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5 Live Sport: All About...

By BBC Radio 5 live

Showcasing 5 Live Sport’s one-off specials, featuring in-depth interviews and documentaries around the biggest names from the world of sport.


LeBron James

BBC 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.
08/02/23·53m 50s

Sports Report

75 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!
03/01/23·53m 31s

The LIV Golf story: Billions, birdies and bust-ups

BBC 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
19/12/22·54m 3s

Wasim Akram

Eleanor 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.
28/11/22·32m 53s

How green is the World Cup?

With 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.
15/11/22·25m 26s

Rugby’s financial crisis

Eleanor 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.
29/09/22·1h 15m

Roger Federer

The 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.
25/09/22·54m 35s

Day 1: Murray & Raducanu raise the roof

Join Jonathan Overend as he reflects on all the best bits from the opening day of Wimbledon 2022! The rain couldn’t stop the best of the Brits delighting home crowds at SW19, and Jonathan is joined by former British tennis players Laura Robson and Annabel Croft to review wins for US Open champion Emma Raducanu, No. 1 British male Cameron Norrie and two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. As well as the tennis, Jonathan takes in the sounds and smells on a sunset walk around the grounds with former top 10 Doubles player, Jeff Tarango, and they look ahead to the big names making their Wimbledon start tomorrow as well who could cause an upset. TOPICS: 2:24 - Reaction to Emma Raducanu’s match 9:00 - Review of Andy Murray’s win 14:15 - Looking ahead to day two
27/06/22·20m 30s

Modern Pentathlon

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.
06/06/22·52m 5s

Golf's power struggle

Katherine Downes and BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter are joined by The Telegraph’s James Corrigan to discuss the latest on Greg Norman’s new controversial Saudi-backed golf series. We get the thoughts of Rory McIlroy and you’ll hear from Tiger Woods on the subject, ahead of this weekend’s US PGA Championship at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The panel also discuss the notable absence of defending champion Phil Mickelson ahead of the US PGA and whether his comments in recent months will impact his legacy in the sport. We also have an extended one-on-one interview with Greg Norman on why he’s ‘putting his reputation on the line’ for the Saudi-backed series. TOPICS: 2’20” – What is the LIV golf series and why is the status quo in golf under threat? 4’55” – Rory McIlroy’s reaction to the Liv golf series 9’30” – Is a “super league” an inevitability? 11’10” – Phil Mickelson’s absence at the US PGA Championship 12’33” – Tiger Woods on Mickelson 16’40” – Greg Norman interview on the LIV Golf invitational series 24’41” – Analysis on the breakaway series
17/05/22·28m 56s

The Open

A brand new golf podcast series, All About: The Open, is coming your way on this feed, only on BBC Sounds. BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter and commentator Katherine Downes will re-visit memorable moments and share stories from Open Championships in recent years, through exclusive new interviews with some of the biggest names in golf. Episode one features the 2014 Open champion Rory McIlroy, who reflects on his victory at Royal Liverpool and why he thinks he hasn’t won a major since winning the PGA Championship that same summer. It’s all to get you in the mood ahead of the 150th Open at St Andrews – full coverage on 5 Live from 14th July 2022. Make sure you subscribe to this feed on BBC Sounds to get a brand new episode every Thursday, from 12th May 2022.
09/05/22·1m 24s

The Invictus Games

JJ Chalmers and Gigi Salmon explore the importance of the Invictus Games ahead of the 2022 edition, which starts in the Hague this weekend. They are joined by the captain of the UK team Rachel Williamson and her father Alan as they discuss how the Games helped them to heal. They hear from sitting volleyball coach Richard Osborne on the amazing work he did on changing perceptions of disability sport in Georgia, and Jenny Collins discusses how taking up coaching archery has helped her journey back to health. JJ and Gigi are also joined by David Henson as he explains how the Invictus Games leaves a legacy far beyond sporting success. TOPICS 4.50 – Captain Rachel Williamson and her father Alan 15 – UK sitting volleyball coach Richard Osborne discusses coaching the Georgian team 24.40 – Jenny Collins on the importance of coaching to her recovery 37 – Dave Henson on how the Invictus Games can act as a launchpad
14/04/22·47m 16s

Bend It Like Beckham – 20 years on

Gurinder Chadha's 'Bend it Like Beckham' is the highest-grossing sports film to focus on football, telling the story of a British-Indian teenager who falls in love with the game, while exploring themes of immigration, race, religion and sexuality. 20 years on from its release, BBC Sport's Miriam Walker-Khan looks at the impact the film had on audiences, its legacy in the world of sport and how its humour and characters still make it relatable today.
12/04/22·25m 43s

Pregnancy and Parenthood in Sport

Eleanor Oldroyd and Denise Lewis hear from athletes both past and present on how they’ve balanced pregnancy and parenthood alongside their careers. It’s as UK Sport has recently brought in its first ever maternity guidelines for Olympic and Paralympic athletes. You’ll hear in the episode from 11-time Paralympic champion Tanni Grey-Thompson, Olympic gold and silver medal-winning cyclist Elinor Barker, Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Max Whitlock and European archery champion Naomi Folkard. They discuss whether the new guidelines better support athletes and what needs to change in the future.
31/03/22·56m 57s

Remembering Shane Warne

As cricket comes to terms with the death of Australian cricket legend Shane Warne at the age of 52, Eleanor Oldroyd is joined by BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew and former England spinner Phil Tufnell to remember his life and career. Former team-mate Stuart Law, friend Pat Cash and Hampshire chairman Rob Bransgrove discuss what made Warne so special. They also hear from Mike Gatting, the man dismissed by Warne’s ‘ball of the century’. Australia captain Pat Cummins and England captain Joe Root also pay tribute to the man who took 708 test wickets, while cricket writer Geoff Lemon explains why Warne was a role model for a generation of young Australians. TOPICS: 2.37 – Jonathan Agnew and Phil Tufnell discuss Warne’s life 4.59 – Geoff Lemon on Warne inspiring a nation 15.32 – Joe Root and Pat Cummins pay tribute 21.40 – Mike Gatting remembers Warne’s ‘ball of the century’ 29.26 – Stuart Law on being a team-mate of Warne 41.27 – Rob Bransgrove on Warne’s legacy at Hampshire 45.32 – Pat Cash on being Shane Warne’s friend
04/03/22·54m 17s

Beijing 2022

Eleanor Oldroyd and Aimee Fuller look back on the Winter Olympics and speak to some of the athletes who took part in the games for Team GB, including our gold and silver medal winners in the curling. We also catch up with gold medallist Lindsey Jacobellis, 16 years on from her first Olympic Games where she hit the deck and lost her chance of gold. Now, at the age of 36, she joins us to reflect on being an Olympic champion. Andy Stevenson and snowboarder Owen Pick also talk to us ahead of the upcoming Paralympic Games. Topics 02:05 - Team GB’s women’s curling team chat 12:00 - Interview with men’s curling team 17:00 - Chair of UK Sport Dame Katherine Grainger 26:30 - Women’s snowboard cross winner Lindsey Jacobellis 35:00 - Ice skating duo Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson 41:30 - Paralympic Games preview with Andy Stevenson 47:00 - Snowboarder Owen Pick
24/02/22·53m 18s

The Winter Olympics

Gigi Salmon and Katherine Downes speak to some of the men and women competing for Team GB at the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Flag bearers Eve Muirhead and Dave Ryding reveal how they found out they would be carrying the British flag at the opening ceremony and discuss their respective medal chances in curling and skiing. Two-time Olympian Aimee Fuller and freestyle skier Tyler Harding discuss GB's chances of winning on the snow, reveal some of their worst injuries and Tyler talks about his role in a new BBC Sport documentary about the snow sports squad. Bobsledders Brad Hall and Taylor Lawrence tell Gigi and Kat how their feeling about their chances in China.
03/02/22·52m 44s

Rafael Nadal: The 21-time Grand Slam champion

Jonathan Overend is joined by the former British player and tennis coach Dan Kiernan, former world number five Tommy Robredo, writer and journalist John Carlin plus the six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker. They reflect on the man that is now statistically the greatest male tennis player in history after winning the Australian Open to take his 21st Grand Slam. You'll hear stories of playing with Rafael Nadal, how the news was received in Spain and what happens next in Nadal's career.
31/01/22·36m 4s

Going big in 2022

With major championships and the Commonwealth Games coming up this year, Jeanette Kwakye and Steve Parry look ahead to how big 2022 is for the world of sport. They catch up with a range of athletes set for a huge year, including a swimmer, a squash player, a para table tennis player and even a breakdancer. Topics 02:00 - Josh Kerr interview 13:50 - Interview with British number one breaker Karam Singh 23:30 - Sarah-Jane Perry interview 33:50 - Interview with swimmer Duncan Scott 44:00 - Kim Daybell interview
27/01/22·51m 47s

Emma Raducanu's Fairytale of New York

A 499/1 shot for the US Open title at the start of the tournament, Emma Raducanu is now the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. So what happened during those three weeks in New York? This hour allows you to you live it again, through commentary, famous faces in the crowd, and those in her box. From her broken body coming into it, to the mountains of sushi and champagne post final, you’ll go round by round as the records fell and the excitement grew.
23/12/21·56m 38s

British Swimming's amazing 2021

Steve Parry and Karen Pickering head to Great Britain’s World Class Swimming Programme centre at Loughborough University to chat to swimmers, coaches, a nutritionist and a lifeguard as they reflect on a year of staggering success in the pool. They catch up with leading coach Mel Marshall and Tokyo medallists James Wilby and Luke Greenbank. Two young swimmers give some insight into life in Loughborough and Alice Dearing discusses her historic year as she became GB's first black Olympic swimmer. They also chat with veteran Loughborough coaches Ian Armiger and Mike Peyrebrune - and discuss what they miss about life as a full-time swimmer (if anything). Topics 2.30 - Mel Marshall interview 13.30 - interview with Loughborough veteran coach Ian Armiger 15.30 – interview with Olympic medallist James Wilby 23.30 – young swimmers Lily Booker and Charlie Hutchison on being inspired by Tokyo success 28.40 – Karen and Steve discuss the development of swimming at the pool in Loughborough and their life after retiring 32 – Loughborough veteran coach Mike Peyrebrune chats to Steve and Karen 35 – interview with Olympic marathon swimmer Alice Dearing, who discusses becoming GB’s first black Olympic swimmer 45.45 – nutritionist Rich Chessor on what swimmers should eat at Christmas 47.30 – interview with double Tokyo medallist Luke Greenbank
23/12/21·57m 34s


As Sergio Agüero announces his retirement we look back at the legacy Manchester City’s all-time leading goal scorer has left at the club. Originally released on 20th May 2021, Jermaine Jenas is joined by former Manchester City defenders Nedum Onuoha and Micah Richards to reflect on Agüero’s 10 years at City and ask the big questions - is he the best overseas player ever in Premier League history and where does he rank amongst the greats? South American football expert Tim Vickery joins the pod to give an insight into Agüero’s career before Man City. He recalls the first time he saw Agüero play and his journey for club and country. Was he living in the shadow of his friend Lionel Messi and how did Spain react when he left Atlético Madrid at the then-peak of his career? All-time Premier League leading goal scorer Alan Shearer - who had his hat-trick record broken by Agüero - gives us his thoughts on the impact the striker has had in England. Plus, Nedum and Micah shed light on some of the myths behind the man - was he really a poor trainer? Can he speak English? - and they reveal more about the man behind the myths.
15/12/21·55m 21s


Jeanette Kwakye and Mark Hunter speak to Olympians, Paralympians and athletes across sport about how retirement affects them, and how things are changing to make sure athletes are protected.
09/12/21·48m 30s

The state of British Athletics

Steve Crossman is joined by Jeanette Kwakye and Martyn Rooney to explore the issues facing UK athletics after Tokyo 2020. They speak to current athletes and coaches following this year's Olympic Games.
25/11/21·48m 12s

All About: Golf and sustainability

With the final event of the European Tour season being held in Dubai, Iain Carter asks whether golf is part of the solution or problem when it comes to climate change. Rory McIlroy and Suzann Pettersen tell us what measures they take to reduce their own personal impact, and we hear from Montrose Golf Club which is being washed away by the rising sea.
19/11/21·28m 29s

Medals in the military

Gigi Salmon and JJ Chalmers examine the relationship between the Olympics and armed forces. Guests include Heather Stanning and Kriss Akabusi talking about the transition from the army to being an athlete. Plus RAF’s Lance Corporal Shanwayne Stephens of the Jamaican bobsleigh team.
11/11/21·54m 8s

Sport and climate change

Steve Crossman is joined by a plethora of guests to discuss how sport can play a part in helping to save the planet. 16-time Paralympic medallist Lady Tanni Grey-Thompson and Dr Madeleine Orr, founder of the Sport Ecology Group, speak to people who are using their platform to inspire sustainability. We hear from Austrian Tennis player Dominic Thiem, Carlisle United CEO Nigel Clibbens, former Australian rugby captain David Pocock and Winter Olympian Katie Ormerod, who all understand the impact of climate change on their respective sports.
10/11/21·1h 1m

When Micah met Carlos

Mark Chapman finds out more about West Indies T20 World Cup winner Carlos Brathwaite and former Premier League defender Micah Richards. The pair met briefly on the Monday Night Club, but here they have a chance to discuss their shared Caribbean heritage, love of football and the difficulty they both faced after their ‘career-defining’ moment in sport. We find out if either could have played any other sport and delve into their new jobs in punditry. Plus, the pair try their hand at reading the classifieds, and in a game of ‘This or That?’, we find out just how much they have in common. TOPICS: 01’40 The first meeting on the Monday Night Club 3’30 A shared Caribbean heritage 6’00 Why Carlos moved to Portsmouth 9’00 The ‘Caribbean cricket’ stereotype 10’00 Did either know just how good they were at a young age? 16’00 Why Micah never played cricket 17’00 Micah tests his cricketer knowledge 20’00 The changing image of cricket 25’00 A love of football – Man City v Man United 29’40 Winning the T20 World Cup in 2016 and moving on from ‘career-defining’ moments 34’00 Micah on the pressures of playing for England and winning the Premier League 38’00 Criticism as a captain 41’00 When Micah knew it was time to retire 46’00 Getting into punditry and having to criticise former/current teammates 54’00 Reading the classifieds 58’40 This or that? Just how much do they have in common?
10/11/21·1h 2m

Curling and The 2022 Winter Olympics

Eleanor Oldroyd looks ahead to the Winter Olympics with Aimee Fuller who is at the National Curling Centre in Stirling. They chat to Eve Muirhead, Jen Dodds, Vicky Wright & Mili Smith from the women’s Curling team. Plus, Bruce Mouat the skipper of the men’s team. Aimee gets a one-on-one Curling lesson from Olympic Head Coach David Murdoch & 2002 Olympic gold medallist Rhona Martin. Plus we hear from a wide range of winter athletes: Dave Ryding, a slalom skier; Laura Deas, a skeleton racer; Joel Fearon & Toby Olubi from the Bobsleigh team; Andrew Musgrave, a cross-country skier & Cornelius Kersten, a long-track speed skater.
28/10/21·54m 2s

Making cycling more diverse

Eleanor Oldroyd is joined by a plethora of guests to look at the lack of diversity in one of the traditional Olympic sports – cycling. Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, who has written extensively on the subject of black cyclists in Britain, joins Eleanor as they speak to people who are changing the face of the sport. We hear from triple Paralympic cycling gold medallist Kadeena Cox and Women’s UCI professional cyclist Teniel Campbell. We get a grassroots perspective from Women of Colour Cycling Collective coach Alison Wood, and British Cycling’s delivery director Dani Every. Plus Aimee Fuller takes a trip to Lee Valley Velo Park to find out about a new initiative aimed at getting more children from diverse backgrounds on bikes.
21/10/21·54m 23s

Elaine Thompson-Herah

The fastest woman alive. Three Olympic golds. An Olympic record. What a 2021 for Elaine Thompson-Herah. She chats to Jeanette Kwakye and Darren Campbell about the past twelve months, chasing down the women's 100m world record that's lasted for 33 years, what it felt like on that start line in Tokyo and why Jamaicans are so dominant in sprinting.
20/10/21·46m 15s

Breakthrough Olympic sports

Eleanor Oldroyd is at City Bloc Climbing Wall Leeds to look in depth at the new Olympic sports from climbing to surfing to skateboarding. British snowboarder Amie Fuller tries to climb the wall alongside GB climber Holly Toothill and Alex Waterhouse. Skateboarder Lucy Adams, surfer Luke Dillon, boulderer Emily Phillips and lead World Champion Hamish McArthur, also join the pod to discuss how they got involved in their sports. Plus we hear from Breaking GB President Oliver ‘Hooch’ Whittle on what we can expect to see as breakdancing enters the Olympics in Paris 2024.
14/10/21·48m 1s

Michael Johnson

With twelve gold medals across the Olympic Games and World Championships, two decade long world records and a running style as familiar as his name, Michael Johnson has now turned his attention to the history of protest within sport. What should we expect of our athletes? What form of protest brings about most change? And as Mark Chapman asks - if he was competing today, would Michael himself be taking a stand against racial injustices? He discusses it all as his new podcast '“Defiance - A History of Protest in Sport' is released.
13/10/21·55m 20s

Inside The Games: Taekwondo

Eleanor Oldroyd and Jonathan Overend visit Bianca Walkden’s pizza restaurant in Liverpool and explore life after the Games as an Olympic medallist. Hear from Bianca and her fiancé Aaron Cook, double Olympic medallist Lutalo Muhammad, GB Taekwondo's Mahama Cho and Paralympic silver medallist Beth Munro. They discuss the GB Olympic and Paralympic success in Tokyo, domestic rivalries and the fast paced and changeable nature of the sport.
07/10/21·52m 38s

Michael Holding

Join Mark Chapman for a riveting conversation with one of the world’s most feared fast bowlers who became one of cricket’s most authoritative voices in a commentary career that spanned three decades. Michael Holding discusses life growing up in Jamaica, playing in a brutal era of Test cricket, beating England 5-0 in 1984, commentating as the spot-fixing scandal unfolded, fighting against racism, and the future of cricket.
05/10/21·56m 27s

Tom Brady

Mark Chapman tells the story of the most successful player in NFL history – Tom Brady. Hear from Brady himself, journalists who followed his career and his former teammate Sebastian Vollmer. Brady has 7 NFL titles and broke another record last night in becoming the lead passer of all-time against his old team at a stadium he called home for 20 years.
04/10/21·53m 59s
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