Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.


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Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.




Janelly Farias – the “Mexican Rapinoe”.

Club America defender Janelly Farias tells us how taking a stand on social issues has led to people in her home country likening her to USA star Megan Rapinoe. The comparisons were intended as an insult but Farias takes them as a compliment and the two women have exchanged messages on social media this week. Farias – who is LGBTQ+ - also tells us her family didn’t want her to be a footballer and that they rejected her when she got her first girlfriend. They’ve since reunited and she’s...


The NFL’s miracle man: Alex Smith on overcoming life-threatening injury and his against-all-odds comeback

In the week the NFL draft takes place, former number one pick Alex Smith joins us to discuss how he overcame a life-threatening injury and two years out to end the 2020 season voted as “comeback player of the year”. In 2018 Smith suffered a serious leg injury during a game against the Houston Texans and following corrective surgery, infection was discovered. The focus then switched from saving his leg, to saving his life. Doctors managed to save both and what followed was two years of...


Derek Chauvin murder conviction: US sport reacts

Former WNBA player Tamara Moore tells us about her relief and hope for the future after a US jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of George Floyd’s murder this week. Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes during his arrest on a street in Minneapolis last year and his death sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the globe. Moore, who is from Minneapolis and coaches men’s college basketball at Mesabi Range College in Virginia, Minnesota,...


Elladj Baldé - The figure skater trying to change perceptions of his sport

Canadian professional figure skater Elladj Baldé tells us how he’s bringing the sport to a new audience through social media. Videos of Baldé performing unconventional routines to artists including Rihanna and Labrinth, have been viewed millions of times. He was born in Moscow to a Russian mother and a Guinean father and tells us he hasn’t always found it easy to express himself in the sport. Baldé also explains how we was once told to cut his hair to fit in with perceptions of how a figure...


The world of sport remembers Prince Philip

The former England cricket captain David Gower, the BBC’s racing commentator John Hunt, the five time Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft and Andrew Counsell from British Carriage Driving reflect on Prince Philip’s life through his love of sport. The Duke of Edinburgh passed away at the age of 99 this week. Gower recalls his many meetings with Prince Philip, while Cockroft tells us just how much she gained by completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Andrew Counsell discusses how Prince Philip...


'I wish I could give her a hug and tell her she’s going to be OK' – Mallory Weggemann on her younger self

US Paralympic Gold medal winning swimmer Mallory Weggemann joins us to discuss her hopes of competing in Tokyo and reflects on her turbulent journey in the sport following the release of her autobiography. Weggemann – who was 18 at the time - was left paralysed in 2008 after receiving an epidural injection to treat back pain. She went on to win gold at London 2012, before a serious arm injury in 2014 left her contemplating her future in the sport. Weggemann competed in Rio in 2016, but...


From tackling strikers to tackling cancer – Rebekah Stott’s off pitch challenge

We hear from New Zealand and Brighton defender Rebekah Stott in the week she started chemotherapy for Stage 3 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Stott tells us she’s undergone IVF treatment to give her the option of having children in the future, given the severity of the treatment she’s facing. She tells us about having learned of her diagnosis while in hotel quarantine in Australia and discusses her plans to take control of the situation by shaving off her hair for charity. Stott is hopeful of playing...


“I’ve proved the people I care about right” – Josh Nisbet on making it as the shortest player in the A-League.

Josh Nisbet is the shortest player in the A-League, standing at 160 centimetres tall or just under 5 feet and 2 inches. He tells us about how he dreaded getting his height taken as a child and how a team in Spain suggested he take growth hormone as a teenager. He also recalls making his debut for the Central Coast Mariners alongside Usain Bolt and tells us of his hopes of playing for Australia. The UK's first female Muslim referee - Jawahir Roble - joins us to look ahead to the female only...


Conquering the high seas - From landlocked Thirsk to rowing world records

Jasmine Harrison joins Sportshour to reflect on making history as the youngest woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The 21-year-old completed the trip from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean in 70 days, 3 hours and 48 minutes. She tells us about capsizing twice, a close encounter with a drilling ship, being at one with nature and how she burnt her hand at the end of her journey. United States Olympic Gold medal winning ice hockey player Hilary Knight tells us about playing in the...


How Inclusive is Football?

As part of LGBT+ History Month, Sportshour presenter Caroline Barker is joined by a panel of guests from the football community to discuss how inclusive, or not, the sport really is and what can and is being done to address those areas where it falls short. We’ll also hear from Caitlin Rooskrantz, the first person of colour to be selected for South Africa’s Olympic gymnastics team. As part of Black History Month across the BBC World Service, Caitlin describes her route into the sport and why...


'You eventually come out and the next day the sun rises'

We hear from the first Wallabies player to come out as gay, Dan Palmer. Last year he wrote a powerful column in the Sydney Herald saying that his ‘own death felt preferable to anyone finding out that I was gay’. Since this he has had hundreds of people messaging from around the world to say they have encountered similar problems with their sexuality. A few months on he speaks to Caroline about his decision to come out, his battle with his own sexuality and being a gay sportsman. We also...


Sportshour at the Super Bowl

This week’s Sportshour focuses on Super Bowl LV between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The BBC’s Blaire Toedte is on the ground in Florida for us as the Bucs aim to make history by becoming the first team to win a Super Bowl in their home stadium. Seven and a half thousand vaccinated health care workers have been gifted tickets for the game as a thank you for their work during the covid pandemic. RJ Gardner is an ICU nurse with Aya Healthcare and tells us about running...


“Racism strips you entirely of your dignity'

“It strips you entirely of your dignity, of your feeling of any kind of self-worth” – Shaka Hislop on receiving racist abuse Former Newcastle United and Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Shaka Hislop joins us in the week that Show Racism the Red Card launched in South Africa. The organisation is the UK’s largest anti-racism educational charity and it was formed twenty five years ago following a donation from Hislop. He recalls his own experiences of racism and discusses the abuse Manchester...


Basketball’s forgotten stars living in poverty

We look at why a 100 or so former basketball players are living in poverty. The players are from the ABA, which was a major rival to the NBA in the 1960's and 70's before a merger in 1976. The ABA helped modernise the NBA including the style of play that has made the league a billion dollar industry, but now some of the biggest names of their day are dying in poverty. Darnell 'Dr Dunk' Hillman campaigns on behalf of the "Dropping Dimes" charity who are asking for the NBA to step in. Plus...


When Donald Trump bought a football team

We speak to former Buffalo Bills coach Phoebe Schechter ahead of the Divisional round of the NFL. Teams, including the Bills, are just two victories away from the Super Bowl. Plus in the week that President Donald Trump leaves office we head back to the early 1980s and his departure from professional sport. One of Trump’s ambitions was to own a sport franchise and he converted an NFL team. Unable to make this happen, he purchased the New Jersey Generals American football team of the newly...


FA Cup third round: Dare to dream

It's the third round of the FA Cup and Chorley FC who are in the sixth tier of English football travel to Championship team Derby County. We will speak live to the club ahead of the fixture. Plus we hear from Paul the FA Cup fact file on some of the most weird and wonderful stats on the competition and speak live to lifelong Crawley Town fan Carol Bates ahead of their FA Cup match against Leeds United. She also tells us how she will be staying entertained during lockdown 3.0. Away from the...


When sport stopped

2020 was a sporting year like no other. The coronavirus pandemic forced global sport into an unprecedented shutdown, with Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics among the events postponed. Liverpool won the Premier League and Bayern Munich the Champions League behind closed doors as sport returned without fans. In this first Sportshour of 2021 we catch up with those sports people from around the world who told us how the pandemic impacted on their lives. What happened after we first spoke? And...


The Jim Thorpe Story

This special 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...


“It’s much more than being a race car driver” – Nascar racer Bubba Wallace on finding his voice

Bubba Wallace joins us to reflect on a turbulent 2020 and to look ahead to racing for his new Michael Jordan owned team in 2021. Wallace led the successful calls for his sport to ban the confederate flag before a subsequent incident in Alabama prompted an FBI investigation. A member of his team found what looked like a noose hanging in his racing stall, with the authorities finding that no hate crime had been committed. As the only black driver at the top level of Nascar, Wallace tells us...


Tiara Brown on quitting the police: 'Enough was enough'

“Enough was enough – I felt like I was on the wrong side” – Tiara Brown on leaving the police Unbeaten professional boxer Tiara Brown joins us following her recent decision to resign from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. The former “DC Officer of the Year” tells us she became increasingly disheartened by some of the behaviour she witnessed from fellow officers when working at the protests that followed the death of George Floyd and the shooting of Jacob Blake. Brown...