Bill Johnson: going for gold at the  1984 Winter Olympics at Bjelasnica Mountain, Cover, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia: after winning that gold convincingly he was asked what it meant. “Millions,” he replied with his trademark smirk. Photograph: Tony Tomsic/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

Bill Johnson, who has died aged 55, was the first American man to win an Olympic gold medal in downhill skiing, but his life took a sharp turn for the(...)

Jeff Sims (left) in action against Tim Witherspoon in Atlantic City in January 1990, three years before he was shot dead outside a Miami store

One Saturday afternoon in March 1980, Muhammad Ali, the most famous alumnus of Miami’s Fifth Street Gym, was in town campaigning for president Jimmy C(...)

Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in Creed

Twitter, that most reliably intemperate of mediums, went into a tizzy when Sylvester Stallone, having won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor,(...)

Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes in his Champ’s Corner restaurant in Easton, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Bryan Anselm/The New York Times

Throughout his boxing career, Larry Holmes was something of an afterthought. He was the heavyweight champion whose reign came after the fall of Muhamm(...)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady chats with Donald Trump. Photograph:  Donna Connor/WireImage

Even in this most shrill and casually offensive American presidential election campaign, arguably the most perplexing statement of all came from an NF(...)

 Roy Jones Jr lies on the canvas  after being knocked out by  Enzo Maccarinelli in Moscow. Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

Roy Jones, like Floyd Mayweather, only more dramatically, has long since ceased to justify the appellation “Junior”. He is aging before our eyes in a (...)

 Muhammad Ali: the three-time world champion and social activist  went on to become arguably the greatest sportsman of the century. He famously refused to fight in the Vietnam War saying “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet-Cong – they never called me nigger”.

At the Custom House in Houston, Texas on April 28th, 1967, Muhammad Ali was invited to take a step forward and be inducted into the US Army. He refuse(...)

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in Melbourne ahead of her title fight against Holly Holm. Photograph: Paul Crock/Getty Images

The main boulevard in Sarajevo was ghostly quiet on Thursday evening and images of Ronda Rousey speaking on television were easily visible in the cafe(...)

Australian flanker David Pocock: “I’ve absolutely loved the game of rugby and I’m so grateful for the opportunity that it’s given me.” Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

David Pocock is different. That he should bring an entirely new dimension to this week’s World Cup final build-up with his open invitation to David At(...)

Joe Frazier: It is 40 years since  arguably the greatest world title fight of all when he fought Muhammad Ali in  the famed  Thrilla in Manila. Photo: PA Wire.

Joe Frazier sat in his hotel room, surrounded by brown paper bags of freshly-delivered pizza and cartons of orange juice. A once star-studded entourag(...)