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Donald McRae: “I do think that quite unusually as I’ve got older, I’ve become less judgemental.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

When Donald McRae left South Africa for London in the early 1980s, he knew where he was going and he knew what he was going to do. He just didn’t know(...)

The German team line up and raise their right hands during the national anthems ahead of the 5-2 loss to Ireland in Dalymount Park in 1936. Photo: Pathé News screenshot

It had been three years since Adolf Hitler had risen to power as chancellor of Germany when the country’s national football team touched down in Baldo(...)

Meghan McCain, daughter of  John McCain, touches the casket during a memorial service for her father in Phoenix, Arizona, US. Photograph: Jae C Hong - Pool/Getty Images

Residents lined up at the Arizona statehouse on Wednesday to pay respects to the late US senator John McCain, the Vietnam War hero and two-time Republ(...)

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather gith on August 26th in Las Vegas. Photograph: PA

On Wednesday it was announced the finest boxer of his generation, unbeaten in 49 paying fights and 26 world championship contests with titles in five (...)

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt was pretty happy with his work in Rio. Photograph: Getty Images

Least Gracious: “We played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. Sweden didn’t want to play great soccer. I don’t think they’re going t(...)

  Mike Powell celebrates winning the men’s long jump competition during the US Track and Field Trials at the Olympic Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons/Allsport

Mike Powell has said he would “slap” anyone who tried to take his world record from him amid the fall-out from the ongoing athletics doping scandal. (...)

Mal Whitfield (right) of the USA beats Arthur Wint of Jamaica to win the 800 metres at the 1948 London Olympics. Photograph: Getty Images.

Between winning 800m golds at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, Mal Whitfield was a master sergeant in the US Air Force. He flew 27 combat mission(...)

Greg Louganis: The story of the Olympic diver is told in HBO’s documentary Back On Board: Photo: Maarten de Boer/Getty Images.

Within 48 hours of American Pharoah becoming the first horse for 37 years to win racing’s Triple Crown back in June, Wheaties contacted his represe(...)

Berlin’s Olympic Stadium: German authorities admit they were nervous about holding such a large event at such a notorious site.

Nothing ever went Hitler’s way at Berlin’s irredeemably Nazi Olympic stadium. The dictator wanted the stone monument, built for the 1936 Olympic Games(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: proposals need further negotiation

Mark Twain always said he never let his schooling get in the way of his education. Victor Hugo always said he who opens a school door closes a (...)

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