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.

Scottish and British: why Andy Murray brings a fragmenting UK together
By Sunder Katwala - 06 July 17:11

It is a sign of the health and maturity of civic Scottish nationalism that sport matters so much less to nationhood than it did a generation ago.

Leader: Brazil says no to Fifa’s jamboree
By New Statesman - 04 July 8:04

In a country that loves football, not even the great Pelé was able to appease the protesters.

New Statesman
Wimbledon 2013: Why we love an underdog
By Rosalind Goates - 28 June 15:23

The triumph of the unexpected, shock exits, poor weather, Pimms - it must be Wimbledon.

It's time to remember Tony Wilding, the first tennis superstar
By Sunder Katwala - 24 June 9:46

Of the great sportsmen who lost their lives in the Great War, Wilding was quite probably the greatest of them all.

An aerial view of the Hackney Marshes football pitches in London
How the spreadsheet-wielding geeks are taking over football
By Simon Kuper - 05 June 8:51

The statistical revolution comes to the pitch.

Usain Bolt celebrates with fans after setting a world record for the 4x100m
Why the Olympics inspire us
By David Puttnam - 29 May 8:46

Continuing our "What makes us human?" series.

How the English fell in love with German football
By Sunder Katwala - 25 May 12:48

Sport has a reputation for stoking historic enmities, but football has helped to transform the Anglo-German relationship into one of friendly rivalries and mutual respect.

Sects and Man City
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 23 May 11:57

Marking the passing of Roberto Mancini.

Wigan Athletic training ahead of the FA Cup Final.
Does the FA Cup still matter?
By Martin Cloake - 10 May 17:03

Where once the TV schedule was built around the unfolding spectacle, now the game is scheduled to fit in with TV. The fans are corralled and the players know that staying in the moneyed land of the Premiership is a greater prize than lifting the cup.

New Statesman
How German football became the best in Europe
By Jonathan Wilson - 09 May 16:43

The Bundesliga has gone back to basics.

O’Sullivan’s cue to learn from sporting elite
By Cameron Sharpe - 07 May 17:42

Snooker’s enigma ought to make hay while the sun shines.

Bayern Munich.
Leader: The German model
By New Statesman - 02 May 9:48

In praise of the Bundesliga and more besides.

New Statesman
Inner angst and hidden anger
By Hunter Davies - 02 May 9:26

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column.