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Carra: My Autobiography by Jamie Carragher Many autobiographies are crap, most sport autobiographies are likewise dire and almost all football player autobiographies are awful ... but every once in a while one comes along to give us the strength to keep the faith in the genre and this is one of those (Bantam Press, Sept. 11, 2008, 384 pages)
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Coming Back to Me: The Autobiography by Marcus Trescothick An honest account of the illness that has blighted his cricketing career and his life (HarperSport, Sept. 1, 2008, 352 pages)
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Cricket, Lovely Cricket? by Lawrence Booth An addict's guide to the world's most exasperating game (Yellow Jersey Press, Aug. 21, 2008, 272 pages)
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Barefoot Runner by Paul Rambali A quirky, unusual profile of Abebe Bikila, the first African to win an athletics Olympics gold medal (Serpent's Tail, July 3, 2008, 320 pages)
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Inverting the Pyramid: A History of Football Tactics by Jonathan Wilson Considerably more entertaining and insightful than its headline suggests (Orion Books, May 28, 2008, 320 pages)
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Up Pompey by Chuck Culpepper The story of an American's induction into the world of English football fandom, via Portsmouth FC (Phoenix, May 1, 2008, 296 pages)
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Portrait Of A Flawed Genius by Simon Wilde If you never could get enough of Shane Warne and miss him now that the Australia spin maestro is gone, this is the book for you (John Murray, April 17, 2008, 240 pages)
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What Sport Tells Us About Life: Bradman's Average, Zidane's Kiss and Other Sporting Lessons by Ed Smith Mr Smith is a pretty good cricketer but is fast turning into a writer of significance (Viking, March 6, 2008, 208 pages)
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Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Games by Guy Walters Political and athletic backdrop to controversial 1936 Games - some great stories contained within (Harper Perennial, Aug. 1, 2007, 400 pages)
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Provided You Don't Kiss Me by Duncan Hamilton This former Nottingham Evening Post writer offers an analysis of the phenomenon that was Clough. A deserving winner of the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award (4th Estate, May 1, 2007, 256 pages)
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Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, Balco, and the Steroids Scandal That Rocked Professional Sports by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams Occasionally a sports book utilising old-fashioned investigative journalism is published and many of us (rightfully) fall all over ourselves to offer up praise. This is one of those (Gotham Books, March 22, 2007, 368 pages)
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The Entitled by Frank Deford Sportswriter, screenwriter and author Deford's novel of athletes behaving badly (Sourcebooks, 2007, 318 pages)
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The Blind Side by Michael Lewis The evolution of football by a man who has taken writing sports books to another level (W. W. Norton & Co, Nov. 17, 2006, 288 pages)
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Back from the Brink: The Autobiography by Paul McGrath As candid an autobiography as they come (Arrow, Oct. 24, 2006, 432 pages)
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My Father And Other Working Class Heroes by Gary Imlach The story of author's attempts to secure for his late father, Stewart - who played in the 1958 World Cup finals and was an FA Cup winner with Nottingham Forest in 1959 - the official cap from the Scottish FA to which Imlach believes he is entitled but which he never received and is still being refused (Yellow Jersey Press, Aug. 3, 2006, 256 pages)
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Let Me Finish by Roger Angell The autobiography of a sports writer. And what a writer (Harcourt, May 8, 2006, 320 pages)
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Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big by Jose Canseco He may not be particularly liked by anyone but Jose Canseco's book lifted the lid on the sport's drug problem and ultimately forced baseball to begin cleaning up its act (ReganBooks, March 2006, 304 pages)
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Fantasyland: A Sportswriter's Obsessive Bid to Win the World's Most Ruthless Fantasy Baseball League by Sam Walker It's America's fastest growing pasttime and it's heading to the UK. Maybe (Penguin Books, 2006, 368 pages)
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When Nothing Else Matters: Michael Jordan's Last Comeback by Michael Leahy An in-depth look at the inner turmoil that plagued the Jordan-led Wizards that is as much a sports story as a psychology study (Simon & Schuster, Nov 1, 2005, 448 pages)
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Now I Can Die In Peace by Bill Simmons How ESPN's Sports Guy found salvation, with a little help from Nomar, Pedro, Shawshank, and the 2004 Red Sox (ESPN Books, October 2005, 368 pages)
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The Perfect Distance: Ovett and Coe by Pat Butcher This can't help but be a nostalgic look back at when British men were good at running (Phoenix, July 7, 2005, 320 pages)
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All those mornings . . . at the Post by Shirley Povich The 20th Century in Sports from famed Washington Post columnist Shirley Povich (Public Affairs, 2005, 432 pages)
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Moneyball by Michael Lewis The art of winning an unfair game (W. W. Norton & Co, July 13, 2004, 320 pages)
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Positively Fifth Street by James McManus The author was sent to Las Vegas by Harper's magazine to write a story about the World Series of Poker held annually at Binion's Horseshoe, but then, as so often happens on trips to Sin City, something kind of "happened"... (Picador USA, March 2004, 448 pages)
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Laptop Dancing and the Nanny Goat Mambo: A Sportswriter's Year by Tom Humphries A wry insider's account of a sports journalist's life by the Irish Times writer and true sports fan. Dozens of similar books have somehow managed to be published but this one manages to rise above the water line created by a sea of mediocrity that calls into question the judgment of publishers and sport editors alike (Pocket Books, July 7, 2003, 195 pages)
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Playing Hard Ball: County Cricket and Big League Baseball by Ed Smith A cultural comparison of two national games - cricket, English in origin, and American baseball - written from the viewpoint of a top-class practitioner of both codes (Abacus, May 1, 2003, 213 pages)
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Broken Dreams by Tom Bower Vanity, Greed and the Souring of British Football (Pocket Books, 2003, 448 pages)
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Keane: The Autobiography by Roy Keane Written with Eamon Dunphy, Keane's controversial memoir does not hold back or disappoint (Penguin, August 30, 2002, 304 pages)
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Serious: The Autobiography by John McEnroe A candid and endlessly fascinating tale by one of the greats (Time Warner, June 8, 2002, 352 pages)
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A Season with Verona by Tim Parks An Englishman in Italy adopts his local club and sticks with it (March 7, 2002, 464 pages)
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Baseball: A Literary Anthology by Nicholas Dawidoff (Editor) Appreciations of the game. All are good but some are outstanding (The Library of America, March 4, 2002, 721 pages)
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Ghosts of Manila by Mark Kram The story of fateful blood feud between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier (HarperCollinsWillow, Sept. 3, 2001, 240 pages)
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My Favourite Year: A Collection of New Football Writing by Nick Hornby Contributors include Roddy Doyle, Harry Pearson, Huw Richards, Nick Hornby and Giles Smith (Phoenix, Aug. 2, 2001, 288 pages)
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Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis Heartbreak, triumph, genius and obsession in the world of competitive Scrabble (Yellow Jersey Press, July 2001, 372 pages)
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Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand The true story of three men and a race horse (Fourth Estate, May 21, 2001, 448 pages)
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Full Time: The Secret Life of Tony Cascarino by Paul Kimmage According to the Observer's Sport Monthly, it's Angela's Ashes with half-time oranges and a footballer's autobiography like no other - and we agree (Simon & Schuster, Nov. 6, 2000, 201 pages)
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It's Not About the Bike - My Journey To Life & Back Lance Armstrong The story is well-enough known but that does not make it any less awe-inspiring (Yellow Jersey Press, May 22, 2000, 304 pages)
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Playing the Moldovans at Tennis by Tony Hawks The product of a silly bet, this is a silly book but that does not mean it is not enjoyable (Ebury Press, Jan. 6, 2000, 272 pages)
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Beer and Circus by Murray Sperber How big-time college sports is crippling undergraduate education (Owl Books, 2000, 352 pages)
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Brilliant Orange by David Winner A closer look at the neurotic genius of Dutch football (Bloomsbury, 2000, 260 pages)
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Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life by Richard Ben Cramer The hero's life by a skilled reporter with a deft touch (Simon & Schuster, 2000, 560 pages)
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Muhammad Ali: King of the World by David Remnick Much has been written on the subject but in King of the World, David Remnick proves it was not enough. A latecomer that masterfully muscles its way to the top table of Ali literature (Picador, Dec. 10, 1999, 352 pages)
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On Bullfighting by AL Kennedy An attempt to dissect the spectacle of ritual death and go beyond the obvious assumptions(Yellow Jersey Press, Oct. 28, 1999, 180 pages)
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A Sense of Where You Are by John McPhee Bill Bradley goes to Princeton (Farrar Straus Giroux, June 1999, 240 pages)
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When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss The life of Vince Lombardi (Simon & Schuster, 1999, 544 pages)
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Angry White Pyjamas by Robert Twigger An Oxford poet trains with the Tokyo riot police (Phoenix, Dec. 30, 1998, 320 pages)
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Road Swing by Steve Rushin A capable writer on a sporting road trip across America (Bantam, November 1998, 256 pages)
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Wait Till Next Year by William Goldman and Mike Lupica The story of a season when what should've happened didn't and what could've gone wrong did (Bantam Dell, November 1998, 363 pages)
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Addicted by Tony Adams A story of decline into alcoholism and subsequent efforts at rehab with Adams's career with Arsenal and England as a backdrop (HarperCollinsWillow, Sept. 7. 1998, 384 pages)
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Rough Ride by Paul Kimmage An insider's account of cycling at the highest level (Jonathan Cape, July 2, 1998, 208 pages)
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Football Against The Enemy by Simon Kuper A look at how football is the medium through which the world's hopes and fears, passions and hatreds are expressed (Orion, June 26, 1998, 256 pages)
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A Lot Of Hard Yakka by Simon Hughes Wisden says it "may be the first cricketer’s autobiography ever to tell it like it is, from dressing-room to bedroom ... Hughes is rivetingly unguarded" which just about sums it up(Headline, April 2, 1998, 320 pages)
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A Savage Business by Richard Hoffer The comeback and comedown of Mike Tyson, a tragic figure by any definition (Simon & Schuster, Feb. 2, 1998, 272 pages)
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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer A riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest (Pan Books, 1997, 293 pages)
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Dark Trade by Donald McRae A vivid personal journey through the intense and forbidding world of the professional fight game with insights from Tyson, Bruno, Hamed, Benn, Eubank, Watson, Jones, De La Hoya and Toney (Mainstream, Oct. 14, 1996, 395 pages)
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A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour by John Feinstein Days and nights on the PGA Tour (Time Warner, July 11, 1996, 496 pages)
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Running Scared: How Athletics Lost Its Innocence by Steven Downes, Duncan Mackay The book Linford Christie would most like to see banned... (Mainstream, June 27, 1996, 224 pages)
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The Last Shot by Darcy Frey The talented Abraham Lincoln High School Railsplitters see basketball as their only hope, but their reality is tough to overcome (Pocket Books, Jan. 3, 1996, 240 pages)
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I Want to Thank My Brain for Remembering Me: A Memoir by Jimmy Breslin Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist recalls memories of his front-row seat at the biggest sporting events over his 40-odd years (Little Brown, 1996, 224 pages)
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You're Okay, It's Just a Bruise: A Doctor's Sideline Secrets by Rob Huizenga An account of the author's time as part of the medical staff with Los Angeles Raiders, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the NFL and its players (Saint Martin's Press, Dec. 31, 1995, 326 pages)
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Esquire Book of Sports Writing by Greg Williams (Editor) Highlights include Colm Tiobin on the Irish hatred of Eamon Dunphy, Thomas Keneally on Australian rugby league and Martin Amis on playing snooker with Julian Barnes (Penguin Books, July 9, 1995, 240 pages)
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Game Misconduct by Russ Conway The story of Alan Eagleson and the corruption of hockey (MacFarlane, 1995, 324 pages)
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Only in America: The Life and Crimes of Don King by Jack Newfield The shame of boxing in America (Harbor, 1995, 344 pages)
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Pumping Irony: Working Out the Angst of a Lifetime by Tony Kornheiser The Washington Post columnist takes on the big issues of the day (Times Books, 1995, 299 pages)
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Anyone but England: Cricket and the National Malaise by Mike Marqusee An entertaining and ground-breaking analysis of the origins and development of English cricket though some may say demise (Two Heads, 1994, 252 pages)
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October 1964 by David Halberstam An acclaimed chronicle of the World Series in a seminal year that sees the Yankees and Cardinals facing off as America confronts its feelings about race (Fawcett Books, 1994, 400 pages)
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Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert The world's leading proponent of the mental part of the game shares some secrets (Pocket Books, 1993, 304 pages)
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Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby Autobiography and football rolled into a single volume celebrating the beautiful game via the author's support of Arsenal FC (Gollancz, Sept. 17, 1992, 256 pages)
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Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger New York Times calls this a biting indictment of the sports craziness that grips ... most of American society, while at the same time providing a moving evocation of its powerful allure (Yellow Jersey Press, May 18, 1992, 400 pages)
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Loose Balls by Terry Pluto The short, wild life of the American Basketball Association as told by the players, coaches, and movers and shakers who made it happen (Prentice Hall, Nov. 1, 1991, 448 pages)
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Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hauser A complete picture of Ali emerges from the words of 200 people who have known him (Simon & Schuster, September 1991, 544 pages)
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Among the Thugs by Bill Buford An almost unbearably up-close look at British hooligans (Secker & Warburg, August, 1990, 224 pages)
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All Played Out by Pete Davies The full story of Italia '90, the European Championships England did not win (Jonathan Cape, Oct. 21, 1989, 476 pages)
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True Blue by Dan Topolski The story of the events that shook Oxford University and its boat club in the winter of 1986 (Bantam Books, 1989, 320 pages)
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A Season on the Brink by John Feinstein A year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers (Prentice Hall, November, 1986, 352 pages)
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The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract by Bill James The godfather of the statistical analysis that has changed baseball forever takes a fresh and loving look at his subject (Random House, 1985, 733 pages)
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The Franchise by Peter Gent Probably the best of Gent's sports books featuring memorable characters set in an unforgettable story line (Random House, November 1983, 423 pages)
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The Game by Ken Dryden Widely acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written and lauded by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top 10 Sports Books of All Time, The Game is a reflective and thought–provoking look at a life in hockey. Intelligent and insightful, the former Montreal Canadiens goalie captures the essence of the sport and what it means to all hockey fans (John Wiley and Sons, 1983, 308 pages)
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McIlvanney on Boxing by Hugh McIlvanney A collection fit for anyone who admires writing as muscular as it is graceful (Mainstream, 1982, 336 pages)
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The Red Smith Reader by Red Smith A collection from one of the greatest ever, edited by Dave Anderson of the New York Times (Random House, 1982)
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The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam The story of the 1977 Portland Trailblazers, one of the NBA's most skilled teams ever assembled (Hyperion, 1981, 416 pages)
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Everybody's All-American by Frank Deford Named one of Sports Illustrated's top 25 books of all time (Da Capo Press, 1981, 384 pages)
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Only a Game? by Eamon Dunphy The Ball Four of football (Penguin Books, Sept. 1, 1977, 192 pages)
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One More July by George Plimpton A football dialogue with Bill Curry, a veteran Green Bay Packers player, as the two make their way to the team's training camp (Harper & Row, 1977, 212 pages)
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Big Bill Tilden by Frank Deford A classic biography of one of the most successful - and tragic - figures in American sports (Sportclassic Books, 1976, 272 pages)
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Heaven Is a Playground by Rick Telander As a chronicle of inner-city playground basketball life that is also a record of life in the ghetto (University of Nebraska Press, 1976, 236 pages)
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Life on the Run by Bill Bradley A chronicle of 20 days of a basketball season - as engaging a sports book as there is (Bantam Books, 1976, 240 pages)
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The Fight by Norman Mailer The thing about classics is that most are very good while some are better still and raise the ante on behalf of the entire category, making it all the more difficult to join the table. Norman Mailer, or No'min here, uncovers the essence of Muhammad Ali and George Foreman as they prepared for their monumental heavyweight title clash in Zaire to produce a classic by any definition (Little, Brown and Company, 1975, 256 pages)
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SportsWorld by Robert Lipsyte After 14 years as a New York Times columnist, comes this fabulous, acerbic, goodbye-to-all-that (Times Books, 1975, 292 pages)
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About Three Bricks Shy of a Load by Roy Blount Jr A highly irregular lowdown on the year the Pittsburgh Steelers were super but missed the bowl (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1974, 376 pages)
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Cosell by Howard Cosell Before he was controversial, Cosell was the best sports broadcaster America had and he knew it (Playboy Press, 1973)
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The Glory Game by Hunter Davies A British football classic that follows the exploits of Tottenham Hotspur in the 1971 season (Mainstream, 1973, 376 pages)
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The Golf Omnibus by P.G. Wodehouse The creator of Jeeves and Wooster turns his attention to golf (Hutchinson, 1973, 467 pages)
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No Cheering in the Press Box by Jerome Holtzman Sportswriters active in the Golden Age of Sports, the time between the two world wars, share reminiscences and opinions (Henry Holt, 1973, 363 pages)
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Mad Ducks and Bears by George Plimpton More on football from the master (Lyons Press, 1972, 256 pages)
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The Summer Game by Roger Angell The cover suggests that this is thoughtful, funny, appreciative of the elegance of the game and the passions invested by players and fans (University of Nebraska Press, 1972, 303 pages)
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Ball Four by Jim Boulton Perhaps the best baseball book ever written - it broke the mould and continues to inspire and amuse (John Wiley & Sons, 1971, 465 pages)
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Out of Their League by Dave Meggyesy The author rips through many of American football's myths to find only a frightening and deliberate inhumanity (University of Nebraska Press, 1971, 255 pages)
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Fat City by Leonard Gardner A tale of two boxers and of their struggle to escape the emptiness of life in search of dignity, money and fame as fighters (Abacus, 1969, 192 pages)
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Instant Replay by Jerry Kramer and Dick Schaap The Green Bay diary of Jerry Kramer (Doubleday Books, 1968, 320 pages)
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Paper Lion by George Plimpton The author joins the training camp of the 1963 Detroit Lions, in an attempt to become one of the team's quarterbacks. The coaches were aware of the deception; the players were not until it became apparent that Plimpton did not really know how to play. A classic in the participatory journalism genre. Actually there was no such genre until Plimpton... (Harpercollins, June 1966, 416 pages)
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The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter The story of the early days of baseball told by the men who played it (Harper, 1966, 384 pages)
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Beyond a Boundary by C.L.R. James The Sunday Times suggested that to call this the best cricket book ever written is piffingly inadequate praise (Yellow Jersey Press, 1963, 368 pages)
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Eight Men Out by Eliot Asinof The full story of the fxing of the 1919 World Series, the subsequent trial in 1921 and its aftermath (Owl Books, 1963, 328 pages)
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The Long Season by Jim Brosnan The classic, inside account of a baseball year (Ivan R. Dee, 1960, 288 pages)
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The Sweet Science by A.J. Liebling A collection of essays on boxing that Sports Illustrated named the best sports book of all time (North Point Press, 1956, 288 pages)
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The Tumult and the Shouting by Grantland Rice Another tome from one of the greatest ever recalling his life in sport (AS Barnes, 1954, 368 pages)
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The Natural by Bernard Malamud A man strives to become the greatest baseball player who ever lived - he has the talent for it thought sometimes that is not enough (Vintage, 1952, 256 pages)
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The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata Described as a quiet book, a restful book ... it is sweet, and pleasing, and supremely, even nostalgically, Japanese (Yellow Jersey Press, 1951, 208 pages)
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The Harder They Fall by Budd Schulberg The quintessential novel on boxing - and corruption - written more than 50 years ago (Ivan R Dee, 1947, 357 pages)
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Comment/Opinion

The longest home run ever: It may not come in our lifetime, but its measurements are knowable
By John Brenkus | 29/10/10 | The Week »»
Bravo, Jose Mourinho: Dousing Barcelona myth needed to be done
By Martin Samuel | 30/04/10 | The Daily Mail »»
South Africa 2010: The first World Cup to be dominated by funny English accents
By Simon Kuper | 12/04/10 | fanhouse.co.uk »»
Muhammad Ali v Antonio Inoki: There are some things a person should never have to see happen to a man like Ali. This is the story of one of them
By Andy Bull | 11/11/09 | guardian.co.uk »»
Danish Dynamite, the Denmark side of the mid-80s: They won nothing, but the ultra-attacking team of Elkjaer, Laudrup and the Olsens were one of the most interesting in football history
By Rob Smyth | 13/10/09 | guardian.co.uk »»
Can I be friends with Peter Siddle? He is a throwback to the mid-1980s, when all Australian fast-bowlers looked as though they might smell of scotch egg
By Barney Ronay | 11/07/09 | guardian.co.uk »»
The Hillsborough disaster remembered (15/04/09): There has been entirely too much written on this subject for some tastes while there can never be enough for others. No matter where one stands, some of these words are worth reading
WSC: Editorial ... Lacey: tragic legacy ... O’Hara: memories remain raw ... Lawton: still sickening ... Hassett: day that shook ... Hayward: shining a light ... Fraser: sombre lessons ... Trecker: changing the game ... Eason: all change ... White: questions remain ... Evans: revisiting a nightmare
Successfully married: Can wedded bliss rejuvenate Greg Norman enough to conquer Augusta National?
By John Garrity | 07/04/09 | Sports Illustrated »»
Cutler might regret Denver exile: Jay Cutler has gone from a potent offense to one of the NFL's most anemic
By Peter King | 02/04/09 | Sports Illustrated »»
Imagine There's No Sports Page: It's easy if you try. With the future of Philly's dailies in doubt, who will feed the insatiable appetite of the city's sports junkies?
By Larry Atkins | 26/03/09 | Philadelphia Weekly »»
30 Years Ago, Madness Tipped Off: With all due respect to John Wooden and his 10 championships at UCLA, the Bruins dominated what was merely a basketball tournament. But Magic and Bird gave us March Madness
By Michael Wilbon | 26/03/09 | The Washington Post »»
Trust: A look at Joe Torre’s memoir The Yankee Years
By Roger Angell | 09/03/09 | The New Yorker »»
We need to talk about Kevin: He was made England cricket captain because of his un-English fearlessness and self-confidence. And yet these same qualities saw KP deposed six months later
By Ed Smith and Jessica Furst | 01/03/09 | The Observer »»
Allen Stanford debacle confirms sport is a whore: Don't blame the billionaires. Just because they're vulgar, self-aggrandising, possessed of bizarrely skewed values and haven't got the remotest clue about the value of sport, still less its meaning, there's no call to blame them for what they've done to it
By Simon Barnes | 20/02/09 | The Times »»
David Collier's future in doubt over Sir Allen Stanford affair: Three to start - thinking that the ECB chief executive is on a sticky wicket, bidding farewell to a commentating dinosaur who likes to wear beige and listing the most musically talented cricketers
By Simon Wilde | 19/02/09 | The Sunday Times »»
If the rage eats away at Pietersen's talent, beware a bitter end: The former England captain risks drowning in the bile brought on by recent events
By Martin Samuel | 04/02/09 | The Daily Mail »»
A-Rod comes clean, sort of (10/02/09): Alex Rodriguez told ESPN that he took performance-enhancing drugs while playing for the Texas Rangers during a three-year period beginning in 2001 after a Sports Illustrated report accused him of doping two days earlier
ESPN: the interview in full ... Stark: last hope is gone ... Fainaru-Wada: under scrutiny ... Barker: A-Rod or Phelps - who's worse? ... Rhoden: indomitable role models ... Riley: jail him ... Vecsey: facing up ... Kragthorpe: 'A-Fraud' in the spotlight ... Sullivan: selling baseball's soul ... Simmons: different kind of cheat ... Rosenbloom: Canseco vindicated ... Schultz: Pressure on other cheats ... Couch: pathetic apology ... Shea: good start ... Moore: Seattle's own ... Feinstein: full disclosure needed ... Harkavy: damn Yankee ... Blair: worst nightmare ... Jenkins: fraud ... Wise: name them all
Charge Boras with wild pitch, Varitek with error in judgment: The Boston catcher wanted to test the waters. He's lucky he didn't drown
By Bob Ryan | 31/01/09 | The Boston Globe »»
Patient James on Edge of ultimate revenge: Few great players in recent years have been so disrespected as the Arizona running back
By Mike Freeman | 29/01/09 | CBSSports.com »»
An inside look at ugly incident on and off the ice: A vicious play leads to an even less savory act by the father of the victim during the fierce Michigan-Michigan State rivalry
By Michael Rosenberg | 28/01/09 | Detroit Free Press »»
Beckham's only taxing our patience now, but just wait: Tim Leiweke still insists AEG's $250-million signing of David Beckham was a good investment...
By TJ Simmers | 28/01/09 | Los Angeles Times »»
Bettman's opportunity to market the Spam of spectator sports: Fun and feisty, hockey may be what economists call an ‘inferior good’ — a product for which demand increases as incomes go down
By Colby Cosh | 27/01/09 | National Post »»
He won the right way: Tony Dungy will be remembered for the little things, the small gestures of humility and humanity and decency
By Bob Kravitz | 13/01/09 | The Indianapolis Star »»
The clown with the crown: Novak Djokovic seems to have lost his smile as pressure mounts
By Richard Hinds | 22/01/09 | The Sydney Morning Herald »»
Pietersen and Ronaldo - a love story: We can but admire two of the world's finest sportsmen. But not quite as much as they undoubtedly admire themselves...
By Simon Barnes | 16/01/09 | The Times »»
Andruw’s epic fall from grace: It’s finally official - Jones is a colossal L.A. bust
By David O'Brien | 15/01/09 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution »»
Who is the bigger fraud? Roger Clemens or you
By Fred Faour | 15/01/09 | Houston Examiner »»
Stelling cries vowel on Countdown: Gillette Soccer Saturday presenter is ideally suited to teatime kick-off
By Giles Smith | 15/01/09 | The Times »»
Don't blame Sanchez for learning Carroll's lessons: Pete Carroll preached the value of competition to Mark Sanchez, but didn't dream the USC quarterback would take that yearning into the NFL draft, and pass up his final year of eligibility
By Mark Whicker | 15/01/09 | The Orange County Register »»
Credit crunch? Just cash in on your superstars: Nevermind that the Mail's new sports writer is The Times's old sports writer. What matters is that he's back (though merely living up to his name and no more) with a debut column
By Martin Samuel | 12/01/09 | Daily Mail »»
Clough kid might make slow haste popular: Jose Mourinho and his ilk can learn from a young man in no hurry, serving his time before taking over at one of his dad's clubs
By Michael Walker | 10/01/09 | The Irish Times »»
All is not well in Ronaldo's world: The United winger is living all our dreams, yet his heart no longer seems to sing
By Kevin Garside | 09/01/09 | The Daily Telegraph »»
Pietersen, Moores depart (08/01/09): Captain Kevin Pietersen and coach Peter Moores have been relieved of their duties after their spat split the dressing room. Here's a selection of the commentary on the departures and their impact on an England cricket team just months removed from an Ashes series on home soil.
Atherton: Strauss to heal ... Botham: blazered buffoons ... Boycott: ECB to blame ... Bull: raging egos ... Fletcher: chaos reigns ... Fraser: Strauss well-placed ... Hobson: KP flawed ... Hussain: bad politics ... Lawton: inevitable ... Martin-Jenkins: vital relationship ... Newman: KP naive ... Norman: incompetence ... Pringle: too stubborn ... Selvey: for the best ... Vaughan: Strauss the man
Back to the Future: How sports writing can recapture its relevance
By Gary Andrew Poole | 06/01/09 | Columbia Journalism Review »»
Ever a Critic, Barkley Is Lacking in Credibility: When did Charles Barkley become a broadcasting shock ex-jock whose opinions are accepted as serious commentary when he is so lacking in personal credibility?
By Harvey Araton | 02/01/09 | NY Times »»
Australia's dynasty episode ends in farce: It is not just that Australia have lost two home Test matches to South Africa by wide margins but the farcical nature of the defeats that was reminiscent of, well, England
By Simon Barnes | 02/01/09 | The Times »»
This may be the year when O'Neill brings football back home to Villa: The Irishman's methods are reimposing enduring truths about shaping a successful club
By James Lawton | 01/01/09 | The Independent »»
A triumph beyond sport: The significance of South Africa's historic series win transcends cricket
By Peter Roebuck | 30/12/08 | Cricinfo »»
West Ham's owners are living in a bubble: In his last column for The Times, Martin Samuel takes aim at club owners living in Cloud-cuckoo-land, rugby, the Club World Cup and more
By Martin Samuel | 22/12/08 | The Times »»
Roy Keane leaves Sunderland (05/12/08): Firebrand, genius, psycho, whatever - the man has been called each and more and no one divides - or for that matter invites - opinion like Keano. Here's a selection of the standout commentary that his departure as Sunderland manager inspired.
Cascarino: quitter ... Dickinson: pariah ... Taylor: inevitable ... Doyle: counter-productive ... Winter: crying shame ... Humphries: box office ... Lawrenson: flawed ... Edwards: surprising ... Lawton: pressure told ... Wallace: crank ... Walsh: isolated ... Barclay: sad loss ... Barnes: poor judgment
Rick Reilly's Complete Dental Records: Why is America's most famous sportswriter obsessed with molars, gingivitis, and floss?
By Josh Levin | 02/12/08 | Slate »»
England have a duty to India - and themselves: Sport is necessary as the recovery process begins - and it is the touring side's job to make this possible
By Simon Barnes | 01/12/08 | The Times »»
A thorny passage: The Mumbai attacks mark what may be the beginning of a difficult period for the game in India
By Gideon Haigh | 01/12/08 | Cricinfo »»
Now Hal, not George, officially is Yankees' boss: Nothing about the news release was a surprise, really, and yet it still felt like some melancholy passage, as if some engraver had just taken a chisel and carved yesterday's date forever in stone: G.S., Yankees owner, 03/01/1973-20/11/2008
By Johnette Howard | 21/11/08 | Newsday »»
The people's republic of sport: Why Karl Marx would love America's sports - and hate Europe's
By Steven Stark | 16/11/08 | The Boston Globe »»
It took courage to say goodbye: The parents of Daniel James have no questions to answer for their role in their son's assisted suicide after a spinal injury
By Brian Moore | 24/10/08 | The Telegraph »»
An awful lot of football chants are difficult to defend: The vilifying of Sol Campbell is just the latest example of no-holds-barred barracking
By Rod Liddle | 05/10/08 | The Sunday Times »»
From pitch to page - Writing and sport: The Olympics will bring a marathon of words as well as deeds, further building on the long partnership of writing and sport
By Boyd Tonkin | 01/08/08 | The Independent »»
Green: It’s still the national pastime, but baseball is always better as a sample of American business life than as a place for moral lessons
By Roger Angell | 07/04/08 | The New Yorker »»
How Sportswriting Lost Its Game: Down with celebrity profiles, the steroids saga, and blow-by-blow business news. Let's bring back good storytelling
By Michael Rowe | 03/04/08 | Utne Reader »»
What's Wrong With Sports Illustrated: And how to fix it
By Josh Levin | 31/10/07 | Slate »»
Enough to make a grown man cry: When Sean Connery told him how athletics reduces him to tears, our serial sporting blubber knew exactly what he meant
By Adrian Deevoy | 28/10/07 | Observer SM »»
Evolution will happen only when tactical revolution is embraced: The England football team cannot have just one way to skin a cat
By Martin Samuel | 19/10/07 | The Times »»
Robbie, don't blame the messenger: You crazy, mixed-up kid. What were you thinking?
By Tom Humphries | 10/10/07 | Irish Times (£) »» or here »»
Ultimate fighting: the final frontier: Mixed martial arts, the true marketplace of ideas, is in the process of taking America by storm
By David Mamet | 30/09/07 | The Observer »»
The only truly useless tea-time football email: Behind The Times (The football email formerly known as the Fiver)
By Scott Murray | 08/08/07 | guardian.co.uk »»
Forgive Some Sinner: My father was one of the finest sportswriters of his generation. But his legacy is more complicated than that
By Mark Kram Jr. | 06/08/07 | The Smart Set »»
Move Over, Moneyball: Stat nerds are out! Biomechanics nerds are in!
By Seth Stevenson | 24/04/07 | Slate »»
The day hatred went missing: What made the Croke Park occasion so splendid was the fact that nothing else happened
By Simon Barnes | 26/02/07 | The Times »»
Color Commentators: Why are sports broadcasters always making racial gaffes?
By Robert Weintraub | 30/11/06 | Slate »»
Time to be unfaithful: The Ryder Cup suffers if one side is dominant, and that is why I will be rooting for an unlikely victory by the American team
By Paul Kimmage | 24/09/06 | The Sunday Times »»
Requiem for a Rookie Card: How baseball cards lost their luster
By Dave Jamieson | 25/07/06 | Slate »»
Pee No Evil: Why are sportswriters pretending baseball's steroids era is over?
By Jeff Pearlman | 02/06/06 | Slate »»
Murray's impact still is plain to hear: Ten years after his death, the memory of the greatest sportswriter in history lives on
By Bill Plaschke | 30/03/06 | LA Times »»
Choosing my EPL team: After sifting through 4,000 reader suggestions, downloading YouTube clips, surfing goofy European sites, checking out every team's sponsors and jerseys, researching team histories and everything else my team is ...
By Bill Simmons | 2006 | ESPN »»
The dark angel of gambling offers: It was fittingly at Yuletide that I had a visitation from the dark angel of gambling
By Jonathan Rendall | 24/12/05 | The Times »»
The Cult of the General Manager: Can we go back to worshiping athletes already?
By Neal Pollack | 29/08/05 | Slate »»
Unpardonable Interruptions: How television killed the newspaper sports column
By Stephen Rodrick | 25/01/05 | Slate »»
The Sporting Scene - Long Voyage Home: The games almost finished off their fans, but at last, wow, the Sox have won
By Roger Angell | 22/11/04 | The New Yorker »»
Keane's rage for perfection provides drive and downfall: Beware the men whose talents are driven by rage
By Simon Barnes | 24/05/02 | The Times »»
The Jordan Perspective: Just about everything that can be said or written in appreciation of Michael Jordan has been said and written
By Bob Costas | 2002 | The Sporting News »»
Is Clemens the Antichrist? Explaining to the world why Boston fans believe that Roger Clemens might be the prince of darkness
By Bill Simmons | 31/05/2001 | ESPN »»
Are You Ready for the Microsoft Mariners? Sports teams have exhausted every conceivable revenue source so it's only a matter of time before an owner takes the plunge and sells a team's name
By Jeremy Derfner | 06/10/00 | Slate »»
'Lawdy, Lawdy, He's Great': Joe Frazier said that of Muhammad Ali, but so fierce and unsparing was their confrontation that the phrase could have applied to them both
By Mark Kram | 05/05/99 | Sports Illustrated »»
Finest Man I Ever Knew: The most popular living sportswriter eulogises Jim Murray, the greatest sportswriter in history
By Rick Reilly | 24/08/ 98 | Sports Illustrated »»
A star is born; His name is Kobe: You hear about this whiz and your first reaction is, the last time anyone this good appeared there was a star in the East
By Jim Murray | 15/02/98 | LA Times »»
Optimistic Trainer Lives Charmed Life: Bob Baffert may be a trainer but he's also the most un-trainerish character you'll meet on a backstretch
By Jim Murray | 25/12/97 | LA Times »»
King Of The Sports Page: Jim Murray, who reigns as America's premier sports columnist, keeps 'em laughing despite a series of tragedies that have burdened his life
By Rick Reilly | 21/04/86 | Sports Illustrated »»
She Took the Magic and Happy Summer With Her: This is the column I never wanted to write, the story of how I lost my lovely Gerry and with her the smile that lit up my life
By Jim Murray | 03/04/84 | LA Times »»
Let's face it - the Kid is unstoppable: What's astonishing about Gretzky is that he continues to pile record upon record even though everyone is aware that he's the one man they must stop whenever they face the Oilers
By Red Fisher | 20/12/82 | The Sporting News »»
Let's be honest about The Masters: No one quite knows how this golf tournament became a "major"
By Jim Murray | 09/04/82 | LA Times »»
The Food on a Table at the Execution: Baseball's most famous franchise also has baseball's most demanding owner - welcome to a managerial change, Yankee style
By Dave Anderson | 22/11/80 | NY Times »»
If You're Expecting One-Liners, Wait, A Column: An eulogy for the author's eye, the loss of which leaves the man in a mournful mood
By Jim Murray | 01/07/79 | LA Times »»
Wilt is special kind of giant: Wilt Chamberlain is probably the first giant in history to be able to break 50 seconds in the 440 and win a Big Eight high jump title
By Jim Murray | 08/03/69 | LA Times »»
The 500: 'Gentlemen, Start Your Coffins!': The fastest drivers in the world will arrive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway not to race but test drive a lot of new models
By Jim Murray | 29/05/66 | LA Times »»
In This Corner, With the Pen, Is the New Guy: In his first column the man who would become known as the greatest sportswriter introduces himself to his public
By Jim Murray | 12/02/61 | LA Times »»
Could Mickey Mantle make 'em forget Joe? Forget it: A question posed on the eve of a season in which Mickey Mantle made his major league debut and Joe DiMaggio ended his career
By Jimmy Cannon | April 1951 | New York Post »»

Profiles/Interviews

Drink always an issue with Irish players: A more stress-free Roy Keane holds forth at his annual state of the nation address
By Tom Humphries | 01/05/10 | The Irish Times »»
Daly's Ability to Coach The Greats Made Him One (obituary): In 1992, Chuck Daly guided 'the Dream Team,' the most-decorated team ever
By Michael Wilbon | 10/05/09 | The Washington Post »»
Bone tired of talking about the joint: Spurs' part-time captain reveals how sick he is of discussing his wounded knee
By Amy Lawrence | 14/03/09 | The Guardian »»
Sex, drugs and shoulder pads: The unbelievable story of the implosion of the Dallas Cowboys
By Jeff Pearlman | 01/03/09 | The Observer »»
The box office awaits the return of a matinee idol: Roy Keane will be back but first a few thoughts about Sunderland
By Tom Humphries | 21/02/09 | The Irish Times »»
Samir Nasri is streets ahead: Like Cantona and Zidane before him, the midfielder learnt his trade the old fashioned way in Marseilles...
By Sam Wallace | 19/02/09 | The Independent »»
The No-Stats All-Star: His greatness is not marked in box scores or at slam-dunk contests, but on the court Shane Battier makes his team better, often much better, and his opponents worse, often much worse
By Michael Lewis | 13/02/09 | NY Times »»
Bill Frindall (1939-2009): The cricket statistics maestro joined Test Match Special in 1966
By Christopher Martin-Jenkins | 31/01/09 | The Times »»
John Madden's Missed Tackles: Still working at 72, NBC's beloved NFL analyst is often brilliant, even if he's not always right
By Matthew Futterman | 30/01/09 | Wall Street Journal »»
How Tom Coughlin Was Wrong, and Right, About Kurt Warner: The Arizona Cardinals quarterback is as bizarre a historic anomaly as you'll find in sports
By Will Leitch | 27/01/09 | New York Magazine »»
A man named Dan Rooney: The Steelers owner has turned his business into a family
By Holly Brubach | 26/01/09 | The New York Times »»
The Courage of Detroit: To outsiders the city is crumbling; to those who live in Motown there's hope
By Mitch Albom | 07/01/09 | Sports Illustrated »»
The pursuit of happiness: Rebecca Romero made history in Beijing. Now the enigmatic Olympic champion cyclist reveals her lonely path to gold
By Paul Kimmage | 04/01/09 | The Sunday Times »»
Why cricket is better than sex: In his last inteview, Harold Pinter, who died on Tuesday, discussed a subject very dear to the playwright's heart
By Andy Bull | 27/12/08 | The Guardian »»
Michael Phelps: Psychology and physiology make the American a phenomenon
By Craig Lord | 13/08/08 | The Times »»
Still the king of England? Eric Cantona has been missed since he retired from mixing artistry with mayhem on the pitch, and blending poetry with mind-blowing madness off it
By Alison Kervin | 14/06/08 | The Daily Telegraph »»
Nails Never Fails: Baseball's most improbable post-career success story
By Ben McGrath | 24/03/08 | The New Yorker »»
The Free Agent Adjusts His Truss: An appreciation of the writer's 85-year-old grandfather and his accomplishments including 11 world titles
By Bryan Curtis | 02/03/08 | Play »»
Bo knows best: Twenty years after his most memorable run, the two-sport star can still kick your butt, if necessary
By Michael Weinreb | 28/11/07 | ESPN »»
Local hero: Ricky Hatton faces the biggest fight of his career against Floyd Mayweather but he has one advantage: the backing of an entire city
By Kevin Mitchell | 28/10/07 | The Observer »»
Not to Get Too Mystical About It: Steve Nash, aka the Canadian Jesus, reflects on life after his Phoenix Suns were muscled out of the NBA playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs
By Chip Brown | 28/10/07 | Play »»
What Love's Got to Do with It: Joba Chamberlain has taken New York in a blaze of glory, his success traced to a nurturing father who used his own tortured youth to fan the flame inside his son
By Gary Smith | 03/10/07 | Sports Illustrated »»
Hiding in Plain Sight: Miami's exhaustive search for a football coach ended with a man who'd been there all along: assistant Randy Shannon, a loner with a mysterious, tragic past
By Gary Smith | 04/09/07 | Sports Illustrated »»
Leytonstone serves as inspiration for Harlem’s hopefuls: Criticised for getting paid for doing nothing, David Beckham, the MLS’s new star, shows his true colours by venturing among the underprivileged
By Tom Dart | 18/08/07 | The Times »»
If She's an Ugly Bowler, You Are Going To Be Disappointed: Parsing the increasingly bizarre sayings of Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki
By Sasha Issenberg | 01/08/07 | Slate »»
Gwynn Revolutionized The Hitter's Approach: For a left-handed hitter to consciously go to the plate trying to put the ball on the ground through the left side of the infield, he has to be perfectly confident in his ability
By Tim Marchman | 27/07/07 | New York Sun »»
Senior service - Faldo at fifty: The golfer opens his heart on his failed marriages, future hopes and change of career
By Paul Kimmage | 15/07/07 | The Sunday Times »»
Still Marvelous: Middleweight legend Marvin Hagler fought for recognition in the boxing ring and now craves respect as an actor
By Brian Doogan | 24/06/07 | The Sunday Times »»
Sitting pretty winning ugly: Brad Gilbert was famed for his unbreakable will and ability to 'win ugly'. As a coach, he has inspired the best and now he wants to lead Andy Murray to grand-slam glory
By Geoff Dyer | 03/06/07 | Observer SM »»
Between the Seams: Twenty years after his rookie season, Bo Jackson's baseball exploits remain mythical to those lucky enough to have seen him
By Joe Posnanski | 30/05/07 | Kansas City Star »»
Damon overtakes his demons: The former F1 world champion never received the praise he deserved as a driver, but it is his achievements off the track that mark him out as special
By Paul Kimmage | 13/05/07 | The Sunday Times »»
An Oldie Again Golden: Don Nelson is part mad scientist who resurrected Golden State, part visionary who brought back stop-and-pop transition play and made NBA basketball watchable again
By Mike Wise | 09/05/07 | The Washington Post »»
Worth the wait : Ian Holloway has had to wait for all the good things in his life: his wife, his precious children and footballing success
By Paul Kimmage | 04/03/07 | The Sunday Times »»
American idol: As America’s biggest sporting star, Broadway Joe had all the wine, women and song he wanted; but that was not what his heart craved
By Paul Kimmage | 04/02/07 | The Sunday Times »»
Rain Manning: The Colts' brilliant, nerdy, socially stunted quarterback is also blessed with prodigious physical gifts and an instinctive feel for the game
By Tommy Craggs | 01/02/07 | Slate »»
Dan's demons: The world's best fly-half is a strong favourite to lift the 2007 World Cup with the All Blacks, but past failure still haunts his dream
By Paul Kimmage | 26/11/06 | The Sunday Times »»
A long way from there to here: Duncan Fletcher may have left Zimbabwe with just £2,000 to his name but he has since built up a reputation as the world's top cricket coach
By Xan Rice | 04/12/05 | Observer SM »»
Only at Chelsea did I realise the standing I had in the game: Mark Hughes may have underestimated himself, but few others have got away with writing off the Blackburn manager
By Paul Kimmage | 02/10/05 | The Sunday Times »»
Sincerely yours, Frank Lampard: Not exactly a profile in the traditional sense but something that sheds more light on the subject - who is also the author - than most in the form of a transcript of the Chelsea midfielder's speech to the Footballer of the Year Awards dinner
By Frank Lampard | 22/05/05 | The Observer »»
The Eli Experiment: Born into a family generously sprinkled with greatness, the youngest Manning is on the verge of joining his father and brother at the big table
By Michael Lewis | 19/12/04 | Play Magazine »»
Chelsea's rock: William Gallas’s triumphs over misfortune gave him the strength to become a world-class defender and realise a boyhood dream
By Paul Kimmage | 04/04/04 | The Sunday Times »»
'Paper Tiger': Sportswriting When It Roared: Stanley Woodward loved sports but was forced to quit playing by injury before he was ready so in the 1930s went to the New York Herald Tribune, where he became "the best sports editor in the Tribune's, or probably any paper's, history"
By Jonathan Yardley | 30/12/03 | Washington Post »»
Going Deep: How Gary Smith became America's best sportswriter
By Ben Yagoda | 30/06/03 | Slate »»
England's colossal general: The people who know Martin Johnson, know him but that's not saying much for the rest of us
By Paul Kimmage | 20/04/03 | The Sunday Times »»
Moyes own story: An unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to a week in the Everton manager' life in two parts: Part 1 »» | Part 2 »»
By Martin Baker | 06/04/03 | OSM
Giving everyone a sporting chance: On or next to the couch, Tony Adams analyses everything every which way and then double-checks his work
By Paul Kimmage | 23/03/03 | The Sunday Times »»
The Rise And Fall Of Kirby Puckett: Minnesota turned the Twins' Hall of Famer into a paragon of every virtue—and that made his human flaws all the more shocking
By Frank Deford | 17/03/03 | Sports Illustrated »»
Mark Cuban: How to meddle with your sports team—the right way
By Chris Suellentrop | 04/12/02 | Slate »»
Budd the wiser: He wrote Brando's classic lines in On The Waterfront, raised hell with F. Scott Fitzgerald, thumped Hemingway and has seen every great fighter of the past 50 years. Now, at 88, Budd Schulberg is being wooed by Spielberg - but it's boxing, not the movies, that remains his life's passion
By Bill Hagerty | 01/12/02 | Observer SM »»
It's not about the tennis: Anna Kournikova is the default setting for sports columnists on not-much-happening days so it's no surprise she's so in demand
By Paul Kimmage | 17/11/02 | The Sunday Times »»
The laughing cavalier: From fresh-faced, clean-shaven altar boy to suave, swashbuckling, musketeer, the transformation of Robert Pires is complete
By Paul Kimmage | 27/10/02 | The Sunday Times »»
Inside the minds of Roy Keane: By turns fearsome, feckless and funny, football's most complex and compelling figure talks about that tackle, his drinking and loneliness and says that he is ready to make peace with his Irish team-mates
By Sean O'Hagan | 01/09/02 | Observer SM »»
I dream of genius: In India, Sachin Tendulkar is a hero whose epic deeds have stirred a nation and whose status is close to deity. To the rest of us, he is the finest cricketer since Don Bradman
By Tim Adams | 04/08/02 | Observer SM »»
Cool hand Luca: Gianluca Vialli is the millionaire's son who played for Juventus and Italy then cut his managerial teeth at Chelsea. But now he's in charge of Watford
By Amy Raphael | 03/03/02 | The Observer »»
Landry - America's coach: The man in the fedora made the Cowboys winners, and Dallas was able to overcome the stigma of being the city where JFK was shot
By Bill Minutaglio | 2002 | The Sporting News »»
Ice in the soul: She was spied on by the East German Stasi, posed for Playboy and famously gave Donald Trump the brush-off - sometimes it's easy to forget that Katarina Witt is one of the all-time great skaters
By David Jones | 02/12/01 | Observer SM »»
A Name On The Wall: Bob Kalsu had just finished a stellar rookie year in the NFL when he chose to serve in Vietnam—and became the only U.S. pro athlete to die there
By William Nack | 23/07/01 | Sports Illustrated »»
Olbermann Über Alles: The former broadcaster has reinvented himself as a sportswriter and for the past three years, no sports columnist in America has gotten it better on paper
By Bryan Curtis | 26/02/01| Slate »»
Without equal: Sebastian Coe proved himself a peerless middle-distance runner with back-to-back golds
By Hugh McIlvanney | 01/08/00 | The Sunday Times »»
Stealth On Ice: Dubbed the Great One by his legion of fans, hockey phenom Wayne Gretzky wreaked havoc on the record books before hanging up his skates
By Steve Burgess | 08/06/99 | Salon »»
One Tough Bird: Roy Jones Jr., the best boxer pound for pound, was raised under the rules of cockfighting - win or die
By Gary Smith | 26/06/95 | Sports Ilustrated »»
The Mourning Anchor: Bryant Gumbel, NBC's Olympic host, is alone at the top—all alone with the memory of his father
By Rick Reilly | 26/09/88 | Sports Illustrated »»
What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now? The furious saga of Teddy Ballgame
By Richard Ben Cramer | June 1986 | Esquire »»
A Voice Crying In The Wilderness: Rick Barry has a problem. He would like people to regard him with love and affection, as they do Jerry West and John Havlicek. They do not
By Tony Kornheiser | 25/04/83 | Sports Illustrated »»
Raised By Women To Conquer Men: Jimmy Connors struggles to regain the confidence he learned as a pampered child
By Frank Deford | 1978 | Sports Illustrated »»
The Silent Season of a Hero: It is pointless attempting to write a standfirst for this piece. It is about Joe DiMaggio at 51 and like its subject, one of the greatest ever
By Gay Talese | July 1966 | Esquire »»
Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu: The life, times, and final moments in Fenway Park of Ted Williams
By John Updike | 22/10/60 | The New Yorker »»

Reporting

A football revolution: Every tiny aspect of a football match can now be recorded and scrutinised
By Simon Kuper | 17/06/11 | FT Magazine »»
Shut down: The day an injury put Stephen Strasburg's bright career on hold
By Dave Sheinin | 04/10/10 | The Washington Post »»
Perfect paper: Where does the ticker tape used during a Yankees parade come from?
By Ian Parker | 16/11/09 | The New Yorker »»
Offensive play: How different are dogfighting and (American) football?
By Malcolm Gladwell | 19/10/09 | The New Yorker »»
The power of one: At age 17 Bonnie Richardson won the Texas state track team championship all by herself. Then she did it again
By Gary Smith | 28/10/09 | Sports Illustrated »»
Yes, they are the masters - no dispute, Barcelona deliver on their boast: It is testament to Barcelona’s greatness that they convincingly beat a team as fine as Manchester United
By Martin Samuel | 28/05/09 | Daily Mail »»
Clash of titans: With Woods and Mickelson on their games, long-awaited Masters showdown could come this week
By Gary Van Sickle | 07/04/09 | Golf.com »»
LeBron gets star treatment: MJ averaged fewer than two fouls per game only in his last two seasons, and never as few as James's current 1.72
By Sam Smith | 06/04/09 | bulls.com »»
Voice of Yankee Stadium May Be Done: The new Yankee Stadium will sound different from the old one if Bob Sheppard’s authoritative voice will not be emanating from the public address system
By Jack Curry | 01/04/09 | The New York Times »»
Special ones reunited as Mourinho prepares to host old rivals As Inter prepare to host Alex Ferguson's men in the Champions League, José Mourinho says that his new team is tailor-made for European success
By Paul Hayward | 22/02/09 | The Guardian »»
Will Women Go The Distance If It Comes Down To Choice? Fina has requested of the IOC eight new events for the Olympic programme in 2012 but the 800m for women may be at risk
By Craig Lord | 09/02/09 | SwimNews.com »»
Cardinals Fans Face Down Steeler Nation: Wayne Leonard loves the Cardinals, but he's spent a lifetime watching the team discover new ways to lose. Still, he's Tampa-bound
By Matthew Futterman | 01/02/09 | Wall Street Journal »»
Inside the room: What Pro Football Hall of Fame voting is like
By Dave Scheiber | 31/01/09 | St Petersburg Times »»
Finally, Verdasco's talent is the story: Lean and swarthy, he has won more hearts than points, and broken them, too but as the 14th seed, is the nearest this year's Australian Open has to a bolter
By Greg Baum | 29/01/09 | The Age »»
The Hardest Job in Football: Discover what it really takes to turn the on-field NFL football action into televised entertainment—intense preparation, frantic effort, brilliant improvisation, and an artistic genius named "Fish"
By Mark Bowden | Jan/Feb 2009 | The Atlantic »»
The Trouble With Sean Avery: The crude dissing of his former girlfriends was merely the last straw. Self-absorbed and a loudmouth throughout his career, the Stars' agitator has been cast out because he's a lousy teammate
By Michael Farber | 12/01/09 | Sports Illustrated »»
Kevin Pietersen exclusive: I was dumped by a five-minute telephone call and an e-mail
By Andy Dunn, 11/01/09 | News of the World »»
The Great Ovechkin: The reigning MVP is the engine behind the Capitals' improbable improvement this season and might just be the 'best player in the world'
By Michael Grange | 09/01/09 | The Globe and Mail »»
Redknapp's market genius spurs on great expectations: Portsmouth's possession of the FA Cup is a reminder of how adroit Harry Redknapp can be in the marketplace
By Kevin McCarra | 06/01/09 | guardian.co.uk »»
Strange But True year in review: Once again baseball was stranger than Amy Winehouse, the plot of "Knight Rider" and even Plaxico Burress's night life
By Jayson Stark | 31/12/08 | ESPN.com »»
The last at-bat at Yankee Stadium: It was just before one o'clock in the morning on Sept. 22, but the scoreboard clock was frozen at 12:21. The last game at Yankee Stadium was over
By Alex Belth | 24/12/08 | Sports Illustrated »»
Unsuited For Swimming: A meeting will take place in Lausanne in February that will contribute significantly to the future direction of swimming. No fewer than 21 suit makers will be present
By Craig Lord | 04/12/08 | SwimNews.com »»
'I need motivating. Hatton and London motivate me': Oscar De La Hoya, boxing's brilliant salesman, looks beyond Vegas to seal his long goodbye with a Wembley extravaganza
By Donald McRae | 02/12/08 | The Guardian »»
Heroic Histon prove that the FA Cup magic is still in abundance: Histon scaled a mountain to claim a famous win over Leeds United that neither set of fans could quite believe
By Tom Dart | 01/12/08 | The Times »»
Manager makes noise with Hull small talk: With due respect to the PM, if you want to see a real “Brown bounce”, head for Hull where not even a visit to the local hospice can bridle Phil Brown's enthusiasm
By Tom Dart | 28/11/08 | The Times »»
Should the bodysuit be banned? Bodysuits dominated swimming in Beijing but they should be banned before they ruin the sport, says the United States
By Craig Lord | 23/11/08 | The Times »»
How Big Floyd turned Hitman into a work of art: Floyd Mayweather talks about his shooting, painting, his son and why he's second to none
By Donald McRae | 22/11/08 | The Guardian »»
A Guide to the NFL For Women: Sometimes a headline needs no standfirst - this is one of those times
By Billy Buckles | 12/10/08 | Kornheiser's Cartel »»
'I have had a million pages of crap written about me. I'm ridiculed for no reason. I'm defenceless': Sometimes it's best to let a subject speak for himself and once Joe Kinnear started, there was no stopping him
Staff | 03/10/08 | The Guardian »»
A Heck of a Story: Now that the Devil is in their past and heavenly October baseball is in their future, the Rays have a problem: "We don't have anyone to throw out the ball for our first playoff game"
By Thomas Boswell | 24/09/08 | The Washington Post »»
It's Gone! Goodbye! The last home run in the House That Ruth Built will be hit this week; then the wrecking ball will take its cuts at Yankee Stadium
By Tom Verducci | 22/09/08 | Sports Illustrated »»
Oscar Pistorius tramples over notions of equality: It may be one of the four core values of the Paralympic movement but a very different reality is on display in Beijing
By Simon Hart | 09/09/08 | The Telegraph »»
The secret benefits of fandom: It's not just psychological: When your favorite team wins a game, you may actually profit
By Drake Bennett | 07/09/08 | The Boston Globe »»
Flame dies as Kevin Keegan decides to leave Newcastle: In seemingly no time at all, the man who (twice) arrived as a messiah leaves (again) a mess
By Tom Dart | 05/09/08 | The Times »»
Fun and Games: Week Two at the Olympics
By Anthony Lane | 01/09/08 | The New Yorker »»
The Only Games in Town: Week One at the Olympics
By Anthony Lane | 25/08/08 | The New Yorker »»
Behind the Scenes: The athletes are like pretty kites flying overhead, so mesmerizing that they distract from the grimmer realities of the Beijing Games, just as the Chinese government hoped they would
By Sally Jenkins | 21/08/08 | Washington Post »»
Commie Ball - A Journey to the End of a Revolution: Gus Dominguez, an L.A. sports agent, has been jailed for smuggling athletes but the twisted dynamics behind his case are best seen from the perspective of his potential clients in Cuba
By Michael Lewis | July 2008 | Vanity Fair »»
Life of Reilly: Dad played golf and drank—a lot. But he taught me a lot too
By Rick Reilly | 16/06/08 | ESPN »»
Men who love goons: For some fans of hockey fights, it goes beyond obsession into madness
By Patrick Hruby | 20/05/08 | ESPN »»
Topps Proofs - Classic ‘goofs’ in hobby lore: Increasingly available to collectors since the company started selling the “junk” in its warehouses in 1989 the proofs are still shrouded in mystery and rarely included in price guides
By Keith Olbermann | 14/05/08 | Sports Collectors Digest »»
Amazing march: The Giants' 83-yard drive in final 2:39 one for the ages
By Mike Vaccaro | 04/02/08 | New York Post »»
G-L-O-R-Y! Enter the world of hot, peppy, and insanely underpaid NFL cheerleaders
By Lauren Greenfield | January 2008 | GQ »»
Arsenal return to the summit with another show of style: The Gunners cannot win ugly because their instincts will not allow them to. They can win playing beautifully, or they can win trying to play beautifully and coming up a little short, but ugly? Never
By Martin Samuel | 13/11/07 | The Times »»
The Kick Is Up and It’s ... A Career Killer: It is extremely difficult for a field-goal kicker to be a hero. He can perform a miracle, but the world will always find some way to shove him back in his place
By Michael Lewis | 28/09/07 | NY Times »»
Extreme Makeover: In a span of 33 days Celtics GM Danny Ainge pulled off two megadeals that reversed the course of his stumbling franchise, bringing together three All-Stars who have Boston thinking championship again
By Ian Thomsen | 23/09/07 | Sports Illustrated »»
Djokovic makes a great impression: The 20-year-old may have just reached his third-straight Grand Slam semifinal but his impromptu imitations of other players carried every bit as much risk as an attempt at a difficult cross-court winner
By Bruce Jenkins | 07/09/07 | San Francisco Chronicle »»
The Rising Tide: Fed up with mediocrity and losing to Auburn, the Alabama faithful welcome Nick Saban as a coach tough enough to bring back the glory of the Bear
By Rick Bragg | 21/08/07 | Sports Illustrated »»
Female Weightlifters, Spanish Basketball Stars, and Kim Jong-il: The strange world of Chinese sneaker endorsements
By Jacob Leibenluft | 25/07/07 | Slate »»
Holy Ground: Walter Wright Thompson died before he could fulfill his dream of walking Augusta National during the Masters. This spring, his son took that walk for him
By Wright Thompson |12/06/07 | ESPN »»
My Overactive Fantasy Life: What happens when you love your fantasy baseball team a little too much
By David Roth | 30/05/07 | Slate »»
The Chase: Muck City, Fla., is renowned as a breeding ground for some of the fastest kids in the country. But why? What is it about a town that barely rates a name, tucked in among the sugarcane fields alongside Lake Okeechobee, that gives young men winged heels?
By Eric Adelson | 09/04/07 | ESPN »»
A loss? Not to Saints fans in New Orleans: A year-and-a-half after Hurricane Katrina, local residents make their feelings for the NFL's Saints clear despite the team's playoff run falling one game short of the Super Bowl
By Wright Thompson | 22/01/07 | ESPN »»
I was worried when he went down; he had a lump the size of an apple: Hitting Andrew Strauss was nothing personal, it was all about winning the Test and completing an emotional journey
By Brett Lee | 07/01/07 | The Sunday Times »»
It’s oh so sweet: You can forget my golden duck - Test cricket doesn't get any better than this
By Brett Lee | 31/12/06 | The Sunday Times »»
Mind games: Getting Strauss out is the perfect end to a perfect day. It’s a cruel blow for England. He is a key player for them
By Brett Lee | 17/12/06 | The Sunday Times »»
The Autograph Man: A baseball player answers his fan mail 15 years later
By Bryan Curtis | 01/12/06 | Slate »»
Don't Look Down: Urban explorers find plenty of danger in Kansas City's abandoned buildings
By Ben Paynter | 23/10/06 | The Pitch »»
The Secret Lives of Baseball Card Writers: I worked for Topps and lived to tell about it
By David Roth | 27/09/06 | Slate »»
Federer as Religious Experience: Almost anyone who loves tennis and follows the men’s tour on television has, over the last few years, had what might be termed Federer Moments
By David Foster Wallace | 20/08/06 | Play »»
Passing Grades: Scouting is state-of-the-art, yet judging which NFL players will pan out remains a gamble. Maybe they're not the ones who should be studied
By Allen Barra | May 2006 | The Atlantic »»
Shameless angst of papers who promote gambling: I'm writing this from experience. My name's Simon Jordan, I'm a millionaire, and I use casinos
By Simon Jordan | 16/04/06 | The Observer »»
Time to fight fresh-meat predators: Agents must be outlawed from representing players under the age of 20, and that role should be served by the PFA
By Simon Jordan | 30/09/05 | The Observer »»
Call time on Blatter's village idiots: It is time to give up sentimental attachments to human fallibility and start supporting referees with technology
By Simon Jordan | 18/09/05 | The Observer »»
Raising the Dead: In the world's biggest underwater cave, Dave Shaw found the body of a young man who disappeared ten years earlier. What happened after Shaw promised to go back is nearly unbelievable—unless you believe in ghosts
By Tim Zimmermann | August 2005 | Outside Magazine »»
Why I believe agents should be neutered: The Crystal Palace chairman makes his case for increased regulation and transparency of football agents
By Simon Jordan | 07/08/05 | The Observer »»
Kid Chocolate Went The Distance: The Cuban boxer had a slick, moving style backed up by a big right hand and deterrent left hooks when necessary. Not jab-and-move, exactly, but something different. Perhaps like the advent of jazz
By Jonathan Rendall | 02/05/05 | The Sweet Science »»
Jack "Kid" Berg: This Is The Guy: The Londoner was the unofficial light-welterweight champion of the world in the early 1930s and first conqueror of the legendary and previously unbeaten Cuban, Kid Chocolate
By Jonathan Rendall | 16/02/05 | The Sweet Science »»
Last of the Metrozoids - A teacher's final lessons: Personal history about art historian Kirk Varnedoe coaching a boys’ flag football team while dying of cancer
By Adam Gopnik | 10/05/04 | The New Yorker »»
Oatway proving he has the write stuff: In an unusual twist, Brighton & Hove Albion’s community programme is helping one of the club’s players
By Nick Szczepanik | 01/03/04 | The Times »»
Blood brotherhood runs the show: Twenty of the world’s leading road races have joined forces to combat drug abuse, including the London marathon. But the news is not all good
By Steven Downes and Chris Nawrat | April 2003 | Channel 4 »»
Eye of the hurricane: Alex Higgins, snooker's most outrageously talented player, now lives in a twilight zone of tantrums, paranoia, late-night showdowns in bars and endless demands for money
By Bill Borrows | 06/10/02 | Observer SM »»
Dynamo Kiev 2 - 0 Newcastle United: A minute-by-minute report of a match the writer can't see nor hear though the goings-on in Coronation Street are in full view
By Barry Glendenning | 18/09/02 | guardian.co.uk »»
Radcliffe’s overnight improvement has taken many years: Such is the wretched state of distrust in international athletics, that once Paula Radcliffe had cast aside her tag as the perennial bridesmaid, someone was accusing her of being a drugs cheat
By Steven Downes | 11/08/02 | Scotland on Sunday »»
Mexico 0 - 2 USA: A classic of the minute-by-minute live coverage genre by one of its earliest proponents
By Scott Murray | 17/06/02 | guardian.co.uk »»
Some corner of a foreign field: Given the Asian passion for cricket, it should be a unifying force in Britain today. But is it?
By Jonathan Rendall | 09/06/02 | Observer SM »»
The great unknown: He's Jimmy White's hero and he could have been snooker's first TV star, but drink, gambling and prison deprived Patsy Hoolihan of his chance of glory
By Jonathan Rendall | 05/05/02 | Observer SM »»
Hollywood supporter: His name is Dan Tana, he runs Hollywood's hottest restaurant, and he's spent much of a remarkable life immersed in football - and if they made a film of his career, nobody would believe it
By Rhidian Brook | 07/04/02 | Observer SM »»
Every parent's nightmare: Youngsters in Britain face a growing danger of being sexually abused by their sports coaches. How we can best protect children from the menace that may lurk at the poolside and in the changing rooms?
By Steven Downes | 07/04/02 | Observer SM »»
Hoof dreams: An insider's view of a three-day stag night that is the Cheltenham Festival for the Irish racing community - and the chancers and craic addicts that follow its fortunes
By Will Buckley | 07/04/02 | Observer SM »»
Hooked on competition: Other stars on the Seniors tour may giggle at his intensity, but 20 years after he was the world's best player, John McEnroe still plays hard and still rails at bad line calls. Because he has to...
Unknown | 03/02/02 | Observer SM »»
Fighting for life: Nigel Benn's victory over Gerald McClellan brought all the contradictions of boxing together in one moment of clarity: this is the story of the night that left a fearsome fighter irreparably brain-damaged
By Kevin Mitchell | 04/11/01 | Observer SM »»
The String Theory: Buzz up! What happens when all of a man's intelligence and athleticism is focused on placing a fuzzy yellow ball where his opponent is not? An obsessive inquiry (with footnotes), into the physics and metaphysics of tennis
By David Foster Wallace | July 1996 | Esquire »»
The survival of Wisden: A look back at the company's progress through good times and bad, recession, depression and German bombing
By Murray Hedgcock | July 1992 | Wisden »»
Pure Heart: In waging the most glorious triple crown campaign ever, Secretariat made racing history. In the doing, he took the author on an unforgettably exhilarating ride
By William Nack | 04/06/90 | Sports Illustrated »»
The rise and fall of the fastest man on earth: Two reports on Ben Johnson's exploits in Seoul
By Frank Keating | September 1988 | The Guardian »»
Ali And His Entourage: The champ and his followers were the greatest show on earth, and then the show ended. But life went on
By Gary Smith | 25/04/88 | Sports Illustrated »»
As Time Runs Out: Gravely ill with cancer, Jim Valvano is fighting for his life the same way he coached basketball, by learning all he can, talking up a storm and insisting on the last shot
By Gary Smith | 11/01/83 | Sports Illustrated »»
Then All The Joy Turned To Sorrow: It was a glorious day in Vegas for Ray Mancini until he found what it had cost challenger Duk-Koo Kim
By Ralph Wiley | 22/11/82 | Sports Illustrated »»
Medora Goes To The Game: With an ulterior motive, the author took his 9-year-old daughter to see Harvard play Yale, and may have learned more about her that day than she did about football
By George Plimpton | 16/11/81 | Sports Illustrated »»
Botham rises to join the immortals: England, inspired by Ian Botham, have completed one of the most remarkable wins in the history of Test cricket, beating Australia by 18 runs despite having been forced to follow on
By Scyld Berry | 26/07/81 | The Observer »»
Ali-lujah! The champion of champions! Muhammad Ali, aged 36, becomes the first three-time heavyweight champion in history after he beat Leon Spinks in New Orleans
By Hugh McIlvanney | 17/09/78 | The Observer »»
The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved: Despite countless attempts at imitation in the past 40-odd years, it's hard not to appreciate the strength of voice and uniqueness of thought of HST in full flow
By Hunter S. Thompson | June 1970 | Scanlan's Monthly »»
Hurst's hat-trick wins the World Cup: Filed in the moments after the final whistle of the match that marks the high point of English football, a historic report suggestive of the writer's struggle featuring journalistic instincts wrestling with the glorious emotion of the moment
By Hugh McIlvanney | 31/07/66 | The Observer »»

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