Bruce Jenner after the 1,500 metres which sealed his win at the 1976 Olympic decathlon in Montreal. Photograph: Allsport UK/Allsport

Lining up for the 1,500 metres, the final event of the 1976 Olympic decathlon, Bruce Jenner had the gold in his grasp. Needing a time of four minutes (...)

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps speaks to reporters after leaving court on Friday where he pleaded guilty to drink-driving. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, pleaded guilty on Friday to driving under the influence of alcohol and recei(...)

Michael Phelps: “Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.” Photograph: Stuart Palley/The New York Times

Watching Michael Phelps’ return to swimming was like worrying a loose tooth with your tongue. His comeback was a cause for nervousness for anyone f(...)

Michael Phelps leaves the pool after his seventh place finish in the men’s 100 metre freestyle final in California. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

For more than a decade, Michael Phelps was known for his numbing consistency. He won races in sickness and in health, despite bad starts, poor finis(...)

 Australian champion swimmer Ian Thorpe during an interview with  Michael Parkinson in London to broadcast on Australian TV channel TEN tonight. Photograph: Network TEN/EPA

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, whose five-medal performance at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney captivated his country, has revealed in an Australian tele(...)

USA’s DeAndre Yedlin gives chase as Belgium’s Eden Hazard closes in on goal during their last-16 game. His coach, Marc Wilmots, will be looking for some inspiration from the Chelsea midfielder.

The football talk in Brazil this week has been all about emotion, and how the gladiators of the national team are struggling to control theirs. You ca(...)

USA captain Clint Dempsey: journey from a trailer park in Nacogdoches, east Texas, to captaining the USA in Brazil almost veered off course because of money. Photographer: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

Every four years, some Olympic sport captures the imagination of America’s children and undergoes an immediate upsurge in numbers. Last time out, it w(...)

 US swimmer and Olympic medalist Michael Phelps (left) leaps from the starting blocks with compatriot Ryan Lochte (right) in the finals of the Men’s 100 Metre Butterfly, at the 2014 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series in Mesa, Arizona. Photograph:  Roy Dabner/EPA

Michael Phelps’ possible pursuit of a fifth Olympics has the swimming world abuzz, but first things first. Before Phelps could entertain though(...)

Michael Phelps is to come out of retirement . Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, is coming out of retirement. The American, who has not competed since the 2012 London (...)

Padraig Harrington: five years without a European Tour title. Photograph: Getty Images

It might be 13 years since Padraig Harrington last played in the Omega European Masters, but the Irish man is relishing his return to one of the Europ(...)