Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer, BBC Sport

Analysis and opinion from our chief sports writer

About Tom

Tom is the BBC's chief sports writer.... Read more about Tom Fordyce

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.

Rory McIlroy

'Open could cope without McIlroy'

Read full article on Rory McIlroy: Open could cope with absence of world's best player

If Rory McIlroy woke up feeling bad on Monday morning, having ruptured his ankle ligaments in a kickabout, imagine how the bloke who tackled him must have felt.

McIlroy, the world's number one player, is now odds-on to miss his sport's number one tournament. As defending champion and the biggest draw in the game, it is a blow not only for the Northern Irishman but for an Open championship sat in the middle of a saturated sporting summer.

Can English cricket renew its glory?

Read full article on Ashes 2015: Will English cricket ever regain 2005 lustre?

Time to mark the 10-year anniversary of 2005. No, not the glorious Ashes of that year, but another significant moment in the history of English cricket: the last time live Test cricket was shown on terrestrial television in the UK.

What has it done to the game in Britain? Cause and effect can get tangled early in this emotive story, so here's a straightforward one, before we get on to how much money has gone where, and what it might have achieved: how many are still watching?

Nadal: The decline of a great?

Read full article on Wimbledon 2015: Why Rafael Nadal's 'shock' exit is no shock

The great shock of Rafael Nadal's shock exit from Wimbledon at the hands of previously anonymous qualifier Dustin Brown was that in some ways it was no shock at all.

Nadal is a 14-time Grand Slam champion. He triumphed in the greatest Wimbledon final of all time. He has a forehand that is less a groundstroke than a superpower.

Inside the secret world of sprinting

Read full article on Mark Cavendish on sprinting: 'It's not like playing chess'

He is the Usain Bolt of bike racing - winner of 25 stages at the Tour de France and 15 at the Giro D'Italia, a world champion on road and track, a Manx Missile capable of speeds that wreck rivals and destroy records.

No-one understands the pell-mell mayhem of a bunch sprint like Mark Cavendish. No-one before has taken the uninitiated inside that maelstrom quite like this. This is the secret world of sprinting, and it's quite some ride.

When BBC Sport did drug testing

Read full article on When BBC Sport tried the 'whereabouts' drugs testing system

Nine UK athletes, including Mo Farah, missed drug tests in the year before London 2012, it has been claimed.

After the Daily Mail reported double Olympic gold medallist Farah failed to hear the doorbell when UK anti-doping (Ukad) officers called at his house, a number of his Great Britain team-mates told BBC Sport of their near-misses.

Have stars lost touch with reality?

Read full article on Sports stars behaving badly: Have they lost touch with reality?

Outrage upon outrage. An England footballer, clearly drunk, sings an obscene song in public. A rugby star assaults two female police officers. Three young Premier League players are sent home from a tour after allegedly appearing in a racist sex tape.

Out of control, out of touch. Spoiled by success, intoxicated by money.

'One of sport's most dramatic falls'

Read full article on Sepp Blatter resignation one of sport's most dramatic falls

How eternal did Sepp Blatter's reign at Fifa appear to be?

Here are a few things that have happened since he took up his first post there: the founding of Apple computers, punk rock, not only the birth of current world footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo but the meeting of his parents; the Space Shuttle, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pol Pot becoming prime minister of Cambodia.

What makes the perfect goal?

Read full article on Gerrard? Van Basten? Giggs? What makes the perfect goal?

You will be able to vote for your favourite all-time goal from Match of the Day's goal of the season competition next Saturday - FA Cup Final day. The shortlist of five goals has been chosen from a panel of BBC football experts and will be revealed on Sunday's Match of the Day.

We've all got a favourite. We've all wasted hours day-dreaming about one. We might have even attempted it ourselves. And yet can any of us agree?

Brave England fight to slay ghosts

Read full article on England v New Zealand: Hosts battle to slay ghosts at Lord's

Lord's does anger in the most understated of ways - a murmur of disapproval, a slight rustling of newspaper pages, an almost imperceptible swishing as heads are shaken.

Which is just as well when England have lost three wickets for five runs and a supposed fresh start is looking awfully like the ropey old finish.

History repeats on Strauss & England

Read full article on Kevin Pietersen: History repeats for Strauss, England go in circles

"It hasn't been an ideal situation," said England's new leader Andrew Strauss. "I don't think anyone has come out of it particularly well. But it has happened. We need to move on."

That was in January 2009, the last time Strauss was asked to ride to the rescue with a home Ashes imminent and a Kevin Pietersen brouhaha splitting the team in half.