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World Cup 100: 1

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Diego Maradona
Argentina, Forward
1982, 1986, 1990, 1994

Every sporting hero needs a villain. Muhammad Ali had George Foreman. Nancy Kerrigan had Tonya Harding. Billy the Fish had Evil Gus Parker. But rare indeed is the sportsman or woman who can claim to be villain to their own hero; the Mr Hyde to their Dr Jekyll. When one comes along, they are to be cherished.

They are irresistible.

Gareth Bale: ‘Our confidence is flying going into the final’

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“Gareth Bale combines the height and build of an 800m runner like Steve Ovett with the acceleration and directness of a rugby winger like Bryan Habana. And, when he gets to the byline, he delivers curling crosses like a Brazilian.”

George Groves: 'You will be eating one of my right hands'

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“A day or two after the fight, I was in John Lewis buying a frying pan. Because that’s what you do, right? I’d ruined the last pan and I was trying to replace it before anyone noticed, when this lad of about 14 came over and asked for a photo with me. He was standing near what I presumed was his mum and she asked for one too. Then they went off in two different directions.

Lewis Hamilton: 'One world title isn't a fair reflection of my ability'

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Lewis Hamilton has a bucket list on his phone.

He’s constantly adding new things: experiences he wants to try, goals he wants to achieve. There’s no particular order, he tells us, but we’d wager that if there were, winning a second Formula 1 world title would be top of the list.

Opinion: Simon Caney

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Subtitle: 
The View From Above

I am so bad at skiing that once, as I tensed my body so tightly in a snowplough, I gave myself a hernia. This is a true story.

I received expert medical treatment in the splendid French Alpine town of Les Gets. And the following year, back on the horse, as it were, I bumped into the doctor.

Rugby Union: James O’Connor interview

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Aviva Premiership: London Irish v Bath
Saturday March 22
Madejski Stadium
BT Sport 5.30pm

Ahead of London Irish’s St Patrick’s Party game against Bath, Sport caught up with their Australian superstar James O’Connor in an extended edition of the interview that ran in our printed edition.