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Sport's Concussion Discussion

We investigate the effects of concussion in sport. What if anything needs to be done to improve the safety of the sport stars we cheer on every week. How do you help athletes who want to play on regardless of the risks, and what responsibility for player's health do we have as fans? We are joined by neurologist Dr Margaret Goodman. For many years she was a ringside physician in the home of boxing Las Vegas. She also served on the Nevada State Athletic Commission and chairs VADA, The...

Duration: 00:21:51

Colin Kaepernick: Athlete Activist

Ahead of the new NFL season we profile Colin Kaepernick. He stirred controversy last year for sitting or kneeling during the anthem, in protest against the treatment of black Americans. The quarterback remains without a team as the new season approaches. Supporters claim he remains unemployed because he was prepared to speak out about inequality in wider American society. We are joined by Dr. Harry Edwards, who organised the "Olympic Project for Human Rights" in the 1960's. It prompted...

Duration: 00:21:31

Golf in the Gobi

When we heard that Adam Rolston and his caddie Ron Rutford were planning on raising money for the Laureus Sport for Good charity by playing the longest hole in golf history, one that literally spanned the length of Mongolia, we had to find out more! Well 82 days and about 20,000 shots later, the pair are just a lofted wedge and a putt away from completing their adventure. We’re on the final stretch with the pair as they exit the Gobi and enter the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar. Retirement...

Duration: 00:26:15

Football's Homeless World Cup

The Homeless World Cup in Oslo came to an end this week, how striking that it should be played out against the backdrop of a record breaking transfer window. We hear from Sophie and David who both found themselves in need of help in their lives and are now on the road to recovery through football, proudly representing Wales! Social went last week. When you win the World Cup... but have to go back to work There was an unexpected side effect to the recent victory of the New Zealand women's...

Duration: 00:25:33

Rugby Saved Me, Now I'm Banned From Playing

England takes on New Zealand in the final of the Women's Rugby World Cup on Saturday. It's an event players and fans alike are hotly anticipating, but for Jean Kim it's too painful to watch. When Jean says the sport of rugby saved her life, she means it, which makes it all the more difficult for her now she’s banned from playing. How to swim the English Channel four times, non stop Chloe McCardel is attempting to do something no one has ever done, or even tried! She will swim across the...

Duration: 00:28:45

The NFL and Colin Kaepernick

The 2017/18 NFL season starts in just a few days, but not for the first time the focus of attention ahead of a new season is on how the league and team are dealing with issues off the field. In particular the treatment of star quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He remains without a team, but does he remain unemployed because he was prepared to speak out about inequality on wider American society.

Duration: 00:21:31

Mayweather v McGregor: Fine fighting fayre or farce?

We preview the 'big fight' by profiling both fighters and ask why so many people are interested in a sporting event many feel a farce. We also look at the way the fight has been marketed and whether it has been done so without consideration of the consequences. Caroline Barker is joined by our boxing reporter Ade Adedoyin boxing writer Gabe Oppenheim, and we hear from Jeff Mayweather uncle of Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Katherine Redmond Brown founder of "The National Coalition Against...

Duration: 00:21:59

The Political Athlete Awakens

The First Ostracised Athlete The events in Charlottesville and the remarks made by President Trump this week, has seen an increase in US athletes speaking out against racism. One of the first high profile athletes to speak out about racism in the US, was two time NBA champion Craig Hodges. The former Chicago Bulls basketball player wrote a 14 page letter to President HW Bush expressing his displeasure at the inequality in society, but it was to his detriment, he would never play professional...

Duration: 00:25:47

The Rise of Fan TV

Footballs forgotten fans Football matches can be quite a daunting experience, especially fans suffering from social anxiety. Sonia Peacock’s son Kyle is autistic and she says clubs need to make fans with social anxiety feel more welcome. Kyle stopped attending Everton matches, after he was attacked by away fans, a couple of years ago. He only returned to Goodison Park this summer and Sonia says Kyle’s positive experience was down to fellow Everton fan Danny. A post from social media about...

Duration: 00:28:19

The Legacy of Bolt

Bolt's best friend Nugent Walker or NJ, as he’s known has been Usain Bolt’s best friend since primary school and manager since 2010. Despite being a ‘monster on the track’, NJ says Bolt is a bit of a dominos geek off it. What stands out from the interview is NJ is extremely proud watching his friend dominate the track. We could hear Usain in the background whilst we were talking to Nugent. He wasn’t able to talk; I think he has a race this week. Bolt changed my life Robyn Williams caught a...

Duration: 00:25:36

Will Brexit lead to a Premexit?

Will there be a Premexit? The Premier League is one of the most powerful leagues in the world. English clubs always challenge for major European titles and sign the world’s best players for record transfer fees. But are the glory days of the Premier League coming to end because of Brexit? Dr Babatunde Buraimo, from Liverpool University, says there are several factors that could help keep the Premier League an attractive destination. Four Four Feng Shui London based Queens Park Ranger are...

Duration: 00:31:14

World Para Athletic Championships Special

Mani Djazmi is joined by two time Paralympic sprint champion Martina Caironi and Lex Gillette, who is a four time Paralympic silver medalist in the long jump. The panel discuss performances at this years Para Athletic Championships and there are exclusive interviews with Paralympic Champions Jonnie Peacock and David Behre. Five years on from the London Paralympic games, Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson and journalist Mik Scarlet discuss whether the games have helped improve the lives of...

Duration: 00:47:00

Wimbledon Special

Wimbledon on location Caroline Barker is at the All England club to bringing you closer to the action on Ladies final day. She’ll be travelling around the ground, speaking to some VIPS as well as people that make the Championship special. James Blake - Ways of Grace Former tennis world number four James Blake was waiting for a car in front of at Manhattan Hotel, when he was tackled and handcuffed by a police officer. It was a case of mistaken identity and he was released. Instead of...

Duration: 00:49:27

Is There Any Respect Left in Tennis?

Sportmanship in Tennis Tennis, like most sports, is no stranger to an outburst but has Bernard Tomic comments about being bored and Daniil Medvedev’s outburst at the umpire, a sign that respect and sportsmanship has gone from the once gentlemanly game. We’ll ask former world number four James Blake, if he thinks the sport’s governing body needs to clamp down on these incidents like this or is this just a one off incident. Social Hit or Social Miss Aston Villa signed former England captain...

Duration: 00:23:44

The Fastest Hands in the West

The Fastest Hands in the West Andre Kajlich tells us about becoming the first para athlete to complete the 4,800 kilometre ‘Race Across America’. Andre competed on a handcycle, and finished the race in 12 days and 16 hours. One of only 14 to finish from the original 39 competitors. Bony’s banging beats The Premier League table isn’t the only the chart Manchester City striker Wilfred Bony will be interested in this season. The Ivory Coast international has been telling us about launching...

Duration: 00:27:38

The Power of Two

The Power of Two In 2014, US Olympian Alysia Montaño ran at the US Track and Field championships whilst eight months pregnant. The five-time national champion wanted to compete seven weeks before she was due to give birth to her first child. On Thursday, she ran at the same event four months pregnant with her second child. Does she feel her message “exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and the baby. 1,850km from the tee to hole. Adam Rolston and Ron Rutland have...

Duration: 00:29:12

The Real Miracle on Ice

The Real Miracle on Ice Craig Cunningham suffered a heart attack on the ice, just before the start of the national anthems at an AHL game. Whilst in hospital, Craig contracted an infection. In order to save his life, he had his leg amputated. Craig continues to recover but occasionally plays hockey thanks to an adapted prosthetic leg. He now works as a scout for the Arizona Coyotes. Walking corpse syndrome to motor racing heaven Warren Mckinley suffered brain damage, after crashing his...

Duration: 00:28:43

The Greatest Footballer to Never Exist

The Greatest striker to never exist He's won everything in world football, a cult hero with a significant social media following, now he's helping people tackle the issue of mental health. But the most extraordinary thing about striker Ivica Strok is... He doesn't exist! Strok came to 'life' in computer game Football Manager and for gamer Jonny Sharples, Strok helped him through a personal tragedy and believes he can help other too. Boxing champion turned Wonder Woman warrior Wonder Woman...

Duration: 00:28:39

The King of Pain

Former Miami Dolphins tight end Dan Johnson tells us he has taken more painkillers than any other player in the history of the game, he took so many he earned the nickname “King of Pain”. He played in the 1984 Superbowl, catching a touchdown pass from the great Dan Marino, but the effects of a career on painkillers left him bed ridden for many years. Things got so bad that he considered suicide, Dan tells us that despite the problems he suffered he still finds it hard to say that it wasn’t...

Duration: 00:28:21

A City United

On Monday, 22 people lost their lives in a terrorist attack in Manchester. Caroline Barker is at one of the city's biggest sporting events to see how the city is slowly recovering

Duration: 00:36:05

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