Five days bunking up with the farting reserve goalie doesn't motivate anyone – even in sunny Dubai.
Cricket is famously a team game played by individuals – but it is easy to miss the crucial adjacent fact: a better performance by one player often enhances the performances of the other individuals.
For most Premier League football fans, and it seems like most English people in general, as long as we’re doing okay we don’t mind if the game isn’t fair.
The story is familiar as a morality tale.
Bad blood between teams may provide a short-term boost but it also brings with it a longer-term popular disengagement. Thankfully, the opposite is happening within English cricket.
Politics and pragmatism after the Copa América.
Ed Caesar's new book asks if the record is breakable - and who could break it.
The overwhelming need to prevent planetary meltdown gets translated into overwhelming earnestness and a lack of ability to do human.
The twisting of proud nations on skewers of debt and want, the rise of shrill nationalisms, the fear of foreigners – all these staples of modern life can’t be more than bland echoes of those dismal days, can they?
This very enjoyable biography-cum-autobiography illuminates not just Federer’s place in tennis history but also the way in which the author converted his psychological problems into sporting fandom.
Ed Smith celebrates the free spirit of the New Zealand cricket team.
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