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Ben Moon in action Photo: Getty

In praise of Ben Moon: the man who took rock-climbing to new heights

21 March 2015

For anyone who knows or cares about rock climbing — a minority sport if ever there was one, albeit pretty extreme — the turn of the year was heaven. Newspapers,… Read more

French captain Thierry Dusautoir  looks dejected after his sides 11-18 defeat to Ireland Photo: Getty

I miss the days when French rugby was great. Thierry Dusautoir must, too

7 March 2015

It used to be such a treat of a winter weekend, sitting down to watch France against Wales in Paris in the Six Nations. And not just because of the… Read more

Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi bats during World Cup match against Bangladesh Photo: Getty

The Cricket World Cup needs minnows

21 February 2015

Graeme Swann arrived late for the last cricket World Cup. His wife had given birth before the tournament and he was given leave to miss the warm-ups and just arrive… Read more

Kim Sears Photo: Getty

We should be grateful for Andy Murray (and Kim Sears)

7 February 2015

It wasn’t that long ago when the most exciting event in any British tennis fan’s life was whether Jeremy Bates would make the second week of Wimbledon. If he did,… Read more

AB de Villiers of South Africa Photo: Getty

One-day cricket can make even a turbo-charged century tedious

24 January 2015

What a remarkable innings that was in Johannesburg earlier this week when South Africa’s admirable Hashim Amla carried his bat throughout the 50-over match against West Indies for 153 off… Read more

Steven Gerrard Photo: Getty

The myth of Steven Gerrard

10 January 2015

‘As a leader and a man, he is incomparable to anyone I have ever worked with.’ Obviously quite some guy, that: John Hunt of Everest? Nelson Mandela? The All Blacks’… Read more

Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho Photo: Getty

Fifteen things we learned about sport in 2014

13 December 2014

It was the year of KP, Keano and the Kiwis; of Federer, Froch and Phil the Power (no change there then); of Sochi and Suarez; of Rory and Ronaldo; McCaw,… Read more

Jim Murphy Photo: Getty

What football can tell you about Jim Murphy (and what Jim Murphy can tell you about football)

29 November 2014

The author of a rather brilliant little book about football could just hold the key to Labour’s otherwise negligible prospects in next year’s election. Jim Murphy is the last of… Read more

Pakistani former test bowler, Abdul Qadir Photo: Getty

International cricket must return to Pakistan (and my team went first)

15 November 2014

In a tiny courtyard just off the teeming alleys of Lahore’s old town, a young Pakistani boy in a gleaming white shalwar kameez picks up his Adidas cricket bat and… Read more

Day four of the second and final Test between West Indies and Bangladesh Photo: Getty

Test cricket and the Archers are both in deep trouble

1 November 2014

Lions and weasels The Archers and Test cricket: words you rarely find in the same sentence and more’s the pity as there’s not much else that can give greater innocent… Read more

Kevin Pietersen Book Signing

Pietersen’s unlikely Passage to India

18 October 2014

A typical Merchant-Ivory film, their biography informs me, features ‘genteel characters’ whose lives are blighted by ‘disillusionment and tragic entanglements’. No surprise then that Kevin Pietersen is proudly revealed as… Read more

Captain Paul McGinley lifts the trophy after Team Europe retained the Ryder Cup Photo: Getty

Please don't let the Ryder Cup go the way of football

4 October 2014

Well, that was a lot of fuss wasn’t it? The Ryder Cup is a strange old creation, only fractionally less momentous than D-Day, judging by some of the hoo-hah, but… Read more


Roy of the autobiographers

20 September 2014

It has become a weary cliché to say that a book’s publication is eagerly awaited, but when an event is this momentous — the October arrival, thanks to the good… Read more

Tim Howard confronts Diego Costa Photo: Getty

Just what Diego Costa needed: a guide to the traditions of the Premier League

6 September 2014

That excitable but likeable hombre, Everton manager Roberto Martinez, took it upon himself to give a stern lecture to the Brazilian-born Spaniard Diego Costa after Chelsea’s sensational 6-3 victory at… Read more

India head coach, Duncan Fletcher Photo: Getty

What does Duncan Fletcher actually do?

23 August 2014

Some years ago, when the last Conservative government was limping towards defeat, someone published a book called 101 Uses for a John Major. It was cruel and fairly funny, the… Read more

Adrian Grant and Nick Matthew of England and David Palmer and Cameron Pilley of Australia compete for the gold medal Photo: Getty

Why squash deserves a place in the Olympics

9 August 2014

Thank god for the Commonwealth Games: at least they gave us a brief respite from football transfer stories. Instead of having to read about an 18-year-old defender being bought by… Read more

British Open winner, Rory Mcllroy Photo: AFP/Getty

Alastair Cook is world class. Steven Gerrard isn’t

26 July 2014

This time last year, England’s cricketers were 2-0 up against Australia, two thirds of the way towards their third consecutive series victory in sport’s longest-established international contest. Not quite top… Read more

England captain Alastair Cook Photo: AFP/Getty

The crazy rush to run down Alastair Cook

12 July 2014

A jaw-dropping moment on the front page of Her Majesty’s Daily Telegraph the other day: ‘How to fix England’, read the  blurb, ‘by Kevin Pietersen’. Rather like ‘How To Stamp… Read more

Reza Ghoochannejhad of Iran scores his team's first goal past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic of Bosnia

Now England are out of the World Cup, we might just have to cheer for Iran

28 June 2014

Iran, eh: who knew? Last time I checked it was the great Satan, locking up its own people, stamping out dissidents, and a centrifuge or two away from bringing nuclear… Read more

England scrum half Danny Care Photo: Getty

The real England team is playing for Stuart Lancaster

14 June 2014

A revealing handwritten letter emerged at the weekend from the England scrum half Danny Care, who wasn’t playing in the first Test against New Zealand, to his Harlequins and England… Read more

Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg Photo: Getty

From Lewis Hamilton to Kevin Pietersen – who’s the worst team player?

31 May 2014

Ah teamwork! There’s no me in team, as David Brent used to observe sagely, but there are often plenty of cocks, as he didn’t. And really, you get to thinking,… Read more

After four-and-a-half years and 77 matches, Clermont Auvergne, were finally beaten at home, punctured in the Stade Michelin by Castres, from the Pyrenees Photo: AFP/Getty

Sport's greatest winning streaks

17 May 2014

Sport is all about streaks, winning and losing, though whether one of the gloomiest runs in world sport — England’s footballing failure to reach the final of a major tournament… Read more

Saracens Argentinian centre, Marcelo Bosch Photo: Getty

What’s right with Saracens — and José Mourinho’s Chelsea

3 May 2014

It’s hard to love Saracens rugby club — their centre is called Bosch, a word that also describes their bulldozing style of play — but you have to admire the… Read more


A sporting chance from the brotherhood of cricket

19 April 2014

The brotherhood of cricket, as we know, transcends race, creed, class and nationality. It can also be a big help when it comes to dealing with the law, as this… Read more

(Photo: Tom Dulat/Getty)

In defence of the Boat Race

5 April 2014

It’s Boat Race time again and as soon as the BBC starts its broadcast on Sunday there will be those who invade Twitter and such places, having a moan faster… Read more