1 [only before noun]
relating to sports:
The college offers a wide range of sporting activities.
one of the major sporting events of the year
a great sporting achievement
Britain's sporting heroes
sporting goods American English
a sporting goods store
2 British English
someone who is sporting behaves in a fair and generous way during a game or competition and does not try to win in an unfair way [≠ unsporting]:
It was very sporting of them to wait until the rest of our team had arrived.
a fairly good chance of succeeding or winning:
I think we've got a sporting chance of winning.
—sportingly adverb British English
They sportingly agreed to postpone the race until our boat was repaired.