Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer, BBC Sport

Analysis and opinion from our chief sports writer

About Tom

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With cricket, rugby, athletics and tennis among the sports he covers, he provides insight and commentary into the characters, stories and big events that make the sporting world go round.

He has covered Olympic Games, World Championships, rugby World Cups and Ashes tours home and away, as well as the Ryder Cup and multiple Wimbledons.

Winner of Sports Blogger of the Year, he is an amateur sportsman of minimal note but was recently included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

Former boxing heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali

'Never an angel, always an inspiration'

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To be sport's greatest must perversely be about more than sporting achievement. For running or jumping or kicking or fighting to matter to us, we have to be touched by the human soul behind the biomechanics.

No sportsman has touched more lives than Muhammad Ali. No sportsman has been celebrated so widely and deeply, and none will be mourned in quite the same way.

England captain Alastair Cook

'Cook a writer of epic novels in age of the tweet'

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As Alastair Cook closed in on his 10,000th Test run during the first Test against Sri Lanka, his partnership with Alex Hales produced 28 runs off the first 15 overs of the match.

The previous night in Bangalore, Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli had piled on 211 for Royal Challengers in exactly the same number of deliveries.

Dan Carter

The Zen of All Blacks great Carter

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Sport at the elite level, even for those few geniuses who can routinely do what others can only dream of, typically appears to be about obvious effort and relentless industry.

You try harder, you do better. You feel the pressure and you respond to it. You impose yourself upon rivals through physical dominance and force of personality.

West Indies celebrate after their World T20 final victory

'T20 isn't killing Caribbean cricket. It's keeping it alive'

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This World Twenty20 final in Kolkata was more than just an unstoppable argument for a format that has so often drawn as much high-minded scorn as it has commercial backing.

It was both the coming of age of the youngest form of cricket and a signpost to the future: this is where the game is going, this is how the sport will survive.

Adam Johnson outside court

'Sport must learn from Johnson case'

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As Adam Johnson begins his six-year sentence after being convicted of sexual activity with a child, having also pleaded guilty to one count of grooming and one count of kissing the girl, there is an understandable desire to make sure football is doing everything it can to stop such a crime happening again.

If it is a worthy aspiration, the sport has been here before; in March 1999, another former England winger, Graham Rix, at the time assistant coach at Chelsea, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for having unlawful sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Novak Djokovic & Serena Williams

'Equal pay a myth and a minefield'

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We're more popular. Pay us more.

An apparently simple argument put forward by Novak Djokovic, one that seems to make both philosophical and financial sense. Why should female tennis players be paid the same as their male counterparts when fewer spectators want to watch them?

England prop Dan Cole was part of a gnarled Red Rose front row

Five things we already knew

Read full article on Six Nations: Scotland v England mirrors the past once again

A familiar post-match article in this digital era is the 'Five things we have learned' formula. We've all done it - treating a game as a sporting education, pulling out the pearls so we can all feel much wiser afterwards.

Except sometimes we learn nothing. Sometimes what we see is exactly what we would expect to see, because it's exactly the same as the last time, and the time before that.