Spectator sport

Hate the Winter Olympics? Here’s why you’re wrong

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Despite the best efforts of this column (and the BBC), too many Brits regard the Winter Olympics with the same…

This Six Nations could be anyone’s – and it couldn’t be more exciting

10 February 2018 9:00 am

‘It’s never easy going to Rome,’ observed Anthony Watson after the traditional mauling of a hard-working but outgunned Italian side…

This Winter Olympics, don’t knock our fearless Fridge Kids

27 January 2018 9:00 am

At this time of the year, well-meaning folk of otherwise sound mind start to get very sniffy about the impending…

More Ashes tours like this and long-form cricket will be in trouble

13 January 2018 9:00 am

So will the sight of poor Joe Root at Sydney, pale as a ghost and barely able to stand, heroically…

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…