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.

Kick the racism out of football, don't kick out the discussion of racism
By Musa Okwonga - 01 May 9:24

Reginald D Hunter's set at the Professional Footballers' Association awards dinner, and the response to it, shines a light on one of the great linguistic arm-wrestles of our time.

Jason Collins: “I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."
By Paolo Bandini - 30 April 8:32

The media storm surrounding NBA centre Jason Collins coming out shows the sporting world is ready to hear what he has to say.

New Statesman
A century of football
By Hunter Davies - 24 April 17:40

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column.

The latest Suarez scandal is unlikely to spell the end for troublesome striker
By Cameron Sharpe - 22 April 9:27

The Liverpool board will chew over selling their prized asset - but not for long, says Cameron Sharpe.

David Miliband steps down from Sunderland over Paolo Di Canio appointment
By Helen Lewis - 31 March 22:39

Former foreign secretary cites "past political statements" of the new manager, who in 2005 declared himself to be a fascist.

New Statesman
Reasons to be cheerful
By Hunter Davies - 27 March 17:22

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column.

New Statesman
Personally, I blame Fergie
By Hunter Davies - 21 March 9:27

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column.

The 22-year-old chess prodigy, Magnus Carlsen. Portrait by Fred Jonny
Magnus Carlsen: grandmaster flash
By Daniel Johnson - 21 March 8:07

This chess prodigy is a young man in a hurry.

The curious case of Bernard Hopkins
By Cameron Sharpe - 17 March 10:20

The 48-year-old boxer’s world title win is a triumph for longevity but a death knell for the last link to sport’s last golden age.

Young women hiking on the Chiltern Hills
You don't have to wear tweed and cry "tally-ho" to enjoy the outdoors
By Aisha Gani - 14 March 18:51

Young women from BME backgrounds are discovering that there's more to hiking than the white middle class stereotype.

New Statesman
Becks would have been better in Argo
By Hunter Davies - 14 March 8:20

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column.

New Statesman
Squeezed Middle: Playing hardball in the house-hunt
By Alice O'Keeffe - 07 March 12:00

Alice O'Keeffe's "Squeezed Middle" column.

Talent north of the border
By Hunter Davies - 28 February 12:45

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column.

New Statesman
Pistorius granted bail, but when are the rich a flight risk?
By Sophie McBain - 23 February 12:32

It's easier for a millionaire to disappear than anyone else, but it still isn't a walk in the park.