Inside the unusual sport of gurning

There are many unusual sports throughout the world and gurning is certainly right up there with the best of them. We spoke to Callum Scott, the chairman of the World Gurning Championships held annually in Egremont in Cumbria to find out more about it. The etymology of the word “gurn” is

The truth behind England’s Nazi salute

It is an image that, in retrospect, seems intuitively abhorrent. An extraordinary political concession. After all, a team these days would never be seen singing the opponent’s national anthem let alone seemingly endorsing their politics. However, before this image of England’s football team saluting the Nazi regime in 1938 is used

“Weight cutting is the real fight for us” – Former professional MMA fighter Joe Neill on the worst part of the sport

  The dangers of boxing and mixed martial arts to human life were thrown once again into sharp relief this week following the death of 31-year-old British boxer Scott Westgarth. However, complications arising from head trauma are not the only causes of fatalities in combat sports. The other main culprit is weight cutting

Recent criticism of poppies and sport misses the point

poppy fields

Jonathan Liew wrote of the “tedious poppy circus” a little while ago in the Independent. He argued that the various annual remembrance rituals, at sporting events and more widely, have become for many people a self-conscious show. The BBC also ran a piece which asked if the core message of

The match we all remember, replayed and commemorated this Christmas

One particular football match, played more than a century ago, still resonates to this day and has acquired legendary status. On Christmas Day in December 1914, a British officer ventured into the usually bullet-wracked No-Man’s Land near Ploegsteert Wood (‘Plug Street Wood’ to the Tommies) in Flanders  encouraged by the Germans’

Who will UFC superstar Conor McGregor fight next?

Conor McGregor has not fought in the UFC since winning the Lightweight title almost a year ago. Such is the disparity in popularity between him and his fellow fighters, he can exert more control over who and when he fights than anyone. Here, we identify who his next opponent might

County season of poor batting comes at worst time for England

A county batsman in action

A number of established sides have struggled this season in Division 1 of the County Championship. Last season’s champions Middlesex were surprisingly relegated on the final day. Yorkshire, who won the title in 2014 and 2015, only narrowly avoided a similar fate while Warwickshire, perennial stalwarts and champions in 2012