England rugby hero Maro Itoje shows how sport can unite us
The RSPB regularly gets calls from people who have seen ‘a funny bird’. ‘It’s got a red head and it’s…
Is Nike’s Colin Kaepernick advert a brilliant marketing move?
Final shoot-outs are great TV, but they’re anti-football
The focus is often too much on sight
When does cricketing banter cross the line?
England won the cricket World Cup for the fourth time. Huzzah! England reached the semi-finals of the European football championship.…
‘Plastic Brits’ challenge our notions about nationality
It’s time for all tennis fans to get behind Murray
It’s easy to mock, but we should take the great crested newt seriously
It’s safer and more elegant than riding astride
British territory in Cyprus is the centre of a cruel criminal industry that we seem unable – or unwilling – to stop
Countless lives are improved by contact with horses. Changes to business rates threaten that
The graceful one-handed backhand is vanishing from tennis
South Africa’s sporting quotas have a laudable aim. Is that enough?
At midnight the largest bull giraffe I have ever seen stood motionless in the moonlight, glowing as if lit from within
Simon Barnes recalls a surreal safari encounter
How Britain became an Olympic force
How strange it is to be watching the Olympic Games on television. No wonder people have such rum ideas of…
All gardeners, and all readers, have reason to thank them
Every Olympics makes stars — and this year’s Team GB will have a lot to live up to in Rio. Simon Barnes picks out five young British athletes to watch
Burning stockpiles of ivory was meant to wipe out poaching. After nearly 30 years, is it working?
Leicester City’s triumphs demonstrate once again sport’s capacity to replay archetypal stories
In most sports, injuries happen when things go wrong. In boxing, they’re the ultimate goal. It isn’t right
Here’s another stock joke for your collection: Pembroke College, Cambridge, has cancelled a fancy dress party themed on Around the…
They’re noisy, filthy, scary – and glorious. No wonder we have such complicated feelings about them