Paul Drinkhall lands spot in showpiece table tennis league

Olympian Paul Drinkhall believes his participation in a new million pound venture can transform table-tennis into a mega-sport around the world.

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Leeds's Alistair Brownlee.

Ironman Alistair Brownlee setting new goals with Games on back-burner

A SECOND Olympic gold, victory in the Leeds leg of the ITU World Triathlon Series and runner-up as BBC Sports Personality Of The Year.

Big Air: Brighouse snowboarder Katie Ormerod has come on leaps and bounds since missing the Sochi Olympics. (Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

Katie Ormerod taking leap towards Pyeongchang

At the age of just 19, British snowboard star Katie Ormerod is already accustomed to making history.

Lizzie Armitstead . Picture: Chris Etchells

State of the Nation - Cycling: Taking the positives despite the dark clouds that still hover

Four years have passed since the day that shook the cycling world – when the enormous scale of the Lance Armstrong lie was exposed.

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Great Britain's Adam Peaty.

State of the Nation - Olympics: Peaty’s pivotal gold will help inspire new Olympic generation

Happy and glorious. Words which were frequently bellowed during this sporting summer as Team GB bettered all before at an away Olympic Games.

top men: Andy Murray (left) and brother Jamie in Davis Cup action. Picture: Andrew Milligan/P

State of the Nation - Tennis: Dominant force of Murray brothers leads the way for GB

WHEN chronicling 2016, the name Andy Murray will be etched from the first paragraph to last in tennis history books.

Starting the Golden Ticket journey at the Australian Open in Melbourne in January.

Golden Ticket: Bags are packed and ready for an indulgent final tour of duty

If you had a golden ticket to one sporting event per month across the globe, where would you go? Nick Westby takes us on a journey.

Josh Warrington

White Rose will continue to be in full bloom in the year ahead

THE year 2016 was another memorable one for Yorkshire.

Netminder Maddie Hinch pulled off a string of remarkable saves to steer Great Britain's women's hockey team to gold after a penalty shoot-out win over the Netherlands. (Picture: David Davies/PA Wire)

Rio remembered: Brits added gloss to an Olympic Games badly lacking a lick of paint

Mark Staniforth reflects on how a golden haul of medals from Britain’s Olympians helped mask some of the problems associated with the 
Games in Brazil.

Vote for your Yorkshire Sports Hero of 2016.

POLL - Vote for your Yorkshire Sports Hero of 2016

IT’s that time of year again folks when we ask you all to cast your mind back over the previous 12 months and pick out who you feel has been the standout Yorkshire sports performner during 2016.

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Freddie Woodward uses Jack Laugher as signpost to success

The deeds of Jack Laugher in winning gold and silver at the Rio Olympics have given another Yorkshire diver the perfect blueprint to follow on the road to Tokyo 2020.

Graphic: Graeme Bandeira

Six of the best: Take note of these Yorkshire stars set to shine at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

AFTER another successful Olympic Games for Yorkshire athletes, Ed White picks out six names to follow as the race to Tokyo 2020 begins.

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Zoe Lee stroked the British boat to silver in the women's coxed eight in Rio (Picture: PA).

Latecomer Zoe Lee revels in unity of Britain’s top rowers

North Yorkshire rower Zoe Lee had one of the worst vantage points from which to enjoy her own slice of rowing history in Rio.

Great Britain's Hannah Cockroft celebrates winning gold in the Women's 100m T34 Final at the Olympic Stadium, London in 2012 (Picture: David Davies/PA Wire).

Hannah Cockroft’s medal sights are on Tokyo and no further

AT just 24 years old, Halifax wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft already has five Paralympic golds.

Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee (left) and brother Jonny embrace after winning Gold and Silver in the Men's Triathlon at Fort Copacabana (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

SPOTY 2016: Glory in Rio and compassion in Cozumel put Alistair Brownlee in frame

LEEDS triathlete Alistair Brownlee knows the odds are stacked against him ahead of tomorrow’s BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Award.

Zachariah arrived just in time to allow father Danny Willett, seen with wife Nicole, to compete  and win  the Masters (Picture: PA).

SPOTY 2016: Danny Willett honoured to be golf’s flag-bearer

aS MASTERS champion, Danny Willett has enjoyed front row seats at some of the summer’s biggest sporting occasions, including Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix.


SPOTY 2016: How will Yorkshire's five contenders fare?

The annual debate over which sporting personality has the greatest achievement over the last 12 months is upon us and the winner of the BBC vote will be announced on Sunday evening.

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Vote Yorkshire in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

YP Comment: Vote Yorkshire in BBC Sports Personality of the Year race

UNLIKE the glory days of Sports Personality of the Year when the great and good would gather to learn how readers of the Radio Times had voted via postal coupon, it’s now very much a glitzy talent contest – in keeping with omnipresent reality TV shows – with telephone votes on the night determining the winner of sport’s ultimate honour.

WINNER: Alistair Brownlee wins  the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Leeds  in Millenium Square.  Picture Tony Johnson

Shifting focus: Ironman challenge next on agenda for Leeds’ Alistair Brownlee

ALISTAIR BROWNLEE will put plans for a third Olympic triathlon gold medal on hold in order to pursue his lifelong dream of competing in the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii.

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Yorkshireman Marcus Ellis, right, won Olympic bronze in the mens doubles at Rio 2016 alongside Chris Langridge

Badminton sees entire Olympic funding axed

Great Britain badminton chiefs are set to appeal against the decision to cut the sport’s funding for the Tokyo Olympics.

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