Sport

England v New Zealand - 5th ODI Royal London One-Day Series 2015

Hallelujah! The England cricket team is fun again

4 July 2015

Something wonderful is happening in English cricket. The Ashes are upon us and, at last, the England team seem determined to play the right way. The recent series against New… Read more

Baileys Women's Prize For Fiction 2015 Shortlist Announcement

Rachel Johnson

27 June 2015

My husband says I only write books in order to have a launch party. Not so. I also write books in order to give the author speech at the party.… Read more

Sport

Why sport and sham morality go so well together

27 June 2015

Wimbledon next week. Like the tournament dress code, all sports want their heroes white. In terms of virtue rather than skin colour. Sport demands the appearance of righteousness. Its default… Read more

20 June 2015

Q. I was at the theatre recently and bumped into a well-known Liverpudlian crooner coming out of the disabled lavatory. She said ‘Don’t worry, luv, it’s fine to use them… Read more

Spectator-sport

A girl's guide to sporting crowds

13 June 2015

The Season — Wimbledon, Ascot, Henley etc — is a social construct arranged largely around sporting fixtures. This makes it peculiarly fraught for women. What do we wear? Say? What is the… Read more

Federer

Roger Federer helped me through my nervous breakdown, says William Skidelsky

13 June 2015
Federer and Me: A Story of Obsession William Skidelsky

Yellow Jersey, pp.276, £16.99, ISBN: 9780224092357

Good writing about sport is rare — and good writing about tennis is that much rarer — so it’s conspicuous that we’ve had so much of it about Roger Federer.… Read more

Pliny the Younger on Fifa

6 June 2015

In any huge enterprise (like Fifa), where does the rot begin? Pliny the Younger mused on this question in a letter to a friend about a games festival held in… Read more

Freddy-Gray

The hottest tipster in golf

23 May 2015

Why would anyone bet seriously on golf? It’s fun to have a little punt on the big tournaments — but you’d have to be a moron to put real money… Read more

Andrew Strauss (Photo: Getty)

Ten steps to save English cricket

16 May 2015

If you watched England’s three-day Test defeat by the West Indies in Barbados the other day to the bitter end you will have heard some of the England players being… Read more

Toby

Fatherhood is killing me

25 April 2015

Not a day passes when I don’t look on my father’s record with shock and awe. I’m not talking about his authorship of Labour’s 1945 manifesto, his invention of the… Read more

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Sam Waley-Cohen’s Grand National notebook

11 April 2015

‘How’s your shoulder?’ someone asked recently, and it was only then I realised, for the first time in a while, that my shoulder felt good again. In last year’s Grand… Read more

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

A print of girls in a gym from 1884

2,5000 years of gyms (and you’re still better off walking the dog)

7 March 2015
The Temple of Perfection: A History of the Gym Eric Chaline

Reaktion Books, pp.272, £20, ISBN: 9781780234496

My favourite fact about gyms before reading this book was that the average British gym member covers 468 miles per year and the average British dog walker 676. Eric Chaline’s… 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

Harry Redknapp Photo: Getty

Like Arthur Daley playing Garry Kasparov: why I won’t miss Harry Redknapp

7 February 2015

I can’t say I’m surprised by the departure of Harry Redknapp. Since I started supporting Queens Park Rangers in 2008 we’ve gone through seven managers — 13 if you count… 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

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

The Olympic Stadium and the Orbit Tower seen from Green Way

You’re paying £175 million to give West Ham a new stadium

22 November 2014

In 2006, on the day that the government’s estimated cost for the 2012 Olympics was jacked up from £2.75 billion to £4.25 billion, I promised to eat my hat on… 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

9 August 2014

Poor treatment Sir: Jane Kelly’s article (‘No tea or sympathy’, 2 August) on the lack of empathy and emotional support shown to patients is humbling. It is also worth noting… 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

All the golfers in the world or half an hour with Lucinda Green? It's a no-brainer.

Simon Barnes

26 July 2014

Sport is like love: it can only really hurt you if you care. Or for that matter, bring joy. You can’t explain sport, any more than you can explain the… 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

(Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty)

12 July 2014

Public benefit Public sector unions held a strike over pay. How well are public-sector workers paid compared with their counterparts in the private sector? — Comparing jobs like for like,… 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