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17 Saints

17 people were murdered when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Two weeks after the tragedy, the schools ice hockey team ranked one of the lowest in the State tournament, unexpectedly beat the top seeded teams and qualified for the national schools championships. Captain Matthew Hautman says they want to continue their Cinderella story and win the title for the school and the victims. From ice hockey to field hockey, the incredible tale of Sandeep Singh...


Should England Boycott the World Cup?

The fall out to the attempted murder of a former spy continues with UK police contacting a number of Russian exiles to discuss their safety That's after Prime Minister Theresa May said it was highly likely the Russian State was responsible for posioning Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English City of Salisbury. In response, amongst other sanctions, came the decision this week that no member of the British government or Royal family will go to this summer's Football World Cup in...


'I had to crash to earn respect from male drivers'

Tatiana Calderon admits that her career hasn’t always been easy. The Sauber test driver tells Sportshour she had to crash in order to the gain the respect from the male drivers. Calderon also talks about the controversial comments made by Carmen Jorda, the former development driver for Lotus and Renault. Jorda said women were more suited to competing in the new Formula E series, using electric vehicles than the high octane world of Formula One. The E-Car she believes presented less of a...


Biathlon's Russian Boycott

Biathlon Boycott Find out why the US biathlon team are boycotting a World Cup event in Russia this month, despite the IOC lifting their ban. A member of the US team, Clare Egan, tells us they’re making a stand against doping in sport and believe the IOC lifted the sanctions too soon. Zimbabwe to Zambia in a chicken wagon We find out how the footballers of Matabeleland qualified for the ConIFA World Cup in England in May - a tournament for nations and regions not recognised by FIFA. Their...


Barry Bennell No Longer Has Power Over Me

Following former football coach Barry Bennell’s sentencing of 31 years for 50 counts of child sexual abuse, we speak to one of his victims Steve Walters who along with other survivors, have set up a support network, The Offside Trust to combat child abuse in sport and support the healing journey of survivors. In a moving and raw interview, Steve explains what it was like coming face to face with the man who ruined his childhood and how he now aims to rebuild his life. Fans in Australia...


Me Too

Earlier this year the sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to more than 360 years in prison in the United States. More than 250 women, including many of the country's elite gymnasts accused him of sexual abuse, including Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles. Among those gymnasts to testify against him was another Olympic champion Aly Raisman. It was the testimony of Raisman and her team-mates that gave the Icelandic gymnast Tinna Odinsdottir the courage to tell of how she was raped by a...


Munich Air Disaster Tribute

This week, Manchester United and the world of football marked the sixtieth anniversary of the Munich Air disaster. The greatest footballer in Kenya’s history – Joe Kadenge became a Manchester United fan after the tragedy and for the first time in his life, he got to watch United play at Old Trafford against Huddersfield. During his visit to Manchester, he attended the Munich memorial service on Tuesday and also popped into the BBC Sport studio where we spoke to him about fulfilling a...


Sportshour at the Super Bowl: Death in Minneapolis

We look back on an NFL season dominated by politics and protest, and ask if the player protests have failed and how significant is the issue that prompted Colin Kaepernick's campaign in the first place... Police brutality, and why Minneapolis St Paul's was such an apposite location for this year's Super Bowl... Killed on Facebook: Why I joined the police after my nephew was killed by an officer As well as the home of this year’s Super Bowl, Minneapolis-St Pauls was also the home of...


A Landmark Case in Sport

Former Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was jailed for 175 years, after he was convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault. We speak to Katherine Starr who created Safe 4 Athletes, an organisation protecting athlete welfare, who says the first gymnast came to her to report sexual abuse in US Gymnastics. Kiko Matthews will try to break the world record for rowing solo across the Atlantic, despite having little or no experience in a boat. She will be raising money for Kings College...


'Cyrille Regis was a pioneer, but to me, he was my uncle'.

Following the sad news this week that Cyrille Regis passed away at the age of 59, Caroline Barker speaks to his nephew Jason Roberts about the inspiring role Cyrille had on many lives but also how he shaped his own footballing career. Jason pays tribute to his hero and how he will remember Cyrille. On 14th February 2013, Reeva Steenkamp was killed by her boyfriend, the once idolised Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorious. At the time, he was sentenced to six years. A term prosecutors argued...


Women Allowed

Women allowed For the first time Saudi women have been allowed into stadiums to watch a football match. It happened in Jeddah. We hear what the the experience was like from one of the pioneering women and what it means for future change in the country. Stranded in Romania Romania has been home for the Tonga Rugby international Sione Vaiomounga for three years, since he joined the Baia Mare club in 2014. But he suffered kidney failure in his first season and needs regular dialysis...


Chess Queen hits out at Saudi regime

Ukrainian Anna Muzychuk is a grandmaster of the sport but the two time world champion lost her titles as she refused to take part in the World Chess Championship in Saudi Arabia because she did not want to play by someone else’s rules. She told Caroline Barker that she doesn’t want to be treated like a secondary creature. It was the first time the tournament was held in Saudi Arabia which has already caused a stir with several players from Israel denied a visa to enter the country. Anna’s...


2017: Trump and Sport

A look back at a year when President Trump and the world of sport clashed. Photo: US President Donald Trump holds a jersey given to him by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (R) and head coach Bill Belichick (L) alongside members of the team during a ceremony honoring them as 2017 Super Bowl Champions on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 19, 2017. CREDIT: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)


Ice Hockey's Transgender Star

Harrison Browne is a professional ice-hockey player with the Metropolitan Riveters in the National Women's Hockey League in the United States. He's won championships, but Harrison is also known for being the first transgender athlete on a professional US sports team. On a cold wintry night in 2003, 89 merry Union Berlin fans hatched a plan. The team had just lost their last game before the winter break but the fans didn’t want to say goodbye to each other without some Christmas joy. So...


California Wildfires: the Horse Racing Community trying to Rebuild

Wildfires have caused severe damage to businesses and homes in Southern California. Several horse racing and dressage stables have been destroyed after the blaze engulfed areas outside Los Angeles and San Diego. In early November, Peter Miller was celebrating his most successful day as trainer but 30 days later, he had lost five horses in the fire including a champion ride called California Diamond. Former England captain Graham Gooch talks about how the England cricket team shouldn’t be...


Injured by war but still an Ironman

Kerry Gruson talks about their experiences of competing in Ironman’s as a disabled athlete with her partner Caryn Lubetsky. The American was left paralysed after a soldier attacked her during an interview. The Christmas Truce during the winter of 1914 has become one of the most re-told stories of the First World War Soldiers from both sides stopped fighting to exchange gifts, sing carols and play a game of football on the battlefield near Ypres. To commemorate the truce, every December the...


World Cup Worries

As the groups are drawn for the 2018 World Cup we assess the problems facing LGBT and minority fans in Russia. British Athlete Bobby Clay opens up about the over training and under eating from the age of 15 has robbed her of puberty and left her with the bone disease Osteoporosis. As Australia lift their eleventh Rugby League World Cup title we hear from Gary Carter, a journalist who fought back from the brink of death to report on the World Cup final after a brutal attack left him in a...


My Unbreakable story

In 1999, 16 year old tennis player Jelena Dokic, Ranked 129, beat world number one Martina Hingis, the teenager from Australia came of age. Dokic would go on to reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon that year, but despite her success, she alleges that behind closed doors she was suffering physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her father, Damir. Jelena admits she nearly killed herself. Now retired Jelena has been telling her story to Sportshour and how her first day on a tennis court...


Love All: Australia Votes for Marriage Equality

After Australia’s citizens voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a national poll that will trigger a parliamentary debate, we assess how sport in the country may have influenced the vote. We're in the USA as researchers confirm the detection of the dementia-like disease CTE or "boxers brain" for the first time in a living person, a break through that could change the lives of the former NFL players suffering from the degenerative condition that’s been linked to repeated blows...


The Peace Marathon

2 years in hospital, 36 surgeries and a marathon founder May El Khalil was running on the side of road, when she was knocked over and crushed by a truck. The accident caused her to slip into a coma. Once she woke, she lay in a hospital bed for two years and she devised a plan. She wanted to start a marathon in Beirut, Lebanon. The Middle Eastern country had never hosted an event like it due political and social unrest but May despite the protests was determined to get her idea over the...


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