‘#weareNOTgymnastics’: parkour fights to retain its soul | Andy Bull

11-12-2018

The International Gymnastics Federation wants to recognise parkour as a new discipline, with a view to Olympic inclusion in 2024. But the parkour community is opposing the FIG’s effortsThe Dame du Lac lives an hour’s ride from Paris, in the suburb of Lisses. She is a 20m tall triangular wall, rutted and pocked with concrete knobs, ledges and gullies. In the late 1980s David Belle and his friends would come here to swing, leap and bound from one of her nooks to the next until they made it all the way to the platform at the top. They were not only playing but training. There was a discipline to it. Because it all grew out of the obstacle course techniques David was taught by his father, Raymond, who had been a soldier and a fireman. They called it “parcours” or “route”. Related: Penalty flops and flips, Grand Final memories and Parkour 3.0 | Classic YouTube Continue reading...



Advent calendar 2018: Williams wows crowd with 'fluke shot' and naked presser

11-12-2018

Mark Williams wows The Crucible crowds with a stunning 'fluke' shot and by keeping to his promise of arriving to his press conference naked.



The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

11-12-2018

Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.• Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10• Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 Continue reading...



David Squires on ... the weekend Premier League derbies

11-12-2018

Our resident cartoonist looks back on a weekend of incident-packed local tusslesIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book Goalless Draws Continue reading...



Jürgen Klopp urges Liverpool ‘to put right our mistake’ against Napoli

11-12-2018

• Klopp says Champions League predicament is ‘our fault’• ‘We didn’t win often enough to be through already‘Our responsibility. Our mistake. The words peppered Jürgen Klopp’s Napoli press conference, leaving no doubt that blame for Liverpool’s Champions League predicament rests on their doorstep. Opportunity for salvation resides there too. Anfield knows the script so well. “I know it will be difficult,” their manager said, “but I can not help think about it without a smile on my face.”Liverpool have backed themselves into a corner in Europe once again as a consequence of losing three away games in a group for the first time. Carlo Ancelotti, the Napoli and former Milan manager, needs no schooling on his opponents’ powers of recovery. A 1-0 win or victory by two goals at Anfield will guarantee Liverpool qualification for the knockout phase. Defeat to an Italian club that has never won in England, combined with a loss for Paris Saint-Germain at Red Star Belgrade, and the new Premier League leaders will be out of European competition completely nine months after reaching the Champions League final. Their manager sees only an opportunity to rectify a campaign of contrasts. Continue reading...



Ada Hegerberg, a dog's goal-line clearance and vomit in Madras | Classic YouTube

11-12-2018

This week’s roundup also features a British boxing love-in, a jazzy hockey song for the World Cup and Kevin Keegan singing1) Let’s have a look at the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg being really good at football, rather than concentrate on some whopper asking her to twerk. Here’s more on the Lyon and Norway star. Related: Ada Hegerberg: first women’s Ballon d’Or marred as winner is asked to twerk Continue reading...



England v West Indies: Tourists' Test squad unchanged for winter tour

11-12-2018

England retain the players that finished the series win over Sri Lanka for their three-Test tour of the West Indies next month, but tweak their ODI squad.



NBA: Bridges, Adebayo & Doncic all feature in the plays of the week

11-12-2018

This week's NBA plays of the week feature some brilliant dunks from Luka Doncic, Bam Adebayo and Miles Bridges.



Indecision over Michael Cheika prompts yet more questions | Bret Harris

11-12-2018

Rugby Australia cannot afford the Wallabies issue to remain unresolved any longer. Fans are already frustrated enoughMichael Cheika and his Wallabies assistant coaches have their stay of execution, but suffering Australian rugby fans have been left hanging in the breeze with the future direction of the flagship national team still uncertain. After the Wallabies produced an abysmal 4-9 win-loss record this year – their worst performance since 1958 – it was widely accepted that Rugby Australia had to be seen to be doing something to turn the team around in time for the World Cup in Japan next year.The fate of Cheika and his assistants was meant to be decided at a RA board meeting in Sydney on Monday, but no action was taken in what amounted to a public relations disaster. Instead, RA chairman Cameron Clyne held a doorstop press conference to announce the “process” would be “wrapped up” by Christmas. Continue reading...



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

11-12-2018

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



The classic Test match Australia never deserved to win… and didn’t | Geoff Lemon

11-12-2018

It was tight at Adelaide Oval but had Australia miraculously made 31 more runs, it would have been an injusticeThere can come a point in cricket matches when people start believing the impossible. When the ones in offices who don’t care about sport find themselves drawn into the spectacle. When their colleagues who were covertly following the game abandon all pretence.When the last couple of batsmen in a team need 150 runs to win, no one pays attention. But when that target dips under 100, then 90, then 80, bystanders get interested by pure osmosis. The arithmetic of the target ticking down is something the most casual observer can understand. Continue reading...



Chelsea suspend supporters after alleged racial abuse of Raheem Sterling

11-12-2018

• Four fans banned while club conduct investigation• Chelsea vow to ‘support any criminal prosecutions’Chelsea have suspended four people from attending their matches, pending further investigations into allegations of racial abuse directed towards Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.The incident occurred during City’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Continue reading...



Jaguars' Leonard Fournette says he confronted fan after racial slur

11-12-2018

Player was involved in heated exchange at Titans gameJacksonville coach says he has not considered disciplineThe Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette says he became involved in a confrontation with a fan after he was the target of a racial slur.The incident happened during the Jaguars’ game at the Tennessee Titans last Thursday. A video published by TMZ shows Fournette shouting “You’re too old for that” and “I’m gonna beat your ass” at the fan. Players can be disciplined for confrontations with fans but at his Monday press conference Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said he believed there were extenuating circumstances. “I met with Leonard,” said Marrone. “He said there was a racial slur, so that’s what was told to me.” Marrone added no one else had mentioned the slur but said: “I trust the player.” Continue reading...



Advent calendar 2018: Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams to win first Wimbledon title

11-12-2018

Watch highlights from Angelique Kerber's victory over seven-time champion Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title in front of a star-studded Centre Court crowd.



Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Mark Allen to secure seventh UK snooker crown

11-12-2018

• Win comes 25 years after he first won the UK Championship• O’Sullivan passes Stephen Hendry’s haul of triple crown titlesRonnie O’Sullivan claimed a record-breaking seventh UK Championship title with a 10-6 victory over Mark Allen at the York Barbican on Sunday.His triumph, which came a quarter of a century after he won his first United Kingdom crown as a 17-year-old, also saw O’Sullivan nudge ahead of Stephen Hendry with 19 ‘triple crown’ titles – comprising the World and UK Championships and the Masters. Continue reading...



Washington show NFL teams would rather lose than sign Colin Kaepernick

11-12-2018

Washington were pushing for the playoffs until two of their quarterbacks went down injured. But they have ignored a perfectly solid replacementColin Kaepernick will never play in the NFL again, that much was made clear this week. Washington’s decision to sign the lightweight talents of Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson over Kaepernick, a week after claiming Reuben Foster – a man arrested twice in the last year for domestic violence – on waivers and announcing to the world that it was prioritizing winning football games above all else, is as shameful as it is predictable.Washington plucked Johnson, who last threw a pass in the NFL in 2011, out of obscurity this week to back up Sanchez after Colt McCoy’s season ended with a broken fibula. McCoy previously replaced Alex Smith, who is out for the season with a broken leg suffered in Week 11. Continue reading...



Invisible banana skins thrown at black people every day, says John Barnes

11-12-2018

After the alleged abuse of Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, former Liverpool winger John Barnes tells BBC Sport the problem of racism has never gone away.