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A general view inside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo as Naomi Osaka lights the Olympic cauldron at the end of the opening ceremony. Photograph:  Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Some Olympic Stadiums strike you first with their sense of place and history. No matter how much you’ve read or heard about it, nothing can fully prep(...)

David Puttnam: “I think it speaks to people’s inner sense of what they want themselves to be.”’ Photograph: Justin Walpole.

If you ever get to tell David Puttnam he has to sit down tonight and watch one of his own films, his first choice would be Local Hero, the Scottish dr(...)

Chris Eubank fights Michael Watson for the WBO middleweight title at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London in 1991. Photo: Brendan Monks/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

June 1991 and Donald McRae found himself alone on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Excited, uncertain, anxious he stood under a burning sky, the desert sun(...)

The Olympiastadion in Berlin hosted some of the standout moments of the 2006 World Cup. File photograph: Getty Images

The 2006 World Cup wasn’t even a week old when it began to dawn on the fans that the Germans had organised a tournament that touched on perfection. Y(...)

Billy Morton with his Santry shovel in 1958.

“Gentlemen,” the small man began, “grass is on the way out”. Knowledge of sport is no excuse for a lack of imagination, or vice versa, and Billy Mort(...)

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(...)

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