Rio Ferdinand has confirmed he will attempt to become a professional boxer with the ultimate aim of challenging for a title belt. Photograph: PA

When former footballer Paolo Maldini bowed out of his nascent tennis career after a solitary chastening afternoon on clay, he summed up the difficulti(...)

Des Lynam, from Ennis, Co Clare, presented Grandstand on BBC from 1979 to 1991. Photo: BBC

Strange things happen at night on Twitter. Sadly for the world, that includes executive announcements by the commander-in-chief of the United States. (...)

British cycling’s Shane Sutton has been suspended for alleged comments he made about Paralympic athletes. Photograph: Getty

British Cycling’s technical director, Shane Sutton, has been suspended pending a formal investigation into accusations that he called Paralympic cycli(...)

Bryan Cooper and company celebrate   Don Cossack’s Cheltenham Gold Cup triumph. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The tyranny of choice turned into glorious Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup vindication for Bryan Cooper as the Michael O’Leary-owned Don Cossack provided h(...)

Nina Carberry wins the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase on On The Fringe (far left) for a second year while Victoria Pendleton (second from right) came home fifth  on Pacha Du Polder. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters/Livepic

Nina Carberry claimed a second straight St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham on Enda Bolger’s On The Fringe as former British Olympic cyclis(...)

Former British Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton on Minella Theatre yesterday. Photograph: Eddie Keogh

If it seems absurd for a sport to so enthusiastically facilitate a glorified publicity stunt on its most prestigious day of the year it is downright r(...)

Paddy Brennan and Cue Card winning The King George VI Chase. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The way Paddy Brennan tells it, it’s all Ciarán Geoghegan’s fault: they sat together in primary school, and at his friend’s house there were ponies. (...)

Top trainer Willie Mullins with Champion Hurdle hope Annie Power. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The annual Irish spring exodus gets under way on Monday with thousands of punters descending on the Cotswolds for the Cheltenham festival. Ryanair ha(...)

Victoria Pendleton will ride Pacha Du Polder in the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Getty

Victoria Pendleton has been given the go-ahead to ride at the Cheltenham Festival. The dual Olympic cycling champion will partner Pacha Du Polder in (...)

Victoria Pendleton (centre) talks to trainer Paul Nicholls (right) prior to the Betfair Switching Saddles Hunter Chase at Wincanton Racecourse. The former Olympic cycling champion won the race aboard Nicholls’s horse   Pacha Du Polder, her first win under national Hunt Rules. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Victoria Pendleton made every yard of the running to notch her first win as a jockey aboard Pacha Du Polder in the Betfair Switching Saddles Hunters’ (...)

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