11 September: Andy Murray ends Britain's wait for a major
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Monday 10 December 2012
Thursday 06 December 2012
After landmark title in Japan, 20-year-old is adding aggression and big shots to her game so she can keep climbing the world rankings
Monday 26 November 2012
Tuesday 31 July 2012
One of the best things about this year's Olympics so far is how much it's proving what many of us already believed. The empty seats fiasco for one: huge numbers of sports fans who couldn't get tickets for any events have long been chuntering about the number of tickets reserved for sponsors and officials who don't really want them. The gaping expanse of emptiness at virtually every televised event on Saturday simply proved it. Here's hoping Locog mans up and starts selling or giving away Olympic Family tickets that go unused within 30 minutes of the starting time: if you can't be bothered to get there on time, even using your fancy Olympic lanes, limos and the rest, you don't deserve a seat. Besides, what are they going to do? Not give us the Olympics next time and send them to Rio instead?
Wednesday 27 June 2012
Was Murray's new killer instinct not the attribute that Lendl was hired to impart?
Sunday 24 June 2012
Murray hits back angrily at critics as he 'locks in mentally' for Wimbledon
Sunday 21 August 2011
When the five young street sports fanatics get together on Concrete Circus (Channel 4, Monday) after making their latest viral videos for the web, we're told "they meet in an anonymous urban space in London. No one notices them". Maybe in more innocent times, but now a huddle of hoodies on skateboards and BMX bikes is more likely to be something you watch on CCTV. The narrator is Dominic West, who played the cop McNulty in The Wire, and you expect someone to sidle up and try to score smack off them. For such superficial appraisals, we all deserve a smack.
Saturday 02 July 2011
The diary has noted before the lack of footballers at the Championships but Joey Barton came to the rescue yesterday by turning up on Centre Court – Barton's doing the English summer circuit, having been at Glastonbury last weekend.
Tuesday 28 June 2011
The mooted match of the day, or rather the Mac of the day (ahem), does not look like taking place after all. Rory McIlroy, the hottest young sportsman in the world and a huge tennis fan (he has a court in his back garden), is due at Wimbledon today and there has been fevered speculation that he would have a knock-up with John McEnroe in a battle of Big Mac v Wee Mac, as the golfer is known. But as of last night the duo was not scheduled to clash, with representatives of the parties involved pouring cold water on the idea. It's not easy to get a court in SW19 in the last week of June.
Wednesday 22 June 2011
Andy Roddick has become something of a Wimbledon fixture over the last decade and fans know exactly what they are going to get when they pay to watch the American No 8 seed.
Wednesday 15 June 2011
Thursday 07 October 2010
There are still surprisingly many professional wordsmiths – journalists, novelists, playwrights, screenwriters – who do not know an Apple Mac from a whisky mac or a Pacamac. Some of them are friends of mine, bashing away on their faithful old Olivetti typewriters, or even operating with pens and paper, and frankly I don't know how they do it, but then I am no less of a technophobe when it comes to the Global Positioning System.
Sunday 12 September 2010
It's ironic that Super League should have adopted all its razzmatazz, with fireworks and booming pop songs and dancing girls, 20 years after 11,000 rugby league fans petitioned the BBC to remove Eddie Waring from the commentary box because they thought his showmanship denigrated the gritty northern game.
Monday 23 November 2009
- 1 Stoke City investigate 'religious abuse' after 'pig's head is found in Kenwyne Jones' locker'
- 2 Gove’s lesson: spare the comma, spoil the child
- 3 You thought Ryanair's attendants had it bad? Wait 'til you hear about their pilots
- 4 Join Ryanair! See the world! But we'll only pay you for nine months a year
- 5 It’s official: thanks to Stephen Hawking's Israel boycott, anti-Semitism is no more
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