Zion Williamson seconds after falling when his Nike shoe split. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Shares of Nike fell nearly 2 per cent on Thursday, a day after a sports shoe worn by emerging basketball star Zion Williamson split in half 33 seconds(...)

Kansas Jayhawks’ Silvio de Sousa  celebrates cutting down the net after defeating the Duke Blue Devils  in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at  in Omaha, Nebraska. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Silvio de Sousa arrived in America from Angola in January 2015. He stood 6ft 9in, had just turned 16 years old, and didn’t speak a word of English. He(...)

 Wendell Carter Jnr  of the Duke Blue Devils. His  mother  is named in a  federal case because she received a free meal worth $106.36 from an agent who was interested in her son. Photograph: Getty Image

In a couple of weeks America will get into its annual tizzy about March Madness. College basketball will dominate water-cooler conversations, and bill(...)

2015 footballer of the year Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

I ran into Jack McCaffrey at Electric Picnic. It was just inside the Heineken Sound Atlas stage, or somewhere around there, and I said a quick hello, (...)

 Kevin Durant of the USA in action against Pau Gasol of Spain. Both NBA stars. Photograph: EPA

The United States continued their reign over Spain with a scrappy 82-76 win on Friday to put them through to the gold medal final of the men’s basketb(...)

Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim waves to the crowd after cutting down the net after defeating the Virginia Cavaliers in the championship game of the midwest regional of the NCAA Tournament at the United Center. Photograph: Dennis Wierzbicki/Usa Today Sports

When the USA basketball team made its publicity appearance at the London Olympics in 2012, members of the media jostled to get within ear-shot – and s(...)