Nike signed a €100 million sponsorship deal with the Brazilian Football Confederation in 1996 and still has an agreement with the association – but US attorney general Loretta Lynch would not comment on whether or not the company was involved in the investigation. Photograph: Victor J Blue/Bloomberg

Nike insists it is co-operating with the authorities after the arrests of football officials in Zurich on corruption charges yesterday. US attorney ge(...)

Pat McQuaid: “He (Armstrong) decided to come back. We had no option but to allow him. And he did say his main reason was to promote his cancer charity. We had doubts. Of course we had doubts.” 9:48

There are, by now, so many sides to the story of doping in cycling over the past two decades that it’s gone perfectly and madly around. And around aga(...)

 Pat McQuaid, the former head of UCI, cycling’s world governing body. 9:48

There are, by now, so many sides to the story of doping in cycling over the past two decades that it’s gone perfectly and madly round. And round again(...)

Justin Gatlin of USA celebrates after he won gold in the men’s 100 Metres final on August 7th, 2005 in Helsinki, Finland. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images.

We are assured sponsorship in sport has gone far beyond sticking telly ads on at half-time. But amidst all the digital whizz-bangs one thing remain(...)

Dividing people into winners and losers might seem like weirdly reductive behaviour, but Alastair Campbell was once the British Labour Party’s director of communication and strategy, where he thrived on reduction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On the cover of Alastair Campbell’s new book, Winners and How They Succeed, there’s a big number “1” made from the names of the subjects and interv(...)

Cycling boss Brian Cookson has slated Lance Armstrong’s plans to ride the Tour de France route for charity. Photograph: PA

Cycling boss Brian Cookson has branded Lance Armstrong “completely disrespectful” for aiming to ride the Tour de France route this summer for charity.(...)

The CIRC report gave a damning view of efforts by former UCI president Hein Verbruggen (left) to protect Lance Armstrong. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

The course of cycling through this decade and well into the next is likely to be dictated by two weighty documents and two key dates: the Usada “reas(...)

Pat McQuaid:  “The report completely clears me of any corruption, any wrongdoing or any complicity in doping,” he said on RTÉ radio. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

Although the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC)’s report into the actions of cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, was widely interprete(...)

A report has accused the UCI of colluding with drug cheat Lance Armstrong. Photograph: Afp 1:57

Lasting 13 months and including a panel of three very experienced individuals, the Cycling Independent Reform Commission commissioned by the UCI in th(...)

 Lance Armstrong and UCI president Hein Verbruggen, who was head of the organisation which is said to have colluded with the disgraced cyclist to protect his status in the sport. Photograph: AFP 1:57

A damning report published on Monday shows how cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, colluded with Lance Armstrong from 1999 to 2009 to circumvent (...)