Sport

UK Sport’s brutal funding cuts show that winning is now all that matters

22 February 2017 9:21

Is sport really so great? Or is it only winning that’s great? UK Sport says a loud yes to question…

Another glorious year of County Championship cricket; another glorious failure for Somerset

23 September 2016 19:39

Nearly fifty years ago, CR Poole published a short work entitled ‘The Customs, Superstitions, and Legends of the County of Somerset’.…

The Olympics proves it: we are not all equal

28 August 2016 11:53

An almost worldwide survey on penis length — the sort of thing I always read with a sense of trepidation…

Spectator competition winners: when sportswriting turns purple

9 July 2016 10:30

The invitation to supply a report on a Uefa Euro 2016 match written in the florid style beloved of some…

Why did Maria Sharapova allow herself to get caught?

10 March 2016 12:28

Maria Sharapova topped the list for the world’s highest earning female athlete for 11 consecutive years. Not that she has…

This could be the year that sport dies of corruption

27 January 2016 15:23

Like religion, sport can take any amount of passion in its stride. It’s indifference that’s the killer. Sport can be…

Why the new match-fixing claims could rock the world of tennis

19 January 2016 19:11

The world’s tennis elite is up in arms. Roger Federer wants to see proof, demanding that the people behind “allegations that…

Never mind the Tyson Fury uproar. Boxing brings huge benefits to communities

22 December 2015 20:38

Just as one Muslim doesn’t represent Islam, Tyson Fury doesn’t represent boxing. But that hasn’t stopped liberal commentators and the…

Cut funding to sport (which we’re no good at) and give it to the arts (which we are)

22 October 2015 14:57

This morning Art Review announced its ‘Power 100’, a list of movers and shakers of the international art world. Last year the…

‘We’ve got to look at the data’ – English cricket kills itself

9 March 2015 12:57

“We’ve got to look at the data”. And so ended the Peter Moores era. Sure, Moores may yet remain the…

Even rapist footballer Ched Evans deserves a second chance

16 October 2014 11:21

There has been a rumbling row for a while about Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans. He was found guilty of…

The sad but inevitable downfall of Kevin Pietersen. A tragedy in two innings.

13 October 2014 19:31

Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography is the saddest book of its type I’ve ever read. By its end you begin to think…

Why are sports biographies treated differently to other works?

13 October 2014 13:18

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been running in London theatres for 62 years straight – a period that spans more than…

The Spectator at war: Maintaining the machinery of sport

24 August 2014 8:00

The Spectator, 22 August 1914: WHEN so great a business as war comes upon England, the sports and games of…

Moeen Ali reminds us that sometimes sport is the only place for politics

29 July 2014 18:46

Moeen Ali, the England cricketer, faces a possible reprimand after the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game’s governing body, censured him…

Simon Barnes: The England cricket team is playing out Don Giovanni

27 July 2014 14:03

Simon Barnes has written the diary in this week’s issue of The Spectator. Here are his opening two paragraphs: ‘Sport…

The political implications of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

23 July 2014 13:01

Several people have asked me to write something about the politics and potential implications of the Commonwealth Games which open…

Why we’ll mostly be supporting Germany on Sunday

11 July 2014 12:56

If you’re walking through any built-up area in England between 8 and 10pm this Sunday and you hear a cheer…

World Cup diary: England’s obscenely rich footballers don’t give a monkey’s

25 June 2014 9:46

What a fabulously boring England performance. I watched it only because I had this to write and now feel resentful…

World Cup diary: Italy were poor but England were worse

15 June 2014 10:22

Another fairly unpleasant evening spent watching England playing football. Ah well. It used to be that England were renowned for…

World Cup diary: Was the ref playing for Brazil?

13 June 2014 9:16

Suspicions that FIFA is an organisation given, occasionally, to a bit of corruption will not have been allayed by the…

State of the Union – not good

12 May 2014 12:12

Mr S attended the international rugby union 7s tournament at Twickenham on Saturday, which was graced by some 76,000 people –…

Hancock’s half hour on the treadmill

25 April 2014 16:07

Osborne protégé Matt Hancock has climbed rapidly up the government ranks; leaving plenty of enemies in his wake. The ruthlessly…

A Tragedy at the Theatre of Dreams, starring David Moyes

22 April 2014 11:33

And so the axe fell and the crowd cheered for they loved nothing more than a good beheading. They had…

The Spectator – on the purpose of the Olympics

21 February 2014 10:11

When the idea of a modern Olympic Games began to be discussed, Spectator writers couldn’t really see the point. ‘Beyond…