Nat Sciver credits risky change for success as England face West Indies

All-rounder and coach Mark Robinson worked on adjustment to Sciver’s bowling action before she thrived in World Twenty20It was a punt but one the England coach, Mark Robinson, thought was worth taking. During the home summer, he identified an increasingly troubling technical flaw with Nat Sciver’s bowling action and decided there had to be an intervention. Specifically, the tall right-armer was over-rotating in her delivery stride, meaning that she was losing momentum with the ball coming from too far behind her, hurting her accuracy and rhythm.By any measure, straightening up Sciver’s action – which Robinson acknowledges was a risk, coming as it did in the two months between the end of the season and the World T20 – has worked. In England’s vital win against South Africa on Friday, she was player of the match with the outstanding figures of three for four, combining with Anya Shrubsole – who claimed a hat-trick – to record combined figures of six for 15 from England’s two-pronged pace attack. Continue reading...

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African Footballer Of The Year: Watch goals from our 2018 AFOTY nominees

Watch some of the best goals scored by BBC Sport's African footballer of the year nominees in 2018.

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The Fiver | The potential commercial benefits of honouring former heroes

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Almost two years to the day since he made his final appearance for England at Wembley, Wayne Rooney will make his final appearance for England at Wembley on Thursday, in what amounts to a testimonial for the 33-year-old striker. Rooney called time on his international career in 2017, but like a well-intentioned ex-con in a cliched heist movie has been talked into one last job. The grizzled old veteran will take his place among the substitutes in Gareth Southgate’s squad for a friendly against the USA! USA!! USA!!! so England fans can thank a loyal servant who played quite well in one major tournament England didn’t come close to winning, before playing quite badly in several others they also didn’t come close to winning. As an homage to an international career in which he earned 119 caps and scored 53 goals, Rooney will receive a guard of honour from both sets of players, come on as a substitute and take the captain’s armband from Fabian Delph. 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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Wales v Tonga: Aled Davies scores 'try of the autumn'

Aled Davies scores a superb second-half try as Wales thump Tonga 74-24 in their autumn international at the Principality Stadium.

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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...

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Steven Gerrard: ‘If I text, call or see him, Jürgen’s always got time for me’

The Rangers manager on why his club is like Liverpool, his craving for pressure and what he thinks now about rejecting Chelsea“It’s a serious business,” Steven Gerrard says with familiar intensity when he is asked about laughter and football. The former Liverpool captain and enduring icon, who is carving out an impressive new career as the manager of Rangers, considers a memory that belongs to his mother. In Make Us Dream, a feature-length documentary about Gerrard’s 27 years at Liverpool, from the age of eight, his mum remembers how he laughed often as a little boy.Since then there has been glory and pain, loyalty and agony. I know Gerrard pretty well and, in 2015, just as his emotional final season as a Liverpool player approached the end, we spent a memorable few months working on his autobiography. He was much warmer than his slightly morose public image – and he smiled a lot when recalling the sweetest times. But, with Gerrard also facing his darkest days, laughter was limited. Continue reading...

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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...

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Gordon Taylor, football’s fattest cat, must go if PFA is to modernise | Daniel Taylor

Benevolent payments to ex-players are a fraction of Gordon Taylor’s salary and on issues from dementia to the abuse scandal the PFA’s leader has failed to leadWhat would your reaction be if I were to point out that in the past week Gordon Taylor has quietly passed the 40th anniversary since he took his place at football’s top table and set about the process of transforming himself from a barrel-chested winger at Bury, from the puddles and potholes of the old Third Division, into a life of establishment wealth?If you could put aside any cynicism, try not to dwell too long on the deficiencies of his organisation and overlook that it is traditionally he, not Richard Scudamore, who is the real Bagpuss of football’s fat-cat culture, it might even be possible to manage some grudging admiration for such a feat of longevity. Continue reading...

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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...

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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.

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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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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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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...

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Albania 0-4 Scotland: Alex McLeish's side stroll past 10-man Albania in Nations League

Scotland thump 10-man Albania to go level on points with Israel at the top of Nations League Group C1.

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Marika Koroibete double helps off-colour Wallabies to victory in Italy

• Italy 7-26 Australia• Hosts have two tries disallowed with match scorelessAustralia survived an early scare before easing past Italy 26-7 in Padua on Saturday. Italy, chasing their first win against the Wallabies, had two early tries ruled out before Australia broke away with two of their own, one from the late addition Marika Koroibete and one from Taniela Tupou.Mattia Bellini scored a converted try at 21-0 down and the Australia scrum-half Will Genia added barely deserved gloss to the scoreline with a try near full-time. The Wallabies lost to Wales 9-6 last weekend in Cardiff, their eighth defeat in 11 tests, and were hoping for a convincing victory in Padua to get their groove back. Continue reading...

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Scotland 20-26 South Africa: South Africa edge out Scotland in Murrayfield thriller

Watch highlights as 18 points from Handre Pollard helped South Africa to edge out Scotland 26-20 in their autumn international at Murrayfield.

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Jockey narrowly avoids getting trampled after jogging on to track – video

A young jockey has narrowly avoided injury after running on to a track in front of a pack of oncoming racehorses. Evan Daly, 18, was preparing for a race later in the meeting at Navan, in the Republic of Ireland and said he had not noticed the horses because he was wearing headphonesTalking Horses: jockeys avoid disaster as people stray on to tracks Continue reading...

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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.

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