'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

17-11-2018



Great golf duels, quick pitstops and sticking it up the punter | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features propelling things at targets and narrowly avoiding being trampled1) It’s Tiger Woods v Phil Mickelson nonsense next week, which means an ideal time to look back at some maverick and even random golf matches. Here’s Tiger v Sergio in the Battle at Bighorn (2000), Seve v Jack in the Toyota Challenge of Champions (1986) and Ben Hogan v Sam Snead (1965). Then Skins … at Wentworth in 1988, Walton Heath in 1991, Lee Trevino at PGA West (1987) and Woods, again, at the Memorial Skins in 2009. And how about the $18,000 Putt-Putt Skins Game – 1989 edition and then 1992? And how could we possibly forget a famous 1964 duel at Stoke Park?2) Ferrari didn’t keep Sebastian Vettel waiting in the pits for his second stop at last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix – he was on his way again after an incredible 1.97 secs. Yet it’s still not the fastest ever. The pit lane ballet isn’t always so well choreographed, however. And beware: tyre jack. Continue reading...

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Should young British players follow Jadon Sancho abroad?

Football Focus pundits Alex Scott and Paul Ince discuss the opportunities for young British players away from the Premier League.

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How can Renato Sanches be so bad at one club and so good at another? | Stuart James

The midfielder is rebuilding his career at Bayern and is clearly a huge talent, which makes his failed spell at Swansea so bafflingSeptember 2017, the London Stadium. Renato Sanches is brought down by Cheikhou Kouyaté deep inside the West Ham half and is determined to take the free-kick. He tells his Swansea teammates he is going to put it in the top corner. One swing of his right boot later and the ball is on its way to the top corner ... of the stadium rather than the net. Swansea’s players are already turning on their heel before gravity has started to do its work.July 2018, Wörthersee Stadion. Bayern Munich win a free-kick wide on the right, about 22 yards from goal. Every Paris Saint-Germain player is expecting a cross as Sanches stands over the ball. Expertly disguising his intentions, Sanches curls a brilliant shot inside the near post. Rafinha jumps on top of Sanches to celebrate and the rest of his Bayern teammates join in. Continue reading...

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Will anyone prevent Manchester City from retaining their title? | Paul Wilson

Only 11 teams have done it, and only Manchester United and Liverpool have done it more than a couple of times, but Pep Guardiola’s men look a good bet to join the club this seasonOnly 11 clubs have ever done it, and one of the first was called the Wednesday. The official retitling of Sheffield Wednesday only happened in 1929, just in time to see it achieved again in 1930. Aston Villa managed it during the Boer war, Huddersfield between the wars and Portsmouth and Wolves during the cold war. The first time it occurred was in 1890, when Vincent van Gogh was still alive, just, and the most recent occasion was in 2009, when a frustrated Rafa Benítez famously came up with a list of “facts” about Sir Alex Ferguson’s supposed influence over referees.The subject under discussion is the retention of the English title, which has happened on 25 occasions in the 130-year history of organised league football. Manchester United can claim a record seven of those feats, six coming under Ferguson’s stewardship, and with five, mainly in the 70s and 80s, Liverpool are the only other team with more than a couple of back-to-back wins. Continue reading...

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Ireland 16-9 New Zealand: Hosts hold nerve to earn first home win over All Blacks

Jacob Stockdale's second-half try helps Ireland earn a first ever home win over New Zealand as they clinch a 16-9 triumph.

17-11-2018



Northern Ireland Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Mark Selby on final black to reach final

Ronnie O'Sullivan holds his nerve to beat world number one Mark Selby on the final black and will face Judd Trump in the Northern Ireland Open final.

17-11-2018



Rainbow corner flags and armbands arrive to welcome LGBT fans

• Football among sports in Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign• Premier League’s Bill Bush: ‘We’re proud to use our reach’Football fans attending matches between now and early December should not be startled by the sight of rainbow-coloured corner flags and substitution boards. Rather than representing a vividly dramatic rebrand of the game, the bright imagery is part of a wider inclusivity campaign designed to extend a welcome to LGBT supporters and participants.A host of other sports will also be promoting the leading equality charity Stonewall’s annual Rainbow Laces campaign. These include judo, cricket, netball, rugby union – which, during Premiership fixtures at the end of this month, will showcase rainbow referee’s shirts and touch judge flags – darts and athletics. Continue reading...

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José Mourinho: People who don't understand football analyse with statistics – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has blamed exertions for his side's 3-1 derby defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City.United fought back for a 2-1 victory against the Italian champions Juventus in Turin on Wednesday while City cruised through a home game against Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0.'Everybody has to agree - it is one thing to go to Juventus and play against one of the best teams in the world for 90 minutes and another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home 6-0 and be very relaxed. We arrived in different circumstances,' said the Portuguese coach. But in contrast with some defeats this season, Mourinho was unwilling to criticise his team's attitude and effort, saying 'for me zero words against my players, everything is positive. I am with them and they are with me.'Sportblog: Would Pep Guardiola win the title with this Manchester United squad? Continue reading...

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Ryan Fraser fires Scotland close to Nations League promotion

• Albania 0-4 Scotland• Fraser 14, Fletcher 45pen, Forrest 55 67Scotland are within 90 minutes of promotion from the third tier of the Nations League after an emphatic 4-0 win over 10-man Albania at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder.Ryan Fraser’s first international goal after 14 minutes gave the visitors the lead before home skipper Mergim Mavraj was sent off six minutes later by the referee, Vladislav Bezborodov, for a headbutt on Ryan Christie. Continue reading...

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Why did one of the NFL's best players give up $14.5m and a year of his prime?

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell will sit out the entire 2018 season, as players try to tilt the balance of power away from the league’s ownersAs many had expected, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, one of the best players in the NFL, did not turn up at team headquarters on Tuesday. The move means he’s not eligible to play for the remainder of the season and has forfeited the $14.54m he was due to make. What exactly happened on Tuesday? Continue reading...

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BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018: Nominees named for award

Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Salah are up for the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

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Smriti Mandhana dazzles as India thrash Australia in Women's World T20

India 167-8; Australia 119 Alyssa Healy leaves field with concussion in first inningsAustralia fell to a heavy 48-run defeat to India in their last game before the finals at the women’s World Twenty20 in Guyana.With both teams already progressing, Australia’s in-form wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy was taken from the field having sustained concussion and did not bat after her head collided with the shoulder of her teammate Megan Schutt in the first innings, as India stormed to 167 for eight. Continue reading...

17-11-2018



Stink hits darts grand slam as match features flatulent end

Gary Anderson and Wesley Harms both deny responsibility for ‘rotten’ fart smell during Wolverhampton tournamentThe world of professional darts has been rocked by two players accusing each other of repeatedly breaking wind during a match.Gary Anderson of Scotland and the Dutchman Wesley Harms blamed each other for “rotten” farts during their clash in the Grand Slam of Darts. Continue reading...

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