Nick Westby: Basketball’s ongoing battle to stand tall

IT IS a crisp, bright afternoon in Leeds, and on a concrete court overshadowed by residential tower blocks, a group of teenagers can be found playing a recreational game of three-on-three basketball.

Great Britain's Nile Wilson during the men's horizontal bar final at the Rio Olympics

Nile Wilson given the chance to expand on his already impressive Commonwealth Games haul

Yorkshire’s Nile Wilson has been named among the 10 artistic gymnasts to compete for England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Australia bound: Team England boxer Natasha Gale. (Picture: Andrew Roe)

Natasha Gale handed her shot at Commonwealth Games medal glory in Australia

LEEDS’ European champion Natasha Gale has been named as one of 12 boxers set to represent England at April’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast of Australia.

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee as last year's WTS Triathlon in Leeds.

Jonny Brownlee hoping to take route to success on WTS return to Leeds

Olympic triathlon medallist Jonny Brownlee has praised the route of the 2018 ITU World Triathlon in Leeds this June.

Matty Lee.

Leeds diver Matty Lee finds incentive from past setbacks

Matty Lee is a diver with a point to prove.

City of Leeds diver 'Lois Toulson: Has new targets for 2018.

Dive into the medals with me, says Lois Toulson

The year ahead holds myriad opportunities for Leeds diver Lois Toulson, but as much as medals and accolades are the target, the discovery of a new partner could hold the key to her f uture.

My way: Natasha Gale at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield where she is training to emulate her heroine Nicola Adams, just don't dare suggest she is the next Adams. (Picture: Andrew Roe)

Weekend Interview: Natasha Gale plots own route out of Nicola Adams’s shadow

YORKSHIRE’S rising star of women’s boxing Natasha Gale is fully aware that comparisons will be drawn between herself and double Olympic champion Nicola Adams.

Alistair Brownlee at Team England's triathlon squad announcement for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, at the Brownlee Triathlon Centre in Leeds. (Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

Weekend Interview: Alistair Brownlee - still hungry after all these years

It is on these bitingly cold winter mornings, when the threat of an icy rain hovers overhead, that us mere mortals are set apart from the elite sports people among us.

Team England's triathlon squad for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Back row from left: Jess Learmonth, Alistair Brownlee, Tom Bishop. Front: Lizzie Tench.

Alistair Brownlee to defend Commonwealth Games title on Gold Coast

Alistair Brownlee has confirmed he will put his Ironman dreams on hold to target another Commonwealth Games triathlon title on the Gold Coast early next year.

Britain's Mick Hill throws the javelin on his way to winning the silver medal at the European Track and Field Championships in Budapest, Sunday Aug. 23, 1998. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)

Leeds City Athletics Club: Celebrating half a century of an athletic institution

Around 160 club members gathered at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds last night to celebrate 50 years of Leeds City Athletic Club.

Great Britain's Ollie Wood. Picture: Adam Davy/PA.

Ollie Wood sets off in in pursuit of fulfilling his Tokyo dream

For years now, Yorkshire has been able to boast one of the greatest team pursuit cyclists in the history of the discipline – Ed Clancy.

Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee leads from brother Jonny during the running section of the Men's Triathlon at Fort Copacabana on the thirteenth day of the Rio Olympic Games, Brazil.

Man behind the Brownlees: How Malcolm Brown’s instincts created a triathlon dynasty in Leeds

Having overseen the fledgling careers of Yorkshire’s greatest Olympic family, Malcolm Brown has every reason to look back on his 40 years of coaching with great fondness.

Athlete Laura Weightman (Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

Commonwealth Games: Laura Weightman challenges herself to go the extra mile in Australia

Middle-distance runner Laura Weightman is determined to kick on from her career highlight at this summer’s World Championships after announcing her plans to step up in distance next year.

Great Britain's Nile Wilson won a bronze medal in the men's horizontal bar at the Rio Olympics in 2016 (Picture: PA)

World Championships: Favourite’s absence opens door for Nile Wilson in Canada

Ten months after snapping his ankle ligaments in a freak training accident, Nile Wilson is in contention to fill the vacancy at the top of his sport at the World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal.

Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson at the Leeds Gymnastic Club. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Perspective gives Wilson optimism in Montreal

Leeds’s Olympic bronze medallist Nile Wilson produced a series of strong performances to effectively ensure qualification for the all-around final at the World Championships in Montreal.

Setting the tone: Nile Wilson at Leeds Gymastics Club where he trains, ahead of the world championships in Montreal which start next week. (Picture: James Hardisty)

World Championships: Balanced Nile Wilson hoping to meet all-around ambition

One year on from the highs of winning an Olympic medal, Nile Wilson heads to Montreal this weekend seeking a performance that will underline his place among the world’s elite.

Lizzie Deignan won the world title in 2015 (Picture: Chris Etchells)

Deignan up off the operating table for world bid

Twenty-three days after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, Yorkshire’s Lizzie Deignan bids to win the UCI World Road Race title for a second time in Bergen, Norway, today.

Great Britain's Nile Wilson celebrates winning a bronze medal in the men's horizontal bar at the Rio Olympics Games (Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

Olympic heroes Whitlock and Wilson spearhead GB worlds challenge

Double Olympic champion Max Whitlock will lead a 10-strong Great Britain team to the World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal next month.

Jonathan Brownlee

World Triathlon: Jonny Brownlee ends tough year in sixth place

Spain’s Mario Mola won a second straight World Triathlon Series title as Yorkshire’s Jonny Brownlee failed to break into the podium places.

England's Chris and Gabby Adcock in the mixed doubles of the 2017 BWF World Championships. PIC: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Badminton: Bronze medal winners’ hearts set on gold medals

A BRONZE medal in the TOTAL BWF World Championships is never something to be snubbed, but now Gabby and Chris Adcock are desperate to channel their semi-final hurt into future glory.

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