Simmons and Baynes lead Australian hopes into new NBA season

16-10-2018 Australian basketball is going from strength to strength with a record-equalling contingent to start their campaigns this weekThe mood at suburban basketball courts across Australia is buoyant. With ongoing investment from Larry Kestelman and the recent arrival of Andrew Bogut, the domestic National Basketball League is resurgent. Two weeks ago the Liz Cambage-led Opals claimed the silver medal at the Fiba World Cup. And when the NBA begins across the Pacific on Wednesday (AEST), nine Australians will grace team rosters – several with legitimate hopes of challenging for a championship ring. Continue reading...

David Squires on … manhunts, Mourinho and a meal for the Magpies

16-10-2018 Our cartoonist checks in on the latest goings on at Old Trafford and a midweek night out in the north-eastView all of David’s cartoons here Continue reading...

NFL: Albert Wilson and Tyreek Hill show off plenty of speed

16-10-2018 Albert Wilson and Tyreek Hill show off their speed while Antonio Brown breaks Cincinnati hearts in plays of the week from the NFL.

Vunipola to miss autumn internationals with broken arm

16-10-2018 Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola will miss England's autumn internationals after breaking his left arm.

Dean Smith says John Terry will be an asset not a threat at Aston Villa

16-10-2018 • Villa manager behind decision for Terry to be his No 2• Smith: ‘I felt it was a win-win for both of us’Dean Smith has insisted that he was behind the decision to make John Terry his No 2 at Aston Villa.Laughing off suggestions that Terry could undermine him, Villa’s new manager said he is looking forward to developing a productive working relationship with the former Chelsea and England captain. Continue reading...

Australia refocus after epic draw against Pakistan | Geoff Lemon

16-10-2018 Tim Paine’s team are desperate for victory in Asia, a region where they have not won a series since 2011A few days on from the feats of resistance by Usman Khawaja and Tim Paine in Dubai, some of are still digesting the significance of that draw. Michael Atherton holds the record for the most time spent batting in the final innings to save a Test, in his bloody-minded masterpiece of resistance against the ferocity of Allan Donald’s South Africa back in 1995. It was the only such innings longer than Khawaja’s. No Australian team in Asia had ever batted as long to save a game.We knew we had a classic on our hands by halfway through that last day. We could feel it building, the tension and duration stretching out unbearably. The resolution was cathartic. But the numerical magnitude took a while longer to appreciate, as did the feeling that the Australian team had given home supporters something to be proud of, not just in terms of on-field feats but the conduct in achieving them. Continue reading...

Ronnie O’Sullivan hits out over ‘urine’ smell at English Open snooker venue

16-10-2018 • Former champion underwhelmed at Crawley K2’s facilities• ‘It’s just got no atmosphere in there,’ O’Sullivan saysRonnie O’Sullivan has described the English Open venue as a “hellhole”, with the five-times world champion claiming he could smell urine in the player’s interview area. Related: Stephen Hendry: ‘I hate the word yips, it trivialises it. It was much more than that’ | Donald McRae Continue reading...

Stephen Hendry: ‘I hate the word yips, it trivialises it. It was much more than that’ | Donald McRae

16-10-2018 The seven-times world champion on his duels with Davis, Higgins, White and O’Sullivan and how his famed mental strength disintegrated leaving him no choice but to quit“It was a mixture of embarrassment, anger, frustration, sadness, everything,” Stephen Hendry says as he remembers how his dominance of snooker unravelled into, in his mind, a shambling wreck of a game. When the end came, in the quarter-finals of the 2012 world championships, Hendry was so besieged by psychological demons “there was nothing positive left”.Hendry’s favourite sportsmen are Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher, Nick Faldo and AP McCoy and he was once as imperious as they had been. He holds the record for the most world titles, with all seven being won in the 1990s, and he was world No 1 for eight successive seasons. But the great champions feel it most when vulnerability takes over. Continue reading...

Empty grounds, wrong anthems and Usain Bolt – Football Weekly

16-10-2018 Max Rushden, Lars Sivertsen, Faye Carruthers and Andy Brassell discuss international action, WSL, Thierry Henry and the passing of Peter BrackleyJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Max Rushden is joined by Lars Sivertsen, Faye Carruthers and Andy Brassell to look back at a weekend of international football as the home nations won precisely zero games in either the Nations League or friendlies. We start with England’s 0-0 draw with Croatia, which didn’t prove much, except that fans are quite important to the spectacle of football. Continue reading...

Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

16-10-2018 This week's sport on the BBC includes international football, the Super League Grand Final and the NFL International Series.

Dazzle of front three sees England fill gap on Gareth Southgate’s CV | Dominic Fifield

16-10-2018 Gareth Southgate’s young side were quickly into their stride against Spain and finally have a win against a team of pedigreeThere must have been times as the interval approached when even Gareth Southgate, such a staunch believer in the talent of this youthful group, found himself peering in disbelief up at the big screen at one end of this bowl of an arena. The list of English goalscorers had become cluttered by then, the board increasingly untidy if gloriously lopsided. The eerie silence in Rijeka last week had felt surreal but the stunned hush among the locals in Andalusia was far harder to comprehend. Related: Raheem Sterling’s double inspires England to stunning victory in Spain Continue reading...

'Parkour 3.0': freestyle skier masters elaborate obstacle course – video

16-10-2018 Freestyle skier Andri Ragettli has successfully completed a complex parkour obstacle course without touching the ground once - after 53 attempts.The 19-year-old athlete shared a video of the challenge, which was filmed in Switzerland on 30 September, along with the caption, 'never give up'. His impressive feat has now been dubbed 'Parkour 3.0'.Ragettli has enjoyed a strong start to the winter, winning the season's first World Cup in Cardrona, New Zealand in the discipline Big Air in September. Continue reading...