Some other lengthy sporting struggles

In the wake of the 11-hour, 183-game Wimbledon encounter between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut, here are four other sporting encounters that took a...

Six things that set The Ashes on fire

The Ashes have started, amid impressive waves of hype and with, thankfully, an interesting first day’s play. England won the toss and chose to...

Weir’s Week: an Open calamity, stay-away Celts and Korean capers

Saturday As sporting weekends go, this one ain’t half bad: the German GP and the conclusions to both the Open and the Tour de France....

Suddenly, Sri Lanka could be slight favourites in the cricket world cup

In the end, yesterday’s much-touted cricket world cup semi-final between India and Pakistan proved to be an engrossing encounter rather than a classic match....

Up, up and away – Stokes and Watson and the joy of six

While the eyes of the sport-spectating world these past couple of days have mostly been on events at Augusta, or on Sebastian Vettel’s win...

Could another Compton soon join the cricketing elite?

Although it might not feel like it, with no sign of an end to the April cold snap, the domestic cricket season has not...

Weir’s Week: no Battle of Britain, but memories of the Brylcreem Boy

By Stewart Weir Saturday As a kid, I was amazed to hear and read about one Denis Compton. Here was a guy who was arguably the...

No clear favourite as the cricket world cup reaches its knockout stage

Technically, it’s at the six-sevenths stage – 42 matches down, seven to go – but this feels like the pivotal point in proceedings. The...

Stodgy nurdlers and medium-pace wobblers: cricket’s world cup begins

For some people it’s the FIFA world cup or the rugby equivalent. For others, poor souls, it’s the grand final of Strictly. But for...

Weir’s Week: Wii nips, Ashes stramashes and iffy Honours

By Stewart Weir Saturday Christmas Day. Always brilliant to see the look of the faces of children and adults alike. Anticipation on the part of the...