Ashley Williams: Wales skipper apologises for fan insult video

20-11-2018 Ashley Williams apologises after a video showed the Wales captain mocking Cardiff City fans.

Blooming marvellous – Gareth Southgate throws off weeds of caution

20-11-2018 With England facing defeat by Croatia, the manager brought on the 18-year-old winger Jadon Sancho and the world turnedNever throw anything away. That was the lesson from this fun, late-breaking England victory. On an unexpectedly epic afternoon at Wembley, Croatia were beaten by an England 2.0 team who decided to muss their hair, throw the briefcase out the window, create a little chaos with long throws and free-kicks; and win, in the end, a bit like England 1.0.There was a wonderful note of theatre about the finish. As the sun dipped below the lip of the Wembley roof England were 1-0 down then, at 1-1, five minutes from relegation for the first time in their history – and indeed at the very first opportunity. One slightly wild attacking surge later and England are now marching on instead to (it says here) Portugal for a semi-final against whoever December’s Uefa draw at the home of football (AKA the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin) decides to throw their way. Continue reading...

Formula 3: Sophia Floersch hospitalised after horror crash at Macau Grand Prix – video

20-11-2018 Formula 3 driver Sophia Floersch, 17, has sustained a spinal fracture following a huge accident at the Macau Grand Prix.Video posted on social media shows the Van Amersfoort Racing driver losing control into a bend before flying over the barriers and into a photographers' bunker at high speed.'Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into surgery tomorrow morning,' Floersch wrote on Twitter.Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi was taken to hospital with back pain. Race organisers confirmed two photographers and a marshal were also in hospital.Sophia Floersch fractures spine after huge airborne crash in Formula Three Continue reading...

Paul Gascoigne denies sexually assaulting woman on train

20-11-2018 Ex-England footballer, 51, to appear in court over incident on York to Durham trainThe former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has issued an emotional denial on social media after it emerged he has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman on a train.The 51-year-old from Gateshead, who won 57 caps, was arrested at Durham station on 20 August. Continue reading...

Harry Redknapp sets out tactics in crab-stroking I’m A Celebrity debut

20-11-2018 The former Spurs and West Ham manager’s no-nonsense approach won admirers as he choked down emu in the jungle with Nick Knowles and ‘the brainy lady off The Chase’“They’ve got a football manager on the other team. That’s a bit of a problem because he’s probably good at tactics,” said Rita Simons (once of EastEnders), peering suspiciously at Harry Redknapp before the first full-team challenge on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, which involved extended paddling in a boat incapable of holding everyone who wanted to paddle in it. Related: David Squires on … Mourinho, Ederson and all the Manchester derby fallout Continue reading...

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

20-11-2018 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.

'They were breaking brooms': Olympic curler's team kicked out for drunkenness

20-11-2018 2014 gold medalist Ryan Fry sorry for disruption at eventTeam may be barred from Red Deer Classic in futureCanadian curling lived up to its freewheeling, no-holds-barred reputation on Sunday as an Olympic champion’s team was kicked out of a tournament because they were “extremely drunk”.Ryan Fry, who won curling gold for Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and his teammates Jamie Koe, Chris Schille, and DJ Kidby forfeited their final match at the Red Deer Curling Classic after complaints from opponents and fans. Continue reading...

'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

20-11-2018 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

20-11-2018 The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

Mo Farah: Four-time Olympic champion to compete in London Marathon in 2019

20-11-2018 Britain's Mo Farah will compete in next year's London Marathon on 28 April, organisers announce.

ATP Tour Final: Alexander Zverev stuns Novak Djokovic to win ATP Finals in London

20-11-2018 Watch the moment Alexander Zverev seals a 6-4 6-3 victory over Novak Djokovic with a sublime forehand passing shot to win the ATP Finals.

England will not risk Tuilagi against Australia but drop Care and Lozowski

20-11-2018 • ‘We want to make sure he’s 100% … he’s 99.9%,’ says Jones• Piers Francis called up and Nathan Hughes is available Eddie Jones says he will not risk Manu Tuilagi’s fitness against Australia this weekend but is still hopeful the Leicester centre can transform England as an attacking force at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Tuilagi has not featured in any of this month’s Tests at Twickenham and is described by the head coach as “very doubtful” to face the Wallabies on Saturday.The 27-year-old has been named in a 28-man squad preparing for England’s final Test of the calendar year, unlike the discarded Danny Care and Alex Lozowski, but Jones is prepared to wait until next summer if necessary to unleash a fully fit Tuilagi. “We are just being patient,” said Jones. “He could potentially be something a bit different for us and we want to make sure he’s 100% right. He’s 99.9% … it’s just that last little bit. We won’t pick him until we get that right. The World Cup starts in September, there’s still plenty of time.” Continue reading...

Harry Kane: probably not best in the world, but perfect for this England team | Barney Ronay

20-11-2018 Gareth Southgate’s post-match proclamation about his captain raised a few eyebrows but 20 goals and a World Cup Golden Boot in his first 35 games is not bad goingOh, Gareth. We almost made it. Although, who knows, with a little time those Harry Kane remarks might just start to make their own kind of quietly insistent good sense.The end of November will mark two years since Gareth Southgate’s rather bashful unveiling as England manager, a reign that began with a public apology deep in the grey concrete bowels of Wembley stadium. It has become commonplace to suggest Southgate is yet to put a foot wrong in that time, an impression confirmed by England’s performance against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday. Continue reading...

Great golf duels, quick pitstops and sticking it up the punter | Classic YouTube

20-11-2018 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...

European Super League ‘won’t happen’ says Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin

20-11-2018 • European Club Association chairman backs Uefa’s vision• Der Spiegel reported secret talks over possible new leagueAleksander Ceferin, the president of Uefa, says a European Super League “will not happen”.Ceferin and Andrea Agnelli, the chairman of the European Club Association that represents more than 200 top teams, have made their positions clear following a report by Der Spiegel that a leaked document revealed secret discussions over a possible new league competition. Continue reading...

Four years to go: Qatar on course for its improbable World Cup

20-11-2018 Super-rich state determined to defy doubters as it presses on with preparations for 2022 but being in Doha for a few days prompts scepticismIt began almost a decade ago as the most unfeasible bid ever to host a World Cup: an outlandish proposal for “air-cooled” stadiums in the desert summer heat of a tiny, obscure-seeming Arab emirate with one city, Doha, populated by just 300,000 citizens. Qatar is though, the richest per capita state on earth, and on that cold Zurich night in December 2010 its bid succeeded in garnering a majority of Fifa executive committee votes, and claimed the right to host the 2022 World Cup.Since then Qatar’s planned hosting of the tournament – its ubiquitous slogan in Doha is “Deliver Amazing” with its stated mission to unify people in the Middle East and project a positive Arab experience – has survived a hurricane of challenges. There have been waves of corruption allegations, which the secretary general of the “supreme committee” organising the World Cup, Hassan al-Thawadi, repeatedly denied, denounced and angrily dismissed as anti-Arab prejudice. Continue reading...

African Footballer of the Year 2018 nominee: Kalidou Koulibaly profile

20-11-2018 BBC Sport profiles Senegal and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, a nominee for the BBC African Footballer of the Year award 2018.