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Muhammad Ali started MMA

In June 1976, Muhammad Ali was the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Ali travelled to...

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The last great days of the Soviet Union

In 1988, the Soviet Union made it to the final of the European Championships where they faced...

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The forgotten Women's World Cup

In August 1971, a group of footballers were catapulted from obscurity to overnight stardom in...

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John Aldridge’s touchline temper at USA '94

It's 30 years since John Aldridge made headlines for all the wrong reasons during a World Cup...

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Manchester United's record-breaking treble

Ten days at the end of Manchester United's 98/99 season would define the club as one of the...

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The fatal crash of Ayrton Senna

It's 30 years since the death of Formula One driver, Ayrton Senna. The three time world...

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Ghana's 'Baby Jet'

Alice Annum is Ghana's original 'Baby Jet'. She gained the nickname after winning two silver...

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The first Venice Cup

In May 1974, the Italian Bridge Federation invited a team of American women players to an...

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Scouting Liverpool's greatest generation

It's 20 years since the death of the scout responsible for finding some of the greatest players...

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Alex Higgins: The rock star snooker legend

Alex Higgins was the two-times World Snooker champion from Northern Ireland whose speedy style of...

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The first transgender pro golfer

It's 20 years since Mianne Bagger became the first transgender athlete to play in pro golf...

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The man who swam the Amazon

In 2007, 52-year-old Slovenian endurance swimmer Martin Strel became the first person to swim the...

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Bonus: The Black 14

A bonus episode from the Amazing Sport Stories podcast – The Black 14. Sport, racism and protests...

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The plasterer who fought a boxing legend

Roberto Duran and Dave Radford were from different worlds. Roberto, a champion boxer considered...

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First black cricketer to represent England

In 1980, Roland Butcher became the first black cricketer to represent England. It was in a one...

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Rajeev Bagga: Deaflympic badminton champion

The badminton champion Rajeev Bagga grew up in India, winning deaf and hearing competitions in...

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F1's only six-wheeled winner

In the 1976 Formula One motor racing season, South African driver Jody Scheckter became the first...

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Women's Marathon Agony

In 1984, the women's marathon was held in the Olympic Games for the first time. But to the...

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International football's biggest ever beating

In April 2001, the small island nation of American Samoa took on Australia in the World Cup...

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Zamalek Stadium Disaster

It was supposed to be a friendly match between Egyptian giants Zamalek and Czechoslovakian side...

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