The first ever early-morning meeting in Irish greyhound racing got underway in Kilkenny on Wednesday. Photograph: Inpho

It’s 9:18 on a Wednesday morning and the hare is running and the traps are up. Of the dozen people in the stand at St James’ Park in Kilkenny, four ar(...)

  Amanda Staveley:  a skilled negotiator possessing peerless contacts in the Gulf, she masterminded Sheikh Mansour’s 2009 takeover of Manchester City.  Photograph: Getty Images

Optimism that Amanda Staveley will persuade Mike Ashley to sell Newcastle United to her Dubai-based PCP Capital Partners Middle Eastern investment fun(...)

Istanbul bonded Rafa Benitez to Liverpool FC, and his activity with the Hillsborough Family Support Group bonded him to the city. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The telephone rang in Freddy Shepherd’s holiday villa in Majorca. It was late July 2004 and Shepherd, the Newcastle United chairman, was about to part(...)