Women's World Twenty20: Australia's Tayla Vlaeminck takes a "staggering" catch v India

Australia's Tayla Vlaeminck takes a "staggering" catch on debut to dismiss India's Veda Krishnamurthy in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 group B game.

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Baron Alco and Jamie Moore grind Cheltenham rivals into submission

• BetVictor Gold Cup winners lead from the front• Sara Bradstock praises third-placed ConeygreeWhen six of the 18 runners in a handicap chase make it across the line, up front is generally the best place to be. So it proved here on Saturday as Baron Alco and Jamie Moore made all the running to win a BetVictor Gold Cup that was strewn with incident from the first fence to the last.Four horses fell, two more were brought down and four unseated their riders over the course of two-and-a-half miles, but the drama passed Baron Alco by as he jumped quickly and accurately at the head of the field. Frodon, under top weight, kept him company for much of the way but his burden started to tell on the turn for home and Baron Alco stayed on strongly close home to register a comfortable success. Continue reading...

17-11-2018



Autumn internationals: Wales crush Tonga in record 74-24 win

Wales score 10 tries at the Principality Stadium in a record 74-24 win over Tonga to take their unbeaten run to eight Tests.

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Handré Pollard’s 18 points guide South Africa to narrow victory over Scotland

• Scotland 20-26 South Africa• Pollard scores try plus 13 with the bootScotland’s hopes of a first win against the Springboks in eight years were alive right until the last seconds of an engrossing encounter but in the end South African power and precision prevailed. The teams scored two tries apiece but the visiting side were never behind, and in Handré Pollard they had the game’s dominant figure.The stand-off scored a try and added 13 points with the boot, and while his accuracy and decision-making were the factors that most obviously gave his team the edge, the Springboks’ greater physicality weighed more heavily on the contest the longer the game went on. 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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'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?

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Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

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The Spin | England reaping the benefits of Lions tours that turn tyros into Test players

Four of England’s winning Test team in Galle were on a successful Lions tour to Sri Lanka two years ago and this is one part of ECB planning that should be praisedAs the projected costs of The Hundred mount, tripling from the original estimate of £13m up to £40m – and counting – budgets are being slashed at ECB Towers. Gone is Andrew Strauss’s pet North-South series, gone is the not-so-mourned Pace Programme, gone are the Overseas Placements that so benefited Ollie Pope and Mason Crane in consecutive winters in Sydney.But still hanging on, whether by thread or rope, is the Lions Programme, perhaps English cricket’s most secret and deadly weapon. The first part of this winter’s tour starts on Sunday against Pakistan A, with a four-day match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Five one day and two Twenty20 games follow over the next three weeks, ricocheting between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Pope has been dispatched from the main England tour to get more match practice than he would twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines in Sri Lanka. Then, after Christmas, the Lions head to India. Continue reading...

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RFU in turmoil after chief executive Steve Brown’s shock resignation

• Concern over RFU’s financial position triggers departure• News follows 64 staff redundancies at TwickenhamIncreasing disquiet about the Rugby Football Union’s financial position has triggered the abrupt departure of Steve Brown as chief executive. Brown will leave the world’s wealthiest union next month after less than 15 months in the role amid claims by one of his predecessors, Francis Baron, of financial mismanagement at Twickenham.The former England captain Nigel Melville is to act as interim chief executive until a replacement is found for Brown, who joined the RFU in 2011 and held a number of roles including chief financial officer before he replaced Ian Ritchie in the top job. Despite the huge windfall of hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the RFU had to make 64 people redundant this summer and its finances are under growing scrutiny. Continue reading...

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Josh Maja rescues point for Sunderland with late equaliser against Wycombe

A new word has entered the north-east football lexicon. “Rossolution”, deriving from Wearside, is a cousin of Newcastle’s “Rafalution” and refers to the manner in which Jack Ross is revolutionising Sunderland.As if to prevent everyone getting completely carried away, this renaissance hit a bump in the road as Wycombe not only deservedly denied Ross’s side a ninth straight win but prevented them rising to the top of League One. Continue reading...

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Wayne Rooney's record-breaking England career in numbers – video

Former England captain Wayne Rooney will bring down the curtain on his record-breaking international career with an honorary appearance against the USA on Thursday.The 33-year-old has been invited back into the national team squad to mark his achievements as the country’s all-time leading goalscorer and as the outfield player with the most capsFootball quiz: Wayne Rooney (on and off the field) Continue reading...

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The Fiver | Lovren v Ramos, bad looks and the sense of box office

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!During the Ethics World Cup, Dejan Lovren was the darling among those grubbing for a sentence, a word, a mere arching of the eyebrow from footballers as they traipsed past hacks taking urgent phone calls or struggling with a particularly troublesome earbud. Lovren would stand in front of the massed quote-seekers, shooting from the hip and giving the impression that he’d happily come along for a post-match loosener if there wasn’t a bus to catch. Continue reading...

17-11-2018



Football League: Luton hammer Plymouth, MK Dons top League Two

Sunderland cannot take advantage of Portsmouth’s absenceNotts County slip into the League Two relegation zoneLuton Town continued their fine recent form with the most emphatic result of the day in League One, a James Collins hat-trick helping them to a 5-1 thrashing of Plymouth Argyle. The Hatters were 4-0 up at half-time, the other goals coming from Elliot Lee and James Justin, before a Collins penalty capped things off after the break. Joel Grant grabbed an 89th minute consolation for the Pilgrims. Continue reading...

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Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.

17-11-2018



Magnus Carlsen narrowly avoids Fabiano Caruana stunner in Game 6 epic

Carlsen stages bold escape in Game 6 thriller – as it happenedBest-of-12-games match deadlocked at 3-all after six drawsMagnus Carlsen narrowly avoided a devastating upset on Friday in the sixth game of his world championship match with Fabiano Caruana in London, scratching back from the brink to save a miraculous draw after 80 moves. Related: Magnus Carlsen barely saves draw as Fabiano Caruana misses win in Game 6 epic – live! Continue reading...

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Chess: Deadlock continues after Magnus Carlsen escapes in Game 6

As the encounter reaches the halfway stage all the games have been drawn and the challenger Fabiano Caruana will be aware of the world No 1’s undefeated record in play-offsMagnus Carlsen’s plan of a mid-match push recoiled badly in Friday night’s sixth game of the €1m world title match in Holborn, London, but the champion, a knight down and on the verge of defeat, found the rare plan of a defensive fortress which Fabiano Caruana could not break down. The game was drawn in 80 moves after six and a half hours’ play when the American abandoned his winning attempts.The €1m match in London remains level at 3-3 with six games left. The prescribed colour sequence gives Carlsen a second successive White in Sunday’s seventh game, so he still has the chance of a mid-match push which was foreshadowed when he chose Black in game one. Continue reading...

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