Spectator sport

A new biography of Stanley Matthews

1 June 2013 9:00 am

Lords laid on a nifty do the other day for the British Sports Book Awards, which was a great reminder…

On the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, and on cricket’s new boy wonder, Joe Root

18 May 2013 9:00 am

The tear-flecked coverage and forests of newsprint devoted to the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson have made the resignation of…

Spectator sport: Here’s hoping Sachin Tendulkar has an Indian summer after 40

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Sachin Tendulkar did not have the happiest of 40th birthdays last week. The man who has been worshipped as a…

Jonny, still the perfect 10

20 April 2013 9:00 am

David Beckham’s elegant but pointless cameo role for Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League defeat to Barcelona the other day…

The great tradition of Boat Race swearing

6 April 2013 9:00 am

Armando Iannucci’s The Thick of It listed an unusual character in the credits, a swearing consultant. And no wonder, for he must…

Blonde ambition

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Seems a little weird to be rabbiting about sport at a time when a malign confederacy of sanctimonious do-gooders, vengeful…

Wales, England, and the prospects for a Five Nations classic

9 March 2013 9:00 am

‘Look what these bastards have done to Wales,’ Phil Bennett famously said in the dressing-room before a Five Nations match…

All hail the headmaster

23 February 2013 9:00 am

Two down, three to go. The Six Nations reaches the halfway point this weekend and only one team can aim…

A classic weekend at the Six Nations

9 February 2013 9:00 am

Has there ever been a more wondrous start to a tournament than the first weekend of this term’s Six Nations?…

The football manager as management guru

26 January 2013 9:00 am

The football writers laid on a tribute do for Steven Gerrard the other night, not as you might suppose at…

Just not cricket

12 January 2013 9:00 am

Sad times for The Times, and for the game of cricket, with the passing within days of each other of…

2013: A year of sporting gloriously

29 December 2012 9:00 am

This journal’s gongs are, rightly, recognised the world over, and justly so of course. Sadly, however, this column’s Sporting Awards,…

A glorious embarrassment of riches

15 December 2012 9:00 am

So those really were the days of miracle and wonder, the time of times, or any other lyric you might…

Sympathy for Roman Abramovich

1 December 2012 9:00 am

There’s a rough old whiff emanating from Stamford Bridge these days, and the source of the stench is Roman Abramovich,…

The world in Union

17 November 2012 9:00 am

Here’s a thing: some years ago Rhodri Davies left Cardiff and emigrated to New Zealand with his young half-Scottish, half-Irish…

Ugly face of the beautiful game

3 November 2012 9:00 am

Football, bloody hell, as that old bruiser Sir Alex Ferguson twinkled bibulously at the turn of the century. But it’s…

All hail the Heineken Cup

20 October 2012 9:00 am

Ah, what joys, the first weekend of the mighty Heineken Cup. How many sporting events are so closely identified with…

Team work

6 October 2012 9:00 am

That seems to be that then, the final episode of the best sporting year since, well, 1977 at least. That…

All this – and golf too!

22 September 2012 9:00 am

Right now it feels like being eight years old again, having just had the best Christmas Day ever, with the…

Kevin Pietersen needs a Graeme Smith

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Having reached the summit of the Test cricket rankings by thoroughly outplaying England in three matches that flew largely under…

The great Games

11 August 2012 6:00 am

The other day, I was listening to Radio 5 from Crystal Palace, where there had been a Diamond League athletics…

Among the centurions

28 July 2012 6:00 am

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, as Joni Mitchell used to whiffle way back when. And on…

The beauty of the Tour de France

14 July 2012 6:00 am

Amid the weeping in SW19 last weekend, Andy Murray essayed what was a clunky if well-meaning compliment to his opponent’s…

Let’s blame the Premier League

30 June 2012 6:00 am

One of my main preoccupations during Sunday night’s football was the size of Roy Hodgson’s watch. An immense timepiece, it…

Kevin’s choice

16 June 2012 6:00 am

One Test series down, one to go. It’s been fun to have the West Indies here this soggy summer. They…