Spectator sport

Less women’s sport might sometimes be more

16 December 2017 9:00 am

The credit sequence for the tennis flick Battle of the Sexes has this very British warning: ‘Contains occasional scenes of…

Why Ben Stokes should be picked for Perth

9 December 2017 9:00 am

And so to a cloudy, chilly Adelaide, more like London in October than Australia in the early days of high…

Let’s give young Ben Foakes a chance to sweep out the Ashes

25 November 2017 9:00 am

So the Ashes has finally got over the line, and not a minute too soon. At the time of writing…

As West Ham go for dull David Moyes, football badly needs more Pep talks

11 November 2017 9:00 am

So West Ham took the least surprising option and sent for David Moyes. Same old same old. I have a…

Modern rugby is lethal, and it's only a matter of time before a player dies on the pitch

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Rugby’s autumn internationals are almost upon us and dark thoughts hover over lovers of the sport. One day soon a…

Why is England’s football team so unexciting?

14 October 2017 9:00 am

During a riveting session at the Cheltenham Literary Festival with sporting brainboxes Mike Brearley and Matthew Syed, discussion touched on…

All power to the American football ‘knee’ protest

30 September 2017 9:00 am

The history of sport and political protest in this country would be a slim old volume. It would feature quite…

Why has Roy Hodgson taken on Crystal Palace?

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Poor old Roy Hodgson, why did he take on Crystal Palace? He was having lunch at a Côte in a…

After a long and bitter redevelopment debate, which way will Lord’s leap?

2 September 2017 9:00 am

In the rarefied circles of the sporting establishment a decision will soon be made affecting not just the future of…

What has the Premier League ever done for us?

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Football’s back, I’m afraid, and, in the imperishable words of David Mitchell, every kick in every game matters to someone,…

England’s new cricketing heroes were real Test Match specials

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The weather forecast last Saturday promised 100 per cent likelihood of rain. I like that formulation: it doesn’t leave much…

Apart from Rog, Wimbledon 2017 was a disgrace

22 July 2017 9:00 am

For obvious reasons this column always welcomes ‘King Roger Rules The World’ headlines on the back pages. And the front…

Marvellous and heroic – the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Give them all peerages as far as I’m concerned: if you can pick up a gong for bunging a few…

Pakistan’s cricket team and the power of redemption

24 June 2017 9:00 am

The Pakistan supporter was festooned in cream and green, and carried a chalkboard round his neck with the legend: ‘My…

Should we be hacked off with the haka?

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Kingsley Amis said the most depressing words in the English language were ‘Shall we go straight in?’ — meaning no…

Tennis’s golden generation is showing the first signs of metal fatigue

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Not a bad week for Roger Federer then: first pootling along being cool and rich in a morning suit at…

A two-hour marathon in my lifetime just became more likely

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Of the great sporting imponderables that have come into clearer view over the past few days — will The Archers’…

Trust Anthony Joshua to revive the glory and glamour of heavyweight boxing

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Every so often comes a moment that can set the history of sport on a different trajectory. I believe we…

Everybody loves a winner? Not all of them by a long chalk

15 April 2017 9:00 am

What a treat to be Sergio Garcia. Not only have you just won your first major and trousered a small…

Why it’s wrong to let Liverpool FC ban the Sun

1 April 2017 9:00 am

The comedian Jimmy Carr is not necessarily a guy you would trust on much, but he was spot on the…

Video technology can’t come to football soon enough

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Few sporting events in history have been greeted with such swivel-eyed, table-pounding hysteria as Barcelona’s comeback to overturn a 4-0…

Three cheers for rugby’s Italian loophole

4 March 2017 9:00 am

A friend was at Twickenham on Sunday sitting not far from the Italian coaching top brass, Conor O’Shea and Mike…

The breathtaking brilliance of England rugby’s new golden generation

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Perfection in sport: unattainable, but sometimes you can come close. Moments, people, actions you never tire of watching: Roger Federer’s…

Many Clouds: the horse that literally gave his all

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Few things in sport are more thrilling than a great racehorse giving its all. That’s why the death of that…

If you can see top games for free, where will footie’s millions come from?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

At a wedding a few years back a very gloomy looking guest, a well-known Geordie actor as it happens, arrived…