Inspiring stories about sport and sportspeople from around England
Ray Wilkins, who has died aged 61, was one of the most enduring and popular figures of the modern footballing generation. The former Chelsea and England captain who also played for Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris St Germain, Glasgow Rangers, QPR and Crystal Palace and worked as a coach, manager and TV football pundit, has been praised for being a lovely gentleman as tributes poured in for him following his death.
Eric Bristow, the five-times world darts champion who has died aged 60, was a pioneer of the sport. Bristow died after collapsing at the Echo Arena in Liverpool where the PDC Premier League was being held. Fans sang his name as a big screen carried a picture of the Londoner, the self-styled "Crafty Cockney" who raised the profile of darts with a cocky swagger in his heyday and was a key figure in forming the PDC. Bristow helped transform darts from a pub game to one that fills huge arenas.
Top Premier League football clubs in England increasingly use data to discover young players and help develop their playing and physical progress. For professional clubs, finding a gem who can go on to be a star player, or be sold at great profit, is good business. However, a scout who helped bring England goalscoring star Harry Kane to Tottenham Hotspur says it can be an inexact process, and coaching staff also have to use human qualities and intuition. So how do you make a Premier League star?
John Motson's first radio football commentary was on Everton v Derby County in December 1969 and 48 years later he will deliver his final live BBC commentary this weekend when Arsenal face Watford. During his career as a commentator he has covered 10 World Cups, 10 European Championships, 29 FA Cup finals and more than 200 England games.
When Salford City's match against Tamworth was postponed because of a frozen pitch, the football club was left with 150 pie, four containers of leek and potato soup and 40 cheesecakes that would have been eaten by fans. So the club, which was taken over in 2014 by a group of former Manchester United stars, donated all the food for the game to a charity for homeless people.
Dom Parsons upset the odds to win Great Britain's first medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics with bronze in the men's skeleton in Pyeongchang. The 30-year-old from London also became the first British male to win a skeleton medal since John Crammond in 1948. But how much do you know about the Team GB winter sports star?
Team GB's record Winter Olympics medal haul at Pyeongchang 2018 shows winter sport in Great Britain is "going in the right direction", according to team bosses. GB won five medals, including gold in the skeleton for Lizzie Yarnold, who became the first British athlete to defend a Winter Olympic title.
Kyle Edmund has been a promising young GB tennis player for a while but his win over world number three Grigor Dimitrov to reach the Australian Open semi-finals has catapulted him to sporting stardom. Now Edmund, born in South Africa but raised in Tickton in Yorkshire from the age of three, is just one match away from the final and overtaking Andy Murray as British number one.
There are few, if any, Englishmen who can boast a football career with the same breadth as Jimmy Armfield, who has died aged 82. He was England captain, one of the most accomplished full-backs to pull on the England shirt, a successful manager and a widely respected and popular BBC radio summariser.