End of an Era. Fergie Out!:
Imperial Lord Ferg Sir Alex quits. Here are some highlights of the last 35 years or so of his footballing life.
Brian Lara vs Sachin Tendulkar: And why sports comparisons are meaningless but still jolly good fun.
We Can't Accept Mediocrity: Australia sacks four cricketers for not preparing a presentation.
What is American Soccer?: A tactical history of the USMNT. From a list of the best football writing 2012.
The Aboriginal Innings: Australia's first national cricket team were all indigenous. What has happened since then? A thoughtful piece from the Global Mail.
Merry Christmas, Spofites.: The best, but mostly worst, of Christmas/football music.
Dodgers to Play 2014 Season Opener in Sydney: according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Cover Up At Hillsborough: A British inquiry finds that an official cover up took place after 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death before their team's FA Cup semi-final in 1989. Prosecutions may now follow.
Train hard, respect each other, work as a team and honour your homeland: Ethiopia's town of runners.
The Rugby World Cup 2011: starts this Friday. Held in New Zealand for the first time since 1987, the home side are hoping they can repeat that victory. Because it's been pretty lean since. And like all other kinds of World Cup, there's the obligatory hoax prostitution story.
World Cup 2014 Qualifying Draw: Pre-qualifying has already commenced, but the qualifying groups and formats in each confederation have now been determined.
Top Ten Evil Sports: Doesn't include cheerleading.
The Game With The Most At Stake: is won by Swansea, who next season become the first non-English club in the Premier League.
The Special One Loses It: A remarkable outpouring of frustration, even by his standards.
Play fair, run fast and smile for the camera : Why America is different: "Our sports aren't like real life because we want them to be fair."
Out of Bounds: Sex and the AFL. Some thoughts on sport and its effect on men, women and our power relationships. Sample quote for US readers: “Psychiatry has not taken enough interest in jock culture as a window into other American pathologies.”
More Than Cricket: India versus Pakistan is always full of meaning. This time, it's a World Cup semi final.
How to Avoid Penalty Shoot Outs: Hold them before you play extra time. Counter intuitive or good economics?
Footballing Trends in Europe.: The closest you'll get to sabermetrics in football, and why Barcelona have the shortest team in Europe.
Fire in Babylon: Probably the greatest sports team you've never heard of: the story of the West Indies cricket teams of the 1980s, who ruled the planet with 'an enlightened despotism' (apparently). Now told as a feature documentary.
Kissing Your Sister in Melbourne: The AFL Grand Final ends in a tie, for only the third time in history.
Evil Riders or Institutionalised Corruption?: The ethics and impacts of doping in professional cycling.
Sports Book Signings:: The good, the bad and the equine (?).
The Ghost With a Hammer in His Hand: And other tales from the golden days of fairground boxing booths. Harry Pearson in The Guardian.