Of all the distinctions accumulated by Walter Swinburn during his decades in horse racing, the greatest might be that he took a Derby-winning ride from Lester Piggott, who was famously good at pinching fancied mounts from other jockeys.
‘You sacrifice your life for it,” Phil Taylor says on a gloomy late afternoon in Stoke.
For Anthony Joshua, the easy nights are over. His third‑round blowout of the reluctant Eric Molina in Manchester on Saturday night to retain his IBF world heavyweight title, while again disappointing fans who want to see him in a proper fight, has nevertheless thrust him into boxing’s stratosphere.
Former AFL star Colin Sylvia is recovering in hospital after a fall from a balcony at the weekend that he says resulted in a fractured neck and bleeding to the brain.
Anthony Joshua can legitimately claim to be the best heavyweight in the world if he beats Wladimir Klitschko in front of 91,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in April, but the quiet man from Watford says he will not be consumed by the temptations that have wrecked so many champions.
Somehow, against the odds, defying all fears, Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte, sworn enemies from either side of the Thames, produced a memorable heavyweight contest of considerable nobility to wipe away the rancour that had poisoned not only their relationship but the sport.
The British boxing star is looking for his 18th professional win.
Not since Muhammad Ali entertained his battalion of media admirers with unprecedented wit and charm in the 60s and 70s has a world heavyweight champion seemed so disarmingly comfortable in his skin as Anthony Joshua on the eve of battle.
Even when he’s not the story, David Haye makes himself the story.
If the bookmakers are to be believed, Eric Molina is a defeated man walking. The Mexican-American faces Anthony Joshua in Manchester on Saturday with the odds well and truly stacked against him becoming the first fighter to defeat the British heavyweight and take his IBF world title.
On Saturday, Floyd Mayweather called a fight with Conor McGregor “possible”. As far as fights go it would be the ultimate made-for-TV sideshow, almost like a Fear Factor meets the Kardashians. It would offer little in athletic value, even less in benefit to society as well as hurting the legitimacy of the fighters’ chosen disciplines. But it would make millions. And a huge number of people would watch.
Four years ago, Andre Ward was poised to succeed Floyd Mayweather’s spot as the best prizefighter in the world, regardless of weight.
He's already won two Olympic gold medals and is a three-time World Amateur champion. On Saturday night he fights for pay for just the second time…
Former four-division title-holder Adrien Broner shared a series of alarming posts on social media on Wednesday that suggested he was planning to take his own life, though a longtime adviser to the boxer reached by the Guardian insists “he’s OK”.
Ronnie O'Sullivan's 10-4 win over Mark Selby on Sunday secured his fifth Masters title. Is he now officially snooker's greatest ever player?
Adam Peaty set a world record in winning his 50m breaststroke semi-final as he closes in on his second gold medal at the world championships in Kazan, having claimed victory over 100m 24 hours earlier.
A suave British superspy is rescuing a captive from a mountain hideout. Leaping on a snowmobile, the secret agent races down the slopes with daredevil brilliance, dodging bullets, leading his pursuers towards the mountain’s edge. “Don’t worry,” he tells his terrified passenger with a cocky grin, “I’ve done this before” – and off they fly, over the cliff.
The players’ union has defended Alex McKinnon’s right to sue the NRL over the tackle that left him paralysed.
There are dream finals, there are probable epics, and there is Gary Anderson versus Michael van Gerwen in the final of the PDC World Championship.
This was ostensibly a showcase for current England and Wales internationals but, in unseasonably fine Coventry conditions, it was a man best known for his three-years-and-counting absence from the England team who caught the eye.