Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action

16-10-2018 Arsenal look unstoppable, Chelsea are missing Chapman, miserly Birmingham win again and Yeovil are improvingThe way Arsenal are brushing teams aside this season is reminiscent of their glory days. They have won every match, most of them with ease – their four league games include two 5-0 wins and a 7-0, and this week it was the reigning champions on the receiving end. The major difference this season is how clinical they have been in front of goal, with Vivianne Miedema, who has six goals and four assists already and scored another two at Chelsea, seeming unstoppable. Their best play comes down the middle, with Miedema combining with Kim Little and Jordan Nobbs to cut through their opponents. They only had 11 shots on Sunday, and seven on target, but five of those went in. They are getting the rub of the green in some situations – their third goal was a cross from Nobbs that flew straight in – but that kind of clinical chance conversion demonstrates the confidence bubbling through the team at the moment. Continue reading...

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...

Football transfer rumours: Phil Foden to Dortmund, Leipzig or PSG?

16-10-2018 Today’s fluff is fondly remembering some classic commentaryThe FA might have saved an awful lot of money on designing and building its English football-DNA lab in Burton had it known that Borussia Dortmund were so keen to play the role of finishing school for them. Having already polished the rough edges off Jadon Sancho and loaded him with enough mojo to make him a full international, Gareth Southgate’s new-found friends in Westphalia are hopeful of doing the same with Phil Foden. With Pep Guardiola having roughly 107 other options in the Manchester City playmaker role, Foden has yet to sign a new contract and, after watching Sancho leave City to become a regular at the Bundesliga giants where he gets to play in an atmospheric bouncy castle every other week, the prospect must be very tempting. Dortmund will have competition for the little creator’s signature as it says here that RB Leipzig and PSG are also hungrily circling the Etihad. Related: Next Generation 2018: 60 of the best young talents in world football Continue reading...

Scotland's Gray out for around four months with back injury

16-10-2018 Scotland lock Richie Gray is ruled out of the autumn internationals and at least part of the Six Nations through injury.

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...

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.

'Sacking McLeish would make no sense, he deserves a full campaign'

16-10-2018 Ditching Alex McLeish as head coach before he completes one qualification campaign would not make sense, says Willie Miller.

How Sri Lanka’s magical 1996 cocktail paved the way for Morgan’s men | The Spin

16-10-2018 Echoes of Arjuna Ranatunga’s World Cup-winning blueprint – potent spinners, pinch-hitting openers, bucket loads of confidence – can be seen in the England ODI side todayAs England and Sri Lanka prepare for the five-match one-day series starting on Wednesday in Dambulla, a warm-up of sorts for the World Cup now less than eight months away, it feels the right time to stumble backwards 22 years, to one of cricket’s greatest stories.On 17 March 1996, in the sultry atmosphere of Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka’s captain, lifted the World Cup high into the air. No one could quite believe it. Sri Lanka, the baby brother of the Asian block, the international whipping boys, had popped out of the hat, brandishing a party popper, a grin and a new kick-ass way of playing the game. Continue reading...

Wales to go on the offensive in Dublin without Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey

16-10-2018 • Ryan Giggs missing key figures for Tuesday’s match• Martin O’Neill looking to ease pressure in Nations League gameRyan Giggs, the Wales manager, has challenged his team to prove their strength in depth by winning in the Republic of Ireland without Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.Giggs explained that Bale will miss the match because of “a bit of fatigue” but will probably be fit enough to play for Real Madrid on Saturday. Ramsey, meanwhile, is unavailable after becoming the father of twins on Sunday. Wales will also be without the injured teenager Ethan Ampadu, who controlled midfield when Wales thrashed Ireland 4-1 in Cardiff last month. Victory in Dublin would take Wales above Denmark to the top of their Nations League group while defeat would put them bottom. Wales have won only three competitive matches without Bale since he made his international debut in 2006. Continue reading...

Which fruit and vegetables have been hurled at footballers and managers? | The Knowledge

16-10-2018 Plus: dotty names, goalscoring streakers and the Socceroos’ animal-heavy crest. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“After Steve Bruce had a cabbage thrown at him, it got me wondering what other odd fruits or vegetables have been tossed in the direction of underperforming managers or players?” asks George Jones.It wouldn’t take a genius to guess which vegetable was thrown at the late Graham Taylor back in the 1990s. Here’s an extract of Jeremy Alexander’s match report from Bolton Wanderers’ 5-1 defeat of Wolves in 1995. “As Graham Taylor settled on the bench three turnips winged past him on to the pitch. Compared to his goalkeeper he got off lightly. Three shots flew in from 30 yards like sticks of celery.” Three turnips! And not one hit the target. That’s a poor conversion rate. Continue reading...

Graham Arnold off to a flyer as Socceroos thrash Kuwait in friendly

16-10-2018 Kuwait 0-4 AustraliaDebutant Awer Mabil scores in coach’s first full-time matchSolid, mixed, promising, auspicious – take your pick of adjectives. Australia’s first competitive match under new coach Graham Arnold ended with a straight-forward friendly win over Kuwait in a near empty stadium, with little insight into revolution or raw change.The Socceroos stayed with the same formation, the 4-3-3 employed by Bert van Marwijk at the 2018 World Cup. Most of the starting line-up remained, with an identical back four as in Russia and the wing spots taken up by Robbie Kruse and Mat Leckie, but with a new skipper in Mark Milligan and a new No 9, Apostolos Giannou. Continue reading...

The teams, the stars and life after LeBron James - NBA season preview

16-10-2018 The Cleveland Cavaliers' Larry Nance Jr tells BBC Sport how the Cavs have adapted to life after LeBron James, who to look out for, and much more.

Paul Gascoigne hits back at Scottish FA over Hall of Fame snub

16-10-2018 Former Rangers player: ‘I feel the love & support of the People’ Gascoigne tweets footage of Euro 96 goal against ScotlandPaul Gascoigne has hit back at the Scottish Football Association and insisted he does not need to be in the Scottish Football Hall of Fame to know he was “the best”. Related: Eden Hazard faces impossible choice with the benefit of perspective | Jacob Steinberg Continue reading...

Watch: Lizzy Yarnold wins skeleton gold in 2014 & 2018

16-10-2018 Relive the moments when Lizzy Yarnold won skeleton gold at the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014 and retained her title in Pyeongchang earlier this year.

Teqball: The sport that crosses football with table tennis

16-10-2018 Introducing teqball, the sport that's a cross between football and table tennis, is used by major football clubs in training, and which even has its own World Cup.

Freddie Burns’ costly clanger was unforgivable, says Jeremy Guscott

16-10-2018 • Bath full-back castigated after 22-20 defeat by Toulouse• He’s been made a bit of a fool of, Guscott addsFreddie Burns has been made to look a fool after his clanger cost Bath victory against Toulouse on Saturday, according to the club legend Jeremy Guscott, who also described the mistake as “unforgivable”. Related: The Joy of Six: sporting hubris Continue reading...

Double Olympic skeleton champion Yarnold retires

16-10-2018 Great Britain's most decorated Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold retires from skeleton after "10 amazing years".

French rugby soul-searches before Newcastle’s visit to Toulon | The Breakdown

16-10-2018 Europe has not always been the country’s priority and there are concerns over the health of the game at home, but France’s clubs still tend to shine in the Champions CupNewcastle’s last appearance in the European Cup was against Stade Français in Paris in the 2005 quarter-final and it is to France they travel on their reappearance this Sunday. At the start of the season, a trip to Toulon might not have presaged the happiest of returns; the club that won the tournament for three successive seasons earlier this decade only avoided dropping into the Top 14’s relegation zone last weekend because of a superior points difference over Agen.French clubs have tended to put Europe second if fighting on two fronts undermines their campaign in the Top 14, still the holy grail for most in a country that has had a league system for almost as long as it has had rugby. Castres are a notable example, operating on a much lower budget than most of their rivals: they tend to exit Europe early but have won the league twice in the last six seasons. Continue reading...

'Goodness me!' - Zazai hits perfect six sixes in over

16-10-2018 Afghanistan's Hazratullah Zazai hits six sixes in an over off the bowling of Abdullah Mazari for Kabul Zwanan against Balkh Legends in the Afghanistan Premier League.