Affinity between aficionadoes of baize and board

Peter Oborne recounts cricket’s progress in Pakistan with the meticulousness and dedication such a rich and unlikely story deserves

The second-most frequently reprinted book in the English language is a 350-year-old fishing manual set in a bucolic Tottenham. Haringey never looked so good

Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy’s Jewish Jocks features some real life He-Menschen, but also a host of anti-jocks: tennis’s first transexual player and the world record hot dog competition eater

‘Germans longed for Olympic medals as validation, but were surprised at how London rose to the occasion’

Most of the world-beating cricket team of the 1970s were anti-apartheid. Now they are shut out from the national game

Television networks have long since abandoned chess but a multi-millionaire promoter plans to catapult it back into the limelight

Politicians and bureaucrats at the IOC have made a mockery of the Olympic ideal. The Games-as-state-propaganda machine makes Soviets of us all

From Havana to Kigali, cricket’s good-news stories can be found in the least likely places

Public displays of emotion, sequins, ear studs and nancy boy’s clothes: where have all the men’s men gone?