Showcasing 5 Live Sport’s one-off specials, featuring in-depth interviews and coverage with the biggest names from the world of sport.
Black History Month: Heroes
In a special programme for Black History Month, hear stories of inspiration, affirmation and joy in celebration of our Black sporting heroes. You’ll hear Anthony Yarde on being a “real model” – not a “role model”, Ebony Rainford-Brent on coming to terms with her hero status and Ugo Monye on the influence of “Uncle” Ian Wright. GB Swimmer Alice Dearing, Paralympian Kadeena Cox and Marcus Rashford celebrate their heroes including Muhammad Ali, Allyson Felix and Serena Williams. And Darren and Jeanette get to speak to their own idols – Viv Anderson and Denise Lewis.
The Inside Track: "I'll never forget Denise Lewis calling me a disgrace."
Eleanor Oldroyd and Darren Campbell try and get in the mind-set of young sports people on tour after England footballers Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood were sent home after inviting two girls to their team hotel in Iceland. Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care also joins Elly and Darren to give his experiences of being a young rugby player travelling around the world, the pitfalls of success at a young age, and how to go about rebuilding trust after making mistakes.
The New York Times tennis correspondent, Chris Clarey, joins the pod to discuss how to move from being a champion on the court, to one off it, as World No 1 Novak Djokovic continues to face criticism after being disqualified from the US Open.
Plus the team are also joined by Lucy Bronze to talk her return to Manchester City, BBC Sport’s Nesta McGregor and Osi Umenyiora dial in to look ahead to the start of the new NFL season, and Australian bowler Adam Zampa ahead of England’s ODI against Australia
Tour de France Preview
Joining Gareth on the podcast are Eurosport cycling presenter Orla Chennaoui and the Guardian's Tour de France correspondent Jeremy Whittle and former Team Sky rider Peter Kennaugh, as they discuss the difficulty of organising the event during the current pandemic. Sir Dave Brailsford tells us why he didn't select Chris Froome or Geraint Thomas for Team Ineos. Plus we hear from Brit rider Connor Swift, who is making his Tour de France debut.
Golf and race
Iain Carter presents a 5 Live Sport Special investigating the uncomfortable relationship golf has historically with race.
You’ll hear from Damon Hack, presenter of the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive programme in the US, former European tour player Zane Scotland and Jas Athwal, the organiser of the UK Asian Open.
They all share their shocking experiences of what it’s really like to be a BAME person involved in the sport.
We’re also joined by Maurice Allen – the first African American player to become World Long Drive Champion – who tells us how he feels he’s a “black man in a white sport.”
They debate whether the sport has failed to capitalise on the success of Tiger Woods, and if he himself has done enough to promote diversity in the game, and what strides golf needs to make to become more accessible for everyone.
Mental health and horse racing
Kelly Cates and BBC News reporter Charlotte Gallagher explore the issues surrounding mental health in horse racing, looking at the pressures that are placed on those working in the industry, and the support that is available to them. Former jockey Kevin Tobin describes his experiences with mental health problems and how he sought help to recover. And Simon Jones, whose son Tim took his own life in 2019, discusses his work to train mental health first aiders in the industry.
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Archive from 2017: On Bended Knee - NFL Protest Special
Originally released in October 2017....
Mark Chapman examines the controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling for the national anthem and how it has spread to the rest of American sport.
Find out why players do it, the impact they've had and the roles played by social injustices, the military and government.
Plus, we analyse whether the debate it has caused has further split the US along racial lines. You'll hear from the man who started it all, Colin Kaepernick, along with a former NFL player, a current NFL team owner, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.