Will Hawkes

Will Hawkes works on The Independent's Sports Desk. He writes about beer in his spare time.

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The moment that Martin Keown was hit by a ball on the touchline

ESPN to continue its touchline analysis despite Keown's whack

Broadcaster keen to bring fans 'as close to game as possible' – even if pundits end up being hit by balls

Will Hawkes: Upsets may be thin on ground but punditry can still be pretty shocking

View From The Sofa: FA Cup Highlights, ITV
Ricky Ponting's 134 – his 40th Test ton – at the Sydney Cricket Ground at least offers him the chance to go out on his own terms

Ponting fires again... but is that good for Australia?

Even in his most hangdog moments, Ricky Ponting does not inspire pity. The former Australia captain has been too good a player for that but only the fiercest of English cricket fans could have failed to have felt something for him these past two years. The diminutive Tasmanian's characteristic tenacity and courage were still there, but the dominance at the wicket that had taken him to the top of the Test game seemed a thing of the past.

Green machine: Mark Cavendish

2011 sporting review: The year of the drought-breakers

Lancashire's title, Clarke's Open and Cavendish's jersey show that good things come (eventually) to those who wait

Beer: Battling the Black Stuff

Taking on Guinness is the beer world’s equivalent of offering to mark Lionel Messi, or flicking Mike Tyson’s ears: it suggests a predilection for painful humiliation.

Will Hawkes: Pearce provides champagne moments but Lawrenson needs a few beers

The View From The Sofa: Euro 2012 Draw, BBC2

The Englishman at the heart of America’s beer revolution

Britain’s “Special Relationship” with the US may exist largely in the minds of our politicians, but in the world of beer it’s as real as taxes.

Garrett Oliver: ‘Beer now is a 20-way street’

Today’s Independent carries a profile of Garrett Oliver, but the limitations of print meant there was plenty of interesting stuff that got left out – so here it is...

Taste maker: New Yorker Garrett Oliver, who is a world expert on beer, a craft brewer and now editor of a definitive beer guide

Good brews bible: The Oxford Companion to Beer encourages people to take ales more seriously

Contrary to stereotypes, its editor is black, clean-cut – and American.

Birth of the beer sommelier

It’s a dispiriting experience familiar to anyone who has ever asked for beer in one of London’s many high-end restaurants.

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