Micky Adams: “When you’re losing games of football, the pressure is enormous”

Football management is a stressful business. Never have the stakes been higher than they are now. With the game’s burgeoning finances causing a seemingly endless swelling of expectation from fans and owners alike, the life of a manager has become one of survival and self-preservation. After 800 games in the spotlight

“Being in Division One is massive” – Joe Clarke on Worcestershire promotion and an Ashes winter with the Lions

There is always a sense of interest surrounding an England Lions squad announcement. Who’s the next kid on the block? Who’s been left out of the main squad? Is there space for the old-stager having the season of his life? So, when the lucky seventeen had their names announced on 2nd

Lizzie Simmonds: “It’s seen as a weakness to talk about mental health”

“Actually, what is the emphasis on here? Should we be developing well-rounded, successful, athletes who give it all for their country and then are functional and happy in later life, or are we purely looking at numbers on a medal table?” As Lizzie Simmonds questions the predicament facing British sport, with

“Takam will be a tougher test than Pulev” – a first-hand view

Anthony Joshua, Kubrat Pulev, Carlos Takam; Michael Sprott has fought them all. Nick Friend spoke to Sprott ahead of Joshua's showdown with Takam to find out what kind of threat the late replacement poses, as well as what it's like to step into the ring with 'AJ'. When Anthony Joshua and

“I think Joshua will go undefeated for ten years”: Barry Hearn on Anthony Joshua and a lifetime in boxing

From stripping tomato plants while trying to make ends meet as a teenager to founding Matchroom Sport, Barry Hearn has done it all. The chairman of World Snooker and the Professional Darts Corporation has dramatically shifted the sporting landscape. Nick Friend went to meet him ahead of Anthony Joshua's fight

“I felt like the unluckiest person in the world”: the extraordinary tale of Ali Jawad

Ahead of the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico City - rearranged after an earthquake struck the city in September - Nick Friend speaks to Paralympic silver-medalist Ali Jawad about a life story that few could even begin to imagine. “The doctor said to me the night before the operation that

How an emphasis on local talent brought the glory days back to Chelmsford

After a remarkable unbeaten season brought Essex an unlikely first County Championship title since a dominant spell in the 1980s and early '90s, Nick Friend spoke to former Essex wicketkeeper Neil Burns about the similarities between this year's success and that of the previous great Essex sides. Without County Championship silverware

The closest shave: How Buenos Aires almost halted the Afghanistan fairytale

In January 2009, Argentina hosted the ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament. They were joined by Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, the Cayman Islands, Uganda and, fresh from promotion from Division Four, a plucky Afghanistan side, defying civil unrest and everyday danger. However, another promotion followed and, eight years