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

18-11-2018

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.



Smriti Mandhana dazzles as India thrash Australia in Women's World T20

18-11-2018

India 167-8; Australia 119 Alyssa Healy leaves field with concussion in first inningsAustralia fell to a heavy 48-run defeat to India in their last game before the finals at the women’s World Twenty20 in Guyana.With both teams already progressing, Australia’s in-form wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy was taken from the field having sustained concussion and did not bat after her head collided with the shoulder of her teammate Megan Schutt in the first innings, as India stormed to 167 for eight. Continue reading...



Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

18-11-2018

In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.



The Spin | England reaping the benefits of Lions tours that turn tyros into Test players

18-11-2018

Four of England’s winning Test team in Galle were on a successful Lions tour to Sri Lanka two years ago and this is one part of ECB planning that should be praisedAs the projected costs of The Hundred mount, tripling from the original estimate of £13m up to £40m – and counting – budgets are being slashed at ECB Towers. Gone is Andrew Strauss’s pet North-South series, gone is the not-so-mourned Pace Programme, gone are the Overseas Placements that so benefited Ollie Pope and Mason Crane in consecutive winters in Sydney.But still hanging on, whether by thread or rope, is the Lions Programme, perhaps English cricket’s most secret and deadly weapon. The first part of this winter’s tour starts on Sunday against Pakistan A, with a four-day match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Five one day and two Twenty20 games follow over the next three weeks, ricocheting between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Pope has been dispatched from the main England tour to get more match practice than he would twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines in Sri Lanka. Then, after Christmas, the Lions head to India. Continue reading...



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

18-11-2018

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...



Portugal into Nations League semi-finals after goalless draw at wasteful Italy

18-11-2018

Portugal seal top spot in Group A3 and a place in the Nations League semi-finals with a hard-fought point against a wasteful Italy.



Nat Sciver credits risky change for success as England face West Indies

18-11-2018

All-rounder and coach Mark Robinson worked on adjustment to Sciver’s bowling action before she thrived in World Twenty20It was a punt but one the England coach, Mark Robinson, thought was worth taking. During the home summer, he identified an increasingly troubling technical flaw with Nat Sciver’s bowling action and decided there had to be an intervention. Specifically, the tall right-armer was over-rotating in her delivery stride, meaning that she was losing momentum with the ball coming from too far behind her, hurting her accuracy and rhythm.By any measure, straightening up Sciver’s action – which Robinson acknowledges was a risk, coming as it did in the two months between the end of the season and the World T20 – has worked. In England’s vital win against South Africa on Friday, she was player of the match with the outstanding figures of three for four, combining with Anya Shrubsole – who claimed a hat-trick – to record combined figures of six for 15 from England’s two-pronged pace attack. Continue reading...



Wayne Rooney's record-breaking England career in numbers – video

18-11-2018

Former England captain Wayne Rooney will bring down the curtain on his record-breaking international career with an honorary appearance against the USA on Thursday.The 33-year-old has been invited back into the national team squad to mark his achievements as the country’s all-time leading goalscorer and as the outfield player with the most capsFootball quiz: Wayne Rooney (on and off the field) Continue reading...



Women's World Twenty20 highlights: India beat Australia & New Zealand thrash Ireland

18-11-2018

Watch the best moments from day nine of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 as India beat Australia to top group B and New Zealand thrash Ireland within eight overs.



African Footballer Of The Year: Watch goals from our 2018 AFOTY nominees

18-11-2018

Watch some of the best goals scored by BBC Sport's African footballer of the year nominees in 2018.



Danny Willett challenging for redemptive victory with lead in Dubai

18-11-2018

• Patrick Reed shares lead at DP World Tour Championship • Willett aiming to enjoy chance for first win since 2016 MastersThe European Tour has turned into a backdrop for redemption stories. A week after Lee Westwood was reduced to tears, after securing a first victory in more than three years, Danny Willett and Patrick Reed are on the verge of bouncing back in a similar manner.With 18 holes of the DP World Tour Championship to play, Willett and Reed have set the pace at 14 under par. Willett’s slide in the aftermath of winning the Masters in 2016 was such that many feared it could prove inexorable. He has had an upturn in fortunes this season – to the point where he qualified for the European Tour’s season finale – but winning for the first time since Augusta National would represent a significant achievement. Willett has battled injury as well as form loss over the past two years, with an association with Sean Foley – the former coach of Tiger Woods – apparently fruitful. Continue reading...



Wales v Tonga: Aled Davies scores 'try of the autumn'

18-11-2018

Aled Davies scores a superb second-half try as Wales thump Tonga 74-24 in their autumn international at the Principality Stadium.



Magnus Carlsen narrowly avoids Fabiano Caruana stunner in Game 6 epic

18-11-2018

Carlsen stages bold escape in Game 6 thriller – as it happenedBest-of-12-games match deadlocked at 3-all after six drawsMagnus Carlsen narrowly avoided a devastating upset on Friday in the sixth game of his world championship match with Fabiano Caruana in London, scratching back from the brink to save a miraculous draw after 80 moves. Related: Magnus Carlsen barely saves draw as Fabiano Caruana misses win in Game 6 epic – live! Continue reading...



'He's been a pivotal figure': England teammates praise Rooney after win against USA – video

18-11-2018

Wayne Rooney's England teammates were full of praise after the forward made his final appearance for 'The Three Lions' during a 3-0 win over the USA. Captain on the night Fabian Delph described Rooney's presence in camp as 'a breathe of fresh air'. England face Croatia on Sunday in the Nations League Continue reading...



Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

18-11-2018

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.



Football League: Luton hammer Plymouth, MK Dons top League Two

18-11-2018

Sunderland cannot take advantage of Portsmouth’s absenceNotts County slip into the League Two relegation zoneLuton Town continued their fine recent form with the most emphatic result of the day in League One, a James Collins hat-trick helping them to a 5-1 thrashing of Plymouth Argyle. The Hatters were 4-0 up at half-time, the other goals coming from Elliot Lee and James Justin, before a Collins penalty capped things off after the break. Joel Grant grabbed an 89th minute consolation for the Pilgrims. Continue reading...



Northern Ireland Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Mark Selby on final black to reach final

18-11-2018

Ronnie O'Sullivan holds his nerve to beat world number one Mark Selby on the final black and will face Judd Trump in the Northern Ireland Open final.



Impressive England thrash South Africa to reach World T20 semi-finals

18-11-2018

• South Africa 85, England 87-3; England win by seven wickets• Shrubsole claims hat-trick as bowlers turn on the styleAnya Shrubsole started her 2018 learning that she would be the first woman featured on the front cover of Wisden for her heroics in last year’s World Cup final. Now, becoming just the second player of her gender to take a hat-trick at the World T20, she has the chance to finish it with a second major trophy in two years with England progressing to the final four after eliminating an abysmal South Africa by seven wickets with 35 balls to spare after bowling them out for 85.The achievement capped an immaculate all-round performance from Heather Knight’s side with the ball, not least from Shrubsole’s fellow seamer Nat Sciver who took three for four to make six for 15 from 7.3 overs between England’s frugal and effective openers. Continue reading...



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

18-11-2018

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.