Spectator sport

I miss the days when French rugby was great. Thierry Dusautoir must, too

7 March 2015 9:00 am

It used to be such a treat of a winter weekend, sitting down to watch France against Wales in Paris…

The Cricket World Cup needs minnows

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Graeme Swann arrived late for the last cricket World Cup. His wife had given birth before the tournament and he…

We should be grateful for Andy Murray (and Kim Sears)

7 February 2015 9:00 am

It wasn’t that long ago when the most exciting event in any British tennis fan’s life was whether Jeremy Bates…

One-day cricket can make even a turbo-charged century tedious

24 January 2015 9:00 am

What a remarkable innings that was in Johannesburg earlier this week when South Africa’s admirable Hashim Amla carried his bat…

The myth of Steven Gerrard

10 January 2015 9:00 am

‘As a leader and a man, he is incomparable to anyone I have ever worked with.’ Obviously quite some guy,…

Fifteen things we learned about sport in 2014

13 December 2014 9:00 am

It was the year of KP, Keano and the Kiwis; of Federer, Froch and Phil the Power (no change there…

What football can tell you about Jim Murphy (and what Jim Murphy can tell you about football)

29 November 2014 9:00 am

The author of a rather brilliant little book about football could just hold the key to Labour’s otherwise negligible prospects…

International cricket must return to Pakistan (and my team went first)

15 November 2014 9:00 am

In a tiny courtyard just off the teeming alleys of Lahore’s old town, a young Pakistani boy in a gleaming…

Test cricket and the Archers are both in deep trouble

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Lions and weasels The Archers and Test cricket: words you rarely find in the same sentence and more’s the pity…

Pietersen’s unlikely Passage to India

18 October 2014 9:00 am

A typical Merchant-Ivory film, their biography informs me, features ‘genteel characters’ whose lives are blighted by ‘disillusionment and tragic entanglements’.…

Please don't let the Ryder Cup go the way of football

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Well, that was a lot of fuss wasn’t it? The Ryder Cup is a strange old creation, only fractionally less…

Roy of the autobiographers

20 September 2014 9:00 am

It has become a weary cliché to say that a book’s publication is eagerly awaited, but when an event is…

Just what Diego Costa needed: a guide to the traditions of the Premier League

6 September 2014 9:00 am

That excitable but likeable hombre, Everton manager Roberto Martinez, took it upon himself to give a stern lecture to the…

What does Duncan Fletcher actually do?

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Some years ago, when the last Conservative government was limping towards defeat, someone published a book called 101 Uses for…

Why squash deserves a place in the Olympics

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Thank god for the Commonwealth Games: at least they gave us a brief respite from football transfer stories. Instead of…

Alastair Cook is world class. Steven Gerrard isn’t

26 July 2014 9:00 am

This time last year, England’s cricketers were 2-0 up against Australia, two thirds of the way towards their third consecutive…

The crazy rush to run down Alastair Cook

12 July 2014 9:00 am

A jaw-dropping moment on the front page of Her Majesty’s Daily Telegraph the other day: ‘How to fix England’, read…

Now England are out of the World Cup, we might just have to cheer for Iran

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Iran, eh: who knew? Last time I checked it was the great Satan, locking up its own people, stamping out…

The real England team is playing for Stuart Lancaster

14 June 2014 8:00 am

A revealing handwritten letter emerged at the weekend from the England scrum half Danny Care, who wasn’t playing in the…

From Lewis Hamilton to Kevin Pietersen – who’s the worst team player?

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Ah teamwork! There’s no me in team, as David Brent used to observe sagely, but there are often plenty of…

Sport's greatest winning streaks

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Sport is all about streaks, winning and losing, though whether one of the gloomiest runs in world sport — England’s…

What’s right with Saracens — and José Mourinho’s Chelsea

3 May 2014 9:00 am

It’s hard to love Saracens rugby club — their centre is called Bosch, a word that also describes their bulldozing…

A sporting chance from the brotherhood of cricket

19 April 2014 9:00 am

The brotherhood of cricket, as we know, transcends race, creed, class and nationality. It can also be a big help…

In defence of the Boat Race

5 April 2014 9:00 am

It’s Boat Race time again and as soon as the BBC starts its broadcast on Sunday there will be those…

Whisper it, but could England win the next Rugby World Cup?

22 March 2014 9:00 am

There are many eternal questions. Why do all aircraft, no matter how much your ticket cost, where you’ve come from,…