Michael Jordan is a legendarily impatient character. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

NBA legend is golf-mad and has thrown a very public strop over slow play

‘In a sport where the machismo ‘Ya gotta play hurt’ mantra is drilled into children from an early age, a price eventually had to be paid.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The NFL is facing a class-action lawsuit by an estimated 5,000 former NFL players

Alex  Rodriguez: hardly the first steroid user to come back to the diamond, he  is the most brazen and obstinate of them all. Photo:  Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

For good reason the New York Yankees ‘star’ has been dubbed baseball’s Lance Armstrong

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

Olympic gold medalist’s decision should spark interest in transgender rights

Serena Williams poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning the women’s singles final at the 2015 Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Reuters.

Following her 19th Grand Slam victory, she is almost certainly the most under-appreciated legend in American sport

Chicago Bears defensive tackle William Perry,  aka ‘The Refrigerator’, is now battling Guillain–Barré syndrome. Photograph: Bill Smith/Getty Images

Over 20 players who won Super Bowl XX are now in various states of incapacitation

 Pádraig Harrington  punts a football into the grandstands on the 16th hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Photograph: Hunter Martin/Getty Images

Tiger Woods will make his seasonal debut in the ‘debauchery’ of Scottsdale

Quarterback Russell Wilson leads his Seattle Seahawks team-mates in prayer moments after providing a touchdown pass against Green Bay Packers in the second half of their NFC Championship Playoffs at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Photograph: John G Mabanglo/EPA

NBA rivals often pray together, while victories are clear signs of benevolence from above

Muhammad Ali and his best friend Howard Bingham: we will always have the champion’s canon of remarkable stories Photograph: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

One night in LA the world heavyweight champion talked a man down from the edge

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