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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

(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

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In defence of the BBC’s Sochi commentators

22 February 2014

You can trust the BBC to behave like a leaf blown by any breeze, but even that spineless leviathan (if such a beast could exist) might have tried to grow… Read more

Australia v England - Game 3

It’s not just Kevin Pietersen. England needs a whole team of new heroes

8 February 2014

Englishmen used to be deported to Australia as a punishment. Now they get sent back to England as an act of mercy. There was not much of a campaign to… Read more

Australia v England - Women's ODI: Game 1

Five reasons to be cheerful about British sport (yes, even the cricket)

25 January 2014

James Cook’s third voyage as an English captain ended in disaster, stabbed to death and disembowelled by a pack of angry Hawaiians in 1779. The latest Captain Cook’s third tour… Read more

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Golf’s $10 million nobodies

21 September 2013

Golf has reached the eye-watering end of the season in the United States. By Sunday night, one man in a baseball cap will walk off the 18th green in Atlanta… Read more

Charley Hull of England and the European Solheim Cup Team lines up a putt Photo: Getty

Suddenly, the future of British golf looks bright

24 August 2013

Were you still up, as they used to say about Portillo in the 1997 election, for Hedwall? It was well past midnight on Sunday, the sort of hour when all… Read more

Is Gareth Bale really worth £105 million? Photo: Getty

Football’s still the big boy in the playground – even when the big boys aren’t playing

10 August 2013

It’s been a long, hot, soccerless holiday. There has been football about — the women’s European Championship, for example, and various age-group tournaments, all of which England departed with undue… Read more

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I’m sick of sponsoring you to suffer

27 July 2013

Within waving distance of blessed solid ground, Susan Taylor lost her bid to swim the Channel — and, with it, her life. She was 34 years old, brainy and beautiful,… Read more

Can anyone save Aussie cricket?

27 July 2013

Insomniacs, invalids and cricket obsessives (step forward yours truly) were probably the only people who stumbled on it, but BBC4 put out a cracking drama from Down Under the other… Read more

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Books are a load of crap - the sporty kids have got it made

20 July 2013

What a glorious sporting summer it has been so far. For some the highlight will have been Andy Murray at Wimbledon, for others that nailbiting first Test against the Aussies.… Read more