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20181222

The business of football: How Manchester United fell behind their rivals on and off the pitch
The decision to sack Mourinho didn’t just affect performance on the pitch but off it as well. So how do you balance the two? Dr Rob Wilson from Sheffield Hallam University explains why the club needs to change its structure, which could mean the end of Ed Woodward. Whilst, sport psychologist Michael Gervais, who worked with the Seattle Seahawks gives Ole Gunnar Solskjaer some tips on how to motivate his players before his first game.

The 14 year old golfer aiming to take on the world
Kuang Yang started his obsession with golf thanks to a ‘teach yourself’ DVD bought from a supermarket. Aged just 14, the Chinese schoolboy has qualified for his first professional tournament, the Volvo China Open in May. Yang says he can’t wait to play the tournament in his home town but is more concerned with his schoolwork than his golf.

Female Drivers, Formula E and changing Saudi Arabia
Teenager Amna Al Qubaisi took part in the first all-female Formula E test event in Saudi Arabia last weekend. The Arab nation only allowed women to drive this year and has faced criticism worldwide following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. However, Amna thinks hosting a race and a test event will benefit women’s rights in the country.

Union Berlin and their Christmas concert
German football club Union Berlin host a Christmas carol concert every December. The event sells out every year and it all started after some fans wanted to celebrate the festive season after a defeat.

Photo credit: Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)

Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

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Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

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Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

Augusta: Jennifer Kupcho Makes History20190413

Jennifer Kucpcho won the first ever women's tournament to be held on the perfectly manicured greens of the Augusta National. It's been the venue for the prestigious Masters tournament since 1934 and remains one of the most exclusive clubs in the world of sport. Membership is by invitation only and restricted to just 300 at any given time. Even when, then first women member was admitted back in 2012 - the former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in case you were wondering - the thought of them playing a tournament there seemed fanciful in a sport not known for its inclusivity. So Jennifer can truly claim to be a history maker - winner of the first Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship - to give it the full title! She tells Shari Vahl what her achievement means for women's golf and how important momentum is not lost.

There are less than 500 days to go until the 2020 Olympic Games and for Mohamed Sbihi, he is aiming to make history. The 31 year old is part of the Great Britain Rowing team who have their sights on a sixth consecutive gold medal. Sbihi himself is an Olympic champion and is the first Muslim to be included in the GB squad. He now holds out hope for others who could follow his example into rowing.

We are in Spain for one of the fiercest competitive derbies in the La Liga. Real Betis play Sevilla on Saturday and we take you behind the scenes at Real Betis where you will hear the Chief Executive Jose Miguel Lopez Catalan who joined the club two years ago with no football experience. He has been telling the BBC about how important family and fans are to the football club.

The Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is set to retire at the end of the season and what better way than to bow out playing in the FA Cup final against Manchester City next month.Gomes is seeking FA Cup heaven and in his own words, says, he plans to answer his 'call from Jesus' and become a pastor as well as a football agent.

One man who has followed that path is former Chelsea midfielder Gavin Peacock - he's now nestled in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Canada and he told Shari Vahl how he made the transition from football to being a pastor himself.

The former England Rugby Union international Christian Wade joins us as his dream to the play in the NFL took a step closer this week.

Picture - Jennifer Kupcho (Credit - Getty Images)

The 21 year old became the first winner of the Augusta National Women's Amateur event.

Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

Cycling's Silent Suffering20190330

Paralympic cyclist Hannah Dines tell's Shari Vahl how some female riders are suffering in silence with injuries because of saddles designed predominantly for men.

After incidents of racist abuse during England's European Championship qualifier in Montenegro Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp led a number of Premier League managers in saying they would be prepared to take their players off the pitch in a bid to combat racism. Marko Protic from the BBC’s Serbian Service looks at whether this is a systemic problem in the Balkans or as Sterling put it "just a couple of idiots".

And we meet snooker's women's world number three, Rebecca Kenna, who says she has been forced to turn her back on her local league after being barred from matches because she is a woman. She says she'd felt abandoned after being stopped from playing in two fixtures because of clubs operating a "men-only" policy.

Photo:Hannah Dines action at the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championship in 2015. Credit: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Paralympic cyclist Hannah Dines tell's Shari Vahl why some female riders are suffering.

Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

Kemoy Campbell: Doctors told me I died20190323

Jamaican runner Kemoy Campbell was told by doctors he had "died" after collapsing on the track during an Athletics event in New York. Campbell spent 17 days in hospital and has been fitted with an internal defibrillator. Despite numerous tests doctors were unable to deduce the cause of the heart failure. He’s been telling Shari Vahl of his traumatic experience.

You and I would call it climbing the stairs - most of us do it every day at some point.

But for Suzy Walsham - it's a sport and a competitive one as well. She is an elite vertical runner. The Australian defended her crown last week when she won the women's race to the top of the Eiffel Tower. 1665 steps in under eight minutes. She tells Shari Vahl how the journey to the top began.

Kerron Stewart won a silver medal in the 100m at the 2009 World Championships. The multiple world and Olympic champion has now been recruited by a Finnish football club as part of their coaching team. The 34 year old who announced her retirement last year, will work with the club from May to September this year. Stewart has been explaining to Shari Vahl how the move came about.

The 36th America’s Cup, affectionately known as the Auld Mug, the oldest trophy in international sport and dates back to 1851.It's the pinnacle of yachting that takes place in Auckland in 2021 - Team New Zealand are the defending champions but one of their challengers will be the Netherlands team - all the focus will be on one woman - 45 year old Carlolijn Brouwer who's aiming to make a piece of sailing history. She is on track to become the first ever female to helm a challenger yacht in the Americas cup. Whilst both men and women have equal opportunities at Olympic level of the sport, there has always been a restricted path for women when it comes to the bigger international events. Carlojin told Shari what can be done to encourage more women to take up sailing.

Pakistan has a current FIFA ranking of 199, out of 211 nations. Earlier this year, one of Spain's top clubs -Atletico Madrid opened a new academy in Lahore. Vice President of the Pakistan Football Federation Naveed Haider Khan has been telling Sportshour what exactly this means for Pakistan.

Picture - Kemoy Campbell (Credit - Getty Images)

The Jamaican athlete was told by doctors he had "died" after collapsing on the track.

Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

'Our voices will be heard'20190112

It's a month since four women raised allegations of physical and sexual abuse within the Afghanistan women's football team. They claim the abuse took place at the federation’s headquarters and at a training camp in Jordan.

The head of Afghanistan football Keramuddin Keram, against whom specific allegations were made, has been suspended. He “vigorously rejects" what he calls "false accusations". Khalida Popal has been involved with the team as player, coach and administrator since she founded it 12 years ago - and started investigating allegations raised with her. Khalida tells Sportshour about the reaction to her speaking out and how that has encouraged more people to come forward.

Elsewhere, this week Egypt was named as the new host of this year's Africa Cup of Nations, after the original host Cameroon was stripped of the title. The Confederation of African Football, cited delays in the progress of Cameroon's preparation for the tournament as the reason for the re-allocation, but AFCON will go ahead in June.

Egypt has only five months to prepare....so can it be a success?

From the African Cup of Nations to the Asian Cup and for the Yemen football team, it really is a miracle they're there at all. Football has ground to a halt in the country. The league is suspended and the infrastructure has all but collapsed. Stadiums have been reduced to rubble and clubs are disintegrating.

This is all a direct consequence of war. The escalation of the conflict between the internationally-recognised Hadi (PRO: HARDY) government and Houthi rebels has engulfed Yemen in unspeakable torment. We hear what challenges the team's players face on a daily basis - with tales of some going off to fight and others being kidnapped.

And as one of Britain's greatest ever sportsmen announces his retirement this year, what legacy will former World Number One Andy Murray leave in tennis? We speak to Terry Mabbitt, who was the national coach of Scotland when Murray was coming through the ranks as a youngster. Mabbitt says Murray was the best six-year-old he had ever seen.

Photo: Afghanistan women's football team (Getty Images)

Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

'Our Voices Will be Heard'20190119

It's a month since four women raised allegations of physical and sexual abuse within the Afghanistan women's football team. They claim the abuse took place at the federation’s headquarters and at a training camp in Jordan.

The head of Afghanistan football Keramuddin Keram, against whom specific allegations were made, has been suspended. He “vigorously rejects" what he calls "false accusations". Khalida Popal has been involved with the team as player, coach and administrator since she founded it 12 years ago - and started investigating allegations raised with her. Khalida tells Sportshour about the reaction to her speaking out and how that has encouraged more people to come forward.

Elsewhere, this week Egypt was named as the new host of this year's Africa Cup of Nations, after the original host Cameroon was stripped of the title. The Confederation of African Football, cited delays in the progress of Cameroon's preparation for the tournament as the reason for the re-allocation, but AFCON will go ahead in June.

Egypt has only five months to prepare....so can it be a success?

From the African Cup of Nations to the Asian Cup and for the Yemen football team, it really is a miracle they're there at all. Football has ground to a halt in the country. The league is suspended and the infrastructure has all but collapsed. Stadiums have been reduced to rubble and clubs are disintegrating.

This is all a direct consequence of war. The escalation of the conflict between the internationally-recognised Hadi (PRO: HARDY) government and Houthi rebels has engulfed Yemen in unspeakable torment. We hear what challenges the team's players face on a daily basis - with tales of some going off to fight and others being kidnapped.

And as one of Britain's greatest ever sportsmen announces his retirement this year, what legacy will former World Number One Andy Murray leave in tennis? We speak to Terry Mabbitt, who was the national coach of Scotland when Murray was coming through the ranks as a youngster. Mabbitt says Murray was the best six-year-old he had ever seen.

Photo: Afghanistan women's football team (Getty Images)

Sexual abuse allegations in Afghanistan football are 'encouraging people to come forward'

Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

'Pregnancy had no place in my plans for Tokyo 2020'20190406

British Olympian Jade Lally opens up about feeling "devastated" as her preparations for Tokyo 2020 were knocked off course by her pregnancy.

We're at the Jordan Mixed Open, the first professional Golf tournament to bring together male and female players competing against each other on the same course, for the same trophy. Marianne Skarpnord and her Fiancé Richard Green who both won the 2015 Victoria Open where men and women compete alongside each other but against their own gender give us their thoughts on the format.

The Canadian Ice Hockey team began their quest for an eleventh title this week at the Women's World Championships in Finland but their domestic league has gone bust. Toronto Furies' Shannon Stewart tells Sarah Mulkerrins the league's players will prepare for next season despite the collapse.

New Zealand coach Noeline Taurua tells us how she's preparing her side for the Netball World Cup with a game against the country's men's team.

And we're at the World Cross Country in Aarhus where the sport is trying to reinvent itself with a view to returning to the Olympic Games.

Photo: Jade Lally competes for Great Britain in the Women's Discus Throw at the 2018 European Athletics Championships. Credit: Getty Images

GB Olympian opens up about feeling her pregnancy interrupted her preparations for Tokyo.

Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

Sexism in the Spotlight20181208

After 62 years of recognising the best male footballer with the Ballon d’Or award, France Football honoured a female footballer for the first time this week. But the moment was over shadowed when the host Martin Solveig asked the inaugural winner Ada Hegerberg to twerk and overlooked her footballing achievements. We hear from Hegerberg and speak to Rebecca Smith, FIFA's former manager of Strategic Planning for Women's Football.

HB Køge, a football team in Denmark’s second division, have become the first team in the country to appoint a female coach as part of a professional men’s team. We’ll hear from their sporting director Per Rud who’s appointed former Danish International Heidi Johansen as the club’s goalkeeping coach for next season.

Former Wales Rugby Union International Richard Parks explains why he’s skiing across Antarctica alone.

We’re in Gravesend where Parm Gill helped Guru Nanak FC, a team named after the town’s largest Sikh temple, set up a women’s football team that now has 75 people playing across 4 ages groups.

Former bodyguard turned wrestler Andrew Harrison is used to protecting stars like 50 Cent, Rhianna and Jay-Z, this weekend he’ll only have himself to look after as he competes in Pakistan’s first international wrestling event.

And James Anderson, the Founder of Forged Axe Throwing, explains how he came up with the idea of competitive Axe Throwing at a friend’s bachelor party and tells Caroline Barker about the Sport’s Olympics ambitions.

Photo: Ada Hegerberg celebrates being the first female to win the Ballon d'Or. Credit: Getty Images.

We reflect on Ada Hegerberg becoming the first female Ballon d'Or winner

Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

Sportshour 201820181229

An interview with the mother of Philando Castile whose death at the hands of police prompted Colin Kaepernick to start his kneeling protest in the NFL. A celebration of Tour De France winner Gino Bartali and his humanitarian work during the Second World War. Plus we meet photography pioneer Hy Money who overcame prejudice to chart the history of Crystal Palace football club.
(Photo: Picture of Time magazine showing Colin Kaepernick. Credit: Joel Hammer BBC)

Caroline Barker looks back at the best Sportshour stories from the past twelve months

Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

Student Athlete: Pride, Passion but no Payment20190105

College sport is a a billion dollar industry in America. Basketball and football attract huge television audiences and crowds in excess of 100,000 at games. It attracts the biggest names and very highest paid coaches in American sport.

The players however do not earn a penny. They are 'student athletes' and although some of them will get their education paid for, is it time those players get a share of the massive revenue they generate?

(Photo: Aerial view of the half-time show at the Rose Bowl Game 1984. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

College sport in America is a billion dollar business but the athletes don't earn a penny

Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

The Tale of Two Showdowns20181201

Both Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury go into the fight unbeaten in their combined 67 professional bouts in a fight expected to be watched by millions across the US and the world. After a heated press conference, all the talk will be decided when the two men enter the ring in the early hours of Sunday morning. Could this fight really be the start of something special? How will Wilder fare in his biggest test to date while Fury’s comeback trail has been widely applauded by many, including Frank Bruno. We get an insight from the former world heavyweight boxing champion on Sunday’s showdown and how Bruno himself has struggled with mental health problems.

At the age of 19, Vivian Stancil was told she had a rare condition called retinitis pigmentosa which leads to vision loss. By the age of 50, Vivian was told by doctors that she was going to die as her health worsened with her weight shooting up to 319 pounds. That is when she decided to take up swimming - which effectively saved her life. The 71 year old explained to Caroline how she overcame cultural barriers and how this kick-started her journey to compete at the National Senior Games where she has won over 200 medals.

It took Magnus Carlsen 20 days and over 50 hours of play to retain his world chess title against Fabiano Caruana from America. For the first time in its official 132 year history, the title match was decided by a tiebreak. We hear from the King of Chess, Magnus Carlsen on what this title means to him and Chilean songwriter Juga Di Prima expresses her love for the game through music – we dive deeper into the meanings behind all the pieces on a chess board and Juga explains what we can all learn from playing chess.

Have you heard of SpeedGolf? It involves running and playing golf at the same time. It was first played in 1979. It's essentially a faster more athletic format of golf. Mikko Rantanen is also known as the Flying Finn who is the fastest golfer on this planet after beating New Zealand's Jamie Reid at the recent World Championship. He's been telling Caroline how he first got into the sport and he’s even urging Usain Bolt to have a go!

Picture - Fury and Wilder (Getty Images)

We preview Wilder v Fury & how the other fight of the century took 20 days to be decided.

Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.

The Transgender Winner: a Knockout Moment for Boxing20181215

Boxer Patricio Manuel reflects on his first professional win since transitioning.

Live Saturday morning global sports show with reports, debate and humour.