Scotland 20-26 South Africa: Handre Pollard scores 18 points as Springboks hold on

South Africa edge out Scotland 26-20 at Murrayfield to inflict a first home defeat on Gregor Townsend's side in a year.

17-11-2018



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...

17-11-2018



Anna Gasser makes history as first female snowboarder to land triple cork – video

Olympic champion Anna Gasser has written another chapter in her snowboard career after becoming the first woman to land a cab triple cork. The 27-year-old pulled off the jump on her first attempt at the Stubai Glacier in Austria.The cab triple 1260 involves taking off in the switch position with your 'wrong' foot forward, followed by three and a half rotations in the air, and then landing in the forward position. The Austrian also made history in 2013 with a cab double cork 900 kicker, and 2015 when she became the first woman to land a competition cab double underflip. She also claimed the gold medal in the Big Air competition at the Pyeongchang Games.Winter Olympics: hits and misses from Pyeongchang Continue reading...

17-11-2018



Wales’ Liam Williams helps turn scramble into a frolic against Tonga

• Wales 74-24 Tonga• Tonga level early in second half but Wales then launch try spreeWarren Gatland praised the strength in depth of the Wales squad after his side claimed an eighth consecutive win by crushing Tonga. Wales’ winning sequence is their longest since the 2004-05 season, and victory over South Africa next Saturday would complete a first autumn Tests clean sweep. Related: Jacob Stockdale scores only try as Ireland earn historic win over All Blacks Continue reading...

17-11-2018



Women's World Twenty20 highlights: England and West Indies make semi-finals

Watch the best moments from day eight of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 as England and hosts West Indies make the semi-finals.

17-11-2018



Portugal hold Italy to become first team to reach Nations League semi-finals

• Rui Patrício the Portugal hero in goalless draw at San Siro • Mitrovic scores and misses Panenka-style penalty in Serbia winPortugal became the first team to qualify for the Nations League semi-finals when they held on for a goalless draw away to Italy to make sure of top spot in Group Three in the competition’s top tier.Italy dominated the first hour and Portugal were rescued by the Wolverhampton Wanderers keeper Rui Patrício, who twice denied Ciro Immobile when the forward looked set to score. He also saved Lorenzo Pellegrini’s header from close range in stoppage time. Continue reading...

17-11-2018



Gareth Southgate using Croatia’s ‘favourites’ claim against them

• England need Wembley win to reach Nations League finals• Defender Jedvaj said Croatia ‘favourites despite playing away’Gareth Southgate and his players hope to exploit Croatian over-confidence in Wembley’s winner-takes-all tie and end a resurgent year on a high by securing passage into the inaugural Nations League finals.Members of Zlatko Dalic’s squad have made a point of referencing Croatia’s extra-time victory over England at the World Cup – when they had apparently been motivated by a perceived lack of respect from their opponents – in the buildup to Sunday’s third meeting in four months. Tin Jedvaj, the Bayer Leverkusen defender whose stoppage-time winner defeated Spain on Thursday, suggested England had been beaten “without any problems” in Moscow and the visitors at Wembley should be considered “favourites, despite the fact we are playing away”. Continue reading...

17-11-2018



Statues, All Blacks and 6am training: lifting the lid on rugby in Japan

As the hosts of the 2019 World Cup come to Twickenham for the first time, it is worth understanding the impact Eddie Jones had on rugby in JapanWhen Eddie Jones was the coach of Japan he once cancelled a training session and gave everyone the day off. In response, he had never seen his players so upset. Related: Japan plot fast route to ‘emotionally smash’ Eddie Jones’s England Continue reading...

17-11-2018



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



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...

17-11-2018



Ben Ryan: ‘If rugby were a company people would be comparing it to an Enron’

Fiji’s gold-medal winning sevens coach is unhappy with the direction he believes the game is moving in – from the treatment of tier-two nations to laws being overlooked by refereesIf you love rugby union what follows will be a tough read. According to one of the world’s leading coaches, however, the time has come for the sport to get real. “If rugby were a company people would be comparing it to an Enron,” says Ben Ryan, Fiji’s Olympic gold-medal winning sevens mastermind. “It’s completely dysfunctional.”Ryan’s charge sheet is long and chilling. With Japan set to visit Twickenham this weekend he says tier-two nations continue to be treated with almost feudal disregard, that the sport’s law-book is being wilfully ignored and that skilful players are becoming disillusioned with where 15-a-side rugby is heading. Central to it all, he believes, is the selfish decision-making of certain stakeholders which is steering the global game into deeply worrying territory. Continue reading...

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...

17-11-2018



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...

17-11-2018



ATP Finals: Roger Federer beaten by Alexander Zverev in semi-finals

Watch highlights as Alexander Zverev beats Roger Federer 7-5 7-6 (7-5) in a controversial semi-final at London's O2 Arena.

17-11-2018