Sport

Is Indian cricket no longer cricket?

9 January 2021 9:00 am

There is nothing in world sport, ‘nothing in the history of the human race’, Ramachandra Guha modestly reckons, that can…

The unfortunate misuse of ‘fortuitous’

12 December 2020 9:00 am

‘Try the sports pages,’ said my husband, stirring in his armchair. I was looking for examples of fortuitousused as though…

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…

Letters: Why lockdown II was necessary

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Cancelled procedures Sir: Your leader (‘A lockdown too far’, 7 November) suggests that the Prime Minister should have shown ‘leadership’…

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…

What I’ll miss most in Lockdown II

7 November 2020 9:00 am

A second lockdown won’t cause me much suffering. I don’t have a shop selling ‘non-essential’ goods (e.g. books) that will…

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…

BBC sports coverage is becoming unwatchable

3 October 2020 9:00 am

BBC sports coverage is becoming unwatchable

Foden and Greenwood’s ingenious Icelandic rendezvous

12 September 2020 9:00 am

You suspect that a bar of duty-free Toblerone, no matter how supersized, wouldn’t really do the trick when hapless England…

The science of tennis grunts

5 September 2020 9:00 am

How grunting helps players win

The absurd self-pity of Stuart Broad

15 August 2020 9:00 am

You are, shall we say, a famous commentator, one of a tiny elite in the British media. You are paid…

Was there ever any transparency in football?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

So all that sound and fury about Manchester City’s sins signified precisely nothing. Well, a €10 million fine isn’t nothing,…

How dangerous are cricket balls?

11 July 2020 9:00 am

The Prime Minister recently blamed the delay in the resumption of amateur cricket on the ball itself, calling it ‘a…

Klopp’s childlike enthusiasm – and incalculable savviness

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Where were we? Oh yes, Liverpool were running away with the Premier League and a mere three months later have…

Horse-racing has made a triumphant return

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Horse racing, it turns out, wasn’t the first sport back in post-lockdown action: that distinction went to pigeon racing when…

From the wrestling ring to Plato’s Cave in one easy throw

16 May 2020 9:00 am

One of the delights of going to stay with my grandparents in the 1970s was that my grandmother was a…

Croquet is the perfect sport for social distancing

9 May 2020 9:00 am

In Mr Alton’s absence, I thought readers might want a column about sport. The problem is that I’m largely indifferent…

What’s the point of boxing?

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Why do we box?

The Amazon Prime doc that will convert anyone to cricket

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Imagine rooting for the Australian cricket team. If you’re Scottish, Welsh or Irish — or Australian obviously — it might…

A Formula 1 doc for people who hate Formula 1

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Some years ago I was invited to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone courtesy of a watch manufacturer. As freebies…

The joy of a day spent bagging almost no birds

16 November 2019 9:00 am

The highlight of my country calendar is when I’m lucky enough to be invited to what even the host describes…

Letters: How to squash a Speaker

9 November 2019 9:00 am

No special protection Sir: Rod Liddle’s joke that the election might be held on a date when Muslims cannot vote,…

Labour thinks that its trump card is Trump

9 November 2019 9:00 am

On Wednesday morning, I was hoisted into the air of Whitehall on a cherry-picker. A century ago the proto-Cenotaph appeared…