Spectator sport

The other winner of Emma Raducanu’s stunning victory

18 September 2021 9:00 am

Not many people would have seen that coming. I’m talking of course of last Saturday evening and the women’s final…

The absurdity of tennis players’ toilet breaks

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Forgive the personal question, but how long does it take you to, you know, go to the gents, ladies, non-binary?…

Can cricket go on like this?

21 August 2021 9:00 am

‘Fifty years from now Britain will still be the country of long shadows on county grounds, warm beer, invincible green…

What would Avery Ice Age have made of the Tokyo Olympics?

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Avery Brundage was known to his enemies as Avery Ice Age — and to quite a few of his friends…

Can the Lions prise open the strong Boks?

24 July 2021 9:00 am

You would need a digger to explore the levels of irony in a Springbok chief slagging off an opponent’s dirty…

The real sporting star of this summer

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Think of a punishing distance for a bike race. Double it, multiply by ten, throw in two of the world’s…

Forget football – rugby is the real beautiful game

26 June 2021 9:00 am

The question is surely destined to become a pub quiz staple: ‘Who moved a bottle 18 inches across a table…

Ollie Robinson’s ritual humiliation

12 June 2021 9:00 am

One of the more egregious innovations of Chairman Mao’s cultural revolution was something called the ‘struggle sessions’. This involved the…

For the sake of athletics, the Olympics must not be delayed again

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Whatever became of athletics? It’s fallen nearly as far as show jumping and that is a long way. But the…

Thoughts on a foreign clash of the English titans

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Thank heavens the Champions League final is being played in Portugal, now Turkey’s off the menu (sorry). It will certainly…

Why all the outrage over the European Super League?

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Anything been happening in football in the past couple of weeks? No? Moving on then… Hang about though. The doomed…

Outs-rage: the dumbing down of cricket

17 April 2021 9:00 am

So wickets are out and outs are in for the new Hundred competition. But why? The language of sport is…

What cricket will look like in 50 years

3 April 2021 9:00 am

After the thrills and spills and last-gasp excitements of England’s triple-headed series in India, the attention of the cricket fan…

The Richard Freeman affair casts a cloud over British cycling

20 March 2021 9:00 am

For those with neither the time nor inclination to plough through a PhD in the intricacies of the scandals surrounding…

In defence of horse racing

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Rugby has enough problems — from baffling rule changes to concussion — without the referees muddying the pitch even more.…

How to breathe life back into European rugby

20 February 2021 9:00 am

French rugby has always been well stocked with boeuf but now it has added lashings of exceptionally tangy moutarde and…

Just not cricket: the BBC is failing the Test

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Michael Vaughan might disagree but — putting aside 2005 and all that — was there a more thrilling and satisfying…

Sailing’s coming home: the stunning Ben Ainslie comeback

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Alan Bond was a rogue and a rich man, in every way your typical Aussie larrikin. In 1983 he bankrolled…

Footballers have made a pig’s ear of Covid rules

9 January 2021 9:00 am

It’s the Portuguese piglet you feel really sorry for. The diminutive (ready cooked) porker — a festive delicacy all over…

Why 2021 could be sport’s greatest year yet

19 December 2020 9:00 am

The best thing about sport in 2020 was that any happened at all. And how good much of it was.…

Rugby must try harder

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Remember those lazy, hazy, crazy days of last year’s rugby World Cup, when as perfect a performance by England as…

Farewell to Graham Cowdrey, cricket’s king of the dressing room

21 November 2020 9:00 am

So the Good Lord really wants to fill out his team: how else to interpret the passing in recent months…

Sporting spectacles to look forward to in lockdown

7 November 2020 9:00 am

‘At least there’s sport,’ said the woman in the supermarket queue. True enough, and in a welcome sop to an…

Thanks for nothing, Jordan Pickford

24 October 2020 9:00 am

You might hate the Premier League for its determination to suck all the money out of football, but at least…

Football is better without the crowds

10 October 2020 9:00 am

The Liverpool defence might have decided in a rare show of togetherness to demonstrate what the word ‘appalling’ means, and…