Godolphin chief Ferguson leaves role after falling out with trainer

The head of Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin horse racing operation John Ferguson has stood down after his fallout with a trainer was made public. It comes after trainer Saeed bin Suroor spoke of the deteriorating relationship in the Godolphin stable. Chief executive Ferguson, who was appointed in 2015, said in a statement that given recent media…

GB record holders are 'collateral damage' says Euro taskforce chief

British athletes who may lose their world records have received an apology from the man responsible for the controversial anti-doping proposal. Paula Radcliffe, Jonathan Edwards and Colin Jackson are among “collateral damage” says European Athletics taskforce chair Pierce O’Callaghan. But he told BBC Radio 5 live: “There is a bigger picture out there.” All pre-2005…

WTA chief Steve Simon defends Maria Sharapova wildcards

Maria Sharapova v Roberta Vinci Date: Wednesday 26 April Venue: Stuttgart Open Coverage: Live commentary from 17:30 BST on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Maria Sharapova’s wildcard entry into the Stuttgart Open has been defended by WTA chief Steve Simon, who said it is in keeping with how…

Horse racing: Funding changes welcomed by chief executive

A major change affecting how horse racing is funded in the United Kingdom will “help grow the sport”, according to the British Horseracing Authority. A new levy system will see offshore betting companies contribute 10% of their profits to British racing if they make more than £500,000. Offshore companies were exempt under the previous system,…

Force India chief Mallya arrested over fraud claims

Indebted tycoon Vijay Mallya has been bailed on security of £650,000 after appearing in court in London. He was arrested on Tuesday by the Metropolitan Police on behalf of the Indian authorities, over fraud accusations. India has been seeking the extradition of Mr Mallya, who faces charges of financial irregularities at his defunct Kingfisher Airlines….

Time is right for Olympic T20 cricket bid – ICC chief

The “time is right” for cricket to apply for a place at the Olympics, according to International Cricket Council chief Dave Richardson. Cricket has not been played at the Summer Games since Great Britain beat France to win gold in 1900. But the ICC believes an Olympic Twenty20 tournament is the key to growing the…