Ali and Frazier’s studio scrap, Man Utd v Liverpool memories and Phil Tufnell


1) Sixty years ago today, ABC’s Wide World of Sports debuted on American television. Here’s Evil Knievel’s first jump on the show, from March 1967; Arnold Schwarzenegger winning Mr World in 1970; a show from January 1974 featuring a row between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali (it’s all worth your time, but here’s the actual physical bit); and a world-record high dive challenge from 1983.

2) Last Saturday saw three UFC title fights, all of which ended in devastating style. Here’s Kamaru Usman v Jorge Masvidal at men’s welterweight; Zhang Weili v Rose Namajunas at women’s strawweight; and Valentina Shevchenko v Jessica Andrade at women’s flyweight.

3) On Sunday, Manchester United meet Liverpool at Old Trafford. Here’s a league game from April 1968, the highlight of which was a brilliant goal and celebration from George Best … before Liverpool came back to record a win that helped stop United from retaining the title. This League Cup game from October 1990 marked the fabled perch usurpation, but more importantly featured a classic back-garden hack from David Burrows on Danny Wallace. Finally, here are all of Liverpool’s Premier League goals at Old Trafford.

4) The brilliant documentary The Fall – about Mary Decker and Zola Budd – is currently available to watch via Sky. Some experts believe the American to be the greatest distance runner of all-time, and here she is completing the “Double Decker”: 1500m and 3000m gold at the 1983 world championships. In this clip, Budd talks about the loves and losses that have punctuated her life. The pair met at the 1984 Games, the race that came to define both athletes.

5) St Johnstone keeper Zander Clark grabs a last-minute equaliser against Rangers at Ibrox and celebrates in the appropriate style. OK, technically it deflected in off his teammate, but Clark was definitely the hero in the penalty shootout as Saints reached the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

6) Philip Clive Roderick Tufnell – Barnet’s finest – is 55 today. Here he is holding four brilliant catches – “Tufnell of all people!” – here he is, er, taking it to Shane Warne and here he is taking six-fer against West Indies at the Oval in 1991.