Bill Lee: On different days, he took to the field wearing a gas mask, a Daniel Boone coonskin cap, and a hat with a helicopter propeller whizzing around on top.

The candidate listed on the ballot as Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee turned up for the first Vermont gubernatorial debate, wearing jeans and a rather garish Hawa(...)

Muhammad Ali in his London hotel room, May 1963. Photograph: Hulton Archive

My 12-year-old son has a Muhammad Ali poster on his bedroom wall. It is the black-and-white image of Ali gloved up and in white shorts looming over th(...)

WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather  and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao pose ahead of their unification title fight at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Photograph: John Gurzinski/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Popcorn and beers around the world, then, for Saturday night-Sunday morning’s staggeringly hyped boxing match in Las Vegas, as the fight game plays(...)

Manny Pacquiao’s enthusiasm to get into the ring with Floyd Mayweather may not be entirely unrelated to a $75 million tax bill. Photograph: Joseph Agcaoili/AFP/Getty Images

Hype can be as expensive as it is cheap and for the next two months it will envelop the prospect of boxing’s richest ever bout to the extent people mi(...)