Thirty tales of defining moments in sport

SPORT has always been fascinating, not only to those playing but to communities and nationalities around the world.

SPORT has always been fascinating, not only to those playing but to communities and nationalities around the world.

And there have been games and moments that memories are made of - never to be forgotten and entrenched in history.

As a celebration of the last three decades of sports and the company's recent 30th anniversary, ESPN Films presents 30 for 30, a fascinating series of independently produced documentaries spotlighting 30 well-known filmmakers telling 30 original, intimate stories that have formed part of the history of global sports over the past 30 years.

The entire series will be televised over the rest of the year on ESPN on DStv channel 230. It began last week Thursday at 8pm with King's Ransom.

The films were created by 30 famous film-makers, including Academy Award-winner Barry Levinson and legendary documentary maker Albert Maysles.

Among the features is unique footage of an aging Muhammad Ali preparing to fight for an unprecedented fourth heavyweight title against former sparring partner Larry Holmes.

South Africa will feature in one of the films coming up later in the series as Cliff Bestall and Morgan Freeman tell the emotional story of Nelson Mandela's role in the 1995 Rugby World Cup in The 16th Man.

Oscar-nominated Brett Morgen's June 17 1994 reflects on a day that no sports fan could forget, when Arnold Palmer played his last round at a US Open, the Fifa World Cup kicked off in Chicago, the New York Rangers celebrated on Broadway and OJ Simpson led the world on a slow-speed chase in a white Ford Bronco around Los Angeles.

Scheduling and film information on the remaining films will be released in due course.

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