Resistance ends as India secure rare victory on Australian soil in first Test

11-12-2018

India 250 & 307; Australia 235 & 291 | India win by 31 runsIndia win Test series opener in Australia for first time If there was a way to lose the first Test of the home summer and still exceed expectations, Tim Paine’s side did so in Adelaide. Sure, had they got over the line in their stoic final day run chase, they would be the toast of the nation. This isn’t that. But they do travel to Perth enhanced in belief and reputation, in no small part due to the way they conducted themselves throughout.“It was played in good spirits,” the Australian captain said of the 31-run defeat, that for about half an hour on the final afternoon was building to an epic conclusion before the last wicket fell. “Today was a nice snapshot of the way we want to go about it. We fought really hard and never gave in, you don’t have to talk rubbish and carry on like a pork chop to prove that.” Continue reading...



The Fiver | Drink in every minute of one of English football’s great rivalries

11-12-2018

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Now that all those no-good hipsters have stopped prattling on about the Copa Libertadores final – “Foreign muck!” The Fiver’s English cousin, $exually Repressed Morris Dancing Fiver, rapped on Sunday night – the moment all true football fans have been waiting for is almost upon us. All you posers can stop pretending that you’ve heard of Boca Juniors, River Plate and Carlos Tevez. So what if you can point out Argentina on a map of the world? Whoop dee doo! Nobody cares! What was the score again? Don’t care! Everton versus Watford is only a few hours away and The Fiver needs to make sure it’s in position to drink in every minute of one of English football’s great rivalries. Continue reading...



Decision on Michael Cheika's Wallabies future to be made 'ahead of Christmas'

11-12-2018

Rugby Australia board hear presentation from coachChairman Cameron Clyne refuses to answer questionsRugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne has declined to guarantee or clarify the position of Michael Cheika following a presentation from the Wallabies’ coach, but says a thorough review will be completed before Christmas.Clyne came out seven hours into an unfinished RA board meeting on Monday, but spent just 50 seconds giving a statement to the media. He didn’t answer questions despite being asked if Cheika’s job was safe. Continue reading...



Ban on TV betting ads during other live sports can be boost to racing | Greg Wood

11-12-2018

The new whistle-to-whistle blackout on gambling adverts excludes horse racing and should work in the sport’s favourIt is not often that bookmakers give in to pressure from anti-gambling groups without being forced to, so Thursday’s news that the biggest names in online betting will soon introduce a whistle-to-whistle ban on television advertising around sporting events is a collector’s item. Ray Winstone’s loss, many will feel, is the armchair fan’s gain.The market leaders in online gambling, including Bet365, SkyBet and Paddy Power Betfair, are all signed up to the voluntary ban, from which TV coverage of horse racing will be exempt. So, too, are the firms with big retail estates, such as Ladbrokes, Coral and William Hill, who may – perhaps – have learned a lesson from their long, bitter and ultimately futile campaign to resist pressure for a cut in stakes on fixed‑odds betting terminals. Continue reading...



Anyika Onuora: Olympic medallist on body image confidence issues as a young athlete

11-12-2018

British Olympic medallist Anyika Onuora says she used to wear baggy clothes to hide her body because people "felt entitled to touch it".



Champions League: Barcelona issues give Spurs cause for optimism

11-12-2018

Tottenham face the daunting task of aiming to win in the Nou Camp on Tuesday, but Guillem Balague says Barcelona have problems Spurs can exploit.



Sunderland 'Til I Die: Netflix series charts pain, prayers and passion for the club – trailer

11-12-2018

Netflix has released a trailer for Sunderland 'Til I Die, a new docu-series following the club's first season back in the Championship after the team crashed out of the Premier League in 2017.The fly-on-the-wall style series, following the 2017-18 season as the club suffered a second consecutive relegation, features interviews with the club’s manager, players and dedicated fans.All eight episodes of the Netflix series will be released globally on 14 December.Sunderland’s Jack Ross: ‘I’ll never regret accepting this job, whatever happens’ Continue reading...



NFL round-up: Miami miracle downs Patriots while Rodgers sets NFL record

11-12-2018

Dolphins secure last-gasp victory over PatriotsAaron Rodgers sets streak for passes without interceptionSaints clinch NFC South with win over Tampa BayKenyan Drake ran the last 52 yards as the Miami Dolphins scored on a pass and double lateral on the final play on Sunday to beat the New England Patriots 34-33.The Patriots were 16 seconds from clinching their 10th consecutive AFC East title when the Dolphins scored on the 69-yard play to rally from a 33-28 deficit. Continue reading...



'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

11-12-2018

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.



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

11-12-2018

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.



Mauricio Pochettino wary of Barcelona’s quality despite no Luis Suárez

11-12-2018

• Marc-André ter Stegen and Luis Suárez missing for Barcelona• Kyle Walker-Peters to make Champions League debut for SpursMauricio Pochettino calls it his town and whenever his busy schedule permits, he invariably heads back there. The Tottenham manager first moved to Barcelona as a 22-year-old in 1994, when he joined Espanyol from Newell’s Old Boys in his native Argentina as a player, and it is the place where he feels centred and relaxed; full of energy.Pochettino still has a house in the north of the city, close to the mountains, and his setup is certainly appealing. He can go for a run along the stunning Carretera de las Aigues, as he has done since the Espanyol days – mixing fitness with contemplation – while the sea, weather and restaurants are obvious attractions. Continue reading...



The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

11-12-2018

Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the weekend’s Premier League actionView the Dozen archive Continue reading...



Why should someone like Raheem Sterling be seen as ‘fair game’? | Daniel Taylor

11-12-2018

Stan Collymore argues that nothing will be done about abuse of Sterling because nothing ever is, but if there was more diversity in the newsrooms it might shape the thinking differentlyBefore going into football journalism full-time I spent a few years on the news beat for various tabloid newspapers. That may surprise a few people because, outside the industry, there seems to be a perception you are either one or the other: broadsheet or red-top, luvvie or rotter. But it doesn’t actually work like that. I worked for a freelance agency in the Midlands, covering for virtually all the national titles, and there was no room for journalistic snobbery for a young reporter with a provisional driving licence and 40-words-per-minute shorthand.But it was definitely an eye-opener. One story was of a car being stolen in Leicester while, unbeknown to the thief, a baby was strapped into the back seat. The car was still missing and the police had organised a press conference for her mother, who had not been identified, to make a public appeal. It was a big story and there were a lot of national newspaper journalists in attendance. But I can still remember the awkwardness when she came in and the vibe from several reporters – not just the tabloids – that there was an issue, news-wise. The woman in question wasn’t white. She was Indian and that was a problem, I was told, because the relevant newspapers might no longer think it was a photograph, or story, their readership wanted. Continue reading...



Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

11-12-2018

Munster set the early pace after a standout performance from JJ Hanrahan while Saracens look in ominous formThe two most successful sides in the tournament’s history are in charge of the pool. Much is made of the regular rest given to Ireland’s leading players but it seemed to contribute to Leinster’s slow start at a pumped-up Bath. Outmanoeuvred at the breakdown and with Johnny Sexton having no time, the holders still found a way to win. Bath need to repeat Northampton’s 2013 feat against Leinster when they followed a home defeat with an away victory to remain alive but Wasps are on their way out after defeat by Toulouse. Like Bath, they have one win since September and the looming Premiership match between the sides holds more significance than Europe. Paul Rees Continue reading...



Everton 2-2 Watford: Late equaliser difficult to accept - Gracia

11-12-2018

Watford manager Javi Gracia says conceding an equaliser in the 96th minute at Goodison Park is "difficult to accept", after his side drew 2-2 against Everton.



The Breakdown | Neath’s sad decline laid bare as they face judgment day in court | Paul Rees

11-12-2018

In dire financial trouble off the pitch, short of players and bottom of the Welsh Premiership, the famous club faces a winding-up order in court on ThursdayBack in the day spectators used to clamber up the floodlight pylons at the Gnoll to get a better view because the terraces were so packed. Now, as Neath faces a winding-up order on Thursday for failing to repay a £30,000 loan taken out to cover wages, the lights may go out for good on Wales’s oldest club.Neath are due to entertain Llanelli on Friday night, a fixture that not long ago would have been a highlight of any club weekend. It will be preceded by a bash for supporters in the clubhouse, but if the court hearing goes against a club whose nickname has long been the Mourners, it would turn into a wake. Continue reading...