That’s how it starts

Today I took We Didn’t Start the Fire and filled it with the names of sportspeople from around the world. This is how I spend my time …

Brian Lara, Sangakkara, McNamee and McNamara,

Mayweather, Pacquiao, Oscar de La Hoya,

Curtley Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Akabusi, Jamie Baulch,

Kahn, Courtouis, Cech, Lloris, Manuel Neuer

Johnson-Thompson, Joyner-Kersee, Thompson, Johnson, Giggs, Van Persie

Graeme Smith, Gilchrist, Shiv Chanderpaul,

Phil Tufnell, Ashley Giles, Beth Tweddle, Simone Biles,

Hurst, Peters, Hunt, Moore, Banks, Alan Ball.

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John Collins, Collins John, Harry Greb and Billy Conn,

Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran

Steve Davis, Tony Meo, Adedayo Adebayo

Contador, Quintana, Porte, Froome, Uran

Isinbayeva, Rod Laver, Elena Dementieva

Wilkinson, Dan Carter, Martin Offiah,

David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Tony Drago, Tony Knowles,

Dele Alli, Rose, Harry Kane, Eric Dier.

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Andy Farrell, Andy Carroll, Hair, Harper, Darrell, Darryl,

Merlene Ottey, Pirlo, Totti, Misbah Ul-Haq

Little, Horan, Henman, Goran, Norman Whiteside, Kevin Moran,

Henry Cotton, Winterbottom, Hill, Leonard, Back.

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Laurent Blanc and Basile Boli,

Laura Robson, Heather Watson, John McEnroe,

Sandy Lyle, Nick Faldo, Ronaldinho, Raul, Ronaldo,

Richard Hadlee, then more sadly, Cruyff, Ali, Crowe.

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Andy Murray, Jamie Murray, Kobe Bryant, Steph Curry,

Carl Lewis, Joe Louis, Richie McCaw

Will Greenwood, Josh Lewsey, one more Akabusi,

George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law.

Lindsey Vonn and Barry John, Maradona and The Don,

Michael Vaughan, Shane Warne, Zinedine Zidane,

Jonah Lomu, Joe Montana, Carl Lewis, Bryan Habana,

Niall Quinn, Cascarino, Kevin Kilbane.

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