fishing and playing football at the edge of the world.

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Biathlon Boycott
Find out why the US biathlon team are boycotting a World Cup event in Russia this month, despite the IOC lifting their ban. A member of the US team, Clare Egan, tells us they’re making a stand against doping in sport and believe the IOC lifted the sanctions too soon.

Zimbabwe to Zambia in a chicken wagon
We find out how the footballers of Matabeleland qualified for the ConIFA World Cup in England in May - a tournament for nations and regions not recognised by FIFA. Their English coach, Justin Whalley, tells us the story of their qualification and the fund-raising taking place so they can take part in the finals.

Peace in our time
Peace Proscovia was never meant to leave her village in Uganda and never meant to get a University degree either. But now she captains her country in Netball - and will do so at the Commonwealth Games in April - and is studying for a Masters in Marketing.

Get in the hole ball
World No 3 Justin Thomas has a fan ejected for shouting while playing a shot at the Honda Classic. So should golf fans be allowed to openly root against players as in other sports? Or have the players put up with shouting from the galleries for too long? The former tour professional Andrew Murray and golf writer James Corrigan offer their opposing views.

Going downhill fast
Millie Knight is a visually-impaired ski racer who represented Great Britain at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi aged just 15, coming fifth in both the slalom and giant slalom. Since then she 's won the World Championships in Italy and is a big favourite for a medal at the 2018 games in Pyeongchang. As they hurtle down the slope, Millie and her guide Brett Wild talk via a Bluetooth headset.

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Ashley Giles was an England cricketer playing on the biggest stage of all, contesting an Ashes series in Australia, when the call came from home. His wife, Stine, had been diagnosed with a brain tumour – the size of a cricket ball. A decade ago she had surgery to remove it, and then -- later -- further treatment when a second tumour was discovered. Now, Ashley and Stine have founded the Giles Trust to help the next person that finds them self in the same situation.

Dallas with Balls

The new BBC drama The Rack Pack recalls a time when Britain was Snooker Loopy. How the brilliant but dull Steve Davis and the mercurial but flawed Alex Higgins took the sport to the top of television ratings. Steve Davis and his then manager, Barry Hearn, recall the 1980s heyday captured in the film, along with Steve Davis and Barry Hearn, actors Will Merrick and Kevin Bishop.

Racing the Clock

British sprinter Charles Eugster breaking records at 95, ‘The Golden Bolt’ doing likewise in Japan at the age of 105... veteran athletes are capturing the imagination as never before. Whatever happened to taking it easy? 88-year-old Betty Jean McHugh tells us that’s not an option. Since her first marathon at 55, she’s run another 20+ and broken multiple age-group world records. When she started, she’d train in the dark so people wouldn’t point and stare at an old lady out running.

Why it’s Family Fortunes, not Family Feuds

The Borlees are runners - Dad and Coach Jacques, identical twins Jonathon and Kevin, little brother Dylan and big sister Olivia.

After three of them qualified for the Beijing Olympics, and two for London 2012, they're aiming for all four siblings to be on the plane to Rio. The three brothers join us from their training base in South Africa to talk Rio, family and what it's like having your Dad tell you what to do every day.

Why world beaters can’t beat the Fever

With the Australian Open nearing the end of its first week, this must be a strange time for Robin Soderling. It's the first Grand Slam event since his retirement last month.

Once the fourth best player in the world, Glandular Fever had prevented him from playing a match since 2011. One person who wasn't surprised at all by Soderling's decision was Kate Grey. A year out from London 2012, the Paralympic swimmer was World Number One and favourite for gold. But, by the time the Games came around, she'd already been forced into retirement. Kate describes how coaches just thought she was tired, and then how her hair started to fall out and how she took so many antibiotics she became immune to their effects.

Arthur who?

When 1009 not-out was scored this month by a Mumbai schoolboy, the cricketing world compared him to Sachin Tendulkar and predicted a bright future. But what about the man whose record he broke? English schoolboy Arthur Collins, with his scored of 628, had held the world record for more than hundred years. Arthur's name was mentioned in this month's stories.. but that's about all. Four glorious afternoons of batting promised so much, but Arthur was weighed down by all the expectation. He joined the army and played for his regiment before, like so many, losing his life in the First World War.

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We hear the powerfully moving story of former British welterweight boxing champion Kevin Lueshing. His formative years growing up in South London were dominated by physical and sexual abuse, but it was boxing that saved him and allowed him to shine a light on abuse.

Olympics in 3D

German cyclist Denise Schindler will be attempting to go one better than her silver at the London 2012 Paralympics. She hopes to pick up gold in Rio with a prosthesis made using a 3D Printer! She will be explaining how it works and how it could revolutionise the lives of millions of amputees who are unable to afford prosthesis, or suffer from ill-fitting ones.

The World's Most Adventurous Man

We speak to adventurer Martin Frey who has become the first person to successfully scale the seven highest summits on earth - and sail the seven seas. He compares and contrasts the challenges.

Wee Dram

Chris Cusiter, fresh from retiring from professional rugby, tells us about his plans to change the way sports stars celebrate, by swapping champagne soaked podiums with a hip flask full of the finest whiskey!

Sporting Witness

In May 1949, a plane carrying the Torino football team crashed into a mountain near Turin killing 31 people. At the time, Torino were the dominant team in Italy and Europe, and the club never really recovered from an accident that killed almost the entire squad and led to nationwide mourning.

(Photo: Middleweight boxer Kevin Lueshing during a training session in 1993. Credit: John Gichigi/Allspor/Getty Images)

Boxing Saved My Life20170422

Ex-boxer Duke McKenzie tells us about how he coped with the death of his brother.

Brian Banks € A Life Rediscovered20130921

From football field to jail cell and back again - The story of a mans fight for innocence

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Meet the man determined to make every football stadium in England and Scotland out of Lego.

Death, Deafness and Dominating the World

When his father was murdered in 2000 the career of England rugby union star Ben Cohen fell away. He lost his international place, and couldn't even make the starting fifteen for his club. Three years later he was a World Cup winner. With the 2015 tournament starting on Friday we hear from Ben about that 2003 success, about lip reading on the pitch to overcome deafness, on being an icon for the gay community and how that family tragedy spurred him on to be the best in the world.

Tyres in Tyre

This week the Rally of Lebanon came to an end against a backdrop of protests. Many have been demanding change from a government they say is corrupt and ineffective and that has been without a president for over a year.

Commonwealth Youth Games

Former England footballer Danny Mills visits the 5th Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa. He’s been watching his son compete in the competition and soaking up the culture of this Pacific Nation.

Merriman Rules...

We preview the start of the NFL season with the former player who has a rule named after him! Having been suspended for doping Shawne Merriman’s name was appropriated for “The Merriman Rule? The rule stops players caught doping from playing in the season ending Pro Bowl. He claims his doping violation was caused by tainted supplements.

Sporting Witness… Goes back to 1983 and a stunning victory by Australia in the Americas Cup - the biggest event in yachting.

Photo: Stamford Bridge, in Lego. (Credit.

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Meet the horse racing community trying to move on from the wildfires.

Wildfires have caused severe damage to businesses and homes in Southern California. Several horse racing and dressage stables have been destroyed after the blaze engulfed areas outside Los Angeles and San Diego. In early November, Peter Miller was celebrating his most successful day as trainer but 30 days later, he had lost five horses in the fire including a champion ride called California Diamond.

Former England captain Graham Gooch talks about how the England cricket team shouldn’t be treated like school boys,after two were punished for their off the field activities.

Deep Sea Diver Ant Williams says he loves to compete in the extreme sport, despite regularly coughing up blood.

And we meet Mark Maciver aka Slider Cut, who has become a cultural phenomenon thanks to his connection with boxer Anthony Joshua. Mark tells Sportshour, what AJ’s and he talk about, when he’s sat in the barber’s chair and it’s not what you expect.

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Can mental toughness developed on the football field help kick cancer? Phil Brabbs thinks so.

It can be the loneliest job in all of sport. You sit on the sidelines and watch your team mates toil for the whole match, and American football games last for hours, but you might only be on the field for a matter of seconds. Yet it could be you alone who snatches victory or condemns your team to defeat. Welcome to the world of the place-kicker!

In 2002, in front of 110,000 people, Phil Brabbs kicked a last minute field goal to claim a place in University of Michigan football folklore. It's a moment that never left him and it was a good job too, because it was the mental toughness he developed during his football career that he credits with helping him beat his toughest challenge, cancer.

Photo: Phil Brabbs, Founder of the Cancer Kickers Foundation at the offices of the business he started Torrent Consulting (Credit: BBC)

Carlo Ancelotti: Mourinho Should Keep Giggs20160528

As Jose Mourinho takes up his new position as manager of Manchester United we speak to a man has also managed Chelsea and Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti. He tells us what he would do if were taking control of Manchester United. He also reveals his year off from football has been busy including making his Hollywood film debut in Star Trek movie

Pep Talk

In the interest of fairness we profile Pep Guardiola, the man who will take on Mouriniho from the other side of Manchester. We hear from the Spaniards father, plus author Guillem Balagué.

The Future of Indian Football

We hear about the life changing work of the Indian based Young Champs Academy. Their full time residential scholarship has given children aged between 11 and 14 a dream footballing opportunity and for some saved them from a life on the streets. We meet the team and coaches on their tour of English Premier League clubs.

Sporting Witness… In 1976, the US boxing team took five gold medals at the Montreal Olympics, defeating many of their Soviet and Cuban rivals along the way. Featuring four future professional world champions and the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard, the team is now regarded as one of the greatest of all time. We hear from its youngest member, gold medallist Leo Randolph.

(Photo: Jose Mourinho and Ryan Giggs share a giggle Credit: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

Castro's Legacy On Cuban Sport20161126

"Sports in our country is not an instrument of politics, but sports in our country itself is a consequence of the Revolution" The words of the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, who has died. So what will Fidel Castro's legacy on Cuban Sport be? We hear from Manuel Barcia, Professor of Latin American History at Leeds University and has written on sport in Cuba.

Breaking the Silence:

We look at the implications from a week of revelations about child abuse in English football. This issue of course is not restricted to just English football. We hear from survivors of abuse from different parts of the world and question if authorities and governing bodies do enough to protect young people when they are in the care of coaches.

In a League of Her Own:

Australian Ruan Simms comes from a Rugby league family... Brothers Ashton, Korbin and Tariq are all professional rugby league players, and now she is too! She’s just become the first female rugby league player to receive a paid contract by signing with the Cronulla Sharks.

Photo: Cuban leader Fidel Castro playing baseball. (Credit Keystone/Getty Images)

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Why double world chess champion boycotted tournament in Saudi Arabia.

Ukrainian Anna Muzychuk is a grandmaster of the sport but the two time world champion lost her titles as she refused to take part in the World Chess Championship in Saudi Arabia because she did not want to play by someone else’s rules. She told Caroline Barker that she doesn’t want to be treated like a secondary creature. It was the first time the tournament was held in Saudi Arabia which has already caused a stir with several players from Israel denied a visa to enter the country. Anna’s sister is also a professional chess player and she has also decided to pull out of the tournament as she shares the same views.

Every season, dozens of African American basketball players pack up their sneakers to play the sport and live in Israel. In the last 40 years, more than 800 African-Americans have relocated to play in the Israeli Basketball Premier League. We speak to the author of the book, From Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land, David Goldstein who explores how identity, race and religion are all connected through the experience of playing basketball.

Christian Scotland-Williamson quit Rugby Union to pursue his lifelong ambition of playing in the NFL. The 24 year old will touch down in America later this month as he sacrifices all to become a professional National Football League player. He will be working with NFL coaches in the hope of earning a place on a team roster for the 2018 season.

NFL team Cleveland Browns became only the second team in history to go the whole season without a win - Yes that is 16 games without victory. Despite this, there will be a parade happening in Cleveland on Saturday – we speak to the organiser Chris McNeil who tells us why he has decided to put this parade together and what he is hoping the outcome will be. The Browns nearly went the whole of last season without a win in which a parade was also set to happen but the team won their penultimate game of the season. As a result, the parade was cancelled. 4,000 fans are expected to turn out for this parade in order to highlight that the fans are not happy with the way the club is run.

It's one of the most anticipated weekends of the football calendar, it's the third round of the FA Cup, the 137th edition of the oldest recognised football tournament in the world culminating with the final at Wembley in May. But I say the word "Wembley" do you think of the iconic football stadium in London, Or do you think of the tiny football club of the same name, who play in the ninth tier of the English game with an average attendance of 50? The FA claims that in non-english speaking countries there could be confusion. The European Courts agreed. So Wembley FC are being asked to remove the word "Wembley" from their official club logo. We hear from the Wembley FC Chairman Brian Gumm who tells Caroline his side of the story.

Picture - Anna Muzychuk (Credit - Getty Images)

Child's Play20160227

It's a parent's instinct to want the best for their child, and to help them achieve it, but at what point does a supportive Mother or a Father cross the line and start putting too much pressure on their off-spring?

Olympic Swimmer Karen Pickering has been investigating the world of children’s sport - speaking to a ten year old that was getting booed by other parents and to a man who didn't realise he was making his son's passion, football, a misery. She also tells us about the extreme case of the former professional Ice Hockey player who was beaten daily by his father until the day, aged 16, when he called the police.

The Fittest on Earth

CrossFit mixes weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, rowing and more. Starting this week, all over the world, gym-goers are launching their personal bid to become 2016's World Champion. The very best will get all the way to California for the finals this July. But the process begins at your local gym. Sportshour's Ed Harry has been to his, to find out whether he's got what it takes. His personal results are underwhelming, but he’s a trier.

Making Room for Nathan

Nathan is eight years old and is autistic. Unable to cope with large crowds and the noise they generate, he was a sad and frustrated little boy who couldn't ever watch his beloved Sunderland Football Club live at the ground. That was until Sunderland listened, and created a 'Sensory Room' for Nathan. It's insulated from the noise, with a great view of the pitch... and, as Mum Kate and Dad Peter explain, it's transformed his match-day experience.

Old Hands

When Frank Bruno suggested making a comeback to Boxing in his mid-fifties, perhaps the most sensible comment came from another former World Champion. David Haye said he had no problem with Bruno returning, but why couldn't he fight boxers of his own age on a Legends Tour? For hundreds of fighters, that's not a dream - it's already their life. Masters Boxing is growing, with pugilists donning the gloves into their 70s in pursuit of fistic excellence. One champion of this amateur division, Johnny Schulz, explains how pulling the gloves back on saved his life.

Wolfsburg and the Gamer

David Bytheway, Britain's latest footballing export, plies his trade with his thumbs rather than his feet. Runner up at the last FIFA Interactive World Cup, David has just been signed by Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga. Both club and player tell us what they're getting from the deal. Wolfsburg’s Managing Director believes this Gamer is just as important as any man, woman or youth team player on their playing staff.

The man himself tells us how annoying it is when people suggest Gamers are lazy, and he explains why he doesn’t enjoy playing – he just does it because it’s his job.

Laughing Track

Marketing a sports event is a serious business - or at least it usually is.

But the hosts of next month's World Indoor Athletics Championships wanted an advertising campaign that captured their city's personality. A 'Portland vibe' was part of the brief given to Director and Writer, Brian Johnson. Having directed hundreds of commercials worldwide for some of the biggest global brands, he's been making Track and Field funny in a series of films featuring the athletes themselves.

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We investigate why women were banned from an Iranian men's volleyball event, plus more.

(Image: General view shows a volleyball match between Iran and Norway during Beach Volleyball World Tour on the Iranian Kish Island. Credit: HOSSEIN TAHAVORI/AFP/Getty Images)

Cricket In The Jungle, A Different Calais20161105

How will history remember the now demolished Calais Migrant Camp? Reporting of this story would suggest that the ripping apart of 'The Jungle' has been a narrative of human suffering and hopelessness - but perhaps there's more to tell. Journalist Rosamund Urwin visited the camp in its final weeks and returned home determined to do something. Her partner, Charlie Campbell, is a publisher and captain of The Authors cricket team. Together, they returned to The Jungle with bats, balls and stumps and played cricket with those they found there. How much of a difference do they think they made that day and is that where there involvement with those refugees ended?

Who'd be a Host?

Is London's Olympic Stadium fit to host Premier League football? There'll be extra policing when West Ham host Stoke City on Saturday, a reaction to rival fans clashing during last week's League Cup tie against Chelsea. The cost of converting the venue for Football is also now the subject of an enquiry, ordered by London's Mayor. What did London get wrong, and why do host cities and nations appear to make similar mistakes?

Is there a 'How To' checklist which potential bidders should be looking at before entering any race? Professor Mikkel Draebye believes that there is. He's an expert in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Sports Management. Based in Milan, he's recently seen Rome pull out of the race for the 2024 Olympic Games - but believes that's actually a positive... suggesting a greater "maturity" now with bidding cities weighing risk against reward.

How can you pedal a bicycle if you're paralysed?

What you'll need is Functional Electrical Stimulation. F.E.S uses electric pulses to activate the leg muscles and get them pedalling. The technology has been showcased at what's been dubbed the very first "Bionic Olympics". Actually called The Cybathlon, last month's event held just outside Stockholm was all about assistive technology and a glimpse of the future in terms of how people with disabilities might be able to overcome day-to-day practical challenges.

Susie Dent's Secret Language

The 'professional eavesdropper' Susie Dent has been tuning into other people's conversations all her life. She tells Sportshour how she's uncovered the secret language of popular culture 'tribes'... words that bin men, solicitors and cabin crew use only between themselves. Susie explains that sport also has its fair share of terms which make no sense to anyone else - not clichés, but insiders' speak - and shares some of her favourites with us.

Man versus Fat

A football league for overweight men, where you're rewarded for winning (matches) and for losing (weight). Set up early in 2016 by Andrew Shanahan, his idea is working. Thinner and fitter, Roger Smith has been among the beneficiaries. He explains why he signed up and the results he's seen on and off the pitch, while Andrew himself discusses becoming an entrepreneur in the world of men's fitness after so many people signed up for such a simple idea.

It's Pole Sports, NOT Pole Dancing

The International Pole Sport Federation is seeking official recognition by the International Olympic Committee, with a view to one day competing at the Games. But what is Pole Sports? IPSF President Katie Coates tells Sportshour that, if the pole was horizontal, they'd be classed as gymnastics - but one thing they are not is exotic dance.

(PIcture: Migrants play cricket in the Calais 'Jungle' camp Credit: Getty Images)

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Football, the Future and Fatherhood

We speak to Cristiano Ronaldo about life off the pitch. He tells us how fatherhood has changed him and he wants more children “so let’s find the right woman? He also hints at the prospect of playing in America one day.

Roger Federer: I’ve Missed My Best Chance

Roger Federer tells Caroline Rigby that he has “missed his best chance? of gold in the singles at the Olympics, the world of tennis is “not all about Novak Djokovic? He also says Stefan Edberg will continue to help him and “give him feedback? despite having parted company as his coach.

Open Marriage

Tennis player Arina Rodionova will have a busy Saturday. She’s in action as she tries to qualify for the Australian Open in the morning and then gets married in the afternoon! She tells us that even though she hopes to be back on court on Sunday it won’t stop her enjoying the champagne as she weds Aussie Rules footballer Ty Vickery.

The Armless Archer

Paralympian Matt Stuzmann tells us about the new archery record he has just claimed for the "The Farthest Accurate Shot in Archery" The new mark (A bullseye at a distance of 283.47 m) is made all the more remarkable by the fact that Matt has no arms. “This is a record that was originally set by someone without a physical disability… this is now a record that can be set by ANYBODY!?

The Forgotten Story of England’s Youngest Cricket Captain

The story of Monty Bowden, England's youngest ever captain and the man who lead England on their first tour of South Africa in 18. His short life was packed with incident. Bowden remained in South Africa after the tour and died three years later, buried in a cask of whiskey!

Athens’ Opportune Olympic Legacy

The issue of how to look after refugees fleeing from war torn parts of the world is still a big issue, particularly for countries like Greece. Authorities have now started to use former 2004 Olympic venues to house them. We are at the hockey and taekwondo arenas speaking to those seeing sanctuary there.

Sporting Witness… Goes back to December 1967, when the legendary motorbike stuntman Evel Knievel made global headlines for the first time when he attempted to jump over the huge fountains outside Caesar’s Palace casino in Las Vegas. Evel’s attempt failed, but his showmanship and daredevil attitude – coupled with a host of serious injuries – helped make him an icon. We hear from Evel’s son, Kelly Knievel, and his widow, Linda Knievel.

Credit: Cristiano Ronaldo with his son Cristiano Jr. CREDIT: Getty

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Jason Roberts pays tribute to his uncle Cyrille Regis who died this week aged 59.

Following the sad news this week that Cyrille Regis passed away at the age of 59, Caroline Barker speaks to his nephew Jason Roberts about the inspiring role Cyrille had on many lives but also how he shaped his own footballing career. Jason pays tribute to his hero and how he will remember Cyrille.

On 14th February 2013, Reeva Steenkamp was killed by her boyfriend, the once idolised Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorious. At the time, he was sentenced to six years. A term prosecutors argued was shockingly light. Just under three weeks ago, the South African court increased Pistorius's jail sentence to 13 years and 5 months - a move Reeva's family welcomed. On the day she died, Reeva was due to give a talk at a school on violence against women and children - this was an area she was passionate about. So much so, in 2015 her mother June Steenkamp launched the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp foundation to raise awareness of abuse against women and children not only in South Africa, but around the world. We hear from June Steenkamp on how life has never been quite the same since that tragic day.

Bilal Fawaz is 29 years old, he has represented England six times and has the London middleweight title to his name but now he faces deportation back to Nigeria by the home office. Bilal explained to the BBC’s Azi Farni who went to meet him that he feels lost, like he’s trapped in prison on a dog leash. He believes without boxing, he would not be alive and how he has had to cope from a young age without parental guidance as his mother died when he was eight and he has never known his father.

Levi Siver has reached incredible heights in more ways than one which no other person has ever achieved. The 37 year old professional windsurfer became the first person to ever windsurf down a snowy mountain in Japan, braving temperatures as low as -13 degrees. Caroline Barker speaks to the so called, King of Style to see where this latest inspiration came from.

Lisa Blair completed the epic Sydney to Hobart journey within three days. It was her third time she had managed to complete such a feat but it was the first time in 16 years an all-female crew contested Australia's longest ocean race.
It capped off a momentous year for the Australian sailor, who became the first woman to circumnavigate the Antarctic in July which took a gruelling 184 days. She tells Caroline Barker how she managed to achieve all of this and how her next goal is to encourage more women to follow her footsteps and take up sailing.

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Should a city that's $18billion in debt be funding an arena for its ice hockey team?

Despite being bankrupt Detroit plans to build a new sports arena for its ice hockey team, the Red Wings, including the use of some taxpayers' money. The city has already helped fund newly-built NFL and MLB stadia, but should a bust city $18billion in debt be helping such a project? To debate the issues are Professor Mark Rosentraub, from the University of Michigan and part of the development team, Dr Lynn Bachelor of the University of Toledo and Kevin Boyle from North Western University


Despite wild celebrations, is the prospect of national unity through football simply a romantic notion? We look at the ethnic make-up of football in Bosnia, including clubs who have only Bosnian Serb or Croat players. Davide Sterchele a Leverhulme Trust visiting fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University and author of Peace-building and Ethnic Tensions in Post-war Bosnian Football explains all.

Pooh Prowess

Australia has been in the sporting doldrums for a while. So could one man from Melbourne bring some sporting pride back to a nation? We follow Alex Marshall as he attempts to become World Champion… at the annual Pooh Sticks World Championships.

Fabulous Baton Boys

As the Queen’s Commonwealth Games baton passed through the last host city Delhi on its journey towards the next, Glasgow, we look at the legacy of hosting the event to the people of India.

An Englishman, Scotsman and Anglo-Scot walk into Brazil

Brazil might be the best footballing nation on the planet, but is it down to an Englishman, or a Scot, or an Anglo-Scot… We investigate how football bloomed in Brazil

Star Chasing

Our “From Our Own Sport Correspondent? shows the lengths any good journalist goes to get their story, including learning Japanese. Ollie Williams we salute you… 良?仕事


We challenge the idea that a 4km swim followed by a 180km bike ride topped off with a full marathon is anything other than a doddle.

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Mallory Weggerman from the United States was paralysed from the waist down when, aged 19, a routine pain-killing injection had disastrous consequences. Fifty-thousand dollars would fund a revolutionary set of carbon-fibre leg braces that would give Mallory limited mobility without the need for a wheelchair. Mallory tells Sporthour her story.

Cuba is about to lift it's ban on professional sport enabling athletes to play and earn money abroad for the 1st time since the revolution. Could we ever seen a Cuban in the English Premier League. Sarah Rainsford reports from Havana.

The first ever snooker world ranking event is being held this week in India. We report from Calcutta on the sports growing popularity and speak to the countries two top players Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta.

Two of England's oldest amateur clubs football will play a match in the grounds of Buckingham Palace next week to mark the 150th anniversary of the English Football Association. The recipients were chosen for their outstanding contribution to the game. Sylia Gore is one of those invitees tells us her story.

We all know that watching your favourite team or player lose can have a effect on your morale. But it can also affect your waistline. A new study asked 700 NFL fans to keep a record of what they ate on the day after a game. We speak to the reports author Pierre Chandon from Paris University. And nutritionist Izzy Cameron on how football can be used to get messages about healthy living across to hard to reach areas of society (working class men)

A week after being re-admitted to the Olympics in time for the Tokyo games in 2020, the oldest combat sport of wrestling held its World Championships in Budapest. Majid Nourian of BBC Persian television was in the Hungarian capital and is this week From our Own Sporting Correspondent.

Drone Racing: The Future Of Sport?20160917

Is drone racing the future of sport? It’s about to go mainstream with television deals to show a new drone league. The sport appeals to so many because according to Drone.TV presenter Skip Fredricks "You're truly immersed... It's a virtual reality competition, in the real world!"

TUEs Carefully:

The illegal release of information relating to athletes use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) has led to wider questions about the role and effectiveness of Wada. Journalist and author Philip Hersh has covered 18 Olympiads and says this latest incident highlights that the “global anti-doping system is broken?


Whilst the recent Wada hack has highlighted the significance of cybercrime in sport, it is by no means the first occasion (A St. Louis Cardinals executive was sentenced in July to four years for hacking an opposing team) and it won’t be the last. James Hampshire helped develop the cyber-defence for the London 2012 Olympics and is an expert in the field. He has been looking at the increasing threat of cyber-criminals to teams on and off the field, event organisers and fans that are targeted at big sporting events.

A Devonian in New York:

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, in the shadow of the Arthur Ashe stadium, English football (soccer) coach Jon Vaughan is putting a group of youngsters through their paces. Rooklyn International is a community football team in New York, set up to help refugees trying to adapt to a new city, new culture, and different language. We meet Jon and the players to find out the impact of the team on their lives.

(Photo: Sorell Miller (R), 12, uses a remote control and cockpit view goggles as he flies his drone during practise day at the National Drone Racing Championships. Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Euro 2016: By Royal Appointment20160611

Austria play Hungary on Tuesday, so who do you support if you are the Archduke of Austria, but also the Crown Prince of Hungary? We put that exact question to His Imperial and Royal Highness Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg-Lothringen, Archduke of Austria, Crown Prince of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia.

Irish Double

For the first time Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will appear together at the finals of a major football tournament. In the past, most of the team's support has come from the Protestant community. Many people from nationalist areas will be supporting the Republic of Ireland. We look at the efforts to tackle sectarianism.


We spend time with the lowest ranked team at the Euro 2016, Albania. They start against Switzerland with several of the Swiss team eligible to play for Albania and vice-versa. There is even the prospect of brothers lining up against each other.

Owens and Ali to Le Bron and Williams

Muhammad Ali's death has brought back into focus the power sport has to affect wider society, especially for black America. So who are the modern day black athletes giving voice to the community they came from and could they be doing more? We speak to Jesse Owens’ daughters Marlene and Beverley alongside Louis Moore, professor of History at Grand Valley State University.

Sporting Witness

In 1992, Denmark failed to qualify but were called in as last-minute replacements for Yugoslavia – a country then disintegrating into civil war. The Danes proceeded to win the tournament, beating Germany in the final. We hear from Danish midfielder John Jensen.

(Photo: Euro 2016 trophy and groups boards. Credit: Getty Images)

Fa Cup: Finally Here20160521

We’re celebrating the FA Cup Final by delving into the competitions history and giving more than a passing nod to Saturday’s match. Invested comedians Kevin Day (Crystal Palace fan) takes on Justin Moorhouse (Manchester United supporter) in a bid to persuade as many neutrals as possible that it’s their team they should be rooting for!

If You Manage the Team, You Have to Visit!

Be careful who you choose when starting your next Football Manager game. We meet the man who feels the need to make an 8,000 kilometre journey to footballing outposts to visit the clubs he picks on his computer game… From Macclesfield to Yeovil.

No Honour In Killings

We meet two former members of the Swedish national taekwondo team. Arkan Asaad and Alán Ali, two Iraqi-born Kurdish Swedes, have transitioned from competing in taekwondo to empowering young people. Both are now heading awareness-raising campaigns about how honour culture affects girls and women.


Should ten-pin bowling be an Olympic discipline? If it were, Britain would be favourites for gold because the current world tour champion is Dominic Barrett from Essex. He makes the case for ten-pin bowling’s Olympic admission.

EU Referendum

We see if football fans are willing to talk about politics as well as penalties as the EU referendum draws nearer. Could football fans have a unified voice in the future of Britain’s role in Europe?

Sporting Witness… goes back to May 1990, a huge riot broke out at a football match between Red Star Belgrade and Dinamo Zagreb. The violence between rival Serbian and Croatian fans highlighted nationalist tensions in Yugoslavia which would explode into war less than a year later.

Photo: The victorious Tottenham Hotspur team carry the FA Cup trophy on a lap of honour after their 2-0 victory over Leicester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley 1961. Credit: Evening Standard/Getty Images

Facing Demons In The Nfl20140927

Three NFL players are suspended while they wait for domestic abuse cases to proceed; another faces child abuse charges. Criticism over their handling of the incidents has prompted the NFL to appoint a team of advisors to help deal with the problem.

We talk to one of them, Kim Gandy, President of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and to sports lawyer Chris Allen about what power sports organisations and clubs have when dealing with players who commit offences off the field of play.

Arch to Arc

Only 20 people have completed this ultra-triathlon which comprises a 140 kilometre run from Marble Arch in London to Dover, a 35 kilometre swim from Dover to Calais, followed by a 290 kilometre bike ride from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Psychiatrist Jo Rodda has overcome her fear of monsters in deep water to try to break the women's record of 92 hours.

Origins of the Ryder Cup

Golf's Ryder Cup, was first held in the 1920s. But golf historian Martin Davis tells us, that contrary to the generally accepted time-line, the event in Massachusetts in 1927 wasn't the first.

From the Pit Wall

When Audi claimed a one-two finish at the latest round of motor racing's World Endurance Championship in Houston at the weekend, the person running the operation and deciding the race strategy was Leena Gade. We hear how she went from aerospace engineering graduate to three-times Le Mans winner.

Remembering Robert Enke

It's almost five years since the former Germany goal-keeper Robert Enke took his own life after battling depression. His widow Teresa, who set up the Robert Enke foundation to raise the public awareness of depression, says that progress is being made.

Sporting Witness

This week we go back to 1991 and the Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island, and hear from two people who played key roles in what was dubbed “The War by the Shore?

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We speak to Fallon “The Queen of Swords? Fox, the first transgender MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter. She has had to put up with some awful abuse including facing a fighter who walked to the ring accompanied by the song Dude Looks Like a Lady.

Keeping Mum

It is not just snow starved Jamaica looking for Winter Olympic history in Sochi, Lydia Lassila is attempting to become the first Australian two-time gold medallist from the country. She has got extra support since her gold winning performance in Vancouver - son Kai! Lydia talks half pikes, knee injury and life as a new Olympic mum

The Agent with an Agent

As the football transfer window comes towards its heated end we are chasing the agents, who it appears are so busy they need agents. We are in Germany to meet the lady so in demand she has got herself an agent!

Data Protection

We look at how the data collected from sports like rugby is being used to help sportsmen stay fit, spectators stay informed and businesses stay profitable.

Auschwitz Goalie

Ahead of the UN’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day we hear the story of Ronald Jones who at the age of 96 has written a book about his time as the 'Auschwitz Goalie'.

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Ferguson, Football And The Future20140823

Ferguson’s McClure High School football team, The Comets, are back training and ready for the first game of the season this weekend. We speak to their coach Mario MacDonald. What impact have the riots in Missouri had on young people in the area?

Miners’ Strike

Whilst attention might have been on the start of the English Premier League season, you might not have realised that on the same day the search to crown the 2015 FA Cup holders also began. We’re with Atherton Collieries who beat St Helens in the extra preliminary round and are now just 13 matches from the final!

Queen of Kings

Is Chess rife with sexism? The 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø earlier this month turned out to be the last in the career of the most successful female player in the history of the game.. In 1991 when Hungarian Judit Polgar was just 15 she became the youngest person ever to achieve the status of Grandmaster. Although that record has since been broken, she still holds many more! As a woman she had to fight to gain acceptance in a sport she describes as sexist.

From Nowhere to Olympics in VX Years

Is VX, the best sport you've never heard of? According to its creator is made up of "a pinch of pelota, a hint of hockey, a dash of dodge-ball and a little lacrosse" Created eight years ago it is one of few mixed sports with no gender or disability classification but is evolving this niche sport into an Olympic disciple just a pipe dream? Sportshour goes armed with scoops, a stick and some tennis balls to the VX World Championships to see Scotland’s Meghan Plummer take on Ugandan Malingha Timothy.

Power-chair Football

We’re at the Australian national Power-chair football finals finding out about a sport designed for those in power assisted wheelchairs that offers a chance to those who thought they’d never be able to play football again.

Darts Delivers

As the first World darts Series event taking place in Singapore we ask arrows legend Raymond Van Barneveld whether darts can conquer Asia and its popular computer version of the game.

Losing battle?

Are the high numbers of those emigrating from the Republic of Ireland threatening the future of its native sports like Gaelic Football?

The Benefits of Football

How a football project in Denmark is improving the lives of homeless people through the physical and psychological health benefits derived from cardio activity.

Sporting Witness… In 1992 a brilliant generation of players made Lithuania one of the most popular basketball teams in Olympic history. With unexpected help from rock band The Grateful Dead, the newly independent nation won a bronze medal and secured a famous victory over the former Soviet Union.

Photo: Police in riot gear stand in position as they watch demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri(CREDIT Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

Fifty Years On: Football On Robben Island20161029

During 1966 English football enjoyed a momentous year. It was also a significant moment for football in South Africa and in particular for the inmates of Robben Island. It was the year the Macana Football Association was created by the prisoners locked up in apartheid South Africa. Former inmate Dumisani Mwandhla recalls the importance of football to those imprisoned.

The Wanderer:

Erden Eruc was the first person to complete an entirely solo human-powered circumnavigation of the globe. So, no cars, no trains, no planes - just legs and arms! It took him over five years to complete his journey. Now aged 55, his desire to explore remains undimmed and new projects are planned. But it was deciding to take on that first challenge that changed his life forever.

The Female Game Changers:

When film director Molly Schiot had another pitch for a feature about women’s sport rejected, she decided to create a website, so she could tell the stories of the unsung pioneers of women's sport. She has collated them in to a new book, Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sport History, which charts the women who have paved the way for many of today’s female sport stars to succeed.

The Perfect Man:

Last week the Minnesota Vikings were beaten. Meaning the NFL's last undefeated record this season was ended. No real surprise because in nearly 100 years of the sport, only one team has had a 100% record at the end of the season. That was back in 1972 when the Miami Dolphins completed a 'Perfect Season'. Manny Fernandez, was a member of that team and recalls that season.

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Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton, Herol Graham and Michael Bentt reveal the pain of depression during and after their boxing careers. Plus expert doctors, boxing authorities, promoters and managers discuss the damage boxing can do and what needs to be done to prevent more mental health issues.

Football For All?20140726

Twelve-year-old Clare Falls tells us about the campaign she has started to raise enough money to keep the 'Pararoos' - the Australian Paralympic football team - running after its funding was cut. She tells us about a novel challenge she has set in a letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbot and the significance of sport for all.

North American Indigenous Games

We are joined from the Canadian province of Saskatchewan by Games founder Chief Wilton Littlechild as we take in the sporting and cultural significance of the North American Indigenous Games.

Michael Jackson Not Included

Which sport star has had the most statues erected in their honour? We meet Dr. Chris Stride, the man documenting the world sporting statues and the stories behind them.

Africa's First Gold Medalist

The story of Emmanuel Ifeajuna, the first ever black African to win a gold medal, in any sport in any international event back in the 1954 Commonwealth Games. He became a national hero in Nigeria, but his life was ended buy a firing squad.

Waziristan and the Will to Win

Pakistan squash star Maria Toorpakai on how she had to pretend to be a boy just to get on court.

Sporting Witness

A look back to last time the Commonwealth Games were held in Scotland was in 1986, when nearly 60 countries, mostly from Africa and the Caribbean, boycotted the event in protest at Margaret Thatcher's policy of maintaining sporting links with apartheid-era South Africa.

(Photo: Clare Falls playing football.)

Football’s Female Breakthrough?20140510

When Helena Costa takes over as manager of Ligue 2 football club Clermont Foot next summer, she will become the highest profile female coach in the men’s game. We assess Costa’s challenge with the only other woman to manage at a similar level, Carolina Morace, who previously took charge of Italian Serie C1 team Viterbese, and current Arsenal Ladies manager Shelley Kerr.

Young Fit and Dying

On average one person a week dies in an organised marathon or half marathon. We speak to Michael Dogan, whose documentary, Young, Fit and Dying: The Truth About Running, has just had its premiere. The film investigates why so many seemingly fit and healthy people lose their lives doing an activity millions of us do.

Mr Irrelevant

The NFL draft comes to an end on Saturday, with the 256th and last pick earns the title 'Mr Irrelevant'. That may seem harsh, but it made no difference to Marty Moore who became the first Mr Irrelevant to make it to and then win a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots. He tells us his story.

Very Superstitious

We explore the remarkable lengths to which fans are prepared to go in order to think they can influence the result of a football. Some even think what they do can help Liverpool win the league!


How the sport of squash has helped young people find purpose and self-confidence in inner city New York.

Sporting Witness

In 1966, North Korea visited England to play in their first World Cup. The communist players were warmly welcomed in their host city of Middlesbrough in the North East of the country and went on to inflict a shock defeat on mighty Italy. Will Yates has been speaking to Italian forward Sandro Mazzola and to one of Middlesbrough’s many North Korea fans.

Footballer By Day, Maths Genius By Night20151017

Baltimore Ravens' John Urschel explains how he juggles being a maths genius and NFL star.

Athlete Abuse

Should romantic relationships between athletes and coaches be banned? That is the view of Safe4athletes founder, former British Olympic swimmer and abuse survivor Katherine Starr. We discuss that issue and others around athlete safety with Katherine and Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jenn Heil

Professor Klopp

Before his playing days were over Jürgen Klopp was eyeing up management by completing a degree in sports science including a diploma in walking. We speak to professor Klaus Bös who taught Klopp everything he knows about walking.

The Alternative Rugby World Cup

One hundred children from some of the poorest parts of the world have been in England to play an alternative rugby tournament. Joe Wilson has been to see The Tour Aid Cup, Its belief is rugby can narrow the divide between the world’s wealthy and those who live close to poverty.

Sporting Witness

We speak to Tanya Streeter who in 2012 set a new world record for men and women by diving down to 160 metres and resurfacing, all on one breath. Just weeks later her friend and fellow free-diver, Audrey Mestre, died trying to break the record.

(Photo: (L) John Urschel participating in a Baltimore Ravens training session. (R) John Urschel working out the formula for a Superbowl triumph. Credit: Getty Images)

From Beating Leukaemia To Olympic Gold20160813

Maarten van der Weijden tells us his journey of battling back from leukaemia to claim Olympic gold in the 10 km open water competition at the 2008 Beijing Games.

On Your Bike

At London 2012 Team GB dominated the track cycling winning seven golds. Four years on and some of the big stars like Sir Chris Hoy are no longer involved. But in this highly technical - and hi-tech - sport, what comes first… the talent of the rider or the engineering of the bike? We’ve been given exclusive access to a factory in Oxfordshire where some of the key components for Team GB's bikes are produced.

Olympics: London Legacy?

In August 2012 London was hosting the Olympics. The English capital won the Games on a promise of regenerating one of the most deprived parts of the UK, but four years on only a tiny fraction of the jobs promised have materialised. So is the legacy of the London Games as strong as many think?

The Men in Black

The English Premier League season is set to begin with plenty of focus on the new managers and star signings, but the brightest spotlight, as always, will be on the men in black; The referees. It's unusual to hear from Premier League officials, they aren't allowed to speak to the press after matches much to the frustration of the media and fans alike. However Jon Moss and Martin Atkinson have been speaking to Sportshour's Caroline Rigby about how they deal with the pressures of being a Premier League referee.

Pogba: Record Breaker

Manchester United this week broke the transfer record this week in bringing back Paul Pogba from Juventus for $115 million. So how does his record breaking transfer compare to some of the other notable landmark transfer in the history of football? We go all the way back to 1905 with Professor Matthew Taylor from the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University and the first £1000 transfer.

Photo credit: Maarten van der Weijden wins men's 10 km marathon swimming event at 2008 Beijing Games (Getty)

From Homelessness To Boxing World Champion20160730

At the age of 42, boxer Tony Moran became the WBF World Cruiserweight Champion of the World but it's his journey to this sporting pinnacle that really sets him apart. Whilst recovering from a fractured skull Tony became homeless and having lost his job his family life fell apart. So how has he managed to recover and reach new heights?

Rugby's Great Survivor... Next stop Rio!

She has not only overcome a broken neck but she has also survived cancer. Now Jillion Potter, is heading to Rio to compete at the Olympics! The USA Women’s Eagles star has been telling us how she overcame seemingly insurmountable issues to make it to the Rio Games

Africa’s Leadership Goal:

The ‘Goal’ programme helps empower girls from low-income areas all over the world with the skills to improve their lives and those in their community. To mark its 10 year anniversary we follow three members of the Liverpool Ladies football team, captain Gemma Bonner, Martha Harris and Kate Longhurst to South Africa and Zambia to meet the young women the project helps and inspire the next generation


In the last in our series looking at women from around the world who have come to excel at their sport, we hear from Ayesha McGowan, road cyclist from the United States. Ayesha's sporting goal goes beyond winning races; she hopes to be the first African American professional female road cyclist and campaigns for her sport not to be 'white' or 'elitist'.

Sporting Witness… At the Atlanta Olympic Games, Nigeria made history by becoming the first African football team to win gold. The Supereagles beat mighty Brazil and Argentina on their way to a victory that sparked wild celebrations. Legendary Nigerian midfielder, Sunday Oliseh recalls the campaign.

Photo: Tony Moran and his championship belts. Credit: Tony Moran

From Olympic Finalist To Las Vegas Escort20160109

Suzy Favor Hamilton had competed in the final of the 1500m at the Sydney Olympics before apparently settling into family life. However it emerged that she'd been working as a high-class escort in Las Vegas. She's been telling Sportshour how she has bipolar disorder, a condition that results in dramatic mood swings and at times contributed to her becoming, as she describes it, 'hypersexual'.

Another Historic Newlands Day

When Temba Bavuma carved out his own piece of sporting history by becoming the first black African to score a Test century for South Africa, he did it at his home ground, the iconic Newlands in Cape Town. We have been finding out why it should be no surprise, that again, it was the venue for such an important moment in South African sporting history.

Flintoff’s Failings

Andrew Fintoff talks about his off field antics including his battles with alcohol and depression and how it affected not only his time at the crease but jeopardised his family life.

Messing with Messi

Ahead of the announcement of the FIFA Puskas award for the best goal of the year, we travel to one of the more unusual and less well known footballing outposts to find out about a footballer who was challenging Lionel Messi for this top award.

Sporting Witness… goes back to 1972 to hear from the 'Sparrow from Minsk' Olga Korbut who as a teenager won golds at the Munich Olympics.

(Picture: Suzy Favor Hamilton in action at the Sydney Olympics 2000 (L) Credit Getty Images.

Suzy poses for her profile as an escort (R)

From Premier League To Prison Cell20140816

According to figures from the charity Xpro nearly 350 former footballers will start the new season behind bars. So why are so many in the British justice system and is enough done to help them? We hear from former Liverpool trainee Michael Kinsella who spent 12 years in jail for drug dealing but now helps footballers readjust once their careers are over. Plus Xpro Chief Executive Officer Geoff Scott on whether it’s time to put a cap on young players wages.

Greatest Sporting Comeback?

The recent one-off Test match between the touring South African and Zimbabwean cricket team was the back drop to a remarkable comeback. Mark Vermeulen played for the hosts for the first time in ten years. The reason for the length of time between call ups was down to a fire Vermeulen set which destroyed the Zimbabwe Cricket headquarters in 2006. He was cleared of arson on psychiatric grounds after it was revealed he was suffering from problems related to epilepsy caused by twice being hit on the head by a cricket ball during matches.

What a Coup!

The 1991 Soviet Coup came the day after a football match against the United States. On the anniversary of the coup we hear from Chris Henderson part of the USA team who played in that game, the last time the world would the USSR national team played, and on waking up to see tanks in Red Square.

Cycle of Change

As the Youth Olympics get underway we hear from Rwanda’s first female cycling competitor Clementine Niyonsaba and the bike that help pay for her family's goats.

Sporting Transgender

In the week retired boxing promoter Frank Mallony revealed he is preparing to change sex and is living as a woman called Kellie we speak to transgender Power-lifter Kinnon MacKinnon.

PHOTO: A football ball remains stuck in barbed wire inside a prison (CREDIT: PASCAL POCHARD CASABIANCA/AFP/Getty Images)

Goalkeeper's Journey From The War Zone20141004

Evandro Rachoni's football career took him from Brazil to Ukraine via Angola as he pursued his dreams of playing in the Europe's best leagues. But after his team hit financial crisis and he experienced violence first hand Evandro decided to leave. He's arrived in England, where he's currently playing for London Bari, a side nine leagues below the Premier League, but is confident he can rebuild his career and his life

Power Play: While football is the world's most popular game, how useful is it to kick a ball around? If you're in a remote location, with no access to electricity, a kick-about with friends, could generate power to illuminate lights or charge a mobile phone. We talk to Jessica O Matthews who's invented a football that generates energy.

The Man with the Iron Will: It's been a busy year for the former international racing driver Alex Zanardi. He returned to motor racing after winning Paralympic gold in para-cycling in 2012; then retained his para-cycling time trial world title and added a gold medal in the relay.

Now he's preparing for his first tri-athlon next weekend, -- and not just any tri-athlon -- but the famous Iron-Man competition in Hawaii.

From Wickets to Goalpoasts: Genoa cricket club launched a football team that became Champions of Italy; while the football club has thrived, their cricketing brothers are battling for survival.

The Career Volunteer: You probably won't recognise the name, but Rosemary Mula's Olympic career spans two decades.

One of the Pioneer Volunteers for the Sydney Olympics in 2000' she marched with the Kiribati team four years later at the Athens opening ceremony and again in Beijing in 2008 after helping them obtain membership of the Olympic movement; she's now preparing to help train volunteers for the Rio de Janeiro games in two years time.

Surfing Iran Stytle: : Looking for a new surfing location five-times Irish champion Easkey Britton went to Iran. She later returned and to teach the sport to local women in Baluchistan; French film director Marion Poizeau filmed the trip for a documentary.

Grounds For Improvement20130824

We look at attempts to build a new cricket ground in Rwanda to cope with the growing popularity of the sport and its use in further healing the wounds of a brutal civil war. Rwanda’s only cricket ground is on the site of a former massacre. We hear from those at the Oval who are going to extraordinary lengths to raise funds. Including former British Development secretary Andrew Mitchell and Rwanda cricket president Charles Haba.

We talk about the cost of going to the World Cup with Aussie travel writer Ban Groundwater joins us to give us some tips on a safe, but scrimpy World Cup

Home and Away

England will soon swap home advantage with Australia, but just how significant is that, and what can away teams do to counter it? Sports psychologist Andy Barton works with sports teams to ensure that the difference between home or away gets closer each day.

Silly Point

Our series looking at the language of sport continues with cricket. We’ll be exploring corridors of uncertainty whilst trying not to make too many silly points. Our guide Alan Tyers, author of the Alternative Cricket Dictionary.

From Our Own Sports Correspondent

The World Athletics Championships came to and last weekend. Usain Bolt gave Moscow 7 out of 10 for their hosting... Chris Mitchell was there reporting the action on the track for the World Service and considers the city, it’s cultural clashes and muted celebrations.

Jockey Rehabilitation

We have a look behind Oaksey House a special facility for recovering jockeys. We hear from jockey Rob Thornton on his long road to recovery and the significant improvement to his chances of recovery from when he started his career

Who-gar?! – Man gets real managers job after playing on computer game

Despite no experience, other than playing a football simulation game on his computer, Vugar Huseynzade has managed to get a job managing FC Baku a team that regularly competes in the top European competition. We hear Vugar’s amazing story.

Harry Potter And The President’s Swing20170218

After Donald Trump commented that getting to know the Japanese PM on the golf course is the best way to begin their diplomatic discussions, we look back on when political policy has been born on the golf course.

We hear from a golf writer who has played two rounds with Trump, he claims that POTUS is the best golfer ever to be sworn in.

Comedians Tim Vine (Sutton United) and Ian Stone (Arsenal) face off for laughs ahead of a non-league vs Premier League FA Cup sixth round tie.

We visit the Yorkshire Roses quidditch team and hear from the man who adapted a fictional game from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books into an international sport.

To mark the death of Dick Bruna, the creator of cartoon rabbit Miffy whose books have sold more than 800 million copies worldwide, we explore his impact on sport. Miffy was chosen as the mascot for the Grand Depart of the 2015 tour de France in Bruna’s home town of Utrecht. Curator Edwin Jacobs tells us why the world’s greatest cycling race was lucky to be associated with the famous bunny.

And as former Liverpool and France international striker Djibril Cisse brings an end to his football career to concentrate on becoming a DJ, Sportshour speaks to a man whose made that transition. Former Everton and Chelsea winger, (DJ) Pat Nevin, tells us what it takes to successfully swap the dressing room for the DJ booth.

(Image: Donald Trump at The Trump International Golf Links Course. Credit: Getty Images)

Hockey Night In Canada… Punjabi Style!20130629

Ice Hockey’s Stanley Cup was collected by The Chicago Blackhawks this week. Their victory means it's now 20 years since a Canadian team won the competition in what is their national sport. So to revive their fortunes the hockey authorities and broadcasters CBC have been providing TV show 'Hockey Night in Canada' in Punjabi. The benifits have been far reaching. We hear from commentator Harnarayan Singh and Multicultural expert Rima Berns-McGown of the University of Toronto

Energetic Genetics

Many sports struggle to combat the use of performance enhancing drugs by athletes, and with continuing scientific advances should we give up chasing the cheats? Plus, how will our understanding of genetics change the sporting landscape? All discussed in the company of Dr. Emily Ryall executive member on the committee of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport and from the University of Stirling Senior lecturer in Sport Policy Dr. Paul Dimeo

You the Daddy!

It's tough to be a father when your job takes you away from home as often as it does for professional sportsmen. We hear from recently retired NBA star Etan Thomas. He now dedicates his time to encouraging young fathers to take their responsibilities seriously with the help of some of the biggest names in sport, entertainment and politics


What chance a repeat of the scenes on the streets of Brazil in Qatar ahead of the World Cup in 2022? What will the unexpected change of leadership in Qatar mean for its ambitious international sports project? We look at the legacy of Sheikh Hamad and what the future might hold under his son, Sheikh Tamim. Hear from David Roberts from the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, Qatar

Tour de France

We preview the 100th Tour De France with a look at its history and quirky traditions


The quintessentially English sporting event, seen through the eyes of a Nigerian, Zambian and Brazilian

How Canada's flagship sports show is using Punjabi to tap into an unused reserve of talent

How Kop's Klopp Can Get To The Top20151010

We hear from business, political and sporting leaders all so we can offer Liverpool's new manager Jürgen Klopp a guaranteed blueprint for managerial success. We also preview this weekend's Ironman World Championship in Hawaii with 6 time winner and triathlon legend Mark Allen.

After revelations emerged that Wayne Rooney was a secret poet we hear from football's only poet in resident. Thomas Clark of Selkrik FC. Plus on the 30th anniversary of Marita Koch setting the Woman's 400 m world record, we investigates one of the most controversial world leading times, that still stands today. Sporting Witness… Goes back to the 1980's when Argentina won their first victory over one of rugby union's top teams such. Argentina were led by fly-half Hugo Porta, now considered one of the greatest players of all time. Porta discusses rugby, his diplomatic career in South Africa and why he decided not to become a footballer in a soccer-mad nation.

Jürgen Klopp (Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

How Sport Is Helping Ebola Survivors20151107

With Sierra Leone looking set to join Liberia in being declared Ebola free we visit both countries to find out how sport is playing a crucial role in rehabilitating survivors of the disease and bringing a sense of normality back to the region.

The Bhutan Clan:

We're hitting the bullseye in Bhutan as we find out the secrets behind this sparsely populated countries archery success. Could they be on course to win their first ever Olympic medal in Rio next year?

Brad Pitt and Big Bikes

As the MotoGP season draws towards its dramatic climax, we hear about a new behind the scenes documentary voiced by Brad Pitt, which includes many of the sport's stars, including current championship leader Italian Valentino Rossi.

Cycling Africa:

David Kinjah, captain of the Kenyan National Cycling Team is part of a team riding the length of the African continent. Having started nearly a month ago they are attempting to complete the task in just 34 days and in doing so breaking the current record by a 10 days.

Sporting Witness… has the story of the Pakistani squash player, Jahingar Khan, who overcome childhood illness and family tragedy to become the greatest champion in the history of the sport.

Photo: Children play football in the West Point township in Monrovia, Liberia 2015. (CREDIT:by John Moore/Getty Images)

Iaaf: In An Awful Fix?20150815

The election of the new president of the IAAF, athletics world governing body, will take place next week against the backdrop of more allegations of doping. So what is wrong with the IAAF? In his only BBC interview, Olympic champion Robert Harting speaks to Sportshour about how he has lost faith in the organisation, and Don Catlin, one of the world’s most famous anti-doping testers, gives his views on what the IAAF needs to do to regain the sport’s integrity. We also hear from both presidential candidates, Lord Sebastian Coe and Sergey Bubka.

Costly Kit Conflict:

“They said it was MY decision not to go. That’s absolute bull! I did everything required of me.? In his only BBC interview American 800m runner Nick Symmonds has told Sportshour about his conflict with USA Track and Field over what kit he can wear and when. As a result the 2013 silver medalist has been dropped by the USA for the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

World’s Toughest Horse Race:

The Mongol Derby is billed as the longest and toughest horse race in the world. The 1000km course recreates Genghis Khan's legendary empire-busting postal system, with riders using a different semi-wild horse every 40km, and living with herders.or camping under the stars! So what does it take to win it? We speak to The South African Byeronie Epstein who has just won this year’s event

Greg Norman: A Quickfire Round

You'll never guess who his perfect playing partners are?! Greg Norman answers our quickfire questions and discusses the CIA, sportsmanship and the choice between red and white!

French Right Wing:

It's a well-worn phrase "Politics and sport just don't mix". One small football club in France - Beaucaire - would agree. Their budget has been cut by the Mayor belonging to the right-wing National Front party. The club claim it’s because they have lots of ethnic minority players in their squad. So is it racist politics from far-right politicians, or just a necessary step, given the continuing economic uncertainty around the world?

Sporting Witness… Using archive recordings, we tell the story of Jesse Owens's four gold medals at the controversial Olympic Games in Berlin in August 1936.

(Photo: Photo: Robert Harting of Germany celebrates winning gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Credit: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Ice Hockey's Transgender Star20171223

Harrison Browne on becoming the first transgender champion in US sport.

Harrison Browne is a professional ice-hockey player with the Metropolitan Riveters in the National Women's Hockey League in the United States. He's won championships, but Harrison is also known for being the first transgender athlete on a professional US sports team.

On a cold wintry night in 2003, 89 merry Union Berlin fans hatched a plan. The team had just lost their last game before the winter break but the fans didn’t want to say goodbye to each other without some Christmas joy. So they broke into Union Berlin’s stadium, drank mulled wine and sang Christmas carols.. Every year, the club arrange a Christmas Carol concert that regularly sells out their 28,000 capacity stadium.

The festive period means a time when your diet takes a back seat and you over indulge (many many mince pies). Why don’t you join the millions of people who’ve already signed up to Veganuary, a campaign that encourages the public to adopt a vegan diet in January next year?

He’s has won English football's League Cup with Stoke City and was capped four times by his country... That all happened in the 1970s. But Mike Pejic's sporting success continues. Earlier this month, he automatically qualified for next year's Taekwondo World Championships in Taipei, at the age of 67. He might have hung up his football boots but he continues to fight and train the next generation of Taekwondo stars.

India Blind To Cricket Progress20140809

The show comes from Old Trafford cricket ground where England and India are playing the 4th test. The game also hosted the first demonstration of blind cricket to take place at an international match. However India is still the only major test playing nation not to recognise their country's disability cricketers. We ask why and whether the prospect of inclusion in the Paralympics might force a change. We are joined by Mahantesh GK, General Secretary of the Cricket Association for the Blind in India, Mo Khatri, a member of the England blind cricket team, and Ian Martin from the ECB.

Kabaddi, Kabbadi, Kabbadi

Could Old Trafford one day be hosting a very different India v England sporting contest? And could that be Kabbadi?! Whilst unlikely, with the new World Kabaddi League is looking to replicate its popularity in India all over the world.

WWI Sportsmen Remembered

As the anniversary of the start of World War One is commemorated we look at some of the world’s sportsmen who turned soldiers and their sporting history that was left unwritten.

Gay Games

The Gay Games start in Cleveland on Saturday. We speak to the wife of Dr. Tom Waddell, the man behind the first Gay Games in 1982, on why it's more than just a sporting event, it's a cultural celebration of the gay community.

Malaysian Malaise

Malaysia recently finished below Singapore in the medal table at the Commonwealth Games, causing much sporting soul-searching. World squash number one Nicol David bucked the trend by winning gold at Glasgow 2014 and shares her thoughts on the future of her nation's sport and how it can improve.

Rio Ready?

The first Olympic test events are taking place this week in Rio ahead of the 2016 Games. We hitch up the mainsail and head toward the choppy waters of the sailing event, a source of no small amount of concern.


The story of war and how it resulted in the birth of the Derby County, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa’s baseball teams

Sporting Witness… goes back 35 years to hear from one of the survivors of the worst disasters in the history of ocean racing. It happened during the Fastnet Ocean race in the Irish Sea.

Photo: The Indian blind cricket team CREDIT: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

India V Pakistan: The Best Of Enemies20160319

Caroline Barker investigates the softer side of one of sports most bitter rivalries as India prepare to host Pakistan at the World T20 but their fans are uniting on Social Media using the hashtag #ProfileforPeace in an effort to ease tensions between the countries.

We'll hear from Eddie Izzard as he runs 27 Marathons in 27 days in honour of Nelson Mandela and Sports Relief. Reaction from Britian's most successful female Olympian Victoria Pendleton as she switches saddles to ride at the Cheltenham Festival. England International goalkeeper Carly Telford tells us why she helped develop the first goalkeeping gloves made specifically for female hands.

We're in Rio as 80 Children from 9 countries compete at the first ever Street Child games, in Germany to hear about a Syrian swimmer hoping to compete on a refugee team at this summer's Olympic games.

(Photo: Indian and Pakistan Cricket fans stand together. Credit: Getty Images.

International Women's Day20140308

To mark International Women’s Day Sportshour speaks to some of the most influential women in sport. Celebrating achievements and identifying the next challenges in the fight for equality.

Maria Sharapova

The world’s wealthiest female athlete Maria Sharapova tells Sportshour about balancing off court business brands and on court challenges, on the importance of image to the financial success of sportswomen and on how to get more women involved in sport.


Sportshour investigates the impact on the global game of a watershed moment in English women’s cricket history. Will the professionalisation of the England national team mean the biggest barrier to elite participation vanishes?


Former Australia international footballer Moya Dodd used to have to sew on the badge to her own kit before an international. Now one of only 3 women members of governing body FIFA’s executive committee, she tells us how far women’s football has come and whether we will ever see a female coach in the men’s game.


As the Paralympics start in Sochi the IPC will be announcing its International Women’s Day award winner. We speak to nominee Jannie Hammershoi on how Goalball saved her sense of self and on whether we are closer to achieving equality for women or disabled people.


New Zealander Melissa Hyndman on the unique sacrifices women have to make to get to the top of elite sport, and on why men can’t really handle coaching women’s teams. And if women took charge of men’s team could results improve?


Paula Radcliffe joins us from the World Indoor Championships to look how athletics challenges arcane perceptions of women across the globe.


This weeks From Our Own Correspondent comes from BBC TV Cycling reporter Jill Douglas. Having followed the British team all over the globe, the recent World Track Cycling took her to Columbia for the first time.

Sporting Witness

In 1992 the Canadian skuller, Silken Laumann, was seriously injured in a violent collision with another boat. Despite having her leg shattered and being told she would never row again, Laumann underwent five operations and hours of gruelling rehabilitation to make the Olympic final just weeks later. She won a bronze medal and became a national hero in Canada.

Is The €jock? Culture In The Us Leading To A Rape Culture?20131109

Less on the score, more about sports relationship with culture, society and politics.

Following the convictions in the Steubenville High School rape case, America is once again digesting allegations of sexual violence involving high school footballers. Writers Erin Ryan and Lyell Walker join us to look at whether “jock? culture and the elevated status in society of High School sportsmen, especially at such a young age, contribute to violence against women both directly and indirectly.

(Picture Credits: Joshua Gunter, Plain Dealer file)

Havana Laugh

For 50 years the clash between communism and the cash-making side of sport has meant there are no professional boxers in Cuba. However, professional boxers are about to get a sporting chance to shine. The World Series of Boxing starts this week and a team from Cuba will be taking part. We’re in Havana with Amateur Champion Lazslow Alverea and Cuban boxing president Alberto Puig.

From Our Own Correspondent Sport

Jennie Gow compares and contrasts her experiences at the last two F1 Grand Prix’s, back to back races in cash rich Abu Dhabi and poverty stricken India.

The Thrill McCoy

We head to the races to speak to those who work with, admire, win with and lose to A.P McCoy the man who has ridden 4000 winners and counting. With ex jockeys John Francombe, Carl Llewellyn, Colin Brown, trainer Charlie Longston plus fans, bookies and owners.

The Long Wheel of the Law

A couple of weeks ago on the show we heard in our 100 women debate that one of the issues facing women in sport was that is it often difficult to make enough money from sport to support themselves and their family. This week we hear from MIRIAM WELTE and KRISTIAN VOGEL two Olympic and World champions who combine their training and competitions with a career in Police force.

Irish eyes a wincing?!

The new Republic of Ireland management team made up of two big personalities, manager Martin O’Neill from north of the border, assistant Roy Keene from the south. We hear from Eamon Dunphy who ghost wrote Roy Keene’s autobiography on what this new collaboration means for football and the people of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Jesse Owens: The Olympics' Most Powerful Icon20160806

Whatever sporting achievements are made in Rio, they are unlikely to surpass the significance of those created by one man exactly 80 years ago. When Jessie Owens won FOUR gold medals in front of Adolf Hitler at the Berlin Olympics of 1936 he didn't only create a record breaking sporting achievement, he left an indelible image for the world that is as powerful today as it was back then. We speak to two of his daughters Marlene and Beverly Owens, on their father and his legacy.

"Rock climbing saved my Life"

In the week climbing was announced as an Olympic sport for 2022 we head to Voss about 400 km east of the capital Norwegian capital Oslo. That’s where extreme Athlete Jamie Leibert was fresh from climbing up, and then throwing himself off a mountain! Jamie had it tough growing up, he was addicted to drugs and alcohol, and spent time in prison. He tells us how "rock climbing saved his life" and how he’s encouraging others to follow him.

No More Queue for the Loo:

Whilst most of us will be fixated with the action on the track at the Rio Games, there will be a small select group whose focus will on the stadium itself. John Roberts and Rita Ochoa have designed parts of stadia like Old Trafford and the for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and give us their critique of the new Olympic stadium in Rio. They also reveal that they are working on new stadium designs that offer a solution to one of life’s biggest annoyances… Long queues for the loos at major events!

Spanish Sevens Smiles:

Despite being the lowest ranked and least well-funded at the Olympics, the Spanish 7’s team will make plenty of friends in Rio, even if a medal is unlikely. We hear about their qualification, including how they were caught up in Tropical Cyclone Winston when it hit land in Fiji earlier this year. Not only did they help locals out cleaning up the mess, they donated the prize money they won from competing that week.

Sporting Witness… In 1976, Nadia Comaneci of Romania became the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 at the Olympic Games. She talks about her achievement and her upbringing under the Ceausescu regime.

Photo: Owen's on top of the podium at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin: Credit: Getty Images

Khan He Do It?20130817

We hear from the Premier Leagues newest owner. Shahid Khan tells us why he bought Fulham, the differences and similarities between owning sports clubs in different parts of the world and the method he uses to keep his moustache in rude order.

Alan Pardew speaks candidly about his summer away from the stress and strain of football management, and reveals how his mum is stealing herself for another season of abuse directed at her son.

The start of the season for fans, players and managers alike is full of hope, an air of expectation and the ability to dare to dream. That's not the case for everyone though, for some this is the realisation they are no longer professional footballers. We hear from two now faced with that prospect and how to deal with that from Brunel University, Dr Misia Gervis is a Sport Psychology and consultant for The English Football Association

In the latest in our “What if? series we ask… What if Sky had never broadcast football? Joining us to discuss this hypothetical is Brian Barwick former chief executive of the Football Association and Professor Tom Cannon from Liverpool University

For many the new football season will mean a summer of normal conversation with loved ones or work colleagues will come to an end, and the incessant noise of football chatter will begin. To help navigate through this transition and to enable everyone to talk the language of football we have employed the services of Adam Hurrey from the website www. Football Cliché for a crash course.

Korea Change?20130914

Will sport cause the South Korean flag to be raised in the North for the first time?

Leading Ladies20131012

With no women speaking at the Leaders in Football Conference, we talk about whether there should have been a place for a woman speaker. Mani Djazmi went to the conference and spoke to James Worrall who organises the conference about the lack of representation. Ebru Koksal of Galatasaray will tell us her opinions as one of the rare female leaders in the world of football.

Asylum in Sheffield

Twelve months ago five boxers from Cameroon, competing at the 2012 Olympics, left the athletes village and never returned. One of them, Serge Abomo has now been granted asylum to remain in the UK and is living in Sheffield. Abomo is training at a local gym and hopes to turn from amateur to professional. Sportshour visits the gym for his story.

The Last Physical Barrier

On 12 October 1925, Albert Michelsen became the first man to run the marathon in under two and a half hours. Since then we have seen 29 new world records, most recently that of Wilson Kipsang in Berlin. We ask two leading sports physiologists, Dr Michael Joyner and Dr Yannis Pitsiladis, whether the two-hour marathon can be physically achieved, what it takes to break a world record in the marathon, and when we might expect to see this legendary record broken.

How to Deal with Retirement

This week, at the age of 40, Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement. We speak to sports psychologist Dr Victor Thompson about how sportsmen can deal with this rite of passage and why some sportsmen struggle to say goodbye to their day job.

Smoking Guns

After Jack Wilshere was put on the naughty step by Arsene Wenger for being spotted smoking, we have a look at how our tastes have changed - and we expect athletes to be a model of clean living. Wenger himself admitted that the team bus when he was a player was clouded with cigarette smoke. Dr John Moore-Gillon, lung specialist and honorary medical adviser to the British Lung Association explains how this change has come about and why its a big deal when we see other public figures having a puff on a cigarette.

Seats of Power

In the week of Buckingham Palace's first official football match, and the coining of the famous name 'The White House' - we look at sports relationship with the American seat of power and the various inhabitants of The Oval Office. Gerald Gems, an American sports historian explains this relationship and why it is often more important to the president than the visiting athletes.

From Our Own Sports Correspondent

Oliver Williams reports from the World Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp as he searches for an interview the elusive Japanese superstar Kohei Uchimura

What's in a Nickname

If you are a female, weigh under 57kg, even if you are a judoka, you don't really look like you would be nicknamed 'The Beast' - that is one of the monikers given to Kaori Matsumoto. We talk to linguistics professor Robert Kennedy about how and why we use nicknames for our athletes and teams.

Mani Djazmi finds out why no women were speaking at the Leaders in Football Conference

Living The Dream20170408

Hakeem “The Dream? Olajuwon takes us on a journey from his childhood in Lagos to NBA champion. One of the greatest players in basketball history, he not only became an African sporting hero but one of the highest profile Muslim athletes.

Where the Lions sleep tonight:

Not long now before thousands of British and Irish rugby fans make the journey to New Zealand and many hotels in the host cities and towns are oversubscribed. Others have raised prices to cash in on the influx of travellers. It all means that some are finding it difficult on find suitable accommodation. Step forward Kiwi Adam Gilshnan. He has set up a Facebook page designed to match up New Zealanders with a spare room and Lions fans looking for somewhere to lay their heads... For free!

Boarders versus Borders:

The annual International Day of Sport for Peace and Development was marked on Thursday 6th April 2017. Organised by the United Nations it recognises the influence sport can have on human rights and equality. Mona Seraji, a snowboarder from Iran, explains the story behind "Boarders versus Borders" her campaign against President Trump's proposed travel ban.

The Strea-king:

What is it about attending sporting events that seems to encourage some people to feel the need to take off all their clothes, and streak across the pitch?! We’re confident the free flow of alcohol might have something to do with it. Mark Roberts has streaked more time than you've had hot diners, but what pushed him to do it the first time, (incidentally at the Hong Kong Sevens which is taking place this weekend) and then keep doing it...

The gangster’s son and the Iraqi Olympic boxing team:

American former boxer Maurice “The Termite? Watkins tells us about his experience of managing the Iraq boxing team at the 2004 Olympic Games. Using the chant “Iraq! Iraq! Iraq is back!? he became a celebrity in the country with thousands of people wearing t-shirts with the phrase printed on them. He also reveals the details behind his nickname!

Photo: Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O'Neal go up for the ball during a Finals game at The Summit in Houston, Texas. Credit: ALLSPORT USA /Allsp

Love All: Australia Votes For Marriage Equality20171118

Sportshour assesses the role sport played in Australia's same-sex Marriage poll.

After Australia’s citizens voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a national poll that will trigger a parliamentary debate, we assess how sport in the country may have influenced the vote.

We're in the USA as researchers confirm the detection of the dementia-like disease CTE or "boxers brain" for the first time in a living person, a break through that could change the lives of the former NFL players suffering from the degenerative condition that’s been linked to repeated blows to the head.

We also visit the French Space agency in Toulouse to see how the transformation Astronauts bodies go through while in Space could have wider positive implications for the world of sport.

And as the Women’s Rugby League World Cup gets underway we're in camp with the Cook Islands, a team gathered from across seas and social media to get the small island to their first World Cup for twelve years.

(Image: A rainbow 50 metre line during the 2017 AFL Pride Game. Credit: Getty Images)

Me Too20180217

Icelandic gymnast Tinna Odinsdottir speaks about her rape by a fellow gymnast in 2016.

Earlier this year the sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to more than 360 years in prison in the United States.
More than 250 women, including many of the country's elite gymnasts accused him of sexual abuse, including Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles. Among those gymnasts to testify against him was another Olympic champion Aly Raisman.
It was the testimony of Raisman and her team-mates that gave the Icelandic gymnast Tinna Odinsdottir the courage to tell Sportshour she was raped by a fellow gymnast following a competition in 2016. Inspired too by the "me too" campaign she revealed, what she described as "her secret".

Canada's Ross Rebagliati won snow-boarding gold at the Nagano Winter Olympics. He was then disqualified for using cannabis, but regained the medal, after a ruling that the substance wasn't banned by the IOC.
The stigma stayed with him though. Now twenty years on cannabis is banned by WADA for use in competitions, but a cannabis compound is permitted. And Rebagliati remains an advocate and is promoting the benefits of cannabis when used in a responsible and healthy manner.

Having competed at his sixth and final Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang Shiva Keshavan has finally retired after a 20 year international career, competing in the Luge. Growing up in the Himalayas he and his friends had ambitions of competing in winter sports, but Keshavan found it hard to convince India's sports authorities that the Winter Olympics were a major event.

Kosovo marks the 10th anniversary of its unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia this weekend. But the celebrations will be tempered by the sense that Kosovo is stuck in limbo. More than 80 countries still don't recognise its independence.
But the situation in sport seems a little brighter. Kosovo has a competitor at the Winter Olympics - and its footballers recently took part in their first World Cup qualifying campaign. That was the result of a concerted effort to gain Kosovo membership of international sports federations.

Photo-journalist Ted Jackson was on assignment at camp for homeless people in 1990 when he came across former NFL player Jackie Wallace, who'd played in two Superbowls. Jackson's story brought help to Jackie, who rebuilt his life. The pair stayed in contact, but Wallace suffered more set-backs, served time in jail and twice went missing. Ted is once again searching for Jackie.

Photo: Getty

Meet The "extreme Environmental Athlete"20160312

Richard Parks is set to take on his toughest challenge. He's used to rough sporting battles, having played rugby union for Wales, but it's his career as a self-styled "Extreme Environmental Athlete" that has really pushed him to the limits. His next goal is to climb Everest without the aid of oxygen, taking blood samples for medical research into Alzheimers along the way. In doing so he hopes to become the first man to do so.

Bonkers Bucket List Bet!

Ever thought about all the sporting events you'd most like to go to? A kind of sporting bucket list. Well that's exactly what Welshman Kieren "Beefy" Blake and New Zealander Rob Bryers did... And then some!They are taking in 365 different sports in 365 days all over the globe. We catch up with them a third of the way through their sporting odyssey in Greenland at the Eskimo Games

From Raqqa to Rucks

Mohed Altrad was born and abandoned in a Bedouin tent in the Syrian desert near Raqqa. Through sheer grit he got himself an education and a stroke of luck gave him a chance to study in the French coastal city of Montpellier. Several decades later, and now a billionaire he owns Montpellier rugby club. He tells Sportshour about the tough message he gave French President Francois Hollande on how to deal with French born Islamic extremists.

Football against ISIS

Can football play a part in the fight against terrorism? The organisers of a recent charity tournament in Sweden believe so. The Mesopotamia Cup, is organised by a group of Swedes of Kurdish origin that last weekend brought together 26 five-aside teams and hundreds of spectators to raise money to help fight ISIS.

Arctic Sport

In the furthest reaches of Europe, the sun is now slowly returning over the horizon, following a midwinter of unrelenting darkness and sub-zero temperatures. You'd think that life at such extremes would mean a time for hibernation and inactivity - but in Finnish Lapland, above the Arctic Circle, there's no such sign. So how does cold weather affect not only sport, but the unique culture of this polar region?

Sporting Witness… Goes back to 1969 when an ice hockey match between Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union led to major unrest in Prague, which became known as the Czech hockey riots.

Photo: Richard Parks in action for the Welsh national rugby union team(L) and ready for his next extreme environmental sporting challange

Muhammad Ali: Remembering And Rejoicing20160604

We hear from those who have had their lives influenced by Muhammad Ali

Photo: Muhammad Ali in the ring Credit: Getty Images

Mum's The Word20160423

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Munich Air Disaster Tribute20180210

Kenya's iconic footballer on how he became a Manchester United fan since the tragedy.

This week, Manchester United and the world of football marked the sixtieth anniversary of the Munich Air disaster. The greatest footballer in Kenya’s history – Joe Kadenge became a Manchester United fan after the tragedy and for the first time in his life, he got to watch United play at Old Trafford against Huddersfield. During his visit to Manchester, he attended the Munich memorial service on Tuesday and also popped into the BBC Sport studio where we spoke to him about fulfilling a lifetime ambition of visiting the Theatre of Dreams.

Christina Snead has dedicated her whole life to making a difference in sport. Most weekends, you'll find her officiating high-school American football games in her native North Carolina; the first woman to do so.

But in 2003 Christina was pregnant with her first child and was enjoying what appeared to be a healthy pregnancy until complications arose while she went into labour. Her son Brandon was in distress and his brain was injured during birth. Even though he survived, he has never recovered enough to live at home, requiring a feeding tube, ventilator and around-the-clock care. Despite Brandon’s health battle, Christina tells us her next aim is make it to the NFL!

Mayor Changai is a refugee from South Sudan but is now living in Sydney and is the coach of the Savanah Pride Basketball Club. The programme has stopped loitering and fighting on the streets of Blacktown. Some of his players have earned scholarships to play US college Basketball. The BBC’s Phil Mercer went along to a training session.

Taking up running can seem like a scary prospect, especially if you feel out of shape or unfit. NHS Couch to 5K will help you gradually work up towards running 5K in just 9 weeks. On New Year’s Day, we heard presenter Shari Vahl take on the challenge so how is she going at the ½ way stage? The motivational voice on the podcast, Laura, interviews Shari on progress and tips on how to keep motivated.

Roald Bradstock is a former athlete, he has twice represented Great Britain at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games but 30 years on, he will be going back to South Korea, this time as an artist. He tells Shari that his lifetime goal was to become an Olympic athlete but his other lifetime dream was to become an Olympic artist. He is part of the IOC’s historic and first ever Olympic Art Project.

With all eyes on the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, we look back at one of the iconic moments of the Games which happened on 22nd February, 1980 when the United States stunned the defending champions Soviet Union 4-3 in the men's Ice Hockey competition. Since then, it's been known as the "Miracle On Ice" - Neal Broten was a member of the gold medal winning US team and talks us through that memorable day.

Picture - Munich Air Disaster tribute t-shirt (Credit - Getty Images)

My Twelve Year Wait For Olympic Gold20160820

Adam Nelson won the shot put at the Athens Olympics in 2004, but only received his gold medal a few weeks ago. Why? Because of the advancements in drug testing it was recently proved that the original gold medallist, Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine had taken performance enhancing drugs. So did the recent ceremony in which Adam was presented gold represent justice, or can nothing make up for being robbed of his moment in Athens twelve years ago?

Premier League Problems:

With 2 of every 5 Premier League players facing bankruptcy within 5 years of retiring, we look at some of the difficulties they face in adapting to a new life without football. We speak to Brede Hangeland about his hopes and fears for his future. He decided to hang up his boots in the summer having played for Fulham and Crystal Palace in the Premier League. Alan Gernon author of "Retired: What Happens to Footballers When the Game's Up" also joins us.

Olympics: Are They Worth It?

Twelve years ago the Olympic Games came home to Greece. They took place at a time of unprecedented prosperity for the country and were seen as a chance to showcase modern Athens as a place to do business and boost growth. Five years later the Greek economy crashed. The Games cost an estimated nine billion Euros. We went to see if the Greeks feel it was worth it.

Budapest 2024?

When Athens won the right to host the 2004 Summer Olympics they had to fight off 11 other bid cities. For the 2024 summer Games, there are only four cities in the running. Potential hosts have decided the politics and financial commitments are not worth the potential rewards. So do the Olympics have a problem? We hear from Olympic historian Jules Boycoff on why any city would want to host the Olympic Games.

Sporting Witness… At the 1924 Olympics, Scottish runner Eric Liddell famously won a gold medal despite refusing to run on a Sunday because of his Christian faith. After the games, the athlete immortalised in “Chariots of Fire? became a missionary in China and died in an internment camp during World War II.

Photo: Adam Nelson cries as he celebrates after winning the men's shot put finals at the 10th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Helsinki 2005. (CREDIT: ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

My Unbreakable Story20171125

Jelena Dokic on her relationship with her father and the impact on her tennis career

In 1999, 16 year old tennis player Jelena Dokic, Ranked 129, beat world number one Martina Hingis, the teenager from Australia came of age.
Dokic would go on to reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon that year, but despite her success, she alleges that behind closed doors she was suffering physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her father, Damir. Jelena admits she nearly killed herself.
Now retired Jelena has been telling her story to Sportshour and how her first day on a tennis court at the age of 6 was actually the day the abuse started.

Snooker has been dominated by European players throughout its history with just three world champions from outside the continent in 90 years. But is that about to change? Sportshour’s been to meet Africa's latest snooker hopeful who's hoping to make the breakthrough.

We hear from England cricketer Moeen Ali who is currently in Australia hoping to help his side take a firm grip on one of the fiercest rivalries in sport, the Ashes and at the same time change perceptions. The spinner has become the poster boy for Islam in Britain.

We’re also behind the scenes of athletics – with the sport preparing for a future without its’ biggest icon, the 100 and 200 metres world record holder Usain Bolt, there's also the question of how to attract new, younger fans to Track and Field. The IAAF hopes its’ new Heritage project, to be launched in the New Year, can use the sports past champions to secure its future.

(Image: Tennis player Jelena Dokic, credit: Getty images)

Namibia's First Blade Runner20170311

Etchegaray Nguluwe has represented Namibia in Paralympic sport at the World Championships and Commonwealth Games. But, born with a club foot, he struggled to keep up in a category where many of the men he raced against had one leg amputated below the knee and used a prosthetic blade.

In March of 2016, Etchegaray took the decision to have his foot removed. He has now been fitted with his own blade - a huge financial investment by Namibia's Paralympic Committee. Why do they think he is worth it?

Do the Formula 1 drivers of today realise how much they owe to the pioneers of 1950?

Amongst those lining up for the very first F1 race at Silverstone 67 years ago was a member of Thailand's royal family. Prince Bira was the driver, and he was managed by his cousin Prince Chula. Narisa Chakrabongse is Prince Chula's daughter. She tells Caroline about her family's involvement in the birth of Formula 1, how the pair would write their pit-lane boards in Thai so no-one else could work out their tactics and how the films her mother shot of the races helped her really get to know the father who died when she was just seven.

Socrates captained one of the greatest Brazil teams of all time, yet spent more time thinking about politics than tactics. He was passionate, charming and hedonistic, but above all he was a thinker. Andrew Downie has written the first full biography of a man who introduced democracy to the football club where he made his name, even as the rest of Brazil was in the grip of a military dictatorship in the early 1980s.

The council fields of Manchester are the new front line in the battle for supremacy between the city's two Premier League football clubs, United and City.

Local boys have always made that journey from their local pitches to the biggest stage of all, but it is how both Manchester clubs are now pursuing children aged eight and younger that has brought comparisons with The Cold War, and an arms race.

Knock-Out Sister is a bespoke boxing gym for Muslim women. The facility in Newcastle protects its members' privacy but allowed the BBC's Anna Foster in to see first-hand how the sport is helping women of all ages build their confidence and learn self-defence.

A new study of water quality in public swimming pools has found that in 100% of cases, there was urine present. The survey, which was carried out in Canada, does not make for pleasant reading. So are public pools safe, and why don't people just leave the pool when they need to go for a wee?

We hear from scientist, Fran Scott, and the Olympic Swimming medallist, Steve Parry

(Photo: Etchegaray Nguluwe Credit: Michael Hamukwaya)

New Orleans, Katrina And The Superdome: Ten Years On20150829

Ten years after the city of New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina, we hear from Robert Lynn Green who lost his mother and granddaughter in the events of August 2005. He tells about his, and the city’s trauma and how sport continues to play an important part in the recovery.

Football at the Border

The issue of immigration across Europe continues to be in the headlines. Some of those escaping war or poverty have the aim of reaching Britain. The port of Calais in Northern France is now protected by a 5 metre fence topped with coils of razor wire constructed by the Uk government - the gates and exterior guarded by heavily armed French riot police. We look at how in the midst of the chaos, its football that is offering just a fleeting glimpse of normality for people in an otherwise chaotic Calais.

You're Going to Swim to Where?!

Ben Hooper is preparing for a bid to become the first person to swim the Atlantic Ocean! Just let that sink in for a moment. He’s swimming from Senegal to Brazil! We find out why and how

Sailing's Biggest Challenge

One of the biggest test in the sport of sailing slips anchor on Saturday. The Clipper Round the World Race. We hear from a group of South African teenagers who will take part for the first time in this unique race that mixes professional and amateur sailors. Sportshour's Simon Parker heads to London to find out more, and he has a vested interest, he’s taking part!

The Toughest Job in Sport?

Now... Would you love to spend time with your sporting hero? Are you also looking for a career change… Then have we got some great news for you! Premier League striker Jermain Defoe posted an advert looking a new personal assistant. Brian Daniel from the Celebrity Personal Assistant Network assess just how difficult a task it will be, and some of the outrageous things Hollywood A-listers have demanded of him!

The Many Merrit's of Aries

We hear from American Aries Merrit has been hiding an extraordinary story. Just before the championships got underway the 110m hurdles Olympic champion and world record holder went public with his battle with a kidney disease. The fact that he needs to have a transplant after the games didn’t put him off from competing.

Sporting Witness… In August 2005, thousands of people took refuge in the New Orleans Superdome – home of the New Orleans Saints NFL team – in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The stadium itself was badly damaged and the Saints were forced to play outside New Orleans for a season. But in 2009, the Saints went on the greatest run in their history – a run that ended with Super Bowl victory and some of the wildest celebrations the city has ever seen. We hear from former Saints offensive tackle, Jermon Bushrod.

PHOTO: Lawrence and Vanessa Arnollie take shelter in the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast states on August 29th, 2005. (CREDIT: Michael Appleton/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Nfl: New Season, New Punishments20140830

A week before the new American Football season starts, the sports governing body the NFL has redefined it's punishment guidelines for domestic violence after many said they were too lenient. Now any NFL employee, not just players, found to have engaged in domestic violence will be suspended without pay for six games. A second offence and a life-time ban can be imposed. Katie Hnida knows all too well about violence against women in and around the sport. She overcame prejudice, bullying and an alleged rape to become the first woman to score points in a college game.

The Death of Albert Ebosse

Last weekend the young Cameroon forward, Albert Ebosse, was playing for his club side in Algeria when he was hit by a rock thrown from the crowd as he walked off the pitch at the end of the game. He died later that day in hospital. Algerian footballer Hamza Bencherif who became close friends when the two were room-mates at JS Kabyly, admits to struggling to come to terms with his friend's tragic death.

Beyond Cliché: A Bluffers Guide to Transfer Deadline Day

For those still unaware that transfer deadline day is the most important day in the football calendar, we offer a bluffer's guide so you can fully enjoy the day even if you have no interest in football. Adam Hurrey, author of Football Clichés is our guide and guru.

Jamaica's Polo Push

The sport of polo has a long history in Jamaica. However as the numbers of players from traditionally well off areas of the island dwindled fears of its future arose. In fact it has given rise to an influx of players from every strata of society, and with help, make it flourish again.

Dream Job

Ever dream of an alternative career?! Swapping the office or factory to pursue a career that feels more like a past time... We experience a day in the life of someone who has done just that as we joining surf school owner Matt Grainger on Sydney's Narrabeen beach.

Video Games

Big crowds packed into a football stadium to watch a battle between two teams of 'superstars' for thousands of dollars in prize money. But they're not watching football, boxing or even volleyball. They’re watching others play video game players. But can this really be a spectator sport?

English India Cricket

In 1990 the British politician Norman Tebbit devised his "cricket test". It called on Britain's immigrant populations to give up their sporting support of West Indies, Pakistan or India and instead cheer on England. As England take on India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham we look at the significant British-born support the visitors receive and its implications for players like Ravi Bopara who has represented England and is of Indian decent.

Trapeze-e Does It

As a trapeze instructor you wouldn't automatically think Amanda Miles is playing a crucial role in improving mental health. However that's exactly what Amanda is helping to achieve! She explains the benefits of trapeze to both body and mind!

Sporting Witness… goes back to the summer of 1968 and the first Special Olympics was held. It was open only to those with a learning disability. Frank Olivo took part - Anne Burke was the organiser, they talk about breaking down prejudices

Photo: Katie Hnida in her University of Colorado days heads off the field during a game (Credit: Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Nicola Adams: Olympic Pioneer20161008

Photo: Gold medal boxer Nicola Adams of Great Britain poses during the medal ceremony in Rio (Credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

No Woman Team No Cry20140531

How Bob Marley's daughter the designer Cedella Marley is backing the Reggae Girls to take Jamaica to their first women's football World Cup next year.

The Pirate of the Saddle

As cycling's Giro d'Italia draws to an exciting climax we profile one of its most famous sons. Marco Pantani, known as “Il Pirata? the pirate! The highs and lows on and off the track. With film director James Erskine who has just released The Accidental Death of a Cyclist all about the man.

JJ's Story

Jawahir Roble's dream was always to play and coach football. To achieve that she has had to escape Somalia and, once in London, break down social and religious divides in her own Muslim community as well as the wider community. Now with the help of charity Football Beyond Borders, she is achieving her ambitions.

Why Host a World Cup?

“It wasn’t worth South Africa hosting the World Cup and it will have a negative impact in Brazil? says academic Professor John Nauright, who discusses the value of hosting the World Cup.

The Indian Bolt

Could Amiya Mallick be India's answer to Usain Bolt? A tough ask for any athlete, but Mallick has at least been making use of the same training facilities Bolt uses in Jamaica and his aim is to make it to the 100m final at the Commonwealth Games in July.

Samba Soccer Songs

Brazil, a nation famed for soccer and samba, and the team’s World Cup song has always reflected the mood - good or bad - in the country. Bruno Garcez from BBC Brasil gives us his definitive guide to Copa anthems over the years - and what they say about Brazil.

Sporting Witness... In 1985, the Northern Irish boxer Barry McGuigan fought Eusebio Pedrosa for the world championship in front of a huge crowd at a football stadium in West London. It was an emotional fight and one of the few occasions during 'The Troubles' which united both sides of the political and religious divide in Northern Ireland.

Olympic Dream Set To Be Realised20160716

Her family think she is crazy; nonetheless Marathon runner Nary Ly will become Cambodia's first female long distance Olympian in Rio. In a country where the prevailing attitude encourages fair skin, women’s sport is discouraged because training outside tans the skin. For 42-year-old Ly, who escaped the Khmer Rouge to France as an 8 year old, it marks an important step for Cambodia as attitudes to women’s sport modernise albeit slowly.


This week Rory McIlroy says golf must improve its drug-testing regime as he could "get away with" doping as it stands. We discuss whether all sports should have to reach the same standard of testing and why they don’t currently compare. Guests include Professor Bob Steward author of "Rethinking Drug Use in Sport: Why the War will Never be Won".


A group of "night runners" in Kenya's capital city Nairobi want their nocturnal activities to be recognised as a sport. But a section of residents there, and the country's government, think it should be banned. Why? Well they normally conduct their activities stark naked. Jack Songoh is the President of the Kenya Night Runners Union bares all.

Homeless World Cup

The Homeless World Cup final takes place this weekend in Glasgow, but is the $1,500,000 spent on hosting the event money well spent?


Triinh Thi Bich Nhu, Paralympic swimmer from Vietnam is the latest in our series profiling six women from around the world and how they came to excel at their sport. At the age of three she was disabled by polio and seemed destined to spend her life in a rural village. When she discovered swimming, her life changed completely. Through the sport she excels at she has travelled the world, made friends, and achieved a life for herself that others never thought possible.

Sporting Witness… In 2000, four athletes from East Timor were invited by the International Olympic Committee to take part as guests in the Sydney Olympics. Among them was marathon runner, Aguida Amaral, whose home- and running shoes – had been destroyed in a wave of violence unleashed by pro-Indonesian militias. Wearing donated trainers, Amaral finished virtually last, but received a huge ovation from the crowd and became a hero in her home country.

Photo: Nary Ly in training for the Rio Olympics Credit Nary Ly/Facebook

Olympic Dream Turns To Nightmare20151128

Imagine thinking you had qualified for the Olympics by being the best on the continent, but then finding out you still aren't going to Rio. That's what happened to South Africa's men and women's hockey teams. Despite winning the African championships, the country's Olympic Committee SASCOC, say they haven't met the qualification requirements they agreed with the South African Hockey Association. We hear from the players who feel their Olympic dream has been snatched away from them.

When Kareem met Sherlock

One is the NBA’S all-time leading point-scorer; the other is the greatest detective in the history of literature! We hear from basketball superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who has just written a detective novel based on Sherlock Holmes older brother Mycroft.

Paint it Pot Black

David Grace is currently battling his way through the one of the premier snooker tournaments in the world, but when he’s not at the table, he’s at his easel painting his opponents! Snooker professional by day, artist by night…

F1: No Place Women

As the F1 season comes to an end we look at the future of the sport, in particular the potential for women drivers.

The Best Sport You’ve Never Heard of?

Belgium might be hosting Davis Cup tennis final this weekend, but there was just as much excitement when it hosted the recent korfball world championships! One of the very few mixed gender sports, we head to the final to see if this sport could ever become popular all over the world.

Record Breakers

Following on from Golden State Warriors record breaking start to the NBA season we look at some of the greatest and strangest records in world sport.

Darfur United

We meet the team that is about so much more than football. We find out about the work being done in Africa using football as a tool for peace.

Sporting Witness… hears from Rifaat Turk became the first Arab to be selected for the Israeli national team.

Photo: Nicole Walraven of South Africa in action. Credit Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Olympic Silver... Heart Of Gold20160903

Piotr Malachowski won silver in the discus at the Rio Olympics just a couple of weeks ago however he has since auctioned off his medal to raise funds for Olek, a three-year-old boy suffering with a rare form of cancer.

Colink Kaepernick: The Eye Of A Media Storm

When San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand during the national anthem it brought back into the spotlight the role sport stars have in highlighting social issues. Much of the media coverage painted Kaepernick as disrespectful, but did an industry dominated by white men affect the telling of Kaperneck’s story? We hear from Marc Spears, the Chairman of the National Association of Black Journalists Sports Task Force.

Monster Trucks:

We go behind the scenes of Monster Jam, the popular motor sporting event. The competition sees the massive trucks fly through the air, crush smaller cars and spin fast in circles. It can be dangerous for the drivers as the trucks are built 'to crash'.

Brazil Football Expects… Again

We explore the blind football competition at the Paralympics including how the game is played. We also hear from two of the Brazilian team who will hope to continue their record of winning gold at every Paralympics the sport has been played at..Well they are Brazilian!

(Photo: Olek Szymanski (L) who is receiving treatment for a rare form of cancer in New York (R) Piotr Malachowski celebrates winning silver in Rio. Credit: Facebook / Getty Images)

Paralympic Problems20160827

Poor ticket sales, finance issues, Russian athletes banned. The Paralympic movement is facing a testing time ahead of the Rio Games. We hear from Tatanya McFadden, the American parathlete who has reportedly pledged $1000 out of her own pocket to buy tickets for Brazilian children. And, we hear from disappointed Russian Paralympian Irina Vertinskaya, and Lord Holmes who was the director of Paralympic Integration at the London Games in 2012.

Struggling to Cope: Life After Football

Regi Blinker, the former Dutch international who played in the English Premier League for Sheffield Wednesday and in Scotland for Celtic, retired 13 years ago. Since then he founded and continues to run the successful Life After Football magazine. The publication is dedicated to the professional game in which the worlds of fashion, art and football collide.

The Problematic State of Aussie Sport:

A record rugby union defeat to the All Blacks, swept by Sri Lanka in the cricket and an Olympic medal haul lower than London 2012, an Olympiad recognised as a low point for Australian sport. So what is wrong with Australian sport (Golf and Jason Day, you are excused from this debate). There was a time that Australian tennis ruled the world. Take the US Open which starts this week. Australia have provided more winners than any other country bar America, but now Aussie tennis talent is thin on the ground. Former AFL player and coach of the last successful Australian Davis Cup team Roger Rasheed joins us.

Sporting Witness

It is 25 years since Willy T Ribbs became the first African-American racing driver to take part in the prestigious Indianapolis 500. Sometimes compared to Muhammad Ali because of his cocky character, Ribbs had talent but struggled for years to get sponsorship and a decent car to drive.

(Photo: The gold, silver and bronze medals for the 2016 Paralympics. Credit: Jogos Rio 2016/Getty Images)

Pep And Jose: Derby Day Delight20160910

We preview the world’s two biggest football games this weekend. Will Jose and Pep play nicely as the red half and blue half of Manchester collide? Who has the psychological upper hand? North of the border, as the Old Firm derby returns, we look at why there appears to be little softening in the underlying sectarian divide that causes arguably football’s most fearsome and ugly rivalry.

3D Printer Paralympian

When Germany's Denise Schindler peddles up to the start line at the Rio Paralympics, she will be unique amongst cyclists she is competing against. Denise will be using a prosthesis made on a low cost 3D printer! She is not only hoping for gold, but that this advancement will revolutionise para sport.

The Nordic Nomad:

The World Nomad Games took place in the Kyrgyz Republic this week with more than 40 nations represented. It celebrated traditional sports of Central Asia like Kok Boru (akin to polo played with a goat carcass). We are joined by Stefan Sekej who won Norway’s first ever World Nomadic Games Medal in MAS Wrestling (often known as ‘stick wrestling’).

(Photo: Jose Mourinho (L) and Josep 'Pep' Guardiola (R). Credit: Jon Super, Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

Picked To Play By Jfk20160402

The new Major League Baseball season starts this weekend set against the back drop of a new era in relations between Cuba and the USA. The sport has always played a significant role politically between the two counties, not least back in the 1960s for a young man from Maryland, USA at the start of his sporting career. Tom Brown is one of very few people who have played professional football, he won two Super Bowls, and Major League baseball! He's also unique in being the only man picked to play by the President!

Women’s Footballs Greatest Fight:

We hear from former England star Anita Asante, one of the black players representing Swedish side Rosengrad, who were subject to alleged racist abuse from fans as they played away to Frankfurt in the Women’s Champions League.


We look at how football might have a bearing on the way people vote in the upcoming EU referendum, and on how that result could in turn potentially change football in Britain.

On Thin Ice:

We’re at the World Figure Skating Championships in Boston looking at how an athlete chooses their music and hear about some of the more unusual choices!

Boxing Clever:

We look at the events surrounding the recent Nick Blackwell fight which left the middleweight in an induced coma, but just how dangerous is boxing? We uncover some surprising facts about the world’s most dangerous sports.

Sporting Witness… heads back to 1992 when American sprinter Gail Devers was the surprise winner of the women's 100 metres at the Olympic Games. An incredible feat in anyone's books, but made all the more remarkable because Gail had only just recovered from a rare disease which nearly led to her feet being amputated.

Photo: US President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, raising from his seat to watch the flight of the ball during a baseball game at Washington D.C. Stadium. Credit: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images

Reclaiming The Locker Room After Donald Trump's Comments20161015

Donald Trump's dismissal of his comments about women as "locker room talk" has angered the sporting community. But is there some truth in what he's saying - in terms of what is said in players' dressing rooms? Former NFL player Joe Ehrmann is now coaching American sportsmen to change their negative attitudes towards women. He believes that the outcry over Trump's comments can be used as a catalyst to change those attitudes.

As Fifa continues its process of reform following a series of corruption scandals, Joyce Cook has become the first disabled person to be appointed to the management board of world football's governing body. A wheelchair user herself, she's initiated a range of diversity and inclusion projects within the game. How does she see her new role at Fifa?

The Volvo Ocean Race is encouraging more female sailors to take part by introducing mixed crews for next year's race. Men-only line-ups will be limited to seven sailors, while an all-female crew can number eleven. But there will be various combinations in between, such as seven men and two women. Two veterans of the race, two-time winner Phil Harmer and Abby Ehler, debate the new rules and consider what the best combination would be.

When Spain's Carolina Marin won badminton gold at the Rio Olympics it was a landmark moment for her country and for the sport. Never before had a woman from outside of Asia won the Olympic title. Marin tells how she abandoned flamenco dancing for badminton and became the world's best.

The quest is on to become the first rider to take a motor cycle past the 400 miles an hour mark, with recent attempts taking place in the American state of Utah. But land speed records aren't limited to motorcycles and cars. We've been to the 'Straight-liners' event in the north of England - featuring plenty of weird and wonderful machines.

Refugees Welcome20150905

Germany, Europe's biggest economy, is often the preferred destination for those fleeing conflict. Whilst the debate continues in countries that make up the European Union, German football fans have been expressing their feelings by unfurling banners at many matches that simply read "Refugees Welcome". So what has caused this open support in stadia? We hear from German football experts Ronald Reng and Raphael Honigstein

Premier League Winners 2015/16 Revealed!

What difference will all those transfers make to the coming months? Are we any closer to knowing who will be the champions? Can we do away with months of anguish, weeks of worry and days of uncertainty? One man says yes!

Well, maybe... We give you Doctor Raffaele Poli from the CIES Football Observatory a statistical research group in Switzerland.

Settled in Seattle

The new American football season is nearly upon us as the 32 teams of the National Football League bid for a place at the Super Bowl. The Seattle Seahawks, champions in 2014 and runners up in 2015, have been one of the most consistent team in the league over the last few seasons, under the stewardship of head coach Pete Carroll. So how do you build a successful team? One man who knows is Carroll's personal assistant, Ben Malcolmson.

Playing With the Boys

"Playing With the Boys" is the title of a new book from 16 year old Niamh McKevitt. It tells her personal struggle to get the football authorities in England to change their rules on the age girls and boys can play together in a match. Something she achieved, albeit at a personal cost as we found out when Sarah Mulkerrins visited Niamh and the rest of her team mates at Huddersfield Town Ladies.

Football at the Highest Level

Peru has always played football at the highest level. In fact some teams play in excess of 11,000 feet above sea level! The effects of being at high altitude are considerable. The air is thin and breathing becomes laboured. So how do visiting teams counter the perceived disadvantage of playing at such a high altitude? Simon Parker has been to the country to see football in the cloud

Sporting Witness… the remarkable story of Iranian triple jump champion Faramarz Assef, who went on to become one of the country's most famous pop stars.

Photo: Borussia Dortmund supporters hold a banner prior to the German first division match against Hannover 96 (Credit: AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Review Of 201320131228

We bring you our review of 2013, looking back at some of the big stories we've brought you, as we shine a light on sport's relationship with politics, culture and society in 2013.

Rio Olympics: Born To Run20160618

Training to take part in the Olympics is an unforgiving business - years of hard work easily undone by injury, loss of form or even confidence. But for American middle distance runner Sarah Brown, her road to Rio took something of a more pronounced bump. A surprise pregnancy! In March, just five months before Rio 2016, Sarah gave birth, having continued to train throughout her pregnancy. Her goal is to make it to the Olympics by qualifying at the US trials in July.

Hooray for Houry:

Meet Houry Gebeshian. By day she delivers babies, by night she trains herself for the Rio Olympics! Houry, who in August will be Armenia’s first female Olympic Gymnast, takes us through what by anyone’s standards is a busy day!

The Kallur Comeback:

On the face of it there was nothing too remarkable about Sweden’s Susanna Kallur 5th place finish in 100m hurdles at the Diamond League in Stockholm this week… Even so she completed a lap of honour after the race, accompanied by her three-year-old daughter. However considering this was her first competitive outdoor race in SIX years, it was probably deserved! She explains the reason behind such a lengthy abstinence from the track

Boys are Baku Town:

As the Azerbaijan capital Baku hosts its inaugural F1 Grand Prix on Sunday, Bernie Ecclestone has been asking “Do any of you know what human rights are?? His philosophical lament was in response to questions raised about whether Azerbaijan is an appropriate venue for the sport. Significant concerns have been raised by groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty international about the treatment of those critical of President Aliyev's regime. We investigate.

The Iceland Cometh:

Can success on the field help shape national identity off it? We visit Iceland to speak to those wrapped up in Euro 2016 fever (including one of the country’s presidential candidates taking time off the campaign trail to catch some matches) and those who say the football is distracting from the real issues affecting the people of Iceland who elect a new President next Saturday.

Sporting Witness

Greek weightlifter, Pyrros Dimas, is a three-time Olympic champion and national hero known variously as the "Lion of Himara" and "Midas" because of his ability to win gold medals. In 2004, an ageing Pyrros faced his toughest challenge when the Olympic Games came to Athens and he was forced to compete with a knee injury. Despite the pain, Pyrros battled to a bronze medal, sparking delirious scenes in the weightlifting arena.

(Photo: Sarah in training whilst pregnant. Credit: Sarah Brown)

Serena Williams: Wimbledon's Wonder Woman20160709

We are live from Wimbledon on Ladies Final day looking at the remarkable career of Serena Williams, and sorting Wimbledon fact from fiction with ‘Devil Wears Prada’ author Laura Weisberger. Her latest book is set in the world of professional tennis.

Mum Won’t Cramp My Olympic Style:

In Georgia one family is particularly excited about the upcoming Rio Olympics. Why? Well, this family will make history by becoming the first mother-and-son to compete at the same Games!

We meet Nino Salukvadze and her son Tsotne Machavariani, who will compete side by side in the shooting competition.

The Alan Green Lecture: Euro 2016 the Real Winners:

Alan Green gives us his considered thoughts on how Euro 2016 will be remembered; what worked, what didn’t and who the real winners and losers were.

The Curse of the Winning Goal:

Steve Crossman hears the cautionary but ultimately uplifting tale of Bruno Bellone, the first Frenchman to score a winning goal in a European Championships final. Later, his life spiralled into debt, he was even reported to be dead. He wasn’t, and eventually his old team mates came to his rescue!

Rio Ready:

In less than a month Rio will welcome the world to its Olympic party, but will the lasting legacy of these Games be the action in the stadium or on the streets of Brazil? There are many areas of concern from Zica, to presidential impeachments and worries over doping control, but what is the biggest headache? Jules Boykoff, author of "Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics", offers his assessment.

Sporting Witness… In 1984, the women's marathon took place in the Olympic Games for the first time. But, to the horror of the crowd in Los Angeles, one of the runners, Gabriela Andersen-Scheiss of Switzerland, entered the stadium in a state of virtual collapse from heat exhaustion and took minutes to stumble round her final lap of the track.

Photo: Serena Williams serves during the Ladies Singles Semi Final July 7th 2016 (Credit Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Serving Time At San Quentin20160430

The San Quentin Correction Facility is one of North America's most notorious prisons. It has held convicts like Charles Manson, and today it houses the largest death row population in the USA. The cells are dark, claustrophobic and threatening. However outside in the Californian sun is one of the more progressive rehabilitation projects in the American penial system: The San Quentin tennis program. The tennis court is one of very few places in the prison where racial divides do not exist. No matter of race or gang affiliation, the tennis court is a neutral zone. We’re on court with murderers, bank robbers and kidnappers

Mr. Irrelevant:

The NFL Draft comes to an end on Saturday, with the 256th and last pick earning the title 'Mr Irrelevant'. That may seem harsh, but it made no difference to Marty Moore who became the first Mr Irrelevant to make it to and then win a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots. He tells us just how relevant he went onto become!

Escape from Alcatraz!

After Birmingham‘s Dave Healy, or Blind Dave as he calls himself, finished last week’s London Marathon, his thoughts immediately turned towards his next challenge. Not content with just running (including the Marathon des Sables) he is now turning to triathlons as he attempts to “Escape from Alcatraz.?

Cue the Music:

We preview this weekend’s World Snooker Championships through the music of snooker legend Steve Davis.

Sporting Witness… The Australian, Dawn Fraser, is one of the greatest swimmers of all time - a three-time Olympic champion for the 100-metres freestyle and the first woman to break 60 seconds for 100 metres. But Fraser is equally well-known in Australia for her rebellious behaviour - including a notorious incident at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 when she was accused of stealing an Olympic flag from outside the Emperor Hirohito's Palace.

Photo: An inmate on the tennis court at San Quentin Credit: BBC

Shattered Dreams20140712

The hosts crashed out of their World Cup in the most humiliating manner, but the chaos that was predicted for Brazil 2014 didn't materialise; protests were rare once the tournament got underway and fans from around the world partied across the country. So with just the third place play-off and the final to go, what has the World Cup meant to Brazil and Brazilians? Were those involved in the protests won over? We talk to Brazilians who enjoyed the party, a protester to find out whether he's altered his view and to a sports sociologist to to ask what effect Brazil's 7-1 semi-final defeat by Germany will have on the country's economy and politics in election year?

It's Not Just Football

While Brazil comes to terms with their humiliating semi-final defeat at the World Cup, perhaps it's time to turn to other sports for a while. We hear about the growth of cricket in the country and their hopes of playing with the world’s elite in the Twenty-20 format of the game.

Jamaican Pioneer

Their sprinters dominate the athletics track, now meet the diver hoping to do the same for aquatics in the country, Yona Knight-Wisdom.

Red Lanterns

The leader, and winner, of the Tour de France wears the prestigious yellow jersey. Those that finish last are referred to as the "Lanterne Rouge" after the red lanterns that used to be hung from the final carriage of a train. We find out about the last men home.

Power shift

A year ago five of the top ten women golfers in the world were from South Korea, now there are just two. We investigate the power-shift in the women's game.

PHOTO: Sad Brazil fans (CREDIT: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

Shrovetide Football: England's Medieval Game20160213

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Shrovetide Football

While many Christians around the mark the beginning of Lent with Pancakes, the residents of Ashbourne in Derby engage in one of football’s strangest contests. The ‘pitch’ is three miles long, with hundreds of players on each side.

The Jump - A step too far?

World, European and World Cup Gold winning skeleton racer Kristan Bromley shares his thoughts on the UK's celebrity reality TV show.

Super Stud

Valentine's day isn't just a key date for humans to woo and impress potential partners. It's also a key time of year for Horses as the breeding season gets underway in the Northern Hemisphere.

A Marathon Legacy

We remember John Disley the co-founder of the London Marathon – a man whose work transformed Marathon running in the UK from a pastime for back-roads and country lanes to a shop-window for the nation’s capital. Disley and co-founder, Chris Brasher, created the modern Marathon experience with their model now copied the world over.

World’s Oldest Powerlifter

Svend Steengaard, the world’s oldest licensed powerlifter, is 93. Even a heart-attack didn’t end his 17 year career. We hear why it was so important he had to return to competition and why now, fit again, he feels as though a weight has been lifted.

Fitbit Baby

We speak to a proud father-to-be after his wife's fitness tracker gave the first indications of her pregnancy.

From Second Row to Centre Stage

After a year out injured Leeds' Jamie Jones Buchanan tells Sportshour how he’ll use his part in an upcoming play to help him when he makes his Rugby league return.

Sorry St. Louis - The Rams Are Heading For La!20160116

We’re in St. Louis as the city’s American football franchise packs up and moves to Los Angeles. We speak to one fan looking at making a 3000 mile round trip just to watch home games!

Real Life Action Man:

We hear from Tony Schiena the former undefeated karate world champion turned Hollywood action man who in his spare time fights for the rights of the victims of sex trafficking.

Baseball Pioneer:

We remember the life and career of baseball’s Monte Irvin who alongside Jackie Robinson changed the face of not only the sport, but American society. He passed away this week aged 96.

Basketball Inventor:

We delve into newly discovered archives to hear from the man who invented basketball over 100 years ago.

IAAF: The Future of Athletics:

After a week of revelations and soul searching we look at the state of athletics ahead of the Rio Games. We’ll hear from one athlete who is concerned she’ll be lining up against ‘dirty’ competitors at the Olympics in a few months’ time.

Sporting Witness

In the Alaskan wilderness a notoriously punishing 1,000 mile dog-sled, or mushing race called the Iditarod takes place. We hear from Libby Riddles, who in 1985 became the first woman to win it.

(Picture: A fan displays a sign in support of keeping the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. Credit: Getty Images)

Sport's Concussion Discussion20170923

We investigate the effects of concussion in sport. Is enough done to protect sport stars?

We investigate the effects of concussion in sport. What if anything needs to be done to improve the safety of the sport stars we cheer on every week. How do you help athletes who want to play on regardless of the risks, and what responsibility for player's health do we have as fans?

We are joined by neurologist Dr Margaret Goodman. For many years she was a ringside physician in the home of boxing Las Vegas. She also served on the Nevada State Athletic Commission and chairs VADA, The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. Shawne "lights Out" Merriman a former NFL star whose nickname comes from his propensity to knock other players out on the field. We'll also hear from former Rugby League player Rob Parker whose sporting injuries led to a painkiller addiction and Professor Tony Belli who is part of the team what introduced touchline concussion screening in rugby earlier this month.

Photo: Amir Khan stays down after a knockout from Canelo Alvarez (Credit: Getty Images)

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Sportshour At The Super Bowl Li20170204

A special show from Super Bowl LI in Houston

Photo: Players celebrate after winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy (Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Sportshour at the Super Bowl: Death in Minneapolis20180203

A special show from Minnesota, this year’s venue for the the Super Bowl.

We look back on an NFL season dominated by politics and protest, and ask if the player protests have failed and how significant the issue is that prompted Colin Kaepernick's campaign in the first place - police brutality, and why Minneapolis–Saint Paul was such an apposite location for this year's Super Bowl...

Killed on Facebook: Why I joined the police after my nephew was killed by an officer

As well as the home of this year’s Super Bowl, Minneapolis–Saint Paul was also the home of Philando Castile, whose death, at the hand of a police officer, was streamed on Facebook Live by his girlfriend, who was in the car along with her four-year-old child. We meet his mother Valerie, who tells us about that fateful day and her anger at what has happened since. We also speak to Clarence, Philando’s uncle, who despite everything, has recently joined the police force! He tells us why.

Kaepernick in the Community

Although he hasn’t played this season, Colin Kaepernick has been plenty busy. He has spent the year donating his time, energy and $1m of his own money to community charities. We visit one of them. The NYC Girls Club is a community-based project empowering girls and women to achieve their goals and to create the next generation of community-minded leaders. We hear from three teenage girls, who are regulars at the club, about the significance of Colin Kaepernick’s message, profile, and support.

Turning A New Page

Alan Page is a former Minnesotan Supreme Court Justice, activist, philanthropist - and he just happens to be one of the greatest American footballers to ever play the game. As a defensive tackle, he stood up to enormous physical pressure, while off the field he made a point of speaking his mind. He will be honoured on the field at Sunday's Super Bowl, and showed us around his new exhibition of artifacts from the Jim Crow era. He has some powerful advice to the modern-day athlete activist.

Have the Player Protest failed?

We hear from black conservative Shelby Steele on why he believes the protests have failed and how the players are misguided and wrong to do it in the first place.

The Cost of Speaking out

Colin Kaepernick is not the first player to claim to have had his career shortened because of a willingness to speak out on social issues. Chris Kluwe had a highly-successful career with the Minnesota Vikings, until he was released for what he claims were off-field reasons. In 2013, he strongly vocalised his support for same-sex marriage and in 2014 he says he was cut from the Vikings team because of it.

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Former boxing world champion Mark Prince steps back into the ring on Friday despite having initially retired in 1999. However he continues to fight in memory of his son, Kiyan Prince a former QPR youth team player, who was murdered outside his school in 2006. Mark has vowed to continue to fight both in the ring and knife crime outside it, but at 47 how long can he keep going?

Chinese Follow Wenger Way

As the Chinese President enjoys a visit to Manchester City’s training ground we join the first of 5000 trainee coaches who have been paid by the Chinese government to study football at 3 French Universities. One of which was the institution Arsene Wenger studied at.

Amazing Grace

One hundred years ago, on October 23rd 1915, WG Grace, one of the legends of cricket died aged 67. At the time of his death World War One was raging and despite a career facing up to fast bowling on dangerous wickets he is reported to have been terrified by the threat of German air raids in the area. But just how much of an impact did the bombs have on WG?

Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting

We go behind the scenes at the iconic Madison Square Gardens to find out what it’s like on fight night. The sights, sounds and smells of New York as it hosts, some say, the best pound for pound fighter currently fighting, Gennady Golovkin as he defends his world title.

Jumping German

One of the stars of the IPC World Championships is likely to be long jumper Markus Rehm. His season’s best would have been enough to have taken a medal in Beijing at the World athletics championships in August. So does his single leg prosthesis give him an advantage, or in fact hinder him?

Sporting Witness… goes back exactly 60 years to the first - and only - victory by the Brooklyn Dodgers in baseball’s World Series. The Dodgers were led by Jackie Robinson, the first black player to break the colour bar in the sport. Robinson overcame frequent racial abuse to become one of the greatest baseball players of all time. We hear from Robinson's son, David, and, veteran baseball journalist, Roger Kahn.

(Photo: Boxer Mark Prince. Credit: Mark Prince)

Still No Justice For Ebosse20150822

The killing of Cameroon footballer Albert Ebosse moments after a match he played in for his team in Algeria, shocked the world of football. Exactly a year on we ask why so many questions about his death have remained unanswered and why no one has been brought to justice. John Bennett has been speaking to Albert’s brother, as well as looking at the mounting evidence that counters the claims made by authorities in Algeria to what actually happened

Sub 2-hour marathon

The first medal awarded at the World Athletic Championships in Beijing on Saturday will be for the marathon. Whilst the focus on this occasion will be gold, regardless of the time, the discipline is dominated by a seemingly impossible goal of running a sub 2 hour marathon. So can it be done and if so when? We hear from the athlete, the scientist and the author of a new book "Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon"

Uganda: Needing A Sporting Chance

The power of sport and its ability to inspire and improve lives is no better evidenced than in Uganda. We look at how the national team’s recent success at the Netball World Cup compares with the initial decision by Canadian authorities to withhold visas from the country’s kayak team who had qualified for next week’s World Championships. We speak to the team coach moments after finding out a visa appeal has been successful!

Harnessing the Cricketing Passion

Cricket has played a huge part in the lives of many South Asian migrants, who first came to England in the 1960s. After settling in cities like Bradford in Northern England, many of them began to form their own leagues. One of the oldest and largest of these is the Quaid E Azam League in Bradford, which is named after the founder of Pakistan. It has now formed a strong link with Yorkshire County Cricket club, and hopes this will help it contribute more players to both the county side as well as the national team.

No More Kidding About

Anthony Ujah is a Nigerian international who plays at the highest level in Germany, but if you put the striker’s name into a search engine you won't be greeted by a goal, but by a goat! Late last season he celebrated scoring by pulling the horns of the billy goat mascot of his former club, FC Koln. Fans were furious. He’s been telling Sportshour's Steve Crossman about the events that led him on a public relations tour with the animal in question and how his new team’s mascot, Weder Breman’s dog is safe.

(Photo: Marie, the mother of late Cameroonian footballer Albert Ebosse, gestures during a ceremony on August 29, 2014 after the body of her son was repatriated. Credit: Pacome Pabandji/AFP/Getty Images)

Stolen Olympic Gold Found By Six-year-old Girl20160625

A stolen Olympic gold medal has been found by a six-year-old girl. Olympian Joe Jacobi had appealed to thieves who stole his 1992 Olympic gold medal to return it and set up a website He was contact through the site by the family of six-year-old girl Chloe Smith who had found the medal whilst out for a walk with her father. Jacobi was out enjoying a meal with his family when thieves broke into his car and stole his computer bag which also contained the gold medal. The American canoeist won the gold at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

From Brexit to Prexit?

What effect will Britain’s decision to leave the European Union have on sport, and in particular the English Premier League? We discuss the implications of Britain’s decision with Joe Hall sports business analyst at City A.M and Simon Chadwick, Professor of Sports Enterprise at Salford University.

UFC's New Champion:

MMA, for some the sport represents the pinnacle of disciplined and controlled aggression, for others it's a brutal free for all. What's not in doubt, is its continued growth in popularity around the world. The sport’s most profitable and well-known brand is the UFC. Its newest champion is Michael Bisping, who came to the Sportshour studio, bearing gifts!

Euro 2016

Caroline Barker heads into the troubled suburbs of Paris to see if the cohesion brought about by the French national team that won the World Cup in 1998 can be emulated again

Sporting Witness… At the 1976 Olympics, the Japanese gymnast Shun Fujimoto horrified the world by continuing to compete in the team event despite breaking his knee during the floor exercise. Determined not to let down his team-mates, Fujimoto braved almost unbearable pain to achieve good scores on the pommel horse and rings, and help Japan to gold.

(Photo: The gold medal Joe won at the 1992 Olympics. Credit: Joe Jacobi)

Super Bowl At 50: More Than Just A Game20160206

As the Super Bowl prepares for its 50th anniversary, we look at the historical and cultural significance of America's greatest game. Our backdrop is California, venue for some of the most significant moments in the game’s history. Our backing track is the US billboard number one on the day of the Super Bowl.

Back to the Start: 1967

January 1967, the LA Coliseum the venue of Super Bowl I in the company of Tom Brown part of the Green Bay Packers team that carried off that first title (and the second for that matter). Tom not only gives a brilliant account of the day itself, but recalls some amazing stories involving him and the legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi.

The Making of Sporting stars 1967 -1978

Starting with “Broadway? Joe Namath we look at some of the most significant names created by the Super Bowl and how they embodied an America divided by pre and post World War Two attitudes.

From a Game to an Event: 1979-1993

Jim Steeg, is known as Mr. Super Bowl - he is credited with making the Super Bowl what it is today. In charge of the game for the NFL from 1979 he tells us how he convinced Steve Jobs to spend money on the famous 1984 Super Bowl advert and in 1993 negotiated with Michael Jackson to elevate the half time show to the most watched moment of TV ever!

Breaking Barriers 1989-2016

We profile Doug Williams the first African-American quarterback to win Super Bowl XXII and how that victory helped to dispel racist attitudes that black players were “not suited to such positions on the field.? Will Carolina's Cam Newton become only the third African American quarterback to win the Super Bowl on Sunday, and does the criticism he receive have its basis in race?

Facebook and the Future: 2016

We visit Facebook HQ to find out how we will consume the Super Bowl in years to come. We speak to the team developing the latest systems that will be seen on a timeline near you in years to come, including virtual stadiums.

The Athlete Who Didn't Know Who She Was20160507

When you meet someone you've never met before, how do you introduce yourself? It's as if someone has asked you to sum up who you are in one sentence. For many athletes their identity is their sport

So what happens when your identity is taken from you? Claire Hanna - a member of the Canadian women's volleyball team - found out when she was told by her coach that her international career was over, and that she was no longer a volleyball player.

Through the Payne Barrier

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne about life on and off the track. One of 11 children, she lost her mother at a very young age. She has overcome many barriers in a male-dominated sport and her victory not only brought her to prominence, but made a star out of her brother Stevie Payne. He is a strapper, who helps look after Prince of Penzance, Stevie also has Down's Syndrome.

“Sport Will Beat the Killers?

There's just a month to go before the start of EURO 2016 in France. While players are winding up their club games - the police are already in action to ensure the event is safe for fans. We’ve been in Toulouse where French authorities staged a mock terrorist attack. We speak to Toulouse FC manager Pascal Dupraz.

Bowled Over:

The World Ten-Pin Bowling Champion, Britain’s Dom Barrett makes the case for the sports inclusion in the Olympics

Lyrical Leicester:

What better way to celebrate the remarkable story of Leicester City than by imagining the whole thing had been a fairy tale. We enlist the help of a poet and a fox to tell the tale.

Torch and Go:

Will the President of Brazil still be in office by the time the Olympic Games start in August? Whatever comes to pass for President Dima Rouseff, she put her political difficulties behind her and took the Olympic flame as it began its journey through more than three hundred towns and cities in Brazil ending in Rio. Sportshour was there to see it.

Sporting Witness… In 1980, the newly independent nation of Zimbabwe was invited to enter a women's hockey team at the Olympic Games in Moscow. Despite their unfamiliarity with the pitches - and each other - the players won an unexpected gold medal and were christened the Daughters of Zimbabwe by President Mugabe. Liz Chase was a member of that Zimbabwean team.

Photo: Claire Hanna reporting on a volleyball match after her retirement Credit Claire Hanna

The Brain Game20160130

Is the greatest danger to the future of some of the world’s most popular sports the potential for brain injury? We investigate if research can be trusted in light of the pressures doctors might feel under if findings adversely affect the standing of sport. Or is it simply enough for athletes to be aware of the risks posed before participating or should some sports be amended or even banned?

The real Blind Side

When Carolina Panther’s Michael Oher takes to the field for Super Bowl 50 next Sunday it’ll be the latest episode in his fairy tale career. His life has already been turned a Hollywood blockbuster “The Blind Side? It earned Sandra Bullock a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Oher’s adopted mother Leigh Anne Tuohy. We hear from the real Leigh Anne, her husband Sean, inspirational high school Coach Hugh Freeze and of course Oher himself…

Shoulda Put a Ring on It:

One of the quirks of American sport is that instead of being awarded medals for sporting achievement, winners are given Championship Rings. We speak to the jeweller who has made more than 30 of the 49 Super Bowl Championship rings to date. He reveals the astronomical cost of these bespoke handmade rings, how the designs have become more elaborate, and how their size has grown dramatically. The biggest is a size 25 made by William “The Refrigerator? Perry.


The X-Games is an annual event that attracts the very best in extreme sport. Competitors fly, flip and fling to the amazement of a huge worldwide audience. In a months’ time Oslo will play host to the event for the first time and the city is using it as a chance to improve the lives of youngsters in some of the poorest parts of the Norwegian capital as Simon Parker reports

Sporting Witness… heads back to the 1908 Olympic Marathon in London as Italian sweet-maker Dorando Pietri heads for victory and then… Collapses a few hundred yards from the line and being helped to the finish. Amid huge controversy, Pietri was disqualified but became an international celebrity thanks to newsreel footage of the race.

(Photo: Tom Queally with a facial injury at Yarmouth racecourse. Credit: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

The Cybathlon Is Coming!20161001

It sounds like science fiction, but the world's first bionic Olympics is being organised. It's called the Cybathalon and will be held in Switzerland.

We hear from some of the competitors taking part and to Professor Robert Riener from the University of Zurich, an expert in developing robot-aided rehabilitation and organiser of this unique competition

PHOTO: Claudia Mitchell the first woman to be equipped with a bionic arm. She can think to make it move. (CREDIT: Dayna Smith/Washington Post/Getty Images)

The Grand National: What Are The Odds?20160409

We are on the course at Aintree in Liverpool ahead of the world’s most famous horse race, The Grand National. We speak to the Leighton Aspel who is looking to become the first ever jockey to win the race three years in a row. He is riding last years winner Many Clouds, who is hoping to become the first horse since Red Rum to win the Grand National in consecutive years.

The Man Who Taught Tricks to Neymar

Andrew Henderson has not only got the skills to be a four time freestyle football world champion, he's even taught Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar a thing or two! For Andrew it's been a long road to freestyle fame, as a teenager he was told he might never walk again following a broken leg. We hear from Andrew and Liv Cooke, one of the leading female professionals, about a sport that is still developing.

Bikes, Bumps and Broken Bones

This weekend sees the start of the British Superbike Championships. These specially modified production motorbikes are loud, fast and dangerous. A new documentary charting the thrills and spills of the sport has just been released, we speak to director Mark Sloper and one of its stars, racer James Ellison.

Palios to Return to the FA?

Could Nicola Palios follow her husband by becoming the Chair of the English Football Association? We ask her about her ambitions and she tells us why it was probably a good thing that a man was elected in the recent FIFA presidential elections.

What are the Odds?!

We are on the famous Aintree course hearing from Leighton Aspell, the man who is aiming to become the first jockey to win the Grand National three times in a row. His ride, Many Clouds is looking to become the first horse since Red Rum to win consecutive Nationals.

Green Tee

The Masters are taking place in Augusta this weekend and one of golf's most prestigious tournaments comes with a rather unique prize... The converted green jacket! So what's it like to put on one of sport’s most famous pieces of apparel? South Africa's Trevor Immelman did just that in 2008 and reveals all.

Sporting Witness… heads back to the 1998, the Chess Olympiad, held at a new chess complex in a remote corner of southern Russia costing tens of millions of dollars. Chess City was the brainchild of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the controversial chess-obsessed president of the republic of Kalmykia, who is also president of FIDE, the International Chess Federation. The British grandmaster, Nigel Short, played at the tournament.

Photo: A bookmaker takes bets on the Grand National at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, England. Credit: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Land That Banned Football20170325

When Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab were in power in Somalia they banned football. In 2014 US director JR Biersmith started filming ‘Men in the Arena' which documents this football-mad nation on its long road back to normality on and off the pitch. It is finally released next month. The story is told through the eyes of two its players Sa'ad Hussein and Saadiq Mohammed.

The first Saudi woman to climb Everest:

Raha Moharrak comes from a traditional Saudi family and the ultra-conservative kingdom forbids women to take part in many activities. She tells us about the chance encounter that eventually led her to become the first Saudi woman to conquer Mount Everest. It pushed the boundaries of what her family, and more broadly the entire nation thought was acceptable and possible for women to do.

Sophie’s story:

We hear from Sophie Cook, official photographer of Premier League Bournemouth and the most prominent transgender woman in football

Photo: The poster for the film "Men in the Arena" Credit

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We're in Rwanda as the country prepares to open it's first cricket stadium

The Lords of East Africa

Newsland in Cape Town, New Road in Worcester, the Queenstown Event centre in New Zealand, three of the prettiest grounds to watch or play cricket but there is a new stadium that could usurp their crown. The Kicukiro Oval in Kigali, maybe one of the newest grounds in world cricket but it’s already one of the grounds with spectacular scenery in sport. History will be made this weekend, when it will host the first competitive game. Rwanda will be taking on an All Star XI including the likes of Michael Vaughan, Brain Lara, Herschelle Gibbs and Sam Billings. Eric Dusingizimana will be leading out Rwanda and he thinks his team will give the All-stars a run for their money. Eric explains in detail how cricket has helped his country heal and move on from the genocide in the 1990's. While Sam says he’s nervous ahead of his knock on the new wicket.

Rock bottom but on the up: the WWE and film star who saved a World Cup dream

Convicted for assault, multiple knee injuries and sleeping in his car outside the training ground. Junior Vaivai has had an eventful career so far but the American Samoan is about to play in his first Rugby League World Cup. The 27 year old was about to give up his playing career but a thanksgiving trip and a conversation with a family member changed his life. Junior’s cousin is WWE wrestler and highest paid actor in the world, Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson. Dwayne convinced Junior to stick with the sport and his advice paid off, as Junior will line up the Eagles against Fiji on Saturday.

A Cookie Monster and a bar of soap tattoo

If you’re planning to attend any cycling race in the United States, then you’ll probably come across Phil Gaimon. The ex-professional cyclist has swapped his bike for his a cookie monster hat and offers riders only the best cookies on their ascent. Phil retired in 2014 and by his own admission, wasn't one of the most talented riders in the peloton but what he is proud of is that he did so clean. He even had a bar of soap tattooed on his arm to prove a point. He says doping will continue in the sport. He says cheats shouldn't be invited to take part in any cycling event again.

Anyone but England?

Anyone but England. A phrase commonly used in bars and clubs across Wales, Scotland and Ireland (maybe the whole world, you never know), when England takes to field or court in any sport. Well, the England Under 17 football team are into the World Cup final against Spain. The match will be taking place in Kolkata. What do the locals think of the team and has this cricket mad nation finally embraced football?

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The Nfl Dream That Turned To A Nightmare20170429

Ryan Leaf struggled with addiction, after leaving the NFL.

The Olympic Nightmare20151212

The death of the 10 year old Eduardo de Jesus is being seen as a watershed moment in the way Rio’s favelas are policed after an officer was charged in connection with his death. Alex Capstick has been speaking to Eduardo’s mother Terezinha Maria de Jesus about this recent development. With Rio 2016 just months away, she says the methods used by police to clean up favelas is coming at too high a price.

Baseball’s Barry Bonds on a Bike

Baseball's all-time home run scorer Barry Bonds is a controversial name in the sport. He was once convicted of perjury - based on testimony he gave during the investigation into BALCO performance enhancing drugs scandal. Earlier this year, the one remaining charge against him was dropped on appeal. This week Bonds was given a coaching job at Miami Marlins, but he isn't just a one sport man. In his time away from baseball he invested in the Twenty16 Women's cycling team. We speak to the former world champion Mari Holden who is the team's sports director and Bond's partner

Fury Furore

The BBC’s decision to include Tyson Fury in the SPOTY short list has caused no small amount of controversy considering some of the views the new Heavyweight Champion of the World exposes. So how do we balance the desire to find out as much as possible about our sport stars and encourage them to be personalities off the field of play but still allow them to express their views even when they might offensive.

Scandinavian Sevens

With rugby sevens making its debut as an Olympic discipline in Rio we hear from one of the world’s most unlikely rugby nations as they target future Olympic glory, Norway.

Radio Rules

We all know it but just to enforce the point we speak to Adam Caroll-Smith author of “The Pictures are Better on the Radio: A Fan's Love Affair with Sport on the Wireless? mainly because he’s completely right ;)

Sporting Witness… Bids farewell to East German Football. In 1990, the East German football team played their last ever match on the same day that the country was formally dissolved. Only 14 players turned up for the international against Belgium in Brussels, but the team went out on a high with a two-nil victory. Uwe Rösler played in that game as football behind the Iron Curtain ended

Photo: Mothers Ana Paula de Oliveira and Terezinha Maria de Jesus wearing t-shirts with images of their sons, both shot dead by police in Rio Credit: Marie-Anne Photography

'the Olympics Needs Golf More Than Golf Need The Olympics'20160702

Following the withdrawal of several golfers from this year’s Olympic competition, including the world number one Jason Day, we ask if golf should be an Olympic discipline at all. Former pro Dottie Pepper tells us that it shouldn’t and that “the Olympics needs golf more than golf need the Olympics?, all of which is likely to annoy the chairman of the Professional Squash Association Ziad Al-Turki, who joins us too.

Formula One: The Archduke of the Austrian Grand Prix

When Austria played Hungary at Euro 2016 we spoke to Ferdinand Habsburg, who just happens to not only be the Archduke of Austria but also the Crown Prince of Hungary. But Ferdinand's real passion is motor sport, and at 19 years of age he's already competing in Formula 2.0. So with the Austria Grand Prix on Sunday - we've brought the Archduke of Austria, or Ferdinand as he lets me call him - back to the studio.

Pat Summit: The Life and Legacy of a Legend

Legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt died this week at the age of 64, five years after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Pat won two Olympic medals, silver as a player in 1976, and gold as a coach at the 1984 games in Los Angeles. Off the court she had a profound impact on empowering women in sport, culminating in being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Under her guidance the University of Tennessee recorded over a thousand victories, the most in college basketball history, for any coach - man or woman. Olympic gold medallist Kara Lawson played under Summitt at Tennessee and is chair of the Pat Summitt Foundation.


In the lead up to the Olympic Games we're bringing you the stories of six women from around the world and how they came to excel at their sport. All the obstacles, failures and triumphs along the way. In the second of our series, we hear from Dipa Karmakar, a gymnast from India. When Dipa first competed, she had to borrow an oversized, ill-fitting costume. Her sport has little financial backing in India, and so her bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games is even more remarkable.

E-games in Rio:

From a sport like golf with a seemingly lukewarm attitude to the Games, to one that's so determined to establish its Olympic credentials, it's organising its own competition in Rio in August! That sport is 'eGames' and comprises the very best video-game players from around the world. Sportshour's Austin Halewood looks at this new tournament which will offer medals and national pride rather than cash prizes for the winners.

Sporting Witness… In 1975, Arthur Ashe beat the world number one Jimmy Connors to become the first African-American to win Wimbledon. Ashe's friend and agent, Donald Dell, recalls that memorable match - and about what else Ashe might have achieved if he had not died young.

Photo: View of the golf course for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Credit: Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

The Peace Marathon20171111

May El Khalil woke from a coma with one goal, to create the Beirut Marathon.

May El Khalil was running on the side of road, when she was knocked over and crushed by a truck. The accident caused her to slip into a coma. Once she woke, she lay in a hospital bed for two years and she devised a plan. She wanted to start a marathon in Beirut, Lebanon. The Middle Eastern country had never hosted an event like it due political and social unrest but May, despite the protests, was determined to get her idea over the line. After having 36 surgeries to make her walk again, she travelled the length of the country to promote the event. Since 2003, the event has been used to promote peace in a very unstable country.

Rugby's Ironman
Fiji is one of the most physical rugby union teams in the whole world. But there will be one Italian who will be looking forward to lining up against the Fijians. Ian Mckinley could earn his first international cap, if he comes off the bench for the Azzurri. No professional wants to start as a substitute but for Ian it is an opportunity of a life time. Ian was blinded in one eye, after a stray boot caught him in the face. He now has to wear goggles, when he plays. Ian says he is looking forward to pulling on the blue shirt.

Franchise Fraternisation
Every summer and winter, the eyes of the football world turn to the transfer window, where players and occasionally coaches move between teams. There is one transfer in US sport that involves players, coaches, the fans and maybe even the cleaning staff. That is the transfer of a team to a new city. Recently, two NFL teams have moved to Los Angeles and the Oakland Raiders are set to move to Las Vegas. Will the constant movement of teams undermine the popularity of US leagues? We spoke to Raiders fan Ray Perez, Dave Cooley who helped move an NFL team to Tennessee and leading sports economist Rod Fort about the relocation.

Total Wipeout
Andrew Cotton broke his back, after being crushed by a 60ft wave, while surfing in Portugal. We spoke to Andrew from his hospital bed. The Brit says he hopes to return to the waves soon for the summers surf and isn’t concerned that his total wipeout will hinder the possibility of getting new sponsors.

Life is Full of Ups and Downs
South Africa's top trampoline star Bianca Zoonekynd was left homeless after her family residence in Port Elizabeth was burnt to the ground. Then, earlier this year, she was left with life-threatening injuries following a serious car crash. But Bianca, who is coached by her mum Mandy, is going for gold at the World Championships in Bulgaria this weekend, and she even has hopes of competing at the Tokyo Olympics in three years' time.

2 years in hospital, 36 surgeries and a marathon founder
May El Khalil was running on the side of road, when she was knocked over and crushed by a truck. The accident caused her to slip into a coma. Once she woke, she lay in a hospital bed for two years and she devised a plan. She wanted to start a marathon in Beirut, Lebanon. The Middle Eastern country had never hosted an event like it due political and social unrest but May despite the protests was determined to get her idea over the line. After having 36 surgeries to make her walk again, she travelled the length of the country to promote the event. Since 2003, the event has been used to promote peace in a very unstable country.

Rugby's Ironman
Fiji is one of the most physical rugby union teams in the whole world. But there will be one Italian who will be looking forward to lining up against the Fijians. Ian Mckinley could earn his first international cap, if he comes off the bench for the Azzurri. No professional wants to start as a substitute but for Ian it’s an opportunity of a life time. Ian was blinded in one eye, after a stray boot caught him in the face. He now has to wear goggles, when he plays. Ian says he’s looking forward to pulling on the blue shirt.

Franchise fraternization
Every summer and winter, the eyes of the football world turn to the transfer window, where players and occasionally coaches move between teams. There is one transfer in US sport that involves players, coaches, the fans and maybe even the cleaning staff. That is the transfer of a team to a new city. Recently, two NFL teams have moved to Los Angeles and the Oakland Raiders are set to move to Las Vegas. Will the constant movement of teams undermine the popularity of US leagues? We’ve spoken to Raiders fan Ray Perez, Dave Cooley who helped move an NFL team to Tennessee and leading sports economist Rod Fort about the relocation.

Total Wipeout
Andrew Cotton broke his back, after being crushed by a 60ft wave, while surfing in Portugal. We’ve spoken to Andrew from his hospital bed. The Brit says he hopes to return to the waves soon for the summers surf and isn’t concerned that his total wipeout will hinder the possibility of getting new sponsors.

Life is full of ups and downs
South Africa's top trampoline star Bianca Zoonekynd was left homeless after her family residence in Port Elizabeth was burnt to the ground. Then, earlier this year, she was left with life-threatening injuries following a serious car crash. But Bianca, who is coached by her mum Mandy, is going for gold at the World Championships in Bulgaria this weekend, and she even has hopes of competing at the Tokyo Olympics in three years' time.

The Rally Princess Of Sweden20160924

Anne Seel made motor-racing history last year when she became the only Swede to ride both a motorcycle and a car in the Dakar Rally. Very few women take part in the Dakar Rally in South America and Seel wants to encourage more women to get involved and has set up a women's only rally course just outside of Stockholm.

Game of Thrones:

We visit the once run down seaside resort of Portrush where thanks to the unusual combination of Game of Thrones and the game of golf, the town has been rejuvenated..

Ballet Football

West Ham take on Southampton on Sunday. It's not however West Ham's only fixture of the weekend. On Saturday night and in cooperation with the Sadler's Wells theatre company, there's a community dance production inspired by football. 'Home Turf' features 93 performers aged between 6 and their late 80's including community dancers and football fans!


Following on from a report released this week about homophobic abuse by football fans we investigate what it’s like to be an LGBT football fan and how significant football is in sending a message of equality around the world

(Photo; Annie Seel with her rally car, Credit; Nathalie Rothschild)

The Rugby World Cap20151031

As the Rugby World comes to an end, we look at the high-profile injuries in the tournament and whether it’s time for all players wear scrum caps. We have been to the British Standard Institution’s testing facility to see what difference they can make.

The Best of Enemies

So who will come out on top in the battle of the Antipodeans? We look at what binds and divides these two nations with Australian comedian Marty Wilson and New Zealand funnyman Jarred Christmas.

The Big Sleep

Why tossing and turning the night before the World Cup final might actually improve the performance of any Australian or All Black insomniac players.

Scary Sport

On Halloween, we hear some of the remarkable ghost stories that make baseball the scariest sport around. From A-rod to Babe Ruth, “Field of Screams? documents more than 140 separate supernatural baseball stories. We hear from the author Mickey Bradley.

Walking Back from the Dead

Six time Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken was told 18 months ago she would never walk again after a quad bike accident left her paralysed just below the waist. She was even told to say goodbye to her loved ones. Amy, though, used her fighting spirit to pull through and make remarkable progress in her rehabilitation. She even intends to walk again.

Brannigan’s New Law

Curbing the desire to run as fast as you can from the gun is something every athlete has to control. Michael Brannigan’s autism makes that an extremely difficult challenge. It has not stopped him from winning gold in the 1500m at the IPC World championships this week. Now former 1500m Olympic champion Joaquin Cruz is tipping him for Paralympic and Olympic glory.

Sporting Witness… After a series of painful defeats to France, New Zealand finally came good in the Rugby World Cup of 2011, defeating the French by a single point in front of an unbearably tense home Auckland crowd. Former lock Ali Williams tells us about how the All Blacks stopped choking in the big match.

Photo: A generic scrum cap is left on the pitch during a match (CREDIT: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

The Teenage Gymnast Competing With Cancer20170513

Evan Van Aacken is receiving chemotherapy, whilst performing in major tournaments.

The Transgender Man Who Changed The Olympics20160723

Duathlete Chris Mosier is not only the first transman to make a men's US National Team; he also successfully campaigned for the International Olympic Committee to change their policy on transgender athletes. The rule changes brought in this year now mean athletes like Chris can represent their country at the Olympic Games.

Pakistani Pain:

A population of nearly 200,000,000 and not one has automatically qualified for any of the twenty eight disciplines at the Rio Olympics! Not even the hockey team who have won 8 of the 10 medals in the country's Olympic history, have qualified this time around. Instead, Pakistan will send 7 athletes in 4 sports all of whom have been invited to take part, wild card entries if you like. So why is Pakistani Olympic sport in such a terrible state? Manzoor ul Hassan gives us his thoughts. He won Olympic hockey bronze for Pakistan in 1976 and coached the team at the ’88 Games.

Olympic Winners:

Aya Medany, a modern pentathlete from Egypt is the latest in our series looking at six women from around the world tell the stories of how they came to excel at their sport - the obstacles, failures and triumphs along the way. Ever since the Swimming Federation banned full bodysuits, Aya has wrestled with balancing the needs of her sport and the requirements of her Muslim faith. In a country that regards sport as a distraction for women, Aya campaigns and encourages more Muslim girls into sport.

Pokemon Go!

With Pokemon Go sweeping the world we are at the home of one of the most famous names in baseball, the Durham Bulls (made famous by the Hollywood film Bull Durham with Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon) to hear about how the team are letting Pokemon players enter the field of play all in aid of charity.

Sporting Witness… It’s 40 years since one of the most famous crashes in the history of Formula 1 – the day Niki Lauda crashed into an embankment at the notoriously dangerous Nurburgring circuit in Germany. As flames engulfed his car, Lauda had to be rescued by his fellow drivers, but somehow survived despite being given the last rites in hospital. We hear from former Formula 1 driver, Brett Lunger, who helped pull Lauda from the wreckage.

Photo: Chris Mosier Credit:Phil Lee

The Worldwide Webb-ellis20150919

A mix of some of the Rugby World Cup's biggest characters, important issues and global stories.

We’re with the Japanese team as they acclimatise to new surroundings with the help of some food, especially shipped in from home.

We join the Italian squad as they test out some of the state-of-the-art technology that allows players to recover quicker.

Plus we delve in to the history of the sport and the cultural differences between rugby and other popular sports.

Iranian Pioneer

Football in Iran is hugely popular, and since the sports governing body FIFA changed it's rules on the wearing of headscarfs whilst playing, more and more women are being attracted to take up the game. The growth of the sport is all the more notable because the Islamic republic bans women from attending men's matches. Katayoun Khosrowyar now a veteran of the Iranian national women's squad was part of the very first team to represent the country. She tells us about being a pioneer of the sport.

Tri- A little Harder

Although the Olympic discipline of triathlon has grown in popularity, it still suffers with an image issue. It's accused of being the preserve of the wealthy and competition only really exists in western countries. So how can the sport shed this perception and increase world participation?

Banking to Biking

The US state of Virginia where local highways and side streets will, for a week, become a race course as both the men's and women's cycling World Road Championships are contested. We hear from one of the main contenders who swapped a career in banking for a bike.

Sporting Witness… looks back to the Romanian Revolution of 1989 which had a big impact on the nation’s rugby fortunes.

PHOTO: Official balls of the 2015 Rugby World Cup (CREDIT: LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

The X Factor For Sprinters20151205

From the X Factor to the 'Got Talent' and 'Idol' formats we all love a good reality show. But, in Nigeria, they're using the same idea to find future World and Olympic champions. The TV show 'Top Sprinter Genesis' is focussed on young athletes. The first few episodes have already been shown, with the series due to finish it's run next year. The show's creator, Bambo Akani, and former Olympic medallist turned judge Deji Aliu believe they can restore Nigeria to sprinting greatness by finding and supporting the country's young talent.

Awaken the Force – How to fight like a Jedi

Did you know that Lightsabers are real? The blade isn't made out of light, but for the last nine years people around the world have been holding Lightsaber combat events and crowning champions. It's called Ludosport. Sportshour couldn't find a Jedi to be our guide on this one, but we think we've got the next best thing.

The Indian goal-keeper hoping someone saves her career

Aditi Chauhan plays for West Ham Ladies and is India’s national team ‘keeper. But now she’s no longer in England on a student visa, her stay in the country could be ending. West Ham Ladies are a semi-professional team, and therefore can’t sponsor her to remain in the UK. To be an ambassador for the game’s growth back home, she knows she needs to keep playing in English football.

Scream for Bibian

Paralympic snowboard gold medallist Bibian Mentel-Spee is a cancer survivor who knows others aren’t so fortunate. If you’ve had lung cancer in the Netherlands, you’re not eligible for a transplant operation. Frustrated, she came up with ‘Scream for Bibian’ to raise awareness.

From Leicester to Hollywood

Football films aren’t usually very good, but Jamie Vardy’s story could be the one to change all that. Screen-writer and Producer, Adrian Buchart, won plaudits for his work on the 'Goal!' films. Now, Adrian tells Sportshour he's found the perfect subject matter for his next project.

35 years of hurt, never stopped us dreaming

India as a nation has only ever won nine Olympic golds - eight have been in men’s hockey, the last of them in 1980. David McDaid reports from the World League Final in Raipur on the Dutch coach the host nation is hoping can revive their national game.

(Image Credit: 'Making of Champions' Top Sprinter Genesis logo)

Time For A Mrs Rooney Rule?20131116

American football has a 'Rooney Rule' requiring teams to interview minority candidates for senior jobs, so is it time for a 'Mrs Rooney Rule' to help women attain more balance in positions of influence in sport? We speak to those women who have made it to the top and the young women aiming to emulate them.

Human Zoos: A Legacy in French football

Former French Footballer Lillian Thuram and Professor Pierre Lanfranchi talk about the legacy of 'Human Zoos' the last of which shut only 60 years ago and its impact on football. Plus, who to cheer? What does it says about French identity that regardless of whether France qualify for next year’s World Cup there will still be around 30 Frenchmen competing in the tournament for various other nations.

From Little Master to Grandmaster

Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement is not the only big sporting event in India this week. We hear about Norway’s Magnus Carlsen as he takes on reigning champion and home favourite Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship Match. International master Lawrence Trent and Tania Sachdev who commentate on the live coverage tells us how chess fever has gripped the nation.

Sochi Stay Away

After it was revealed that ticket sales for the Winter Paralympics are slow, could it be that Sochi and in particular the accommodation in the host city is not accessible for the disabled? Maria Gendeleva from Russian disability group Perspektiv tells us of the difficulty of getting to and staying in Sochi.

What a Picture

We follow photographer Stuart Roy Castle as he takes us around various football stadia snapping not the game, but the spectators.

From Our Own Sports Correspondent

Twenty-four years to the day the BBC’s Mike Costello recounts being in Karachi to see Sachin Tendulkar make his debut in test cricket.

Trump V The Nfl: A Pyrrhic Victory20170121

As Donald Trump takes charge of the world's most powerful nation we head back to the early 1980s when his goals were slightly more modest.

One of his ambitions was to own a sport franchise and he converted an NFL team. Unable to make this happen he purchased the New Jersey Generals American football team of the newly formed USFL. Within two years the league had collapsed and many blame Trump for its demise.

We hear from some of those involved with the USFL and the team including Trump’s right hand man at the Generals, Jimmy Gould.

(Photo: Donald Trump (R) at a press conference for the New Jersey Generals of the USFL: Credit: AP)

Twitter, Toure And Tackling Racism20141108

Yaya Toure’s return to Twitter this week was met by some with a torrent of racial abuse. He says if he played rugby or tennis he would not get anywhere near the same level of abuse. So is this a specific football problem and if so is enough being done to stop it?

Builder by Day, FA Cup Player by Night!

We continue our FA Cup journey by spending a day in the life of Warrington Town’s Craig Robinson - mild-mannered plasterer by day, fearsome central defender by night! Can he and his amateur team make it through to the next round of the FA Cup, where his brother Carl, manager of League 1 MK Dons, could await!

No Guts, No Glory, No Heart

We join the cast of a play that challenges the perceptions of Muslim women through sport. 'No Guts, No Glory, No Heart' is based on interviews with Muslim female boxers. It has been touring boxing gyms around the UK since the summer and is performed by five 16-23 year olds.

School of Hard Knox

In 1969 Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was the first person to sail round the world on his own without stopping. Now aged 75 he is still at it. He is currently taking part in one of the world’s fastest and toughest single-handed yacht races. We met him on board Grey Power - his appropriately named boat.

World Cup When?

It has caused controversy ever since Sepp Blatter made the announcement that the 2022 World cup would be played in Qatar. Four years on and no-one knows exactly when in 2022 the competition will take place. We review the latest twists and turns and ask where this leaves the World Cup and potential knock on effects for the Winter Olympics.


As rugby Autumn Internationals begin we look at the worrying growth of players failing drug tests. Those caught range from professional players to school boys. So what can the authorities do to stop the growing threat of steroids?

Sporting Witness

To mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we tell the story of the acclaimed East German cyclist Dieter Widermann who defected to compete in the Tour de France.

(Photo: Yaya Toure (centre) of Ivory Coast celebrates scoring a goal with Didier Drogba (left) and Max Gradel (right) during the 2013 African Cup of Nations Credit: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Ultimate Fighting Championship: Unfit For Children?20151003

Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Soa Palelei has been asked not to attend a charity event at a children’s hospital in Perth, Australia. Although the sport of Mixed Martial Art is not banned in Western Australia, UFC is, because of the use of a cage in bouts. As such Palelei’s attendance was not seen as having a suitable influence on the children. We hear from the fighter and explore if cage fighting should be banned.

From Wickets and Wides to Tackles and Tries

Meet Rudie van Vuuren, the only man to play in a Cricket and Rugby World Cup. That was in 2003, when he turned out for Namibia in both tournaments. There were highs and lows. On the cricket field, he took the scalp of Sachin Tendulkar but got hit for 28 in one over by Darren Lehman. On the rugby pitch, he was sitting on the bench injured as Namibia were crushed 142-0 by Australia in a group game.

What Links Cricket and Tennis to the Humble Egg?

It is the last part of our series looking at the language of sport. Amongst other things we find out what links tennis and cricket to the humble egg, and why a birdie is called a birdie. Simon Horobin professor of English at Oxford University reveals all.

Treve's Triple Triomphe Attempt

Sunday sees the richest horse race in Europe, the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe. We hear about Treve the record attempting horse that is not only inspiring music to be written, but confirming a place in history for pioneering female trainer Criquette Head-Maarek. She tells us about overcoming barriers, beating cancer and loving the song dedicated to her horse.

Neil Back’s Rugby Premonition

Ahead of England’s crunch match with Australia we hear from former England World Cup winner Neil Back, who reveals how he knew from a very early age he was going to play for England (and drive a Porsche!)

Indian Rugby

Winning the Rugby World Cup is a not something India are likely to achieve in the foreseeable future, but it has strong links to the game. The Calcutta Cup for a start. So can the country one day take on the powerhouses of the game?

Sporting Witness

In 2005, the Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba, made a dramatic plea for an end to the Civil War in his home country of Ivory Coast. Led by Drogba, the Ivorian national team went on to play their matches on both sides of the front line, in an attempt to help unify the country. Midfielder Gilles Yapi-Yapo explains all.

(Photo: Soa Palelei of Australia celebrates victory after his UFC Brisbane. Credit: Getty Images)

Unafraid To Speak Out20161210

DeAndre Levy is a star of the Detroit Lion's American football team, but it is not just on the field that he excels. Never afraid to speak out, he has dedicated to educating and changing the 'macho culture' that exists in American football and wider society. DeAndre has joined the effort of other organisations and individuals across the city of Detroit to test more than 11,000 neglected rape kits and investigate and prosecute the resulting cases as part of the Enough Said programme. The BBC's Joel Hammer has been to Detroit to meet DeAndre and Peg Tallet of the Michigan Women's Foundation and

Post Surrealist Cech and his Mate:

What is the relationship like between goalkeepers and their goal? Arsenal’s Petr Cech and Chelsea’s Asmir Begovic discuss this abstract concept, and it turns out it is a love-hate relationship! It follows Gianluigi Buffon who earlier this year penned a heartfelt open letter to the goal that he defends.

Sporting Witness

Fifty years on from an historic basketball match in the United States between an all-white team from the University of Kentucky and an all-back team from Texas Western College. The teams went head-to-head for the NCAA national championship – one of the most prestigious prizes in American sport. Kentucky were the overwhelming favourites but the black players from Texas Western pulled off a surprise win despite enduring racial insults on the court. Their victory also dispelled the general view among basketball experts that black players were too ill-disciplined to play their sport tactically.

(Photo: DeAndre in action for the Detroit Lions Credit: Getty Images)

Wembley's Way20151121

Caroline Barker was at Wembley as France and England met just a few days after the devastating terrorist attacks in Paris, included one attack at a football match involving the French national team. We look at the significance of a night full of emotion and the implications of hosting Euro 2016.

The First Family of African Football

We meet the man who gave his name to the Kaizer Chiefs, Kaizer Motaung. He and the rest of his family, son Kaizer jr, daughters Jennifer and Kemiso, sit down for an interview as a family for the first time.

NBA Pioneer

We hear from Bonnie-Jill Laflin who became the NBA’s first female scout. As well as telling us about the barriers she’s had to overcome we also hear about how working with the LA Lakers brings her in contact with some of the biggest names in the sport.

Chipper Clipper

We take part in one of the training sessions for Sailing’s Clipper Round the World Races as our reporter Simon Parker prepares to hit the high seas!

Lady? Yes, she can!

We meet the only female cannonball artist in North America

Sporting Witness…

Following the death of Jonah Lomu, sporting witness brings you an extended interview which the All Blacks legend from 2004. Where he discusses his health problems frankly for the first time.

What's In A Name?20130615

Senators from US Congress recently sent a letter to the owners of the Washington Redskins appealing to them to change the name of their team. The reply. NEVER! We discuss the issue with Redskins fans and Stephanie Fryberg assistant professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona

Dream Mile

Ayanleh Souleiman won the Dream Mile in Bislett on Thursday but he’d have done well to make it as dramatic as the events of 1955 in the same stadium, at the same meet in Oslo. On that evening Dane Gunnar Nielsen and the Hungarian Laszlo Tabori dead heated and in a World Record time! Laszlo takes us through that amazing race and his career, from just missing out on being the first man under 4 minutes for the mile to the Hungarian uprising that effected his Olympic chances in Melbourne. 88 and in LA he’s a blast!

What goes on Tour…

From David Warner face punching, to dwarf tossing. What is it about being on tour that can bring out the worst in a team? Mark Beauchamp, Associate Professor at the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia is an expert in sport team dynamics and knows a bad tour from a good one

Ouimet 100 years ago

This year marks the centenary of Frances Ouimet's victory in the US Open golf, becoming the amateur to win the competition. So famous was he that he was honoured with a special edition US stamp with his face on it, and Disney made a film about him and his 10 year old caddie’s 1913 success called “The Greatest Game Ever Played? We speak to script writer Mark Frost (he of Twin Peaks fame) AND... Sportshour has tracked down Frank's 92 year old daughter Barbara in Cape Cod.

Return of the Tax…

Starbucks, Google and now Lionel Messi… Regardless of the result of any investigation that may or may not occur, how damaging could this be for the world’s greatest footballer? Rod Kohler Managing Director of PR Revolution Sports discusses how to handle a PR crisis in the sporting world

Is it time to change the name of the American Football's Washington Redskins?

When The European Cup Was Stolen20140524

How the European Cup was Stolen

European club football’s most prized asset will find its home for the next year in Madrid as this year’s final is held between city rivals Real and Atletico. So Madrid will be a party city, but a word of warning to the winning team's players: make sure you look after the trophy... Because the strangest thing can happen during post-match festivities, as Colin Gibson part of the Aston Villa squad of 1982 and the policeman who eventually recovered the trophy testifies. It’s the story of how the European Cup was stolen from a pub!


Lewis Hamilton has topped a list of the world’s most marketable sports person of 2014. We look at the newly published SportsPro magazine list with editor David Cushnan and speak to a new entrant on the list, British athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson (28th) and her agent Jonathan Marks.

The Peerless Perales

While Madrid waits to see who will be football heroes on Saturday, Steve Crossman has been speaking to a well-established Spanish sporting legend Teresa Perales. Despite only learning to swim aged 19, the Paralympian has as many Paralympic medals as Michael Phelps does Olympic ones.

Hypocritical Oath?

This week eight former American football players started legal action against the NFL, the league's the governing body, over medications they say were obtained illegally and given as painkillers to numb injuries without regard for future health concerns. We hear from a former Premier League physiotherapist who has experienced the pressure from players and managers to “get a player fit?

Belize Release Me, Let me Go

Commonwealth Games contender Kent Gabourel is a former professional soccer player turned triathlete who is using sport to try and move local teenagers away from crime. Gang membership is viewed by some in his native Belize as the route to an easy life.

Pen and Teller

Britain’s Olympic Modern Pentathlon silver medallist Heather Fell tells us about her new sporting challenge… no running, swimming, horse riding or shooting.. Just her, the open seas, and the latest leg of the Round the World Yacht race.

Binding the Balkans

In the first of our series looking at the political impact of the World Cup, Mani Djazmi focuses on the only team making its debut in the tournament: Bosnia. At the same time neighbours Serbia are not going to Brazil. Hear from Bosnia captain Emir Spahic and from Serbia academic Dejon Zac.

Sporting Witness… In May 1964, at least 300 football fans died in rioting in Lima after a goal was disallowed in a match between Peru and Argentina. It's thought to be the worst stadium disaster in football history, but has never been properly investigated. We hear from the Peruvian captain and a survivor of the riots.

Picture: European Champions' League Trophy, Credit: Fabrice Coffrin/EuroFootball/Getty Images

Where Should Sport End And Politics Begin?20140802

England cricketer Moeen Ali and Malaysian Commonwealth Games cyclist Azizulhasni Awang displayed messages relating to the conflict in Gaza, both were instructed by sporting authorities not to do so again. Also this week the Argentine Football Association was fined after the national team displayed a banner before a match that supported the country's claims over the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, which are a British Overseas Territory. So should sport stars be allowed to express their political views whilst competing? We debate the issue with former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne and Milorad Cavic who in 2008 won gold at the European swimming championships but after wearing a T-shirt with a political message at the medal ceremony, was asked to leave the competition immediately.

Rosi Sexton

After Rosi Sexton gained her first class degree in Maths from Cambridge University and PhD in Theoretical Computer Science, she embarked on a ground breaking career in Mixed Martial Arts. Recently retired she tells us about why she took up the sport, the barriers she broke as the first Briton to fight in the UFC, and the importance of teaching her son the difference between violence and controlled aggression in the ring.

Mongol Derby

Next week the sixth running of the Mongol Derby gets underway. It’s billed as the world's toughest horse race. The horses are semi wild and cross 1000km of Mongolian grassland, with competitors having to change to new steeds at regularly intervals. Musse Hasselvall, a Swedish jujitsu champion turned actor, tells us about why he’s taking part and why he’s not preparing too much. He tells us “You don’t want to spoil the movie by watching the trailer!?

Women’s Tour De France?

World Champion Marianne Vos looks back on last weekend’s “La Course? event that saw women race competitively down the Champs Elysees for the first time in 25 years. She shares her vision for the future of the sport.

Commonwealth Games

The story of South African Precious McKenzie whose dad was eaten by a crocodile, his mother was an alcoholic and he overcame terrible abuse as a child to win Commonwealth gold in four consecutive games for England and then New Zealand!

How the charity “Kit It Out? has continued its work from London 2012. It is now enabling even more para athletes from poorer nations to have the equipment and clothing needed to compete.

Why boxer Taoriba Biniati from the tiny Pacific island of Kiribati had never fought another woman before stepping in the ring in Glasgow.

Whilst Sporting Witness… looks back to 1958 and Milkha Singh who became the first Indian ever to win a track and field gold at the Commonwealth Games. Known as “The Flying Sikh", his life story was recently made into a Bollywood biopic.

Photo: Argentina's footballers pose for photographers holding a banner reading 'The Malvinas / Falkland Islands are Argentine' before a friendly football match against Slovenia in Buenos Aires on June 7, 2014 (Credit: ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)

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We reflect on Saudi women being allowed to watch football in stadiums for the first time.

Women allowed
For the first time Saudi women have been allowed into stadiums to watch a football match. It happened in Jeddah. We hear what the the experience was like from one of the pioneering women and what it means for future change in the country.

Stranded in Romania
Romania has been home for the Tonga Rugby international Sione Vaiomounga for three years, since he joined the Baia Mare club in 2014. But he suffered kidney failure in his first season and needs regular dialysis treatment. With no dialysis machines in his native Tonga, he's described a return home as a death sentence. We hear from Sione and his wife Sala, plus the former Samoa International Dan Leo, one of the founders of the Pacific Rugby Players welfare organisation, that has been helping Sione and his family.

Competing with Smog
We're in India to look at how pollution in Indian cities is becoming a barrier to sport and exercise.

Breaking barriers on ice
When the American figure skater Adam Rippon glides onto the ice for the first time at next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, it will be a landmark moment. Rippon, one of three men who'll represent the United States in the discipline, tells us what it means to be the first openly gay American man to qualify for the Olympics.

From Rugby to the NFL
We hear how a former England hopeful Christian Scotland-Williamson switched his sights from rugby union to chase a career in the NFL.

Rolling over football
We hear about the love of the beautiful game across the globe. Football on the beaches. Football on dusty patches of dirt. Football in the street. But in some parts of the world, there’s another sport following swiftly on its heels, Rollerblading. We're in Ivory Coast to hear how the sport is growing in the country.

Photo: Female Saudi supporters watch football at the King Abdullah Sports City (Getty Images)

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Discussing the issues that women face in sport are the former USA athlete Michelle Sikes, Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and creator of Women's Sport in Africa website; Australian cricketer Sarah Elliot and in Lusaka, Matilda Mwaba Executive Director of Zambian NOWSPAR, which advocates for women and girls in sports

The Sub-blime market

Would you like a share in the sublime talent and wealth of David Beckham? maybe a piece of Usain Bolt's pie or take home some of Koby Bryant's take home?! (This doesn't make sense please re-write)Well for American Football fans that is now a reality. We hear from Buck French Chief Executive of Fantex Holdings which is behind the idea.

Pontiff in the Pavilion

As the Ashes loom on the horizon could there be a new cricketing force on the scene, one with backing from powers even higher than the ICC? We’re in Rome throwing some googlies down at the new Vatican City cricket team. Father Theodore Machcaranas gives us the inside track on batting Bishops, catching Cardinals and a padded up Pope.

UFC and MMA doing A-OK

How has mixed martial arts become the fastest growing sport in the world? We’ll be inside the cage with fighter Mark "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" Munoz and outside it with Gary “The Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for the UFC? Cook who explains the reasons for its success and its impact on boxing.

“From Our Own Correspondent Sport? This week Russell Fuller gives us his thoughts and reflections from Istanbul as the WTA season comes to an end.

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To mark International Women’s Day we’ve gathered in conversation four women who in their own way have confronted and overcome some of the most significant barriers facing women in sport.

We’ll also look back at some of the stories Sportshour has covered in the past year, from body image to physical and mental abuse of female athletes. We’ll ask if the past twelve months has seen any progress towards gender equality in sport. Joining us to chat through those and many other issues are…

Ghanaian football agent Dentaa Amoateng is not only a successful entrepreneur but known for her acting career too. She is also the agent for Ghana’s biggest footballer Asamoah Gyan.

Ingrid Bentzer is a former professional tennis player from Sweden. After retirement she served as Head of Women's Professional Tennis for the International Tennis Federation; She is currently a member of the Fed Cup committee.

British Rower Gee Purdy was part of the 4 women crew who recently and successfully completed the world’s toughest rowing race. In doing so she and the team became the fastest all-female team to complete the challenge, beating the previous record by five days.

Photo: Serena Williams celebrates winning championship point (Credit: Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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As the groups are drawn for the 2018 World Cup we assess the problems facing fans.

As the groups are drawn for the 2018 World Cup we assess the problems facing LGBT and minority fans in Russia.

British Athlete Bobby Clay opens up about the over training and under eating from the age of 15 has robbed her of puberty and left her with the bone disease Osteoporosis.

As Australia lift their eleventh Rugby League World Cup title we hear from Gary Carter, a journalist who fought back from the brink of death to report on the World Cup final after a brutal attack left him in a coma for six weeks.

And we're in Abidjan at Africa's largest eSports event to hear how gaming is growing on the continent.

Photo: World Cup draw ceremony at the Kremlin. Credit: Getty Images.

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Jonas Gutierrez has been speaking to Sportshour after an employment tribunal found he was dropped by Newcastle United because of his cancer diagnosis. He told Caroline Barker some of his former-team mates called to congratulate him after the verdict. The 32-year-old was suing the Magpies for about $3,000,000 on the grounds of disability discrimination. The tribunal also ruled the club made it impossible for Gutierrez to trigger an appearance-based contract extension. Newcastle say they are "dismayed" by the judgement and are considering further options with their legal team. Claims of unfavorable treatment and another of harassment related to disability were dismissed.

Kobe Calling:

We bid farewell to one of basketballs finest by finding out what it was like to play with the great man. Vladimir Radmanović says it was tough to turn down Kobe Bryant when the NBA legend asked him to become a team-mate at the LA Lakers. Now retired he also plans to take on Bryant in a one-on-one contest, but only in a couple of years when the 37-year-old American, who retires this week, is "older and fatter".

Rally Car Reality:

As the World Rallycross Championship season begins we hear from the one of the drivers who thinks he might just have the edge this season… and it's all down to playing computer games! Britain's Liam Doran has already won rally car gold at the X-Games and tells us future success might be down to his games console.

Rio: We are in Rio:

Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff is facing impeachment in the national Congress and uncertainty surrounds the very highest offices in Brazilian government. So could the political unrest present problems for the Olympics which start in the country in just over 3 months’ time? We hear from Mario Andrada member of the 2016 Organising committee

Sporting Witness… Shaul Ladany is a long-distance Israeli race-walker who set world records that stand to this day. But, even more remarkably, he survived a childhood in the Belsen concentration camp and then the terrorist attack on the Israeli team at the Munich Olympics in 1972. More recently, he’s seen off cancer and a quadruple heart-bypass, still finding the energy to walk 80 kilometres on his 80th birthday earlier this month. We joined him..

Photo: Jonas Gutierrez in action for Newcastle United. Credit: Getty Images

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The Queen’s Baton was in Brunei this week on its way to next year’s Commonwealth Games. We speak to Maziah Mahusin, the country’s first female athlete to compete at the Olympics last year. She is trying to qualify for Glasgow 2014 but being the country’s only female athlete and juggling her studies are all adding to the challenge.

(Image credited: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Glasgow 2014)

Minority Report. The Story of Ethnic Minorities in English Football

British born Jews have been involved in football with great success, owning Premier League clubs and even running the FA. Yet there has only ever been one British born Jew to play in the Premier League. This off field success is in sharp contrast to the on field success of the British Black community. So what can ethnic groups learn from one another? Plus, what needs to be done to help British Asians be successful in the game? Guests include Lord Triesman, David Bernstein and Zesh Rehman.

Quarterback, fully forward

James Harris grew up playing high school football in America's segregated Deep South. His dream of becoming a professional quarterback seemed like a fantasy. But in 1967 he began to change what was possible for African American players. We hear from Harris and the role he played in the civil rights movement - and why his playing skills and strength of character ultimately led him to become the first black player to be the starting quarterback for an AFL team.

Back to Reality?

Just over a year ago in London disabled people were suddenly in the spotlight during the 2012 Paralympics. It was hoped that it would have a lasting impact on attitudes towards the disabled... But a year on, have they gone back to being invisible? We go back to the site of those games to look at the issue.

Houston We Have No Problem

Creating a successful new sport team from scratch, especially in a country that has many more popular sports, is a daunting prospect, even if you are David Beckham. So we get advice from Steven Powell, Senior Vice President at the Houston Dynamos, whose owners include Oscar de la Hoya, and who have created a popular football franchise deep in basketball and baseball territory.


“From Our Own Correspondent Sport? This week our MOTO GP reporter Nick Harris on engines, earthquakes, and energy sapping travel.

Less on the score, more about sports relationship with culture, society and politics.