Drink up and play the game
By Ross Diamond - 01 July 13:00

Can a soccer star any longer distinguish between playing football and promoting his sponsors' produc

Darcus Howe applauds blacks in the World Cup
By Darcus Howe - 01 July 13:00

Blacks usually support Brazil because they look like us; this time, we were for England

Cristina Odone on top tennis totty
By Cristina Odone - 01 July 13:00

Men like tennis girls because they play out in the open - by rules men can understand

The Fan - Hunter Davies worries about his nervous system
By Hunter Davies - 24 June 13:00

Why do fair-haired footballers never dye their hair black? If Becks were really a trend-setter he'd

Never-ending childhood
By Andrew Billen - 24 June 13:00

Television - Andrew Billen on why women's tennis usually means Mum and Dad stay in charge

The Fan - Hunter Davies risks deep vein thrombosis
By Hunter Davies - 17 June 13:00

I feared deep vein thrombosis during those first two weeks, sitting slumped in my chair for up to si

Why dictators hate sport
By Salil Tripathi - 17 June 13:00

Observations on the World Cup

Lingua franca
By Ernest Hecht - 10 June 13:00

Japanese Rules: why the Japanese needed football and how they got it

Sebastian Moffett <em>Yellow

What's eating Mike Tyson?
By Peter Tatchell - 10 June 13:00

Observations on homophobia

Bottled off to the highest bidder
By John King - 10 June 13:00

Observations on the World Cup

The Fan - Hunter Davies still dares to hope
By Hunter Davies - 10 June 13:00

They took 400 books with them to read while they were away. My wife wants to know the titles. But, a

Mr Smith goes to . . . a ping-pong match
By Stephen Smith - 03 June 13:00

The latest revolution to hit China

Charlie Whelan says . . .
By Charlie Whelan - 03 June 13:00

Don't believe it - "Beckham flying home"

Should I fly my kilt for England?
By David Clark - 03 June 13:00

Observations on the World Cup

Sidelines - Andrew Martin on the art of yob tennis
By Andrew Martin - 03 June 13:00

The pin-headed kid began booting his ball at the sign, trying to dislodge it

The Fan - Hunter Davies
By Hunter Davies - 03 June 13:00

In the mornings, I use the same bathwater as my wife. So for the World Cup, she will have to sharpen

Mr Smith goes to . . . the races
By Stephen Smith - 20 May 13:00

Damp turf is a sure bet

Made in Govan
By Robert Winder - 20 May 13:00

The Boss: the many sides of Alex Ferguson

Michael Crick <em>Simon & Schuster, 612pp, £17.99</em>

The Fan - Hunter Davies meets Terry Venables in the lavatory
By Hunter Davies - 13 May 13:00

At dinner, everyone was in their finery, dressed to kill or score. Then there was a boxing match, an

The fan - Hunter Davies celebrates football's Best
By Hunter Davies - 06 May 13:00

George Best's glamorous young wife was amazed to read what I had written about her husband in 1965.

By Peter Wilby - 06 May 13:00

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2002

Edited by Graeme Wright <em>John Wisden, 1,632pp, £35</em>


With Sven and Ulrika, the Mirror had the dream exclusive. But its editor, with his new serious agenda, used the story in a way that looked as though he didn't believe it
By Amanda Platell - 29 April 13:00

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.

What is it with Swedes and sex?
By Sean French - 29 April 13:00

Observations - Love triangle

The fan - Hunter Davies
By Hunter Davies - 29 April 13:00

In a normal week, my wife, poor soul, will read five books while I watch five games. Fiction is a se

Beckham is bandy-legged - but only from the knees down
By Hunter Davies - 22 April 13:00

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.

These armbands and one-minute silences have got out of hand
By Hunter Davies - 15 April 13:00

<em>In memoriam, the Queen Mother</em> - These armbands and one-minute silences have got out of han

I was lunching with the enemy, said my wife. Had I no loyalty?
By Hunter Davies - 08 April 13:00

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.

How I nearly got Ken Loach and Richard Littlejohn in the same team
By Hunter Davies - 01 April 13:00

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.

Footballers are admired for their excesses, not for good behaviour
By Hunter Davies - 25 March 12:00

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.

The theatre of outrage
By Robert Winder - 25 March 12:00

A Season with Verona

Tim Parks <em>Secker & Warburg, 447pp, £16.99</em>

ISBN 0436275953