After plenty of British success at the Olympics - the future of the Modern Pentathlon is in question. Elly Oldroyd takes Aimee Fuller and Mark Hunter, both Olympic medallists themselves, to try out the disciplines. They find out how a sport under pressure is having to change to keep its place in The Games and how the proposed removal of horse riding would mean defending champion Joe Choong is done with the sport after Paris 2024.
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Golf’s Historic Merger
30:26Katherine Downes and Iain Carter discuss the historic merger between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf. They are joined by the Telegraph’s golf correspondent Jamie Corrigan and Dan Rapaport from Barstool Sports to unpick the story and what this means for golf. Plus, Iain speaks to Keith Pelley, CEO of the DP World Tour about the decision.
All About the PGA Championship 2023
46:20BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter is joined by Greg Allen from RTE to look ahead to the PGA Championship being held at Oak Hill, Rochester, New York. After missing the cut at The Masters, Rory McIlroy tells Iain how he had never been so sure that he was going to have a strong week at Augusta National and how he’s dealt the disappointment since. Iain also chats to world number one Jon Rahm on what it was like to win the Masters’ green jacket last month and how he deals with the pressure of being the best in the world. You’ll hear from Team Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald on what it’s like to get ready for a major whilst preparing for the Ryder Cup. And we have a feature length interview with the 2003 US PGA Championship winner Shaun Micheel, 20 years on from his unlikely victory at Oak Hill.
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All about the 87th Masters: preview
58:01Alistair Bruce-Ball and BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter look ahead to the 87th Masters at Augusta National, where there is set to be many compelling storylines. Rory McIlroy is attempting to achieve the career grand slam and also win his first major title in nine years. BBC Northern Ireland’s Stephen Watson joins the pod to discuss whether it’s now or never for McIlroy to win a green jacket. Golf Magazine’s Sean Zak drops by to look at the US contenders this week – will Tiger Woods make the cut? Will world number one Scottie Scheffler become only the fourth man in history to successfully defend his Masters crown? Will in-form LIV golf rebel Brooks Koepka cause a stir by winning a green jacket? You’ll also hear from the 2022 Open champion Cameron Smith, who was inevitably asked plenty of questions in his press conference about joining the controversial LIV golf series. Golf Digest’s Evin Priest joins us to discuss how Smith handled himself in front of the media at Augusta National. We have commentary of every round of the 87th Masters live from Augusta National on 5 Live, 5 Sports Extra and BBC Sounds, starting from 8pm on Thursday 6th April.
53:50BBC Sport's Nesta McGregor and Mo Mooncey of the Hoop Genius podcast look at the career of LeBron James, after he became the NBA's all-time leading points scorer. They hear from James' high school coach Dru Joyce II on the early promise shown by James. Journalist Brian Windhorst, who's known the Los Angeles Lakers star throughout his career, also joins the podcast to explain what's made LeBron James one of the best of all-time. 04:30 - LeBron James on breaking the record;; 09:00 - Dwight Howard on playing with James at the Lakers; 14:00 - Coach Dru Joyce II on James' talent at high school. 20:10 - ESPN's Brian Windhorst talks us through what's made James special throughout his career. 45:00 - Discussion on James' legacy away from the basketball court.
53:3175 years ago, we heard Sports Report for the first time. On this podcast, Mark Chapman and Pat Murphy speak to fans, broadcasters and those who’ve been on the other side of the microphone. Jockey AP McCoy, author Lee Child and manager Tony Pulis are among those to explain why Sports Report is so special. **This is pre-recorded, so please do not message in** TOPICS: 7:00 – Author Lee Child, 12:40 - What is it like actually working as a reporter on the show? 18:50 – Manager Tony Pulis, 26:15 – Stories from our presenters, 33:20 – Jockey AP McCoy, 42:30 - The most difficult day in the history of the programme, the day of Hillsborough, 50:20 – The wrong theme tune!
The LIV Golf story: Billions, birdies and bust-ups
54:03BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter presents a special programme looking at how the creation of the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf series has left a deep divide in the men’s professional game. Iain travels to the USA and Dubai to get both sides of the story, those who have stuck with the PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, and those who have broken away to LIV Golf, Phil Mickelson, Greg Norman, Ian Poulter – and even Donald Trump! We’ll explore whether these two sides can co-exist and what this means for the sport, and especially the Ryder Cup, in 2023. TOPICS: 0’50” – How the LIV Golf series was created in 2022 5’35” – Interview with Donald Trump on LIV Golf 8’00” – Ian Poulter on Ryder Cup future 9’40” – Martin Kaymer interview on why he joined LIV Golf 14’57” – Fans’ view on LIV Golf 19’45” – Phil Mickelson’s turbulent 2022 25’30” – Tiger Woods’ role defending the PGA Tour 29’14” – Cameron Smith moving over to LIV Golf 32’20” – The role of Greg Norman in LIV Golf 35’50” – Atul Khosla on LIV Golf’s future plans in 2023 43’10” – Rory McIlroy on what happens next 49’20” – DP World Tour’s Keith Pelley on potential impact on Ryder Cup in 2023
32:53Eleanor Oldroyd speaks to Pakistan great Wasim Akram about his highs and lows with the national team, from winning the World Cup in 1992 to those match fixing allegations. Plus he reflects on his time at Lancashire and how he dealt with family tragedy and cocaine addiction.
How green is the World Cup?
25:26With just days to go until the Qatar World Cup begins, Steve Crossman is joined by Dr Madeleine Orr and guests to discuss how green the World Cup really is. Mike Berners-Lee, researcher and writer on carbon foot printing at Lancaster University has said it is "very likely the most emitting event in human history, outside of wars". We speak to Frank Huisingh, founder of Fossil Free Football on why this is a possibility. And Wycombe Wanderers footballer David Wheeler joins the show to speak about why he signed an open letter to FIFA asking it to scrap its claims of carbon neutrality and review its approach to environmentally 'clean' tournaments.
Rugby’s financial crisis
1:15:56Eleanor Oldroyd focuses on the financial crisis in rugby union with our reporter Sara Orchard and ex-England and Lions winger Ugo Monye. Sean Farrington from 5 Live’s Wake Up to Money show gives a rundown on debt among Premiership clubs. Worcester Warriors director of rugby Steve Diamond provides an insight into their current problems. Worcester season ticket holder Phil Roberts has his say. Hear from Prem rugby's chief executive Simon Massie-Taylor on the challenges the league faces. And catch interviews with Gloucester CEO Lance Bradley, ex-Harlequins chief exec Mark Evans, and Mark Lambert from the Rugby Players Association. INTERVIEWS: 6:30 - Sean Farrington, 14:30 – Steve Diamond, 22:35 – Phil Roberts, 32:50 – Simon Massie-Taylor, 37:35 – Lance Bradley, 52:15 – Mark Evans, 1:07:20 – Mark Lambert.
54:35The Roger Federer era is officially over. To so many he was, and is, perfect. In a career lasting 24 years, he won 20 Grand Slam titles, 103 tour titles and millions of hearts. Gigi Salmon, Russell Fuller and Chris Clarey hear from his coach Ivan Ljubicic, Dan Evans and Kevin Anderson who played on the tour with him, and Sue Barker who interviewed him all those times on Wimbledon's Centre Court.