After Kell Brook's underwhelming win against Michael Zarafa, are we any closer to seeing the long-awaited fight against Amir Khan? Mike and Steve analyse the performance, and question whether the fight is as appealing now both appear past their primes.
Also, reaction as Isaac Dogboe was upset in his second defence of the WBO super bantamweight world title against Emanuel Navarette, Vasyl Lomachenko adding another world title belt to his glittering résumé, and a look ahead to Rocky Fielding's fantasy bout against Mexican megastar Canelo Alvarez at Madison Square Garden this weekend.
Finally, with a week passed since Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury, Mike and Steve discuss the positive and negative reaction to the draw and start looking ahead to next year.
Ugo and Chris welcome fit-again Mako Vunipola to the pod after his impressive return for Saracens at the weekend. We discuss his max leg press, his broken nose and why he can’t watch games with his brother Billy. We also round up another weekend of Champions Cup action including Leinster’s ‘disallowed flags’ at Bath, debate our outside contenders for the European title and who outdid Ugo in the fashion stakes at Exeter?
Can we jet lag a cabbage? Does the surge in big internet data sharing bring big risks? Dr Chris Smith and the ‘Naked Scientists’ also discuss the microbial world and we go interstellar to infinity and beyond.
Alistair Bruce-Ball and Chris Sutton took your calls after Newcastle lost to Wolves at St James' Park.
There was a deeper discussion about racism in football, after Raheem Sterling spoke out about alleged abuse he received during Saturday's clash between Chelsea and Manchester City.
And we also had a Toon-themed edition of Sutton Death.
Jonathan Overend is joined by Karl Henry, Matthew Etherington and journalist Tom Collomosse as they discuss the title race, the alleged racial abuse of Raheem Sterling and James Milner joining the 500 club - plus all the weekend's other big talking points.
Anna Boniface was selected to run for England after she became the first non-elite woman to finish the London Marathon in 2017. But over-training and under-eating meant her dreams were short-lived because she failed to finish the event after suffering a stress fracture to her ankle. She was later diagnosed with a condition known as Energy Deficiency in Sport - brought on by pushing her body to the limit and failing to refuel properly. The condition affects hundreds of young athletes and can lead to serious eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia. It can also weaken bones, stop women athletes from having periods and dramatically reduce testosterone levels in men. As the TrainBrave campaign is launched to raise awareness of the condition, 5 Live Investigates hears from those suffering the consequences. They include a young cyclist left with the bones of an 80-year old, and an Olympic hopeful forced to give up athletics in her mid-20’s after four spinal fractures brought on by her diet.
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As British Politics enters a critical week, John Pienaar talks Brexit with guests including: Brexit Minister Kwasi Kwarteng; Labour’s Richard Burgon; Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith and actor Edddie Marson.
Musician & Tailenders co-host Felix White, BBC broadcaster Eleanor Oldroyd, boxing pundit & broadcaster Steve Bunce & comedian Danny Mcloughlin join Colin Murray for an hour of sporting punditry & humour.
Points are awarded for informed comment, wit and passion, but taken away for utter nonsense and answers lacking in conviction.
In the final round, the top two points scorers go head-to-head in 'Defend the Indefensible' where they must both defend a statement however ludicrous or distasteful for twenty seconds. There can only be one winner!
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Danny Baker meets Lionel Blair to celebrate his birthday. Chelcee Grimes plays the Sausage Sandwich Game in Paris at the Women's World Cup Draw weekend. Plus listener stories. Text 85058 (charged at your standard message rate). Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Maurizio Sarri says Manchester City are the best team in Europe, can his faltering Chelsea side get a result against the leaders this weekend? Pat Nevin, Steve Sidwell and Karen Carney join JJ to discuss that, why Fred can't get a game in the Manchester United midfield and does Jurgen Klopp have a point about tough-tackling Burnley? Plus, who does Neil Warnock think has the best squad in the bottom half?
Steve Carell talks to Simon about his new film Welcome To Marwen. Plus the UK Box Office Top 10 and Mark reviews the week's new films including The Old Man & The Gun, Sorry To Bother You and White Boy Rick.
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Scotland and Manchester City star Jen Beattie, six-time Grand Slam doubles champion Jamie Murray and one of the greatest Olympians of all-time Sir Chris Hoy join Eleanor Oldroyd to discuss the sporting issues of the week.
Still carrying the jet leg following an eventful week in Los Angles, Mike Costello and Steve Bunce look ahead to an exciting 2019 for the heavyweight boxing division. Will it be a unification fight between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua? Will it be a rematch between Wilder and Tyson Fury? Or will it be the fight most British fans want, Joshua v Fury. We’ll hear from promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren, plus Wilder on which fight is their priority.