Sport

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…

Simon Barnes’s diary: A sportswriter is never without a big subject (unless it’s golf)

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Sport is like love: it can only really hurt you if you care. Or for that matter, bring joy. You…

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…

So are public-sector workers really underpaid?

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Public benefit Public sector unions held a strike over pay. How well are public-sector workers paid compared with their counterparts…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

I’m sick of sponsoring you to suffer

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Every charitable donation now seems to come with a promise to suffer

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…

Books are a load of crap - the sporty kids have got it made

20 July 2013 9:00 am

What a glorious sporting summer it has been so far. For some the highlight will have been Andy Murray at…

Has Test Match Special lost its wits?

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Test Match Special is the sound of the English summer. Why are we letting it be vulgarised?

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…

Mourning Julia Gillard with the greatest wine ever to come out of Australia

6 July 2013 9:00 am

My Australian friend was in mourning over the removal of Julia Gillard, the country’s first female prime minister. She had…

Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s diary: Peter King, terror hypocrite, and the joys of Longhorns

11 May 2013 9:00 am

As we landed at Houston, I suddenly thought of my first visit to America, in 1965 during what we didn’t…

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…

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…

Taking Olympic history to Manchester

9 March 2013 9:00 am

To Manchester for an address to the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society for the Kilburn Lecture on ‘The Future of…

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 to play for

4 February 2012 11:00 am

There was a time when sportsmen fretted about the morality of being paid to play. Now the question is whether…

Lake Michigan days

7 January 2012 10:00 am

It is probably hard to enjoy this new big novel from America without some understanding of the shortstop’s position on…