Concussion is suspected of causing various degenerative brain diseases and there is evidence to suggest that blows to the head are not good for the brain.

It took 15 years for science to show that the tobacco industry was lying and that smoking cigarettes did cause lung cancer. The suspicions and links h(...)

Former British Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton on Minella Theatre yesterday. Photograph: Eddie Keogh

If it seems absurd for a sport to so enthusiastically facilitate a glorified publicity stunt on its most prestigious day of the year it is downright r(...)

Victoria Pendleton will ride Pacha Du Polder in the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Getty

Victoria Pendleton has been given the go-ahead to ride at the Cheltenham Festival. The dual Olympic cycling champion will partner Pacha Du Polder in (...)

Accident waiting to happen? Victoria Pendleton (in red cap), riding Pacha Du Polder, is unseated during the Foxhunters’ Steeplechase at Fakenham on February 19th. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

There can be little more symptomatic of racing’s insecurity than the continuing attempts to sell the upcoming Cheltenham Festival through the retired (...)

Tributes have been flooding in for jockey Tony McCoy ahead of his final race including from former mentor Jim Bolger. Photo: David Davies/PA

Jim Bolger, the man credited with instilling the winning mentality into Tony McCoy as a teenager, insists the retiring champion always had the desire (...)

John Inverdale: “This is looking at it through rose-c**ted … eh, eh…. rose-rose-tinted glasses from the past … I, I, I apologise there for a slip of the tongue….. but Lizzie your love of the sport just shines through.”

Poor John Inverdale. By now he must regard the microphone as his enemy, which is never a good thing when you’re a broadcaster. All he could be gratefu(...)

“It was a slip of the tongue and John apologised immediately afterwards.”

The BBC was forced to clarify a slip of the tongue that led presenter John Inverdale to say “rose-c**ted glasses” during BBC Radio 5 Live’s coverage (...)

Tony McCoy’s addiction to winning and fear of not doing the job properly has fuelled the jockey’s phenomenal career. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tony McCoy’s seminal career is the product of a unique individual, so unique there appears to be little concern in racing that his decision to retire(...)

Tony McCoy, seen here with  the Champion Jump Jockey trophy at Sandown Racecourse,   has announced he is to retire from racing at the end of the season. Photograph:  Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

It is no surprise that Tony McCoy waited until reaching 200 winners for the season before announcing it will be his last campaign. Just as no jockey (...)

Tony McCoy at Stratford-Upon-Avon racecourse last week. Thc champion jockey is ready to record another mind-boggling achievement. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

I was at a rainy Gowran Park in 1994 for Tony McCoy’s first ever winner over jumps. Riszard was the horse’s name. It would be nice to be able to say t(...)