Champions Cup pool-by-pool preview: Burns given chance of redemption | Gerard Meagher

19-10-2018 Bath have selected Freddie Burns despite his costly errors against Toulouse while Matt Banahan is back for GloucesterFreddie Burns gets an instant chance to make amends and starts for Bath at fly-half a week after his horror show against Toulouse. Bath’s other 10, Rhys Priestland, is absent, having picked up a knee ligament injury which has ruled him out for up to eight weeks. Jamie Roberts is also out after sustaining a head injury but Bath welcome back Joe Cokanasiga for an all-English clash neither side can afford to lose. The England head coach, Eddie Jones, will be in attendance to watch Zach Mercer stake his claim for the national No 8 jersey while Brad Shields, another England back-row hopeful, lines up in an unchanged Wasps XV from the side that was thumped by Leinster last Friday. Joe Tomane replaces Rob Kearney for the defending champions for their trip to the south of France while Romain Ntamack makes a first Champions Cup start for Toulouse.Bath v Wasps Saturday 3.15pmToulouse v Leinster Saturday 4.15pm Continue reading...

Fans 'win games' for Manchester United - Juan Mata

19-10-2018 Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says the fans are the difference between winning and losing a game for the Premier League side.

Oisin Murphy: ‘Horses like Roaring Lion are so hard to get your hands on’

19-10-2018 Young jockey, without a winner on Champions Day in five years, looks for a breakthrough in the QEII at Ascot on SaturdayRide. Sleep. Repeat. It has been the story of Oisin Murphy’s year, from the darkest days of January all the way through to Champions Day, British racing’s showpiece meeting, at Ascot on Saturday. In all, he has weighed out for more than 1,000 rides, ridden nearly 200 winners and will head to the country’s most prestigious venue looking for a suitable conclusion to what has already been a breakthrough season. Related: Champions Day: Cracksman to wear blinkers for first time in his final race Continue reading...

Pool is 'better to watch' after rule change say leading players

19-10-2018 British pool is a more exciting game after the change to blackball rules, say leading players Clint I'Anson and Emma Cunningham.

Wigan's Hardaker to enter rehab for alcohol abuse

19-10-2018 Wigan Warriors full-back Zak Hardaker will undergo rehabilitation for alcohol abuse after being found guilty of drink-driving.

Zak Hardaker to enter rehab after drink-driving conviction but staying at Wigan

19-10-2018 • Warriors stand by full-back, saying they have ‘duty of care’ • Hardaker yet to play for club because of ban for cocaine useWigan have announced that Zak Hardaker will remain with the Super League champions in 2019 despite pleading guilty to a drink-driving charge last week – but the full-back will undergo alcohol rehabilitation treatment with the Sporting Chance Clinic in an attempt to salvage his career. Related: What next for Wigan and Warrington after the Super League Grand Final? Continue reading...

NBA 2018-19 predictions: Greek Freak to peak and Warriors to three-peat

19-10-2018 How will LeBron James get on in California? Is Russell Westbrook in decline? Can anyone stop Golden State? Our writers have their sayGiannis Antetokounmpo in Mike Budenholzer’s offense. Milwaukee’s new coach will install a system that complements everything the Greek Freak does well – which is practically everything – and mask his one flaw: perimeter shooting. If it works, Antetokounmpo’s surges up the court will resemble an alien attack rather than a basketball offense. OC Continue reading...

Lizzie Deignan: ‘If I don’t win races, I’ve got Orla, so it won’t be a big deal’

19-10-2018 Former road world champion hopes a return to cycling will inspire women and show motherhood does not have to end careersThere are three of us in this interview, and in the best of ways. As Lizzie Deignan details her pregnancy and her hopes and plans for her cycling future from a half-complete house in Yorkshire, her new-born daughter Orla is cooing and chirping in that engaging way newborns have. She is, Deignan tells me, very calm, does not cry much, “not much fazes her”, and at four weeks she appears to be taking this little episode in her stride. Related: Lizzie Deignan will lead Trek’s new professional women’s cycling team Continue reading...

USA Gymnastics couldn't handle Larry Nassar. Now it can't even handle itself

19-10-2018 The organization is responsible for the safety of thousands of young athletes, yet it has moved from disaster to disaster in the wake of a sexual abuse scandalHow difficult is it for USA Gymnastics, an organization whose inability to deal with sexual abuse now overshadows its distinguished Olympic history, to find a leader who will put athletes first?A few months after longtime president Steve Penny resigned in March 2017, Kerry Perry took over as president and CEO. She stepped into a leadership void and failed to fill it, making a disastrous appearance on Capitol Hill to answer questions about the Larry Nassar abuse scandal, ducking from reporters, and drawing criticism from athletes and clubs for inaction. Continue reading...

The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

19-10-2018 Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.• Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10• Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 Continue reading...

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19-10-2018 With latest scores and headlines sent straight to your device, personalisation and much more, ensure you have a great sporting life with BBC Sport.

No more marathon matches - Wimbledon to have final set tie-breaks from 2019

19-10-2018 The All England Lawn Tennis Club announces that final set tie-breaks will be introduced at Wimbledon from next year.

Youth Olympics: Caroline Sara Dubois of Great Britain wins boxing gold

19-10-2018 Caroline Sara Dubois of Great Britain wins boxing gold in the women's light 57-60kg category at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires to extend her unbeaten run of bouts to 35.

Leicester Tigers finally bare their teeth as Manu Tuilagi savages sorry Scarlets

19-10-2018 • Leicester 45-27 Scarlets• Tigers score five tries with big centre powering over for fourthLeicester and England have both been waiting a long time for a rejuvenated Manu Tuilagi and finally the big man is back.With his national coach, Eddie Jones, in attendance, the fit-again centre chose the perfect night to produce his most compelling display of the season and help the Tigers secure the bonus-point victory they required to revive their European campaign. Continue reading...

Take The Ball, Pass The Ball: trailer for documentary on Barcelona's Guardiola years – video

19-10-2018 Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry, Xavi and many other top footballers have shared their reasons as to why they believe Barcelona are the greatest football club in the world. In the documentary, Take The Ball, Pass The Ball, former and current Barça players look back at when Pep Guardiola led the team to 14 trophies in four years from 2008-2012.The all-star cast reveal the tension of the bitter Guardiola-Mourinho rivalry, the importance of Johan Cruyff’s vision and blueprint for success, the emotion of Abidal’s fight back from cancer and how Messi was almost rejected by the club as a teenager.Take the Ball Pass the Ball will be available in OurScreen cinemas from 9th November, then on DVD and Digital Download from 12th November Continue reading...

Jürgen Klopp admits Liverpool focus on defence has affected attack

19-10-2018 • Manager insists improvement was necessary for title challenge• ‘What we’ve done defensively is credit to the whole team’Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool’s impressive defensive record this season is the result of prioritising solidity over attacking fluency and a mark of his team’s growing maturity. Related: Huddersfield Town v Liverpool: match preview Continue reading...

Youth Olympics: Russia score bizarre own goal in futsal gold-medal match

19-10-2018 Russia's Danil Karpuik scores a bizarre own goal in the early stages of the Youth Olympics men's futsal gold-medal match.

Gazza's hometown club aim to make history in FA Cup derby

19-10-2018 Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne tells his hometown club Dunston UTS to enjoy their big day in the FA Cup as they prepare to host neighbours Gateshead.