Spectator sport

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…

As England's cricketers wobble, the rugby team are finally getting it together

30 November 2013 9:00 am

My friend Miles was bowling in a festival of wandering cricket clubs in Oxford the other day. First wicket down…

If Carberry doesn't open for England, the world should split asunder

16 November 2013 9:00 am

In sport, as in life, you just don’t know where you stand any more. Look at the Premier League: no…

Sport: Serena is shining like never before

2 November 2013 9:00 am

The comic book Asterix in Switzerland is full of joys, not least the many jokes about Swiss obsessions with tidiness…

Adnan Januzaj should not pull on the Three Lions

19 October 2013 9:00 am

The more you see of Jack Wilshere, the more admirable he becomes. He seems to have taken wholeheartedly to fatherhood,…

Steer it, Ainsley — the America's Cup winner must drive a reasonably-priced car on Top Gear

5 October 2013 9:00 am

This weekend is the final round of the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship, the best tournament outside the World Cup and…

Golf’s $10 million nobodies

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Golf has reached the eye-watering end of the season in the United States. By Sunday night, one man in a…

Sport: Nigel Lawson on the Ashes

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Those of us who watched the last day of the final Ashes Test of the present series enjoyed a rare…

Suddenly, the future of British golf looks bright

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Were you still up, as they used to say about Portillo in the 1997 election, for Hedwall? It was well…

Football’s still the big boy in the playground – even when the big boys aren’t playing

10 August 2013 9:00 am

It’s been a long, hot, soccerless holiday. There has been football about — the women’s European Championship, for example, and…

Can anyone save Aussie cricket?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Insomniacs, invalids and cricket obsessives (step forward yours truly) were probably the only people who stumbled on it, but BBC4…

Spectator sport: Why Andy Murray may be the greatest sportsman Britain has produced

13 July 2013 9:00 am

There’s nothing we old folk like more than a chat about how poorly all our friends and acquaintances are. This…

There’s no feud like an old feud, especially in sport

29 June 2013 9:00 am

Many years ago, when I used to work for the Guardian, Germaine Greer, who was then a columnist for the…

Spectator sport: Forget this year’s Formula 1 championship – here comes 1976

15 June 2013 9:00 am

Even if you don’t have a head for petrol, you can’t have failed to have noticed that the Formula 1…