Farewell to rugby’s King John

10 February 2024 9:00 am

My sporting questions for 2024

16 December 2023 9:00 am

Will the US catch the birdie at the Ryder Cup?

30 September 2023 9:00 am

At last the Ryder Cup is here – well, in Rome – and with it Europe’s biennial chance to stick…


9 September 2023 9:00 am

Real football fans watch non-League football

19 August 2023 9:00 am

How to watch real football

Stress Test: some cricket fans can’t cope with the Ashes

22 July 2023 9:00 am

The Ashes has become too much for some cricket fans

Cricket, tennis and the Women’s World Cup: what a summer

22 July 2023 9:00 am

Great sport needs great rivalries, and that is why anyone with a pulse must celebrate being in the throes of…

Barbie’s world: the normalisation of cosmetic surgery

15 July 2023 9:00 am

Cosmetic surgery is booming thanks to social media


8 July 2023 9:00 am

If you thought Lord’s was rowdy, get ready for Leeds

8 July 2023 9:00 am

Shouldn’t we all just calm down a bit after Lord’s? Once prime ministers decide to intervene, you know things have…

Watch out Wimbledon: padel is taking over

8 July 2023 9:00 am

The fast-growing racquet sport serving up a challenge to tennis

Why we all need an Ollie Robinson

24 June 2023 9:00 am

It’s a long way from Edgbaston to Karachi, but that’s where my thoughts were turning after Australia’s last-gasp victory in…

Is Uefa just useless – or is it worse than that?

27 May 2023 9:00 am

It’s not clear how many readers of this journal will be affected, but anyone planning a stag weekend in Prague…

TV dramas like Welcome to Wrexham are spoiling sport

20 May 2023 9:00 am

The blurred lines between sport and entertainment

Rugby union needs its own Richard Thompson

22 October 2022 9:00 am

Dear oh dear, as exasperated kings are known to murmur – just look at the state of rugby union. But…

English rugby is in crisis

8 October 2022 9:00 am

Make no mistake: the game of rugby, which many of us love so much, is in serious trouble: it will…

Why football needs a regulator

27 September 2022 3:30 pm

Plans by the government to introduce a regulator to the football industry – endorsed by all Westminster parties just a…

Drama at Lord’s: Stumped is a treat for cricket fans

10 September 2022 9:00 am

So farewell to cricket’s The Hundred tournament, or what seemed by the end to be beefy South Africans in ‘Butterkist’…

What Richard Thompson can do for English cricket

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Well alleluia, English cricket doesn’t seem able to put a foot wrong these days. After hitting three cherries with Rob…

The (occasional) joy of being a QPR fan

13 August 2022 9:00 am

I made my way to Loftus Road on Saturday for QPR’s first home fixture of the season. We’ve got a…

Runaway inflation is proving costly for Turkey’s oil-wrestlers

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Runaway inflation is proving costly for Turkey’s oil wrestlers

Is any sporting event more brutal than the Tour de France?

2 July 2022 9:00 am

That great Frenchman the Marquis de Sade would have been justly proud of the Tour de France had he lived…

What took you so long, Seb Coe?

25 June 2022 9:00 am

There’s a left-wing internet advocacy group called 38 Degrees which suggests to its followers that all they have to do…

A twist on the American classic: The Sidekick, by Benjamin Markovits, reviewed

4 June 2022 9:00 am

On the cover of The Sidekick, just below a broken basketball hoop, a quote from Jonathan Lethem suggests Benjamin Markovits…