WSL round-up: Amazing acrobatics & Arsenal win eight in a row

20-11-2018

Chelsea's Erin Cuthbert scores one of the goals of the season while leaders Arsenal maintain their perfect start to the Women's Super League.



Great golf duels, quick pitstops and sticking it up the punter | Classic YouTube

20-11-2018

This week’s roundup also features propelling things at targets and narrowly avoiding being trampled1) It’s Tiger Woods v Phil Mickelson nonsense next week, which means an ideal time to look back at some maverick and even random golf matches. Here’s Tiger v Sergio in the Battle at Bighorn (2000), Seve v Jack in the Toyota Challenge of Champions (1986) and Ben Hogan v Sam Snead (1965). Then Skins … at Wentworth in 1988, Walton Heath in 1991, Lee Trevino at PGA West (1987) and Woods, again, at the Memorial Skins in 2009. And how about the $18,000 Putt-Putt Skins Game – 1989 edition and then 1992? And how could we possibly forget a famous 1964 duel at Stoke Park?2) Ferrari didn’t keep Sebastian Vettel waiting in the pits for his second stop at last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix – he was on his way again after an incredible 1.97 secs. Yet it’s still not the fastest ever. The pit lane ballet isn’t always so well choreographed, however. And beware: tyre jack. Continue reading...



Josh Warrington: ‘This is very real … this could be about me losing my life’

20-11-2018

The IBF featherweight world champion reflects on family responsibilities and doubling up in dentistry as he prepares for next month’s showdown with Carl FramptonA tangled expression crosses Josh Warrington’s gaunt face as he talks about holding his wife before he goes to war in the ring. “I always embrace her like I’m holding her for the last time,” the IBF world featherweight champion says as he remembers how, before he beat Lee Selby to win the title in May, they hugged even more intently.“I always say: ‘I’ll see you after,’” Warrington explains, “and I kiss her goodbye. But it’s different now we’ve got kids [twin girls born a few weeks before the Selby fight]. I held Natasha much longer than normal because we were more emotional. Selby was such a big fight – we felt it. We’ve seen fighters get badly hurt and lose their lives. I’m not naive enough to think it won’t happen to me. So I always tell Natasha how I feel beforehand.” Continue reading...



Chris Ashton ruled out for England while Australia struck by stomach bug

20-11-2018

England wing Chris Ashton is ruled out of Saturday's match with Australia, who have been struck down by a stomach bug.



'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

20-11-2018

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.



Folau and Foley face race to be fit for England after bug hits Australia camp

20-11-2018

Backline duo the last to recover after illness strikes 10 in partyAustralia hopeful Folau, Foley and Pocock will play on SaturdayKey Australia attacking talents Israel Folau and Bernard Foley have been stuck with a sickness bug, plunging their fitness into doubt for Saturday’s England Test. Related: England will not risk Tuilagi against Australia but drop Care and Lozowski Continue reading...



Jordan Nobbs’ ligament rupture deals major blow to England and Arsenal

20-11-2018

• Attacking midfielder will struggle to recover for 2019 World Cup• Nobbs suffers anterior cruciate ligament injuryJordan Nobbs could miss next summer’s World Cup in France after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during Arsenal’s 4-0 victory at Everton on Sunday.Considering that the attacking midfielder is a key player for club and country it represents a significant blow for Phil Neville, England’s manager, and Joe Montemurro, who has led Arsenal to the top of the Women’s Super League. Continue reading...



Anna Gasser makes history as first female snowboarder to land triple cork – video

20-11-2018

Olympic champion Anna Gasser has written another chapter in her snowboard career after becoming the first woman to land a cab triple cork. The 27-year-old pulled off the jump on her first attempt at the Stubai Glacier in Austria.The cab triple 1260 involves taking off in the switch position with your 'wrong' foot forward, followed by three and a half rotations in the air, and then landing in the forward position. The Austrian also made history in 2013 with a cab double cork 900 kicker, and 2015 when she became the first woman to land a competition cab double underflip. She also claimed the gold medal in the Big Air competition at the Pyeongchang Games.Winter Olympics: hits and misses from Pyeongchang Continue reading...



Gareth Southgate looks back at past year as he plans England’s future

20-11-2018

• Southgate keen to build on promising foundations• England manager pleased with upbeat, relaxed mood in campGareth Southgate allowed himself a moment to contemplate all that had been achieved over the calendar year. The more rousing occasions tripped off the tongue, from a World Cup semi-final to that eye-catching victory in Spain and progress through a daunting three-team section into the inaugural Nations League finals.Less memorable, perhaps, was the friendly win over Switzerland which had felt rather unconvincing at the time but, he said, had demonstrated his squad’s ability to recover from the lull of September and the exhausted anticlimax after the summer’s adrenaline rush. Everything since has been, to quote the manager, “really top”. The team’s style and philosophy have been further ingrained, with an admirable dynamism to the side. New players have been assimilated and form coaxed from more established personnel. Southgate was speaking in the aftermath of Harry Kane’s dramatic late winner against Croatia. It was good to bask in it all for a while. Continue reading...



Magnus Carlsen springs Game 8 escape thanks to Fabiano Caruana's false step

20-11-2018

Carlsen saves draw as Caruana falters – as it happenedBest-of-12-games match knotted at 4-all after eight drawsMagnus Carlsen admitted he was “happy to survive” after saving a draw in Monday’s eighth game of the world chess championship, which left the series deadlocked at 4-4 with four games remaining. Related: Magnus Carlsen saves draw as Fabiano Caruana falters in Game 8 – live! Continue reading...



Fernando Alonso: Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 'spy-gate' & threats & demands to Ron Dennis

20-11-2018

In the second of a five-part series, we revisit the moment of madness in Hungary when Fernando Alonso held up Lewis Hamilton - and the rest of his career.



'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

20-11-2018

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?



Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action

20-11-2018

Jade Moore is Reading’s unsung hero, Jordan Nobbs’s injury is a blow for Arsenal and the vacant Everton job has huge appealFara Williams stole the headlines again by scoring two more goals in Reading’s 4-1 win over Brighton, but there was another key player more quietly effecting proceedings a little further back. It is almost exactly a year since Jade Moore suffered an ankle injury that was to end last season and it is probably no coincidence that since her return to the starting XI, Reading have secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season. It has been a frustrating 12 months for her – maybe even more so because she is a physio herself – and Reading have missed her presence. To have her back is a major boost for them, and now they are steadily climbing the table again. Moore is not a provider nor a goalscorer, she’s a breaker-upper, a dictator in midfield, a strong tackler and a leader on the pitch. To get her back is like a key signing for Reading, and with her and Williams in the team they can be a real force. Williams just never stops impressing. She’s just the complete player, dangerous with both right and left feet and good with her head. Reading have had to deal with quite a lot of injuries, and still have a few players to come back, but they are clicking into gear now. Continue reading...



Sports quiz of the week: Wayne Rooney, City v United and Formula 1

20-11-2018

Who scored? Who stripped? Who is out of action?Wayne Rooney is likely to win his final England cap later this month. His first game for England ended in a 3-1 defeat to Australia. Which other young striker made his international debut that night, scored England’s only goal of the game and never played for his country again?Rickie Lambert Francis JeffersDavid Nugent James Beattie Where are England playing New Zealand at rugby this weekend?Bradford and BathLondon and LeedsManchester and CardiffWigan and SheffieldWhen it comes to the Manchester derby, what makes Ernest Mangnall unique?He scored for both sides in the derby in 1935 (a fine header for United and a scrappy own goal for City)He is the only man to have managed both clubsHe is the only player to have been sold from one club to the otherHe is the only United player who has gone on to manage CityIf it was Singapore in 2008, United Arab Emirates in 2009, South Korea in 2010 and India in 2011, where will it be in 2020?South AfricaVietnamWalesTurkeyWhy will Aldershot Town have to do without midfielder James Rowe for the next few months?After winning Britain’s Got Talent with his ukulele playing, he "wants to concentrate on music for a while"He has stepped away from football for a few months to star in a pantomimeHe has gone to Buenos Aires “to watch the Copa Libertadores final and check out Argentina”He was injured by a bottle of RibenaThe Women’s World Twenty20 begins this weekend. Who are the hosts and reigning champions?EnglandAustraliaIndiaWest Indies Bradley Stoke Town FC signed a new player this week. What is he called?Donald TrumpObama BarracksMichel BarnierBradley StokesHuddersfield's victory on Monday night means that every team in the Premier League has won a game this season. Who scored Huddersfield's winner?A Huddersfield playerA Newcastle player (on loan from Chelsea)A Cardiff City player (on loan from Liverpool )A Fulham player (on loan from Manchester United) Fernando Ovelar scored a goal for Cerro Porteño against Club Olimpia in the Paraguayan Superclásico this week. What is unusual about Ovelar’s goal?He was the refereeHe is also the club’s ownerHe is just 14 years old He played the first half for Olimpia but was signed for Cerro Porteño at half-time Who is the only player to have scored at Anfield and the Etihad this season?David Silva Danny Ings Callum Wilson Wesley Hoedt Zeki Celik was shown a yellow card for stripping Neymar of which item of clothing in Lille’s defeat to PSG?A hatA snoodA necklaceA gloveWho said: "I wanted to do something different. I want to give the people what they want – blood, sweat and tears. I can do it all"?José MourinhoTony BellewFloyd MayweatherWayne Rooney12 and above.You are a true credit to yourself. Have a cracking weekend. You've earned it1 and above.That's not very good. 2 and above.That's not a great score but it's something to build on next week 3 and above.That's not a great score but it's something to build on next week 4 and above.You've done OK there. Not great but not embarrassing either5 and above.You've done well there. Give yourself a thumbs up6 and above.You've done well there. Give yourself a thumbs up7 and above.You've done well there. Give yourself a thumbs up. Enjoy the weekend8 and above.You've done very well there. Enjoy the weekend9 and above.You've done very, very well there. Enjoy the weekend10 and above.You've done very, very, very well there. Have a cracking weekend0 and above.That's not very good. 11 and above.You are a credit to yourself. Have a cracking weekend. You've earned it Continue reading...



England 2-1 Croatia: Harry Kane hails perfect end to 2018

20-11-2018

Harry Kane says victory over Croatia was the perfect ending to a fantastic year as England reach the finals of the inaugural Uefa Nations League.



Enable staying in training for historic Arc bid is a gamble for her owner

20-11-2018

Prince Khalid Abdullah’s decision means the 2019 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe promises to be a race to savourFor some, perhaps many, punters and racegoers, Prince Khalid Abdullah’s decision to race on with Enable in search of an unprecedented third success in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which was announced on Monday morning, will seem like one of the easiest imaginable. Who would not want to see her on the track as a mature five-year-old mare, taking on old foes like Sea Of Class and fresh ones from a 2018 juvenile crop that looked distinctly above-average? With one historic achievement already secured with victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, why stop there?But decisions like this can always look straightforward when it is not your money and you have nothing to lose. In truth, it is a very sporting decision by an owner who has always seemed to take as much pleasure from breeding as he has from racing, and there are some good reasons why Prince Khalid could have chosen to stick rather than gamble on another season on the track. Continue reading...



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

20-11-2018

This week's sport on the BBC includes the semi-finals of the Women's World T20, the Premier League and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.



Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

20-11-2018

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.