Can a soccer star any longer distinguish between playing football and promoting his sponsors' produc
Blacks usually support Brazil because they look like us; this time, we were for England
Men like tennis girls because they play out in the open - by rules men can understand
Why do fair-haired footballers never dye their hair black? If Becks were really a trend-setter he'd
Television - Andrew Billen on why women's tennis usually means Mum and Dad stay in charge
I feared deep vein thrombosis during those first two weeks, sitting slumped in my chair for up to si
Japanese Rules: why the Japanese needed football and how they got it
Sebastian Moffett <em>Yellow
Observations on the World Cup
They took 400 books with them to read while they were away. My wife wants to know the titles. But, a
The latest revolution to hit China
Don't believe it - "Beckham flying home"
Observations on the World Cup
The pin-headed kid began booting his ball at the sign, trying to dislodge it
In the mornings, I use the same bathwater as my wife. So for the World Cup, she will have to sharpen
The Boss: the many sides of Alex Ferguson
Michael Crick <em>Simon & Schuster, 612pp, £17.99</em>
At dinner, everyone was in their finery, dressed to kill or score. Then there was a boxing match, an
George Best's glamorous young wife was amazed to read what I had written about her husband in 1965.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2002
Edited by Graeme Wright <em>John Wisden, 1,632pp, £35</em>
When Ulrika Jonsson, via a "close friend", asked her sometime lover (and long-time partner of someone else) Sven-Goran Eriksson "What kind of man are you?", she already had the answer. Ulrika thinks he's "a lying cad", the close friend said, through a national newspaper.
Observations - Love triangle
In a normal week, my wife, poor soul, will read five books while I watch five games. Fiction is a se
I've been wearing a grey armband all week, showing respex for Bex. I am so worried about him. And about my friend Rupert and his wife Sal. All three have been awaiting medical reports, not knowing what was going to happen next.
<em>In memoriam, the Queen Mother</em> - These armbands and one-minute silences have got out of han
Arsenal double, that's what I landed last week, a double at Arsenal. I'll start again. For four seasons, I've had half a season ticket, courtesy of an Arsenal friend whose son has been away at college. This season, he returned to live in London and claimed his ticket, his inheritance.
I think I'll give up following football. Or at least give up telling people I follow football. Last week I was so shanned. That's a Carlisle expression, one I've never heard used elsewhere.
I used to have discussions with the Beatles about being role models. There was, and is, a section of society which says that if you are rich and famous, doing a job that millions of others would like to do, then you have a duty to set a good example. This varies from generation to generation.