Cricket faces crisis as it loses appeal

England v India Test series did not hit the spot for fans

The extinction of the passenger pigeon

How the death of Martha in 1914 marked the end for a species that used to number in the billions

Church gives blessing to women bishops

Females form an untapped talent pool that is ripe for preferment

Last stands fail to draw cricket crowds

Tail-enders’ crease occupation bedevils county game

Take defeat on the chin, Brazil – like us Brits

Britain’s protean sporting culture is inured to defeat, writes Matthew Engel

Racing cyclists complete Tour de Londres

Event hints at cultural cringe, French do not beg to host cricket

Andy Murray of Britain hits a return to Jerzy Janowicz of Poland during their men's semi-final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London

Murray wins but Strycova serves up shock

Progress seems to be getting easier for British number one

Felix Dennis, the improbable magazine entrepreneur

Oz editor who built up a £500m transatlantic fortune

At long last, reality kicks in for England

Players performed adventurously ... and at moments delightfully

Ukip candidate Roger Helmer walks voters through the issues on Tuesday
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Newark hints at Ukip electoral Culloden

Conservatives are odds-on favourites to win by-election

Film archive shows plucky wartime Brits

Newly digitised propaganda shorts available for downloading

Sporting heroes fashioned by discipline

Jonny Wilkinson and Ryan Giggs took pride in their craftsmanship

Golf hits the rough with fall in participation

Sport plagued by traditional exclusivity and demands on players’ time

Football club owners are the real winners

Moyes downfall ends era of superstar managers

Elena Baltacha, tennis player, 1983-2014

British No 1 whose fighting spirit shone

Snooker breaks into a new direction

Is the Anglo-Saxon domination of the world snooker championship coming to an end?

The battle for Lord’s

Northampton fight is the soul of football

Game with Portsmouth is life or death for the Cobblers

Yes or no? Scotland is taking the question seriously

Will they stay or will they go? Few south of the border have understood the mood that has gripped the Scots. From Glasgow to Coldstream, voters are approaching the independence question with a seriousness unknown among the self-mocking English

MPs don’t get it. Miller caused outrage


Matthew Engel Matthew Engel has had a journalistic career of unusual variety, covering everything from terrorism to tiddlywinks. He has reported from 50 countries and seven continents, clocking up No. 7 in January 2012 when the FT sent him to the Antarctic.

For 12 years, he was editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. His latest book is Eleven Minutes Late, a dissection of Britain's railways. He is now writing a travel book about England.

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