Doyle Brunson: Crushing it at 88

An accomplished college basketball player and middle-distance runner with great potential, Doyle Brunson appeared to have a successful sporting career ahead of him until a summer job in a gypsum plant in the 1950s changed that trajectory immeasurably and ultimately gave rise to perhaps the greatest legend the world of professional poker has seen. With…

Nicklaus museum a treat for golf fans

In the heart of Ohio State University’s giant sports complex the “greatest story in golf” is said to come alive. Columbus, Ohio, is the hometown of the legendary Jack Nicklaus, winner of a record 18 golf majors, and the 12,000 square-foot educational and historical facility is where his amazing career is immortalised. It’s a pretty…

Just one step at a time for Tiger

In two weeks’ time the Torrey Pines South Course plays host to the US Open for only the second occasion. The last time the championships were held at the San Diego course, Tiger Woods defeated Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole play-off to lift the trophy in 2008. After trading the lead three times on the…

A Byrd’s eye view of the Antarctic continent

If you browsed through a copy of America’s Social Register you’d find it hard to discover a figure more entwined with the establishment than Richard Evelyn Byrd, a naval officer born in Winchester, Virginia, on 25 October 1888. The son of Esther Bolling and Richard Evelyn Byrd Sr, Byrd was a descendant of one of…

Bobby Fischer: How the king’s gambit played out

Not since the intense rivalry between the Americans and Soviets during the Cold War has chess enjoyed such prominence in popular culture. During the periods of house arrest endured by the Netflix-watching world over the past 12 months, The Queen’s Gambit has catapulted the game back into the limelight, with the character of prodigy Beth…