Phillip Hughes' death is a tragedy on so many levels, not least the cutting down of a talent on the cusp of truly flourishing. But more, it's times like this that remind those of us with a tendency to get caught up in its ebbs and flows that sport is simply a game, no more no less, played by human beings of infinitely worth more than whatever scores they muster.
Journalist and sports fan
Paul Hobson is a former sports reporter who is now editor of The Baptist Times (www.baptisttimes.co.uk). He is something of a cricket bore (but likes football too) and is interested in the relationship between faith and sport.
Could this be, as Gordon Taylor suggests, a watershed moment in the FA's Respect campaign? And, preposterous as it sounds, I think John Terry could play a part.
18/07/2012 17:20 BST
We All Feel Powerless in the Face of Gary Speed's Suicide, but That Doesn't Mean There is Nothing We Can Do
None of us wanted him to go. Gary Speed brightened many lives. But in death, after the shock, the mourning and the tributes, may he continue to do so.
02/12/2011 22:25 GMT
As a sports fan I was delighted London won the right to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships. Another major athletics event so soon after the Olympics, another chance to use the impressive infrastructure, another opportunity to cement and build on the legacy. What's not to like?
17/11/2011 09:41 GMT
It's still hard to believe that the man who captained Pakistan in a Test match at Lord's just last August is now languishing in Wandsworth Prison. Or that the brilliant young left arm seamer, who lit up that game by accounting for the heart of England's top order, will spend at least the next three months in a young offenders institute.
09/11/2011 23:31 GMT