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.

Ryan Giggs, Steven Gerrard and Marco van Basten

What makes the perfect goal?

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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

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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

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"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.

How will Mourinho handle 'tricky' third season?

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Ordinarily a manager should be allowed to bask a little after winning the Premier League. Since Jose Mourinho is neither ordinary nor liable to lie back on his laurels, the focus shifts to his future even as the title celebrations go on.

For all the successes of this past season, the one ahead might yet be the defining period in Mourinho's second spell at Chelsea. Never has he stayed at a club for more than three full seasons. Never before has the third year been quite as successful as the ones that preceded it.

Champion with a 'jeweller's touch'

Read full article on Masters 2015: Jordan Spieth - the making of a major champion

It began early for Jordan Spieth: when he was three years old and ready for potty-training, his mother Chris decided to bribe him out of nappies by hiding his plastic golf clubs on top of the washing machine until he had done what he had to do.

That bargain could have backfired in a way that was neither good for his golf nor his social standing. Thankfully for the Spieth family, the lure of the clubs was too strong to resist. Eighteen years on, the obsessive kid has become a record-breaking champion.

Has the light faded in Tiger Woods?

Read full article on Masters 2015: Flickers of the old Tiger Woods, but is it enough?

They all fade away in the end, even the greatest of all.

It is the cruellest lesson in sport, and it is inescapable. Had Tiger Woods been on the first tee early on Thursday morning he would have seen it: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, 34 majors between them, dinking drives down the fairway in benevolent old age, that once indestructible talent reduced to faint echoes and distant memory.

McIlroy primed for bid to join legends

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For a place with a reputation somewhere between Fort Knox, Disneyworld and the Garden of Eden, there is much to take you by surprise at Augusta National.

There is the six-lane expressway a decent three-iron from the first tee, an on-course lunch of sandwich and coffee for £1.60, and a grassy plain between the eighth and 18th fairways so large it's as if founder Bobby Jones set his mint julep down on the blueprints and designed around it.

'Finale where we fell back in love'

Read full article on Six Nations: Final day was surely championship's most thrilling ever

Somewhere, shaking his cauliflower ears in dismay, a grizzled old retired prop was probably secretly wishing someone would just stick the ball up his jumper and make a cautious three inches.

For everyone else watching this was surely the most thrilling day that Five or Six Nations rugby has seen: a fantasy finale, a chest-squeezer and knee-knocker, a day to fall back in love.

Does watching sport make us happy?

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Does watching sport make us happy? That seems an easy one: when our lot win it does, when they lose it doesn't.

Except it's never that simple. Only one team in a division can win the title each season. Only one player can win a Grand Slam event or major. Only one captain can raise the Six Nations trophy this weekend. "Sport is about people who lose and lose and lose," the great American journalist Gay Talese once wrote. "They lose games, then they lose their jobs."

Thorpe on how to play spin

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Two Tests in, the dominant plotline of England's series in India could not be more clear.

With due deference to the weary seam toilers, this is a contest defined almost entirely by the two team's relative successes in playing spin. In Ahmedabad it was England's batsmen sent spiralling, losing seven wickets for 71 in their pivotal first innings; in Mumbai, India lost all but one of their 20 wickets to Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann.