Usain Bolt and Roger Federer (Photo: Getty)

The most dangerous word in the digital world is 'send'

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it, tweeted Jon Ronson, a man I’d never heard of until…

British Olympic Association chairman Lord Sebastian Coe, Chef de Mission Mike Hay of Great Britain and Chief Executive Officer of the British Olympic Association Bill Sweeney attend a press conference ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (Photo: Getty)

It’s not just the Russians – there is no morality in top-level sport

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Why do transgendered people need separate toilets? I thought, according to the prevalent orthodoxy, that the new gender they had…

Should the first modern Olympic drug cheat get to keep his gold?

14 November 2015 9:00 am

A marathon of cheats Russian athletes may be stripped of the medals they won at the 2012 Olympics, but what…

Just what Tom Watson needs: a Bananarama tribute band

26 September 2015 8:00 am

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

5 September 2015 9:00 am

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

15 August 2015 9:00 am

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

8 August 2015 9:00 am

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

8 August 2015 9:00 am

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

8 August 2015 9:00 am

‘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?

1 August 2015 9:00 am

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

25 July 2015 9:00 am

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


The dark heart of croquet

18 July 2015 9:00 am

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

4 July 2015 9:00 am

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

Baileys Women's Prize For Fiction 2015 Shortlist Announcement

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

27 June 2015 9:00 am

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

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Why sport and sham morality go so well together

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

20 June 2015 9:00 am

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

13 June 2015 9:00 am

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

13 June 2015 9:00 am

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

Pliny the Younger on Fifa

6 June 2015 9:00 am

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


The hottest tipster in golf

23 May 2015 9:00 am

The Speculator

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Ten steps to save English cricket

16 May 2015 9:00 am

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

25 April 2015 9:00 am

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

11 April 2015 9:00 am

‘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

21 March 2015 9:00 am

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

2,5000 years of gyms (and you’re still better off walking the dog)

7 March 2015 9:00 am

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