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Live sport from around the world with news, interviews and analysis.




The Trailblazers who made the WNBA

On April 22nd 1996, sporting history was made when the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) was founded. It was a huge moment for women's basketball and sport. The concept of a professional women's basketball league wasn't new. Previous attempts to start a women's pro league had failed but the WNBA had two things going for it: the backing of the NBA and the determination of many women to make the league a success. Hear from the women who scrapped and fought to help the WNBA become...


Tokyo's Covid Games

The dates have changed but the goals remain the same , the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have been billed as a symbol of human kinds victory, over the coronavirus, but will the ongoing global pandemic really allow the Olympic flame to provide the light at the end of the tunnel? Sportsworld’s Lee James is joined by Japanese Sports Journalist Yuko Suzuki, European correspondent for the Australian Newspaper Jaquelin Magnay, Celestine Karoney from BBC Africa and BBC parasport reporter Kate...


When Sri Lanka ruled the world

In March 1996 Sri Lanka pulled off one of the biggest shocks in cricket history by winning the World Cup. Having been knocked out in the first round of four of the previous five World Cups, and finished eighth in the other, Sri Lanka were never taken seriously as an international side. This is the story of how that changed, told by those involved. And how a proud island nation overcame bombings, boycotts and near-bankruptcy at the cricket board to reach the top of the world. Photo: Sri Lanka...


2021 Formula One season preview

Sportsworld looks ahead to the upcoming 2021 Formula One season, as Lewis Hamilton looks for a record-breaking eighth world title. Joining Sportsworld’s Lee James, is former Red Bull & Williams driver Mark Webber. We also hear from Alpine driver Esteban Ocon and Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer. Photo: Mercedes’ driver Lewis Hamilton walks on the grid during 2021 F1 Testing. (Credit: Formula 1 via Getty Images)


‘When they fought, the world stopped to watch’ – Boxing’s super-fights

50 years on since the "Fight of The Century," Sportsworld looks back at that historic fight between Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier and speaks to the last unified heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis. Photo: Boxer Muhammad Ali steps away from a punch thrown by boxer Joe Frazier during their heavyweight title fight dubbed the “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in 1971. (Credit: Bettmann via Getty Images)


Is sport more accepting of LGBT+ athletes?

How inclusive is sport to LGBT+ athletes, and what more needs to be done? Sportsworld presenter Lee James speaks with England and Aston Villa defender Anita Asante, San Diego Loyal midfielder Collin Martin and Jamaican swimmer Michael Gunning, who is aiming to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. All are openly gay and came out while playing their sports. Photos: Aston Villa’s Anita Asante in action during a Barclays FA Women's Super League match. (Credit: Aston Villa FC via Getty Images); Collin...


'What Black History Month means to me'

In the United States of America, February is Black History Month - an opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the historical contributions of African Americans in the country's history and is now perhaps more poignant than ever following events in the USA over the last year. The death of George Floyd last May sparked a worldwide reaction of shock and horror at police brutality towards black people in America and led to the worldwide Black Lives Matter movement, with protests and...


Golf blackout

Back in 1975, Lee Elder braved death threats to become the first African American golfer to play at the Masters. It was one of the last colour barriers in US sport and made him a hero to many black sportsmen and women, including Tiger Woods. But 45 years on, and in the wake of the death of George Floyd, what progress has been made to make golf more inclusive and accessible to the black community? To discuss this, Delyth is joined by Maurice Allen, who was the first African American player to...


Benchwarmers - The tales of the substitutes

We celebrate the athletes who rarely step foot on the pitch - only ever cross the white line to bring on drinks - and some who are able to lead the race but never reach the finishing line. It's the tales of the substitutes, the 12th players, the bib wearers and the pace setters. Lee James chats to England cricketer Jack Leach, former Netherlands and Tottenham keeper Michel Vorm and Olympic 800m runner Jenny Meadows on benchwarmers. Photo: Mark Wood of England on 12th man duties (Credit:...


Racism and MMA

Nigeria’s UFC world welterweight champion Kamaru Usman says it’s become ‘normalised’ to face racism in the United States. Last month, Usman was subjected to racist comments from UFC fighter Colby Covington – who said the backlash he received from fellow fighters was “unwarranted”. UFC President Dana White said he doesn’t want to "muzzle fighters, we let everybody speak their mind. I don't know what he said that was racist.” Usman, who was born in Nigeria but moved to the United States at the...


The Lost Lakers

In 2010 the Los Angeles Lakers were the kings of the NBA. The Lakers, thanks to legendary coach Phil Jackson and Laker great Kobe Bryant, defeated the Boston Celtics in game 7 of the NBA finals. But in the following the decade, the fortunes of the franchise changed. Phil Jackson left, franchise owner Jerry Buss died and the championship team was broken up. So what happened? Sportsworld’s Delyth Lloyd is joined by former Lakers coaches and players to discuss the Lost Lakers. Photo:Kobe Bryant...


Hoops, politics and protests

Remember the date – 26th August 2020 – the day athletes across US professional sports boycotted games. An unprecedented and historic protest for racial justice and the end to police brutality in America. Players were responding to the death of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot by police in Wisconsin. It was led by several Women's NBA teams and reached across the entire basketball leagues and across other America's courts, pitches and fields fell silent. Lee James speaks to...


Ferrari at 1000: The Formula One team like no other

Ferrari – the biggest name in Formula One. Iconic cars, a global brand, a Formula One team that comes under more scrutiny than any other. As Ferrari marks its 70th anniversary and it’s 1000th Formula One race at the Tuscan Grand Prix this weekend, we’re taking a look at what makes the name such a dominant force within the sport. From the origins of the iconic Prancing Horse logo, their cars and their famous owner Enzo Ferrari to the current day – what’s it like to drive for the most iconic...


Bielsa: the manager behind the myths

What's it really like to play for the obsessive and demanding Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa? We’ve spoken to some of the people who have got closest to the 65-year-old Argentine through his well-travelled career – from Buenos Aires to Bilbao and Mexico to Marseille - to try to find out more about how he operates. Bielsa carries a mythology with him - but how many of the remarkable stories about him are actually true? As his exciting Leeds United team prepare to take on the Premier...


Leeds United: Rise, fall and rise again

As Leeds United make their return to the Premier League after a 16 year wait, we take a look at their fall from the top, and their return to glory under manager Marcelo Bielsa. Joined by special guests Lucas Radebe, Jon Newsome and the Kaiser Chiefs, we unravel the last two decades of football in Leeds. From the glory days of Eric Cantona, Rio Ferdinand and Lee Bowyer, to their significant and rapid decline in the early 2000s, and their return to the top flight of English football in 2020....


NBA coach Lloyd Pierce insists ‘silence is not an option’ in the global fight against racism.

Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce is one of just a few black head coaches in the NBA, but says now is the time athletes around the world are ‘speaking louder and being heard’. Pierce was joined by This Is Us softball player Kiki Stokes for one of a series of BBC discussions about racism and whether we will see change following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May which sparked protests around the globe. Earlier this year Stokes quit the Houston-based Scrap Yard Dawgs club along...


The story of LeBron James

The 2020 NBA season has been far from normal - due to covid restrictions the action returned without home court advantage, with no fans and with all games played in a bio-bubble in Disneyworld. But with the play-offs just two days away, would winning in this extraordinary season crown the career of one of the game's most extraordinary players, LeBron James On Sportsworld we find out more about the basketball legend who is aiming to lead a third different side to the NBA title, and discuss...


Racism, identity and the need for change

Will George Floyd's death lead to change? NFL player Sam Acho, WNBA Chicago Sky player Gabby Williams and England and Harlequins rugby union player Shaunagh Brown discuss their own experiences of racism in light of Floyd's death. "It's not politics it's our lives, we're trying to erase the line between our blackness and our sport.” George Floyd was an African American man killed during an arrest in Minneapolis in May. It sparked protests around the globe about racial injustice and racism....


The Jim Thorpe Story

This programme explores the sad and controversial life of Jim Thorpe - the American Indian who was the star of the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, where the Swedish King famously told him 'Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world'. Thorpe had grown up on the Sac and Fox Indian reservation in Oklahoma and then, as a teenager, was sent 1500 miles away to a boarding school in Pennsylvania whose purpose was to 'civilise' Indian children by eradicating their culture. Its motto was 'Kill the...


Jurgen Klopp: the Black Forest boy who brought the glory back to Anfield

As Liverpool end their 30-year wait for the league title, we chart the rise of their remarkable manager Jurgen Klopp. We take you to Klopp's home village of Glatten in the Black Forest and to Mainz where he was a player for a decade, then tasted promotion and relegation as a manager. Then we travel to Dortmund where he won trophies, became a celebrity and had a pop song written in his honour. And finally to Anfield, where he has ended fans' yearning for a 19th league title. We'll speak to...