Wayne Rooney and FA 'felt it was right' to have England farewell game

13-11-2018 Wayne Rooney says he and the FA agreed it was "right" for him to make a farewell appearance at Wembley against the United States.

Manchester City dominant while giants are killed on the continent – Football Weekly

13-11-2018 Max is joined by Barry Glendenning, Philippe Auclair and Marcela Mora y Araujo to discuss City’s win in the Manchester derby, Arsenal and Chelsea dropping points, the Superclásico, Parklife and Sol Bamba’s torsoJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Philippe Auclair and Marcela Mora y Araujo to discuss the weekend of football just gone, starting with the Manchester derby, in which Pep Guardiola and Manchester City continue to display their dominance over all comers. Continue reading...

Roger Federer beats Dominic Thiem to keep alive ATP Finals hopes

13-11-2018 Roger Federer recovers from his first-match nightmare to keep alive his hopes at the ATP Finals with a comfortable victory over Dominic Thiem.

Bullying and backstabbing: the Ottawa Senators are pro sport's biggest mess

13-11-2018 A beloved NHL franchise has drifted away from its fans and into another reality as the team’s owner has alienated fansEarlier this month, a handful of players from the NHL’s Ottawa Senators were recorded surreptitiously during an Uber ride in Phoenix. The video of their conversation was later published online, reportedly by the driver who was unhappy about the tip they left him, tweeting they were “cheap, entitled kids”.The leak was bad enough as an invasion of privacy. Worse, was what the players were caught saying: trashing members of their coaching staff and lamenting some of their on-ice play. “Do you notice that when [assistant coach Martin Raymond] runs the video, if you actually do pay attention, he doesn’t ever teach you anything?” defenseman Chris Wideman asked the group. Continue reading...

Scotland 0-1 USA: Shelley Kerr's side slip to defeat in Paisley

13-11-2018 Scotland deliver a spirited display against world champions the United States in Paisley, but are unable to avoid a first defeat in six games.

The Fiver | A contemptuous disregard for simplistic gauges of a team's success

13-11-2018 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!When José Mourinho faced the ladies and gentlemen of the Fourth Estate in the wake of his side’s humiliation at Manchester City on Sunday evening, The Fiver was curious to see how he’d spin the horrors of what he’d just seen unfold. It being too soon after the game for him to have gone full White House press secretary and show doctored footage that made it look as if Manchester United had actually won, Mourinho was left with little option but to rubbish the lack of knowledge of those rat-a-tatting statistics his way, by pointing out that things like match results and league positions don’t really amount to much in the cosmic scheme of things. Continue reading...

Sri Lanka v England: Ben Stokes to bat at three, Ben Foakes to keep wicket

13-11-2018 Ben Stokes will bat at three and Ben Foakes will again keep wicket in an unchanged England side for the second Test against Sri Lanka.

'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

13-11-2018 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

Which match has featured the most Ballon d'Or winners on one pitch? | The Knowledge

13-11-2018 Plus: Glenn Murray’s ridiculous record, a straight flush of goalscorers and Freddy Eastwood, Southend legend • Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“I have a memory from an old childhood annual that Manchester United are the only team to have fielded three Ballon d’Or winners on the same pitch, back when Charlton, Law and Best were playing,” notes Dan Wardle. “Is this right? And which match featured the most winners at the same time?”Dara O’Reilly kicks off with an excellent answer. “While Dan Wardle’s annual was probably correct at the time of going to press, I’m sure I won’t be the only person to point out that, when Michael Owen joined Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and Original Ronaldo at Real Madrid in 2004, that meant the club were able to, on numerous occasions over that season, field four players who had won football’s most prestigious individual prize. Continue reading...

Ed Smith’s clever picks have given England a Ferguson-style makeover | The Spin

13-11-2018 National selector is doing a brilliant job by using rotation to craft bespoke XIs as the former Man Utd manager once didIt’s often said that selectors, like wicketkeepers and umpires, are doing their best work when you don’t notice them. Since taking over as national selector, Ed Smith has been in the news more than many of the players he has picked – yet he’s doing a brilliant job.There are two main reasons for Smith’s profile. The first, a slightly cringeworthy media obsession with his education, is not his fault. And the second is a virtue – a series of selections that have managed to be innovative and eye-catching without being ostentatious. Continue reading...

Tributes flow for UK Sport’s ‘incredible’ departing CEO Liz Nicholl

13-11-2018 • Nicholl to step down after spearheading huge success• Katherine Grainger praises ‘tireless work, humour, resilience’For the past eight years Liz Nicholl has been one of the most powerful figures in British sport, the high priestess of UK Sport’s controversial no-compromise approach and a guiding and steady hand behind Team GB’s unparalleled success at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics. But there were tears in the UK Sport office on Tuesday after she announced that she will step down as chief executive next summer after 20 years at the organisation.Nicholl’s successor will be named in the spring, with the England Hockey chief executive, Sally Munday, seen as an early frontrunner. Andy Parkinson, the highly respected CEO of British rowing, and UK Sport’s current chief operating officer Simon Morton, who some regard as Nicholl’s anointed son, are also expected to throw their hats into the ring. Whoever takes charge, however, will have huge shoes to fill. Continue reading...