Spectator sport

Reasons to be cheerful about cricket, football and the Grand National

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Well the sun is out, the sky is blue, and poor Boris Johnson is taking such a pounding from Matthew…

The noble suffering of Maria Sharapova

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The return heavyweight bout between England and Wales lived up to its billing as the most thumping rugby match of…

Two big hitters leave the crease: Brendon McCullum and Hugh McIlvanney

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Two great men have just bowed out from their chosen trades and it is bloody sad. The New Zealand cricket…

The angry young bowler who could take the West Indies back to the top

20 February 2016 9:00 am

In the north of Antigua, just by the medical school, is a neat little cricket ground. It was a bit…

John Terry’s ‘farewell’ is a load of hypocritical old tosh

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Just when you were thinking that the Premier League had become a much nicer place without José Mourinho in it,…

There are three sides to success at Oxford United

23 January 2016 9:00 am

In the middle of Oxford is a socking great cinema: once the Ritz, it’s now an Odeon multiplex. Back in…

Every Test match should have a Ben Stokes (or even a Chris Gayle)

9 January 2016 9:00 am

On Sunday morning a friend texted: ‘You watching the big bash, or the domestic stuff down in Australia?’ On one…

From the dismal to the delightful: the year in sport

12 December 2015 9:00 am

So long, then, to another thrilling year of sport in which the full range of human possibility — from the…

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The Davis Cup will be one final flourish for Andy’s Barmy Army

28 November 2015 9:00 am

There’s nothing quite like a sporting celebration, but the lash-up after Britain’s (almost) inevitable victory in the Davis Cup tennis…

Seb Coe is a fine man... who deserves to feel uncomfortable

14 November 2015 9:00 am

So Smiley was right all along: the bloody Russians were the baddest of the bad. The Pound report on the…

Rugby referee Craig Joubert is just the man to sort out Syria

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Not since Walter Palmer, a cudddly Minnesota dentist, put down his drill and vanished off the face of the earth…

I know who’s going to win the Rugby World Cup. I think

17 October 2015 8:00 am

England did have some clear winners in their otherwise beached Rugby World Cup campaign in the unlikely form of Lawrence…

England captain Chris Robshaw (Photo: Getty)

Give Robshaw a break

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Pity poor Chris Robshaw. England’s sturdy captain might have a knockout girlfriend and exceptional skills on the cappuccino machine, but…

Another Federer-Djokovic classic – let's pray it wasn't the last

19 September 2015 8:00 am

A thumping physical confrontation testing mind, muscle and sinew to the ultimate degree, and from which there could only be…

A World Championships that puts Sebastian Coe on the right track

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Sebastian Coe’s new job as head of world athletics will be a heck of a lot easier thanks to the…

Alastair Cook's victory for character, calm – and cunning

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The roar of the Premier League is beginning to drown out everything else in sport (there’s even Friday night football…

The edge of the Gobi desert, some 100km northwest of Beijing (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty)

The madness of the Beijing Winter Olympics

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Jumping the shark isn’t yet an Olympic sport, but if it were the International Olympic Committee would be a shoo-in…

Australia’s amazing, exhausting sporting comebacks

25 July 2015 9:00 am

I have never met an Aussie I didn’t like, but, crikey, their sporting indefatigability is exhausting. Don’t they ever give…

Nick Kyrgios is exactly the bad boy tennis needs

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Well thank heaven for Nick Kyrgios. The lavishly inked, blinged and barbered Aussie is quite one of the most thrilling…

The twilight of Tiger Woods

27 June 2015 9:00 am

A car crash is a terrible thing, but hordes of people still slow down to cop an eyeful on the…

The Kiwi tourists are a lesson in sportsmanship

13 June 2015 9:00 am

A rather desultory Test series is taking place in the Caribbean where Australia are marmalising the West Indies, with a…

Thrills and chivalry at Lord’s

30 May 2015 9:00 am

If heaven is a place on earth, as Belinda Carlisle so wisely observed, then surely that place has to be…

Ten steps to save English cricket

16 May 2015 9:00 am

If you watched England’s three-day Test defeat by the West Indies in Barbados the other day to the bitter end…

Next time, David Cameron should pretend to support Bournemouth

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Here’s an election-winning idea for Dave: forget about Aston Villa (or West Ham) and become a full-on Bournemouth fan. They…

However daft English cricket gets, there’ll always be Wisden’s obituaries

18 April 2015 9:00 am

He’s a tall man, Kevin Pietersen, and he casts a long shadow. It loomed large over the Long Room at…