Mike Brearley on the D’Oliveira affair, The 100, Joe Root and the future of Test Cricket

Mike Brearley is cricket's answer to Freud and Aristotle.  Part psychoanalyst, part philosopher, it was said of him by Australian opponent Rodney Hogg that 'he has a degree in people', and his leadership was so invaluable that he played 39 tests as a specialist batsman with an average of just 22.88. At the helm of England between 1977 and 1980 and

The country that split in two: Papua New Guinea, David Chung and the unknown FIFA corruption scandal

The PNG Football Stadium is located 13,996km from London in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. A stadium that plays host to a nation ranked 180th in the world, who have never qualified for the World Cup and don’t have a professional league. Surely then, it is a place of little

Ashes hero Tim Bresnan on the impact of international cricket on the county scene and what England can expect going forward

Tim Bresnan is a man who has experienced cricket at both international and county level. The Yorkshire all-rounder famously took the wicket that retained the Ashes for England in the 2010/11 series and he has scored more than 8,000 runs and taken more than 700 wickets for his county since

“It felt good to have those apologies”: Gay college football player Darrion McAlister on opening up to teammates, the reaction to coming out and playing football as an openly gay man

Any individual struggling with their own sexuality faces a number of challenges. Firstly accepting yourself for who you are and then secondly deciding what to do once you have arrived at this decision. So imagine having to contemplate all of this, and then having to worry about whether your own teammates

“Tottenham must play their own game”: Club legend Micky Hazard on Barcelona, Harry Kane & Wembley

Tottenham will once again hope to send shock waves around Europe by defeating another continental giant, this time in the shape of Barcelona. The fixture arrives in timely fashion for Spurs, who have recovered from three successive defeats that had the word ‘crisis’ reverberating around the tabloid headlines. Three wins

‘I want to go a long way to changing lives’: Devon Petersen on national identity, being Africa’s only professional darts player and influencing a country’s future

The Fang dialect is spoken throughout Central Africa – it spans one million speakers spread across Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo and the minute islands of Sao Tome and Principe. Its part in the burgeoning growth of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) could scarcely register on even the most microscopic scale

A numbers game: Kirk Bevins on an obsession with numbers, life as a darts referee and conquering Countdown

To enter Apterous.org is to arrive in a different realm, a Narnia of the sharpest minds waiting beyond a digital wardrobe. On its homepage – for this is no mythical haven, but the home of a thriving online community – is a disclaimer. ‘Apterous is definitely not Countdown; it is not

“You have to play with the hand you’re dealt with”: Jamie Caven on defeating both logic and adversity

Much of the populist appeal of darts – first, in its takeover of terrestrial television screens in the 1970s and 1980s, and then in its unprecedented revival and growth under Barry Hearn’s chairmanship – has been aligned to the sport’s accessibility and its promotion of the ordinary accomplishing the extraordinary. As

“I love the game and I’m in love with the game”: Deta Hedman on rewriting history, darts’ gender pay gap, working nights and an elusive world title

Deta Hedman is a trailblazer. Quite simply, it is what she has always done. She laughs as she recounts the details of an extraordinary sporting career that has found space for itself in amongst a life packed full of challenges. “You could say that I’m a freak,” she says. To afford