Rassie Erasmus 'teaches' Springboks new tackle after Farrell controversy – video

South Africa's head coach has been filmed 'teaching' his players a new tackling technique after Owen Farrell's controversial challenge on André Esterhuizen went unpunished during England’s 12-11 victory over the Springboks.During training for their next match against France, Rassie Erasmus was seen repeatedly instructing Esterhuizen to tackle higher and higher, finally applauding the full-back when he did so.Many fans on social media have called this 'comic genius' and the 'ultimate trolling' of World Rugby, who have been criticised for confusion over how referees interpret the laws of the game, particularly Farrell's challenge last Saturday. Continue reading...

14-11-2018

Football quiz: Wayne Rooney (on and off the field)

Today’s questions are back for one night only• Sports quiz of the week: Rooney, City v United and F1Against which team did Wayne Rooney make his Premier League debut for Everton on 17 August 2002?LiverpoolTottenhamArsenalNorwich In which part of Liverpool did Rooney grow up?HuytonToxtethDingleCroxtethRooney scored his first England goal in a Euro 2004 qualifier against which team? DenmarkMacedoniaLiechtensteinCroatiaRooney has tattoo of which Stereophonics album title?Performance and CocktailsWord Gets AroundYou Gotta Go There to Come BackJust Enough Education to PerformRooney scored a hat-trick against which team on his Manchester United debut?GalatasarayBesiktasFenerbahceOlympiakosWhat did Rooney "love writing" when he first met his future wife, Coleen?SongsPoemsStoriesLettersHow many Premier League titles has Rooney won?FourFiveSixSevenRooney once said he does what the night before a game …"I listen to an audiobook the night before a game to relax""I lie in bed the night before a game and visualise myself scoring goals""I build lego models the night before a game to switch off" "I listen to jazz"Which sitcom has Rooney said is his favourite TV show?Father TedOnly Fools and HorsesFriendsBreadWhich striker was Rooney talking about when he said: "He was the best. I was actually watching a documentary on him yesterday. It was in the massage room on the TV and it was great to see how he played. Sometimes you forget how good he was as a finisher, quick, strong, different type of goals. As an out-and-out forward he was probably the best." Cristiano RonaldoRomarioRonaldoAlan Shearer0 and above.Go home, son. You're useless ...1 and above.You're not fit to wear the shirt ...2 and above.You're not even good enough to play for Accrington Stanley ...3 and above.You're not fit to polish Danny Cadamarteri's boots ...4 and above.You're the Paul Telfer of Football Quiz land ...5 and above.Stay off the shandy and you might one day play professionally ...6 and above.You're a reasonable winger but you need to work on your crossing ...7 and above.You could get an international call-up if you maintain this kind of form ...8 and above.You're so good you've got a wag and a mock Tudor house in the suburbs ...9 and above.You've won the league, you could star in Dallas, you've got more silver than Buckingham Palace ...10 and above.Maradona, Pele, Zidane. They've got nothing on you ... Continue reading...

14-11-2018

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

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.

14-11-2018

Manu Tuilagi: England's Leicester centre set to return against Australia

Manu Tuilagi is expected to make his long-awaited England return against Australia in their final Autumn international on 24 November.

14-11-2018

Snowboarder Anna Gasser makes history by becoming first woman to land a cab triple underflip

Austrian snowboarder Anna Gasser wows the watching media by becoming the first woman to ever land a cab triple underflip - which is three and a half full rotations.

14-11-2018

Talking Horses: Can Black Op take out the opposition over fences?

The novice hurdler has history against him at Exeter this afternoon in a race where favourite-backers have founderedBlack Op will be the latest leading novice hurdler from last season to make the step up to fences when he lines up for a beginners’ chase at Exeter this afternoon, and he will set off at a short price to make it a winning start over the bigger obstacles. He will need to defy a slightly unnerving stat to do so, though, as the race chosen to launch his chasing career has given favourite-backers a torrid time in recent seasons. Related: Talking Horses: Chelmsford night card abandoned after lights go out Continue reading...

14-11-2018

Claudio Ranieri fastens in for Premier League homecoming at Fulham | Amy Lawrence

The new manager cannot expect to repeat the success of his Leicester days but will hope his experience helps elicit a quick reaction from the struggling west London sideHi Claudio. Welcome back to a place you loved, and where you were loved. The Ranieri of the Premier League, regarded in different moments as a gentleman, a tinkerman, a caricature joker, a miracle worker, an expert at somehow maintaining composure when form has faltered and the axe has lurked, returns with the words “risk free” ringing around him. Ranieri has seen enough in 32 years of management across five countries to smile wryly at such notions before he gets to work.Preconceptions have followed Ranieri around for long enough – way longer than the infamous reaction to his supposedly left-field appointment at Leicester City (and we all know how that turned out). A certain amount of optimism from the Fulham hierarchy, who chose Ranieri to follow Slavisa Jokanovic, is understandable. But there is no sense jumping to the question of whether Ranieri can recreate something resembling the phenomenon he oversaw at Leicester in his new role at Craven Cottage. Continue reading...

14-11-2018

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

• 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...

14-11-2018

The Fiver | Bushcraft skills which extend no further than walking his dogs

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The worst kept secret in showbusiness has been confirmed – ‘Arry Redknapp will be participating in this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! So rife had speculation been, due in no small part to the fact ‘Arry basically kept telling anyone who enquired that, yes, he’d signed up for the show, that jokes about him taking Niko Kranjcar, Milan Mandaric’s chequebook or the driver’s side door of a Range Rover with fully functioning electric window as his luxury item have been doing the rounds of assorted social media disgraces for weeks. Continue reading...

14-11-2018

Warrington v Frampton: PPV clash with Whyte v Chisora means fans lose out

Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton feel a pay-per-view clash between two shows is "unfair" on fans and "not good for boxing".

14-11-2018

Carlsen and Caruana still deadlocked after YouTube 'leak' controversy

Carlsen, Caruana play to tidy draw in Game 4 – as it happenedCarlsen and Caruana tied at 2-all entering Thursday’s Game 5Controversy as Caruana’s prep allegedly uploaded to YouTubeMagnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana are no closer to a verdict in their world championship match after playing to a straightforward 34-move draw in Game 4 on Tuesday afternoon in London. There was added spice away from the board, though, as a clip that appeared to reveal tightly held secrets of the American challenger’s preparation was uploaded to YouTube and into the public domain. Related: Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana play to bloodless draw in Game 4 – live! Continue reading...

14-11-2018

Warriors suspend Green for one game after confrontation with teammate Durant

Pair argued during loss to Clippers earlier in the weekDurant will become a free-agent in summer of 2019The Golden State Warriors suspended Draymond Green for Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks without pay for conduct detrimental to the team following an altercation on Monday night with teammate Kevin Durant. General manager Bob Myers declined to offer specifics why the All-Star forward’s behavior was considered worthy of a suspension. Myers and Warriors coach Steve Kerr collaborated on the decision.“We just felt like this rose to the level of acting the way we did,” Myers said, noting of Green: “He was professional. He loves to play basketball, which is all you can ask of him.” Continue reading...

14-11-2018

Callum Wilson: Alan Shearer has been 'very supportive'

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson says "legend" Alan Shearer has been "very supportive" of his career despite giving him "stick on Match of the Day".

14-11-2018

Plan for £5m Scudamore gift shows football no longer the people’s game | Paul Wilson

Giving Richard Scudamore, the outgoing Premier League executive chairman, £5m sends out a terrible message to supporters struggling to meet the cost of their season ticketsHere is a handy memo to future historians of the national sport in this country. Note the date of 13 November 2018, because with the announcement of plans for Richard Scudamore’s parting gift of £5m – £250,000 to be volunteered by each Premier League club – it marks the formal end of football’s 140-year life as the people’s game.Not that anyone will necessarily notice the difference. The whole point about modern football, a case in point being Manchester City’s alleged infractions of the Financial Fair Play rules, is that so much money is now involved, with its provenance repeatedly proving difficult if not impossible to track down, that there is little the ordinary guy in a striped scarf or replica shirt can do except shrug and hope the global concern he happens to support buys a better centre-forward than the opposition. Continue reading...

14-11-2018

Lewis Hamilton: Michael Schumacher's record has never been a target

Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton says reaching Michael Schumacher's record of seven Formula 1 world titles "has never been on his mind".

14-11-2018

Women’s World Twenty20 highlights: Javeria Khan stars as Pakistan punish Ireland

Captain Javeria Khan hits an unbeaten 74, the highest T20 score by a Pakistani woman, as she steers her team to a convincing 38-run win over Ireland in Group B at the World T20 in Guyana.

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