Last boat to St Helena

Bamboo Hedge, Sandy Bay
©Ed Thorpe

One of the most remote islands on earth is getting an airport — and that could change everything

Tyson v Fury? Dream sporting dramas for 2016

Mourinho in Norfolk, Tyson v Fury, and mandatory drug-taking at the Olympics

Fury over boxer smacks of hypocrisy

Boxer’s ideas don’t have to make sense — he just has to hit people

Illustration by Leillo of a train carriage

Slow train coming

Unlike most of the developed world, Britain and the US are still waiting for the second age of rail

A cry for the future of test cricket

Match follows a film lamenting the decline of Tests

Fiddling in sport is not a new game

Defining figure of the new age was the late Primo Nebiolo

New Zealand assert their rugby supremacy

Back-to-back World Cup victory fulfils All Blacks’ historic role

In a state about fantasy sports gambling

Soon America’s fun police will claim two more victims

Broadcaster winds down his baseball clock

Vin Scully knows instinctively how to make the song sound right

MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals...Oct 10, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Austin Jackson (left) scores on a sacrifice bunt by starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (not pictured) against St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (right) during the second inning in game two of the NLDS at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Touching base with Cards, Cubs and chaos

Joe Maddon is leading the most promising litter of Cubs

MCC’s new chairman vows to end dispute

Promise of ‘trusting’ relationship after battle that ‘split club’

The only way is down for Cameron

Tale about pig looks bound to fly, from pubs to foreign capitals

A beginner’s guide to funny-shaped balls

The FT’s sports columnist has tried all the codes but still has a blind spot for the oval ball

Queen has never faced existential threat

Elizabeth II has always outpolled any politician

Women keep smashing new glass ceilings

New ground is broken every week but is everything rosy in the garden of female sport?

England beat Australia to reclaim Ashes

Australian captain announces retirement

Paradise postponed as Australia cling on

England only three wickets away from reclaiming Ashes

Broad sword cuts Australia down to size

Tourists out for 60 before lunch on first day

Trail of scandal does not mean all are guilty

Exposure of 1970s scandals does not prove Heath accusations

Master of the hardest job in broadcasting

Sir Peter O’Sullevan’s magnificent horseracing commentary came to personify BBC sport


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, 'Engel's England', came out in October 2014.

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