Robin Hull lost the feeling in the right-hand side of his body due to a mystery life-threatening virus

Snooker World Championship 2014: 'The Rocket' Ronnie O'Sullivan holds no fear for Robin Hull after horror illness

The 39-year-old Finn was struck down with a potentially life-threatening virus in 2002

The veteran Bernard Hopkins defends his IBF light-heavyweight title in his 65th fight on Saturday

Steve Bunce on Boxing: Bernard Hopkins still going strong in his 50th year after cutting a deal with Old Father Time

The veteran defends his IBF light-heavyweight title on Saturday night

The Rev. Al Sharpton, Lindo Mandela, Zondwa Mandela, Harry Belafonte, Sharon Robinson, the Rev Jesse Jackson and Rachel Robinson, wife of the late baseball great Jackie Robinson, pose with a plaque memorializing the late South African President Nelson Mandela installed at Monument Park at Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2014 in New York City.

New York Yankees unveil new Monument Park plaque to honour the memory of Nelson Mandela

Mandela's plaque has been unveiled next to the existing tribute to Jackie Robinson, the first black player to play in Major League Baseball

UK Pool Open: The setting was a time warp, but this sport is moving forward

The Britannia Adelphi in Liverpool hosted the UK Pool Open over the weekend

Manny Pacquiao lands a blow on Tim Bradley in their rematch on Saturday night

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao avenges Timothy Bradley defeat with unanimous points victory in Las Vegas to reclaim WBO welterweight title

Manny Pacquiao won a unanimous decision in his rematch with Timothy Bradley on Saturday, avenging his 2012 loss and claiming the WBO welterweight title.

Non-starter: Coe’s staying in sport

Inside Lines: Boris Johnson wants him but running for mayor is a no-Coe area for Seb

Lord Sebastian Coe is under renewed pressure to stand for mayor of London with Tory grandees believing that such is the capital electorate's high regard for him after 2012 that he would be a shoo-in to succeed Boris Johnson.

Tom Daley stars in Tom Daley Goes Global

Sport on TV: The cracks start to show as travelogue sinks to new depths

Tom Daley's image is so squeaky clean that he really doesn't need to keep jumping into pools of water. Even now that his voice isn't squeaky and he has revealed that he's gay and has a Hollywood director as a partner, he has seemingly retained all the wide-eyed innocence of a child.

Mo Farah celebrates his 5,000m victory at the 2012 Olympics

London Marathon 2014: Winning would be better than the Olympics, says Mo Farah

How do you surpass the two distance golds at London 2012 or the double double achieved at last year’s World Championships? For Mo Farah, victory in the London Marathon would trump both.

Dave Brailsford with Shane Sutton during the Olympics

Cycling: Brailsford’s exit ‘will not be a Fergie moment’ England’s insist British team

Ian Drake, British Cycling’s chief executive, insists Sir Dave Brailsford’s departure as performance director will not prove a “Fergie” moment for Britain’s most successful sporting institution of the last decade.

Snooker player Steve Davis

Snooker: Steve Davis fails in quest to qualify for the World Championship and stands to lose his tour card next season

Davis could be relegated from the elite bracket of the sport for the first time since 1978

Manny Pacquiao (left) and US boxer Timothy Bradley Jr back in February

Steve Bunce on Boxing: Manny Pacquiao may remain the main attraction but after a shock defeat in 2012 can afford no mercy this time in his rematch with Tim Bradley

On Friday night at the MGM in Las Vegas the tiny fighting darling of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao, will enter the ring to fight Tim Bradley in a rematch of their strange first encounter. Both men have talked about a desperate need for redemption.

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8-ball pool: United Kingdom Open takes place this weekend

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Ian Thorpe had Rio 2016 in his sights

Ian Thorpe: Swimming career of Australia’s ‘Thorpedo’ sunk by hospital bug

Five-time Olympic champion ‘will not swim again’

Malcolm Howard is considering taking part in the Rio 2016 Games after University Boat Race success

Boat Race 2014 results: Oxford president Malcolm Howard considers Rio 2016 attempt with Canada after second straight win

Howard guided Oxford to the biggest victory since 1973 and the 31-year-old is considering adding to his Beijing gold and London silver medals

Boat Race 2014 results: Oxford clinch large victory in 160th University Boat Race as Cambridge protest early clash to no avail

Hot favourite Dark Blues record biggest win since 1973 with 11-length victory after Cambridge's Luke Juckett lost five strokes in decisive clash

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