Spectator sport

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,…

Victor Dubuisson and the true spirit of sport

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Just do it. The people who make trainers have been telling us to ‘Just do it’ for 25 years now.…

In defence of the BBC’s Sochi commentators

22 February 2014 9:00 am

You can trust the BBC to behave like a leaf blown by any breeze, but even that spineless leviathan (if…

It’s not just Kevin Pietersen. England needs a whole team of new heroes

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Englishmen used to be deported to Australia as a punishment. Now they get sent back to England as an act…

Five reasons to be cheerful about British sport (yes, even the cricket)

25 January 2014 9:00 am

James Cook’s third voyage as an English captain ended in disaster, stabbed to death and disembowelled by a pack of…

Roger Alton: The day Viv Richards came to watch me play cricket

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Sir Vivian Richards came to watch me play cricket the other day. That’s the sort of sentence you wait a…

Roger Alton: 2013 was even better for sport than 2012

14 December 2013 9:00 am

British sport used to be dead. You only have to look down the list of past winners of the Sports…