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"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.
"25.11.2016 17:50:11" Australian filmed making highest recorded basketball shot Hitting the heights! Watch as Derek Herron, a 28-year-old from Perth in Australia, finds nothing but net from 180m above on top of the Mauvoisin Dam
"25.11.2016 17:07:57" theguardian.com David Haye confirms heavyweight fight against Tony Bellew David Haye will fight Tony Bellew in the heavyweight division on 4 March at the O2 Arena, it has been announced Save the date: David Haye v Tony Bellew on 4 March 2017
"25.11.2016 14:46:04" theguardian.com John McEnroe: 'Mum only came to my matches if she thought I was going to lose' The tennis player talks about how his parents made him raise his game, sibling rivalry and being a father "I was actually a very shy kid growing up. And I was also polite. Wouldn't have guessed that, would you?" – John McEnroe opens up about his family life
"25.11.2016 12:25:40" theguardian.com 10 things to look forward to in the autumn internationals Elliot Daly in the spotlight for England, Ireland face a test of their consistency from the Wallabies and can Italy capitalise on Springboks upset? Our big preview for the weekend's internationals, including:
England v Argentina
Scotland v Georgia
Ireland v Australia
Wales v South Africa
France v New Zealand
"25.11.2016 11:08:49" theguardian.com The Joy of Six: F1's strangest racing cars From 'the flying tea-tray' to a Smurf tribute, we pick half a dozen of the more unlikely looking vehicles to grace a Formula One Grand Prix One for the petrolheads
"25.11.2016 10:01:40" theguardian.com I Am Bolt review – an awed survey of the fastest man alive Gabe and Benjamin Turner keep pace with the Jamaican sprinter from the track to the nightclub for an illuminating look at athletic genius What makes Usain Bolt run? The team behind I Am Bolt spent a year with him and tried to find out. Here's our review of the documentary
"25.11.2016 00:17:39" theguardian.com Du Plessis surprised by crowd 'hostility' before declaration outsmarts Australia South African captain Faf du Plessis says his sweetest century has been soured by a hostile crowd reception, which the Proteas star says he didn't expect "When I got to 100 I wasn't expecting to still get booed. So that was pretty disappointing.”
"24.11.2016 23:01:45" theguardian.com Sebastian Coe: 'We are the envy of the world, nobody does it better' Lord Coe may have corruption allegations to deal with in his IAAF capacity but he steps down from BOA role with an Olympic legacy to be proud of, he tells Owen Gibson “I just hope that going forward, when the public expenditure rounds are settled and the decisions are made, that we just ponder on one thing: we are the best in the world at this. There is nobody that does it better, there is nobody that does it with more
"24.11.2016 21:25:55" theguardian.com Bowlers wait on England call for third Test with Stuart Broad ruled out Alastair Cook has almost certainly lost Stuart Broad and Zafar Ansari for England's third Test against India and will choose two out of Steven Finn, Jake Ball and Gareth Batty Bowlers wait on England Cricket call for third Test against Indian Cricket Team with Stuart Broad ruled out
"24.11.2016 19:24:09" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton holds fire on Mercedes' decision to swap mechanics The defending F1 champion has said he will reveal his true feelings in 10 years' time about his mechanics being swapped with Nico Rosberg The defending F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has said he will reveal his true feelings in 10 years' time about his mechanics being swapped with Nico Rosberg
"24.11.2016 18:00:00" theguardian.com Prosecutors seek 10-year tax fraud sentence for Samuel Eto'o The player is among other current and past players from the Catalan club facing legal problems in Spain Former FC Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o should be sent to prison for 10 years – according to Spanish prosecutors who think he committed tax crimes when playing for the club
"24.11.2016 17:05:14" theguardian.com William Finnegan wins Sports Book of the Year for Barbarian Days The New Yorker journalist, who pockets the £28,000 prize for the award, was victorious for his memoir on surfing Looking for a Christmas present? Try Barbarian Days, the sports book of the year
"24.11.2016 14:12:33" theguardian.com Wales need to think on their feet, rather than being told what to do Players' lack of skill and inability to react to the unexpected is undermining Rob Howley's interim spell as Wales head coach Wales once produced intuitive players who did not need to be told at half-time where they were going wrong. They solved problems themselves, if not always by the rule book. Their current crop of players need to take more responsibility on the field
"24.11.2016 11:58:08" theguardian.com Great cricket innings that didn't make it to 50 A batsman doesn't have to hit a century (or half-century) to do his job. Which performances made more of an impression on you than the scoreboard? A batsman doesn't have to hit a century (or half-century) to do his job. Which performances made more of an impression on you than the scoreboard?
"24.11.2016 09:41:39" theguardian.com 'Die like a Samurai': Nurmagomedov issues challenge to Conor McGregor No1 lightweight challenger ramps up rhetoric in bid for title shot against UFC superstar Khabib "the Eagle" Nurmagomedov to Conor McGregor:
'Don't chicken out please. I know I'm a bad matchup for you but you the champion and you need to fight the best. It's OK. Die like an Irish warrior don't run like a chicken'
"23.11.2016 23:32:11" theguardian.com Ronnie O'Sullivan: God has told me to finish with snooker O'Sullivan revealed retirement thoughts but after first-round win in the UK Championship claimed 'It's not my last tournament until God puts his foot down' “I have conversations with God and he said to me, 'Jack snooker in mate, you're better off as a pundit'"
"23.11.2016 22:52:50" theguardian.com Mesut Özil's vision prevents Arsenal from drifting against PSG | Barney Ronay Arsenal's Mesut Özil is an easy target for some, but yet again the German World Cup-winner had a decisive intervention in a tournament which brings the best out of him Arsenal failed to beat PSG - Paris Saint-Germain but Mesut Özil's influence steadied the ship after a fairly horrible first half
"23.11.2016 22:18:49" theguardian.com Mark Ramprakash offers reality check on Jos Buttler's England Test impact The England batting coach said Jos Buttler's lack of red-ball cricket was not ideal as the batsman faced being parachuted into the third Test against India England Cricket batting coach Mark Ramprakash has said Jos Buttler's lack of red-ball cricket in the last year is 'not ideal'
"23.11.2016 19:37:14" theguardian.com Australia have lost five Tests in a row but they have endured worse runs before Losing to Sri Lanka and South Africa has been embarrassing but Australia's run of six straight defeats against West Indies in 1984 was even tougher to take Remembering Cricket Australia's six straight Test defeats to West Indies cricket in 1984
"23.11.2016 18:16:34" theguardian.com Alberto Cavasin sacked by Leyton Orient after 10 games The Italian manager lost eight out of 10 matches since his October arrival and Orient currently sit 22nd in League Two Leyton Orient have sacked Alberto Cavasin after 10 games (eight of which were defeats)
"23.11.2016 17:20:51" theguardian.com Rory McIlroy confident switch to new clubs will not leave him standing in 2017 The world No2 aims to be raring to go after spending a week in Dubai testing equipment as a result of Nike's decision to pull out of market Nike no longer make golf clubs. So what next for Rory McIlroy?
"23.11.2016 16:20:01" Timeline Photos Sport picture of the day: cricket is not a contact sport?
Diving for the crease or a catch always makes for a great shot, but it's not often you'll see a photo which makes cricket look more like ice hockey. As a result, this shot from the women's one-day
"23.11.2016 15:27:54" theguardian.com F1 title race goes to the wire but will Red Bulls have a final say? The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be the decider yet with all the focus on the Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg it is possible that Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo could determine the destiny of the drivers' title All of the focus is on Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg but Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo could determine the destiny of the drivers' title
"23.11.2016 11:03:21" theguardian.com England must tame Virat Kohli to have chance of levelling series India's captain is leading the way with the bat and in the field, where his energy has transformed India into the No1-ranked Test nation in the world and imperious on home soil To succeed in India, the England Cricket team have to tame Virat Kohli
"23.11.2016 10:07:39" theguardian.com South Africa cricket captain Faf du Plessis denies he is a cheat South Africa cricket captain Faf du Plessis has expressed disappointment that his sanction for ball-tampering had taken the 'shine' off the Proteas' performances in Australia "I was shining the ball ... something that all cricketers do"
"23.11.2016 00:34:28" theguardian.com IOC has behaved like Keystone Cops in anti-doping fight, says US chief Travis Tygart, the US Anti-Doping chief executive, has accused the International Olympic Committee of acting like the Keystone Cops Travis Tygart, the US Anti-Doping chief executive, has accused the International Olympic Committee of acting like the Keystone Cops
"22.11.2016 17:38:32" theguardian.com Jenson Button prepares for emotional F1 farewell after 16 years On Sunday, Button, the 2009 world champion, brings the chequered flag down on an F1 career marked by his natural poise, style and mastery of wet conditions Farewell, Jenson Button
"22.11.2016 16:52:50" theguardian.com Spurs must halt Falcao to keep Champions League hopes alive The Colombian provoked little but pity in his two seasons in the Premier League but with seven goals in nine games there are traces of a renaissance at Monaco Falcao provoked little but pity in the Premier League but with seven goals in nine games there are traces of a renaissance at AS MONACO
"22.11.2016 13:45:00" theguardian.com Everton Under-23s to sleep rough at Goodison Park for homeless charity The Everton Under-23 manager, David Unsworth, has signed his entire squad up to take part in a sleepout at Goodison Park in aid of a homeless charity Everton Under-23 manager David Unsworth has signed his entire squad up to take part in a sleepout at Goodison Park in aid of a homeless charity
"22.11.2016 12:43:57" theguardian.com Rugby's disciplinary mess deepens as body count rises and grey areas grow Rugby is now cleaner but no safer and as New Zealand's brutal, bruising clash with Ireland – and the citings that followed – showed, something must change New Zealand's brutal, bruising clash with Ireland showed that rugby is not getting any safer. Something must change
"22.11.2016 10:19:53" theguardian.com Andy Murray concerned about father's wedding, not knighthood or Spoty Andy Murray, who on Sunday beat Novak Djokovic to win the ATP World Tour Finals and end 2016 as world No1, has played down talk that he could be knighted Is Andy Murray excited about Sports Personality of the Year? "I don't think I am going to be able to go this year. I've got my father's stag do next weekend, then he is getting married the following weekend. Then I go to Miami the day after my dad's
"21.11.2016 22:46:45" theguardian.com Andy Murray's work ethic is behind his rise to No1 and he can stay there | Kevin Mitchell Andy Murray has made the necessary improvements to his game and mentality with his work ethic and, with rivals faltering, can stay at No1 for a while Andy Murray: "I have enjoyed the last five, six months the most I have in all of my career. That is probably because I have won a lot, so I want to keep going”
"21.11.2016 21:09:58" theguardian.com England will change tack after passive defiance fails to gain positive result Returns of Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes are just two of the options open to Alastair Cook for Mohali after the selection process for India has been shown up as flawed Alastair Cook is likely to shuffle his team for England Cricket's third Test against India
"21.11.2016 19:36:35" theguardian.com England's Joe Launchbury banned for two weeks for kicking Fiji centre Joe Launchbury has been banned for two weeks for kicking an opponent during England's victory against Fiji on Saturday Joe Launchbury will miss England Rugby's internationals against Argentina and Australia after receiving a two-week ban
"21.11.2016 18:44:15" theguardian.com Andy Murray, world No1: his remarkable year in pictures Andy Murray, world No1: his year in pictures
"21.11.2016 17:09:58" theguardian.com England set to pick Jos Buttler as batsman in bid to break India's rhythm England will opt to play the right-handed Jos Buttler as a batsman as they seek to break up India's rhythm gained bowling at seven left-handers in the second Test • Ben Duckett to miss out after torrid time against Ashwin
• Alastair Cook hopeful that Stuart Broad will be fit for Mohali
"21.11.2016 15:39:28" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton admits he faces 'pretty impossible odds' to win F1 title The British driver, who is 12 points behind his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, said 'I can't and won't give up' “It's not been a perfect season and I'm faced with pretty impossible odds no matter what I do this weekend [but] I can't and won't give up. You never know what might happen – however unlikely it may seem" – Lewis Hamilton
"21.11.2016 14:30:44" theguardian.com The Browns are an abomination but they're far from the worst team in NFL history Cleveland are heading for an 0-16 season but they can take comfort from the fact that they won't trouble some of the league's truly terribly teams The Cleveland Browns are bad. They are very bad. And yet they won't be the worst team in NFL history. Not even close. The 2016 Browns will never be as bad as the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They will always have that
"21.11.2016 13:50:03" theguardian.com Bullish Virat Kohli delights in England's passive approach as India take series lead | Ali Martin The hosts' brooding and intense captain felt Alastair Cook's side's tactics played into India's hands, and with his batting on a different plane and his team 1-0 up, he is speaking from a position of strength Virat Kohli has brought a more aggressive edge to Indian Cricket Team than his Test predecessor, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and in the aftermath of their crushing victory over England Cricket in Visakhapatnam this translated into a bullish critique of the
"21.11.2016 12:20:49" Andy Murray's brilliant year: how he rose to world No1 – video report
"21.11.2016 11:56:59" theguardian.com South Africa security guard clashes with reporter questioning Faf du Plessis South Africa's fury over a ball-tampering charge has bubbled over at Adelaide Airport, where the tourists' security official physically clashed with a local journalist A Cricket South Africa security guard shoved, shoulder charged and knocked a microphone from a reporter's hands as Faf Du Plessis, smiling and giving a thumbs up, left the building
"21.11.2016 11:07:38" theguardian.com The Kovalev-Ward decision was about boxing's fine margins, not corruption Many will feel the Russian was robbed of victory by home judges. But fights between two skilled operators can be incredibly tough to call The vehement cries of robbery on social media after Andre Ward's points victory over Sergey Kovalev were immediate and not entirely without merit. But lousy decisions can be attributed to either corruption or incompetence. This was neither
"21.11.2016 10:19:13" theguardian.com Rugby union autumn internationals: talking points from the latest action England under Eddie Jones are nothing if not purposeful, New Zealand can't be blamed for their physicality and Scotland could profit from Argentina's travails Rugby union autumn internationals: talking points from the latest action
"21.11.2016 08:17:35" theguardian.com India's spinners send England tumbling to 246-run defeat in second Test England lost all 10 wickets inside 48 overs as India's spinners ran riot to secure victory and put the hosts 1-0 up in the series shortly after lunch on day five in Visakhapatnam Circle of Cricket India's spinners send England Cricket tumbling to 246-run defeat in second Test
"20.11.2016 23:53:18" theguardian.com Worry for England as Joe Launchbury cited for kicking Asaeli Tikoirotuma Joe Launchbury faces a disciplinary committee on Monday after being cited for kicking Fiji centre Asaeli Tikoirotuma at Twickenham on Saturday Joe Launchbury has been cited for kicking the Fiji centre Asaeli Tikoirotuma in England Rugby's 58-15 victory at Twickenham
"20.11.2016 22:22:44" theguardian.com Andy Murray fights fatigue with fire to end 2016 in blistering fashion | Jacob Steinberg Andy Murray shrugged off the tiredness that was expected to give Novak Djokovic the edge and left little doubt who is the top man in world tennis It was a routine victory in the end, just not the one that most people had anticipated. Fighting off the fatigue, willing himself over the line, Murray once again demonstrated why no one can dispute his new status as the world's dominant player, capping
"20.11.2016 21:00:00" theguardian.com Bradley Wiggins gives mixed signals on retirement after Ghent six-day win A victorious Bradley Wiggins told the crowd the Ghent six-day race might not be his last but later admitted 'as much as my heart wants to, my head is saying no.' Sir Bradley Wiggins followed his last-ditch victory in the Ghent six-day race with his fellow world Madison champion, Mark Cavendish, by retaining a certain amount of wriggle room over his future plans by telling the crowd “this might not be my last race”
"20.11.2016 20:17:11" theguardian.com Andy Murray defeats Novak Djokovic to end year as world No1 Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4, to win the ATP World Tour Finals and end the year as the world No1 Time ran out for one brave finalist here on Sunday night but, against all well-reasoned forecasts, it was not Andy Murray. In what was probably his most extraordinary win over Novak Djokovic since he won the first of his three grand slam titles in New
"20.11.2016 18:40:35" theguardian.com Australia hark back to golden era with crushing Four Nations final win The brilliance of Australia's performance against New Zealand at Anfield underlines their re-emergence as the world's pre-eminent side It was a result that emphasises the gulf Australian Kangaroos once again enjoy over the rest of the rugby league world, and underlines the sport's biggest problem at international level: competitiveness. Once, it was a “big three” at the top of the
"20.11.2016 17:01:42" theguardian.com Australia comfortably beat New Zealand to seal Four Nations title Australia secured a hugely-impressive 34-8 victory over New Zealand in a disappointingly one-sided Four Nations final at Anfield Australia 34-8 New Zealand
"20.11.2016 12:45:05" theguardian.com Henrik Stenson wins European Tour's order of merit for second time Henrik Stenson has won European Tour's order of merit for the second time in his career after none of his challengers could usurp his position on the final day of the World Tour Championship in Dubai on Sunday Henrik Stenson has won the Race to Dubai for a second time
"20.11.2016 11:41:18" theguardian.com Alastair Cook falls in final over as England target escape against India England's captain Alastair Cook fell to the final ball of day four in the second Test against India to leave the tourists with it all to do on the final day England Cricket team are 87-2 going into the final day and now require 318 runs to win to beat India in the second Test
"20.11.2016 10:25:00" theguardian.com Andre Ward scores controversial points victory over Sergey Kovalev The Olympic gold medalist survived a early knockdown on Saturday night to do just enough to win a narrow decision over Sergey Kovalev in a battle of unbeaten light heavyweights There were audible gasps across the arena in Las Vegas when it was announced that all three ringside judges had turned in identical scores of 114-113
"19.11.2016 23:17:49" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray book finals shootout for No1 spot ATP Tour Finals decider will be the 35th meeting between the world's two best players after Murray took more than three hours to qualify while Novak Djokovic did it in 66 minutes. Who will win the World Tour Finals and end the year as world No1: Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray?
"19.11.2016 21:24:49" theguardian.com Fekitoa ensures All Blacks get their revenge against Ireland New Zealand got back to winning ways and gained revenge over Ireland with a 21-9 win in Dublin Ireland national rugby union team 9-21 All Blacks
"19.11.2016 20:50:00" theguardian.com Wales are run close by inspired Japan before late Sam Davies drop goal Late Sam Davies drop goal and the consistency of Leigh Halfpenny's boot give Wales last-gasp 33-30 victory over a Japan side that played with speed and precision throughout Wales national rugby union team 33-30 Japan Rugby Football Union
"19.11.2016 19:56:06" theguardian.com Andy Murray suffers for his art in marathon win over Milos Raonic Andy Murray again did things the hard way against Canada's Milos Raonic in another record-breaking epic but won 5-7, 7-6, 7-6 to keep his chances of ending the year as world No1 alive Andy Murray took three hours and 38 minutes to win his semi-final against Milos Raonic in his ATP World Tour Finals
"19.11.2016 19:00:00" theguardian.com A less than special one as Mourinho's woes continue | Paul Wilson A third successive home draw - without the recent dominance of lesser opponents - will not make the manager's life any easier. There was little special about Jose Mourinho, Manchester United or visitors Arsenal in the 1-1 Premier League draw at Old Trafford
"19.11.2016 17:33:20" theguardian.com England register record win against Fiji but defence is cause for concern The richness of England's attacking game contrasted with the poverty of their defending either side of the interval in their record win over Fiji England Rugby 58-15 Fiji Rugby
"19.11.2016 16:40:16" theguardian.com Italy celebrate famous first win over sorry South Africa Italy added to South Africa's recent woes with a historic victory earned by the boot of Carlo Canna Italy national rugby union team 20-18 Springboks
"19.11.2016 16:38:55" www.theguardian.com Meet the actor who is set on playing for Hong Kong at the 2019 Rugby World Cup Ed Rolston fell out of love with rugby when he was knocked back by Leicester Tigers but, after working as an actor for a few years, he rediscovered his passion for the sport and is now hoping to represent his country at the Rugby World Cup Ed Rolston fell out of love with rugby when he was knocked back by Leicester Tigers but, after working as an actor for a few years, he has rediscovered his passion for the sport and is hoping to captain Hong Kong at the Rugby World Cup
"19.11.2016 15:38:43" theguardian.com Victor Dubuisson hits form in Dubai as Rory McIlroy has 'one of those days' France's Victor Dubuisson enjoyed a round of 64 to lead after day three of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, with a frustrated Rory McIlroy eight shots behind • Frenchman leads DP World Tour Championship after round three
• Defending champion Rory McIlroy falls out of contention after a 68
"19.11.2016 13:15:52" Torah Bright gets golf shot all wrong at charity event in Sydney Torah Bright gets golf shot all wrong at charity event in Sydney http://bit.ly/2gu9WDq
"19.11.2016 12:26:31" theguardian.com Eduard Gutknecht undergoes surgery after George Groves fight George Groves' opponent Eduard Gutknecht has undergone surgery after falling ill after their fight on Friday night • Kazakh boxer fell ill in dressing room after defeat
• Groves cancelled post-fight conference after hearing news
"19.11.2016 11:51:39" theguardian.com Virat Kohli rams home India advantage and gives England a mountain to climb Ravi Ashwin completed his 22nd Test five-wicket haul to give India a 200-run first-innings lead before Virat Kohli's unbeaten 50 cemented his side's dominant position Second Test, day three report: India 455 & 98- 3; England 255
"19.11.2016 11:07:23" theguardian.com The gifs that keep on giving: against the posts, off the ceiling and into the floor Featuring a shot that travels around the goal but doesn't go in, some cultured defending, a few unusual home runs, a fancy jump and japes from gymnasts Featuring a shot that travels around the goal but doesn't go in, some cultured defending, a few unusual home runs, a fancy jump and japes from gymnasts.
"18.11.2016 17:30:43" theguardian.com Joe Root's shot selection questioned by Paul Farbrace after England collapse England's assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, was in no mood to put a positive spin on the team's first-innings collapse, blaming a lack of fight from the batsmen and criticising Joe Root's shot selection “We didn't show enough fight"
"18.11.2016 16:25:39" theguardian.com Andy Murray sees off Stan Wawrinka to reach ATP World Tour semi-finals World No1 Andy Murray needed just 86 minutes to beat Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2 to set up a semi-final against Milos Raonic at the ATP World Tour finals For 23 matches in a row now, Andy Murray has been getting the job done
"18.11.2016 16:04:31" theguardian.com Australia's Johnathan Thurston prepares for emotional farewell to England The Kangaroos legend will face New Zealand in the Four Nations final at Anfield but knows it will be the last time he plays in an English stadium Australian Kangaroos' Johnathan Thurston: "I've had so many special memories to cherish from playing in front of the English fans, who are just incredible. It's completely different from back home, they sing all game and it's quite a hostile environment
"18.11.2016 13:13:36" theguardian.com Andy Murray v Stan Wawrinka: ATP World Tour Finals – live! Game-by-game report: Follow the round-robin match between Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka, with Jacob Steinberg's live updates from the O2 Arena Andy Murray v Stan Wawrinka – live!
"18.11.2016 12:28:50" theguardian.com Gareth Southgate to be interviewed for England manager's post on Monday Gareth Southgate will be interviewed for the England manager's post on Monday as the Football Association seeks to begin formal discussions over the appointment of Sam Allardyce's successor Gareth Southgate will be interviewed for the England football team manager's post on Monday as the Football Association seeks to begin formal discussions over the appointment of Sam Allardyce's permanent successor
"18.11.2016 11:56:42" theguardian.com Conquering the Cent Cols Challenge in the Pyrenees: from despair to defiance Oliver Duggan recounts the geographical, physical and mental rollercoaster of cycling 100 mountain passes in 10 days across southern France and Spain With legs still swollen from the previous days' efforts and the lingering remnants of a dehydration headache, the mornings were especially hard. They felt like enduring a bad hangover, and, just like the recently inebriated, we would struggle with the
"18.11.2016 11:30:43" theguardian.com India's Ravi Ashwin makes England pay after Hameed run out sparks collapse Ravi Ashwin hit 58 to help India to 455 all out before taking two wickets for 15 runs to reduce England to 104 for five in response England Cricket were left needing a lengthy rescue act by Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow after being reduced to 103 for five by India on day two of the second Test
"18.11.2016 11:06:31" theguardian.com Rugby union autumn internationals: what to look forward to this weekend Fijians are on display for and against England, Ireland are looking to make history (again), Scotland have a Six Nations point to prove and Emily Scarratt returns Fijians are on display for and against England, Ireland are looking to make history (again), Scotland have a Six Nations point to prove and Emily Scarratt returns
"18.11.2016 08:27:33" theguardian.com New Zealand's Steve Tew: 'We will not change our culture overnight' New Zealand rugby has been rocked by sexual and violent incidents at various levels of the game but the head of the NZRU tells Sean Ingle his sport merely reflects society New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew: 'There are a few journalists that have decided they will do my performance review on a daily basis. It has got personalised. If I thought I wasn't good enough for the job I wouldn't stay. But we have to
"17.11.2016 23:59:16" theguardian.com Ronnie O'Sullivan knocked out of Northern Ireland Open by Kyren Wilson Ronnie O'Sullivan suffered a shock defeat in the Northern Ireland Open, losing 4-3 to Kyren Wilson in the last 16 Ronnie O'Sullivan has been knocked out of the Northern Ireland Open by Kyren Wilson
"17.11.2016 22:34:04" theguardian.com Jamie Murray closes in on matching brother Andy for double No1 celebration Jamie and Andy Murray could be about to make history together, the first brothers to be No1 in the world in singles and doubles Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares reach doubles semi-finals at ATP World Tour Finals
"17.11.2016 22:12:28" theguardian.com Andy Murray confident of lasting the course for Novak Djokovic collision Andy Murray is not drained by a long winning run ahead of his match against Stan Wawrinka and is expected to face Novak Djokovic to decide world No1 for the year "I trust my body a lot. I put a lot of work into it. When I take a break, I will need to build that back up again. Right now, playing matches, it doesn't feel too bad" – Andy Murray
"17.11.2016 19:52:42" theguardian.com Wales: Rob Howley calls up six Lions to play Japan in Cardiff The Wales interim head coach Rob Howley included six Test Lions in his squad to face Japan in Cardiff Jamie Roberts returns to the Wales national rugby union team to play Japan
"17.11.2016 19:21:16" theguardian.com New Zealand's Steve Tew: 'We will not change our culture overnight' New Zealand rugby has been rocked by sexual and violent incidents at various levels of the game but the head of the NZRU tells Sean Ingle his sport merely reflects society It is just as well Steve Tew has broad shoulders: the chief executive of the New Zealand Rugby Union has needed them to absorb the pummelling from his critics in recent months
"17.11.2016 17:17:12" A cross-country runner has been wiped out ... by a herd of deer
"17.11.2016 16:58:33" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic gives David Goffin quick payday at ATP World Tour Finals Novak Djokovic won 6-1, 6-2 against David Goffin, who still takes away $179,000, in a somewhat strange dead rubber at the ATP World Tours Finals on Thursday David Goffin turned up, lost to Novak Djokovic in 69 minutes and pocketed $179,000
"17.11.2016 14:25:30" theguardian.com Kohli and Pujara punish England in second Test Virat Kohli ended day one unbeaten on 151 after sharing a mammoth stand with Cheteshwar Pujara, who added 119 as England toiled in the field India won the toss, chose to bat and scored 317-4
"17.11.2016 11:45:00" theguardian.com Classic YouTube: Ireland v All Blacks, Ohtani and a mongoose This week's roundup also features a stunning length-of-the-field try, a huge NCAA win for Katie Ledecky and why Lionel Messi could nutmeg a mermaid Prepare for a big weekend of sport by rummaging around YouTube
"17.11.2016 10:37:10" theguardian.com Jimmy Armson hits hat-trick as Brackley beat Gillingham in FA Cup Jimmy Armson was the hero for Vanarama National League North side Brackley in their 4-3 replay win against Gillingham after extra time Magic
"16.11.2016 22:39:44" theguardian.com Semesa Rokoduguni's return offers England impact against his native Fiji According to England's assistant coach Neal Hatley, a 'seismic explosion' awaits if his wing Semesa Rokoduguni runs into Fiji's Nemani Nadolo in Saturday's Twickenham Test "There could be a seismic explosion on the far side with Nemani Nadolo and Semesa Rokoduguni running into each other” – England Rugby's assistant coach Neal Hatley on a matchup which will surely attract the attention of the Guinness Book of Records
"16.11.2016 22:06:40" theguardian.com Andrew Strauss says Alastair Cook not finished yet as England Test captain Andrew Strauss has said he is confident Alastair Cook will carry on as England's five-day captain, with no Test series after India until next July "It is quite scary how young he is" – Andrew Strauss says Circle of Cricket India series will not be Alastair Cook's last as England Cricket Test captain
"16.11.2016 18:44:57" theguardian.com Andy Murray battles past Kei Nishikori to stay on course at ATP finals Andy Murray fought past Kei Nishikori 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 6-4 over three hours and 20 minutes in the longest match in the ATP World Tour Finals' eight years in London Andy Murray battles past Kei Nishikori to stay on course at ATP World Tour Finals, but he and Novak Djokovic are not having an easy time of it in London
"16.11.2016 17:48:00" theguardian.com Farage's canvassing shows English cricket must embrace other cultures When Nigel Farage leafleted Yorkshire fans he tried to tap into outdated notions at odds with the example being set by England's four Muslim players “The multiculturalism project has failed,” said Nigel Farage last year. But the England Cricket team he purports to support is, as Zafar Ansari says, proudly multicultural, together in both victory and defeat
"16.11.2016 16:47:00" Golfers stand still – and perform impressive Mannequin Challenge
"16.11.2016 15:28:34" theguardian.com The Vunipola brothers' incredible journey: from Tonga to Twickenham Born in Australasia, raised in Wales and now the force behind England's resurgence and the all-conquering Saracens, the Vunipola brothers have achieved more than they could have dreamed of after arriving in Britain in 1999 Born in Australasia, raised in Wales and now the force behind England Rugby's resurgence, the Vunipola brothers have achieved more than they could have dreamed of when they arrived in the UK in 1999
"16.11.2016 14:05:48" theguardian.com Eight ways to speed up NFL games Video replays, timeouts, endless commercials – the average NFL game is more than three hours long, and fans are becoming fatigued. So it's time for a rethink The average NFL game is more than three hours long. It's time for a rethink
"16.11.2016 13:08:43" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: FA Cup action at Rodney Parade Alfreton Town defend a Newport County corner in their FA Cup first round replay at Rodney Parade. Who's on the near post? Everyone
"16.11.2016 12:09:54" theguardian.com England blew their chance in the Four Nations. What next? Scotland's stunning draw against New Zealand gave England a big opportunity against Australia but it was the same old story for Wayne Bennett's team What next for England after their disappointment in the Four Nations?
"16.11.2016 09:51:19" theguardian.com USA lose 4-0 in Costa Rica as pressure builds on Jürgen Klinsmann Humiliating defeat in San Jose represents USA's worst World Cup qualifying defeat since 1957 and leaves them bottom of the Hex after two games Costa Rica 4-0 U.S. Soccer
"15.11.2016 23:59:14" theguardian.com Andy Murray to stick to the script against Kei Nishikori at World Tour Finals Kei Nishikori is next up for Andy Murray in the round robin as the world No1 sticks to the script at the World Tour Finals Andy Murray insists he is not thinking about Novak Djokovic. His mind is on Kei Nishikori, who beat him in the US Open Tennis Championships quarter-final and gave him a good argument in the Davis Cup
"15.11.2016 23:09:23" theguardian.com Rory McIlroy admits he was 'too proud and too stubborn' over putting problem The former world No1 said the failure to take advice has been costly, even though he won three titles in a major-less 2016 and is favourite for a fourth “I have learned sometimes to not be too proud. I felt like I went long enough without asking advice on putting when that was the thing letting me down. I really needed a second opinion. I was too stubborn" – Rory McIlroy
"15.11.2016 22:36:36" theguardian.com England's Ben Stokes finds wavelength and uses defence as attack Durham's all-rounder Ben Stokes had a poor record with the bat on the subcontinent but a spell of injury last summer allowed him to tighten up his defence Before the start of the trip to play Bangladesh Cricket : The Tigers in October, Ben Stokes had found Asia a struggle. In 13 innings across all formats, he averaged only 13.8 with the bat. But there is strong evidence to suggest that a new player is
"15.11.2016 21:32:17" theguardian.com Dominic Thiem gives glimpse of future in victory over Gaël Monfils The young Austrian Dominic Thiem beat Gaël Monfils 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 at the ATP World Tour Finals Dominic Thiem gives glimpse of future in ATP World Tour finals victory over Gael Monfils Tennis
"15.11.2016 20:30:52" theguardian.com Eddie Jones to reshuffle backline for England Test against Fiji Semesa Rokoduguni, Alex Goode and Jonathan Joseph could all play for a reshuffled England against Fiji England Rugby are set to reshuffle their backline for the autumn international against Fiji Rugby on Saturday with Semesa Rokoduguni, Alex Goode and Jonathan Joseph all pressing for more prominent roles
"15.11.2016 19:52:13" theguardian.com LeBron James says he's lost respect for Phil Jackson over 'posse' comment NBA star says he has lost respect for Phil Jackson after famed NBA coach used the word “posse” to describe his business partners LeBron James says he has lost respect for Phil Jackson after the famed NBA coach used the word “posse” to describe the Cleveland Cavaliers star's business partners. LeBron declared that such comments underscore the difficulties young African-Americans
"15.11.2016 19:01:14" theguardian.com Ron Dennis McLaren exit confirmed after 36 years with F1 team The departure of Ron Dennis from his post as CEO and chairman of the McLaren team has been confirmed The fall of Ron Dennis, one of the great beasts of the F1 jungle has been confirmed. The chairman and CEO of the McLaren Group – but, more than that, the image and personality of one of the biggest and most successful of F1 teams – was told by his fellow
"15.11.2016 18:15:25" theguardian.com Leaders for Los Angeles' 2024 Olympic bid downplay concerns after Trump win Los Angeles's Olympic bid leaders sought to allay concerns within the Olympic movement following Donald Trump's presidential election victory "Please don't doubt us – we need the games to help make our nation better, now more than ever" – Allyson Felix has begged Olympic officials not to let the election of Donald Trump derail Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Summer Games
"15.11.2016 15:33:21" theguardian.com What chance a Soldier Field sequel for Ireland against the All Blacks? Ireland's men in green are daring to dream that after waiting 111 years to defeat New Zealand they can make it twice in as many weeks in Dublin on Saturday It took Ireland 111 years to defeat New Zealand. Will they make it two wins in as many weeks in Dublin on Saturday?
"15.11.2016 13:14:26" theguardian.com Zafar Ansari welcomes rise of cricketers of Asian heritage in England team Zafar Ansari has spoken of his pride at being one of four players representing ethnic diversity in the current England Test team, along with Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Haseeb Hameed “As a group of four British Muslims, there is something in that. There's no doubt that's really exciting and something we're proud of. A lot of people outside the group clearly care about that and value that a lot. And that is a good thing in our society”
"15.11.2016 12:02:50" Olympian Jade Jones: how I control my inner chimp How to control your emotions and become a winner – by Olympic champion Jade Jones
"15.11.2016 11:26:22" theguardian.com Nick Kyrgios is rebuked for bringing sport 'into disrepute' but fans love a rebel John McEnroe enraged some stuffier tennis fans but it hasn't hurt his career. A little bit of bad behaviour can be a delicious thing in sporting combat A little bit of the right bad behaviour can be a delicious thing in sport
"15.11.2016 10:38:08" theguardian.com Ignoring women's sport isn't new, but 2016 was meant to be different The case of Rochelle Clark, England's most capped rugby player, is a salutary lesson in how men continue to dominate sports coverage in national newspapers Of the 1,899 photographs published in the national print press during Women's Sport week, only 3.4% were of women
"15.11.2016 08:15:03" theguardian.com No hiding place for Australia's embarrassment after latest batting shambles Heads will roll after Hobart, adding to a year of global upheaval the disorienting possibility of an Australian cricket side falling to its first home series whitewash Like no other national sporting team, Australia's cricketers are usually shielded from criticism for the worst of their losses because they normally occur on far-flung tours in regions the country at large doesn't particularly care for. But there is no
"14.11.2016 23:50:39" theguardian.com Australia v South Africa: second Test, fourth day – live! Over-by-over report: can Australia reel in the Proteas' first innings total and begin to build a lead of their own in a bid to stave off defeat? Find out with Russell Jackson Cricket Australia v Cricket South Africa – live!
"14.11.2016 22:21:58" theguardian.com Andy Murray blasts past Marin Cilic at start of ATP World Tour Finals Andy Murray beat Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-2 to establish a sound footing to win the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time at his 10th attempt Andy Murray beat Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-2 in London
"14.11.2016 19:47:44" theguardian.com Andy Murray v Marin Cilic: ATP World Tour Finals – live! Game-by-game report: Can Andy Murray see off former US Open champion Marin Cilic to get his campaign at the O2 Arena off to a winning start? Find out with Jacob Steinberg Andy Murray v Marin Cilic – live!
"14.11.2016 18:25:07" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton turns up psychological heat on title rival Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton believes he is beating Nico Rosberg despite his rival 'driving at his best' "Nico Rosberg had nothing on me. He is doing all he has to do and that is finish every race"
"14.11.2016 18:15:00" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic prepares for battle in bid to unseat world No1 Andy Murray It has been a turbulent year for the Serbian player but the onus is now on him to show the will of a champion and bounce back from recent disappointments Novak Djokovic's certainty has been dented. The pressure on him to win his fifth ATP World Tour Finals in a row and reclaim the rankings crown he lost to Andy Murray is unlike everything else he normally goes through
"14.11.2016 17:00:01" theguardian.com England have no chance until the RFL rethinks the Super League calendar Wayne Bennett's England side were walloped by Australia at the weekend and again miss out on a Four Nations final – with little prospect of improvement if the status quo is maintained Does the RFL want Widnes v Wakefield four or five times a year, dwindling attendances and a lack of interest? Or does it want what everyone else wants: a strong England side?
"14.11.2016 15:49:02" theguardian.com Max Verstappen's drive made Brazilian Grand Prix the greatest spectacle of 2016 There was plenty to savour about a race that saw Felipe Massa bid an emotional farewell, but the young Red Bull driver's performance was truly special By the end of the race, the crowd were partying – and they know how to party in this part of the world. For sentimentalists there was the sight of Felipe Massa in his last Brazilian Grand Prix but the greatest memory of all is that of Max Verstappen and
"14.11.2016 13:19:30" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic loses cool in tense press conference after beating Dominic Thiem Novak Djokovic survived the challenge of Dominic Thiem in his opening match at the ATP World Tour Finals but took exception to that of a reporter regarding his mindset Novak Djokovic insists he is at peace with himself as the season draws to a climax in London this week, but he was uncharacteristically tetchy when challenged by a journalist last night
"14.11.2016 13:06:37" theguardian.com England v India: five talking points from the first Test Jimmy Anderson may struggle to displace England's in-form bowlers while India need to call time on struggling Gautam Gambhir The first Test between India and England Cricket finished as a draw, so what do the teams need to do now?
"14.11.2016 11:45:09" theguardian.com Our big review of the weekend's autumn internationals England have put their World Cup travails firmly behind them, Australia have a mountain to climb and Wales coach Rob Howley faces some tough decisions England have put their World Cup travails firmly behind them, Australia have a mountain to climb, Ireland won again and Wales coach Rob Howley faces some tough decisions
"14.11.2016 10:06:21" The gifs that keep on giving: http://bit.ly/2g6DWFj
Featuring the perils of trying to be too clever...
"13.11.2016 23:37:31" theguardian.com Sarah Hunter crowned women's player of the year by World Rugby The England women's captain, Sarah Hunter, has been honoured as World Rugby's player of the year, while Maro Itoje won the breakthrough award Sarah Hunter has been named women's player of the year, with Beauden Barrett men's player of the year and Maro Itoje winning the breakthrough award
"13.11.2016 23:15:50" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton says he can still catch Nico Rosberg to win world title Lewis Hamilton insisted he could still catch team-mate Nico Rosberg to win the world title after his victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton is "still hunting" the F1 world title
"13.11.2016 22:13:59" theguardian.com Eddie Jones shuns confetti caps to ensure Fiji will feel England's full force Persuading experienced Test players to aim higher is easier said than done but the England coach is consistently making it happen and there will be no letup against Fiji Eddie Jones will not allow England Rugby to ease off against Fiji, saying "we are going to win the game and I want to win it conclusively"
"13.11.2016 19:33:22" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton wins drenched F1 Brazilian GP but Nico Rosberg holds on Lewis Hamilton gave a wet-weather masterclass at a chaotic Brazilian F1 Grand Prix but Nico Rosberg was second and needs only third place in Abu Dhabi to win a first world title The F1 drivers' championship race will go down to the final Grand Prix but Nico Rosberg is favourite despite Lewis Hamilton's win in Brazil
"13.11.2016 18:58:21" theguardian.com Australia prove England fall far short of matching Four Nations's finest | John Davidson The belief that England could defeat Australia for the first time since 1995 was crushed by the way the Kangaroos easily outsmarted and overpowered Wayne Bennett's side England's long wait for a win over Australia goes on as the Kangaroos showed smarts, skill and strength to reach the Rugby League Four Nations final
"13.11.2016 17:24:09" theguardian.com Conor McGregor now makes the rules in UFC ... and everyone else follows After McGregor's triumph in UFC 205, the organization's new owners may as well give the Irishman a cut of the money. He's doing whatever he wants now anyway "Conor McGregor may act like an unrepentant lout at times. He may taunt, scorn and torment his opponents. He may drive you nuts. But he has turned the UFC into his own little game …"
"13.11.2016 16:02:03" theguardian.com England buoyed by opening draw but can expect a tougher India next time round | Ali Martin Judging by Virat Kohli's feisty post-match mood, the bar will be raised in the second Test – but England have now seen that their hosts are far from unbeatable "For the first time in a good while it was the Indian Cricket Team, not the tourists, with their backsides twitching like a rabbit's nose."
"13.11.2016 13:13:07" theguardian.com England v South Africa: five things we learned from the autumn international Ben Youngs was integral to England's speed against South Africa but Dylan Hartley's leadership was also a key factor in the victory Speed, Strength, Set-pieces, Skippers and the Springboks' demise: the five Ss behind England Rugby's win
"13.11.2016 11:57:28" theguardian.com Yorkshire set to announce Andrew Gale as Jason Gillespie's successor as coach Yorkshire are set to announce that their club captain, Andrew Gale, has been appointed as successor to Jason Gillespie in the role of first team coach Exclusive: Andrew Gale, who alongside Jason Gillespie masterminded the Yorkshire County Cricket Club (Official)'s back-to-back County Championship titles in 2014 and 2015, is understood to have accepted the position of head coach.
"13.11.2016 11:29:50" theguardian.com India fight hard to earn last day draw after England pressure in first Test England declared on 230-3 on the final day then took six India wickets, but the host's captain Virat Kohlie clung on to steer his side to a draw The Indian Cricket Team had to hang on against England Cricket's spinners to salvage a draw in a hard-fought series opener in Rajkot
"13.11.2016 10:41:34" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton can party hard if he wins the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix | Paul Weaver Victory in São Paulo would give the British driver a chance to clinch the world title and put extra spring in his lambada "There are those who feel Lewis Hamilton should row back on his celebrity lifestyle. His father does not agree. He said earlier this month: 'Most kids have their tantrums at 15. Lewis had his when he was world champion because he wasn't allowed one at
"13.11.2016 08:44:10" www.theguardian.com Brilliant Conor McGregor becomes UFC's first two-division champion Irishman knocks out Eddie Alvarez in the second round to win lightweight title and become the first two-class champion in UFC's history Conor McGregor knocked out Eddie Alvarez in the second round to win the UFC lightweight title and become the first two-class champion in the promotion's history
"12.11.2016 23:29:57" theguardian.com Australia coach Darren Lehmann refuses to rebut crisis talk – with good reason | Adam Collins For a national side once so revered, losing at home is barely accepted and humiliation like that inflicted during the first innings in Hobart has a price For a national side once so revered, losing at home is barely accepted and humiliation like that inflicted during the first innings in Hobart when Cricket Australia were bowled out for 85 has a price
"12.11.2016 22:57:20" theguardian.com England's James Graham ready to banish bad memories against Australia England's most-capped player has never tasted victory against the Aussies but he is confident Wayne Bennett's side can upset the formbook “There aren't too many happy memories, to be honest,” says James Graham when asked to recall games against Australia. He is not alone among the England national rugby league team
"12.11.2016 22:21:52" theguardian.com Andy Murray says era of tennis's big four could be over For the first time since 2001 neither Roger Federer nor Rafael Nadal will compete in the ATP World Tour Finals and Andy Murray says we will soon know 'whether it's done and that era is past' Andy Murray finally voiced the unthinkable when he said on Saturday that the Big Four, the elite club which he will captain for as long as he can hold Novak Djokovic at bay, could be without its founding members, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, within 12
"12.11.2016 21:42:11" theguardian.com Tiernan O'Halloran grabs two tries as underwhelming Ireland beat Canada Ireland changed their entire line-up after last week's win over New Zealand but still cantered to a comfortable but sloppy 52-21 win over Canada Ireland Rugby 52-21 Rugby Canada
"12.11.2016 20:56:19" theguardian.com Eddie Jones uses Ali inspiration to outfox lumbering South Africa | Andy Bull Head coach draws on Rumble in the Jungle tactics to ease England to long overdue victory against the Springboks and extend his winning run to 10 games Ben Youngs' deft dummies suggested England Rugby had taken some inspiration from Muhammad Ali's dancing feet as well as his rope-a-dope resilience
"12.11.2016 20:25:35" theguardian.com Wales ring changes and end woeful run with narrow win over Argentina Wales beat Argentina 24-20 at the Principality Stadium with Liam Williams and Gareth Davies, two of six changes to the team that lost to Australia, both scoring tries Wales national rugby union team 24-20 Unión Argentina de Rugby
"12.11.2016 19:37:37" theguardian.com England 37-21 South Africa: player ratings from Twickenham Ben Youngs burst into bloom for England at Twickenham scoring two tries in the process, while South Africa's Francois Venter struggled in defence Chris Robshaw 8/10; Marland Yarde 4/10; JP Pietersen 4/10
England Rugby 37-21 Springboks player ratings
"12.11.2016 18:56:10" theguardian.com Scotland suffer agonising defeat as Bernard Foley kicks Australia to late win A last-gasp converted try by Tevita Kuridrani gave Australia a dramatic 23-22 victory at Murrayfield to break Scottish hearts again Scotland national rugby union team 22-23 Qantas Wallabies
"12.11.2016 18:24:35" theguardian.com New Zealand bounce back from Ireland defeat with thrashing of Italy in Rome New Zealand put Italy to the sword at the Stadio Olimpico as they ran in 10 tries on their way to a 68-10 victory. Italy 10-68 New Zealand All Blacks
"12.11.2016 17:47:41" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton keeps Nico Rosberg off pole for crucial Brazilian F1 GP Nico Rosberg, knowing a win at Interlagos will make him F1 world champion, will start from second on the grid behind his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton keeps Nico Rosberg off pole for crucial Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix
"12.11.2016 17:16:41" theguardian.com All eyes on Conor McGregor as UFC makes its return to New York Fans at Madison Square Garden for UFC 205 will walk through the doors expecting the best that MMA can offer, and on paper, at least, they should get it Fans at Madison Square Garden for UFC 205 will walk through the doors expecting the best that MMA can offer, and on paper, at least, they should get it thanks to Conor McGregor's top billing
"12.11.2016 16:59:12" theguardian.com Ben Youngs runs the show as England end Springboks' 10-year jinx South Africa left looking ordinary on wet Twickenham pitch as England won 37-21 England Rugby 37-21 South Africa national rugby union team
"12.11.2016 15:19:09" theguardian.com The gifs that keep on giving: hubris, genius, ingenuity and an unreal nutmeg Featuring an exceptional panna, a terrible miskick, clever camerawork, one big leap, an even bigger fall, chewing gum keep ups and Paul Pogba having fun Featuring an exceptional panna, a terrible miskick, clever camerawork, one big leap, an even bigger fall, chewing gum keep ups and Paul Labile Pogba having fun
"12.11.2016 15:01:22" theguardian.com Haseeb Hameed comes of age to warm Alastair Cook and England's cockles | Ali Martin The 19-year-old opener compiled an unbeaten half-century on debut but it was the manner in which he did it that suggested Cook's latest opening partner might be here to stay The 19-year-old England Cricket opener compiled an unbeaten half-century on debut against the Indian Cricket Team but it was the manner in which he did it that suggested Cook's latest opening partner might be here to stay
"12.11.2016 12:09:04" theguardian.com Lizard of Oz Eddie Jones ups intensity to get England through pit of snakes | Robert Kitson The threat of a crushing defeat to South Africa lurks on Saturday, so the England coach is forced to continuously find new ways of ensuring his players never stop improving "You have to be able to move with where the game's going. You can't play just strangulation rugby any more and win high-level Test matches. Every law that comes in now is about making the game more dynamic: faster, more skilled. You shouldn't have to have
"12.11.2016 12:01:18" theguardian.com Haseeb Hameed's maiden half-century puts England in charge against India Haseeb Hameed's half-century on debut put England in charge of their own destiny in the first Test against India in Rajkot, helping England establish a 163-run lead England Cricket 114-0, Indian Cricket Team trail by 163 runs after day four of first Test
"12.11.2016 10:48:29" theguardian.com Usain Bolt: 'I feel good because I know I've done it clean' He won a historic triple treble at Rio, and plans to retire next year. What next for the fastest man alive? He talks doping, partying and his plans to settle down Usain Bolt: "If you genuinely go out of your way to cheat, and you know you're cheating, I think, yes, you should be banned for good. You're robbing other people of their hard work, and their stress, and their sacrifice … I'm not going to let somebody
"11.11.2016 19:06:19" theguardian.com An ode to Stuart Broad: England's underrated, but best, big-time bowler | Barney Ronay The willowy paceman will succeed on England's tour to India simply because the big moments just happen to a man who has never enjoyed the same adulation as Jimmy Anderson Stuart Broad has never had the same adulation as Jimmy Anderson but England's man for the big moments deserves our appreciation, writes Barney Ronay:
"11.11.2016 17:41:30" theguardian.com South Africa arrive in England amid a crisis Players chasing the money in Europe and low attendances make these tumultuous times for the Springboks, who arrive at Twickenham on the back of some atrocious results All is not well for the Springboks as they prepare to face England Rugby
"11.11.2016 13:45:01" theguardian.com 10 things to look out for in autumn internationals Courtney Lawes must be at the top of his game for England, Scotland will miss Nel in revenge mission, Italy poised for 'Black-lash' and Ireland reap rewards Our big preview to the weekend's rugby internationals
"11.11.2016 12:40:00" Dancing NBA fan in loud sweater lights up Golden State Warriors game
"11.11.2016 12:34:58" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: Murray, England v Scotland and Trump Who is 'bricking it', who 'could not give a bollocks' and who scored in a 9-3 win? Who is 'bricking it', who 'could not give a bollocks' and who scored for England in a 9-3 win against Scotland?
"11.11.2016 12:07:59" theguardian.com Late wickets lift England after centurions Vijay and Pujara star for India India closed on the third day in Rajkot on 319-4 after centuries from Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara both compiled high class centuries Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay hit centuries for India but the England bowlers fought back with two late wickets in four balls on the third day of the first Test
"11.11.2016 11:32:54" theguardian.com Conor McGregor: from Dublin plumber to UFC champion – in pictures From a Dublin plumber to an ultimate fighting champion, Conor McGregor has come a long way The evolution of Conor McGregor: from a plumber to a UFC champion
"11.11.2016 10:33:16" Greg Rusedski retired from tennis in 2007 – would he still have enough pace in his serve to defeat our tennis writer? Yes, and then some ...
"11.11.2016 09:11:12" theguardian.com The cheapening of Conor McGregor's once-clever act Les Carpenter: The nimble wit that helped launch the star of the Irishman was a distant memory when he faced off with Eddie Alvarez at Thursday's UFC 205 press conference 'There was a time not very long ago when a Conor McGregor press conference was still something engaging. Now, as his popularity has boomed and his face dominates the sides of buildings, he has become a caricature of his worst self: a man seeking
"10.11.2016 23:06:57" theguardian.com Being clever is the new sexy, says world chess champion Magnus Carlsen Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, 25, is preparing to defend his title against Russia's Sergey Karjakin in New York “Smart is the new sexy”
"10.11.2016 22:14:49" theguardian.com England have to outwit South Africa's 'chess with steroids', says Eddie Jones Eddie Jones says England must outwit South Africa in order to overcome their physical strength and beat the Springboks for the first time in 10 years “We don't want to go toe-to-toe with them because that's what they want. Why would we do that? Have the Springboks ever changed? They never change"
"10.11.2016 21:08:35" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton urges president-elect Donald Trump to prove world wrong The Formula One world champion said he did not think either candidate 'was particularly mega' when asked about the US election in the runup to Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix "To be honest, I don't think either candidate was particularly mega but maybe he will prove us all wrong. I hope he does. I hope he proves the world wrong and we get to see a different side to him”
"10.11.2016 19:29:18" theguardian.com Battle for the soul of New Zealand rugby after its year of off-field shame | Eleanor Ainge Roy The sex scandals and violence that have beset Kiwi rugby union in 2016 have led to ever louder calls for a shift in the culture of the national game The sex scandals and violence that have beset New Zealand rugby union in 2016 have led to ever louder calls for a shift in the culture of the national game
"10.11.2016 17:48:59" theguardian.com Ben Stokes shows graft and craft to hit century In the heat of Rajkot, Stokes battled cramp and dehydration to make 128 in just under five hours and demonstrated his growing maturity against spin bowling Ben Stokes battled cramp and dehydration to make 128 for the England Cricket team in just under five hours and demonstrated his growing maturity against spin bowling
"10.11.2016 16:29:51" theguardian.com Spirit of Anthony Foley suffuses Ireland's win against All Blacks Ireland's win in Chicago that ended New Zealand's run of 18 victories was a perfect tribute to Anthony Foley who died suddenly in October Ireland Rugby's win in Chicago ended the All Blacks' run of 18 victories and served as the perfect tribute to Anthony Foley
"10.11.2016 15:28:15" theguardian.com Richard Sherman: castration tweet no surprise in 'country built off slavery' Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said he didn't accept the 'BS' apology from Kaela Carpenter Richard Sherman has refused to accept a “BS” apology from Kaela Carpenter, the wife of Buffalo Bills kicker Dan, who called for Sherman to be castrated
"10.11.2016 12:58:39" theguardian.com How to look good while fighting, by Conor McGregor's strength coach Strength and conditioning coach John Connor spends most of his time advising Dubliners on how to lose a few pounds, but his expertise has also helped Conor McGregor and Carl Frampton become UFC and boxing world champions Some insight from the man who prepares Conor McGregor's body for battle
"10.11.2016 11:50:49" theguardian.com Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali score tons as England pile on the runs against India Ben Stokes scored a century as England reached 537 in Rajkot – India, though, were 63 without loss at the close Centuries from Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes have the England Cricket team a strong start to their Test series in India
"10.11.2016 11:08:36" theguardian.com Maria Sharapova to be reinstated as UN goodwill ambassador Exclusive: UN Development Programme to lift suspension of Russian tennis star when her ban for taking prohibited substance expires in April Maria Sharapova will be reinstated as a UN goodwill ambassador when her suspension from tennis expires in April
"10.11.2016 09:59:22" theguardian.com Ten classic sports videos to take your mind off politics In the wake of Donald Trump's rise to the US presidency, why not take an emotional load off by disappearing into a YouTube sports vortex? Read enough politics coverage for one day? Why not disappear into a YouTube sports vortex
"09.11.2016 19:18:28" theguardian.com Wasps' Elliot Daly set to make first England start in South Africa Test Elliot Daly set to take place of Jonathan Joseph at outside centre against South Africa and make his first England start Elliot Daly of Wasps is set to make an unexpected first start for England Rugby against the Springboksin place of the regular outside centre Jonathan Joseph
"09.11.2016 18:38:20" theguardian.com Damon Hill: 'I thought butter wouldn't melt in Nico Rosberg's mouth' Having a successful father is not necessarily a benefit to an F1 champion, the commentator tells Paul Weaver "Lewis Hamilton is hamilto is a very wily competitor. But this year Nico Rosberg has shown he can handle himself. I was of the opinion that butter wouldn't melt in his mouth but I've come to doubt that" – Damon Hill interview
"09.11.2016 17:39:00" theguardian.com Joe Root hopes century against India can inspire England Joe Root said he hoped his century would give the rest of the England team confidence for the India series “The way me and Mo played – without blowing my own trumpet – was something that, going forward, will give us confidence and the rest of the guys as well" – Joe Root is feeling confident
"09.11.2016 16:37:53" theguardian.com Scotland didn't beat England in the Four Nations but they earned massive respect Scotland are not blessed with the resources that their hosts enjoy, but they led England after 35 minutes on Saturday and did themselves proud Scotland are not blessed with the resources England enjoy, but they led their hosts after 35 minutes on Saturday and did themselves proud
"09.11.2016 15:07:14" theguardian.com War, poppies and footballers: sacrifice in the age of pampering Each Remembrance Day we now seem to be reminded just how badly the present crop of moisturised millionaires would struggle in a muddy trench, as if the rest of us would fare any better Each Remembrance Day we are reminded just how badly the present crop of moisturised millionaire footballer would struggle in muddy trenches – as if the rest of us would fare any better
"09.11.2016 13:33:58" theguardian.com Five-year-old with brain tumour named in Rochdale squad The young boy, whose brain tumour has been diagnosed as terminal, will be too ill to attend but his shirt will hang in the dressing room and his name will appear on the team sheet For those of you in need of some heartwarming news...
"09.11.2016 12:10:19" theguardian.com Joe Root and Moeen Ali drive England in first Test against India Joe Root scored 124 and Moeen Ali reached 99 not out at stumps on the first day in Rajkot as England made 311-4 Joe Root hit a sublime century and Moeen Ali ended the day on 99 not out as the England Cricket team put themselves in a strong position on the first day of the first Test against India
"09.11.2016 10:39:23" theguardian.com Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford to be quizzed by MPs The cycling boss is to appear before the Culture Media and Sport select committee with Bradley Wiggins use of powerful anti-inflammatory drugs high on the agenda The Team Sky boss has been asked to appear before MPs as part of their inquiry into anti-doping issues and TUEs
"09.11.2016 09:13:39" theguardian.com War, poppies and footballers: sacrifice in the age of pampering | Marina Hyde Each Remembrance Day we now seem to be reminded just how badly the present crop of moisturised millionaires would struggle in a muddy trench, as if the rest of us would fare any better If sport is war by other means, football is always getting found out on the frontline
"09.11.2016 08:22:07" theguardian.com Nick Kyrgios and Andy Murray: the bromance capable of saving a career | Steve Brenner The Australian looks up to the new world No1 more than anyone and could not hope to have a better role model as he looks to get his tennis career back on track No sooner had Andy Murray completed his remarkable ascension to the top of men's tennis, Nick Kyrgios paid homage on social media. A heartwarming tennis “bromance” for the ages
"09.11.2016 00:28:14" theguardian.com Harlequins' Mat Luamanu suspended for five weeks over dangerous tackle The Harlequins forward Mat Luamanu has been given a five-week suspension by the Rugby Football Union for dangerous tackling Harlequins Rugby Union forward Mat Luamanu has been banned for a dangerous tackle for the second time this season
"08.11.2016 21:24:33" theguardian.com England set to start Tom Wood in back row against South Africa England are poised to restore Northampton's Tom Wood to their back row against South Africa but have dropped Alex Goode and Semesa Rokoduguni from the squad to face the Springboks Tom Wood is set to start for England Rugby against Springboks with at least three uncapped players on the replacements' bench
"08.11.2016 19:35:50" theguardian.com Sports team owners make huge political donations. Where does their money go? While owners of teams in the four major North American sports leagues skew heavily conservative, far more donated to Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump On election day, take a look at where Big Four owners' political donations are going
"08.11.2016 18:11:12" theguardian.com Celebrating Temba Bavuma's clock-stopping brilliance Area of the game once deemed a necessary chore has improved more than any other part of it in the last decade - and a catch or run-out may make a good meme The art of fielding
"08.11.2016 14:25:00" theguardian.com Fumbles, fallouts and faulty planes: England's 1993 tour of India England's cricketers arrived in Delhi 23 years ago expecting easy pickings. What transpired was a catastrophe that bordered on satire, the hosts treating their guests to perilous travel, dodgy prawns – and a humiliating cricketing lesson On their tour of India in 1992-93, the England Cricket team cocked up so many things that it was hard to know whether or not they were engaged in an elaborate satire. They were thrashed in all three Tests then, on the way home, they lost a Test to Sri
"08.11.2016 12:29:10" theguardian.com Haseeb Hameed to make England Test debut as Alastair Cook clarifies future Alastair Cook said it is 'business as usual' regarding his captaincy while Ben Duckett will drop to No4 for the first Test against India and Gary Ballance will miss out Haseeb Hameed will make his Test debut for England Cricket against India in Rajkot on Wednesday after Alastair Cook confirmed the Lancashire opener has replaced Gary Ballance in the batting lineup.
"07.11.2016 22:44:06" theguardian.com England's Ben Youngs seeks overdue victory against bruising South Africa England are planning to give South Africa a taste of their own medicine as they look to end a 10-year stretch without a win against the Springboks “No one in the room has ever beaten the Springboks and it's something we all want to experience. There's absolutely no chance of complacency"
"07.11.2016 19:56:19" theguardian.com UFC champion Jon Jones banned for one-year and could lose $9m Jon Jones, the UFC's interim light heavyweight champion has been given a one-year suspension by the US Anti-Doping Agency The test showed Jon "Bones" Jones had used the prohibited substances clomiphene and letrozole, which he claimed came from a pill he used to enhance sexual performance
"07.11.2016 17:38:51" theguardian.com Fund to help paralysed jockey raises more than £200,000 The rider was involved in a four-horse pile-up at Kempton last week A fund set up to support jockey Freddy Tylicki, who was left paralysed from the waist down after a fall at Kempton last week, has passed its target of £200,000 in just two days
"07.11.2016 16:15:01" theguardian.com England went to India in 1984 in disarray but recorded a famous win Poor results against West Indies and Sri Lanka had left England short on confidence, but they united and produced a staggering comeback to beat India The England Cricket go to India as underdogs this week, but they have been in that position before...
"07.11.2016 15:20:38" theguardian.com Stuart Broad says England's series in India will be toughest of his career Stuart Broad said the Tests against India offer a chance to 'right some wrongs' from Bangladesh "We are coming as massive underdogs. India have got to No1 in the world and played some brilliant cricket here so we're very aware this is a huge challenge" – Stuart Broad on Indian Cricket Team v England Cricket
"07.11.2016 14:08:48" theguardian.com There is nothing fake about Andy Murray on the court or off it It is a towering achievement that the freshly crowned world No1 is essentially no different to the tennis player barely any of us knew when we first became aware of his talent a decade and more ago "Pick up any dictionary and check the definition of honesty. There will be references to integrity, loyalty, candour, right-mindedness, authenticity. All of these describe the Andy Murray I have come to know"
"07.11.2016 12:57:16" theguardian.com The Big Interview: Sam Burgess The England captain talks to Donald McRae about his greatest moment in rugby league and the way some of his union team-mates hid behind the media glare on him at the 2015 World Cup "The bottom line is that my heart didn't lie in union" – Sam Burgess
"07.11.2016 11:00:00" The gifs that keep on giving: http://bit.ly/2ev8EC0
"07.11.2016 10:21:50" "Everything is about science. I'm not one of these fluffy people who has good luck charms or believes the bike is something I should be sleeping with under my bed" – Sarah Storey, the most decorated female Paralympian ever, explains the secrets of her
"07.11.2016 09:52:19" theguardian.com Marsh injury covers for flawed commitment to Australia's Test selection errors Rigid commitment to a flawed combination of players and unqualified all-rounders is stymying Australian cricket, and spells trouble for next year's Ashes Perth is home to many great myths of Australian cricket, but the national side's meek showing in the opening Test of the summer is an opportune time to bury a few
"07.11.2016 09:02:52" theguardian.com NRL star Jarryd Hayne in pornography mishap at Gold Coast school Titans player was presenting an online safety talk to schoolchildren when another device entered an open network and displayed porn on screen During an online safety talk, Jarryd Hayne's browsing history was being shown on a screen at the school, featuring mostly sports images, when a pornographic website was displayed to the 200-plus students in attendance at Robina State High School
"07.11.2016 08:21:44" theguardian.com Australia fall to 177-run defeat to South Africa, Shaun Marsh out for Hobart Paceman Kagiso Rabada has consigned to a 177-run loss in the first Test at the Waca, while Shaun Marsh will miss the Hobart Test with a broken finger Cricket South Africa complete 177-run win over the Australian Cricket Team at the first Test in Perth
"06.11.2016 23:13:04" theguardian.com Mike Brown: England are 'building some sort of aura' under Eddie Jones While 'being No1 in the world and winning World Cups' is the aim, the full-back is focused on trying to beat South Africa for the first time since 2006 for now Mike Brown on England Rugby v Springboks: 'We have to front up physically and emotionally'
"06.11.2016 21:48:29" theguardian.com Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce ejected for throwing towel at official Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was ejected after complaining to officials for not calling a pass interference penalty The Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was ejected after complaining to officials for not calling a pass interference penalty, then whipping his towel at the official as if it was a flag
"06.11.2016 20:03:23" theguardian.com Eddie Jones weighs up England options for Test against South Africa All 34 players who trained with England in the Algarve last week have regathered in Bagshot in preparation for the Old Mutual Wealth Series opener against South Africa but the fitness of Courtney Lawes remains uncertain All 34 players who trained with England Rugby in the Algarve last week have regathered in Bagshot in preparation for Saturday's opening Test of the Old Mutual Wealth Series. The fitness of Courtney Lawes to face the Springboks remains uncertain but Eddie
"06.11.2016 19:44:17" theguardian.com Andy Murray sets sights on ATP Tour Finals after winning Paris Masters The new world No1, Andy Murray, beat John Isner in France and is now looking to win the ATP World Tour Finals, where Novak Djokovic can regain top spot with victory Andy Murray celebrated his elevation to world No1 by winning the Paris Masters in three tense sets against John Isner here on Sunday, extending his lead over Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings to a slender 405 points. But, ever the realist, he
"06.11.2016 16:22:01" theguardian.com Australia's Bernard Foley foils Wales' aim to teach old dog new tricks | Paul Rees Rob Howley defended his team after a 32-8 rout by Australia but it was not until the final 15 minutes that they showed real creativity "After their summer whitewash by New Zealand, Wales identified the need to work on the athleticism and dexterity of their tight five. They involved their four regions to raise the general skill level of the national squad, but a 12th successive reverse to
"06.11.2016 10:54:20" theguardian.com Ireland clinch first ever win over All Blacks to end New Zealand's record streak Ireland ended the All Blacks' record winning streak of 18 as Robbie Henshaw's late try sealed a famous 40-29 victory "It's a massive day to be Irish. Not just for this team but for the players who went before us. We've been waiting a long time to beat the All Blacks."
"06.11.2016 02:01:31" theguardian.com Mal Meninga's fearsome, freakish Australia are a sight to behold | John Davidson The Kangaroos' 14-8 win over New Zealand was their fourth under the experienced coach as they took another step towards the Four Nations title Who can stop this Australia side? Since Mal Meninga has come on board the Kangaroos have romped to four straight wins, three over the Kiwis and one over minnows Scotland. They have racked up 110 points and conceded just 26
"06.11.2016 00:19:37" theguardian.com Steve Hansen praises Ireland efforts after first win against All Blacks The All Blacks coach, Steve Hansen, said: 'Ireland learned how to close it' after New Zealand lost to them for the first time in 111 years All Blacks coach Steve Hansen: 'Great credit to Ireland Rugby and I hope they enjoy their victory'
"05.11.2016 23:15:16" theguardian.com Australia defy New Zealand grandstand finish for Four Nations triumph The Kangaroos closed on a place in the Four Nations final with a 14-8 defeat of New Zealand and now face England in their closing group game Rugby League Four Nations: New Zealand 8-14 Australia
"05.11.2016 22:31:24" theguardian.com England's Jonny May happy to be back in contention after knee injury The Gloucester wing Jonny May has recovered from tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and, encouraged by Eddie Jones, is eyeing a starting role for England against South Africa England Rugby's Jonny May: 'The way Eddie coaches is awesome and after just a day's training it was pretty clear to me what he wanted to get out of it. There is purpose behind everything, pace and a real intent; it brings the best out of you. I'm not
"05.11.2016 20:01:15" theguardian.com Elliott Whitehead revives England in Four Nations after Scotland scare England cut loose with five second-half tries in their first ever meeting with Scotland, recovering from a shock start that saw them 8-0 down to win 38-12 England 38-12 Scotland
"05.11.2016 19:12:07" theguardian.com Australia show ominous form while Wales's southern hoodoo worsens Wales's crushing 32-8 defeat was their 12th in succession against Australia and the performance among their worst, while the visitors are sharpening their claws Wales have now lost their past 12 games to Australia, a run that started in 2008. It already felt like they had lost in pretty much every which way a team can, undone by penalties, drop goals and tries in the final minutes, beaten in both kicking contests
"05.11.2016 18:16:45" theguardian.com Pat Lambie's missed conversion sees South Africa draw with Barbarians Pat Lambie missed a last-gasp touchline conversion to win the match for South Africa, who had to settle for an entertaining 31-31 draw with the Barbarians at Wembley Barbarians 31-31 Springboks
"05.11.2016 17:34:49" Andy Murray: world No1 at last Andy Murray on becoming world No1: 'They [ Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal] are three of the best players that have ever played the game. Some of the years that they have had in that period have been ridiculous, really – like three slams,
"05.11.2016 16:47:27" theguardian.com Australia dispel rumours of demise with five-try demolition of Wales Rob Howley's first game in charge of Wales ended in humiliation as Australia gave under-fire Michael Cheika a respite with a 32-8 win Wales 8-32 Australia
"05.11.2016 15:56:41" theguardian.com Thorbjorn Olesen on the verge of securing Turkish Airlines Open title Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen has tightened his grip on the Turkish Airlines Open to the extent that failure to win would enter the history books for the wrong reasons Thorbjorn Olesen's grip on the Turkish Airlines Open is now so tight he would enter golfing legend for all the wrong reasons should he not win
"05.11.2016 15:22:29" theguardian.com Andy Murray is the 26th men's No1 in tennis – but how does he compare? Andy Murray is behind Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic but better than many other former No1s and is arguably the best athlete Britain has produced in the past decade Andy Murray: a triumph for perseverance and longevity
"05.11.2016 14:43:30" theguardian.com Andy Murray becomes world No1 after Raonic walkover in Paris Andy Murray has become the men's world No1 after reaching the Paris Masters final courtesy of Milos Raonic's withdrawal For the first time in his career, Andy Murray will be the world No1
"05.11.2016 12:25:03" theguardian.com Steph Curry's record three-point streak ends as Lakers stun Warriors Curry's record streak of 157 games with a three-pointer ends as Lakers win 117-97 at the Staples Center The LA Lakers snapped Stephen Curry's NBA-record streak of 157 games with a three-pointer during their 117-97 victory
"05.11.2016 11:08:57" theguardian.com The evolution of Mesut Özil Often criticised for being too languid and casual, Özil's reinvention as a playmaker who has added striker's runs looks intriguingly transformative It was not so long ago that Mesut Özil's body language was routinely picked apart. He was too languid. Too casual. Did not want to know. Wilted under pressure. All softness without the required substance. Too many big games passed him by ... but those
"05.11.2016 10:36:06" theguardian.com South Africa in complete control of Waca Test after dismal day for Australia Australia didn't drop their bundle at the Waca on day three of the first Test but two dropped catches hurt their cause as South Africa established a lead of 388 Cricket South Africa lead the Australian Cricket Team by 388 runs after day three of the first Test
"05.11.2016 09:46:36" theguardian.com GB strike double gold in team pursuit at Track World Cup in Glasgow Great Britain's youthful looking women's and men's team pursuit squads both rode to gold at the Track World Cup in Glasgow to suggest the future is bright British cycling's golden present and rosy future met in the track centre on Friday night, at least as far as women's team pursuiting went
"05.11.2016 00:34:52" theguardian.com Anglo-Welsh Cup roundup: Sale defeat Wasps as Josh Charnley makes debut Josh Charnley, who scored the winning try for Wigan Warriors in the 2016 Super League Grand Final, made his Sale debut in their victory over Wasps Josh Charnley made his debut after leaving Wigan Warriors and switching codes as The Sale Sharks defeated Wasps
"04.11.2016 22:49:46" theguardian.com Anthony Joshua vows to humble Eric Molina in IBF title fight Anthony Joshua said he is focused on defeating Eric Molina in the second defence of his IBF title at the Manchester Arena in December Anthony Joshua has admitted 'a little bit' of disappointment that he won't be fighting Wladimir Klitschko on 10 December, but is now fully focused on his new opponent, Eric Molina
"04.11.2016 21:05:37" theguardian.com Andy Murray beats Tomas Berdych to reach Paris Masters semi-finals Andy Murray was one match away from becoming the world No1 after defeating Tomas Berdych 7-6, 7-5 at the Paris Masters One down, one to go for Andy Murray in the battle to become world No1
"04.11.2016 18:48:47" theguardian.com Novak Djokovic's defeat by Cilic opens door for Andy Murray to be world No1 Novak Djokovic's slide has continued, with a 6-4, 7-6 defeat by Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters putting his grasp on the world No1 ranking at the mercy of Andy Murray Andy Murray is two wins from becoming world No1 after Novak Djokovic crashed out in the Paris Masters quarter-finals
"04.11.2016 17:45:42" theguardian.com Australia's mental edge proves Wales's biggest barrier to ending losing streak Wales have lost their last 11 matches against Australia and while the Wallabies are not as strong as a year ago, the hosts must keep their heads in the closing stages Australia have beaten Wales 11 times in a row. Will the result be any different when the two teams meet in Cardiff tomorrow?
"04.11.2016 14:59:52" theguardian.com Ranking the best rugby union teams in the world One year on from winning the Rugby World Cup and the All Blacks, despite having to rebuild, show no sign of losing their dominance 1. All Blacks
2. England Rugby
3. Ireland Rugby
"04.11.2016 13:55:11" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: Cubs, Klose and being 'like herpes' Who gave up his gun? Who stopped a game early? And who had died by 1908? Who gave up his gun? Who stopped a game early? And who had died by 1908?
"04.11.2016 12:37:27" theguardian.com Can spending $70m on a high school football stadium be justified? High school football is a big deal in Texas, and many new schools are splashing millions on new stadiums. But could that money be better spent elsewhere? Only in Texas...
"04.11.2016 11:15:02" theguardian.com The Joy of Six: tennis tantrums From Jeff Tarango's unforgettable outburst at SW19 to Andy Roddick's laser-guided vitriol at the 2008 Australian Open, half a dozen meltdowns “Clearly bull crap! Bull crap!”
"04.11.2016 09:49:04" theguardian.com NFL weekend preview: Beckham and Giants to push past sinking Eagles A bye week should tip things in New York's favour against their NFC East rivals, and expect wins for Baltimore, Miami, Carolina, Tennessee and Denver A bye week should tip things in New York Giants' favour against their NFC East rivals, and expect wins for Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos
"04.11.2016 00:11:44" theguardian.com Phillip Hughes inquest: no one was to blame for cricketer's death, coroner finds New South Wales coroner rules Test cricketer was killed by a tragic accident, but makes recommendations to safeguard players and improve procedures at grounds No one was to blame for the death of Phillip Hughes, the Australian Test cricketer who died after being hit by a short-pitched ball during a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, an inquest has found
"03.11.2016 18:51:56" theguardian.com World Series victory thrilled the child in every Chicago Cubs fan Chicago is filled with those who have endured the lovable losers tag their whole lives, and they were jumping on the field with the Cubs on Wednesday Chicago is filled with those who have endured the lovable losers tag their whole lives, and they were jumping on the field with the Cubs on Wednesday
"03.11.2016 17:58:46" "This is the greatest thing since sliced bread" – Barack Obama on the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series
"03.11.2016 16:50:59" theguardian.com Best of YouTube: Miroslav Klose, LeBron James and Garth Crooks This week's roundup also features an homage to Garth Crooks, an angry goalkeeper and a behind-the-scenes look at the Long Room This week's Classic YouTube contains a whole section dedicated to Garth Crooks
"03.11.2016 15:29:26" theguardian.com Ruan Pienaar: 'I wanted to come to Ulster as a foreigner and make a difference' Ruan Pienaar is being forced to leave Ulster as the IRFU want to 'develop indigenous talent in this position', but he is not bitter – just proud of the way he helped to develop the club and the young players who are replacing him Ruan Pienaar is being forced to leave Ulster as the Irish rugby bosses want to "develop indigenous talent in this position", but the South African is not bitter – just proud of the way he helped to develop the club and the young players who are replacing
"03.11.2016 13:35:46" theguardian.com The 20 best pound-for-pound boxers in the world right now Román González takes first place in the biannual list, with Sergey Kovalev, Terence Crawford, Andre Ward and Gennady Golovkin making up the top fiveff 1. Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez
2. Sergey Kovalev
3. Terence "Bud" Crawford
4. Andre Ward
5. Gennady Golovkin
"03.11.2016 13:17:27" theguardian.com All Blacks show the benefit of putting skills before strength While New Zealand focus on skills training in their youth teams, too many countries emphasise strength and conditioning to the detriment of their players' ability to think While the All Blacks focus on skills training in their youth teams, too many other countries still emphasise strength and conditioning to the detriment of players' ability to think
"03.11.2016 11:57:06" 108 years later ... the Chicago Cubs have done it
"03.11.2016 10:58:55" theguardian.com World Series 2016 Game 7: Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland Indians – in pictures The curse of the billy goat has been put to rest. Here are the best pictures from the Chicago Cubs' victory over the Cleveland Indians
"03.11.2016 08:38:14" theguardian.com Chicago Cubs win World Series after 108 years as perennial losers The most famous drought in US sports is over. The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions for the first time since 1908 Chicago Cubs have won the first title since 1908 after a thrilling victory over the Cleveland Indians in a dramatic World Series decider
"03.11.2016 00:13:07" theguardian.com Andy Murray struggles past Fernando Verdasco to keep No1 hopes alive Andy Murray was made to work hard by Fernando Verdasco before winning 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 in the second round of the Paris Masters Andy Murray is fighting mental and physical fatigue as he strains to knock Novak Djokovic off the top of the tennis mountain. In wins of vastly contrasting style and rhythm here on Wednesday the two best players in the world went through to the third
"02.11.2016 20:08:00" theguardian.com Jerome Kaino: 'I do feel American, I like it when I see rugby growing in America' The seasoned All Black is fiercely proud of his US heritage and relishing a return to Chicago to face Ireland as the world champions look to extend their record-breaking winning run All Blacks' Jerome Kaino: 'When you come here to Chicago and you see the game of rugby growing, yeah, you feel a link of sorts. I feel a bit American'
"02.11.2016 17:12:00" theguardian.com Jordan Spieth 'slump' says as much about rivals' form as his own Jordan Spieth's fall to No5 in the world after an all-conquering 2015 reflects a year of struggle but at 23 he has plenty of time to return to the top Jordan Spieth won two majors and the FedEx Cup last year. How did he end up slipping down to world No5?
"02.11.2016 16:00:01" theguardian.com Cubs and Indians face a World Series Game 7 for the ages In a conclusion that could only be imagined in Hollywood, these two long-suffering franchises play one final game on Wednesday night – the biggest in either team's history Chicago Cubs v Cleveland Indians: the decider
"02.11.2016 14:07:20" theguardian.com Warren Gatland mocked as clown by New Zealand media after remarks The New Zealand Herald has mocked up British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland as a clown, after the New Zealander said a section of All Blacks supporters left him… The New Zealand Herald has mocked up Warren Gatland as a clown, following the remarks made by the British & Irish Lions coach on Tuesday regarding the behaviour of “embarrassing” All Blacks supporters.
"02.11.2016 13:53:11" theguardian.com Louis Smith's ban? British Gymnastics needs to get off its high horse The Olympic silver medallist has been suspended for two months for what amounts to blasphemy by his sport's governing body that seems to have an inflated view of its own importance Sport is not a forum for creating pseudo-case law on free speech. To pretend otherwise is a dangerous category mistake.
"02.11.2016 12:21:56" theguardian.com Bobsledder Joel Fearon named in Team GB's sprint squad The sprinter hopes to win medals at both winter and summer Olympics, while James Dasaolu and Perri Shakes-Drayon are among those to lose their funding from British Athletics Joel Fearon hopes to win medals at the winter and summer Olympics – as a bobsledder and a sprinter
"02.11.2016 10:12:56" theguardian.com Klitschko v Joshua world heavyweight title fight sanctioned by WBA The WBA have finally sanctioned a fight for their “Super” version of the world heavyweight title between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko are likely to fight in the UK next summer
"01.11.2016 23:14:02" theguardian.com Tom Wood: I did not have a tantrum, Eddie Jones says it how it is at the time Recalled flanker has won over England coach after 'distinctly average' jibe and hopes to earn a place in squad to face South Africa "I didn't throw my toys out of the pram. The reality was I wasn't picked because what [Eddie Jones] had seen from me hadn't been good enough at that stage."
"01.11.2016 22:15:35" theguardian.com Embarrassing All Blacks fans need to learn humility, says Warren Gatland Embarrassing All Blacks fans need to learn a little humility, according to the British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland Gatland was at Eden Park for the All Blacks' last Bledisloe Cup match against Australia last month. “As a Kiwi, I was embarrassed,” he said. “There was still a large portion of the crowd booing [Australia's] Quade Cooper. Get over it.”
"01.11.2016 19:24:21" theguardian.com Sebastian Vettel escapes punishment for expletive-laden F1 Mexican GP outburst Sebastian Vettel has escaped punishment for his expletive-laden outburst at the Mexican Grand Prix in which he told race director Charlie Whiting to 'fuck off' FIA says in statement: "At the recent Mexican Grand Prix, the Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel made comments over team radio using repeated foul language directed at both the FIA F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting and a fellow competitor which were
"01.11.2016 15:53:19" theguardian.com Anthony Joshua to face Eric Molina in world heavyweight title clash The announcement ends speculation over Joshua's next opponent after a prospective bout against Wladimir Klitschko was scuppered by a combination of boxing politics and injury sustained by the Ukrainian Save the date: Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina, 10 December
"01.11.2016 15:04:49" theguardian.com England confusion over spin stretches back a long time With their bewildering array of spin options in Bangladesh, it seems Alastair Cook's side don't know what they want. Little has changed from a fiasco in 1992 With their bewildering array of spin options in Bangladesh, it seems the England Cricket team don't know what they want. Little has changed from a fiasco in 1992
"01.11.2016 13:48:52" theguardian.com Louis Smith banned by British Gymnastics after video appearing to mock Islam Ban and reprimand follows video showing gymnast and Luke Carson shouting 'Allahu Akbar' Louis Smith has been banned for two months after a video emerged in which he and fellow gymnast Luke Carson were seen shouting “Allahu Akbar” and mimicking a praying pose
"01.11.2016 11:01:02" theguardian.com English rugby union's neglect of the north is shrinking the talent pool Is it any wonder that players from northern clubs are a rarity in the England team or that northerners are quicker to head off abroad when the national side sticks to Twickenham? Is it any wonder that players from northern clubs are a rarity in the England Rugby team when the national side sticks to Twickenham?
"01.11.2016 09:24:47" theguardian.com Almandin wins a fifth Melbourne Cup for Lloyd Williams in blanket finish Almandin won the Melbourne Cup in a near photo-finish with Heartbreak City in one of the most exciting conclusions in recent history Another year, another Melbourne Cup thriller. After Michelle Payne's triumph 12 months ago, the 2016 edition of the famous race did not disappoint as Almandin, piloted by Kerrin McEvoy, galloped to victory in one of the closest finishes in the Cup's
"31.10.2016 18:34:32" theguardian.com England in a spin as they contemplate India after Bangladesh struggles England's drawn series offers selectors more questions than answers regarding their best XI before the challenge of five Tests in India "England's management team has learned a fair amount from the two Tests in Bangladesh, which provided a gripping spectacle way beyond our expectation," writes Vic Marks. "But this does not include the identity of the 11 players that constitute their best
"31.10.2016 18:14:34" theguardian.com David Moyes: I often spend nights after defeats in a darkened room Sunderland manager David Moyes has admitted his team's poor start to the season has often caused him to spend many Saturday nights in a darkened room. “It does make me feel lousy. I don't feel good about it but you've got to take it. I spend Saturday night quite often in a darkened room somewhere. Sunday gets a wee bit better, but not much, and hopefully by the time Monday morning comes, you are ready
"31.10.2016 15:43:04" theguardian.com The gifs that keep on giving: Neymar, Papiss Cissé and the perfect nutmeg Featuring David Villa hitting both posts, a brave man above some spectacular scenery, a new way to hit a golf ball and a player being booked for showboating Featuring an outstanding pass from Neymar Jr.
"31.10.2016 14:00:02" theguardian.com Last Chance U: the college giving players a final route to the NFL When documentary director Adam Ridley went to the sleepy town of Scooba in Mississippi he expected to make a film about gifted athletes, but his Netflix series, Last Chance U, is about education, class, success and the American dream This is a story that goes far beyond American football. It's about education, class, success, hope and the American dream
"31.10.2016 13:02:12" theguardian.com The big interview: Lions captain Sam Warburton The British & Irish Lions youngest-ever captain tells Donald McRae he would love to do the job again when the home nations tour New Zealand in 2018 The five things Sam Warburton wants to achieve in the rest of his career: "I would love to win a league title with Cardiff Blues – the club I've always played for. I'd also love to win another Six Nations. The 100-cap milestone is the next goal; I'm on
"31.10.2016 11:44:27" theguardian.com Talking points from the weekend's Premiership action Owen Williams struggled at outside-half for Leicester, Exeter have picked up Bath's old habit of losing close games and the outlook is grim for Gavin Henson Our big review of the weekend's rugby union action
"31.10.2016 10:36:41" theguardian.com Tim Wiese goes from Bundesliga to WWE: 'I've got trash-talking in my blood' The uncompromising former Germany goalkeeper who 'tried to make people hate me' is preparing for his first WWE fight Tim Wiese was in the Germany squad at the 2010 World Cup but now he's a WWE wrestler. Would he like to fight any footballers? "I don't think anybody would dare face me. Who else has a physique such as me?"
"31.10.2016 00:51:47" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton vows to keep fighting after winning Mexican Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton has not given up on winning the Formula One world title after winning the Mexican Grand Prix and cutting Nico Rosberg's lead to 19 points with two races of the season remaining Lewis Hamilton has vowed to 'push all the way' after winning a Mexican Grand Prix which ended with Sebastian Vettel swearing at the race director and furious with Max Verstappen
"30.10.2016 23:38:15" theguardian.com World Series 2016 Game 5: Chicago Cubs v Cleveland Indians – live! Inning-by-inning report: Will the Indians seal the World Series with victory at Wrigley Field? Join David Lengel for the latest from Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs v Cleveland Indians: follow game five of the World Series with our inning-by-inning updates
"30.10.2016 22:10:40" theguardian.com Bradley Wiggins hints at continuing cycling career after London event Bradley Wiggins is due to retire next month but refuses to rule out continuing his career Is Bradley Wiggins set to change his mind about retiring from cycling?
"30.10.2016 21:13:23" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton victory in Mexican Grand Prix keeps his title hopes alive The British driver came first in Mexico but his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was second and leads the championship by 19 points with two races remaining Lewis Hamilton wins the Mexican Grand Prix – but Nico Rosberg still leads the F1 drivers' standings by 19 points with two races to go
"30.10.2016 20:50:04" theguardian.com Semesa Rokoduguni strikes late to give Bath derby victory over Exeter Semesa Rokoduguni struck eight minutes into injury time to give Bath a 13-10 win over Exeter and strengthen his case for an England starting place Exeter Chiefs Official 10-13 Bath Rugby
"30.10.2016 19:43:46" theguardian.com Washington and Cincinnati delight Wembley crowd in entertaining tie Washington met Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley, and the 27-27 tie may have been the best NFL game that London has seen It may have ended in a tie, but the game between Washington and Cincinnati Bengals might be the best NFL game played at Wembley Stadium
"30.10.2016 17:32:53" theguardian.com Matsuyama makes history in Shanghai but McIlroy confirms Turkey pullout Hideki Matsuyama became the first Asian to win a World Championship event by triumphing in the WGC-HSBC Champions but, amid security concerns, Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from the Turkish Airlines Open For Hideki Matsuyama, a three-week run has returned $2.7m and will ensure he is ranked sixth in the world
"30.10.2016 15:36:23" theguardian.com Andy Murray closes on world No1 Novak Djokovic with Vienna title Andy Murray took a step closer to Novak Djokovic's world No1 spot with a two-set victory against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the ATP Erste Bank Open final in Vienna A seventh title in 2016 means Andy Murray is closing on that tennis world No1 spot
"30.10.2016 15:13:41" theguardian.com Fan asked to remove 'repugnant' Obama mask and noose at Wisconsin game The University of Wisconsin says it asked a fan wearing a Barack Obama mask and a noose around his neck to remove the offensive parts of the costume The University of Wisconsin says it asked a fan wearing a Barack Obama mask and a noose around his neck to remove the offensive parts of the costume during the school's NCAA Football game on Saturday night against Nebraska
"30.10.2016 14:20:18" theguardian.com England omnishambles signals Ballance's exit and need for Cook to rethink Captain's use of his spinners in defeat by Bangladesh makes prospects in India bleak but Ben Duckett's aggression was bracing to behold To lose a couple of quick wickets on a turner may be regarded as perfectly normal. To lose 10 in a session looks like fecklessness
"30.10.2016 13:38:21" theguardian.com Dominika Cibulkova beats Angelique Kerber to seal WTA Finals title Dominika Cibulkova stormed to an unlikely 6-3 6-4 victory over top seed Angelique Kerber to win the WTA Finals on her debut at the competition on Sunday Dominika Cibulkova completed a remarkable debut at the WTA Finals when the Slovakian world No8 stormed to victory with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over top seed Angelique Kerber in the title showdown
"30.10.2016 13:08:31" theguardian.com Wales' Gethin Jenkins: 'My whole life has been rugby, that's not going to change' The prop turns 36 next month but is determined to keep playing for as long as he can, although Richie McCaw's cap record is not a driving force 'Even with the region rugby is on your mind pretty much all the time and the challenge is to switch off for a little bit. The game is so intense these days with every game a crunch one. Everything is directed to winning'
"30.10.2016 12:27:16" theguardian.com Gareth Bale signs Real Madrid contract extension until 2022 Gareth Bale has signed a contract extension with Real Madrid until 2022 Real Madrid C.F. have agreed a new deal with Gareth Bale
"30.10.2016 11:10:55" theguardian.com Bangladesh claim historic Test win over England as collapse ensures tied series Bangladesh have beaten England in a Test for the first time and drawn the series 1-1 after winning in Dhaka by 108 runs Bangladesh Cricket : The Tigers have made history against England Cricket
"30.10.2016 10:26:33" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton is a great example for the other F1 drivers, says Emerson Fittipaldi Instead of being criticised, the engaging British driver should be applauded for his ability to reach out to Formula One fans, the Brazilian legend tells Giles Richards 'He is able to communicate with the fans and the fans like that. That's part of the sport. I like his personality, doing what he wants to do'
"30.10.2016 09:54:53" theguardian.com ATP confirms Nick Kyrgios has taken up its offer of 'care plan' Nick Kyrgios is set for a reprieve, with his ATP Tour ban expected to be slashed 'Nick has taken up the care plan on offer to him from the ATP. The details and contents of the plan are strictly confidential'
"30.10.2016 09:27:45" theguardian.com Cleveland power past Cubs to move to within one win of World Series title One more win and baseball fans everywhere might finally believe in these Cleveland Indians The Cleveland Indians are one win away from winning the World Series
"29.10.2016 22:59:58" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton says 'I don't plan on being second' after Mexican GP pole Lewis Hamilton has said he was pleased with his performance to claim pole position for Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix, ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, but has suggested that he could have gone even quicker Lewis Hamilton is feeling confident ahead of the F1 Mexican Grand Prix
"29.10.2016 21:55:45" theguardian.com Autumn internationals offer home nations opportunity to gain some ground | Paul Rees New Zealand are in imperious form but the gap between the northern and southern hemisphere teams, All Blacks excepting, may not be as great as before With the Wallabies wobbling, the Springboks struggling and the imperious All Blacks facing only Ireland, the autumn internationals offer a chance for the home nations to gain ground
"29.10.2016 21:00:00" theguardian.com Sam Burgess insists England can still win Four Nations despite loss to Kiwis A Shaun Johnson field goal broke the host nation's hearts but both captain and coach say little has changed for England's prospects Sam Burgess believes England national rugby league team can still win the Four Nations, despite now needing a historic result against Australia to reach the final
"29.10.2016 19:34:17" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton claims pole at Mexican GP ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton will begin Sunday's Mexican GP in pole position after edging out his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, in qualifying Lewis Hamilton is on pole for the Mexican Grand Prix, with title rival Nico Rosberg second
"29.10.2016 19:16:52" theguardian.com Harlequins enjoy routine win as Worcester's Ben Te'o catches the eye England head coach Eddie Jones saw six of his players come through unscathed as Harlequins wrapped up a comfortable 36-14 win over Worcester Harlequins Rugby Union 36-12 Worcester Warriors
"29.10.2016 18:34:27" theguardian.com José Mourinho sent to stands as Manchester United are held by Burnley Ander Herrera was sent off and José Mourinho was sent to the stands as Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw by Burnley José Mourinho was sent to the stands for arguing with Mark Clattenburg, Ander Herrera was sent off and Tom Heaton helped Burnley Football Club earn a draw at Manchester United
"29.10.2016 17:39:34" theguardian.com Angelique Kerber powers into WTA Finals showdown with Cibulkova Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska had no answer to world No1's aggression as Cibulkova beats Kuznetsova in three sets to set up final in Singapore World No1 Angelique Kerber can end the year on a high after setting up a WTA finals showdown with Dominika Cibulkova
"29.10.2016 16:56:06" theguardian.com Sean Maitland on target again as Saracens prove too strong for Leicester Saracens will go into the international break top of the table after tries from Chris Wyles, Sean Maitland and Billy Vunipola were enough to defeat Leicester Saracens 24-10 Leicester Tigers
"29.10.2016 14:00:18" theguardian.com Andy Murray into Vienna final after David Ferrer pulls out of semi-final Defending champion David Ferrer pulled out of the Erste Bank Open with a left leg injury, granting top-seeded Andy Murray free passage through to the final Andy Murray into Vienna final after David Ferrer pulls out of semi-final due to injury
"29.10.2016 12:44:52" theguardian.com England are still in a muddle over their batting and bowling hierarchies | Vithushan Ehantharajah and Dan Lucas The No8s are outperforming the top-order, Zafar Ansari is not a better batsman than Chris Woakes and Steven Finn continues to disappoint Second Test, day two thoughts: The No8s are outperforming the top-order, Zafar Ansari is not a better batsman than Chris Woakes and Steven Finn continues to disappoint for England Cricket
"29.10.2016 11:56:41" theguardian.com Ben Stokes and Zafar Ansari help England hang on against Bangladesh Bangladesh finished 152-3 on the second day of the second Test in Dhaka, as the hosts take a 128-run lead into the third day of action Bangladesh Cricket : The Tigers finished 152-3 on the second day of the second Test in Dhaka, as the hosts took a 128-run lead into the third day of action against England Cricket
"29.10.2016 09:19:08" theguardian.com Mercedes F1 team member robbed at gunpoint before Mexican Grand Prix A member of Lewis Hamilton's world championship-winning Mercedes team has been robbed at gunpoint before the Mexican Grand Prix A member of Lewis Hamilton's world championship-winning Mercedes team has been robbed at gunpoint before F1 Mexican Grand Prix
"28.10.2016 21:51:48" theguardian.com Australia open Four Nations with comfortable victory over Scotland Australia open Four Nations with comfortable victory over Scotland, scoring 10 tries in their 54-12 win in Hull Australia 54-12 Scotland – Rugby League Four Nations report
"28.10.2016 20:22:11" theguardian.com Moeen Ali fails to spin his words but turns up with five Bangladesh wickets England's Moeen Ali claimed five for 57 in their best spin spell of the tour and the Worcestershire bowler also had praise for Ben Stokes' efforts with the ball England Cricket''s Moeen Ali fails to spin words but snares five Bangladesh Cricket : The Tigers wickets
"28.10.2016 17:30:00" theguardian.com British Cycling upholds complaint against Shane Sutton by Jessica Varnish British Cycling has upheld an allegation of discrimination made against the former technical director Shane Sutton by a number of Olympic and Paralympic athletes, including Jess Varnish and Darren Kenny Shane Sutton resigned before the Rio Olympics over allegations of sexism levelled by Jess Varnish and further claims he called members of the Paralympic team “gimps” and “wobblies”
"28.10.2016 17:19:38" theguardian.com IOC washes over farcical findings of Wada's Rio 2016 anti-doping report The IOC's press department is the only media body who decided that the headline takeaway from the 55-page report was that everything is tickety-boo Surprisingly, the IOC's press department seems to have been the only media body who decided that the headline takeaway from Wada's Rio Olympic anti-doping report was that everything is tickety-boo
"28.10.2016 16:30:00" theguardian.com Moeen Ali's five-wicket haul halts Bangladesh before England falter Bangladesh imploded on the opening day of the second Test as they lost nine wickets for 49 runs to fold to 220 all out and hand control to England in Dhaka We have another mesmerising Test on our hands
"28.10.2016 15:34:11" theguardian.com Rugby connoisseurs yearning for perfect No10 are given hint of a renaissance The tide is turning in favour of Beauden Barrett-style fly-halves and Owen Farrell can be first among equals for England, says Harlequins' ex-All Black Nick Evans People love rugby for different reasons. For some it is all about the thrill of contact, the comradeship of brave defence or simply the liniment-heavy sniff of battle. Others live for the sight of a wing haring for the corner or a lovely outside break.
"28.10.2016 13:22:19" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: ghostly cricket It's that time of the year again. Pumpkins, ghosts, scary clowns and even cricket is getting in on the action It's that time of the year again. Pumpkins, ghosts, scary clowns and even cricket is getting in on the action
"28.10.2016 12:30:00" theguardian.com Scotland face the challenge of their lives in the Four Nations France, Papua New Guinea, Wales and Samoa all competed in the Four Nations without winning a match. Now Scotland have a chance to make their mark France, Papua New Guinea, Wales and Samoa all competed in the Rugby League Four Nations without winning a match. Now Scotland have a chance to make their mark
"28.10.2016 11:23:32" theguardian.com The NFL is stumbling, but will it recover? Television ratings are down in America's most popular league. And poor play, cable cutters and player protests have all been blamed The NFL's television ratings are down. Is it Donald J. Trump's fault or are the problems bigger than the presidential campaign?
"28.10.2016 09:25:55" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: World Series, Carlos Alberto and the Ballon d'Or Who made $1.05m? Who gave away $1m? And who was US President in 1908? Who made $1.05m and who gave away $1m?
"28.10.2016 08:17:58" theguardian.com NFL weekend preview: Bengals to beat Washington in close affair at Wembley The Bengals and Washington are well matched, but Cincinnati have the edge. Elsewhere, pick Tampa Bay to beat Oakland, and the Patriots to down the Bills The Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins are well matched, but Cincinnati have the edge. Elsewhere, pick Tampa Bay Buccaneers to beat The Oakland Raiders, and the New England Patriots to down the Buffalo Bills
"28.10.2016 07:19:33" theguardian.com The time has come to kick homophobia out of football for good | Graeme Le Saux I experienced homophobic abuse on the pitch, but times are changing. The 8% of fans who have a problem with gay players in their team should be banned I experienced homophobic abuse on the pitch, but times are changing. The 8% of fans who have a problem with gay players in their team should be banned
"27.10.2016 22:30:00" theguardian.com Richard Sherman: 'if the NFL had its way we would all be robots' Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has accused the NFL of trying to take the fun out of professional football “TV ratings are down, and I think we can point to the NFL legislating the emotion out of the game as a contributing factor. The NFL is enforcing a policy against celebration"
"27.10.2016 21:45:00" theguardian.com Andy Murray fights past Gilles Simon to reach quarter-finals in Vienna The top seed, Andy Murray, moved into the last eight of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna and closer to the world No1 ranking by beating Gilles Simon 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 Andy Murray could still become world No1 before the end of the year, but had to dig deep against Gilles Simon in Austria
"27.10.2016 20:49:23" theguardian.com Wada uncovers 'serious failings' in Rio 2016 anti-doping operation A report by the World Anti-Doping Agency into the anti-doping operation employed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has criticised 'serious failings' A new Wada report claims that on some days, up to half of all planned drug tests due to be carried out in the Olympic Village had to be aborted because the athletes could not be found
"27.10.2016 18:47:32" theguardian.com Nico Rosberg dismisses Bernie Ecclestone jibes as he closes on F1 title Nico Rosberg has said he is 'not here to please everyone' after Bernie Ecclestone claimed it would be bad for the sport should the German win Formula One's world championship Nico Rosberg has hit back at Bernie Ecclestone's claims that the Mercedes driver winning the F1 world title "wouldn't help the sport", saying "I am here to win races, not to please everybody"
"27.10.2016 17:02:49" theguardian.com 'I won't be going back there' – a Chelsea fan's view of crowd trouble Violent incidents marred West Ham's EFL Cup tie against Chelsea – one visiting fan points the finger squarely at the stewarding at the London Stadium "There were definitely points I worried about my safety and, if I was worried, what were older people or children going to be like? Hillsborough goes through your mind – it genuinely did."
"27.10.2016 13:54:52" theguardian.com Rugby league Four Nations: team-by-team guide Sam Burgess will lead an England side on the up against the world champions Australia and world No 1 side New Zealand, plus a Scotland team with nothing to lose Our team-by-team guide to the Four Nations
"27.10.2016 12:40:26" theguardian.com Classic YouTube: Carlos Alberto, poker verbals and the RoboCup Challenge This week's roundup also features the week's most suspect tackle, a court-side haircut, and if Monday Night Football did the news The best of YouTube this week – featuring an excruciatingly awkward argument over a game of poker
"27.10.2016 11:36:29" theguardian.com Rugby's review system could benefit from NFL-style tweak TV match officials have too much say over deciding when a referee should review an incident. Is it time for coaches to be allowed to call for a reappraisal? What rugby union could learn from the NFL's superior review system
"27.10.2016 10:20:11" theguardian.com Cubs trounce Indians to level World Series Jake Arrieta carries no-hitter into sixth inning as Cubs roll past Indians to level World Series at one game apiece Chicago Cubs 1-1 Cleveland Indians
"27.10.2016 09:24:55" theguardian.com Is Donald Trump lying about having a three handicap? The presidential hopeful lists a handicap of 2.8, unlikely for a septuagenarian part-timer. But he wouldn't be the first politician to fluff his record Is Donald J. Trump "wrong" about his aptitude for golf?
"27.10.2016 08:45:15" theguardian.com England win bid to host 2021 Rugby League World Cup England will stage the 2021 World Cup, the Rugby League International Federation has announced, after vying to host the competition after the successful event three years ago The 2021 Rugby League World Cup is coming to England
"26.10.2016 23:09:17" theguardian.com Tom Wood works hard to impress England's teak tough judge Eddie Jones Eddie Jones, who is alleged to have told Tom Wood he was 'distinctly average' in a phone conversation, has said the Northampton back-row's work ethic and play off the ball has improved significantly Earlier this year Eddie Jones told Tom Wood in a phone conversation that he was “distinctly average”. Now he's back in the England Rugby squad
"26.10.2016 21:57:10" theguardian.com West Ham's players start to feel at home but fans let club down | Jacob Steinberg West Ham's players are beginning to find their feet in the London Stadium but there were more unsavoury scenes in the stands as they beat Chelsea 2-1 in the EFL Cup fourth round Just as it seemed that West Ham United were drifting towards a largely peaceful and hugely precious victory over Chelsea Football Club, fighting broke out. Stewards and police were forced to intervene, bottles flew through the East End air and at least
"26.10.2016 21:30:26" theguardian.com Teimana Harrison given swift return to England fold by Eddie Jones Northampton Saints' recalled Teimana Harrison is in pole position to start at No7 against South Africa England Rugby's Eddie Jones has offered Northampton's Teimana Harrison a rapid route back into international rugby less than a month after axing the back-row forward from his squad
"26.10.2016 20:03:06" theguardian.com Andy Murray survives scare before seeing off Martin Klizan in Vienna Andy Murray recovered from dropping the second set to Slovakia's Martin Klizan to move into the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna Andy Murray survives scare before seeing off Martin Kližan in Vienna
"26.10.2016 19:02:10" theguardian.com England stick with spin trident but could turn to Zafar Ansari for second Test | Vic Marks With three spinners still needed against Bangladesh a Test debut beckons for the Surrey left-armer, which spells bad news for Gareth Batty or Adil Rashid Taking the long-term view, the case for Ansari is strong. My suspicion is neither Bayliss nor Cook has ever seen him bowl in a match with a red ball. They desperately need some information before England Cricket leave Bangladesh Cricket : The Tigers and
"26.10.2016 15:14:12" theguardian.com Mexican Grand Prix fans and passion lay foundations for long F1 future The Mexican Grand Prix has seen an amount of paying fans second only to Silverstone but organisers are looking 10 years ahead to keep growing the event Why the Mexican Grand Prix is one of the most exciting on the circuit
"26.10.2016 13:42:42" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James finishes off a fast break with a dunk in the third quarter as Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks can only watch There's no stopping LeBron James
"26.10.2016 12:20:43" theguardian.com Forget 'on the head': for football it's time for 'on with the headgear' Heading can have alarming effects on the brain, a study has found. As the Jeff Astle case shows, we must find a way to let our children play the game safely Maybe it's time for footballers – particularly children – to wear head-safety gear
"26.10.2016 09:57:37" The best goals of the week: http://bit.ly/2f6ExX8
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"26.10.2016 09:19:21" theguardian.com Treble top! The film that captures the party power of darts The showmen, the drama, the mohicans, the maths … House of Flying Arrows is the documentary darts deserves The showmen, the drama, the mohicans, the maths … House of Flying Arrows is the documentary darts deserves
"26.10.2016 08:48:18" theguardian.com England recall flanker Tom Wood for autumn internationals amid injury crisis Tom Wood has been recalled for England's autumn series to make his first appearance in the national squad since being jettisoned after the World Cup England Rugby have announced their 32-man squad for the autumn internationals against Springboks, Fiji Rugby, Unión Argentina de Rugby and Australia
"25.10.2016 22:32:09" theguardian.com www.theguardian.com Jimmy Anderson has not been included in England Cricket's initial 16-man squad for the five-Test series against India National Cricket Team, having already been ruled out of the first Test in Rajkot starting on 9 November as he continues his recovery from
"25.10.2016 20:34:28" theguardian.com Bradley Wiggins gets back in the saddle for London Six Day ride Bradley Wiggins put the controversy over Therapeutic Use Exemptions to one side as he competed in the London Six Day ride in the Olympic Velodrome Wiggins might be avoiding the media during the London Six Day ride this week, wary of getting drawn into another discussion about those Therapeutic Use Exemptions, but it soon became apparent that he was on safe ground on the track
"25.10.2016 19:03:38" theguardian.com Ben Stokes could become one of the best all-rounders, says England's Bayliss England coach Trevor Bayliss has saluted the performance and improvement of Ben Stokes in the first Test victory in Bangladesh The game is all about timing but this does not apply solely to an exquisite, effortless cover drive. Good timing has an impact on the reputations of captains as well. There are some fortunate enough to hold the reins when a charismatic cricketing
"25.10.2016 16:30:00" theguardian.com Watch: Carlos Alberto's classic World Cup goal for Brazil Brick-by-brick animation of Brazil's 1970 goal, thought by many to be one of the greatest ever scored in a World Cup Carlos Alberto, the man who scored the greatest team goal of all time for Brazil in the World Cup final, has died at the age of 72
"25.10.2016 15:38:33" theguardian.com Wolves sack Walter Zenga after Leeds defeat New owners acted after poor start under the Italian left Wolves 18th in the Championship Walter Zenga was in charge for 14 games
"25.10.2016 12:30:10" theguardian.com Our writers' predictions for the World Series Will the Cubs end their famously long drought? On the other hand, will the Indians end their famously long drought? Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians?
"25.10.2016 11:34:27" theguardian.com NBA 2016-17: our writers' predictions Will anyone stop the Warriors? Who will be named Most Valuable Player? Guardian writers give their takes on what's coming up this season Our predictions for the NBA season
"25.10.2016 08:57:05" theguardian.com Svetlana Kuznetsova cuts own hair during WTA final Russian hacks off her ponytail before staging comeback win over Agnieszka Radwańska at WTA finals in Singapore Game, set and thatch...
"24.10.2016 23:01:06" theguardian.com Shane Watson says Australian cricketers would take a pay cut to play less Less is more in international cricket, according to Shane Watson, who believes Australia's top players would be happy take a pay cut for a less arduous schedule “There's too much cricket on and my personal belief is some it is on for the wrong reasons ... a lot of it comes down to the money that's generated"
"24.10.2016 22:10:01" theguardian.com Heavyweight boxing enters its pantomime season, and no one's laughing Boxing's heavyweight division is a mess with Tyson Fury's problems and Wladimir Klitschko's reluctance increasing the problems caused by a multitude of titles Wladimir Klitschko is too old, Anthony Joshua may be too young, Deontay Wilder is injured and Tyson Fury is absent – but they are the most convincing contenders in a division that's becoming a laughing stock
"24.10.2016 21:25:48" theguardian.com Anthony Joshua has to wait for title defence against Wladimir Klitschko Anthony Joshua's proposed world title fight against Wladimir Klitschko is now likely to take place in spring 2017 Anthony Joshua will step into the ring on December 10 – but not against Wladimir Klitschko as expected
"24.10.2016 19:10:50" theguardian.com LA Rams and New York Giants bring the NFL to Twickenham – picture essay American Football returned to its roots when the New York Giants faced the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham, the home of rugby and our photographer Tom Jenkins went to South West London to check out the preparations and the action Picture essay: NFL goes back to its roots as Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants land at Twickenham
"24.10.2016 17:13:31" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton renews hope but Nico Rosberg controls F1 title destiny Lewis Hamilton has said he believes he can retain his world championship despite the tall order of overhauling Nico Rosberg's 26-point lead in the final three races Even if Lewis Hamilton wins the final three races of the season, Nico Rosberg will collect his first title if he picks up a further 50 points – achievable with two seconds and a third.
"24.10.2016 16:29:44" theguardian.com Police comdemn bottle attack on 11-year-old at Rangers v Celtic A bottle attack on an 11-year-old boy walking to the latest Old Firm match has been described as 'abhorrent' 'A football game is not an excuse for violence, ever'
"24.10.2016 15:19:41" theguardian.com Fans share their predictions for the World Series With the 2016 World Series about to begin, we've asked fans of the Cubs and Indians about their teams' chances of success Cleveland Indians or Chicago Cubs? Fans' predictions for the World Series
"24.10.2016 14:04:59" theguardian.com Owen Farrell: 'I wouldn't say it's comfortable playing for Eddie Jones' The Saracens and England player has enjoyed remarkable success of late but those victories have only sharpened his appetite for improvement, he tells Donald McRae "You want to perform. You want to do well for him. He works hard to create that environment and we try to create it as a team – so you drive yourselves. I wouldn't want this to come across the wrong way but I wouldn't say it's comfortable playing for him.
"24.10.2016 11:45:00" The gifs that keep on giving: http://bit.ly/2emWG0Q
"24.10.2016 10:55:00" theguardian.com Heavyweight boxing enters its pantomime season but no one's laughing Boxing's heavyweight division is a mess with Tyson Fury's problems and Wladimir Klitschko's reluctance increasing the problems caused by a multitude of titles On the cusp of the pantomime season boxing is again a laughing stock, like a tottering, rouge-cheeked dame with a glass of sherry in one hand and a string of broken promises in the other.
"24.10.2016 09:56:12" theguardian.com Bangladesh fall short as England secure victory on final day of first Test England beat Bangladesh by 22 runs on the fifth day of the opening Test at Chittagong on Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series England Cricket 1-0 Bangladesh Cricket : The Tigers
"23.10.2016 17:56:26" theguardian.com Bangladesh v England: five talking points from the first Test in Chittagong Bangladesh have proved the folly of the two-tier Test proposal by taking England all the way in Chittagong with Alastair Cook short on positive spin and specialist batting input Alastair Cook doesn't fully trust his England Cricket spinners …
"23.10.2016 16:11:05" theguardian.com Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bill Murray celebrate Cubs World Series place As the Chicago Cubs contemplate their first World Series appearance since 1945 – and the possibility of their first title since 108 years – the team's fans have started to celebrate "Way to go Chicago Cubs!! My Dad is the reason I'm a true Cubs fan. He'd be so proud!"
"23.10.2016 14:51:59" theguardian.com Eddie Jones and England wait for news of Maro Itoje hand injury England will learn on Monday whether the Saracens second-row Maro Itoje will be fit for the autumn internationals at Twickenham England Rugby will learn on Monday whether Maro Itoje will be available for any of their four autumn internationals at Twickenham
"23.10.2016 13:14:01" The Chicago Cubs have reached their first World Series in 71 years
"23.10.2016 12:10:59" theguardian.com England braced for dramatic finale as Bangladesh near historic Test victory A dramatic final day looms in Chittagong, where Bangladesh need 33 runs from their two remaining wickets to beat England in the first Test England Cricket need just two wickets to avert one of the most damaging defeats in their history
"23.10.2016 10:10:37" theguardian.com Cubs blank Dodgers to advance to first World Series in 71 years Kyle Hendricks pitches Cubs into first World Series since 1945 as Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw falters Chicago Cubs will attempt to end 107-year championship drought
"22.10.2016 22:45:20" theguardian.com Danny Cipriani: 'I'm enjoying my rugby, I'm in a different place now' Danny Cipriani has been left out of Eddie Jones's England squad but he respects the decision and is optimistic he can still make his career count more than his private life, he tells Paul Rees "I'm enjoying my rugby, I'm in a different place now" – Danny Cipriani
"22.10.2016 21:04:31" theguardian.com Barcelona players hit by bottle after Lionel Messi sinks Valencia An injury-time penalty from Lionel Messi snatched a 3-2 victory for Barcelona at Valencia but Andres Iniesta suffered a serious knee injury FC Barcelona players hit by bottle and Andrés Iniesta carried off on a stretcher with knee injury but Leo Messi's injury-time penalty allows Luis Enrique's side to escape Valencia CF with the win
"22.10.2016 20:31:33" theguardian.com Saracens' injury fear over Maro Itoje after beating Scarlets in Champions Cup England second row Maro Itoje was forced off the field with an arm injury as Saracens beat Scarlets 44-26 in the Champions Cup Fears over England Rugby's Maro Itoje sour Saracens' European Rugby Champions Cup win over Scarlets Rugby
"22.10.2016 19:48:17" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton pips Nico Rosberg for pole at US F1 Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton, a winner on three of the four occasions the US F1 Grand Prix has been staged in Austin, took pole by two tenths, ahead of his Mercedes and championship rival Lewis Hamilton pips Nico Rosberg for pole at US F1 Grand Prix
"22.10.2016 19:24:41" theguardian.com Northampton humiliated as David Smith inspires Castres in Champions Cup Dylan Hartley made his long-awaited return from injury but could not prevent Northampton Saints being dismantled 41-7 by Castres in the Champions Cup Castres Olympique Officiel 41-7 Official Northampton Saints: European Rugby Champions Cup report
"22.10.2016 18:15:33" "This was our best performance of the season" – Ranieri finally happy with a Leicester City Football Club display in the Premier League after win against Crystal Palace Football Club
"22.10.2016 16:54:13" theguardian.com Barcelona edge out Valencia courtesy of late Lionel Messi penalty Valencia almost earned an important draw with Barcelona but an injury time penalty from Lionel Messi snatched a 3-2 victory for Luis Enrique's side Match of the day?
"22.10.2016 16:23:26" theguardian.com Munster honour Anthony Foley with emotional victory over Glasgow Anthony Foley, the late Munster captain and head coach who died suddenly last weekend, was honoured by a minute's silence from the sell-out 26,500 crowd, as his team trounced Glasgow 38-17 in the Champions Cup Munster Rugby 37-10 Glasgow Warriors
"22.10.2016 15:40:02" theguardian.com Munnings burns up the road to become women's rally champion aged just 18 Outstanding British prospect has claimed the European title after only one year driving competitively and has now set her sights on overtaking the men Catie Munnings: burning up the road as women's rally champion at 18
"22.10.2016 15:03:07" theguardian.com Ben Stokes hails 'most mature performance' with battling 85 The England all-rounder Ben Stokes claimed four Bangladesh wickets before partnering Jonny Bairstow, whose innings gave him the most Test runs of any wicketkeeper in a year 'That was my most mature performance with the bat. I wanted to make sure that if I got out it was to a good ball. I didn't want to give my wicket away'
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"22.10.2016 13:43:51" theguardian.com Tottenham miss chance to go top at Bournemouth but escape red cards Bournemouth held Tottenham Hotspur to a 0-0 draw but though the visitors will be disappointed at not going top for a few hours, Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko could have seen red For Tottenham Hotspur, the overriding emotions at the final whistle at AFC Bournemouth were ones of frustration and no little relief
"22.10.2016 12:42:27" theguardian.com Karl Power and the art of the sporting blag This week two lads blagged their way on to the Team GB medals bus, posing as athletes – but they've got a way to go before they can match up to Karl Power, the true master of the art The art of the sporting blag
"22.10.2016 12:08:33" theguardian.com Ben Stokes leads England counterattack against Bangladesh England lead Bangladesh by 273, with two second-innings wickets remaining, thanks to Ben Stokes imperious display on day three Ben Stokes' all-round tour de force almost single-handedly pulled England Cricket out of the mire on day three of the first Test against Bangladesh Cricket : The Tigers
"22.10.2016 11:43:02" theguardian.com Coventry, London and Liverpool feature on Four Nations' expansionist schedule It is not unusual for rugby league to take a revolutionary approach but even the most ardent fan must have been taken aback by the destinations for the Four Nations 'We're trying to host the World Cup in 2021 so we want to have more international presence elsewhere'
"22.10.2016 11:01:14" theguardian.com Hansen accuses fuming Cheika of 'hijacking' All Blacks' celebrations Steve Hansen has accused Wallabies coach Michael Cheika of 'hijacking' New Zealand's world record celebrations after the All Blacks' Test win at Eden Park 'The paper I saw, he was dressed up like a clown. You've got to be bigger than that, don't you? I've been dressed up as a clown myself. You don't want to take it to heart, otherwise it'll break you'
"22.10.2016 10:35:22" theguardian.com Why the NFL is still failing on domestic abuse The NFL has no trouble dropping an iron fist on the wrong color shoes or touchdown dances, but it seems unable to punish giant men who hit women The NFL has no trouble dropping an iron fist on the wrong colour shoes or touchdown dances, but it seems unable to punish giant men who hit women
"22.10.2016 09:23:30" theguardian.com US Grand Prix could go to other circuits despite worries over falling crowds Liberty Media have touted Los Angeles and Las Vegas as possible new venues for the US Grand Prix but organisers want a successful home driver to boost interest in the US Los Angeles? Las Vegas? New Jersey?
"22.10.2016 08:57:55" theguardian.com New Zealand sink Australia 37-10 to make history with 18th consecutive win New Zealand clinched a record-breaking 18th consecutive victory with a bruising 37-10 win against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
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"22.10.2016 07:51:12" theguardian.com 'Mourinho may have been Chelsea's greatest manager but now he's The Enemy' José Mourinho goes back to Stamford Bridge as Manchester United's manager on Sunday with Chelsea fans divided over his departure 11 months ago 'He is one of the greatest managers we've ever had, if not the greatest. He would bend the boundaries, but I loved the mentality he brought to Chelsea Football Club. He galvanised a team into a winning machine and if you can't celebrate that … well, then
"21.10.2016 21:24:46" theguardian.com Lewis Hamilton fastest in practice but Nico Rosberg stays in control Lewis Hamilton was quickest in practice for the United States Grand Prix but was outmanoeuvred by his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, the championship leader, in media interviews Lewis Hamilton, even at his most graciously well behaved, has been outmanoeuvred by his rival Nico Rosberg in the buildup to Sunday's United States Grand Prix.
"21.10.2016 16:15:56" theguardian.com From greatness to self-destruction: Colin Milburn's story to take centre stage Colin Milburn's remarkable story is be told in a play that begins at Northampton's County Ground Colin Milburn was the most exciting cricketer in England but a car crash in 1969 led to the loss of his left eye and subsequent self-destruction. His remarkable story will be told in a new play
"21.10.2016 14:31:03" theguardian.com England made to toil against Bangladesh on tough day for spinners Bangladesh recovered from 29 for 2 to reach 221 for 5 at the close of day two in the first Test against England after the tourists were bowled out for 293 The latest news from the England Cricket team in Bangladesh