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

Depiction of the 1914 game

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?

McGregor in cartoon form

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

Andre Ward retires – An example of when talent is not enough

Andre Ward in action

Upon his retirement aged only 33 this week, Andre Ward now represents an example of the notion that unmatched talent is sometimes not enough to force one’s way into the minds of observers as a memorable sporting hero, remembered fondly by a great number. What his career lacked, for the most

Draw between Alvarez and Golovkin sparks heavy use of the ‘C’ word

Boxing once again managed to shoot itself in the foot on Saturday. It is the fighters’ brilliance, in this case, that of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin which sustains the sport and keeps it limping on despite self-inflicted wounds. What is all the more discouraging is the timing. Boxing is