Professional pedestrian George Littlewood

Sporting heroes: Littlewood’s walk on the wild side

This week marks the 125th anniversary of a seemingly everlasting British record set by George Littlewood. The Sheffield athlete was a professional pedestrian. The sport of pedestrianism is not practised today, though we still see its influence in ultramarathon running.

New York’s Grand Central Station, one of the country’s most impressive

Lead us not into Penn Station – but deliver us from poor architecture

Out of America: There are signs of life in the country's grand old terminal buildings – even if some are no more than museum pieces

Lee Purdy replaces Kell Brook for the fight with Devon Alexander

Boxing: Purdy set to join long list of British fighters who take the money – and then the beating

Lee Purdy will add his name to a long and distinguished list of British boxers who travelled to most points of the globe for world-title fights knowing that they were massive underdogs.

Tyson Fury (left) recovered from a second-round knockdown to beat Steve Cunningham in New York

Boxing: Wladimir Klitschko clash still some way off despite grit and guts of Tyson Fury

Heavyweight grinds his way towards a title fight while Cleverly shines with win for the purists

Boxing: Tyson Fury and Nathan Cleverly poised on brink of dream fights

Victories for the British pair tonight will bring career-defining contests within touching distance

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Win a bottle of wine

Rolling Stones and Springsteen rock 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy concert

Some of the biggest (and oldest) stars in the music industry clubbed together last night to stage a Madison Square Gardens concert for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

HBO is celebrating four decades of making great TV. So, what were they up to before The Sopranos and Co?

HBO celebrates forty years of sex, violence and... Fraggles

The grounbreaking cable channel is celebrating four decades of making great TV. So, what were they up to before The Sopranos and Co? Tim Walker finds out

Britain’s got talent: One Direction have made a lot of fans across the Atlantic

One Direction and The Wanted: If they can make it there...

British boybands One Direction and The Wanted have taken the US – and the pages of The New Yorker – by storm. Tim Walker charts their stateside success

England's Stuart Broad (C) reacts during the fourth day of the third International Test cricket match between England and South Africa at Lord's

It should be five Tests, not three, to decide the world's best team

Anybody still think a substandard one-day series with Australia in June was a good idea?

Bob Birch: US bassist who became a mainstay of Elton John's band

"I couldn't ask for a better gig. The music is fantastic, the bass lines are classic, and Elton is a gem..."

Michael Dokes fought heavyweight greats such as Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe

Boxing: Former world champion Dokes dies from liver cancer, aged 54

Former world heavyweight champion Michael Dokes, 54, has died after losing his battle with liver cancer.

Johnny Tapia attracted an adoring, massive crowd at York Hall in 2002

Bunce on Boxing: Johnny Tapia, a great fighter who dodged bullets but not needles

Tapia was crazy, but he could still fight when he made his York Hall debut

Adam Yauch performs with the Beastie Boys at an MTV concert in 2004

Adam Yauch: White rapper who went from novelty act to genre-bending pioneer

Accused of appropriating rap music, Yauch likened it to the Rolling Stones playing the Blues

Rory Mcilroy prepares to hit a tennis ball to Maria Sharapova as Caroline Wozniacki looks on in the BNP Paribas Showdown exhibition tennis match yesterday

McIlroy nets another victory

Should we be jealous of Rory McIlroy, multi-millionaire golfer, reigning US Open champion and – as of Sunday – the planet's number one player? Probably not.

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