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



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



Women's World Twenty20: Big-hitting Mandhana & Kaur help India beat Australia by 48 runs

India beat Australia by 48 runs in their last group game in Guyana to top Group B at the Women's World Twenty20.

17-11-2018



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



The Breakdown | It was tough on Sam Underhill, but England try was rightly disallowed

Courtney Lawes took a gamble and lost when he charged down TJ Perenara’s kick against the All Blacks. The referee was correctSam Underhill may be one of England’s youngest, least experienced players but he reacted to one of the biggest disappointments of his senior career with a mature detachment. “If the referee says the grass is pink, then the grass is pink,” he said when asked about his disallowed try five minutes from time against New Zealand when Courtney Lawes was ruled to have been offside when he charged down a kick. Related: Japan captain Leitch says his side will not bow down at Twickenham Continue reading...

17-11-2018



Portugal into Nations League semi-finals after goalless draw at wasteful Italy

Portugal seal top spot in Group A3 and a place in the Nations League semi-finals with a hard-fought point against a wasteful Italy.

17-11-2018



Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic to speak to Dejan Lovren after Ramos elbow brag

• Lovren appeared to hint he deliberately elbowed Sergio Ramos• Croatia face England in winner-takes-all Nations League matchThe Croatia coach, Zlatko Dalic, has said he will speak to Dejan Lovren after the Liverpool defender appeared to brag on social media about deliberately elbowing Sergio Ramos during the victory over Spain on Thursday.Lovren, who is expected to start against England on Sunday in the winner-takes-all Nations League showdown at Wembley, had previously accused Spain of showing a lack of respect during their 6-0 victory over the World Cup finalists in September, before being captured on an Instagram live video apparently stating he “elbowed him good” in reference to the Real Madrid defender. Continue reading...

17-11-2018



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.

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...

17-11-2018



Women's World Twenty20: Ireland's Isobel & Cecelia Joyce retire after losing to New Zealand

Isobel and Cecelia Joyce retire from internationals after Ireland lose their final Women's World Twenty20 game to New Zealand by eight wickets.

17-11-2018



Lewis Hamilton’s F1 vision suggests bid to match Michael Schumacher

Champion wants the sport to develop in established nations and overhauling Schumacher’s records appears part of the planLewis Hamilton believes Formula One should be looking to the European heartland if it is to add new races. It is an understandable viewpoint given he takes huge pleasure in racing on classic circuits packed with fans but much less so in front of empty grandstands. Yet that he should express his feelings having recently claimed a fifth title suggests a possible subtext. Hamilton is considering F1’s future and therein lies his final challenge: matching or beating Michael Schumacher. Related: Mercedes tribute to ‘exceptional’ Lewis Hamilton after F1 constructors’ title win 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



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