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Stephen Hendry: ‘I hate the word yips, it trivialises it. It was much more than that’ | Donald McRae

The seven-time world champion on his duels with Davis, Higgins, White and O’Sullivan and how his famed mental strength disintegrated leaving him no choice but to quit“It was a mixture of embarrassment, anger, frustration, sadness, everything,” Stephen …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/15/stephen-hendry-yips-snooker-interview

Trevor Bayliss: ‘My demeanour is chilled but I get as nervous as anyone’ | Donald McRae

England coach says he promotes a laid-back, hands-off image to reduce the pressure on his team and ‘you need to surround yourself with people who have strengths in areas that you don’t’‘I’m not sure how many more of those I can take,” Trevor Bayliss sa…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/08/trevor-bayliss-england-demeanour-india-series

Joker, thinker, friend, dictator: the many faces of Jürgen Klopp

As Liverpool’s manager prepares to face Real Madrid, Donald McRae reflects on the Klopp he knows – and how calm is keyJürgen Klopp knew we had met before but, at Liverpool’s training ground last month, he could not recall the exact setting of our first…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/24/jurgen-klopp-liverpool-champions-league-final-real-madrid

Andy Robertson: ‘The problem with Real Madrid is they’re all fantastic’

The Liverpool left-back on how he went from being a Celtic reject to facing Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final“It’s hard not to think about it,” Andy Robertson says as he looks forward to the Champions League final after the Liverpool left…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/21/andy-robertson-liverpool-real-madrid-interview-champions-league-final

Eamonn Magee: ‘My father convinced the IRA to give me one bullet’

The former world champion boxer’s epic life has been scarred by sectarianism and alcoholism. But he insists he would not change a thing‘I’ve had a beautiful wee life,” Eamonn Magee says soon after he has opened the front door in his dressing gown and c…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/08/eamonn-magee-boxer-bullet-ira-sectarianism-world-champion

Garbiñe Muguruza: ‘For some people it’s hard to allow an athlete to be feminine’

The 2017 Wimbledon champion talks about the strides in tennis equality, the #MeToo movement and why she wanted a selfie with Kobe Bryant after the Oscars“Words like ‘feminine’ and ‘fighter’ can go together,” Garbiñe Muguruza says with charming force on…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/30/garbine-muguruza-athlete-feminine-tennis-wimbledon-interview

Peter Sagan: ‘Being the pope is much harder than being a cyclist’

His dramatic victory in the Paris-Roubaix has elevated the Slovakian to the pinnacle of his sport but his humble roots and carefree attitude seem certain to keep cycling’s new hero grounded“I was thoroughly fucked but I tried to enjoy it afterwards,” P…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/18/peter-sagan-pope-cyclist-cycling-paris-roubaix-interview

Joshua Kimmich: ‘I want to be me, not a Lahm clone or Lahm the second’

The Bayern Munich utility player is targeting the Champions League and World Cup in the next few months and says he owes much of his success to Pep GuardiolaOn a sleepy Sunday morning in Munich, just before eight o’clock, Joshua Kimmich arrives early w…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/02/joshua-kimmich-lahm-bayern-munich-pep-guardiola-germany-interview

Boxer Dale Evans: ‘Sometimes I break into tears. It will stay with me forever’

Eighteen months ago on a tragic night in Glasgow, Evans and Mike Towell fought a British welterweight title eliminator. Evans won the fight but Towell lost his lifeDale Evans sits in his hotel room in Oxford as the words tumble from him on a freezing n…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/27/boxer-dale-evans-boxing-title-fight-mike-towell-glasgow

Martin Adams: ‘Men are terrible at talking about our health, aren’t we?’

The former darts world champion discusses his battle with prostate cancer and why these days he is as happy to play for free in the local county leagues as on the biggest stageWhen you are a professional darts player called ‘Wolfie’, a former three-tim…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/26/martin-adams-darts-interview-prostate-cancer-health

Kell Brook: ‘I hit rock bottom – I was a lost soul, the lowest I’ve ever been’

The boxer had only ever tasted victory before a bruising pair of defeats and injuries left him questioning himself and his future. But now he has bounced back and will return to the ring next week“It’s not easy to talk about this,” Kell Brook says in t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/19/kell-brook-rock-bottom-boxing-interview

Graham Potter: ‘I’ve shown there’s another path for English managers’

The 42-year-old former Southampton player is making his name at Sweden’s Östersund and now faces his biggest and most exciting test – a Europa League tie with Arsenal“It’s a different kind of cold,” Graham Potter says as darkness spreads across Östersu…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/12/graham-potter-another-path-for-english-managers-ostersund-arsenal-europa-league

George Groves: ‘I don’t want to be damaged, but I haven’t earned enough yet’

George Groves can’t wait to take on Chris Eubank Jr – and his famous father – next week, yet behind the bravado all three men know the trauma of seriously hurting an opponentThey are a funny little team, the Eubanks,” George Groves says wryly at the ba…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/07/george-groves-chris-eubank-jr-boxing-interview

Michael Jamieson: ‘Swimming has a problem. Micro-dosing is a huge issue’

Michael Jamieson went from the high of an Olympic medal to the dark lows of depression and while that has been his biggest personal challenge he says his sport must do more to combat doping‘It’s a challenge,” Michael Jamieson says with a little smile, …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/29/michael-jamieson-swimming-depression-doping-micro-dosing-interview

Danny Cipriani: ‘I’ve had talks with a French club but nothing’s decided yet’

The Wasps fly-half has had an up-and-down career but, 10 years on from his England debut, he is excited about the next chapter … wherever that may be‘I’ve had enough heartsore moments but the one thing about me that people can’t question is my resilien…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/15/danny-cipriani-talks-french-club-wasps-rugby-union

James Wade: ‘You need to be different to chase something hard when everyone is laughing at you’

As he launches his latest tilt at the world championship title one of the top players in darts talks about his daily battle with the demons in his head“She was shaking like a leaf when she met me because she doesn’t go out of the house normally,” James…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/17/james-wade-bipolar-darts-word-championships-donald-mcrae