It's time for football to get as tough on homophobia as it is on racism
By David Skelton - 21 September 9:47

It will take more than one weekend of footballers wearing rainbow laces to really tackle the problem.

New Statesman
Football and feminism
By Hunter Davies - 19 September 12:05

Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote once: ‘There is nothing I hate more than a masculine man.’

Cliff Morgan and Seamus Heaney.
Cliff Morgan and Seamus Heaney: Poetry, romance and rugby
By Jonathan Smith - 12 September 9:20

Modest, confident and at ease with themselves - the deaths of Welsh rugby icon Cliff Morgan and the Irish poet Seamus Heaney have been a double blow, writes Jonathan Smith.

BT Sport is the most annoying thing so far this season
By Hunter Davies - 12 September 8:40

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column

New Statesman
England's sporting refugee hero: Saido Berahino
By Sunder Katwala - 06 September 15:23

The footballer's triumph shows things are different for his generation.

A man throwing a basketball.
The Sports Gene by David Epstein: A reversal on thinking about talent and genes
By Ed Smith - 05 September 11:55

Where once to be called talented or a "natural" was the highest praise, today sportsmen have to pretend success has nothing to do with innate ability - is it time to think again?

I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic: A modern fairy tale
By Simon Kuper - 05 September 7:14

The boy from the ghetto has not merely become a great footballer - he has become a modern European fairytale.

Did we all go out of our minds on transfer deadline day?
By Martin Cloake - 04 September 10:27

It is obscene and absurd — but Martin Cloake can't stop watching.

Why Stand Against Modern Football?
By Martin Cloake - 23 August 15:45

Maybe fans should be standing <em>for</em> future football. Mobilising for something is more productive, if more difficult, than simply opposing.

Prison inmates playing football.
What Thatcher did for football: How a new generation of sports writers have embraced politics
By Anthony Clavane - 22 August 12:05

Margaret Thatcher hated football - and sport in general - but her legacy to the game was to turn a generation of sports writers, who had previously dodged any analysis of their sports' significance, onto politics.

A year after the Paralympics, are things now getting worse for disabled people?
By Frances Ryan - 19 August 15:25

While we talk of "legacy", it’s starting to feel like what happened exactly a year ago this month not only hasn’t elevated disabled people, but is being used to trap.

Brazilian football team.
“A kitten with a ball of wool”: The Brazilians by Danny Blanchflower - 4 January 1963
By The Old Statesman - 16 August 14:00

From the archive: Football legend Danny Blanchflower on the 1963 Brazilian team after their appearance at Wembley, "prince and heirs" to the crown of world football.

Bill Shankly.
Red or Dead by David Peace: From football to the battle against age, the war against death
By Jonathan Wilson - 15 August 9:15

Bill Shankly transformed Liverpool football club from second-flight also rans into giants. His resignation, after 15 years in charge, remains a riddle.

Skater Johnny Weir, whose husband is Russian, will attend the Olympics. Getty
David Cameron to Stephen Fry: I won't boycott the Winter Olympics
By Helen Lewis - 10 August 9:43

The prime minister responds to the suggestion that Russia's anti-gay laws mean Britain should refuse to take part in the Winter Olympics.

We still don’t really know how bicycles work
By Michael Brooks - 06 August 11:21

Forget mysterious dark matter and the inexplicable accelerating expansion of the universe; the bicycle represents a far more embarrassing hole in the accomplishments of physics.

Paul Gascoigne.
Why do we still remember Paul Gascoigne's best moments so fondly?
By Cameron Sharpe - 05 August 22:42

By now his credit is all used up.

Suffering in silence: What makes depression so prevalent among cricketers?
By Antoinette Muller - 04 August 11:56

Time away from home, the pressures of top-level sport, and even the game itself play a part. Antoinette Muller speaks to some of the players about why mental health problems are still a taboo subject in professional cricket.

The play’s the thing
By Alexander McCall Smith - 04 August 9:32

The Highland games on a remote Scottish peninsula unite young and old.

Turf Moor.
The next 125 years of the Football League
By Joe Collin - 04 August 9:25

As the Football Legue celebrates its 125th anniversary this weekend the game must look to both embrace, and simultaniously reject modernity.

Marketing is a dirty word in football, but it's just another way of giving fans what they want
By Martin Cloake - 02 August 14:04

Ask not what the business of sport does to us, but what it can do for us.

Geoffrey Boycott and Jonathan Agnew.
Editor's Note: Test Match Special, Lake Como with George Plimpton and Hugh Trevor-Roper's Peterhouse blues
By Jason Cowley - 27 July 10:00

Jason Cowley reviews the current line up on the Test Match Special, remembers a discussion on the greatest essayists with George Plimpton, and speaks at the famously right-wing Peterhouse College in Cambridge.

Ashton Agar of Australia plays defensively
The Ashes has got me falling in love with cricket again
By Ed Smith - 20 July 8:49

When he retired from cricket, Ed Smith sought some distance from sport and in particular from cricket. But the first Ashes test of 2013 at Trent Bridge has brought him back to his first love - cricket.

Grant Holt, football fandom and me
By Juliet Jacques - 15 July 11:09

A tribute to a dying breed, and the narratives around him.

Why is women's cricket still considered a second-class game?
By Antoinette Muller - 10 July 8:52

As the first Ashes test gets underway, Antoinette Muller looks into the often-overlooked women's game, where unequal prize money and a lack of professional contracts means many female cricketers must hold down other jobs in order to take to the field.