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"21.01.2017 13:25:34" theguardian.com Dan Robson says wise Wasps aim to go one step beyond this season Scrum-half believes semi-final defeats in both the Premiership play-offs and European Champions Cup in 2016 have given Wasps a harder edge "England is at the back of your mind, but there is not much you can do. I had a chat with Eddie [Jones] the other week and he told me what I need to keep working on."
"21.01.2017 10:09:06" theguardian.com Australian Open: Johanna Konta powers through against Caroline Wozniacki Konta beats Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1 and will play Ekaterina Makarova in the fourth round Johanna Konta is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open against Ekaterina Makarova - for the second year in a row - after beating the former world No1 Caroline Wozniacki in an hour-and-a-quarter on day six, and there are sound reasons to
"20.01.2017 18:32:30" theguardian.com Eddie Jones bemoans lack of leaders in England squad Eddie Jones has cited England's lack of leaders as one of the biggest stumbling blocks to winning the 2019 World Cup Eddie Jones says England's lack of leaders could hold them back
"20.01.2017 15:45:20" theguardian.com José Mourinho pays tribute to 'fantastic professional' Memphis Depay José Mourinho has paid tribute to Memphis Depay following the winger's £16m move to Lyon, claiming the Dutchman never stood a chance at Old Trafford because there are so many wide players ahead of him José Mourinho has paid tribute to Memphis Depay, the "fantastic professional" he sold to Lyon
"20.01.2017 13:31:47" theguardian.com Dan Evans into Australian Open fourth round after beating Bernard Tomic Dan Evans is into the last 16 of the Australian Open after beating the Australia No27 seed Bernard Tomic 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 in the third round Dan Evans is into the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career
"20.01.2017 10:30:00" theguardian.com Lack of power and passion hint at the possible decline of Novak Djokovic It is impossible to tell how deep Novak Djokovic's bruises go after a shock loss to Denis Istomin at the Australian Open, and old certainties have splintered Is Novak Djokovic in decline?
"20.01.2017 09:30:46" theguardian.com Andy Murray wins tough Australian Open match against Sam Querrey World No1 Andy Murray is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open after a straight sets win over American Sam Querrey in Melbourne With Novak Djokovic checking airline schedules, Andy Murray knew this was no time to slip up and he duly delivered an impressive three-set win over Sam Querrey on day five to move into the fourth round of the Australian Open
"19.01.2017 21:39:55" theguardian.com Eoin Morgan laments England's failure to execute plans in India victory England captain Eoin Morgan, who scored a defiant 102 in the 15-run defeat against India, claimed his side lost as they failed to execute their plans England Cricket's Eoin Morgan admitted his side simply had not been good enough with both bat and ball after a 15-run loss ensured defeat in the three‑game one-day series against India.
"19.01.2017 19:21:48" theguardian.com Tom Arscott sacked by Sale over alleged leak of information to Bristol Sale Sharks have sacked Tom Arscott after he allegedly leaked information to his brother before a Premiership match The Sale Sharks have sacked Tom Arscott after he allegedly leaked information to his brother before a Premiership match.
"19.01.2017 17:45:01" theguardian.com India beat England in second ODI by 15 runs to wrap up series victory India beat England in the second one-day international in Cuttack by 15 runs thanks to 100-plus scores from Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni The England Cricket team were narrowly overpowered by India in Cuttack, going down swinging by 15 runs to lose the three-match series at the earliest possible juncture
"19.01.2017 15:59:42" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic endures Australian Open horror show This was sporting drama that Tennis Australia could not have dialled up in a movie, although they did not want their defending champion leaving the tournament in the first week When the 117th best player in the world, Denis Istomin, put his 15th ace past the six-times champion, Novak Djokovic, in the fourth-set tie-break to take their match into a deciding set, disbelief dressed the Serb's reddened face. It had been seven years
"19.01.2017 13:45:00" theguardian.com Valtteri Bottas move to Mercedes could result in fireworks with Lewis Hamilton A predicted understudy role would take the pressure off the Finn but with the F1 drivers' market opening up at the end of 2017, he is likely to come out fighting With 10 years and three world championships under his belt in F1, there is little that will unnerve Lewis Hamilton. But adapting to his new Mercedes team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, might prove complex
"19.01.2017 12:55:00" theguardian.com Tokyo Olympic golf course urged to let women be full members City's governor, Yuriko Koike, urges Kasumigaseki Country Club, a venue for 2020, to let women play on Sundays The golf course that will be used for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics does not accept women as full members
"19.01.2017 11:48:29" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic says 'there was not much I could do' after defeat Novak Djokovic was in gracious mood following his shock second-round defeat to Denis Istomin at the Australian Open on Thursday, insisting 'there was not much I could do' against the Uzbeki world No117 “All credit to Denis. He stepped it up, played aggressive, served very well, very precise. It's a tennis match. On a given day, you can lose. Nothing is impossible. There are over a hundred players in the main draw. The quality of tennis keeps rising each
"19.01.2017 10:07:49" theguardian.com If Mayweather wants to fight McGregor it needs to be across three events Joss Gross: The prospective fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is rubbernecking at its worst, but history offers precedent for events like these 'The loudness of the hot take crowd has meshed too well with the possibility of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The fact that this same group wanted Mayweather to fight Ronda Rousey doesn't mean anything. It's volume for volume's sake and
"19.01.2017 09:15:24" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic stunned as Australian Open title defence ends against Denis Istomin Defending champion Novak Djokovic fell to a shock defeat at the hand of Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open Novak Djokovic is out of the Australian Open after losing to world No117 Denis Istomin in five sets
"18.01.2017 22:09:35" theguardian.com Eddie Jones: 'I want England to be the best. You should never be satisfied' England head coach has set his sights on the 2019 World Cup but says Dylan Hartley may not be captain by that time while Alun Wyn Jones is a shoo-in for the Lions armband "I want England to be the best. You should never be satisfied" – England Rugby's Eddie Jones
"18.01.2017 20:23:21" theguardian.com Jos Buttler welcomes knockout pressure while England ponder plan for Kohli Jos Buttler has set his sights on a big score against India as England look to save the ODI series Talk in the buildup that England Cricket might try to bounce Virat Kohli got short shrift from KL Rahul. But England will have to do something different to keep this series against the Indian Cricket Team alive
"18.01.2017 18:40:34" theguardian.com Nick Kyrgios shows his many sides to explain defeat in Australian Open | Russell Jackson Australian was two sets up and coasting against the Italian veteran but another meltdown on court has left him searching for answers Nick Kyrgios delivered a media performance to rival his fascinating on-court meltdown against Andreas Seppi. In both mediums he displayed virtually every one of his multiple tennis personalities
"18.01.2017 17:46:19" theguardian.com Rachael Heyhoe Flint, trailblazer for women's sport, dies aged 77 The former England women's cricket captain and Wolves vice-president Rachael Heyhoe Flint has died aged 77, Wolves have announced The former England women's cricket captain and Wolves vice-president Rachael Heyhoe Flint has died aged 77
"18.01.2017 16:25:23" theguardian.com Dan Evans sends world No7 Marin Cilic crashing out of Australian Open Dan Evans reached the third round of a grand slam for the fifth time by knocking Marin Cilic out of the Australian Open "It was definitely the biggest win of my career”
"18.01.2017 14:23:45" theguardian.com GB sprinter James Ellington left with 'career threatening injuries' after head-on crash The British 100m sprinter James Ellington is in hospital with career-ending injuries after being involved a head-on collision while riding a motorbike during a training camp in Spain The Team GB sprinter James Ellington is in hospital with career-ending injuries after being involved a head-on collision while riding a motorbike during a training camp in Spain
"18.01.2017 13:12:33" theguardian.com Andy Murray shrugs off ankle issue to reach Australian Open third round Andy Murray had to call on a trainer in the third set after injuring his ankle but beat the world No156 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 with relative ease Andy Murray is in the third round of the Australian Open and looking as dominant as he did when stringing together 28 wins in a row on his rise to No1 in the world
"18.01.2017 10:52:48" Our favourite photos from today's action at the Australian Open
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"18.01.2017 09:54:17" theguardian.com Roger Federer through in straight sets despite fading in second round clash Swiss shows signs of fatigue towards end of match against Noah Rubin but still does enough to progress into third round at Australian Open Roger Federer showed signs of fatigue towards the end of his straight sets victory over Noah Rubin but did enough to progress into third round at the Australian Open
"18.01.2017 00:44:18" theguardian.com Tomlin calls Antonio Brown 'selfish and inconsiderate' over Facebook incident Steelers coach apologises for bad language after Sunday's game but says Brown was 'foolish' to post locker-room video to Facebook “It was foolish of him to do that. It was selfish of him to do that. It was inconsiderate of him to do that. There are consequences to be dealt with from his perspective, and we will punish him" – The Pittsburgh Steelers coach, Mike Tomlin, on Antonio
"18.01.2017 00:00:01" theguardian.com Johanna Konta smiles ahead in calm under pressure stats for Australian Open | Kevin Mitchell The world No9 was amused yet pleased by a survey that said she is the coolest player in times of stress among all the entrants at the first major of the season According to a survey released this week, Johanna Konta is tougher in the clutch points than even last year's Australian Open finalists, Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams
"17.01.2017 22:51:11" theguardian.com Alun Wyn Jones: 'Wales are an experienced team but not an old one' He has taken over the captaincy from Sam Warburton and there is talk he may also lead the Lions in New Zealand in the summer but Alun Wyn Jones tells Paul Rees he is only focused on the Six Nations for now "Wales are an experienced team but not an old one" – Interview with the new captain of Wales national rugby union team
"17.01.2017 17:34:46" Our favourite photos from today's action at the Australian Open
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"17.01.2017 14:46:39" theguardian.com Ivo Karlovic hits 75 aces in epic as records tumble at Australian Open Ivo Karlovic broke the record for the most number of aces in an Australian Open match after firing 75 past Horacio Zeballos in a marathon five-set victory Karlovic won 6-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 22-20 after five hours and 15 minutes
"17.01.2017 13:59:14" theguardian.com Why Golf Magazine's Most Beautiful Women list makes me shudder As well as the obvious point that golf in a bikini is uncomfortable, objectifying athletes does nothing for the sport we love 'Perhaps magazines and websites think that if they started providing real coverage on LPGA golfers men would lose interest. Maybe they're right, but they would no longer be marginalising women. Women make up 50% of the population, so in business terms it
"17.01.2017 13:10:41" theguardian.com Alun Wyn Jones replaces Sam Warburton as Wales captain Wales will have a new captain for the Six Nations after Sam Warburton stepped down in order to concentrate on his game Alun Wyn is the new Wales national rugby union team captain
"17.01.2017 12:28:40" theguardian.com Rugby sevens is growing in popularity and deserves more respect Rugby's entertaining little brother was the unexpected star of the Rio Olympics but sevens remains the poor relation of the British game Rugby's entertaining little brother was the unexpected star of the Olympics but sevens remains the poor relation of the British game
"17.01.2017 09:55:04" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic begins Australian Open title defence – live! Rolling report: Join Jacob Steinberg for live coverage of day two in Melbourne, as Novak Djokovic begins his quest for a record seventh Australian Open Serena Williams, Rafa Nadal, Heather Watson and Johanna Konta have all made it into the second round at the Australian Open. Next up: Novak Djokovic's first-round match against Fernando Verdasco
"17.01.2017 08:20:00" theguardian.com Rafael Nadal beats Florian Mayer to ease into Australian Open second round Rafael Nadal cast aside the disappointments of last year to reach the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Florian Mayer on Tuesday Rafa Nadal is through to the Australian Open second round
"17.01.2017 08:13:45" theguardian.com See you in June: Warriors lay waste to Cavaliers in potential finals preview Draymond Green records triple-double as Golden State cruise to lopsided win over Cleveland at Oracle Arena Stephen Curry hit five 3-pointers and had 20 points while matching his season best with 11 assists in the Golden State Warriors' 126-91 rout of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers
"17.01.2017 07:45:00" theguardian.com Johanna Konta grinds out Australian Open win in valuable first-round outing Britain's No1 women's player reaches second round at Melbourne Park with gritty straight-sets win over Flipkens Johanna Konta won 7-5, 6-2 to reach the second round
"17.01.2017 07:16:01" theguardian.com Heather Watson dumps Samantha Stosur out of Australian Open Heather Watson booked a place in the second round as Samantha Stosur's inability to progress deep into her home grand slam continues Heather Watson won 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 on Margaret Court Arena
"16.01.2017 23:02:45" theguardian.com RFU investigating allegations of 'leaked information' in Sale v Bristol match Sale have made a complaint to the Rugby Football Union after information was allegedly leaked to opponents Bristol earlier this month The Sale Sharks have made a complaint to the RFU after information was allegedly leaked to New Year's Day opponents Bristol
"16.01.2017 20:37:00" theguardian.com Joe Root says England need better plan to counter India's Virat Kohli Kohli scored 122 in India's three-wicket win in the first ODI of a three-match series and Root said it may help if England had slightly more individual plans for him Virat Kohli has scored 777 runs against England Cricket since November
"16.01.2017 18:33:44" theguardian.com Thirty-two games without a win: Rudy Gestede and sport's great rotten streaks The Middlesbrough striker hasn't won in the Premier League since August 2015 – while things are even worse for Sunderland's Jack Rodwell. Who else has had similar runs to forget? From Merlene Ottey to Michael Ballack: sport's unluckiest losers
"16.01.2017 15:46:06" theguardian.com Australian Open: day one – in pictures The Australian Open has started in Melbourne and it is as picturesque as ever
"16.01.2017 14:34:11" theguardian.com Murray and Federer made to work in Australian Open first round Andy Murray's bid to win the Australian Open for a first time opened with a ragged straight sets win over Ukraine's Illya Marchenko Andy Murray and Roger Federer are into the second round
"16.01.2017 13:10:01" theguardian.com Serena Williams may be world No2 but she is as dangerous as ever Bryan Armen Graham: She's lost the No1 ranking and is nearer to 40 than 30, but only a fool would doubt Serena as she enters returns to Melbourne with history in sight She's lost the No1 ranking and is nearer to 40 than 30, but only a fool would doubt Serena Williams as she enters returns to Melbourne with history in sight
"16.01.2017 11:55:00" theguardian.com Defending Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber survives scare Angelique Kerber beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 but had to fight hard after a second set shock Angelique Kerber won 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in the end but world No51 Lesia Tsurenko raised serious question marks about the defending champion's ability to win back-to-back Australian Open titles
"16.01.2017 10:50:00" theguardian.com The gifs that keep on giving Featuring a defender falling on his face, an entertaining motorsport, a fight that really jumped up a notch and got out of hand fast and two high-fives failures Nutmegging, netbusting and snowboarding over a car
"16.01.2017 10:18:08" theguardian.com European Rugby Champions Cup: talking points A harsh call against Danny Cipriani could help Toulouse reach the quarter-finals, Glasgow are playing Leicester at the right time, and Alex Lozowski excelled for Saracens against Scarlets All the weekend's action form the European Rugby Champions Cup
"16.01.2017 07:45:58" theguardian.com Andy Murray makes hard work of Illya Marchenko in Australian Open first round Andy Murray's bid to win the Australian Open for a first time opened with a ragged straight sets win over Ukraine's Illya Marchenko Andy Murray's bid to win the Australian Open for a first time opened with a ragged straight sets win over Ukraine's Illya Marchenko
"16.01.2017 01:38:13" theguardian.com Green Bay Packers beat Dallas Cowboys on final play in NFL playoff thriller Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are headed to the NFC championship game for the first time since the 2014 season after a thrilling finish in Dallas Green Bay Packers will play Atlanta Falcons for a place in the Super Bowl after edging a thriller against the No1 seeded Dallas Cowboys
"15.01.2017 22:43:24" theguardian.com Johanna Konta has form to repeat Australian Open run despite tough draw Johanna Konta admitted she is flattered but not deceived by those talking up her chances of victory at the Australian Open Can Johanna Konta match, or even improve on, her run to the Australian Open semi-finals in 2016?
"15.01.2017 22:11:21" theguardian.com Valtteri Bottas's move to Mercedes set to be finalised this week Valtteri Bottas's switch from Williams to join Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes appears set to be finalised this week Valtteri Bottas is set to join Mercedes-AMG from Williams Martini Racing
"15.01.2017 20:45:37" theguardian.com Saracens stay unbeaten as Chris Ashton secures late draw at Scarlets Chris Ashton scored a dramatic last-gasp try to earn Saracens a 22-22 draw with Scarlets in Pool Three of the Champions Cup at Parc y Scarlets Scarlets 22-22 Saracens
"15.01.2017 16:40:33" theguardian.com Rory McIlroy to have scans on back and in doubt for HSBC Championship Rory McIlroy is hoping to be fit for the Abu Dhabi tournament but will go for scans in Dubai after he lost the South Africa Open in a play-off to Graeme Storm "It was manageable this week with tape and a few pills so I am fine but first and foremost I have to get fully fit and healthy again"
"15.01.2017 13:58:17" theguardian.com Graeme Storm beats Rory McIlroy in South African Open play-off Graeme Storm pipped Rory McIlroy in a play-off to win the South African Open, 83 days after losing his European Tour card Graeme Storm pipped Rory McIlroy in a play-off to win the South African Open, 83 days after losing his European Tour card
"15.01.2017 12:00:47" theguardian.com Pakistan salvage some pride as Australia are cut down to size in second ODI Pakistan showed some much-needed resilience to claim a six-wicket victory over Australia in Sunday's second ODI Pakistan Cricket Team eased to a six-wicket victory to level the five-match ODI series with Cricket Australia at one apiece
"15.01.2017 00:04:39" theguardian.com Will the ascent of Donald Trump make American athletes irate again? | Bryan Armen Graham If sport is a microcosm of life the ascent of Donald Trump is no different with LeBron James and Tom Brady among those speaking their minds from both sides of the debate If sport is a microcosm of life the ascent of Donald J. Trump is no different with LeBron James and Tom Brady among those speaking their minds from both sides of the debate
"14.01.2017 22:39:00" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: Castres' Rory Kockott gets a pass away Rory Kockott attempts to get another Castres attack underway as the French side visit Franklins' Gardens to take on Northampton Saints in the European Champions Cup Sport picture of the day: Castres Olympique Officiel's Rory Kockott gets a pass away
"14.01.2017 20:50:07" theguardian.com Francis Saili try edges Munster past Glasgow and into quarter-finals The replacement Munster wing scored the only try of a tight match in Glasgow and secured a 14-12 win for the visitors, who ensured they will be in the next round of the Champions Cup Glasgow Warriors 12-14 Munster Rugby
"14.01.2017 19:46:31" theguardian.com Protests over Kempton sale fail to materialise during Lanzarote Hurdle day There was no visible public protest at Kempton on Saturday against its proposed sale, despite being described as one of racing's 'crown jewels' Not a placard was waved in anger nor a banner unfurled as the campaign to save Kempton racecourse from extinction made the weakest of starts
"14.01.2017 18:56:45" theguardian.com Virat Kohli oozes charm as he prepares for ODI series against England | Barney Ronay Tourists will need to adopt fearless mode to bring India's new one-day captain Virat Kohli down from the rare levels at which he is batting in the 50-over game It is tempting to compare Virat Kohli to a Premier League footballer, but he is more like the best American sports figures, willing to talk about tactics and stats and team-mates and fears and hopes and feelings. It is a brilliant lesson in how to be a
"14.01.2017 18:07:12" theguardian.com Wasps stay on course as Dan Robson secures last-gasp win over Toulouse The Wasps scrum-half emulated Rob Howley's feat in the 2003-04 final by scoring a try in the 80th minute against Toulouse, sealing a hard-fought Pool 2 match 17-14 Wasps 17-14 Stade Toulousain
"14.01.2017 15:18:09" theguardian.com 'I was always going to come back,' says Roger Federer ahead of Australian Open Federer claimed he is fully fit after his knee problems for a 18th Australian Open but gambling overshadowed the start in Melbourne with more minor players banned “I was always going to come back because my knee wasn't so bad" – Roger Federer
"14.01.2017 13:18:53" theguardian.com Johanna Konta given seal of approval for Australian Open by friend and rival Heather Watson A year on from Konta's big breakthrough at the Australian Open, Watson has claimed she has the consistency and mental toughness to challenge for slam glory "She works really hard, is very professional and I think Jo is definitely a contender for slams” – Heather Watson on Johanna Konta
"14.01.2017 11:56:31" theguardian.com Andy Murray disappointed with LTA chief executive Downey's early exit Andy Murray has expressed his disappointment at Michael Downey's decision to return to Canada two years before the end of his five-year term as chief executive of the LTA "It's disappointing, really, because it's just another change for British tennis" – Andy Murray
"14.01.2017 10:37:04" theguardian.com The gifs that keep on giving: nutmegging, netbusting and snowboarding over a car Featuring an entertaining motorsport, a fight that really jumped up a notch and got out of hand fast and two high-fives failures Featuring a defender falling flat on his face
"13.01.2017 22:10:21" theguardian.com Ronnie O'Sullivan: 'They will never take my soul. They will never take my spirit' Snooker's biggest star is now a traveller, raconteur, intensely political and pushing at fresh boundaries – and he's happier for what he is finding, he tells Sean Ingle "I spent 10 days in bed, watching TV, some darts, loads of Netflix. I had a great time. Just chilled out"
"13.01.2017 18:20:57" theguardian.com Andy Murray eager and ready to avenge near-misses at Australian Open Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have changed their games to reduce the strain but can still expect to beat the rest and meet each other in the final in Melbourne Andy Murray has never won the Australian Open. He is keen to make amends for that in Melbourne in the next fortnight
"13.01.2017 15:26:30" theguardian.com Dave Brailsford appears to be losing his grip The man who has seemed such a casual authority at the head of Team Sky now looks like a malfunctioning robot having made a number of bad decisions The Team Sky boss now looks like a malfunctioning robot
"13.01.2017 13:48:45" theguardian.com Australian Open men's form guide Andy Murray is seeking his first Australian Open after five defeats in the final while there are some famous dark horses lower down in the seedings The players to watch in Melbourne
"13.01.2017 12:21:11" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: Matthew Wade makes ground on Pakistan Australia's Matthew Wade dives to make his ground during the one-day cricket match between Pakistan and Australia. Wade's maiden ODI century steered the hosts to a 92-run victory in their series opener at the Gabba Our picture of the day comes from the one-day international between Pakistan Cricket Team and Cricket Australia
"13.01.2017 10:13:10" theguardian.com Johanna Konta wins Sydney International Great Britain's Johanna Konta overpowered Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-2 in a one-sided victory in the final of the Sydney International on Friday to claim her second career WTA title Johanna Konta has warmed up for the Australian Open in style
"12.01.2017 22:13:04" theguardian.com James DeGale aiming to dethrone only champion in Floyd Mayweather stable Eddie Hearn believes James DeGale is facing a 'great fighter' in Badou Jack, but is not worried as he describes his man as from 'a whole other level' No fighter was ever able to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr in the ring but James DeGale can do the next best thing when he faces Badou Jack in a super middleweight title unification fight on Saturday night in Brooklyn.
"12.01.2017 20:27:22" theguardian.com Brian Fletcher, three-time Grand National winning jockey, dies aged 69 The man who partnered Red Rum to his first two Grand Nationals, Brian Fletcher, as well as winning on Red Alligator, has died Long-retired greats of jump racing have been sharing their memories of Brian Fletcher, the jockey most closely associated with Red Rum and three times a Grand National winner, who has died aged 69.
"12.01.2017 18:56:50" theguardian.com San Diego refused to be bullied by the NFL and billionaire owners The Chargers are moving to Los Angeles because the city chose to put its own needs before those of a sports franchise and its wealthy backers Les Carpenter: "As someone who entered this world on the hilltop behind Qualcomm Stadium and was raised by a father who had grown up dreaming of professional football in his hometown, the thought of the Chargers playing in LA leaves a pit in my stomach."
"12.01.2017 18:30:00" theguardian.com Rugby's tackling laws a step forward but serious injuries remain inevitable World Rugby's new laws may eventually result in less concussion cases but it will take time to remove legacy of rugby league's influence on the 15-man game The new laws may result in fewer concussions but it will take time to remove legacy of rugby league's influence on union
"12.01.2017 17:30:00" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: thundering over the fences at Taunton The sun and clouds in the blue sky, along with the position of the remote camera and the flying birch and dirt, combine to create a dramatic image as some of the runners in a race at Taunton clear a fence Our favourite picture of the day
"12.01.2017 16:27:54" theguardian.com Australian Open women's form guide Can Angelique Kerber regain the levels she reached during a stellar 2016? will Serena Williams bounce back to the top? And how will Johanna Konta cope with top-10 status? There is plenty to look out for in Melbourne The players to watch in Melbourne
"12.01.2017 13:49:44" theguardian.com The best sports videos on YouTube this week This week's roundup also features paddle board boxing, the 1998 World Cup and some harsh refereeing decisions Featuring Tyson Fury's attempt to jump over a gate
"12.01.2017 12:24:36" theguardian.com The evolution of the NBA big man A new generation of seven-footers has shifted the balance of power in the NBA from the shorter guys – but are these changes good for the game? Size matters
"12.01.2017 10:47:43" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton left with a clear path to greatness at Mercedes The technical director Paddy Lowe's departure hard on the heels of world champion Nico Rosberg leaves the British driver as the team's senior figure Lewis Hamilton has never enjoyed genuine seniority over a Mercedes team-mate – until now
"12.01.2017 09:50:27" theguardian.com Floyd Mayweather offers new terms to fight UFC star Conor McGregor Floyd Mayweather has told ESPN he wants to take on UFC star for $100m and added: 'Conor McGregor keeps telling everybody he wants to fight - let's make it happen' "Conor McGregor keeps telling everybody he wants to fight – let's make it happen" – Floyd Mayweather
"11.01.2017 22:06:00" theguardian.com Kempton campaigners determined to fight racecourse closure plans Kempton campaigners believe they can thwart a Jockey Club plan to build houses on the Sunbury racecourse Kempton campaigners gear up to fight plans to close racecourse https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/11/kempton-park-jockey-club-development-plan
"11.01.2017 19:38:45" theguardian.com Sam Warburton's captaincy of Wales in doubt as Alun Wyn Jones waits in wings Sam Warburton's future as Wales captain will be decided when he meets interim head coach Rob Howley next week Sam Warburton has not told Wales that he wants to give up the captaincy but he will meet Rob Howley at the beginning of next week to discuss the position
"11.01.2017 19:04:29" theguardian.com Limping Nick Kyrgios only a long shot but a fascinating Australian Open looms | Russell Jackson Kyrgios is hobbling towards the opening round of his home grand slam, but his 2017 campaign might tell us if and how he is maturing Nick Kyrgios Kyrgios is hobbling towards the opening round of the Australian Open, but his 2017 campaign might tell us if and how he is
"11.01.2017 18:13:42" theguardian.com Eddie Jones forced to rebuild England scrum as injury problems bite Joe Marler and Mako Vunipola will both miss opening Six Nations games with Leicester prop Ellis Genge expected to be recalled to squad How will Eddie Jones react to England's injury problems?
"11.01.2017 15:26:50" theguardian.com Dakar Rally 2017: stages one to eight – in pictures The Dakar Rally rally has made its way through Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia over the last week, giving us some spectacular images
"11.01.2017 13:41:40" theguardian.com 10 golfing hopes for 2017 Here are some hopes and ambitions – with varying confidence – for golf in 2017 - Tiger Woods wins again
- Rory McIlroy claims The Masters
- Jin Jeong discovers some form
- Lydia Ko is given the credit she deserves
"11.01.2017 12:09:28" theguardian.com Jeff Horn v Manny Pacquaio fight confirmed for April Arguably the biggest fight in Australian boxing history has been confirmed with Jeff Horn to face boxing great Manny Pacquiao in April Manny Pacquiao will be back in action in April against Jeff Horn, a former schoolteacher who first took up fighting to protect himself from bullies
"11.01.2017 11:04:55" theguardian.com Joe Marler's broken leg adds to England's Six Nations worries England have increasing fitness concerns ahead of next month's Six Nations championship, with almost half their pack set to be worryingly short of match practice prior to the defending champions' opening game against France at Twickenham on 4 February Another blow for the England Rugby team
"11.01.2017 09:46:45" theguardian.com Digital illusion: the mystery of Josh Hazlewood's missing finger A photograph of the Australian fast bowler's apparently deformed hand has caused confusion and consternation A photograph of the Australian Cricket Team bowler's apparently deformed hand has caused confusion and consternation
"11.01.2017 00:14:36" theguardian.com Joe Marler's suspected broken leg adds to England's Six Nations worries England have increasing fitness concerns ahead of next month's Six Nations championship, with almost half their pack set to be worryingly short of match practice prior to the defending champions' opening game against France at Twickenham on 4 February Joe Marler's suspected broken leg adds to England Rugby's Six Nations Championship worries
"10.01.2017 22:35:02" theguardian.com Dave Brailsford accuses Ukad chief of undermining inquiry with criticisms The evidence provided by the Team Sky principal and other leading figures in British cycling has been described as 'very disappointing' by Ukad chairman David Kenworthy The beleaguered Team Sky head, Sir Dave Brailsford, has criticised the chairman of UK Anti Doping, David Kenworthy, alleging that by speaking out last weekend, the Ukad leader may have undermined the ongoing inquiry into alleged wrongdoing in cycling
"10.01.2017 21:44:50" theguardian.com More athletes file sexual abuse lawsuit against former USA Gymnastics doctor A Michigan doctor accused of sexually abusing gymnasts has been hit with a new lawsuit by 18 women and girls More athletes file sexual abuse lawsuit against former USA Gymnastics doctor
"10.01.2017 20:57:03" theguardian.com Richie Porte: 'I pinch myself most days. It wasn't long ago that I was working 9-5' | Kieran Pender Ahead of the Tour Down Under, Richie Porte opens up about a disappointing past season, Tour de France ambitions and his friendly rivalry with Chris Froome “I pinch myself most days. Everyone has a unique path but mine was particularly strange. It wasn't long ago that I was working 9am-5pm at a swimming pool" – Richie Porte interview
"10.01.2017 20:03:56" theguardian.com Kempton the victim as Jockey Club puts a price on 'priceless' heritage | Greg Wood The proposed loss of the iconic course where Arkle, Desert Orchid and Kauto Star made their names has provoked astonishment and anger from jump-racing fans. A concerted protest campaign can be expected The proposed loss of the iconic course where Arkle, Desert Orchid and Kauto Star made their names has provoked astonishment and anger from jump-racing fans
"10.01.2017 19:01:22" theguardian.com Sebastian Coe defies select committee over Russia corruption scandal Sebastian Coe was asked to reappear before a parliamentary select committee looking into doping after evidence from Dave Bedford but the president of the IAAF will not do so Sebastian Coe will defy a summons from parliament to answer further questions concerning when he first heard about corruption within the corridors of the IAAF and the extent of Russia's doping problems because he believes he has no fresh information to
"10.01.2017 17:41:07" Isiah Thomas, 2 x NBA champion, goes against reporter Max Whittle for some one-on-one on court and in conversation. The NBA is in town for a Global Game on Thursday. Comment below with your questions for Isiah...
"10.01.2017 17:25:20" Time well spent by the staff at Allstars Sports Bar Bristol, who pulled off this spectacular trick shot
"10.01.2017 15:48:42" theguardian.com How accidental captain MS Dhoni reshaped cricket His remarkable decision-making made him the limited-overs master and thereby inspired the IPL but he first led India only because top names – and the BCCI – were rejecting T20 MS Dhoni: a man who changed the course of cricket
"10.01.2017 13:03:53" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: Andy Murray warms up in Australia Using the light to accentuate Andy Murray and turn the court black makes for a great photo in the buildup to the Australian Open at Melbourne Park The dark and the knight
"10.01.2017 10:50:53" theguardian.com Nick Kyrgios wears 'Fuck Donald Trump" T-shirt to press conference The Australian changed into the top, which displayed a picture of the US president-elect complete with devil horns, shortly after defeating Rafael Nadal in an exhibition match When asked about the "Fuck Donald Trump" T-shirt he was wearing, Nick Kyrgios said: “It's pretty explanatory”
"10.01.2017 10:03:01" theguardian.com Welcome to the era of the rugby super coach Eddie Jones and Ben Ryan both enjoyed a year to remember in 2016 with England and Fiji and we have entered an era where the coaches seem to have become an increasingly valuable commodity in the game Who is the most influential person in top-level rugby? In days of yore it was always the players and, for better or worse, the referee. More recently it could be argued it is the TMO or even the TV director who selects the key replays. Increasingly,
"10.01.2017 08:45:07" theguardian.com Sir Andy Murray admits to having reservations over accepting knighthood Sir Andy Murray has admitted to having reservations about accepting a knighthood because he was worried it would 'distract' him from his goal of remaining the world's No1 player Sir Andy Murray: 'A few of the players have been chatting to me about it and asking what do we call you. Andy is fine'
"10.01.2017 00:00:03" theguardian.com Back yard to Big Bash: Ashleigh Gardner's star rises after intense year of cricket | Russell Jackson The teenager has gone from child prodigy to WBBL star, and the Sydney Sixers all-rounder hopes to inspire a new generation of Aboriginal cricketers “I see myself as a role model for younger, aspiring Aboriginal kids playing sport on the whole, but mainly in cricket. It's definitely something you want to show to the Aboriginal community, that if you're determined to achieve something you can do it no
"09.01.2017 21:58:42" theguardian.com Odell Beckham Jr punches hole in wall after nightmarish playoff debut New York Giants star wide receiver reportedly punches hole in wall and bangs head against locker after coming up small in playoff blowout New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr punched a hole in the wall after his nightmarish NFL playoff debut against the Green Bay Packers
"09.01.2017 21:16:04" theguardian.com Racing blackout on betting shop TV screens adds to gloom for sport of kings Disagreement between bookmakers and racecourses over payments has not been resolved and TV viewing figures have dropped alarmingly Live horse racing coverage was blanked out in the majority of Britain's betting shops on Monday as the result of an ongoing dispute over media rights payments between bookmakers and racecourses
"09.01.2017 20:02:02" theguardian.com Dana White attacks 'uppity 80-year-old' Meryl Streep over MMA comments The UFC president has taken aim at Meryl Streep after she criticized mixed martial arts and football in her Golden Globes speech "The last thing I expect is for an uppity 80-year-old lady to be in our demographic and love mixed martial arts” – UFC's Dana White takes aim at Meryl Streep
"09.01.2017 17:02:56" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic wins libel case against athletics coach over doping claims A Swedish district court ordered Ulf Karlsson to pay a fine for comments he made at a panel discussion at a sports conference in April Another victory for Zlatan Ibrahimovic
"09.01.2017 14:52:25" theguardian.com England's Chris Robshaw ruled out for 12 weeks Chris Robshaw has been ruled out of the Six Nations after Harlequins confirmed the England flanker will undergo surgery on his injured shoulder on Monday and will be sidelined for 12 weeks Chris Robshaw has been ruled out of the Six Nations
"09.01.2017 12:54:56" theguardian.com The Big Interview: James DeGale James DeGale, the IBF world super-middleweight champion, tells Donald McRae how he will need the fear of failure to inspire him in a year that could net him £10m "This could be a £10m year for me,” says James DeGale soon after he has ambled downstairs wearing nothing but his underpants. “Badou Jack … Callum Smith … George Groves … that could make me 10 million,” DeGale says as his eyes widen.
"09.01.2017 10:18:07" The gifs that keep on giving: http://bit.ly/2iZbt4t
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"09.01.2017 09:04:00" theguardian.com Talking points from the weekend's Premiership and European action Munster's emotional victory at Racing sets up a shootout with Glasgow, new tackling laws cause confusion, and Worcester are in another relegation battle Munster Rugby won an emotional encounter, Wasps and Leicester Tigers served up a thriller and Worcester Warriors are in trouble
"08.01.2017 23:28:40" theguardian.com Scotland's Laura Muir offers early glimpse into the post-Farah era | Sean Ingle Farah remains Britain's most popular athlete by a mile but at Great Edinburgh International XCountry there were the first stirrings of a changing of the guard Laura Muir's performance in Edinburgh this weekend mark her out as a coming star, writes Sean Ingle:
"08.01.2017 18:27:19" theguardian.com James Haskell return lasts 35 seconds as Wasps repel Leicester fightback The England flanker James Haskell's comeback from injury lasted barely a minute as Wasps reclaimed top spot in the Premiership after holding off a fierce Leicester fightback to secure a 22-16 win Wasps 22-16 Leicester Tigers
"08.01.2017 13:15:46" theguardian.com Deta Hedman determined to finally deliver women's darts world title Beaten three times in the BDO final at Lakeside in the deciding set, the 57-year-old Royal Mail worker clocks up 14-hour shifts to be able to find time for darts How does the No1 seed for the BDO World Championship prepare? Fourteen-hour shifts for Royal Mail, finishing at 4am
"08.01.2017 10:34:31" theguardian.com Eoin Morgan brings his white-ball expertise on return to lead England England's one-day captain is back in charge for the trip to India and victory would obscure any lingering discontent about his opting out of the Bangladesh tour "Eoin Morgan's England Cricket absence in Bangladesh infuriated Andrew Strauss, and the consequence is that he does not have quite so much rope at his disposal when things go wrong. Not that this is likely to disturb him …"
"07.01.2017 23:29:37" theguardian.com Bradley Wiggins in The Jump? Let's cut him a bit of celebrity slack | Tim Lewis The cycling legend's entry into the Channel 4 reality show will be seen by some as a sell-out, but we can't expect our sporting heroes to have impeccable legacies Bradley Wiggins' entry into Channel 4 reality show The Jump will be seen by some as a sell-out, but we can't expect our sporting heroes to have impeccable legacies
"07.01.2017 22:19:00" theguardian.com Eddie Jones: 'Six Nations can be the greatest tournament in the world' The England coach does not believe the introduction of bonus points for the 2017 tournament will have any impact and is keen to see his side get off to a flying start against France regardless “I want us to go out there and set a benchmark in the first game. The Six Nations Championship is a unique competition because of the intensity of the rivalry. If we can get the rugby to a great level, it will become the greatest tournament in the world"
"07.01.2017 21:55:14" theguardian.com Mike Williams: 'We have a chance against Wasps to make Cockers proud' The Leicester flanker, who moved to England from Zimbabwe with the aim of playing Test rugby, has recovered from a recurring arm injury and hopes to catch Eddie Jones' eye once again, he tells Paul Rees “We have a chance to make a statement against Wasps and put in a performance to make Cockers proud. I had never come across anyone so dedicated to a club or whose mental toughness so inspired you" – Leicester Tigers' Mike Williams
"07.01.2017 21:19:33" theguardian.com Damian Collins wants more information on Fluimucil from Team Sky Damian Collins, the head of the House of Commons culture, media and sport committee, said: 'I think Team Sky need to set out how they used Fluimucil' "Team Sky need to set out how they used Fluimucil, how often and for what purposes. British Cycling should also be in a position to state whether this was a drug they routinely kept in their stores and was it regularly supplied to Team Sky”
"07.01.2017 20:03:25" theguardian.com Saracens survive loss of Richard Barrington to sneak draw against Exeter Saracen's Richard Barrington was sent off after only 11 minutes of his side's 13-13 Premiership draw with Exeter, for a shoulder charge that knocked out Geoff Parling Saracens 13-13 Exeter Chiefs Official – The crackdown on dangerous tackles yielded its first Premiership casualty
"07.01.2017 18:38:37" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic edges out Andy Murray in three sets to win Qatar Open Andy Murray lost to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Qatar Open, the world No1's first defeat in a competitive match since September Novak Djokovic made an immense statement in his bid to rule men's tennis again when he defeated Andy Murray, the man who deposed him as world No1, in an epic Qatar Open final
"07.01.2017 16:59:50" theguardian.com Sir Mo Farah seventh as Leonard Korir wins Great Edinburgh XCountry Korir pipped the Scot Callum Hawkins on the line to win the cross country race, while an unconcerned Farah admitted he was not in top shape and had felt ill beforehand “During the last couple of weeks training hasn't gone well, so I could have pulled out and stayed at home. But I was running for my country so I decided to come" – Mo Farah
"07.01.2017 12:08:20" theguardian.com Kevin Pietersen's quickfire 73 helps Stars to Melbourne derby win over Renegades Kevin Pietersen led the Melbourne Stars to a thumping 46-run win over the Renegades in their Big Bash League derby The former England Cricket international belted 73 from 46 balls as the Stars posted 200-7
"07.01.2017 11:35:23" theguardian.com Ukad chair adds to pressure on Sir Dave Brailsford over mystery package proof David Kenworthy, the outgoing Ukad chairman, has added to the pressure on Sir Dave Brailsford by labelling evidence given to parliament over the delivery of a package in 2011 as 'extraordinary' and 'very disappointing' “Everybody can remember this from five years ago, but no-one can remember what was in the package. That strikes me as being extraordinary" – David Kenworthy
"06.01.2017 17:12:11" theguardian.com Rugby union's new tackle laws explained World Rugby's new directives for punishing high tackles come into effect this weekend, but in truth they have left it up to coaches and players to figure out for themselves how to adapt What are the new tackling laws and will they make a difference?
"06.01.2017 16:07:51" theguardian.com Former Wasps owner expresses interest in re-forming Bradford Bulls David Thorne, the former CEO and owner of the rugby union side Wasps, is one of the parties interested in re-forming Bradford Bulls following the club's liquidation The former owner of Wasps is interested in re-forming Bradford Bulls RLFC
"06.01.2017 13:53:30" theguardian.com Bradford Bulls' demise should worry second-tier clubs in other sports The news of Bradford Bulls' liquidation did not come as a surprise but it should serve as a warning to other league, union, cricket and football clubs The news of Bradford Bulls RLFC' liquidation should serve as a warning to other league, union, cricket and football clubs
"06.01.2017 12:50:45" theguardian.com Yasir Shah: the cricketer who laughed If a cricketer can be judged by his mood when the chips are down, the Pakistan spinner has won plenty of admirers on his side's dismal tour of Australia If a cricketer can be judged by his mood when the chips are down, Yasir Shah has won plenty of admirers on Pakistan's dismal tour of Australia
"06.01.2017 10:24:49" theguardian.com Floyd Mayweather to train Soulja Boy for fight with Chris Brown Beef between the two R&B stars is to become a pay-per-view boxing match in Las Vegas Floyd Mayweather is coming back to boxing ... to train Soulja Boy for his fight against Chris Brown
"06.01.2017 09:04:45" theguardian.com David Warner fireworks set Australia on path towards victory over Pakistan Australia's batsmen embarrassed Pakistan's patched-up attack, handing Nathan Lyon the perfect platform to shine on the final day of the three-Test series Cricket Australia's David Warner smashes second-fastest half-century in Test cricket history to set up potentially thrilling final day against Pakistan Cricket Team
"05.01.2017 21:13:35" theguardian.com Future of F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone in doubt over hosting costs The future of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone has been called into doubt after the circuit's owners, the British Racing Drivers' Club, revealed that hosting the Formula One event is becoming financially unfeasible The future of the F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone has been called into doubt
"05.01.2017 19:23:58" theguardian.com Monaco Grand Prix to be shown on free-to-air TV for first time since 2012 The Monaco Grand Prix will be broadcast live on free-to-air television in the UK for the first time in five years The Monaco Grand Prix is set to be shown on terrestrial TV for the first time in five years
"05.01.2017 17:52:45" theguardian.com FA Cup third-round fever, NBA All Star talk and the perfect frozen putt This week's roundup also features David Brent, an irritant ball boy, more woe for Notts County and a painful shriek for Pittsburgh Steelers The best sports videos on YouTube this week
"05.01.2017 13:48:02" theguardian.com Leicester at crossroads as old ways start to look like the wrong ones Welford Road club find themselves in the position of Arsenal FC post-Abramovich, qualifying for Europe while living within their means and reducing debt How Leicester Tigers became the Arsenal of Premiership Rugby
"05.01.2017 12:01:30" How about this for New Year inspiration? 105-year-old Frenchman Robert Marchand has set a new record by cycling more than 14 miles in one hour. "I'm not in such good shape as I was a couple of years back," he said. "I am not here to be champion. I am here
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"05.01.2017 00:32:40" theguardian.com Chris Gayle marks 'Don't Blush Baby' anniversary with lewd video post A year on from the “Don't Blush Baby” controversy, West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle has posted on social media and told Australia to “lighten the ----- up” A year on from the “Don't Blush Baby” incident, West Indies cricket team player Chris Gayle has re-ignited controversy by posting a raunchy video on social media and telling Australia to “lighten the phuck up”
"04.01.2017 23:41:46" theguardian.com Eoin Morgan strikes 'unbelievable' six to clinch Big Bash win for Thunder Departing Sydney Thunder star Eoin Morgan hopes the dramatic BBL win he secured at the Sydney Showgrounds will prove to be the turning point Eoin Morgan's 'unbelievable' six clinches Big Bash League win for Sydney Thunder against Kevin Pietersen's Melbourne Stars in England Cricket one-day captain's last game before series against the Indian Cricket Team
"04.01.2017 22:21:12" theguardian.com The trouble at Leicester: 'I'd be saying black and Cockers would say white' Aaron Mauger, who has taken over at Leicester Tigers following the sacking of Richard Cockerill, has revealed the coaching differences that harmed the club “We probably have a lot of fundamental differences of philosophy in how to play and train to the point where I'd be saying black and Cockers would be saying white” – Aaron Mauger on Richard Cockerill's Leicester Tigers exit
"04.01.2017 21:14:28" theguardian.com James DeGale believes he will win IBF-WBC unifying fight with Badou Jack IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale believes he can win his unifying fight with WBC champion Badou Jack and return to England for a big fight in the summer "The plan is to beat Badou Jack and have a big fight at home" – James DeGale
"04.01.2017 18:30:00" theguardian.com Olympic champion Ashton Eaton and wife Brianne retire together Double Olympic champion and heptathlete wife retire on same day, saying there isn't anything left for them in track and field Double Olympic champion Ashton Eaton and his wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton, a two-time heptathlon world silver medallist, have retired on the same day
"04.01.2017 17:51:47" theguardian.com Andrea Radrizzani buys 50% of Leeds United to be co-owner with Massimo Cellino Radrizzani to discuss buying Massimo Cellino's remaining 50% in summer Andrea Radrizzani, the Italian TV rights mogul, has purchased a 50% stake in Leeds United and will consider a full takeover in the summer
"04.01.2017 15:38:38" theguardian.com Why drubbings exceed draws in Test cricket's modern era The tactics and techniques ushered in by T20 have meant fewer five-day matches going the distance, with 2016 producing one of the smallest draw percentages the game has seen There were 47 Tests in 2016 and only seven were drawn. In 1997, almost half of all Tests played ended in a draw, 21 out of 44. Why the change?
"04.01.2017 12:39:16" theguardian.com Manu Tuilagi to miss rest of season with cruciate knee ligament injury Leicester have announced their England centre Manu Tuilagi will miss the rest of the season due to a cruciate knee ligament injury Manu Tuilagi wil miss the rest of season – including the Six Nations Championship
"04.01.2017 11:26:58" theguardian.com Is it time to let the ladies into Muirfield? Once again the stark choice between preserving their lunching tradition and hosting the Open worth £80m to the local economy will vex the guardians of golf club privilege over whether to change their men-only membership rules Once again the stark choice between preserving their lunching tradition and hosting the Open – which is worth £80m to the local economy – will vex the guardians of golf club privilege
"04.01.2017 10:08:56" theguardian.com Serena Williams suffers shock loss to Madison Brengle Serena Williams' Australian Open preparation suffered a jolt when her fellow American Madison Brengle stunned the world No2 by beating her 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4 in the second round of the Auckland Classic "I played – I'm trying to think of a word that's not obscene – but that's how I played" – Serena Williams sums up her performance
"03.01.2017 17:58:27" theguardian.com New initiative to tighten up the tackle law may be rugby's big-bang moment World Rugby's decision to clamp down on high hits from Tuesday will free up the game for creative ball-carriers and try-scoring rates should soar even higher There are no big games being played today but this date could be remembered as among the most significant in modern rugby union history
"03.01.2017 16:53:08" theguardian.com 'Just don't call me a celebrity': Bradley Wiggins joins The Jump The retired cyclist Bradley Wiggins has signed up for Channel 4's winter sports-based reality TV show on a lineup that also includes Robbie Fowler, Louis Smith, Jade Jones and Kadeena Cox Bradley Wiggins: eight-time Olympic medallist, Tour de France champion and ... skijumper
"03.01.2017 15:08:27" theguardian.com Bradford Bulls go into liquidation after years of financial struggle Bradford Bulls, the troubled rugby league club, have been liquidated having gone into administration three times in four years Bradford Bulls RLFC have gone into liquidation
"03.01.2017 14:14:50" theguardian.com When nature calls, we should all be able to answer – disabled or not It is enraging, though sadly unsurprising, that a Paralympian was left to wet herself for lack of an accessible train toilet It's a disgrace that a Paralympian had to wet herself on a train, but it's not a surprise
"03.01.2017 12:35:18" theguardian.com Darts quiz: how much do you know about the PDC World Championship? Michael van Gerwen became a two-time world champion when he beat Gary Anderson at Alexandra Palace on Monday. Do you know your darts history? Michael van Gerwen is the new world champion but do you know what age he was when Phil The Power Taylor won his first title in 1995?
"03.01.2017 12:00:50" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: Dakar Rally begins in Paraguay Spain's Gerard Farres Guell powers his Yanmar KTM through the water during stage one of the Dakar rally between Asunción in Paraguay and Resistencia, Argentina. This year's race, which also takes in Bolivia, finishes in Buenos Aires on 14 January The Dakar Rally 2017 is underway – and it looks spectacular
"03.01.2017 10:49:38" theguardian.com Fans in fancy dress at the darts – in pictures The international fans that follow the world's biggest darts tournament have outdone themselves again with their wild and wacky costumes. Here are some of the best dressed from this year's event at Alexandra Palace in north London The best pictures from the World Darts Championship
"03.01.2017 10:01:08" theguardian.com Will Ronda Rousey's downfall kill female UFC? The American's future is uncertain after defeat to Amanda Nunes. But women's mixed martial arts are in rude health and has other big draws Will Ronda Rousey's downfall kill female UFC? Don't panic just yet
"03.01.2017 09:18:13" theguardian.com Australia in command of SCG Test after Warner and Renshaw centuries Centuries from David Warner and Matt Renshaw at the SCG have piloted Australia to an imposing total of 3-365 at stumps on day one of the third Test Contrasting centuries from David Warner and Matt Renshaw at the SCG led the Australian Cricket Team to an imposing 365-3 at stumps on day one of the third Test against Pakistan Cricket Team
"02.01.2017 19:13:12" theguardian.com Charlie Mulgrew strikes to hand Blackburn victory against Newcastle Charlie Mulgrew scored for Blackburn with a second-half free-kick as Newcastle surrendered top spot in the Championship Blackburn Rovers had just one shot on target but it was enough to give them a 1-0 win against Newcastle United
"02.01.2017 18:15:00" theguardian.com Romelu Lukaku blasts home to secure Everton win over Southampton Enner Valencia and Romelu Lukaku scored each side of a Leighton Baines penalty to give Ronald Koeman a 3-0 victory over his former club Everton Football Club 3-0 Southampton FC
"02.01.2017 17:24:11" theguardian.com Manchester City's 10 men sink Burnley thanks to Clichy and Agüero Manchester City shrugged off the dismissal of Fernandinho to beat Burnley 2-1, thanks to two goals in four minutes by Gaël Clichy and the substitute Sergio Agüero Manchester City 2-1 Burnley Football Club
"02.01.2017 15:11:27" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: tennis through the keyhole This shot of Alexander Zverev playing at the Hopman Cup in Perth stood out for its bold use of light and the geometric shapes created by the court. Zverev lost the match 7-5, 6-3 to France's Richard Gasquet Our favourite picture of the day
"02.01.2017 12:45:00" theguardian.com Paralympian forced to wet herself on train without accessible toilet Anne Wafula Strike says she was left humiliated after three-hour journey on CrossCountry train with no disabled toilet Anne Wafula Strike says she was 'completely robbed of her dignity' after a train company failed to provide an accessible toilet on a three-hour journey
"02.01.2017 11:54:36" theguardian.com Three memories of cricket in 2016 Following on from his memories of 2014 and 2015, Gary looks back on 2016 and celebrates a deserved century, a bewildering delivery and 10 press-ups A deserved century, a bewildering delivery and 10 press-ups
"02.01.2017 09:46:01" Timeline Photos Aaron Rodgers threw three of his four TDs in the second half, lifting the Green Bay Packers to an NFC North-winning 31-24 victory over the Detroit Lions and wrapping up the NFL playoff
"02.01.2017 08:49:38" theguardian.com Michael van Gerwen blitzes Van Barneveld to set up dream PDC final Michael van Gerwen produced a stunning display of darts to beat Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 and reach the PDC World Darts Championship final Michael van Gerwen's average of 114.05 was the highest in the history of the world championship as he set up a final against Gary Anderson
"02.01.2017 08:20:40" theguardian.com The strange evolution of the pole vault world record: from Bubka to Lavillenie Sergey Bubka broke the pole vault world record in 1984 and then spent a decade edging it upwards at a rate that suited his sponsors. Bubka's final record of 6.15m stood for two decades, until Renaud Lavillenie went to Ukraine last year, jumped a Sergey Bubka broke the pole vault world record in 1984 … then kept breaking it every year after, centimetre by centimetre, for the reward money
"01.01.2017 19:41:52" theguardian.com Manu Tuilagi suffers new knee injury as Saracens edge past Leicester On a bad day for Leicester they lost 16-12 to Saracens while Manu Tuilagi went off injured just 24 hours after being named in the England squad Leicester Tigers 12-16 Saracens
"01.01.2017 15:40:32" theguardian.com LeBron James offers support as Ronda Rousey considers future in UFC Ronda Rousey has received support from fellow high-profile athletes after her first-round defeat to Amanda Nunes on Friday night "In sports, in general, they build you up as high as they can, put you on the highest mountain in the world, just to tear you down. That's coming from somebody who has experienced it.”
"01.01.2017 10:22:33" theguardian.com The alternative 2016 sports awards: the year's best quotes, gaffes and meltdowns Forget the medal tables: it was another big year for sporting soap opera. The quotes, the rows and the capybaras that made the past 12 months special "That bloody thing is huge. Have you seen it? It's half wombat, half dog."
"01.01.2017 00:27:40" theguardian.com Sport calendar 2017: your essential guide to the next 12 months The British & Irish Lions are on tour, the world's finest athletes head to London, the Ashes are at stake in Australia and there are international honours in women's football, rugby league and one-day cricket The British & Irish Lions are on tour, the world's finest athletes head to London, the Ashes are at stake in Australia and there are international honours in women's football, rugby league and one-day cricket
"31.12.2016 21:36:24" theguardian.com Usain Bolt surprises MUTV with phone call to discuss win over Middlesbrough Manchester United's in-house television channel got a shock when Usain Bolt called up to discuss the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough Manchester United's in-house television channel got a shock when Usain Bolt called up to discuss the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough
"31.12.2016 17:32:07" theguardian.com Willian double sinks brave Stoke and extends Chelsea run to 13 straight wins Chelsea completed their 13th straight victory against a spirited Stoke side who twice equalised at Stamford Bridge, but Diego Costa's 85th-minute goal sealed their 4-2 Premier League win Chelsea Football Club 4-2 Stoke City Football Club
"31.12.2016 16:35:31" theguardian.com Chamberlin and Chapman aim to put fun back into racing at ITV Channel 4's era as the sport's sole terrestrial broadcaster has come to an end and racing authorities are hoping for a turnaround in viewing figures on new home At 1pm on New Year's Day, a new era in UK televised horse racing begins when ITV Racing takes over as the sport's main home on the box
"31.12.2016 15:28:06" theguardian.com Ronda Rousey's defeat to Amanda Nunes is a cautionary tale for UFC fighters The American fighter was once the queen of mixed martial arts but after two successive losses she has demonstrated that fame is of little help in the octagon Ronda Rousey showed that in the UFC there is no height from which a star can't fall. No limb he or she can't hit on the way down. And no thud they won't feel. Her stardom reached well beyond the cage, but no amount of fame could save her from another
"31.12.2016 14:46:03" theguardian.com Eddie Jones names Manu Tuilagi in England squad camp before Six Nations Eddie Jones has announced a revised 45-man elite player squad (EPS) and named the 33 players who will attend a two-day training camp in Brighton as England begin their preparation for the Six Nations James Haskell, Maro Itoje, Manu Tuilagi, Mike Williams, Jack Nowell and Anthony Watson all return for England Rugby after injury
"31.12.2016 14:02:46" theguardian.com 'I still feel like Andy Murray,' says tennis No1 after knighthood Andy Murray says he is happy to have received a knighthood in the New Years Honours on Friday and the news is a welcome boost to start the new year Andy Murray says he is happy to have a Sir in front of his name – even if it will take some getting used to
"31.12.2016 13:28:18" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: footballers in the mist This festive season has seen parts of the United Kingdom blessed/cursed (delete as appropriate) with an abundance of foggy days, and this was just the case on Friday night as Yeovil Town hosted Portsmouth It probably wasn't a surprise that Yeovil Town FC v Portsmouth Football Club finished 0-0
"31.12.2016 12:37:54" theguardian.com Torch-bearer James Hook looks to light up again in instinctive style James Hook's career for Wales stalled but the Gloucester player's skills are in demand and he is optimistic there is still an international future for him as he returns to Ospreys 'I have had a wonderful career which has another chapter to run'
"31.12.2016 12:05:30" theguardian.com Runner's cheating is exposed but for once a sponsor stands tall Robert Young's attempted ultra-running feats attracted great sympathy and support, given his troubled background, but when his honesty was challenged his backers did the right thing Robert Young's attempted ultra-running feats attracted great sympathy and support, but when his honesty was challenged his backers did the right thing – and set a rare example
"31.12.2016 11:28:39" theguardian.com The Guardian's inaugural Footballer of the Year: Fabio Pisacane The Cagliari defender Fabio Pisacane is the Guardian's inaugural Footballer of the Year for his determination to reach Serie A after suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome at 14 The Cagliari Calcio defender is the first winner of the award for his remarkable determination to reach Serie A TIM after suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome at the age of 14. It is a truly inspiring story
"31.12.2016 10:09:47" theguardian.com Women's cricket in 2016: England's big call and the emergence of KSL Captain Charlotte Edwards left and Tammy Beaumont seized her chance, with the emergence of new faces leading nicely into the Kia Super League England captain Charlotte Edwards left and Tammy Beaumont seized her chance, with the emergence of new faces leading nicely into the Kia Super League
"31.12.2016 06:25:41" Timeline Photos Amanda Nunes Leoa beats Ronda Rousey in just 48 seconds to retain her UFC title at #ufc207
"30.12.2016 23:16:54" theguardian.com Andy Murray knighted in New Year honours list rewarding UK sport stars Olympians and Paralympians make up 10% of 2017 list with Mo Farah also knighted and Jessica Ennis-Hill made a dame Andy Murray, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah lead the New Year honours list, with stars of Rio 2016 making up 10% of the entire list
"30.12.2016 23:14:40" theguardian.com Wasps top Premiership after Jimmy Gopperth has final say at Newcastle Wasps leapfrogged Saracens at the top of the Premiership but they were made to work for a 34-30 comeback victory at Newcastle Newcastle Falcons 30-34 Wasps
"30.12.2016 19:29:59" theguardian.com Semesa Rokoduguni: 'I like working with Eddie. When he's not happy, he tells you' The Bath wing has responded well to being dropped by Eddie Jones and is aiming to further his claims for an England recall against Exeter on Saturday “I have grown more used to the weather now, but growing up in Fiji it was all about playing outside. Wherever you go, you see rugby posts and kids playing, not with rugby balls, because there aren't any, but plastic bottles or a pair of flip-flops tied
"30.12.2016 17:13:09" theguardian.com Fancy dress fans at the World Darts Championship – in pictures The international fans that follow the world's biggest darts tournament have outdone themselves again with their wild and wacky costumes. Here are some of the best – and worst – dressed from this year's event at Alexandra Palace in north London
"30.12.2016 16:26:14" theguardian.com Andy Murray suffers shock defeat against David Goffin in Abu Dhabi Andy Murray ended a triumphant 2016 in defeat, beaten for the first time by David Goffin in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi Andy Murray ended a triumphant 2016 in defeat, beaten for the first time by David Goffin in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship
"30.12.2016 15:17:32" theguardian.com Jamie Murray: 'I'll say it – Andy is not the easiest guy to instantly warm to' After getting through countless partners, contemplating quitting tennis, and coping with the success of his sibling, the elder Murray brother ends 2016 as world doubles No 1. 'I'm not jumping for joy,' he tells us Big interview: Jamie Murray
After getting through countless partners, contemplating quitting tennis, and coping with the success of his sibling, the elder Murray brother ends 2016 as world doubles No1. 'I'm not jumping for joy,' he tells us
"30.12.2016 14:26:06" theguardian.com Nic Maddinson dropped as Australia recall Agar and O'Keefe for SCG Test Australia will take three spin options into the third Test against Pakistan at the SCG, with Steve O'Keefe and Ashton Agar picked in the 13-man squad The Australian Cricket Team will take three spin options into the third Test against the Pakistan Cricket Team in Sydney, with Steve O'Keefe and Ashton Agar joining Nathan Lyon in the 13-man squad
"30.12.2016 13:43:38" theguardian.com Premier League club-by-club guide to the January transfer window We look at each Premier League club, what they need to strengthen and who they are hoping to sign in the January transfer window Everything you need to know about the Premier League's January sales
"30.12.2016 13:17:08" theguardian.com Our sport picture of the day … Despite all their experience as well as the floodlights illuminating the ski jumping hill at Oberstdorf in Germany it must be a bit unnerving soaring through the air once the sun has gone down Shining a light on the Four Hills Tournament
"30.12.2016 12:32:06" theguardian.com NFL Week 17 predictions: Packers to beat Lions in battle for NFC North Detroit have been impressive at home this season but Aaron Rodgers is a man who does not know when he is beaten The Detroit Lions have been impressive at home this season but Aaron Rodgers is a man who does not know when he is beaten
"30.12.2016 11:56:17" theguardian.com Basketball in 2016: 10 memorable moments The Golden State Warriors' dream season ends in a LeBron James nightmare; legends leave the game; the basketball world mourns Pat Summitt The Golden State Warriors' dream season ended in a LeBron James nightmare, legends left the game, and the basketball world mourned Pat Summitt
"30.12.2016 11:15:49" theguardian.com Three memories of cricket in 2016 Following on from his memories of 2014 and 2015, Gary looks back on 2016 and celebrates a deserved century, a bewildering delivery and 10 press-ups Celebrating a deserved century, a bewildering delivery and 10 press-ups
"30.12.2016 09:58:58" 2016: a year of sporting controversy From the Russian doping scandal to Maria Sharapova and meldonium, we look some of the bigger sports stories of 2016 which took place away from the field of play itself
"30.12.2016 09:19:19" theguardian.com Tom Jenkins' best sports photos of 2016 Our sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his favourite images from 2016 and recalls how each one was created
"30.12.2016 08:00:06" theguardian.com Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian Serena Williams has announced she is engaged to the co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian Serena Williams announced she is engaged to Alexis Ohanian in a poem on a Reddit thread for people to share their engagement stories
"30.12.2016 07:20:16" www.theguardian.com Mitchell Starc leads Australia to dramatic Melbourne Test win over Pakistan | Russell Jackson Mitchell Starc has lead Australia to a thrilling victory in the final hour of the Boxing Day Test, in which they defeated Pakistan by an innings and 18 runs A day of cricket which initially promised little provided such riches for the Australian Cricket Team against the Pakistan Cricket Team
"30.12.2016 00:29:06" theguardian.com Michael van Gerwen sees off Darren Webster to reach quarter-finals Michael van Gerwen showed off some good form as he reached the quarter-finals of the world darts championship with a 4-1 victory over Darren Webster at Alexandra Palace Michael van Gerwen showed some of his best form as he reached the quarter-finals of the world darts championship with a 4-1 victory over Darren Webster at Alexandra Palace
"29.12.2016 22:05:16" theguardian.com World No 1 Andy Murray changes tack as Australian Open challenge looms The Scot has been a runner up on five occasions but hopes a new approach improves on that sequence Andy Murray, the world No1, returns to the court in Abu Dhabi on Friday hoping a change of preparations can help deliver an elusive Australian Open title next month
"29.12.2016 17:36:29" theguardian.com Child abuse in sport and the progress made towards eradicating it Child protection expert Celia Brackenridge says UK sport was beset by a culture of ignorance and denial until the 1990s but now sets the gold standard for the world in safeguarding Child protection expert Celia Brackenridge says UK sport was beset by a culture of ignorance and denial until the 1990s but it now sets the gold standard
"29.12.2016 15:29:02" theguardian.com Nicole Cooke: 'Team Sky and British Cycling provide more questions than answers' Shane Sutton and David Brailsford's appearances in front of the culture, media and sport committee sparked so many flashbacks to my frustration in trying to deal with British Cycling Nicole Cooke: Team Sky and British Cycling provide more questions than answers
"29.12.2016 10:35:50" theguardian.com Bradley Wiggins' life and career – in pictures From riding a bike as a two-year-old to winning his fifth gold at the Rio Olympics, here are some of the best photographs from the life of Sir Bradley Wiggins
"28.12.2016 23:03:44" theguardian.com From MVP to also-ran: what happened to Cam Newton's season? The Carolina Panthers quarterback lit up the NFL last season. But it's hard to maintain such excellence when you're let down by your supporting cast Where has it all gone wrong for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers this season?
"28.12.2016 21:25:24" theguardian.com Carson Wentz buys shotguns for Philadelphia Eagles offensive line The rookie quarterback has bought customized firearms for his team-mates as a Christmas gift Carson Wentz has given his Philadelphia Eagles offensive line some extra protection – buying them customised shotguns for Christmas
"28.12.2016 20:00:01" theguardian.com The 2016 Rusties: Guardian Australia's alternative sporting awards Who won the the Todd Carney cup for bad publicity? How about the Mile Jedinak golden microphone for unfortunate gaffes? And then there's Warnie … Your host Russell Jackson hands out the prizes Shane Warne, Nick Kyrgios and Harry Redknapp star in Guardian Australia's alternative sport awards
"28.12.2016 18:23:40" theguardian.com Ana Ivanovic announces her retirement from tennis Former world No1 and French Open winner Ana Ivanovic has announced her retirement from tennis Former world No1 and ROLAND-GARROS champion Ana Ivanovic has retired from tennis at the age of 29
"28.12.2016 15:28:29" theguardian.com Bradley Wiggins announces retirement from cycling Bradley Wiggins has announced his retirement from cycling, ending a career that saw him win a British record eight Olympic medals as well as the country's first Tour de France title “2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards, 'feet on the ground, head in the clouds' kids from Kilburn don't win Olympic Golds and Tour de Frances! They do now”
"28.12.2016 10:34:40" theguardian.com Russian officials admit to 'institutional conspiracy' of doping Olympic athletes Russian officials have admitted for the first time to a state-backed campaign of doping that involved hundreds of the country's athletes Russian officials have admitted for the first time to a state-backed campaign of doping that involved hundreds of the country's athletes
"27.12.2016 15:42:12" theguardian.com Rio 2016: amid the politics Olympics were a kaleidoscopic fortnight of sport | Andy Bull From Usain Bolt's golden triumphs to a green pool and Michael Phelps's herculean achievements, the Games were swept along by a crazy rhythm in Rio The enduring image will be that shot of Usain Bolt sporting his cartoon grin, striding out ahead of the field in the 100m semi-finals
"27.12.2016 13:35:26" theguardian.com Ashley Giles returns to Warwickshire from Lancashire as sport director The former England spinner Ashley Giles, a former Warwickshire director of cricket, has returned to Edgbaston after two years at Lancashire to pursue 'a great opportunity' Ashley Giles is back at Edgbaston
"27.12.2016 10:43:41" theguardian.com Azhar Ali century edges Pakistan ahead on another damp day in Melbourne A century to Azhar Ali lifted Pakistan to 310-6 on another rain-soaked day of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, where Australia's bowlers battled Pakistan Cricket Team 310-6 from 101.2 overs against Cricket Australia
"26.12.2016 22:36:06" theguardian.com Australia v Pakistan: second Test, day two – live! Over-by-over report: all the live action from the MCG as Pakistan look to consolidate after teetering late on a rain-drenched day one of the second Test Cricket Australia v Pakistan Cricket Team – follow day two of the second Test from the MCG with our over-by-over coverage
"26.12.2016 20:22:31" theguardian.com Tom Varndell hat-trick sinks Worcester and infuses Bristol with hope Tom Varndell's hat-trick gave Bristol a 28-20 victory against fellow strugglers Worcester and resurrected his own side's survival hopes Bristol Rugby Club 28-20 Worcester Warriors
"26.12.2016 19:23:44" theguardian.com NFL week 16 round-up: why the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl repeat hopes were dashed A blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs has officially ended the Super Bowl title returning to Denver – and there's more to blame than just the quarterback NFL Christmas roundup: Denver Broncos miss the playoffs but Miami Dolphins end eight-year absence and Cleveland Browns win at last
"26.12.2016 15:43:43" theguardian.com Brilliant Thistlecrack smooth winner of King George VI Chase at Kempton The Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite beat stable companion Cue Card by over three lengths after a superb display of jumping Thistlecrack cruises home to win King George VI chase:
"26.12.2016 10:42:37" theguardian.com Australia have the better of Pakistan on rain-drenched first day in Melbourne | Russell Jackson Australia gained the upper hand in the second Test against Pakistan before rain spoiled day one of Melbourne's Boxing Day Test Read Russell Jackson's report from a rain-hit first day of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and Pakistan:
"24.12.2016 13:23:40" theguardian.com England's Mako Vunipola could miss Six Nations with suspected ligament injury England prop Mako Vunipola's participation in the Six Nations Championship is in doubt after suspected ligament damage to his left knee It is thought Saracens have put a time frame on Vunipola's potential absence as between four to 12 weeks
"24.12.2016 10:27:41" theguardian.com The gifs that keep on giving: Santa, dancing, eating and sitting down Featuring a winger from the North Pole, a beautiful goal from Paris, a catch from beyond the boundary, a choreographed crowd and a man iceskating on his head Santa makes a dash up the wing, an unusual basketball crowd and the genius that is Tom Pages
"23.12.2016 22:48:32" theguardian.com Gary Anderson breezes into last 16 of PDC World Darts Championship Last year's champion and runner-up – Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis – both easily qualified for the last 16 of the PDC World Darts Championship at London's Alexandra Palace The defending champion, Gary Anderson, eased into the last 16 of the World Darts Championship with a convincing 4-0 win over Andrew Gilding at Alexandra Palace
"23.12.2016 22:14:46" theguardian.com World Rugby to speak to RFU over George North head injury World Rugby will seek further information from the Rugby Football Union about an 'apparent non-compliance' with its protocols over the handling of George North's recent head injury World Rugby will seek further information from the Rugby Football Union about an “apparent non-compliance” with its protocols over the handling of George North's recent head injury
"23.12.2016 15:54:55" theguardian.com India 4-0 England: report cards for every player Virat Kohli led India to a resounding 4-0 victory but there were some bright spots for England, most notably the emergence of teenager Haseeb Hameed Virat Kohli led the Indian Cricket Team to a resounding 4-0 victory but there were some bright spots for England Cricket, most notably the emergence of teenager Haseeb Hameed
"23.12.2016 15:15:01" theguardian.com Boxer Nick Blackwell regains consciousness from coma after surgery The British Boxing Board of Control is investigating the circumstances surrounding the sparring session, after which Blackwell was taken to hospital in November "A few days ago we had the Christmas miracle we've been wanting so badly to happen – we walked into the hospital expecting to see Nick staring blankly at us, but instead he was watching telly and really trying to get words out to talk to people"
"23.12.2016 14:45:00" theguardian.com Memory Lane: a sporting Christmas With Christmas almost upon us, we've had a rummage through the archives to bring you some festive sporting photos We've rummaged through the archives to bring you some of the best photos of sports stars at Christmas – featuring George Best, Babe Ruth and a cherubic Alex Ferguson
"23.12.2016 14:00:00" theguardian.com Sport in 2016: soaring highs and desperate lows From the Olympics to Euro 2016 to the death of Muhammad Ali, 2016 has been a rollercoaster ride that will not be forgotten, for the right and wrong reasons From the Olympics to Euro 2016 to the death of Muhammad Ali, 2016 has been a rollercoaster ride that will not be forgotten, for the right and wrong reasons
"23.12.2016 13:25:00" theguardian.com The 100 best footballers in the world 2016 – interactive Led by Hernán Crespo, Faustino Asprilla and Javier Zanetti, our panel of 124 experts from 45 nations compiled a countdown of the greatest male players on the planet Cristiano Ronaldo is our Christmas No1
"23.12.2016 12:25:28" theguardian.com What do top athletes do on Christmas Day? Jonny Bairstow, Jo Pavey, Sam Twiston-Davies and James Wade reveal what they get up to on 25 December What do cricketers, runners, jockeys and darts players do on Christmas Day?
"23.12.2016 11:09:39" theguardian.com Paul Cooke interview: on leaving Hull FC, joining Hull KR and coaching Leigh For the first in a new series of rugby league interviews, Gavin Wilacy spoke to Paul Cooke and Adrian Durham, who produced one of the sports books of the year How could Paul Cooke move from Hull FC to Hull KR – and is he a Judas? He opened up about that move and his new career as a coach in this long interview with No Helmets Required
"22.12.2016 23:30:00" theguardian.com Thursday Night Football: a 'poopfest' that was never meant for fans For nearly a decade TNF has helped the NFL hold sway over television executives. But it may have outlived its usefulness Is the NFL preparing to ditch Thursday Night Football?
"22.12.2016 22:25:45" theguardian.com Jim Best: 'All the fun I've had over the years has been taken out of me' Jim Best says he has been left demoralised and disillusioned by the BHA's horse-stopping case against him and maintains his innocence despite last week's guilty verdict "You just had a feeling that the British Horseracing Authority were basically against you... I feel they've gone all out to basically finish me and they've done an awful good job of it"
"22.12.2016 21:16:30" theguardian.com Aboriginal cricket pioneer Faith Thomas: 'I'm still the fastest woman bowler ever' The first Aboriginal woman picked for any national sports team tells how she saw Don Bradman change his mind about the women's game Faith Thomas, the first Aboriginal woman to play for any national team, says she fine-tuned her fast bowling by 'chuckin' rocks at galahs'
"22.12.2016 19:39:36" theguardian.com Petra Kvitova to leave hospital in time for Christmas following knife attack The world No11 is due to leave hospital on Friday and will recuperate with her family following the attack at her home in the Czech Republic on Tuesday Petra Kvitová is set to leave hospital after surgery on a hand injury sustained in a knife attack at her home
"22.12.2016 19:15:36" theguardian.com Sam Allardyce: a relegation firefighter who is always in demand | Paul Wilson The former England manager has never been relegated in his managerial career, which makes him a natural choice for Crystal Palace Despite his ill-fated England football team reign, Sam Allardyce was always likely to be picked up by a club in Crystal Palace's predicament
"22.12.2016 15:43:15" theguardian.com Odell Beckham Jr says NFL fined him $18,000 for Craig Sager tribute cleats New York Giants star wide receiver said he was fined for wearing cleats that honored beloved NBA broadcaster Craig Sager Odell Beckham Jr says he was fined $18,000 for wearing cleats that paid tribute to beloved broadcaster Craig Sager, who died last week
"22.12.2016 12:57:58" theguardian.com The best of 2016 in rugby union Who takes the awards in a year when Eddie Jones revived England, Ireland beat the All Blacks and Beauden Barrett filled New Zealand's Dan Carter void? Our end-of-year rugby awards
"22.12.2016 12:27:34" theguardian.com Alastair Cook named ICC's Test captain of 2016 Alastair Cook has been named captain of the International Cricket Council Test team of the year despite leading England to victory in just one of their last eight matches Alastair Cook has been named captain of the year despite leading England to victory in just one of their last eight matches
"22.12.2016 10:35:10" theguardian.com Conor Murray: 'You can usually process death. But I feel Axel should be here' The Munster scrum-half has been deeply affected by the death of Anthony Foley and, he tells Donald McRae, his coach and mentor continues to inspire him "When you lose someone, you go: 'Let's really take life for what it is and enjoy every day.' After a while you forget and just go back to worrying about things. But Axel's been dead more than two months and it's still there for me. Little things don't
"22.12.2016 09:56:50" theguardian.com Australia's Cooper Cronk crowned world's best rugby league player Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk has been named this year's Rugby League Golden Boot winner for the world's best player Cooper Cronk has capped a stellar year by winning his first Golden Boot award as the world's best player
"22.12.2016 09:15:52" theguardian.com So many mistakes on England's tour to India it is hard knowing where to start From an unforgiving schedule to an errant, confusing selection policy, things went wrong quickly and only got worse as a disastrous winter unfolded From an unforgiving schedule to an errant, confusing selection policy, things went wrong quickly for England Cricket and only got worse
"21.12.2016 22:26:15" theguardian.com We do not know if Joe Root is the right man to lead England, says Farbrace Assistant coach has said predicting how the 25-year-old would cope with the role involves 'crystal-ball gazing' “Rooty hasn't had a great deal of experience. One game he did captain at Lord's Cricket Ground's, Middlesex chased down 471 – so he took a fair bit of stick from the Yorkshire boys for that, I can assure you"
"21.12.2016 18:49:19" theguardian.com Northampton escape sanction over handling of George North's concussion Northampton will not face any sanction over the handling of George North's concussion injury against Leicester, a joint Premiership Rugby and Rugby Football Union review panel has announced The Concussion Management Review Group accepted Official Northampton Saints medical team acted in the best interests of George North having not seen all the available video footage because of Wi-Fi problems at Welford Road
"21.12.2016 14:06:12" theguardian.com Petra Kvitova focused on tennis return following knife attack and surgery Following lengthy surgery to repair tendon and nerve damage sustained in a knife attack at her home, a spokesman for Petra Kvitova said: 'The end of her career did not even cross her mind' "The end of her career did not even cross her mind"
"21.12.2016 13:06:58" theguardian.com The Spin's best Test cricket XI of 2016 | Andy Bull The Guardian's cabal of cricket writers come together for the tricky task of compiling a best XI. So who's in and who's out this year? The Guardian's cabal of cricket writers come together for the tricky task of compiling a best XI. So who's in and who's out this year?
"21.12.2016 12:29:43" theguardian.com Goals of 2016: our writers pick their favourites – video 2016 was a great year for the little guy, with Leicester winning the Premier League, Chile winning the Copa América Centenario and Portugal drawing and boring their way to the European Championship. With that glut of football came a glut of great goals – What was the best goal of 2016?
"21.12.2016 11:56:50" theguardian.com Knowledge Christmas Special: sacked on 25 December? A manager given the boot on Christmas Day; a stadium that doubled up as an ice-skating rink; and a 66-goal Boxing Day bonanza Has a manager ever been given the sack on Christmas Day?
"21.12.2016 10:15:48" theguardian.com Captaincy question hangs over Alastair Cook with England stagnating There is no rush to hand over the leader's baton but an early decision would allow Joe Root to bed down in time for the Ashes series next winter What is the best path forward for Alastair Cook and England Cricket?
"21.12.2016 09:28:23" theguardian.com Daniel Ricciardo rules out joining Mercedes next season Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo has ruled out filling the 'damn good' seat at Mercedes next season, saying he's committed to Red Bull for the next two years Daniel Ricciardo: 'There's a lot of people that are tempted to jump into that seat, and you don't blame them. I just hope whoever gets it appreciates it. It's a damn good one. But for me, you'll see me at Albert Park in a Red Bull'
"21.12.2016 08:35:22" theguardian.com Surfers face monster waves as Big Wave Tour hits Nazaré – in pictures Waves over 10 metres high, produced by an underwater canyon off the coast of Portugal, ensured some spectacular surfing as Australia's Jamie Mitchell won his maiden Big Wave Tour event at the Nazaré Challenge
"20.12.2016 23:54:39" theguardian.com England's Eddie Jones raises Dylan Hartley captaincy doubt over ban England coach Eddie Jones has said captain Dylan Hartley let himself down “He has let down himself, he has let down his club and he has let down his country”
"20.12.2016 22:04:18" theguardian.com England report card: five areas to focus on before the Ashes series next winter | Rob Smyth Despite England's 4-0 Test series defeat in India, only minor surgery is required for a squad that has lost none of its thrilling potential Only minor surgery is required for an England Cricket squad that has lost none of its thrilling potential
"20.12.2016 17:33:10" The gifs that keep on giving: http://bit.ly/2gYEGau
"20.12.2016 15:36:17" theguardian.com Petra Kvitova 'fortunate to be alive' after knife attack Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said 'I was badly injured on my left hand. The injury is severe' after a man with a knife attacked her at home Petra Kvitova says she is “fortunate to be alive” after suffering “severe” hand injuries defending herself against a knife-wielding robber at her home.
"20.12.2016 13:54:56" theguardian.com Alastair Cook refuses to discuss future of England captaincy after India loss The defeated captain Alastair Cook said: 'It's not the place for this kind of discussion' after the 4-0 series loss in India but acknowledged the tourists had been outplayed Asked whether the team had stagnated over the last 12 months, Cook replied: 'It's a fair shout. You can say whatever you want now, if I turn around and slag everyone off and use emotive language, you're not doing your job. When you lose games of cricket,
"20.12.2016 11:43:45" theguardian.com Petra Kvitova attacked by knife-wielding intruder in Czech Republic Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been injured by a knife-wielding attacker at her home Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová has been injured by a knife-wielding attacker at her home
"20.12.2016 11:19:14" theguardian.com England end series on sorry note as fifth Test collapse gives India 4-0 win England suffered a 4-0 series defeat in India after a batting collapse gave the hosts the impetus to snatch victory on the final day of the fifth Test when a draw had looked on the cards England Cricket suffered a miserable 4-0 series defeat in India after an untimely batting collapse gave the home side the impetus to snatch victory on the final day of the fifth Test when a draw had looked on the cards
"20.12.2016 10:13:49" theguardian.com Do the San Diego Chargers really have the NFL's worst behaved fans? Andrew Keatts: A report shows the highest rate of game-day arrests at NFL stadiums isn't in Philly or Oakland but in sunny San Diego. Can it be true? A report shows the highest rate of game-day arrests at NFL stadiums isn't in Philly or Oakland but, contrary to reputation, in sunny San Diego. Can it be true?
"20.12.2016 08:33:49" theguardian.com Washington's playoff hopes in peril after Monday Night Football loss to Panthers Cam Newton throws for 300 yards and two touchdowns as Panthers win to deliver major blow to Washington's playoff hopes Washington (7-6-1) could have clinched an NFL play-off berth by winning their final three games but after a 26-15 defeat now need help. The Carolina Panthers (6-8) kept their astronomical wildcard hopes alive
"19.12.2016 23:48:22" theguardian.com Mo Farah snub in Spoty award called 'really sad' by Alistair Brownlee Alistair Brownlee suggested some people may not see Mo Farah as British after the double Olympic champion finished only fourth in BBC voting fpr Sports Personality of the Year Alistair Brownlee: “It's really sad, because for me Mo Farah is the perfect British story. It's what we should be about: a person who comes to Britain as a young man, as a refugee, and an ex‑schoolteacher identifies something that he's brilliant at and he
"19.12.2016 22:14:35" theguardian.com MPs miss cue on Team Sky TUEs but Sir Dave Brailsford makes open promise | William Fotheringham The culture committee questioned the transparency in UK cycling after facing an uphill climb to tease out the facts about the most infamous Jiffy bag in the sport The collective line – that Jiffy-gate was merely a cock-up amplified by medical confidentiality and good intention – suggested that British cycling as a whole still has questions to answer, although by the end the MPs seemed to have little idea what these
"19.12.2016 15:44:34" theguardian.com BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 – behind the scenes Stars from the world of sport were out in force at the BBC's annual awards extravaganza and Guardian photographer Tom Jenkins got special access to see how the event at Birmingham's Genting Arena came together Stars from the world of sport were out in force at the BBC's annual awards extravaganza and our Tom Jenkins got special access to see how the event at Birmingham's Genting Arena came together
"19.12.2016 14:56:07" theguardian.com Bernard Hopkins will be missed but his is a tarnished legacy Bernard Hopkins was the best pure middleweight since Marvin Hagler but he could not get a grip on humility in the ring Bernard Hopkins, born into adversity that he worked to his advantaged, was not too proud to earn a living as a dishwasher. He went to prison. He overcame. But he could not get a grip on humility in the ring. That, perversely, is what made him so dangerous
"19.12.2016 14:17:23" theguardian.com Mystery package contained Fluimucil, Brailsford tells select committee The package at the centre of a UK Anti-Doping investigation contained the decongestant Fluimucil, Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford said on Monday The package at the centre of a UK Anti-Doping investigation contained the decongestant Fluimucil, Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford has revealed
"19.12.2016 13:41:09" theguardian.com Football stadiums then and now interactive quiz, part four Can you identify these 10 British football stadiums from the historical photographs? Look for the clues in each image, make your choice and watch as the image fades into a contemporary photograph taken from exactly the same perspective Can you identify these 10 British football stadiums from the historical photographs?
"19.12.2016 12:22:07" theguardian.com Here come the Packers and the Lions feel a familiar dread The Lions looked to have wrapped up the NFC North but suddenly Green Bay have found a running back in the most unlikely of places Those who have spent their lifetimes following the Detroit Lions knew better than to expect glory. And their pessimism was rewarded
"19.12.2016 11:49:31" theguardian.com Karun Nair scores 303 in India's highest Test total as England misery continues Karun Nair finished unbeaten on 303 from 381 balls in Chennai as England endured another punishing day in the field – the most runs they have ever conceded in a Test innings Karun Nair's triple century helped Indian Cricket Team to 759-7dec – their highest ever Test score – as England's misery continued at the fifth Test in Chennai. The total also marked the most runs ever conceded by an England Cricket side in a Test innings
"19.12.2016 11:27:26" theguardian.com Pakistan's mission improbable against Australia worthy of tears and smiles The dramatic conclusion to the first Test in Brisbane transformed what had looked like a shocker of a match into something restorative and special Forget about belief and faith. This day was about a match looking a shocker before morphing into something restorative and special. It was a coming together in celebration, summed up no better than by those fans who interspersed the chant of their
"19.12.2016 10:57:36" theguardian.com Andy Murray's Spoty treble shows how he has won over the nation Britons are slow to embrace genius but winning the BBC award for a third time underscores the Scot's right to be considered our greatest athlete 'Andy Murray deserves every trinket that has come his way and the word is there is one more to come. If Murray does get the call to Buckingham Palace for a knighthood in the New Year honours list, as has been strongly rumoured, he will at least know how
"19.12.2016 10:10:57" The amazing world of sport in 2016 From the good and the bad to the downright ugly, we take a look back of some of the best sports clips from the past 12 months
"19.12.2016 09:09:00" theguardian.com European Rugby Champions Cup: talking points from the weekend's action Leicester excel with familiarity, referee Raynal's mistake makes for awkward viewing and French sides set a new low on their travels European Rugby Champions Cup: talking points from the weekend's action
"19.12.2016 08:21:32" theguardian.com Australia get home as Pakistan fall just short in thrilling finale to first Test A valiant batting performance from Pakistan pushed Australia but ultimately the tourists fell short, losing by just 39 runs on the final day of the first Test Australian Cricket Team beat Pakistan Cricket Team by 39 runs
'Lost all my fingernails,' said Steve Smith afterwards. 'It was some game of cricket ... it was a bit too close for my liking'
"18.12.2016 17:27:39" theguardian.com Champions Cup officials admit error for Connacht's winning try against Wasps European Rugby Champions Cup officials have admitted that the replacement referee Mathieu Raynal should not have allowed Connacht to kick the injury-time penalty to touch for the lineout from which they scored the winning try • Connacht, who won 20-18, should not have been allowed to kick to touch in injury time
• Replacement referee enforced law that does not come into effect until 2017
"18.12.2016 17:07:48" theguardian.com The key questions MPs must ask Brailsford on Team Sky and doping | Sean Ingle Sir Dave Brailsford and Shane Sutton will appear before MPs on the culture, media and sport select committee on Monday. What should they be asked? Sir Dave Brailsford and Shane Sutton will appear before MPs on the culture, media and sport select committee on Monday. What should they be asked?
"18.12.2016 16:45:15" theguardian.com India's KL Rahul will not sleep easy despite epic innings against England | Ali Martin The opening batsman could not hide his disappointment at failing just short of a double century on 199 despite a classic subcontinental innings for India "I have never been somebody who has chased landmarks but getting a 200 will always be a proud moment for a batsman and I'm gutted that I missed out. When I got back to the dressing room I was just shut off. I couldn't hear what was being said. There were
"18.12.2016 15:13:06" theguardian.com Bernard Hopkins knocked out of ring in final fight of 28-year career Joe Smith Jr stopped Bernard Hopkins 53 seconds into the eighth round of their WBC international light heavyweight title fight Bernard Hopkins: 'I know the fans will know I went out as a soldier, fighting the toughest, baddest opponents. I'm not saying I agree, I'm not in denial — Joe was a tough, heavy hitting fighter'
"18.12.2016 12:57:46" theguardian.com KL Rahul's epic knock for India makes victory for England a tall order England shifted Virat Kohli cheaply for once yet instead found KL Rahul standing in their way for almost the entirety of day until he fell, agonisingly, for 199 England Cricket shifted Indian Cricket Team's Virat Kohli cheaply for once yet instead found KL Rahul standing in their way for almost the entirety of day until he fell, agonisingly, for 199
"17.12.2016 22:59:07" theguardian.com Sarah Storey: 'It would be amazing to see a Paralympian with that trophy' Multiple Paralympic cycling gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey does not expect to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year but will enjoy being a nominee “The last time a Paralympian was on the stage was Tanni Grey-Thompson in 2000... It would be amazing to see a Paralympian on that stage with the trophy as a starting point to say: 'It's going to be the norm that our events are covered equally.'"
"17.12.2016 22:46:15" theguardian.com Adam Byrne leads Leinster's nine-try thrashing of Northampton Northampton's European campaign is all but over after they suffered a nine-try humiliation at Leinster, who top Pool 4 after their 60-13 win Leinster Rugby 60-13 Official Northampton Saints
"17.12.2016 22:03:59" theguardian.com Eoin Morgan: Everyone I trust backed my decision to pull out of England tour England's one-day captain broke his silence over missing the Bangladesh ODI series in October and says he remains happy with his decision “It was a difficult decision to make and I don't think a lot of people would have made it, but I am certainly happy with it"
"17.12.2016 20:04:20" theguardian.com Connacht's Naulia Dawai and Jack Carty seize last-gasp win over Wasps Wasps were denied victory when Connacht scored a converted late try in the final moments to win the European Champions Cup Pool 2 match 20-18 Connacht Rugby 20-18 Wasps
"17.12.2016 17:51:54" theguardian.com Leicester in revenge win over Munster after Owen Williams holds nerve Leicester bounced back from 38-0 defeat the previous weekend to beat Munster 18-16 at Welford Road Leicester Tigers 18-16 Munster Rugby
"17.12.2016 17:20:34" theguardian.com Rockets set NBA record with 24 three-pointers in victory over Pelicans James Harden posts sixth triple-double of the season and 15th of his career, passing Hakeem Olajuwon for most in franchise history The Houston Rockets made an NBA-record 24 three-pointers, led by Eric Gordon's 7-for-12 effort, and beat the New Orleans Pelicans 122-100
"17.12.2016 15:37:00" theguardian.com Liam Dawson: I've never experienced this pressure before but dealt pretty well England debutant recovered from being hit on the head by a bouncer to make 66 not out and said 'We want to finish this tour on a high and we're in a fairly good position' Ostensibly, the Hampshire all‑rounder is in the side for his spin‑bowling but his batting is his real forte. On his second day in Test cricket, having spent the first in the pavilion perhaps staring at the cap presented to him by Vic Marks, his unbeaten
"17.12.2016 14:53:06" theguardian.com Rafael Nadal adds the former world No1 Carlos Moya to his coaching team Moya will help guide Nadal's return from long-term wrist injury after he quits from Milos Raonic's coaching set-up Rafa Nadal: 'To have someone like Carlos who is not only a friend but also a very important person in my career, is something special'
"17.12.2016 13:51:48" theguardian.com Sports Personality of the Year 2016: when it's on, what to expect and how to vote Back in 1954 Spoty was a reserved, solemn affair. This year's it's an arena stage show starring Robbie Williams Back in 1954 Spoty was a reserved, solemn affair. This year's it's an arena stage show starring Robbie Williams
"17.12.2016 12:52:00" theguardian.com World title fight cancelled after Alexander Povetkin fails drug test The bout between Alexander Povetkin and Bermane Stiverne for the World Boxing Council super heavyweight interim title has been cancelled after Povetkin failed a drug test The super heavyweight title fight between Alexander Povetkin and Bermane Stiverne has been cancelled after the Russian failed a drug test
"17.12.2016 12:13:00" theguardian.com Australia edge closer to a big victory against stubborn Pakistan Australia moved inexorably toward an emphatic victory in the first day-night Test against Pakistan on Saturday as the tourists battled to the close on day three in Brisbane with two wickets down and 420 runs short of victory. The Australian Cricket Team moved inexorably toward an emphatic victory in the first day-night Test against the Pakistan Cricket Team as the tourists battled to the close on day three in Brisbane with two wickets down and 420 runs short of victory
"17.12.2016 11:26:11" theguardian.com Liam Dawson delivers on debut for England before India's solid reply Liam Dawson bagged a piece of English cricket history as his unbeaten half-century underpinned the tourists' revival on day two of the fifth Test against India Liam Dawson bagged a piece of England Cricket history as his unbeaten half-century underpinned the tourists' revival on day two of the fifth Test against the Indian Cricket Team
"17.12.2016 10:24:44" theguardian.com Who will win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year team award? Leicester City's unlikely Premier League title is likely to make them favourites for the Spoty team award, but they will have strong competition from Team GB, Wales's footballers and England's rugby union side Leicester City Football Club's unlikely Premier League title is likely to make them favourites, but they will have strong competition from Team GB, Wales's footballers and England Rugby
"17.12.2016 09:51:52" theguardian.com British Fencing needs to find urgent riposte to UK Sport's funding slash Judy Guinness relinquished a foil gold medal in Los Angeles by pointing out judging errors – but 84 years later her sport has been stripped of Games funding It will be said that Britain did not come second in the Rio medal table by backing losers and that UK Sport's no-compromise policy recognises the need to justify the spending of public money. But it should be remembered that British Cycling, currently
"17.12.2016 09:11:10" theguardian.com Ombudsman investigation into CA pregnancy clause The Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating Cricket Australia's controversial pregnancy clause, which has been widely criticised in recent days. The Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating Cricket Australia's controversial pregnancy clause, which has been widely criticised
"16.12.2016 23:15:21" theguardian.com Glasgow seal double over beleaguered Racing to go top of Champions Cup pool Glasgow secured a European Champions Cup double over Racing 92 with an impressive 23-7 victory over last year's runners-up at Scotstoun Glasgow Warriors 23-7 Racing 92
"16.12.2016 21:07:43" theguardian.com Cricket Australia defends its notification of pregnancy rule for women Cricket Australia's chief executive, James Sutherland, says it is a 'health and safety' issue for players who must declare if they are pregnant before signing a contract Cricket Australia's chief executive, James Sutherland, says it is a 'health and safety' issue for players who must declare if they are pregnant before signing a contract
"16.12.2016 19:41:44" theguardian.com As Alastair Cook ponders his England future, is it time to release the hounds? | Barney Ronay The England captain is exiting with all the unhurried deliberation of a great cricketer who has been an understated marvel of the sporting age. It is all a little mannered, don't you think? Now finally we have the spectacle of Cook ceasing to captain England in stages, exiting with all the unhurried deliberation of a genuinely great cricketer whose craft, grit and basic stillness have been an understated marvel of the sporting age. It is all
"16.12.2016 17:57:49" theguardian.com Nicola Adams: 'I'd love to see a woman headlining a boxing show' The BBC Sports Personality of the Year contender became the first British boxer to retain an Olympic title in Rio and with the possibility of turning pro or a tilt at Tokyo 2020 she tells Paul MacInnes is not ready to call it a day yet Nicola Adams became the first British boxer to retain an Olympic title in Rio and, with the possibility of turning pro or a tilt at Tokyo 2020, she is not ready to call it a day yet
"16.12.2016 15:30:05" theguardian.com The unsung sporting heroes of 2016 From breathless Irish commentator Cathal Dennehy to Norway's handball team, via Achmat Hassiem, we salute some of the year's real champions We salute some of the year's real champions
"16.12.2016 13:33:15" theguardian.com How Andy Murray chased down Novak Djokovic to end 2016 on top of the world The sports personality of the year favourite endured a tough start to 2016 but became a father, reunited with Ivan Lendl and found himself on a phenomenal run of form Andy Murray kept coming, and in 2016, he was rewarded for it.
"16.12.2016 12:38:54" theguardian.com Moeen Ali century gives England a strong platform against India Mooen Ali's fourth hundred of the year and Joe Root's 88 helped England recover to reach 284 for four at the close on day one of the fifth Test It's looking good for the England Cricket team in India
"16.12.2016 10:36:01" theguardian.com Rugby player banned for three years for tackling female referee in match The Argentinian Bruno Andres Doglioli has been punished for violently barging over Maria Beatrice Benvenuti from behind during a game between Vicenza and Valsugana An Argentinian rugby player has been banned for three years after he tackled a female referee during a league match in Italy
"16.12.2016 10:03:35" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton warns Mercedes over big-name Rosberg replacement The former world champion is not keen on Fernando Alonso reunion with Williams now open to Valtteri Bottas's exit 'Basically, once they've dwindled it down to five drivers, or whatever it is, the shortlist, contractually they have to discuss with me'
"16.12.2016 09:37:48" theguardian.com Methamphetamine found in racehorse Party Till Dawn Five-year-old mare returned a positive sample to the drug after placing second in Toowoomba race A racehorse called Party Till Dawn has tested positive to methamphetamine after a race meeting in regional Queensland
"15.12.2016 16:03:18" theguardian.com Floyd Mayweather mocks Conor 'McTapout' McGregor American says of Irishman: 'I'n going to slap the shit out of him' but UFC president Dana White admits fight is unlikely to happen "I'm gonna slap the shit out of McGregor when I see him" – Floyd Mayweather on Conor McGregor
"15.12.2016 14:50:47" theguardian.com How the Seattle Seahawks became the NFL's most outspoken team Les Carpenter: Pete Carroll has engendered a team culture practically unique in today's NFL, where speaking out is not only tolerated but encouraged In an age of athlete activism the Seattle Seahawks might have the strongest voice of any team in professional sports
"15.12.2016 12:33:42" theguardian.com Why the NFL can get away with dumping mediocrity on UK fans Dave Caldwell: When the NFL sends its teams to London, they're not sending their best. But matchups between also-rans will be the norm as long as the crowds still roll in The NFL does not send its best teams to London but matchups between also-rans will be the norm as long as the crowds still roll in
"15.12.2016 11:06:25" theguardian.com The Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2016 Before the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday celebrate the best of 2016, here are our anti-heroes from the sporting world this year Our anti-heroes of 2016
"15.12.2016 09:51:41" theguardian.com Australian female cricketers told to disclose whether they are pregnant Governing body downplays claim and says there are some 'misconceptions' about female players' contracts as pay negotiations continue Female cricketers in Australia are being denied basic conditions by one-year contracts that require them to 'warrant' they are not pregnant, according to the players' union
"14.12.2016 23:34:04" theguardian.com Pakistan bowlers play down training scuffle on eve of first Test with Australia Pakistan bowlers Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah have rejected suggestions of tension after they were involved in a heated exchange during training a day before the first Test starts in Brisbane Pakistan Cricket Team have played down rumours of tension in the camp after Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah had to be separated during training
"14.12.2016 21:00:01" theguardian.com Michael van Gerwen ready for another tilt at PDC world darts championship Michael van Gerwen won his one and only world title in 2014 but he sets off after another at Alexandra Palace on Saturday the overwhelming favourite in a season where he has 91% win percentage Gary Anderson is the double defending champion but Michael van Gerwen is the favourite as the PDC World Darts Championship returns
"14.12.2016 20:00:21" theguardian.com England captain Dylan Hartley is one thuggish act away from career oblivion | Robert Kitson The England captain Dylan Hartley can have no complaint at his six-week ban with rugby cracking down on tackles to the head Dylan Hartley is unfortunate to have become the sole prism through which some naysayers perceive rugby union, but his latest ban means the sport's image has taken another unnecessary hit
"14.12.2016 17:42:58" theguardian.com Dylan Hartley banned for six weeks – but available for Six Nations Dylan Hartley has been suspended for six weeks following his stiff-arm tackle on Sean O'Brien in Northampton's Champions Cup defeat by Leinster Dylan Hartley has been banned for six weeks, which means he will be available for England Rugby at the Six Nations
"14.12.2016 15:34:53" theguardian.com Wladimir Klitschko vows he will rise to Wembley occasion against Anthony Joshua The 40-year-old hopes to regain two of the titles he lost to Tyson Fury when he challenges IBF champion Joshua at Wembley on April 29, when the vacant WBA title will also be fought for Wladimir Klitschko has a “five-step plan” for Anthony Joshua
"14.12.2016 14:38:07" theguardian.com Amir Khan v Kell Brook edges closer Eddie Hearn has confirmed there is a 'real desire from both fighters' to finally secure a date Amir Khan and Kell Brook have a 'real desire' to fight each other
"14.12.2016 11:38:23" theguardian.com Sport quiz of the year 2016 – live! Portugal won in France, Team GB impressed in Rio and Andy Murray was on top of the world, but were you paying attention – and can you remember the details? Join us for our live sports quiz of the year
"14.12.2016 09:29:29" theguardian.com Konrad Reuland, former Ravens and Jets tight end, dies aged 29 Reuland, who also played in the NFL for the 49ers and Colts, dies of brain aneurysm, Baltimore confirm The Baltimore Ravens say their former tight end Konrad Reuland has died at the age of 29 following a brain aneurysm
"14.12.2016 00:03:00" theguardian.com RFU reveals 141 cases of misconduct involving adults and children The Rugby Football Union's safeguarding team dealt with 141 cases involving adults and children in the 2015-16 season in England, with some involving 'serious, harmful sexual behaviour' Exclusive: RFU reveals 141 cases of misconduct involving adults and children
"13.12.2016 21:13:21" theguardian.com Comeback story done, Mohammad Amir now set to shape Test series in Australia | Geoff Lemon Batsmen facing the Pakistani left-arm quick in the upcoming three matches may wish he had not returned to the Test arena after a five-year ban for spot fixing Mohammad Amir, his punishment served, can shape Pakistan's series against Australia, writes Geoff Lemon
"13.12.2016 18:10:00" theguardian.com Castleford to sue Denny Solomona and Sale over cross-code switch Castleford have started high court proceedings against Denny Solomona over a breach of contract following the confirmation of his cross-code transfer to Sale 'We have repeatedly told The Sale Sharks that it would be impermissible for them to talk to Solomona, let alone sign him. Clear, unequivocal warnings have clearly been disregarded'
"13.12.2016 17:58:22" theguardian.com Walter Swinburn obituary Jockey who rode Shergar to a spectacular victory in the 1981 Derby Walter Swinburn: obituary by Chris Cook
"13.12.2016 17:05:34" theguardian.com High time England utilised judgment of the highly-paid Trevor Bayliss Defeat in the Test series against India has placed Alastair Cook's captaincy, selection and Trevor Bayliss's unfamiliarity with county cricket under increasing scrutiny 'Trevor Bayliss is a damn good coach and he is well paid. There comes a time, like now perhaps, when his input into selection needs to expand. This is a difficult balancing act for a man whose family is still based in Sydney. In fact it is tough enough
"13.12.2016 14:52:14" theguardian.com London's four NFL games in 2017 revealed Arizona Cardinals, who were one win away from last year's Super Bowl, will be among those making British debut Three NFL franchises will play in London for the first time next year as part of a four-game schedule that will see back-to-back contests staged at Wembley and successive games hosted at Twickenham
"13.12.2016 14:15:00" theguardian.com The robots aren't coming for the NFL – they're already here If Rex Ryan and Chip Kelly are fired before the start of the next season, faceless automatons will truly control the league If Rex Ryan and Chip Kelly are fired before the start of the next season, faceless automatons will truly control the NFL
"13.12.2016 13:41:59" theguardian.com RFU backs Dylan Hartley as England captain despite latest ban threat Dylan Hartley's conduct as England captain must count in his favour when considering his future in the post, according to the Rugby Football Union's chief executive Ian Ritchie 'In perspective one looks at the totality of what he's done and what's happened over the years and I think we should be supportive of that'
"13.12.2016 13:02:13" theguardian.com Last of the Kolpaks? Simon Harmer, Stiaan van Zyl and Hardus Viljoen have signed Kolpak deals in the past few weeks but the days are numbered for the controversial loophole that has had a big effect on cricket in two countries Why South African cricketers are in a rush before Brexit bites
"13.12.2016 11:41:21" theguardian.com Yaya Touré admits to drink-driving but denies intentionally consuming alcohol Yaya Touré has apologised to Manchester City supporters after admitting drink-driving, but insisted he had 'not intentionally consumed alcohol' Yaya Touré has apologised after admitting to drink-driving, but insisted he had 'not intentionally consumed alcohol'
"13.12.2016 10:40:12" theguardian.com Pro12 sides lead charge against English and French heavyweights in Europe The dominance of Leinster, Munster, Glasgow and Ulster in the Champions Cup was a result of performances as eye-catching as their results The dominance of Leinster Rugby, Munster Rugby, Glasgow Warriors and Ulster Rugby Official in the Champions Cup was a result of performances as eye-catching as their results
"13.12.2016 09:48:07" theguardian.com Sale announce controversial Denny Solomona deal despite Castleford row Denny Solomona, the former rugby league players whose controversial code switch has angered his Super League club Castleford, has completed his move to Sale Sharks Denny Solomona, the former rugby league player whose controversial code switch has angered his Super League club Castleford Tigers, has completed his move to The Sale Sharks
"13.12.2016 00:09:50" theguardian.com Walter 'Choirboy' Swinburn, who rode Shergar into Derby history, dies at 55 Walter Swinburn rode Shergar to a 10-length Epsom win. 'It's absolutely shocking he should die at 55,' said John Francome Swinburn was recognised as one of the finest and most stylish jockeys of his generation, and rode with a confidence born of a rich natural talent
"12.12.2016 17:43:28" theguardian.com James Haskell forced to deny claims he has died of steroid overdose The England flanker James Haskell has issued a video statement to say he is alive after rumours surfaced on the internet that he had died of a steroid overdose "I'm not dead," said England Rugby flanker James Haskell after it was rumoured online that he had died of a steroid overdose
"12.12.2016 15:46:56" theguardian.com No turning back for Anthony Joshua now he is in the big league Doc Holliday says the heavyweight champion can 'earn a billion' as the Joshua camp insist the days of fighting patsies are well and truly over For Anthony Joshua, the easy nights are over
"12.12.2016 13:54:58" theguardian.com Spoty's unlucky losers: from Dennis Taylor to Gary Lineker Gary Lineker won the World Cup golden boot but wasn't among the top three at Spoty in 1986, when Nigel Mansell won the award for finishing second in the F1 championship. The British electorate, eh? Gary Lineker won the World Cup golden boot but wasn't among the top three at Spoty in 1986, when Nigel Mansell won the award for finishing second in the F1 championship. The British electorate, eh?
"12.12.2016 12:35:15" theguardian.com Phil Taylor: 'Players today are different. What are you on about? Snapchat?' The 16-time world champion did more than anyone to drag darts into the big time but, as he tells Donald McRae, there is more than the odd downside to his legacy Phil The Power Taylor on young darts players: "A few are arrogant and I don't want anything to do with them. But most are all right. But they're a different generation. They talk about things and I'm like: 'What are you on about? Instagram? Snapchat?'”
"12.12.2016 11:51:25" theguardian.com Arsenal drawn against Bayern Munich in Champions League last-16 draw Arsenal will face Bayern Munich in the last-16 of the Champions League, a draw that will lead to a great level of frustration among the club's staff and supporters given they topped their group for the first time since 2012 Look away now Arsenal fans...
"12.12.2016 10:11:21" theguardian.com The gifs that keep on giving: Gennady Golovkin, Nico Rosberg and a flying table Featuring frisbee players falling over, a surfer landing on his feet, a big hit, a big catch, the greatest fighter in the world and a boxer who is pretending to be angry The best gifs of the week
"11.12.2016 20:05:49" theguardian.com Emergence of Jayant Yadav as a force for India has left England in a tailspin Spinning all-rounder Jayant Yadav produced a first for his country with a Test century at No9 and helped Virat Kohli tighten the home side's grip on the match Having already made a maiden half-century in Mohali, Yadav now has 221 runs in the series – more than any of England Cricket's lower-order batsmen despite this supposed area of strength – while his bounding brand of right-arm orthodox has complemented
"11.12.2016 17:13:37" theguardian.com NFL fans could bring guns into stadiums under proposed bill in Washington Conservative legislators in Washington state have proposed a bill that would allow fans to bring guns into stadiums Conservative legislators in Washington state have proposed a bill that would allow fans to bring guns into stadiums.
"11.12.2016 16:42:33" theguardian.com Anthony Joshua accepts he must raise his game to beat Wladimir Klitschko IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has been told he can become a boxing billionaire but insists 'it ain't about the money' Anthony Joshua: 'In order to beat Klitschko I need to improve to another level'
"11.12.2016 11:50:15" theguardian.com England slide towards grim defeat after Virat Kohli's double for India Virat Kohli's third double century of the year left India on course for a series-clinching victory in the fourth Test in Mumbai as England closed day four 49 runs behind with just four wickets remaining Vic Marks's view on the fourth Test between England Cricket and Indian Cricket Team: 'the end is nigh'
"11.12.2016 10:30:24" theguardian.com Muhammad Ali remembered by Davis Miller Davis Miller, who has written two books on his hero, became close friends with the boxer when he visited Ali's motorhome in 1988 Muhammad Ali remembered by Davis Miller in The Observer's obituaries of 2016: 'He always needed to pull up the carpet of the universe and see what was underneath'
"11.12.2016 10:18:46" theguardian.com Sporting nicknames were obligatory but are they suffering a slow death? | Tim Lewis Greg Rutherford, like many of Britain's recent Olympic heroes, is short of a nickname so it's time for sports fans to raise their game Are the days of David 'Wash' Ngog or Neil 'Dissa' Pointon numbered?
"11.12.2016 10:10:40" theguardian.com Greg Rutherford: 'Strictly helped me to not dwell on the Rio Olympics' The Olympic gold-winning long jumper on going off the rails, his debt to his dogs – and the fun of his nine weeks on Strictly Come Dancing Greg Rutherford on Super Saturday at London 2012: 'I was very, very lucky to share a night with two of Great Britain's greatest ever athletes'
"11.12.2016 00:46:06" theguardian.com Anthony Joshua dominates Eric Molina to set up Wladimir Klitschko showdown Anthony Joshua cleared the way to a new year showdown with Wladimir Klitschko after dispatching American Eric Molina in the third round to retain his IBF heavyweight title in Manchester Anthony Joshua will face Wladimir Klitschko on April 29th at Wembley Stadium after brushing Eric Molina aside in three rounds
"10.12.2016 22:28:59" theguardian.com England and Lions face Dylan Hartley headache as red-card hearing looms Hartley will learn the extent of his latest ban on Tuesday or Wednesday, with a 10-week suspension taking in the Six Nations opener Dylan Hartley will find out next week if he will miss any Six Nations Championship matches after his red card for Northampton
"10.12.2016 21:13:53" theguardian.com Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina: IBF world heavyweight title fight – live! Round-by-round: Will hard-hitting Eric Molina unseat Britain's IBF world heavyweight champion? Find out with Niall McVeigh All the build-up ahead of Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina
"10.12.2016 20:26:26" theguardian.com Maro Itoje the superman in ruthless Saracens' six-try sacking of Sale Saracens, ably marshalled by Maro Itoje, beat Sale 50-3 to continue their impressive defence of the European Champions Cup Saracens 50-3 The Sale Sharks
"10.12.2016 18:03:52" theguardian.com Leicester left looking inept and embarrassed by dominant Munster Munster handed Leicester a record 38-0 defeat in the European Champions Cup as the Irish side maintained their winning start Munster Rugby 38-0 Leicester Tigers
"10.12.2016 17:21:36" theguardian.com Mesut Özil fires Arsenal past Stoke City and to the top of the table Arsenal came from behind to beat Stoke City 3-1 and go to the top of the Premier League thanks to goals from Theo Walcott, Mesut Özil and Alex Iwobi Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City Football Club: Gunners go top of the Premier League
"10.12.2016 15:52:51" theguardian.com Conor McGregor is taking a break – and yet we can't stop talking about him UFC 206 takes place in Toronto on Saturday, but Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis have received little attention. As usual, it's all about a notorious Irishman 'I'll say to the UFC, and I love the company, but you're fooling nobody,' McGregor said last week during a public question and answer session in Northern Ireland. 'Best of luck to them, but I still got those belts. Someone has to take those belts off me
"10.12.2016 14:49:59" theguardian.com Joe Root admits England got selection wrong again for fourth India Test The England vice-captain said that a third spinner should have played in place of a seamer in the fourth Test, after Alastair Cook had earlier admitted to playing too many seamers in the previous Test at Mohali 'We thought there might be a bit more in it for the seamers'
"10.12.2016 14:01:52" theguardian.com Virat Kohli steps into Tendulkar's Mumbai shoes against England The brash captain is a character worlds apart from the icon whose place in India's hearts he has inherited, but he proved similarly beguiling while demolishing England's hopes in Mumbai Virat Kohli, the bristling embodiment of a confident modern Indian Cricket Team, scored his 15th Test century and celebrated in fitting fashion. The leap in the air, the swift removal of the helmet, the circling of the bat to all parts of this cricketing
"10.12.2016 13:32:29" theguardian.com Pat Cummins, Australia and our need for pure, frictionless speed | Barney Ronay Cummins, after endless strains and twangs, is back bowling fast for Australia, who have a ghost attack – a set of genuinely scorching pace bowlers in their prime – quietly assembling The Australian Cricket Team's lost boys, a ghost attack that cricket fans have muttered about vaguely for the last few years, is quietly assembling around Pat Cummins
"10.12.2016 12:22:24" theguardian.com Australian boxer Jeff Horn hopeful of Pacquiao fight after impressive bout Australia's brightest boxing talent, Jeff Horn, hopes he's done enough to impress legendary promoter Bob Arum after a crushing win over Ali Funeka Australia's brightest boxing talent, Jeff Horn, hopes he's done enough to impress legendary promoter Bob Arum after a crushing win over South African veteran Ali Funeka in Auckland
"10.12.2016 11:52:24" theguardian.com Great Britain's Kate Richardson-Walsh: You're not playing hockey to be a star Kate Richardson-Walsh, captain of Britain's gold-medal winning women's hockey team in Rio, has admitted it is still a surprise to be nominated for Sports Personality of the Year 'Hockey has become a bit more front and centre. We are professional athletes. We're privileged in Britain to have lots of sports we're good at and we want lots of media coverage of that. I love sport, all of the sport, I want to read about it all. I think
"10.12.2016 11:06:24" theguardian.com Virat Kohli's century helps India canter to first-innings lead against England Virat Kohli's 15th Test century continued his stunning year as India took the first innings lead against England at the Wankhede Stadium Virat Kohli's 15th Test century ensured the Indian Cricket Team took a first-innings lead on day three of the fourth Test against England Cricket
"10.12.2016 10:10:21" theguardian.com Todd Blackadder: 'The day you think you are the complete article, you're finished' The Bath director of rugby, Todd Blackadder, is the embodiment of his roots in rural New Zealand and believes in hard graft and perseverance, he tells Robert Kitson It is little surprise that, as with Eddie Jones and England, the tough former All Black is helping drive Bath Rugby onwards and upwards
"10.12.2016 09:25:03" theguardian.com Anthony Joshua is all charm as he prepares to unleash storm on Eric Molina Echoes of Muhammad Ali at weigh-in as IBF heavyweight champion entertains battalion of media admirers with wit ahead of his title defence in Manchester Not since Muhammad Ali entertained his battalion of media admirers with unprecedented wit and charm in the 60s and 70s has a world heavyweight champion seemed so disarmingly comfortable in his skin as Anthony Joshua on the eve of battle
"10.12.2016 08:46:21" theguardian.com Dylan Hartley's Northampton red card threatens Lions captaincy dream Dylan Hartley, the England captain, was on the pitch for six minutes before being sent off as Leinster crushed Northampton in the European Champions Cup One crude swinging arm is in danger of costing Dylan Hartley his immediate future as the England Rugby captain and any chance he had of leading the British & Irish Lions to New Zealand next summer
"09.12.2016 20:19:08" theguardian.com IOC's Rio ban failure exposed by deepening of Russian doping scandal The IOC statement about Richard McLaren's report referred to a 'fundamental attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games' but it contained no contrition or apology The IOC statement about Richard McLaren's report referred to a 'fundamental attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games' but it contained no contrition or apology
"09.12.2016 18:33:13" theguardian.com Russian MP hopes 'our beloved Mr Trump' will end doping investigation Continuing a line of argument that began with Professor Richard McLaren's first doping report, Russian officials have dismissed the accusations and said the report was politicised "We and all Russians hope that our beloved Mr Trump will put an end to this"
"09.12.2016 14:19:06" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: Yuzuru Hanyu shows off his ice moves Yuzuru Hanyu has a look of confidence on his face as he competes in the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Marseille Our picture of the day comes from Marseille, where figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu has been wowing the crowds and judges
"09.12.2016 11:24:29" theguardian.com More than 1,000 Russian athletes involved in doping conspiracy Rolling report: Join Lawrence Ostlere for updates as the results of the second part of Prof Richard McLaren's report in doping in sport are revealed More than 1,000 Russian athletes across 30 sports – including football – were involved in or benefitted from state-sponsored doping between 2011 and 2015
"09.12.2016 10:19:12" theguardian.com David Warner rescues Australia in win over New Zealand David Warner's seventh ODI century of the year propelled Australia to victory and a 3-0 whitewash over New Zealand in the final match match of the series at the MCG David Warner's seventh ODI century of the year propelled Australia to a 117-run victory and a 3-0 whitewash over New Zealand
"08.12.2016 21:27:40" theguardian.com British Cycling must come clean over Shane Sutton and Jess Varnish British Cycling's latest mishap over Shane Sutton and Jess Varnish is yet another example of its lack of openness and transparency British Cycling's latest mishap over Shane Sutton and Jess Varnish is yet another example of its lack of openness and transparency
"08.12.2016 17:29:14" theguardian.com Keaton Jennings 'bit the bullet and went for it' to claim century on England debut The 19th England batsman to score a Test century on debut brought up the milestone with an audacious reverse-swept four off a spinner At 5am on Thursday Keaton Jennings jumped out of bed in a state of blind panic, convinced he had slept through his alarm and missed the team bus. Nine hours later, he was raising his bat in celebration after becoming the 19th England batsman to taste the
"08.12.2016 13:00:00" theguardian.com Lucky for New Zealand they were on the beach rather than battling England All Blacks still top dogs despite weary performance in Paris but Eddie Jones's side, consistent in results if not performances, are closing the gap in the buildup to the World Cup The new world order:
1. All Blacks
2. England Rugby
3. Qantas Wallabies
4. Ireland Rugby
5. Wales national rugby union team
"08.12.2016 12:11:32" theguardian.com Has Australia fallen out of love with rugby union? Australia were well beaten by England on Saturday but the sport is facing bigger troubles at home, where participation, investment and interest are falling Australia were well beaten by England on Saturday but the sport is facing bigger troubles at home, where participation, investment and interest are falling
"08.12.2016 10:39:54" theguardian.com Who is Keaton Jennings? England's latest centurion The 24-year-old Durham left-hander captained South Africa at Under-19 level and has joined an illustrious list, containing the likes of WG Grace and Andrew Strauss Keaton Jennings has become just the 19th England batsman to score a century on his Test debut
"08.12.2016 09:32:06" theguardian.com India v England: fourth Test, day one – live! Over-by-over report: Join Daniel Harris for live updates of the fourth Test in Mumbai as India look to wrap up the series Follow our over-by-over coverage of India v England Cricket as Keaton Jennings makes a century on his Test debut
"07.12.2016 23:22:08" theguardian.com Jess Varnish 'shocked' by British Cycling's verdict on Shane Sutton ess Varnish said she was 'shocked and upset' and would appeal against findings of internal investigation by British Cycling into former technical director Shane Sutton Jess Varnish admitted she was “shocked and upset” and would appeal against the findings of an internal investigation carried out by British Cycling after it emerged only one of the nine charges she made against the former technical director Shane Sutton
"07.12.2016 22:59:17" theguardian.com Warren Gatland tells George North: 'forget about rugby, put health first' British & Irish Lions head coach, Warren Gatland, has told George North to 'forget about rugby' and concentrate on his long-term health Warren Gatland on George North: “He needs to forget about playing for Northampton at the moment and Wales in the Six Nations. He definitely needs to put himself and his long-term health first and make sure he sees the right people until he does get the
"07.12.2016 20:24:24" theguardian.com George North case leaves Saints and Premiership with questions to answer | Andy Bull Against Leicester the Northampton wing hit his head hard, went limp, and lay motionless for a minute – so why was he allowed to play on in the match? Andy Bull: rugby has come a long way in a short time on the issue of concussion, although it still has not moved quickly enough for some.
"07.12.2016 19:36:23" theguardian.com Gatting and Holding would have seen red but sendings off should be rare | Vic Marks The MCC's plan to give umpires the power of dismissal is more the result of a decline in behaviour in the recreational game than the top level and the hope is it will be seldom if ever be used Vic Marks on the radical plans announced for the game by the MCC World Cricket Committee, chaired by Mike Brearley
"07.12.2016 18:00:59" Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte were going to have separate press conferences today to promote their fight on Saturday, but it was decided they should be seated at opposite ends of a long table to keep them apart. That ended well...
"07.12.2016 16:24:26" The best goals of the week: http://bit.ly/2gb3koc
Featuring this clever penalty from Lee Trundle ...
"07.12.2016 15:16:10" theguardian.com Dereck Chisora throws table at Dillian Whyte in press conference The two fighters are due to meet in the ring in a British heavyweight title fight and WBC eliminator on the undercard to Saturday's clash between Anthony Joshua and Eric Molina in Manchester Dereck Chisora advised Dillian Whyte to take a "chill pill" – then picked up a desk and threw it at him
"07.12.2016 12:46:15" theguardian.com Video: Striker thwarted on goal line in Greece A striker for Greek side National Vatera misses a fantastic opportunity to score against Macedonian Kozani How did he miss?
"07.12.2016 10:17:37" theguardian.com MCC recommend red cards be introduced into cricket The move, which will apply to all levels of competition from Test to village green, is expected to come into effect as of next October Does cricket need red cards?
"07.12.2016 09:57:20" theguardian.com Dubai Ladies Masters suspended after death of caddie on course The first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters has been suspended following the death of a caddie, the Ladies European Tour has announced 'Everyone at the Ladies European Tour is extremely shocked and saddened by this sudden death and therefore we have taken the decision to suspend first round play as a mark of respect. On behalf of our membership, we offer heartfelt condolences to the
"07.12.2016 00:32:24" theguardian.com David Warner's latest century makes his year among best of all time David Warner has ascended into the upper echelon of the short form cricket greats following his match-winning century against New Zealand in Canberra Only Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly Official have hit more one-day centuries in a calendar year than David Warner has in 2016
"06.12.2016 22:00:00" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic splits with coach Boris Becker after three years Novak Djokovic has confirmed he has parted company with his coach Boris Becker, three years after adding the German grand slam winner to his team Novak Djokovic has parted company with coach Boris Becker
"06.12.2016 21:20:36" theguardian.com Northampton defend handling of George North as concussion row is reignited George North will not play again until he has been cleared by a concussion expert after Northampton said its medical team were unaware that he seemed to have been knocked out against Leicester George North will not play again until he has been cleared by a concussion expert after Northampton admitted its medical team were unaware that he seemed to have been knocked out against Leicester
"06.12.2016 20:00:56" theguardian.com Manchester City v Celtic and more: Champions League – live! Minute-by-minute report: Will Manchester City improve upon their 3-3 draw with Celtic back in September? Join Jacob Steinberg to find out Keep up with all tonight's UEFA Champions League action
"06.12.2016 18:28:49" theguardian.com England's nice guy Moeen Ali unruffled by yo-yoing utility role His England status could be uncertain after the fourth Test in Mumbai but the all-rounder's charity work helps him keep sporting issues in perspective “It is just a game of cricket, you just get on with it. You give it your best. That is all you can do so there is no point not sleeping at night over it. Pressure to me is seeing people who can't afford food or are struggling to live. There is more to
"06.12.2016 17:00:00" theguardian.com Thomas Bjorn named captain of Europe for 2018 Ryder Cup Thomas Bjorn has been confirmed as Europe's Ryder Cup captain for the 2018 match in France Thomas Bjorn will captain Ryder Cup Team Europe in 2018
"06.12.2016 16:06:41" theguardian.com Alastair Cook deserves to end his England captaincy on his own terms Unlike the long-term England captains before him, Andrew Strauss, Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain, the current incumbent has the chance to leave his post before he falls out of love with cricket Alastair Cook has an opportunity to do something none of his predecessors could: engineer a graceful end to his England captaincy and a smooth transition to the next man. It would be such a shame if he waited until he fell out of love with the game, as
"06.12.2016 15:04:23" theguardian.com Our best XV of the autumn internationals England and Ireland dominate and there is room for plenty of All Blacks while Stuart Hogg and Justin Tipuric fly the flag for Scotland and Wales Who should make the cut?
"06.12.2016 12:46:15" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: fire skies over the Manuka Oval Australia's Pat Cummins fields near the boundary during the second ODI between Australia and New Zealand at Manuka Oval in Canberra Our picture of the day comes from Manuka Oval in Canberra, where Australia have beaten New Zealand by 116 runs in the second ODI
"06.12.2016 12:05:43" theguardian.com How a Scottish cricket coach taught the world to play Colin Siller has enjoyed a nomadic career in his beloved sport, from playing in Northern Ireland to coaching in Fiji, Austria, Sweden, Rwanda and Canada Colin Siller was born in Scotland, played as a cricket professional in Northern Ireland and went on to coach the national teams of Fiji, Austria, Sweden, Rwanda and Canada. This is his story
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"06.12.2016 09:02:21" theguardian.com LeBron James will not stay at Trump-branded hotel in New York LeBron James, who supported Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, will not stay at a Donald Trump-branded hotel when the Cavaliers play the Knicks this week LeBron James, who supported Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, will not stay at a Donald Trump-branded hotel when the Cleveland Cavaliers play the New York Knicks this week
"06.12.2016 00:18:28" theguardian.com Tonga's Olympic flag bearer turns hand to cross-country skiing Pita Taufatofua aiming to become tropical islands' first male cross-country skier at 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang Taekwondo fighter Pita Taufatofua rose to prominence for his oiled-up, bare-chested appearances as Tonga's flag bearer at the Rio Olympic Games
"05.12.2016 20:33:00" theguardian.com England recall Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan to limited-overs squad in India The head coach is keen to reinforce the approach seen in the first three innings of the Test series, while Ben Duckett and James Vince have lost their places in the limited-overs squads Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales in. Ben Duckett and James Vince out.
"05.12.2016 17:27:52" theguardian.com Cam Newton benched for not wearing a necktie on flight to Seattle The Carolina Panthers star quarterback was benched for the opening series of Sunday night's game for a dress code violation Yes, a necktie.
"05.12.2016 15:41:26" theguardian.com David Haye and his ego steal the heavyweight spotlight from Anthony Joshua The British heavyweight who should be making headlines this week is Anthony Joshua, who should make short work of Eric Molina on Saturday Even when he's not the story, David Haye makes himself the story
"05.12.2016 14:56:13" theguardian.com F1 to return to France in 2018 The French Formula One Grand Prix will return in 2018 after a 10-year absence, with the race scheduled to take place at the Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France The French F1 Grand Prix will return in 2018 after a 10-year absence
"05.12.2016 13:34:58" theguardian.com The recovery and rise of Luvo Manyonga Three years ago Luvo Manyonga was a crystal meth addict. Now he is an Olympic silver medallist. This is his journey from the tik-addled townships to Rio glory, with the help of an Irish former street-sweeper turned strongman Three years ago Luvo Manyonga was a crystal meth addict. Now he is an Olympic silver medallist. This is his journey
"05.12.2016 12:40:28" theguardian.com England didn't beat Australia in the Four Nations. Will GB do better? The Great Britain rugby league team have been out of action for nine years but they are hoping to make a comeback in an Ashes series in 2018 or 2020 The Great Britain rugby league team have been out of action for nine years but it looks like they're coming back for an Ashes series
"05.12.2016 11:08:28" theguardian.com The gifs that keep on giving: David Luiz, a try and a perfect pitch Featuring a manager who is the boss, a distracted basketball player, perfect pitching, high-calibre fencing and two men playing table tennis with five balls The best gifs of the week
"05.12.2016 10:21:21" theguardian.com Our big review of the autumn internationals Our rugby union writers select their best player, team, try and match of the autumn – and choose the worst performance and gripe of the series Best team, best try, best player, best match ...
"04.12.2016 23:27:08" theguardian.com Tiger Woods admits to 'some pretty dire times' during his long injury absence Tiger Woods said there were times 'when I couldn't move' during his long injury absence after finishing 15th in Hero World Challenge with a final-round 76 Tiger Woods: 'Getting my lights back and my body back and focusing for a long period of time - these are things I've missed for a year and a half. I made some birdies this week, which is nice. I always want to be aggressive but I made some bad mistakes.
"04.12.2016 22:23:39" theguardian.com Eddie Jones tells England players to keep performing or risk being dropped Eddie Jones told his record-equalling players not to ease off before the Six Nations, when England begin the defence of their title against France, or they will be dropped Eddie Jones has warned England Rugby's record‑equalling players they will be summarily dropped if they allow their standards to slip next year
"04.12.2016 18:11:35" theguardian.com Autumn internationals: All Blacks still top but southern powers feel Test fatigue | Paul Rees New Zealand remain the yardstick but their flaws feed Lions' hopes for next summer even though the settled order of the Six Nations is in need of a shake-up The All Blacks remain the yardstick but their flaws feed Lions' hopes for next summer even though the settled order of the Six Nations is in need of a shake-up
"04.12.2016 17:03:29" theguardian.com Eric Molina leaves his classroom behind to face Anthony Joshua Eric Molina is taking time off his regular job of teaching children with disabilities and is seeking to take the IBF world heavyweight title from Anthony Joshua Boxing loves a backstory. There are tales of redemption, revenge, poverty and pain inside the ring and now comes a rather unusual one to British shores – the Mexican-American heavyweight who doubles up as a special-needs teacher
"04.12.2016 15:20:25" theguardian.com England selectors have some juggling to do ahead of India ODI series The England selectors face a tricky balancing act as action resumes in India with players coming in and out of the squad for six limited-overs matches following the remaining two Tests England Cricket selectors have some juggling to do before ODI series against Indian Cricket Team
"04.12.2016 14:41:22" theguardian.com Attentions turn to Lions tour with England and Ireland top of the class | Paul Rees Eddie Jones and Joe Schmidt's sides have upped the ambition, opportunity knocks once more for Scotland in the Six Nations, but pessimism abounds in Wales England Rugby and Ireland national rugby union team have upped the ambition, opportunity knocks once more for Scotland national rugby union team in the Six Nations Championship, but pessimism abounds for Wales
"04.12.2016 13:42:48" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: throw in at the end of the world Everyone loves a good sunset shot, especially a sport photographer Sport picture of the day: throw in at the end of the world
"04.12.2016 12:46:14" theguardian.com Tiger Woods produces more magic but his challenge fades in Bahamas sand Tiger Woods failed to turn a brilliant start into a round which would have put him in contention at the Hero World Challenge but there were more good signs on his comeback Tiger Woods produces more magic but his challenge fades in Bahamas sand at Hero World Challenge
"04.12.2016 12:05:34" theguardian.com Australia cruise to first ODI win as captain Steve Smith sets more records Australia cricket captain Steve Smith has reinforced his position as the heart, soul and rock of the side, scoring a dominant 164 in the first ODI v NZ Cricket Australia cruise to first ODI win over New Zealand Cricket as captain Steve Smith sets more records
"04.12.2016 09:44:27" theguardian.com England see off Australia's fast start to establish themselves at No2 | Andy Bull At some point 15 minutes as poor as the first quarter at Twickenham will cost Eddie Jones's side and it is this inability to maintain their highest standard that keeps them from being the world's best for the time being Despite their inconsistency, England Rugby have risen from eighth in the world at the start of this year to second at its end. They are still behind the All Blacks, but have beaten every other team in the top 10 along the way. Which makes them the second
"03.12.2016 18:49:02" theguardian.com England 37-21 Australia: how the players at Twickenham rated Scrum-half Ben Youngs' accuracy is influential for England, while Australia's Kane Douglas struggles to rediscover his World Cup form Player ratings from England Rugby 37-21 Australia
"03.12.2016 18:05:00" theguardian.com Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos grab point at the last from Barcelona Sergio Ramos leapt to head in a Luka Modric free-kick to score a dramatic equaliser as Real Madrid drew 1-1 at Barcelona in el clásico FC Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid C.F.
"03.12.2016 17:31:54" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton hopes to remain driving in F1 'for another 10 years at least' Britain's Lewis Hamilton has said he wants to stay driving in F1 for another decade, after the retirement of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg joked he could help Lewis Hamilton learn to speak German now he has retired, while Hamilton said he hoped to remain a F1 driver for the next decade as the duo addressed Mercedes fans at the constructor's end-of-season event in Stuttgart
"03.12.2016 16:38:54" theguardian.com England backs cut loose against Australia to complete their perfect year England's 37-21 win over Australia made it 13 from 13 under Eddie Jones in 2016 and equalled their all-time record of 14 consecutive victories England Rugby beat Australia 37-21 to make it 14 wins from 14
"03.12.2016 15:32:01" theguardian.com Nico Rosberg shakes the addiction to glory that comes with a dark side As the new Formula One champion's shock decision to retire has shown, once the hunger for success goes, the dangers in sports like F1 become apparent As new F1 champion Nico Rosberg's shock decision to retire shows, once the hunger for success goes, the dangers in sports becomes ever more apparent
"03.12.2016 14:46:05" theguardian.com Magnus Carlsen's dramatic fightback from 'certain' defeat cements his legend Bryan Armen Graham: Magnus Carlsen overcame self-doubt and 'certain' defeat, showing the greatest champions find a way to win when they're not at their best 'It was the kind of move every chess player dreams about getting a chance to make. That move will be remembered forever'
"03.12.2016 13:37:10" theguardian.com England v Australia: rugby union autumn international – live! Minute-by-minute report: Will England extend their winning run to a record-equalling 14 Tests against the Wallabies? Join Barry Glendenning England Rugby v Qantas Wallabies: follow the action live from Twickenham
"03.12.2016 13:02:45" theguardian.com The Agenda: who will join Warren Gatland in the Lions' den? Backroom staff for New Zealand tour set to be announced as Team GB rival Tottenham in struggling to shift tickets and European rugby and football return Your guide to the next seven days in sport
"03.12.2016 12:33:50" theguardian.com Glenn Maxwell fined by Australian team over Wade comments Outspoken allrounder Glenn Maxwell has been slapped with a fine for his criticism of Australian teammate and Victorian skipper Matthew Wade Outspoken allrounder Glenn Maxwell has been slapped with a fine for his criticism of Australian Cricket Team colleague Matthew Wade but the two could still line up together on Sunday
"03.12.2016 11:58:55" theguardian.com Manchester City v Chelsea: Premier League – live! Minute-by-minute report: Third-place City can leapfrog the leaders in a big Premier League showdown. Join Niall McVeigh It's Manchester City v Chelsea Football Club to kick off this weekend's Premier League action
"03.12.2016 11:29:49" theguardian.com Young guns and old hands in frame to replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen are headline possibilities to partner Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes after Nico Rosberg's shock retirement as world champion Max Verstappen? Sebastien Vettel? Pascal Wehrlein Official?
"03.12.2016 10:47:58" theguardian.com Tiger Woods rolls back the years with seven-under-par second round Tiger Woods, the former world No1, was still six shots off the lead of the Hero World Challenge after following his first-round 73 with a seven-under-par 65 Tiger Woods: back on the prowl
"03.12.2016 10:08:28" theguardian.com Nico Rosberg drew the best from himself before bowing out on top The 31-year-old never earned acclaim in his homeland like Michael Schumacher but he was diligent and intelligent and was finally rewarded with a world championship title 'Nico Rosberg knows how almost impossibly difficult it was to win the F1 title, how repetitive luck as well as formidable skill played their parts. In all likelihood he would always have remained a one-time winner. His achievement, though, is monumental.
"03.12.2016 09:36:56" theguardian.com Love John Terry or loathe him, an unignorable career is winding down | Barney Ronay John Terry will miss Saturday's trip to Manchester City and for the first time in the Abramovich era his absence is not, for Chelsea, a source of fretful speculation John Terry will turn 36 this week. He is by five years the longest serving current player at any Premier League club. He's still out there: still leading, still captaining, still legending. But after 18 wild, glorious years the sense of an ending is now
"03.12.2016 08:40:24" www.theguardian.com Eddie Jones warns Australia: 'England will break you physically and mentally' The acrimonious buildup to England's match with Australia stepped up a notch as Eddie Jones said his team will look to crush Michael Cheika's Wallabies It's almost time for England Rugby v Australia ... and Eddie Jones is doing his thing
"02.12.2016 19:03:57" theguardian.com Even in the tough times Fidel Castro's Cuba placed great value on sport | Richard Williams Long before the Buena Vista Social Club beguiled audiences around the world, revolutionary Cuba's sporting heroes enjoyed global renown Richard Williams on the role of sport in Fidel Castro's Cuba: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/dec/02/fidel-castro-cuba-value-sport-health-pride-boxing-baseball
"02.12.2016 18:27:49" theguardian.com Nico Rosberg has called quits on his F1 career at the right time | Richard Williams Nico Rosberg faced the prospect of defending his title under critical scrutiny from those who believed his 2016 success came due to a couple of engine failures on Lewis Hamilton's car Richard Williams on why Nico Rosberg's decision to step down at the top was the right one:
"02.12.2016 16:53:26" theguardian.com England's winning run ignites sense of deja vu before Australia clash As England seek to match their record of 14 straight victories, the industry and attitude of Eddie Jones's side are increasingly resembling Sir Clive Woodward's team of 2003 Will England Rugby match their record of 14 straight victories?
"02.12.2016 14:29:09" Nico Rosberg has retired from F1.
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"02.12.2016 13:29:01" theguardian.com Nico Rosberg confirms shock retirement from Formula One after maiden world title The Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has announced a shock retirement from the sport The Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has announced a shock retirement from the sport
"02.12.2016 12:03:01" theguardian.com Tiger Woods returns with one-over-par round at Hero World Challenge Tiger Woods made a competitive golf comeback after a 15-month absence by sharing the lead for eight holes at the Hero World Challenge before finishing the first round with a 73 It wasn't quite a fairytale but Tiger Woods was 'pleased' with his return
"02.12.2016 11:19:30" theguardian.com Dame Sarah Storey's roadmap for women's cycling and para-cycling Dame Sarah Storey won three gold medals in Rio but her sport is still crying out for sponsorship, media coverage and money. She has proposed some solutions Dame Sarah Storey won her 12th, 13th and 14th gold medals in Rio this summer but her sport is still crying out for sponsorship, media coverage and money. She has proposed some solutions...
"02.12.2016 09:56:31" theguardian.com Conor McGregor may never use his boxing licence but don't write him off Conor McGregor wouldn't touch Floyd Mayweather in the ring (who did?) but he is a hard-working, smart, experienced fighter who took up boxing aged 12 Conor McGregor wouldn't touch Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring (who did?) but he is a hard-working, intelligent, experienced fighter who took up boxing aged 12
"01.12.2016 23:46:06" theguardian.com Tiger Woods returns with one-over-par round at Hero World Challenge Tiger Woods made a competitive golf comeback after a 15-month absence by sharing the lead for eight holes at the Hero World Challenge before finishing the first round with a 73 “I hit it in three bushes and had a water ball. So it could have been something really good. It was a solid start, I just made a few mistakes and things started going the wrong way. I let a good round slip away at the end"
"01.12.2016 22:18:20" theguardian.com Brexit, Yarde's braids, Ali and Southgate – how Eddie Jones warms up for Australia England's coach likes to entertain but is deadly serious about the one thing that matters – winning the 'World Cup dress rehearsal' against Australia There are days when England Rugby's Eddie Jones resembles a fiendish Bond villain and days when he could be a standup comedian …
"01.12.2016 20:46:43" theguardian.com Patriots' Rob Gronkowski likely to miss rest of season after back surgery Tight end has herniated disc in his back and will undergo surgery on Friday, and is likely to be out of action for at least two months New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski -Gronk has a herniated disc in his back and will undergo surgery on Friday
"01.12.2016 17:27:32" theguardian.com UFC fighters make first steps to unionize: 'It's a fight for what's right' UFC is big business, but many of its fighters are poorly paid, and lack benefits like healthcare – so a new workers' group hopes to bring about much-needed change UFC is big business, but many fighters are poorly paid – so they have united to "fight for what is right"
"01.12.2016 15:48:45" theguardian.com Conor McGregor gains boxing licence but Mayweather fight remains unlikely Irishman obtains licence to box professionally in California but Mayweather Productions CEO calls it a 'con job to create more interest' Conor McGregor has been given a boxing licence but Floyd Mayweather's camp have called it "a game calculated to get more fans"
"01.12.2016 14:04:58" theguardian.com Bonus points signal change for Six Nations Next year's Six Nations will promote more open play but the number of tries is increasing across the board as several top countries look to change their style Introducing bonus points to the Six Nations will promote more open play but teams have been trying to score more tries anyway
"01.12.2016 11:44:56" theguardian.com What English cricket can learn from Game of Thrones If the ECB wants to emulate the success of Australia's Big Bash and India's IPL, the inspiration is staring them in the face: look at the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros If English cricket authorities want a league like the Big Bash or IPL, they should be watching Game of Thrones for inspiration
"01.12.2016 10:13:01" theguardian.com England focus on full house of autumn wins and revenge against Australia Chris Robshaw said the target against Australia on Saturday is to become the first England team to win four consecutive autumn Tests Will the England Rugby team make it 14 wins in a row against Australia?
"01.12.2016 10:01:27" youtube.com Oscarine Masuluke Wonder Goal - Baroka F.C. vs Orlando Pirates Here is the goal that was seen and heard around the world in its entirety. Surely it will make the FIFA Puskás Award shortlist in 2017. Take a bow, Oscarine ... Goalkeeper scores 96th-minute overhead kick ...
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"30.11.2016 17:23:26" theguardian.com Bonus points experiment can enliven Six Nations Rewarding attacking play, even in an otherwise lost cause, can bring relevance to mid-table encounters and shows rare and welcome flexibility from the organisers Why the new Six Nations format could be an improvement
"30.11.2016 15:09:08" theguardian.com David Haye throws punch at Tony Bellew at heated press conference David Haye threw a punch at Tony Bellew as the two went head-to-head at a heated press conference to promote their 4 March heavyweight fight David Haye has promoted his upcoming fight with Tony Bellew – by throwing a punch at him
"30.11.2016 13:55:00" theguardian.com Six Nations to trial bonus points in 2017 for first time A bonus points system will be used in this season's Six Nations Championship for the first time, with points also on offer in the women's Six Nations and Under-20 Six Nations tournaments A bonus points system will be used in this season's Six Nations
"30.11.2016 12:55:01" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: touch the cup It is not often fans have the chance to touch a trophy – so when the match-winner, Tim Cahill, took the FFA Cup to the stands after Melbourne City beat Sydney FC 1-0, you can understand their excitement Congratulations to Tim Cahill and Melbourne City FC fans
"30.11.2016 11:49:00" theguardian.com The best and worst of the F1 season Mercedes dominated the season with 19 wins from 21 races, while Max Verstappen and Jolyon Palmer enjoyed breakthrough years. Rio Haryanto, less so Our end-of-season F1 awards
"30.11.2016 10:09:37" theguardian.com Eric Bristow apologises for Twitter football sex abuse comments Former darts champion, who lost Sky Sports role over remarks, says tweets suggesting victims were wimps was a 'miswording' “It was worded wrong. I apologise, it was a miswording. They are not wimps”
"29.11.2016 22:07:07" theguardian.com Mike Brown plays minder to England's maverick wing Jonny May Wing's odd behaviour has got his England team-mates chuckling but Mike Brown said they are deadly serious about beating Australia Wing's odd behaviour has got his England Rugby team-mates chuckling but Mike Brown said they are deadly serious about beating Australia
"29.11.2016 20:56:48" theguardian.com 'I'm playing again': Tiger Woods just happy to be back after 15 months off Former world No1 says he couldn't get out of bed last year but is ready to take on golf's best at Hero World Challenge in Bahamas on Thursday "I've been away from the game for so long and I've made a lot of different changes in my game. Physically and also equipment, practice schedules, training, all that has evolved. The mindset of competing hasn't. That is to go out there and try to beat
"29.11.2016 20:07:17" theguardian.com Carlsen v Karjakin: sudden death climax looms in World Chess Championship After two weeks of pitted play, Wednesday heralds quickfire tie-breaker between current world champion, Magnus Carlsen, and his challenger, Sergey Karjakin After two weeks of pitted play, Wednesday heralds quickfire tie-breaker between current chess world champion, Magnus Carlsen, and his challenger, Sergey Karjakin
"29.11.2016 18:30:22" theguardian.com Jessica Ennis-Hill set to be awarded 2011 gold after Chernova is stripped of title Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova has been stripped of her 2011 world championship title because of a doping offence, with Jessica Ennis-Hill set to be awarded her gold medal instead Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova has been stripped of her 2011 world championship title because of a doping offence, with Jessica Ennis-Hill set to be awarded her gold medal instead
"29.11.2016 16:42:28" theguardian.com Fidel Castro, cricket and a crackpot Foreign Office plan for Cuba The revolutionary leader's decision to join a scratch game of cricket in Barbados in 1998 led to one of the more curious British Foreign Office schemes: to take the game to Cuba Once upon a time, they say, Fidel Castro played a game of cricket
"29.11.2016 14:10:55" theguardian.com Jose Aldo wants UFC rematch with 'coward' Conor McGregor Brazilian wants to fight Irishman at lightweight division now McGregor has relinquished his featherweight title Jose Aldo on Conor McGregor: "It's not my fault he's a coward. He was never the champion."
"29.11.2016 13:22:12" theguardian.com It's Sports Personality time again – let the carping commence A shortlist dominated by Rio winners means some startling omissions, such as England's all-conqering rugby players and even some of Team GB's biggest achievers, but each of the contenders deserves their place Should Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins, Carl Frampton or Anthony Joshua have been nominated?
"29.11.2016 11:28:56" theguardian.com Will futsal deliver a world-class US soccer star from the inner city? The game in America is geared towards kids who can afford to pay-to-play. But the five-a-side game popular in Brazil could help develop the USA's Messi Is futsal the answer for U.S. Soccer?
"29.11.2016 10:23:43" theguardian.com India beat England by eight wickets in third Test India beat England by eight wickets in the third Test to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series despite fighting fifties from Joe Root and Haseeb Hameed Indian Cricket Team 2-0 England Cricket
"29.11.2016 10:01:07" theguardian.com Who should win Sports Personality of the Year award? Andy Murray's victories at Wimbledon, the Olympics and the ATP World Tour Finals make him the favourite for the award, but who has earned your vote? Andy Murray's victories at Wimbledon, the Olympics and the ATP World Tour Finals make him the favourite for the award, but who has earned your vote?
"29.11.2016 00:55:11" theguardian.com Nick Blackwell no longer sedated after ill-advised sparring session Nick Blackwell is no longer sedated after being operated on to reduce swelling on his brain, according to the Press Association Nick Blackwell remains in hospital and will continue to be monitored by doctors
"28.11.2016 23:00:00" theguardian.com Punishing Lewis Hamilton for Abu Dhabi antics could end up hurting Mercedes Fallen champion could have been more gracious to Nico Rosberg but should not be censured for his tactics on the track Lewis Hamilton was at fault only in the race's aftermath. On the podium and in the press conference, he was less than gracious to the man who had supplanted him, the driver who had dedicated his sporting life to this one moment – Nico Rosberg, his once
"28.11.2016 22:25:59" theguardian.com Ronnie O'Sullivan: Snooker's treatment by BBC's Spoty is 'complete insult' Ronnie O'Sullivan insists a 'car-boot sale' mentality is responsible for snooker's continued omission from the shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award "Snooker is like a car-boot sale but with other sports it's shopping at Harrods" – Ronnie O'Sullivan
"28.11.2016 20:07:16" theguardian.com Sports Personality of the Year 2016: who should win the award? – poll Andy Murray's victories at Wimbledon, the Olympics and the ATP World Tour Finals make him the favourite for the award, but who has earned your vote? Andy Murray makes the 16-strong shortlist but there's no room for Le Tour de France winner Chris Froome
"28.11.2016 17:35:09" theguardian.com 2016 Formula One season – in pictures The best pictures from a dramatic F1 season
"28.11.2016 17:16:09" theguardian.com Usain Bolt says he lost love for running before Rio Olympics Usain Bolt has admitted that he struggled to motivate himself to train before this year's Olympics – but says the pressure is off as he approaches his final season on the track "There was so much pressure and stress that it just wasn't fun any more" – Usain Bolt says the workload he endured while training for events affected his love of sprinting
"28.11.2016 15:23:28" theguardian.com Nicholas Walters stuns boxing by committing the sport's ultimate sin The ferocious Jamaican puncher delivered a knockout blow to his reputation by quitting in the seventh round of his world title fight against Vasyl Lomachenko "When Nicholas Walters quit in the seventh round on Saturday night, the booing punters took the not unacceptable view that fighters fight. That's their job. They don't take the money and then decide the job is too difficult. If that were the case, your
"28.11.2016 13:10:01" theguardian.com Cricket podcast: in conversation with England captain Heather Knight England hosted the Women's Cricket World Cup in 1973 and 1993 and won both tournaments. Heather Knight says her team are out to repeat that feat in July Women's cricket is growing faster than it ever has before, with standards rising, leagues emerging and professionalism arriving. With the Women's Cricket World Cup coming to England next summer, we spoke to the team captain about her hopes for the year
"28.11.2016 12:31:46" theguardian.com Michael Cheika: Eddie Jones's 'vitriolic' Australia comments tarnish his legacy Michael Cheika has accused Eddie Jones of tarnishing his legacy with his 'vitriolic' comments about Australia during the series whitewash over the Wallabies last summer England v Australia on Saturday should be tasty...
"28.11.2016 11:59:27" theguardian.com Disastrous day for England hands India the initiative England's chances of success in the series took a serious blow on day three of the third Test as Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin helped India dominate England's chances of success in India have taken a serious blow
"28.11.2016 10:36:58" theguardian.com The gifs that keep on giving Featuring a steward on the left wing, fast feet on the touchline, an unexpected three-pointer, the power of persistence and a shot that went out for a throw-in Featuring a shot that went out for a throw-in, a steward on the left wing, a three-pointer and Batman
"28.11.2016 09:44:11" theguardian.com Rugby union autumn internationals: talking points from the latest action Ireland's latest bruising win shows they are the real deal, England's set-piece strength will be key against Australia, and New Zealand are human after all Our writers review the action from the latest autumn internationals
"28.11.2016 09:11:46" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Chelsea's Victor Moses to Barcelona? José Giménez to Manchester United from Atlético? | Bastian Scheinsteiger to Santos from Manchester United? | Adam Lallana to PSG from Liverpool? Are FC Barcelona planning a swoop for Chelsea Football Club's resurgent Victor Moses? And is Liverpool FC's Adam Lallana off to PSG - Paris Saint-Germain?
"27.11.2016 20:22:35" theguardian.com Crystal Palace's shambolic showings leave Alan Pardew on the brink With Saturday's astonishing 5-4 defeat at Swansea just the latest shambolic performance from Crystal Palace, their manager Alan Pardew's job is in jeopardy The signs were there during Crystal Palace's remarkable 5-4 defeat to Swansea on Saturday. This could well be the end game for Alan Pardew.
"27.11.2016 20:19:33" theguardian.com Nico Rosberg grinds out first F1 driver's title to put Lewis Hamilton in shade | Paul Weaver Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg claimed his first world championship in Abu Dhabi after a season in which he proved his quality and endurance Nico Rosberg's first Formula One championship was a classic victory for the diligent, dogged competitor over a more gifted opponent. It was the triumph of the retriever over the greyhound, the tortoise over the hare.
"27.11.2016 20:18:33" theguardian.com England's Billy Vunipola set to miss Six Nations after knee ligament operation Billy Vunipola is in danger of missing England's entire Six Nations campaign after undergoing an operation to repair the knee ligament damage Billy Vunipola is in danger of missing England's entire Six Nations campaign after undergoing an operation to repair the knee ligament damage he suffered during his team's eventful 27-14 win over Fiji.
"27.11.2016 18:27:52" theguardian.com Mercedes consider disciplining Lewis Hamilton after flouting team instructions The three-times world champion ordered to drive faster at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Toto Wolff adding: 'Anarchy does not work in any team' MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS's Toto Wolff on Lewis Hamilton: “Undermining a structure in public means you are putting yourself before the team. It is very simple. Anarchy does not work in any team and in any company.”
"27.11.2016 15:03:28" theguardian.com Nico Rosberg seals first F1 world title at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix XXX claimed his XXX Formula One world championship after **winning\finishing XXX** at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Nico Rosberg seals first F1 world title at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by coming second behind Lewis Hamilton in the race
"27.11.2016 13:51:07" theguardian.com Autumn internationals: five talking points after England's win over Argentina Eddie Jones' side make case for defence against the Pumas before taking on Michael Cheika's Australia, plus Six Nations has edge over Rugby Championship Eddie Jones' England Rugby side made the case for the defence against the Pumas before taking on Michael Cheika's Australia Rugby, plus why the Six Nations has the edge over the Rugby Championship
"27.11.2016 12:59:20" theguardian.com F1 title decider: Abu Dhabi GP – live! Lap-by-lap report: Will Nico Rosberg win his first world championship title or will Lewis Hamilton find a way to deny his old rival? Find out with Lawrence Ostlere Follow the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg do battle for the F1 title
"27.11.2016 12:25:39" theguardian.com Buttler and Woakes drag England back into third Test against India Two moments of brilliance in the field dragged England back into the equation on day two of the third Test against India, who closed on 271-6 - 12 runs behind England's first innings total Indian Cricket Team, at 271-6, trail England Cricket's first innings total by 12 runs
"27.11.2016 00:27:41" theguardian.com Orlando Cruz stopped by Terry Flanagan in WBO lightweight title fight Orlando Cruz's hopes of becoming the first openly gay world champion in boxing were scuppered when he was stopped in the eighth round by Terry Flanagan Terry Flanagan defended his WBO lightweight belt with an eighth-round stoppage to scupper Orlando Cruz's hopes of becoming the first openly gay world champion in boxing
"26.11.2016 23:38:33" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton has the speed but the F1 force is with Nico Rosberg | Paul Weaver Lewis Hamilton claimed pole for Sunday's F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but his celebrations were more subdued than normal because Nico Rosberg is the overwhelming title favourite Lewis Hamilton snared pole for Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but there was still a glint of destiny in the eyes of Nico Rosberg. Hamilton's celebrations were more subdued than normal
"26.11.2016 23:21:56" theguardian.com England 27-14 Argentina: how the players rated at Twickenham Jonny May produced an inspired display and got through a tremendous amount of work after Eliot Daly's sending-off, earning himself 8 out of 10 Jonny May 8/10; Dan Cole 4/10; Santiago Cordero 8/10 – England Rugby and Unión Argentina de Rugby player ratings
"26.11.2016 22:35:20" theguardian.com Battle with Argentina reveals England's enormous progress | Andy Bull Victory over Argentina in a thrilling and brutal encounter was further proof that England have been transformed under the leadership of Eddie Jones When this blur of flying fists and feet was over, it was one of England Rugby's very best victories here in recent years and, along with their wins in the first two Tests against Australia back in June, the most significant marker yet of their
"26.11.2016 22:01:12" theguardian.com Meet the cycling team out that runs on TUEs to beat diabetes Team Novo Nordisk, all of whom are diabetics, have to take insulin to compete – a positive application of the sport's therapeutic use exemptions “It is pretty simple,” says Stephen Clancy, in a voice so soft one fears it might shatter. “We don't abuse TUEs. We don't get performance gains. For us it is literally a matter of life or death: if we don't take them we will die."
"26.11.2016 21:13:24" theguardian.com Wales and Tipuric boost Howley to leave South Africa and Coetzee gloomy Tries from Ken Owens and the excellent Justin Tipuric helped Wales to a 27-13 South Africa, lifting the victors' caretaker coach and leaving the Springboks' coach on the brink Wales national rugby union team 27-13 Springboks
"26.11.2016 20:34:35" theguardian.com Keith Earls seals Ireland win over Australia to complete big-three sweep Ireland stunned Australia in a memorable 27-24 victory to complete calendar-year wins over the southern hemisphere's big three Ireland national rugby union team 27-24 Qantas Wallabies
"26.11.2016 19:13:01" theguardian.com Eddie Jones sets his sights on Australia after 'outstanding performance' Eddie Jones said he was focusing on putting one over on his former employers next Saturday after England defeated Argentina 27-14 "The best win [of the year] is to come. Australia will be the best win. When we were out there in June, the media were disrespectful to us and I am sure they will be again. We will be prepared for that and we are very keen to speak with the referee [South
"26.11.2016 18:22:57" theguardian.com Swansea City stun Crystal Palace as Fernando Llorente settles thriller Fernando Llorente scored twice in stoppage time to halt Crystal Palace's fightback and hand Swansea City a 5-4 victory at the Liberty Stadium Swansea City Football Club 5-4 Crystal Palace Football Club
"26.11.2016 17:51:43" theguardian.com Stuart Hogg stars with two tries as rampant Scotland see off Georgia Scotland rounded off their autumn internationals with a crushing 43-16 win over Georgia in Kilmarnock, with Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Sean Maitland and Hamish Watson scoring tries Scotland 43-16 Georgia
"26.11.2016 17:25:37" theguardian.com England and Owen Farrell dig deep to win 14-man battle with Argentina England had Eliot Daly sent off in the fourth minute for tackling a man mid-air but Eddie Jones's side managed to win 27-14 against Argentina, whose Enrique Pieretto saw red late on England Rugby beat Unión Argentina de Rugby 27-14 to make it 13 wins in a row
"26.11.2016 16:31:37" theguardian.com Will Lewis Hamilton play the game and push Nico Rosberg into Red Bulls? | Johnny Herbert Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton may have to show dark ability to win at every cost in Abu Dhabi if he is to steal the F1 championship from team-mate Nico Rosberg 'Is there going to be a twist in the tail? Will Lewis Hamilton be crafty and back Nico Rosberg's Mercedes into the Red Bulls, as Christian Horner, the Red Bull principal, has alluded to? Drivers in the past would have done it'
"26.11.2016 15:36:00" theguardian.com Jos Buttler reins in attacking instincts to spare England's blushes England's No7 makes light of lack of red-ball cricket to make an encouraging return to the Test arena Visible to the north of Mohali on a less hazy day are the Sivaliks, the foothills of the Himalayas, and we remain in similar territory in terms of Jos Buttler's comeback. His true Test identity will take time to form but in the context of England
"26.11.2016 14:56:50" theguardian.com Ben Stokes reprimanded by ICC after altercation but Virat Kohli escapes Ben Stokes has been reprimanded for using abusive language on the field of play during the first day of England's third Test in Mohali after a heated exchange with Virat Kohli Ben Stokes has been charged with using offensive language on the field of play during the first day of England Cricket's third Test in Mohali after a heated exchange with Virat Kohli, the Indian Cricket Team captain
"26.11.2016 14:23:04" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton takes pole at F1 Abu Dhabi GP with Nico Rosberg second Lewis Hamilton has qualified in pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in second Lewis Hamilton is on pole for the season-finale Abu Dhabi GP, and Nico Rosberg second
"26.11.2016 13:34:25" theguardian.com Christian Horner bullish about rise of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo With Red Bull having secured second place before the final F1 race, Horner expects his pair to close the gap on Mercedes next season Christian Horner is one of the few people in Abu Dhabi this weekend not preoccupied by Sunday's F1 title tussle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Instead, the Red Bull Racing principal wants to celebrate the performances of Max Verstappen and
"26.11.2016 12:59:21" theguardian.com RB Leipzig spread their wings to become Bundesliga force for the long haul Germany's league leaders are by no means the first nouveau riche arrivistes to ostentatiously buy their way to the top, but don't dismiss them out of hand Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig are by no means the first nouveau riche arrivistes to ostentatiously buy their way to the top, but don't dismiss them out of hand
"26.11.2016 12:06:59" theguardian.com Starc and Lyons roar Australia to dominance against South Africa Mitchell Starc roared with bat and ball on day three of the day-night Test at Adelaide Oval, putting Australia in the box seat for victory over South Africa Mitchell Starc roared with bat and ball on day three of the day-night Test at Adelaide Oval, putting the Australian Cricket Team in the box seat for victory over Cricket South Africa
"26.11.2016 11:09:32" theguardian.com Jonny Bairstow shows defiance but India dominate England on day one Jonny Bairstow made a dogged 89 but it was India's bowlers who had the upper hand on the opening day of the third Test, restricting England to 268-8 at the close in Mohali England Cricket reached 268-8 after day one of the third Test against the Indian Cricket Team
"26.11.2016 10:30:43" theguardian.com By staying silent on Odell Beckham, the NFL has chosen to endorse harassment The New York Giants receiver has been subjected to homophobic taunts, on and off the field – and yet the NFL has done nothing to stop it 'The NFL chose to endorse harassment, because it refused to take action about something that didn't affect the on-field product. That's why the harassment of Odell Beckham Jr and others will continue – because the NFL showed it's OK, while quietly
"26.11.2016 09:44:16" theguardian.com F1's age of chivalry, when drivers gave up cars for others, is a distant dream Sixty years ago, F1 drivers fought just as fiercely but behaved on and off the track as if they respected and even liked each other The story of Peter Collins and Juan Manuel Fangio in 1956, when F1 drivers fought just as fiercely but behaved on and off the track, shows how much the sport has changed
"26.11.2016 08:33:38" theguardian.com Gus Pichot: 'The Fiji v England game wasn't very good for rugby … it's unfair' World Rugby's vice-chairman tells Robert Kitson his views on the global calendar, player eligibility and welfare issues at this vital juncture of the professional game's evolution 'Having a Fijian saying he was better leaving Fiji to play for England … I don't like that. I think it's unfair for other teams'
"25.11.2016 22:31:14" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton v Nico Rosberg: how friendship turned to fiercest of rivalries | Paul Weaver The F1 title contenders were teenage friends but on the track theirs has become one of the sport's spikiest duels, comparable to Prost and Senna or Mansell and Piquet F1 title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were teenage friends but on the track theirs has become one of the sport's spikiest duels, comparable to Prost-Senna or Mansell-Piquet
"25.11.2016 20:05:37" theguardian.com 'British Olympic champion' caught up in alleged IAAF doping cover-up A sensational new message has emerged from the disgraced former head of Russian athletics in which he alleges the IAAF covered up potential doping violations by British athletes A sensational new message has emerged from the disgraced former head of Russian athletics in which he alleges the IAAF covered up potential doping violations by British athletes.