“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

Sampson debacle the latest in an unfit organisation’s history of incompetence

Mark Sampson's sacking as England women's manager was - to put it mildly - entirely predictable. The exact reasons behind it are anyone's guess, with the FA stopping short of complete transparency. What is clear, however, is that the time for reform has never been more urgent, after another calamitous