Pope Benedict XVI on a visit to Mexico
The Olympics banned list
By Alan White - 12 July 11:04

The official list of prohibited items at the Olympics includes "oversized hats" and "sharpened combs".

Rio Ferdinand's tweet flirts with Contempt of Court laws
By New Statesman - 09 July 13:29

Footballer tweets about "Liar Liar" as the court case between his brother Anton and John Terry begins.

Oscar Pistorius competing at the Paralympic World Cup in May 2012
Oscar Pistorius makes history as first amputee athlete selected for the Olympics
By Caroline Crampton - 04 July 14:19

The "Blade Runner" has been picked for South Africa's 4x400m team.

The mystery of sporting form
By Ed Smith - 04 July 10:32

When a sportsman is in “the zone”, he is in a state of total absorption.

London Olympics: How have the last seven years treated Newham?
By Alex Hern - 03 July 11:00

The borough of Newham has yet to see that many gains from hosting the Olympics.

David Beckham holds the Olympic Flame as it arrives at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall
No gold medal for Goldenballs Beckham
By Steven Baxter - 28 June 16:17

Dropping Beckham from the Olympic squad may have effectively ended his international career, but it was the kindest thing to do.

Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring during England v Ukraine
On Wayne Rooney’s hair and football personalities
By Sophie Elmhirst - 20 June 17:19

Keeping your hair while all around are losing theirs.

Football: Fanatics and the rest of us
By Alex Hern - 19 June 14:22

40% of us don't give a toss about football. Another 35% only care a bit.

Hungary teach England a tactical lesson at Wembley in 1953
Football tactics have got out of shape
By Jonathan Wilson - 13 June 15:42

When, and why, did the international game lose its tactical innovation?

Plastic Brit? Mo Farah after winning a race in Oregon earlier this month.
"Plastic Brits": are some Olympians more worthy of a cheer than others?
By Steve Baxter - 12 June 11:27

Screaming about "plastic Brits" may be a rare example of the <em>Mail</em> getting its own readers wrong.

Netherlands national football team players vie for the ball.
Gordon Taylor: "unacceptable" for UEFA not to investigate racist chants
By George Eaton - 08 June 13:31

The head of the Professional Footballers' Association says UEFA must deal with racism "in the strongest way possible".

England's Andrew Strauss bats against the West Indies.
Cricket: the joy of a ludicrous game
By Alan White - 04 June 15:53

Reflections on England vs the West Indies.

Some things at City never change
Some things at City never change
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 16 May 16:29

My friend N–, with whom I’ve been going to watch Manchester City for the past eight years, was worried about the Queens Park Rangers match.

New Statesman
AFP to send 180 journalists to cover Olympics
By Andrew Pugh - 16 May 10:34

French news agency aims to provide 1,000 videos in different languages

Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City celebrates scoring the first goal against QPR
Premier League final day 2012: in pictures
By New Statesman - 13 May 11:55

Manchester City's title. Bolton down but QPR avoid relegation despite last minute defeat.

New Statesman
The Prem, Pep and Van Persie
By Hunter Davies - 09 May 18:27

It’s that time of the season when we say it’s that time of the season.

New Statesman
In my head, son
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 02 May 15:50

A couple of months ago, the former Test cricketer Ed Smith wrote a piece for this magazine about English football’s problem with its managers – managers of the England team, that is.

New Statesman
Why the UK should boycott Euro 2012 in Ukraine
By Denis MacShane - 02 May 12:42

Cameron should join Merkel and take a stand on political repression.

New Statesman
10 things you need to know about Roy Hodgson
By Emily Wight - 01 May 16:00

He's an "old-school socialist" and a Philip Roth fan.

New Statesman
Most players don’t give a flying tuck
By Hunter Davies - 26 April 13:13

Watching the Spanish Clasico last weekend – which was excellent, how could you take your eye off it?

New Statesman
The Diary: Roger Mosey
By Roger Mosey - 25 April 16:05

Olympic mascots, the next D-G and getting revenge on Jeremy Vine

Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires celebrates.
Barcelona vs Chelsea: in pictures
By New Statesman - 24 April 22:18

Chelsea through to a the Champions League final after dramatic aggregate win over Barcelona.

Protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police
Bahraini protester found dead on on eve of Grand Prix
By Alex Hern - 21 April 12:26

The controversial event carries on despite the fatality.

New Statesman
I'm an F1 fan but I can't watch the Bahrain Grand Prix
By Steven Baxter - 20 April 10:09

The race will put a veneer of respectability on a despicable regime.

New Statesman
Don't just boo the player, boo the club
By Hunter Davies - 18 April 17:49

“I’m so depressed,” I said to my friend Jack as we left White Hart Lane after Spurs’ humiliating defeat by Norwich.

Felicity Aston.
Felicity Aston: Ice queen
By Samira Shackle - 03 April 15:56

‘‘There were different levels of fear but fear was always there,” says Felicity Aston. This year, she became the first woman to ski solo across Antarctica – and the first person to do so alone without using kites or machines – travelling 1,744 kilometres in 59 days.

New Statesman
Football will outlive us all, even me
By Hunter Davies - 29 March 16:57

I remember, about two months ago, the herd - following the masters-of-the-obvious Match of the Day pundits - saying that Spurs could win the league, they really could.

Hunter Davis
Why we love Messi, but not tidy Ronaldo
By Hunter Davies - 26 March 1:00

This is not a time for self-flagellation, just because our two top teams got stuffed in Europe by middling clubs and one team we had never heard of before, Apoel Nicosia, whose total salary would not pay for Wayne's hair trans

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