Messi named best footballer for fifth time
Lionel Messi has yet again won the Ballon d’Or — the award given to the best footballer in the world each year. But should sports like football be about individual prizes or team success?
Rags to riches: the boy who scored 1009 runs
A penniless schoolboy from India has smashed a 117-year-old cricket record. His instant fame has awoken the age-old tale of a humble hero who makes good. Why do we love such success stories?
Sports rivals unite on Wembley’s hallowed turf
Four days after the terrorist attacks of 13 November in Paris, England and France stood together before playing a football match. What role can sport play in healing a nation’s wounds?
England need to know ‘the beauty of failure’
A devastating defeat by Australia meant England are now out of the Rugby World Cup at the first stage. Is winning a game all that matters? Or is true sport about learning how to lose?
USA win World Cup after thrilling final
The USA beat Japan 5-2 to win their third Women’s World Cup. Is this tournament a major step on the road to women’s football becoming as popular as the men’s game?
World Cup puts women’s football in spotlight
England play France today in their first match of the Women’s World Cup in Canada. How much change can big tournaments bring about in how women’s sport is viewed?
World’s tallest water slide
A new attraction — the tallest water slide in the world - opens to the public this week. It is called Verrückt, ‘insane’ in German. Should we be excited or terrified by this monumental ride?