England lose but women’s football triumphs
Will the success of the Women’s World Cup help in the wider battle for women’s rights and equality? Many hope that millions of new fans will become a powerful movement for social justice.
Champions celebrated as glorious Olympics end
The Rio Olympics are over; 306 gold medals have been won, but thousands of athletes have left empty-handed. Are the Games inspirational because they harshly divide winners from losers?
'Immortal' Bolt and Phelps bow out with golds
The two greatest Olympians of the current age have won gold medals again. As Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps prepare to retire, who is more impressive: the rapid Bolt or the relentless Phelps?
‘You make your own luck. You make it in training’
One week into Rio, the world’s most amazing athletes are jumping, swimming and riding their way to glory. But all eyes are on ‘the best gymnast in history’: Simone Biles. What’s her secret?
Teenagers prepare for the Olympic spotlight
In little more than a fortnight, athletes from around the world will gather in Rio for sport’s highest honour: the Olympic Games. And some of those athletes will still be in their teens.
‘Make doping legal for all’ contrarians cry
For years Russian athletes cheated in the majority of Olympic sports due to a state-sponsored programme of doping. Rather than banning Russia, what if doping were made legal for everyone?
‘Golden age of teamwork’ hailed as Wales out
The Welsh football team’s dream run at Euro 2016 has been described as a triumph of teamwork over individualism. Is it a one-off, or does it reflect a deeper trend in society?
Iceland cause England’s greatest embarrassment
England are out of Euro 2016 after losing to Iceland — yes, Iceland. It has been called the worst result in the history of the national team. What has gone so wrong with English football?
Fights, riots, tear gas: football in the dock
Our football correspondent was in Marseille for England v Russia and witnessed the fighting. The teams have been threatened with expulsion. Does the problem lie in football itself?
Expanded Euro 2016 gives minnows their chance
The European Championship kicks off tonight as France play Romania. For the first time 24 teams will take part. Is this inclusivity a good idea or will it dilute the tournament’s quality?
Mayday, mayday! How football may save France
The European Football Championship kicks off on Friday. The setting is France: a once-great country drowning in economic and social woes. Could football deliver the kiss of life?
‘He shook up the world. We’re all better for it’
‘He was the Greatest. Period,’ said President Obama. After suffering from Parkinson’s for over three decades, Muhammad Ali has died. How did the ‘Louisville lip’ become such a legend?
Farewell Boleyn: West Ham leave spiritual home
It is the end of an era for West Ham United. Modernising is necessary for success say some. But many are unhappy and argue that history and tradition are the whole point of being a true fan.
We are Leicester! Lessons for the rest of us
What can we learn from this mind-bending sporting triumph? As the businesses, sports teams and political parties queue up for some of the fairy dust, is there a secret formula to winning?
Hillsborough: 96 dead who were wrongly smeared
For 27 years, the police hid the truth about a disaster which cost 96 lives. Yesterday, a jury declared them responsible. Was their cover-up worse than their negligence?
The marathon: ‘the greatest race of them all’
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge just missed the world record in yesterday’s London marathon. Could someone soon run 26.2 miles in under two hours — and why do we get excited about this distance?