Samir Nasri faces fitness battle to make West Ham move after doping ban

13-11-2018

• Midfielder must satisfy concerns before signing short-term deal• West Ham reinstate academy coach but give him final warningThe former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri could be set for a return to the Premier League – if he can convince West Ham of his fitness following his doping ban.Nasri, who played under the West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini at City, was pencilled in for a medical but would have to satisfy doubts over his fitness before signing the six-month deal on the table which also includes an option to extend his stay. Continue reading...



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

13-11-2018

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



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.



USA call up Jürgen Klinsmann's son for squad to play England and Italy

13-11-2018

Jonathan Klinsmann is a goalkeeper for Hertha BerlinTwenty-one year-old was raised in CaliforniaJonathan Klinsmann, the son of German World Cup winner Jürgen Klinsmann, has been added to the USA squad for their upcoming friendlies against England and Italy. Klinsmann was born in Germany but moved with his parents to California while still an infant. His mother, Debbie, is American and his father coached the US national team between 2011 and 2016. Continue reading...



Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge charged by FA over alleged betting breaches

13-11-2018

• Striker insists he has ‘never gambled on football’• Charge believed to relate to loan move to West BromDaniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the Football Association betting rules in January, although the Liverpool striker insists that he has “never gambled on football”.Even if this is found to be true a guilty verdict could still be returned due to the rules Sturridge is alleged to have contravened being wider than directly betting on the sport. Continue reading...



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...



Premier League: Susanna Dinnage named new chief executive

13-11-2018

Susanna Dinnage is named as the new chief executive of the Premier League, replacing Richard Scudamore.



Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

13-11-2018

After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?



David Squires on … a European Super League and other life-affirming stories

13-11-2018

Our cartoonist on the possibility of impoverished big clubs finally stumbling upon a way to make some moneyIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book: Goalless Draw Continue reading...



Roger Federer in line of fire over scheduling and Davis Cup claims

13-11-2018

• Veteran Julien Benneteau makes accusations against Swiss• Wins for Djokovic and Zverev at ATP World Tour finalsRoger Federer, reaching for the 100th tournament win of his 20-year career in London this week, found himself at the centre of an awkward controversy on Monday over claims he has long benefited from preferential scheduling, and that he is undermining the integrity of the Davis Cup.Julien Benneteau, who came out of retirement this year to help France to reach the Davis Cup final, says Federer has put his financial involvement in the rival Laver Cup above the future of the oldest team event in international sport. The outspoken Benneteau told a French radio station: “With all that Federer is, OK. But it’s an exhibition, his thing [promoted by his company, Team8]. The Laver Cup has no sporting legitimacy. There are no sporting criteria with the selections. There are no ATP points. It’s just financial. Because he gives Nick Kyrgios $750,000 to come and play matches that don’t count, the guys say: ‘OK, those are the rates for the Laver Cup.’” Continue reading...



Women's World Twenty20: England beat Bangladesh after more rain in St Lucia

13-11-2018

Debutant Kirstie Gordon takes 3-16 as England beat Bangladesh by seven wickets on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method at the Women's World T20.



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...



‘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...



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.