BBC acquires UK broadcast rights for 2010 Commonwealth Games
By New Statesman - 26 April 12:32

The BBC has acquired the broadcast rights for the XIX Commonwealth Games to be held between 3-14 Oct

Up close and personal with Jermain Defoe
By Hunter Davies - 26 April 9:04

I leaned forward, my Pilot felt-tip pen at the ready, wondering if I should write "KICK ME" on the shiny, bald pate of Nicolas Anelka. Or I could stretch and perhaps reach Ray Wilkins.

W G's Birthday Party
By Ed Smith - 25 April 11:09

In the age of the Indian Premier League, it is hard to believe that the English distinction between gentlemen and players was abolished only in 1962. That is staggeringly recently. Bob Dylan released his first album in 1962.

John Pilger on why we should give sport back to the fans
By John Pilger - 22 April 8:06

Rapacious business interests have made profit the new first principle of top-class sport. But all over, fans are kicking back.

Ladies get their mini-kicks
By Hunter Davies - 19 April 9:29

Just met by friend and neighbour Claudia at the shops and she seemed ever so excited. Had her husband, a barrister, been made a QC? Had they just had a really excellent Easter in Greece?

Cross-dressing, cross country
By Will Self - 08 April 13:28

The other evening I saw Eddie Izzard, the celebrated Jack-and-Jill of all theatrical trades, complete 43 nearly consecutive marathon runs.

All we like sheep have gone astray . . .
By Hunter Davies - 05 April 10:15

I ran round the house looking for my sheep. "Who's stolen it?" I cried, which is what I always say when I lose anything. "Think, where did you last put it?" asks my wife, in that irritating manner.

The god of the greens
By David Belton - 01 April 8:11

Tiger Woods’s resurrection is a classic American

What if ... Scotland had won in 1978?
By Dominic Sandbrook - 01 April 8:11

With the World Cup just a few months away, football-haters from Dubai to Dudley are braced for a summer of misery.

Money can’t buy you cups
By Hunter Davies - 29 March 9:50

Rich people are mean. That's how they got rich. Keeping an eye on the coppers.

Who ate all the empanadas?
By Hunter Davies - 22 March 8:11

Nature intended kick-off to be at three on Saturday afternoons, so I still can't get my head and my ass and my tum around a 12.45 start. Such as on 13 March, Spurs v Blackburn. What to eat, followed by when?

For HBOS read Manchester United
By Stefan Szymanski - 15 March 8:13

The parallels between football and banking are striking: both have been under-regulated, loaded with

God bless Wayne’s socks and metatarsals
By Hunter Davies - 12 March 8:19

I'm still in a deep depression over England. I was so pissed off by their display against Egypt, and even more so by the under-21s against Greece.

The legend of Law’s leg ends
By Hunter Davies - 08 March 9:28

There's this old joke, credited to some old literary gent; forgotten who first supposedly said it. Each morning on waking up, he opens the newspaper and turns to the obituary pages.

Give the old fella a good shake
By Hunter Davies - 01 March 7:58

I was in the lavatory at Arsenal, trying to have a pee. At this time of the year, I take my flask of coffee. At half-time, at Arsenal or Spurs, I drink two cups.

Make a stand -- empty the stands!
By Hunter Davies - 22 February 8:19

What can poor fans do? I mean poor in the sense of sad, pathetic, useless, hopeless, not poor in the sense of having no money.

Warm glow of the footballer’s botty
By Hunter Davies - 15 February 8:23

Wouldn't you like to be a footballer today? It's not just the obvious stuff - all the money and girls you can eat, all the Ferraris and Bentleys you can crash - but the fact that life, generally, is so comfy, nay luxurious.

From a sunny outpost of the Roman empire
By Hunter Davies - 05 February 9:06

While in St Barts, on my hols - yes thanks, had a lovely time - I was returning one day to my hotel, Eden Rock, when I noticed this rather nice little football stadium, with a decent-looking stand, handsome entrance.

Fellatio, the Fifties and unfit footballers
By Hunter Davies - 14 January 6:27

I enjoyed Nowhere Boy, the film about the early life of John Lennon, but came away pretty worried. As if I haven't got enough to worry about.

Folly of footballers, with knobs on
By Hunter Davies - 07 January 6:30

Are footballers knobs? That's what the distinguished football philosopher Joey Barton suggested on the Today programme. First, we have to define a knob. Is it the same as a dickhead, twat, wanker or arse?

This year’s hearth-time report
By Hunter Davies - 30 December 6:16

Every New Year's Eve since we moved into this house in 1965, we have sat down by the log fire and made our predictions for the year ahead.

Weirdest, fattest, rudest awards of the year (so far)
By Hunter Davies - 17 December 7:06

Half a season, half a season onward, into the valley of the World Cup come the round-up and awards and the story so far.

England, best football nation? You’re having a laff
By Hunter Davies - 10 December 5:47

I'll always remember where I was when I heard that England had been seeded for the World Cup. There was dancing in the street, bonfires on the Heath.

The rugger buggers
By Michael Hodges - 10 December 5:47

We're way out west on the affluent edge of London and things are hotting up. On the lounge bar screen, men with thick necks slam into each other.

All footie administrators are farties
By Hunter Davies - 03 December 9:08

In July this year, Everton opened a new club shop in Liverpool city centre. They already had one at the ground, so they called that Everton One, and the one in the middle of town, Everton Two.

Placenta of the magic circle
By Hunter Davies - 26 November 9:41

My son was born in 1966 and I ate his placenta. It's been so useful, that being his year of birth, because it was World Cup year, so I can always remember it.

Load of old balls? No, football's crown jewels
By Hunter Davies - 19 November 11:24

I try to visit the National Football Museum in Preston most years, as it's so amazing, wonderful, marvellous and also depressing, because I think why do I bother, they have all the best stuff, how can I ever compete?

Lose your rage and lose the game
By Hunter Davies - 12 November 5:43

I used to get terrible jaw ache. I tried everything: a plate in my mouth, endless X-rays to see if the bones were dodgy - I was visiting top dentists for years.

Footballers, let’s keep it friendly
By Hunter Davies - 05 November 5:55

There was a period in football that I have never understood. From 1863, when football as we know it was invented, till 1888, when the Football League was formed, there were no leagues.