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Showcasing 5 live Sport’s one-off specials, featuring in-depth interviews and coverage with the biggest names from the world of sport.




The Story of Raging Bull

In December 1980, arguably the greatest sports film of all time was released. Thirty years on from the premiere of Raging Bull, 5 live sport celebrated Martin Scorsese's masterpiece. Scorsese tells the story behind the making of the film, while 'The Bronx Bull' Jake La Motta, whose career the film documents, reminisces with Mike Costello. Mark Chapman also speaks with Robert De Niro who's portrayal of La Motta won him an Oscar.

Duration: 00:50:13

Blackwash & Me

Ronald Mcintosh takes you back to the historic 1984 West Indies tour of England, featuring news archive weaved amongst a number of the players, fans, officials and academics who'll be re-collecting their memories of a test series that had a huge cultural impact on West Indian, English and World Cricket and the Afro Caribbean communities in the UK. First broadcast 27 May 2014

Duration: 00:58:11

Friday Sports Panel

World athletics silver-medallist Eilidh Doyle, England and Middlesex batsman Nick Compton, Rugby League legend Iestyn Harris and world record race walker Tom Bosworth join George Riley to discuss the sporting issues of the week.

Duration: 00:46:22

The Making of McGregor

With Mayweather v McGregor little over a week away, OJ Borg visits Ireland to find out how Conor McGregor went from the Dublin suburb of Crumlin to the bright lights of Las Vegas via a spectacular career in the UFC. Speaking to those who knew and trained him, find out about the plumber turned MMA star's upbringing and how he turned into one of sport’s most recognisable faces.

Duration: 00:58:27

'The Brain Game'

We discuss the shocking results of a Boston University study of former NFL players brains which revealed 99% of subjects suffered from CTE - a rare and degenerative form of brain damage. Mark Chapman and guests, former Green Bay Packers VP Andrew Brandt and ex-NFL linebacker Geoff Schwartz, look at what the study means for the game at all levels and ask whether repeated concussions will change the way people consume the sport.

Duration: 00:51:46

'I despise players who sledge' - Curtly Ambrose

Sir Curtly Ambrose helps preview England v West Indies and gives tips to current England bowler Mark Wood. Michael Vaughan, Paul Collingwood and Sir Curtly Ambrose join Mark Chapman to preview England's three-match Test series against the West Indies. The panel also discuss England selection, the logistics around a day-night Test, and Mark Wood joins to talk fast bowling.

Duration: 01:19:09

Tiger's Masterclass

A look back to 1997 when a 21 year old Eldrick "Tiger" Woods stunned the golfing world and became the youngest player to win the US Masters, eight months after turning pro. 20 years on, 5 live reviews the career of a man who quickly dominated the game and became one of the world's richest athletes.

Duration: 00:49:49

Cantona Kung Fu Kick

Looking back to Eric Cantona’s infamous kung-fu kick on a Crystal Palace fan that shocked the world of football. Palace fan Matthew Simmons ran down 11 rows to abuse Cantona as he walked back to the dressing rooms. What followed caused a sensation across the sporting world. Cantona was sentenced to two weeks in prison which was reduced on 31 March to 120 hours community service for the attack.This programme was first broadcast on the twentieth anniversary of the incident in January 2015.

Duration: 00:49:50

Friday Sports Panel

JJ Chalmers hosts this week's Friday Sports Panel as former Premier League player and manager Owen Coyle, squash great Laura Massaro and the recently crowned Long Jump Para World Champion Stef Reid discuss the week's sporting issues.

Duration: 00:47:23

The Record Fakers

A country of just 17 million dominated track and field for a decade. But they did so illegally. 5 live looks back at the East German doping scandal, and the ongoing human and emotional cost that lives on to this day.

Duration: 00:49:33

Living with Lions (The Inside Story)

Tom Fordyce speaks to the people who made one of the greatest sports documentaries of all time. It's been twenty years since that Lions tour of South Africa so we've made a special podcast all about "Living with Lions".

Duration: 00:49:38

Friday Sport Panel

Elly is at Old Trafford with former England cricket star Graeme Swann, Arsenal and Scotland footballer Kim Little and double Olympic champion Becky Adlington.

Duration: 00:46:57

Bolt and Farah Bid Farewell

Sonja McLaughlan previews 10 days of world-class track and field ahead of the World Athletics Championships in London, which will see Usain Bolt and Mo Farah run their final races. Joining Sonja is athletics correspondent Mike Costello, commonwealth silver medallist Allison Curbishley and British javelin record-holder Goldie Sayers.

Duration: 01:45:47

Usain Bolt - 100 Days That Shook The World

On 16 August 2008, Usain Bolt won Olympic gold in Beijing and set a new world record for the 100 metres of 9.69 seconds - and still had time to celebrate before he crossed the line. Tom Fordyce, looks at how athletics was changed in just 4 months by the emergence of the then 21-year-old. How did he do it and what was life like for him after? We hear from some of those who were there with Bolt as it happened.

Duration: 01:17:14

‘Roland-Jones can be successful in Australia’

Analysis of England’s impressive 239-run win over South Africa with Michael Vaughan and Simon Hughes. We discuss the impact of debutant Toby Roland-Jones, and whether or not the struggling Keaton Jennings has one Test to save his place in the side. Includes interviews with England captain Joe Root and hat-trick hero Moeen Ali.

Duration: 01:04:52

US Open: "I'm not betting against Dustin Johnson"

Alistair Bruce-Ball is joined by BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter to preview the US Open. You can hear from Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose, plus our team of experts review the course and discuss the scrutiny facing the USGA ahead of the tournament.

Duration: 00:51:46

Jake Ball: 'England riding the crest of a wave'

Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan are joined by bowler Jake Ball to look ahead to England's ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against Pakistan. They also ask where it has gone wrong for Australia, in particular addressing the body language of their captain Steve Smith, and speak to the former chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board Hugh Morris about the poor crowds in Cardiff.

Duration: 00:55:51

Friday Sports Panel - BBC Music Day Special

Chris Warburton presents a BBC Music Day special of the Sports Panel with the 70 piece BBC Philharmonic playing sporting tunes with a range of special guests including Pop great Will Young, Manchester rockers The Courteeners, Olympic long jump finalist and singer Jazmin Sawyers and Rio 2016 champion diver and music producer Chris Mears.

Duration: 00:54:59

Martyn Williams: "Owen Farrell's the best player in Europe”

Jason Mohammad is joined by former Wales and Lions flanker Martyn Williams, former Scotland and Saracens lock Jim Hamilton and BBC rugby union reporter Chris Jones to look ahead to tomorrow's crucial match, as Warren Gatland's side take on the Canterbury Crusaders. The team also discuss Sam Warburton’s fitness and ask why the Lions captain needs to be managed like a racehorse, look at Warren Gatland’s tactics and ask what do you do when a team-mate has an absolute stinker.

Duration: 00:53:58

The Dawson & Mehrtens Lions Show: Warrenball doesn't exist

Former England World Cup winner Matt Dawson and former All Black fly-half Andrew Mehrtens are back with their second instalment of the Dawson and Mehrtens Lions show. The pair are joined by Ireland legend Keith Wood to talk about that bungled line-out and Mehrtens tells us just how tough the match on Saturday will be for Warren Gatland's side.

Duration: 00:52:13

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