Just what Tom Watson needs: a Bananarama tribute band

Available for parties Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said that leaving his party to join the Liberal Democrats would be…

Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain (Photo: Getty)

A World Championships that puts Sebastian Coe on the right track

Sebastian Coe’s new job as head of world athletics will be a heck of a lot easier thanks to the…


Why nothing in sport beats thrashing the Aussies at cricket

Why nothing in sport beats thrashing the Aussies at cricket

Mario Balotelli (Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty)

I've loved football for decades. Now I dread the start of the season

I’ve spent years defending football from middle-class disdain. But I can’t do it any more

The edge of the Gobi desert, some 100km northwest of Beijing (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty)

The madness of the Beijing Winter Olympics

Jumping the shark isn’t yet an Olympic sport, but if it were the International Olympic Committee would be a shoo-in…

Where ‘big ask’ came from, and why it still sounds barbaric

‘That’s unnecessarily crude,’ said my husband, turning momentarily from the television and improving the shining minute by setting the whisky…

Just how hard is it to sack a lord?

Safe house Lord Sewel is unique in leaving the House of Lords in disgrace. Until the House of Lords Reform…

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, Marc Leishman and James Horwill (Photo: Getty)

Australia’s amazing, exhausting sporting comebacks

I have never met an Aussie I didn’t like, but, crikey, their sporting indefatigability is exhausting. Don’t they ever give…


Croquet is a sport that makes you want to cheat and kill

I have always been what I suppose one could call a weed, and a cowardly one at that. I never…

England v New Zealand - 5th ODI Royal London One-Day Series 2015

Hallelujah! The England cricket team is fun again

At long last, the England cricket team have rediscovered their love of the game

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Rachel Johnson’s diary: Why I told my book party I was coming out as a lesbian

My husband says I only write books in order to have a launch party. Not so. I also write books…


Why sport and sham morality go so well together

Why sport and sham morality go so well together

Dear Mary: Should I follow Cilla Black’s lead on disabled loos?

Q. I was at the theatre recently and bumped into a well-known Liverpudlian crooner coming out of the disabled lavatory.…


A girl's guide to sporting crowds

A woman’s guide to forming a happy part of the fussiest crowds in sport


Roger Federer helped me through my nervous breakdown, says William Skidelsky

Good writing about sport is rare — and good writing about tennis is that much rarer — so it’s conspicuous…

Pliny the Younger on Fifa

In any huge enterprise (like Fifa), where does the rot begin? Pliny the Younger mused on this question in a…

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Ten steps to save English cricket

If you watched England’s three-day Test defeat by the West Indies in Barbados the other day to the bitter end…


Fatherhood is killing me

Not a day passes when I don’t look on my father’s record with shock and awe. I’m not talking about…


Sam Waley-Cohen’s Grand National notebook

‘How’s your shoulder?’ someone asked recently, and it was only then I realised, for the first time in a while,…

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In praise of Ben Moon: the man who took rock-climbing to new heights

For anyone who knows or cares about rock climbing — a minority sport if ever there was one, albeit pretty…

A print of girls in a gym from 1884

2,500 years of gyms (and you’re still better off walking the dog)

My favourite fact about gyms before reading this book was that the average British gym member covers 468 miles per…

French captain Thierry Dusautoir  looks dejected after his sides 11-18 defeat to Ireland Photo: Getty

I miss the days when French rugby was great. Thierry Dusautoir must, too

It used to be such a treat of a winter weekend, sitting down to watch France against Wales in Paris…

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Like Arthur Daley playing Garry Kasparov: why I won’t miss Harry Redknapp

I can’t say I’m surprised by the departure of Harry Redknapp. Since I started supporting Queens Park Rangers in 2008…

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We should be grateful for Andy Murray (and Kim Sears)

It wasn’t that long ago when the most exciting event in any British tennis fan’s life was whether Jeremy Bates…