Six of the best England performances since Euro 96 | Philip Cornwall

16-10-2018 From drawing in Rome to that night in Munich, one England fan recalls half a dozen great displays over the last 22 yearsGoalless draws are rarely treasured but, given the rarity with which England get the better of elite teams, the 0-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, pushing the hosts into the France 98 play-offs, stands out. Against a side that had won 1-0 at Wembley, Glenn Hoddle’s team more than held their own. It being England, the glory is tinged with regrets: Ian Wright, who struck a post in added time, did not make the cut for the finals on his return from injury; Paul Gascoigne likewise, albeit more explosively; and Paul Ince, the bloodied hero here, missed a penalty in the shootout against Argentina. Still, rich memories, albeit from the sofa. Continue reading...

England Roses lose third Test in Jamaica

16-10-2018 Already beaten in the three-game series, England lose for the third time in a row to Jamaica - this time 58-43 in Kingston.

From living-room commentary to buying radio rights for Australian Tests | Adam Collins

16-10-2018 Along with Geoff Lemon, we share a love for radio cricket commentary and a belief that it is special and necessary“What are you blokes up to now?” When explaining to friends and colleagues that I had decided to purchase the radio rights for Australia’s Test tour of Pakistan, the response bounced somewhere between curious and bewildered. Geoff Lemon and I have frequently taken an unorthodox approach to staying afloat as freelancers, but buying the means of production on my credit cards, without a sponsor in sight, appeared a new and preposterous one.Fast forward a couple of weeks, to the penultimate delivery of the 90th over of the final day at Dubai. Sure, throughout the gripping struggle our vantage point was air-conditioned and comfortable as opposed to the sweat-soaked and heatstroked condition of players on the field. But having called half the Test each and stayed on air through almost every interval, we had logged some 21 hours apiece behind the mic by the time Tim Paine’s stoic defence stuck the landing on his fledgling side’s 140-over Mission Impossible. We didn’t feel the exhaustion at that point, just the elation and adrenaline at describing a classic moment in Test cricket’s grand narrative, and the energy of having listeners from all over the world surge to our coverage to hear the grandstand conclusion. Still, as soon as the mics went off, we realised our condition was what the Australian parlance would describe as “completely rooted”. Continue reading...

‘Doing a Freddie’ is the sure way to make yourself a pantomime villain | Robert Kitson

16-10-2018 Freddie Burns’s showboating blunder that cost Bath the match is a reminder to players to stop behaving like 12-year-oldsAt least Freddie Burns is in good company. Virtually every sport, at some stage, has produced a fall guy whose ill-advised showboating has gone viral and reminded us all of the value of humility. For Burns read Leon Lett of the Dallas Cowboys, guilty of a similar error in the 1993 Super Bowl, or the great American jockey Bill Shoemaker, who stood up in his stirrups to celebrate victory on Gallant Man in the 1957 Kentucky Derby only to be misjudge the finishing line and finish second.The word “showboat” came from the United States where gaudy river steamers used to act as floating theatres, going up and down the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Beside the River Avon on Saturday, however, none of Burns’s employers were remotely amused having seen a potentially crucial home pool victory against Toulouse in the Heineken Champions Cup squandered by one of rugby’s most painful and public misjudgments. Continue reading...

Glasgow City dream of Champions League upset against Barcelona | Suzanne Wrack

16-10-2018 The Scottish champions face a grandstand finish to their domestic season but first visit Spain in search of a last-16 shockThis is a season-defining week for the Scottish champions, Glasgow City. A 2-1 defeat by their title rivals, Hibernian, in the Scottish Women’s Cup semi-final was not the ideal start to the crunch period, which reaches its climax on Sunday with the two teams – separated by two goals only – meeting in their penultimate league outing. Hibs have won their last five knockout games against City but have not beaten them in the league for a staggering 11 years.Now, the amateur side head to Spain for a David v Goliath style match-up with star-studded Barcelona. It is hard to overstate the task at hand and the delicate decisions their manager, Scott Booth, has to make. With a packed fixture schedule, the former Aberdeen player’s squad is being stretched. Continue reading...

'I've always conducted myself with integrity' - Jayasuriya responds to corruption charges

16-10-2018 Ex-Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya says he has acted with "integrity and transparency" following charges from the International Cricket Council.

Dean Smith says John Terry will be an asset not a threat at Aston Villa

16-10-2018 • Villa manager behind decision for Terry to be his No 2• Smith: ‘I felt it was a win-win for both of us’Dean Smith has insisted that he was behind the decision to make John Terry his No 2 at Aston Villa.Laughing off suggestions that Terry could undermine him, Villa’s new manager said he is looking forward to developing a productive working relationship with the former Chelsea and England captain. Continue reading...

Ironman winner proposes to girlfriend after breaking course record – video

16-10-2018 A few moments after winning the Ironman World Championship on Saturday, triathlete Patrick Lange decided to celebrate by proposing to his girlfriend Julia Hoffmann.This was the German's second straight victory in the traditional Ironman triathlon race. He completed the 226km course in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in just under eight hours (07:52:39). Continue reading...

French rugby soul-searches before Newcastle’s visit to Toulon | The Breakdown

16-10-2018 Europe has not always been the country’s priority and there are concerns over the health of the game at home, but France’s clubs still tend to shine in the Champions CupNewcastle’s last appearance in the European Cup was against Stade Français in Paris in the 2005 quarter-final and it is to France they travel on their reappearance this Sunday. At the start of the season, a trip to Toulon might not have presaged the happiest of returns; the club that won the tournament for three successive seasons earlier this decade only avoided dropping into the Top 14’s relegation zone last weekend because of a superior points difference over Agen.French clubs have tended to put Europe second if fighting on two fronts undermines their campaign in the Top 14, still the holy grail for most in a country that has had a league system for almost as long as it has had rugby. Castres are a notable example, operating on a much lower budget than most of their rivals: they tend to exit Europe early but have won the league twice in the last six seasons. Continue reading...

Women's Super League: Nikita Parris stars for Manchester City

16-10-2018 Watch the best goals and star performances from the Women's Super League where Nikita Parris scores twice for Manchester City on a weekend with 23 goals in five matches.

West Ham under pressure after coach attends Democratic Football Lads Alliance march

16-10-2018 • Under-18s coach Mark Phillips facing awkward questions• Kick It Out monitoring situationWest Ham are under pressure to take action after one of their youth coaches said he went on a march organised by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, a group condemned by anti-racism campaigners.Mark Phillips, who coaches West Ham’s Under-18s, is facing some awkward questions after his support for the DFLA was brought to the attention of Kick It Out, football’s anti-discrimination charity. Phillips posted on Twitter about attending the DFLA’s march through central London last Saturday and defended the right-wing organisation in subsequent tweets. Continue reading...

GB's Konta overcomes Mertens in Kremlin Cup

16-10-2018 British number one Johanna Konta beats Elise Mertens 6-3 7-5 in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Spanish press reaction: ‘Lord’ Harry Kane brought Spain to their knees | Sid Lowe

16-10-2018 ‘We hadn’t cocked it up like this against England since the 16th century’ said El Mundo while Marca felt Kane showed he was ‘a classic striker who is good at absolutely everything’“I was great at half-time,” said the Spain manager Luis Enrique. “The logical thing would have been to kick something, crap on everything and kill them, but I didn’t.” He didn’t need to: Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane – especially Harry Kane – had already done so.That was the verdict from the Spanish media in Seville. If Luis Enrique didn’t kill his players, nor for the most part did they. After three wins out of three, 12 goals scored, “the spell was broken” said Sport and there was criticism of course, a lot of it. Luis Enrique had expected that: “I’m ready for the ‘party’,” he insisted. Mostly, though, there was Kane, the man El Mundo said had “dismantled Spain”. Continue reading...

Sports quiz of the week: misses, nicknames, thieves and a circus act

16-10-2018 Who can’t score? Who was worried? And who hit the spot?Which of these football teams has not scored a goal in more than 600 minutes of action?Bayern MunichBarcelonaReal MadridMonacoThe circus troupe Cirque du Soleil are producing a new show about which athlete?Tiger WoodsRafa NadalLionel MessiConor McGregorRiyad Mahrez hit one of the worst penalties in Premier League history on Sunday. Which of these players never missed a penalty in the league?Yaya TouréMatt le TissierThierry HenryDanny Murphy This trophy was stolen this week. Who did it belong to?Thomas BjornGeraint ThomasJavi GraciaMo FarahThe last time England played Croatia, in the World Cup semi-final, there were 78,000 fans in the stadium. How many will attend their game on Friday night?None1,96690,000130,000 Why did Dulwich Hamlet goalkeeper Preston Edwards start panicking during a match this week?Midway through the first half he realised he wasn’t wearing gloves It was announced over the Tannoy that his car was going to be towed He went out to play without wearing his contact lenses He had his phone in his pocket and it started ringingThe Benin Football Federation has set up a committee to come up with a new nickname. What are they called at the minute?The Bengaboys The SquirrelsThe CarpetmenThe Candy StripesCroatia have played one competitive match since the World Cup final. What was the score in that game?They won 7-0They lost 6-0They drew 5-5They won 4-2Warrington will play in the Super League Grand Final on Saturday. How have their last two finals gone?They lost them both to WiganThey lost them both without scoring a pointThey won them both by the same 40-0 scorelineThey lost them both to Leeds Rhinos At which defunct stadium did Warrington win their last title, in 1955? (Clue: the final is taking place nearby this weekend)Boleyn GroundHighburyMaine RoadNinian ParkItaly played Ukraine this week. Which two Serie A title winners were in charge of the teams?Antonio Conte and Andriy VoroninRoberto Mancini and Andriy ShevchenkoLuigi Di Biagio and Serhiy RebrovCarlo Ancelotti and Ruslan Rotan 2 and above.Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend3 and above.Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend4 and above.A decent performance. Have a great weekend5 and above.A fine performance. Have a great weekend6 and above.A fine performance. Have a great weekend7 and above.Fantastic work. Have a great weekend8 and above.Fantastic work. Have a great weekend9 and above.Fantastic work. Have a great weekend10 and above.Perfection. Have a great weekend11 and above.Perfection. Have a great weekend0 and above.Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend1 and above.Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend Continue reading...

Back to Netball: Why you need to don a bib and get back on the court

16-10-2018 Back to Netball is 10 years old and, six months on from England Roses' win at the Commonwealth Games, this is why the sport is more popular than ever.

Premier League fans rate the season so far. Part two: Leicester to Wolves

16-10-2018 Fans assess the best and worst of the opening stages – top performers, biggest mistakes and the funniest moments• Part one: Arsenal to HuddersfieldBest performance? Away at Newcastle. It was like a training session for us. Then again, maybe they just made us look good. Continue reading...

Youth Olympic Games: Dunk contest won by Argentina's Fausto Ruesga

16-10-2018 Argentina's Fausto Ruesga wins gold in the men's dunk final at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires with a routine featuring a leap over a young spectator.

O'Neill rues misses 'that hurt us' in Northern Ireland defeat

16-10-2018 Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is disappointed as his team hit the woodwork three times in a 2-0 defeat by Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Talking Horses: horse welfare is an issue for racing and not just the BHA

16-10-2018 The whole sport will have to accept the need for continued effort and improvement in this area if MPs are to be satisfiedThe name of the British Horseracing Authority was being bandied about a lot in a committee room of the House of Commons last night as MPs discussed welfare in horse racing. But behind the question of how well the BHA is doing its job, the more important message for racing to absorb is that law-makers are very keenly interested in the welfare record of the sport itself, regardless of who happens to be the regulator at any given moment. Continue reading...