'The most exciting thing in the world' - Whitlock prepares to be a parent

13-11-2018 Olympic gymnastics champion Max Whitlock says preparing to be a parent is "the most exciting thing in the world".

Rugby union: talking points from the second round of autumn Tests

13-11-2018 England take heart from All Blacks defeat, Springboks’ power will test Scotland’s growing optimism and Italy prove a point In 2012 England also went 15-0 up on New Zealand at Twickenham and went on to win 38-21. This time they could not score a point after the 25th minute, instead allowing the All Blacks to snatch a 16-15 victory in a classic encounter of its type. Which team, though, is on the steeper upward curve? If the heavy rain was a leveller, there was no disguising the fact England, after a tough year, are on the way back. They now know they can ruffle the All Blacks, even with a patched-up pack, and South Africa’s two shuddering recent games against New Zealand also showed the world’s No 1 side are not invincible. Brodie Retallick may have had the last laugh at Twickenham but the All Black pack will have to dig deep again to avoid being ambushed in Dublin on Saturday. Robert Kitson Continue reading...

World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

13-11-2018 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

‘Footballers can feel lost in real life’: the network encouraging clubs to care

13-11-2018 Premier Sports Network was founded to address off-field player welfare. Its latest conference drew a capacity audienceThe lineup invited up on stage carried considerable clout. The Premier Sports Network offered a platform to figures as wide-ranging as the former England midfielder Ryan Mason, on coping with premature retirement, to Mauricio Sulaiman, the president of the World Boxing Council. Jermaine Pennant and David Cotterill spoke eloquently about careers touched by controversy and depression, while Nicky Butt, Manchester United’s academy manager, talked of Sir Alex Ferguson “the forward thinker” and addressed the pressures placed on the next generation.Yet it was arguably the make-up of the audience, crammed into the ballroom at the Corinthia hotel on London’s embankment, which demonstrated sport’s increasing commitment to off-field player welfare. There were representatives of 17 top-flight clubs and 25 from further down the pyramid, alongside administrative figures from the Football Association and Johan Cruyff Institute, Premier League and RFU, NFL and Premiership Rugby. Continue reading...

Boca Juniors v River Plate: the fiercest rivalry in football – video

13-11-2018 For the first time ever city rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate will meet in the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America's most prestigious club trophy. The derby, referred to as the Superclásico, is renowned for its drama, bitterness and the sheer hatred between the two Argentinian sides. The first leg ended in a 2-2 draw at La Bombonera, the home of Boca. The second leg takes place at River's home stadium El Monumental on 24 NovemberBuenos Aires 2-0 Brazil: how River and Boca set up a Superclásico final Continue reading...

Which match has featured the most Ballon d'Or winners on one pitch? | The Knowledge

13-11-2018 Plus: Glenn Murray’s ridiculous record, a straight flush of goalscorers and Freddy Eastwood, Southend legend • Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“I have a memory from an old childhood annual that Manchester United are the only team to have fielded three Ballon d’Or winners on the same pitch, back when Charlton, Law and Best were playing,” notes Dan Wardle. “Is this right? And which match featured the most winners at the same time?”Dara O’Reilly kicks off with an excellent answer. “While Dan Wardle’s annual was probably correct at the time of going to press, I’m sure I won’t be the only person to point out that, when Michael Owen joined Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and Original Ronaldo at Real Madrid in 2004, that meant the club were able to, on numerous occasions over that season, field four players who had won football’s most prestigious individual prize. Continue reading...

Joe Root can make England team his own as winter of rare content beckons | Tim de Lisle

13-11-2018 After the Test win over Sri Lanka in Galle, England have the chance to polish a tarnished record while for Root the new-look side look easier to leadShow England’s Test team to the top of a ladder and they will look around for the nearest snake. But this tendency may just be fading: the victory in Galle was their fourth in a row, or, as cricketers are now contractually required to say, on the bounce. It took Joe Root’s record as captain to 11-9, still not great but getting there. If you’re an England fan any optimism has to be of the cautious variety but the next six Tests – two more in Sri Lanka, three in West Indies, one at home against Ireland – do look relatively comfy. For England, they are an invitation to polish an ugly record (only seven wins in the seven winters before this one, against 24 defeats). For Root they are an opportunity to make the captaincy, and the team, his own. A three-Test series can be brutal, allowing one side to prevail in about seven days flat. England have that chance and will seldom get a better one. Continue reading...

Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

13-11-2018 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Thousands of Leicester City fans march to honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – video

13-11-2018 Thousands of Leicester City fans marched on Saturday to honour former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others, who were killed when their helicopter crashed following Leicester's previous home match against West Ham. Fans gathered in Jubilee Square and marched towards the team's King Power Stadium  ahead of their match with Burnley waving Leicester City and Thai flags, with others holding up banners. Continue reading...

Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

13-11-2018 This week's sport on the BBC includes the ATP World Tour Finals, the ICC Women's World Twenty20 and the home nations' football internationals.

Amy Jones looking to seize World Twenty20 chance with both gloves

13-11-2018 • England’s wicketkeeper impressed against Bangladesh• ‘This is a great opportunity for me to show what I can do’Wicketkeeper Amy Jones says England are relieved to have finally got their World Twenty20 campaign under way and said their seven-wicket victory against Bangladesh on Monday had been “convincing”.“It’s been very frustrating with all the rain around and we’ve had to be a bit creative with training – batting under the stands and stuff like that,” Jones said. “I’m glad we managed to stay confident and wait for our chance.” Continue reading...

Giants beat 49ers in game played in unhealthy conditions due to wildfires

13-11-2018 Giants quarterback throws three touchdown passesNew York end five-game losing streak with 27-23 winEli Manning threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds left and the New York Giants snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the San Francisco 49ers 27-23 on Monday night.“It means a lot,” Manning said after the game. “That’s what I told the guys this week. We’ve worked too hard not to be rewarded with wins ... We just weren’t able to get some of the outcomes or make the plays we needed to win. Today we were able to do that.” Continue reading...

The Spin | England reaping the benefits of Lions tours that turn tyros into Test players

13-11-2018 Four of England’s winning Test team in Galle were on a successful Lions tour to Sri Lanka two years ago and this is one part of ECB planning that should be praisedAs the projected costs of The Hundred mount, tripling from the original estimate of £13m up to £40m – and counting – budgets are being slashed at ECB Towers. Gone is Andrew Strauss’s pet North-South series, gone is the not-so-mourned Pace Programme, gone are the Overseas Placements that so benefited Ollie Pope and Mason Crane in consecutive winters in Sydney.But still hanging on, whether by thread or rope, is the Lions Programme, perhaps English cricket’s most secret and deadly weapon. The first part of this winter’s tour starts on Sunday against Pakistan A, with a four-day match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Five one day and two Twenty20 games follow over the next three weeks, ricocheting between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Pope has been dispatched from the main England tour to get more match practice than he would twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines in Sri Lanka. Then, after Christmas, the Lions head to India. Continue reading...

England v All Blacks, delicious drop shots and teen strikers | Classic YouTube

13-11-2018 This week’s roundup also features a monumental high school football comeback and vintage Australian motorsport mayhem1) It’s England against the All Blacks at Twickenham this weekend, which is a rivalry of sorts … albeit deeply one-sided as New Zealand have won 16 of the 23 contests there since 1925. The Red Rose’s last victory was in 2012, featuring three tries in eight minutes and a show-stopping performance from Manu Tuilagi; for balance, witness Joe Rokocoko in his pomp in 2006 as the hosts were thrashed 41-20, the highlight being Carl Hayman scoring one of his two international tries, and what a try it was. Perhaps the greatest ever contest between the two teams, at least on English shores, was this try-fest from 2002; or maybe it’s this 26-26 humdinger from 1997. The opening match of the 1991 World Cup included a big hit by Peter Winterbottom on Graeme Bachop; the great No 7 had also been in action eight years earlier as England claimed their first win over New Zealand at Twickenham for 47 years.2) No matter what transpires on Saturday afternoon, though, it’s unlikely to top Auguy Slowik’s 80m try for Jersey against London Irish in the Championship last weekend. Continue reading...

Dinnage will be one of most powerful women in sport as Premier League chief

13-11-2018 • Susanna Dinnage to replace Richard Scudamore in January• Head of Discovery’s Animal Planet will be new chief executiveThe television executive Susanna Dinnage is to become one of the most powerful women in professional sport after being named Richard Scudamore’s successor at the Premier League.Dinnage will take up her role as chief executive at the beginning of next year. She is currently the global president of Animal Planet, part of the Discovery group of TV channels. She replaces Scudamore, who will step down from his position as executive chairman after nearly 20 years in charge. Continue reading...

Wayne Rooney and FA 'felt it was right' to have England farewell game

13-11-2018 Wayne Rooney says he and the FA agreed it was "right" for him to make a farewell appearance at Wembley against the United States.

Scotland 0-1 USA: Shelley Kerr's side slip to defeat in Paisley

13-11-2018 Scotland deliver a spirited display against world champions the United States in Paisley, but are unable to avoid a first defeat in six games.