Years ago, back in the days when you had to feed the television with farthings to keep it working - actually I may be misremembering this. Half-crowns? Florins?
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Tyson Fury's was not the only sporting resurrection to hit the headlines recently. Britain now has another new national treasure - or rather, an old one - in former football manager Harry Redknapp.
Anyone struggling to think of an appropriate Christmas gift for International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach or other members of the Olympic family at the end of another long and difficult year could do worse than pick up a copy of Middle England, the new novel by Jonathan Coe.
Liam Morgan: International Gymnastics Federation guilty of stealing ownership of parkour to appease the IOC
Governing bodies in the Olympic Movement have made a habit of going back on their word by saying one thing and doing the other.
Some of the logic is questionable, but the International Olympic Committee have made the right call when cooling their flirtation with esports.
When it was revealed, somewhat surprisingly, on the eve of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) election in 2015 that Russia were backing Sebastian Coe rather than his rival Sergey Bubka to replace Lamine Diack as the world governing body's new President, they could surely never have imagined they would spend most of the Briton's first term banned from the sport.
Birmingham has been described as "the perfect place" for cricket to return to the Commonwealth Games programme in 2022.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Heritage Legends Reception that took place in Monaco on Sunday (December 2) evening was, essentially, a devotional event.
"What is the only privilege for [having] my money? I can choose whatever passions I like. That’s all. Only one privilege. No more."
As I was saying here last week about Tyson Fury’s world title fight with Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles: “There may well be a hugely controversial ending.”
Liam Morgan: Sheikh Ahmad remains dangerous figure for Bach despite temporarily walking away from ANOC and IOC roles
The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly was in danger of being a somewhat understated affair from a news standpoint a few weeks before the annual meeting took place here in the Japanese capital.
This year's Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly was the fourth I have attended. And it has been by far the most dramatic and comedic of those.
Firstly, in the interests of good governance and full disclosure, I should confess that I am a bit biased about Japan.
Philip Barker: Copa Libertadores final violence brings back memories of how one of the most impressive wins in football history was rendered irrelevant
As Buenos Aires takes centre stage in the political world for the G20 summit, the leaders of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) have announced their showpiece Copa Libertadores final will be decided at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium.
Mike Rowbottom: Place your bets for one of the most talent-rich IAAF World Athlete of the Year contests in years
If I was a betting man - and my bank manager, among others, should be duly grateful I am not - I would put money on Eliud Kipchoge stepping up to the stage at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco next Tuesday (December 4) to take possession of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athlete of the Year award.