Matt Butler

Matt Butler is a sports writer for The Independent and i paper

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Matt Butler: You don't have to be crazy, but madness just runs into the sands

View from the sofa: Racing the Sahara BBC News
Justin Gatlin will run in the 100m in Lausanne
New Zealand will finally play a Test in Samoa

All Blacks reverse ‘shameful snub’ and agree to Samoa trip after years of pressure

New Zealand finally agree to play a test in Somao after pressure

Saeed Ajmal, left, has taken 63 wickets in nine games

County Championship round-up: Saeed Ajmal signs off in style at Worcester

Second Division leaders Worcestershire gave Saeed Ajmal a winning send-off as they overpowered Leicestershire by 204 runs at New Road and took another step towards securing promotion.

World Cup 2014: Matt Butler: Defining moments of what we’ll remember as the age of rubbish Brazil

View from the Sofa: World Cup third place play-off; ITV / Hardrock 100; online

World Cup 2014: When Alan Shearer starts to upstage you, it really is time to get off the sofa

Hansen is the televisual equivalent of an ancient factory worker

Alex Gibney with posters for ‘The Armstrong Lie’

Lance Armstrong documentary: ‘Don’t give up on sport cos of liars like Lance,’ says filmmaker Alex Gibney

Oscar-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney got too close in filming Armstrong’s comeback but, he tells Matt Butler, stopped ‘being a fan’ and confronted his subject when the truth about doping broke

The pack rides during the 201 km second stage of the 101th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 6, 2014 between York and Sheffield
Metallica on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2014

View from the Sofa: As Barry Davies and now Metallica know, it’s good to shut up

Glastonbury BBC 2; Wimbledon BBC 2

Andrea Pirlo and Giorgio Chiellini of Italy close down Daniel Sturridge of England during the World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy in Manaus, Brazil.
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