Zak Hardaker to enter rehab after drink-driving conviction but staying at Wigan

• Warriors stand by full-back, saying they have ‘duty of care’ • Hardaker yet to play for club because of ban for cocaine useWigan have announced that Zak Hardaker will remain with the Super League champions in 2019 despite pleading guilty to a drink-driving charge last week – but the full-back will undergo alcohol rehabilitation treatment with the Sporting Chance Clinic in an attempt to salvage his career. Related: What next for Wigan and Warrington after the Super League Grand Final? Continue reading...

19-10-2018

‘We can’t control the trolls’: threats to Carney highlight a growing issue

Hours after the England Women manager, Phil Neville, pleaded for action another player was threatened on InstagramIt was as predictable as it was despicable. “I’m going to rape and kill you,” read the message from the Instagram user benhughes_15 at 8.28am on Friday. Then, as if taunting the unnamed England player he was addressing following the abuse received by Karen Carney after Chelsea’s Champions League victory against Fiorentina this week, he added: “Can I get a headline on bbc sport?”Six hours after sending that hurtful message, the user’s account had yet to be suspended by Instagram despite it being highlighted by the England Women manager, Phil Neville, to his 450,000 followers and subsequently covered by various media outlets. “Another disgraceful, awful, despicable message sent to one of my @lionesses,” wrote Neville. “@instagram can you do a better job of protecting my players who use your social media platform!!” Continue reading...

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Christian Eriksen set to return for Tottenham at West Ham

• Mauricio Pochettino says midfielder will either start or be sub• Manager says he would welcome new signings in JanuaryChristian Eriksen will be available for Tottenham’s visit to West Ham on Saturday, according to Mauricio Pochettino, despite the uncertainty surrounding his abdominal injury.The midfielder has sat out Spurs’ past four matches and there were fears he could face an extended lay-off when the Denmark manager, Åge Hareide, said the problem could become “chronic”. Hareide suggested Denmark’s marquee player had carried the injury for a little while. Continue reading...

19-10-2018

Pool is 'better to watch' after rule change say leading players

British pool is a more exciting game after the change to blackball rules, say leading players Clint I'Anson and Emma Cunningham.

19-10-2018

England stun Spain, no Khan do and Gibraltar's rocks – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, John Ashdown and Hayley McQueen discuss the Nations League, Wembley, José Mourinho’s latest Chelsea return – and how to do a fitba cornerJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, John Ashdown and Hayley McQueen to run through all the biggest talking points from the Nations League, including England’s stunning first-half performance in Seville, which led to a 3-2 victory. Attention also has to be given to the behaviour of some away fans in the city. Continue reading...

19-10-2018

Alex Hales on standby for England after Bairstow twists ankle playing football

• Bairstow sits out nets session and will be assessed on Saturday• Joe Denly the other option to open against Sri Lanka in ODIAlex Hales is preparing for a return to the England XI for Saturday’s fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka after Jonny Bairstow twisted an ankle during the team’s regular pre-nets football warm-up.Bairstow, the side’s leading batsman in 2018 with 1,025 runs from opener, suffered the injury to his right ankle while stretching for the ball and was not seen during the remainder of Friday’s training session. Continue reading...

19-10-2018

Joe Hart: Man City name training pitch after their former goalkeeper

Manchester City name a pitch at their training ground after former keeper Joe Hart, who now plays for Burnley.

19-10-2018

Grand Pardubice Steeplechase: the world's toughest horse race – a photo essay

Photographer Tom Jenkins travelled to Pardubice in the Czech Republic to document the 128th Velka Pardubicka Steeplechase (the Czech Grand National) – the world’s oldest and most difficult cross-country horse raceThe 128th Velka Pardubicka Steeplechase or Grand Pardubice Steeplechase (the Czech Grand National) was first run on 4 November 1874, when 14 runners started the race. The winner, Fantom, ridden by Englishman George Sayers received 11,700 florins for his owner Count von Cramm. The race has been held every year since on the second Sunday in October – except during the two world wars and the 1968 Russian invasion, and it has been abandoned twice due to frost and snow. Continue reading...

19-10-2018

No more marathon matches - Wimbledon to have final set tie-breaks from 2019

The All England Lawn Tennis Club announces that final set tie-breaks will be introduced at Wimbledon from next year.

19-10-2018

The Fiver | The collapse of the Wembley deal

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Huzzah, another victory for this proud land! How many times do we have to tell the world to take their investments and their jobs elsewhere? HAVE YOU GOT THE MESSAGE YET? Well, Shahid Khan has, “respectfully withdrawing” (for now) his offer to buy Wembley Stadium after the weight of popular opposition to the deal finally became clear, leaving the nation to rejoice in the continued ownership of a building nobody really needs and the exhilarating absence of funding for grassroots sport. Continue reading...

19-10-2018

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

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...

19-10-2018

‘No limits’: how Bournemouth’s managerial duo worked their magic

Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall started so poorly they feared the sack – now they have Bournemouth sixth in the top flight. Tindall opens up on a success story not even he saw comingIt is approaching a decade since Eddie Howe started his first spell at Bournemouth and Jason Tindall, who has been alongside him every step of the way, including their 21 months at Burnley, has been casting his mind back to two defeats right at the start of their tenure that left them fearing the worst. “You think the next phone call is going to be: ‘Cheers guys, thanks for standing in but we’ve got so-and-so coming in tomorrow to take the club forward.’” Related: Premier League assistant managers: who are they and what do they do? Continue reading...

19-10-2018

Scottish Premiership: Does Scotland have a title race this season?

One of four teams could be top of the Premiership this weekend but what can the table after eight games tell us about how it might end?

19-10-2018

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19-10-2018

The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.• Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10• Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 Continue reading...

19-10-2018

Just when England rugby needs clarity the waters have been muddied | Robert Kitson

Eddie Jones was at his complicated best as he shared the thinking behind his 36-man squad for the autumn internationalsThe big problem with coaching England, believes Eddie Jones, is the media. In a nutshell they ask too many questions. “Anywhere else you do the press conference for about five minutes and then you are done. Here it is two hours of non-stop questioning.” It partially explains, apparently, why he is now naming co-captains who can take turns feeding the daily news beast.Nice try, Eddie, but what a load of old cobblers. Continue reading...

19-10-2018

England batsman Bairstow suffers injury playing football

England's Jonny Bairstow is a doubt for the fourth one-day international with Sri Lanka after injuring himself playing football.

19-10-2018

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw signs new five-year deal

• The England left-back has faced criticism from José Mourinho• His career at Old Trafford has been restricted by injuryLuke Shaw has signed a new five-year deal at Manchester United in a development he admitted would have seemed “impossible” not long ago. The 23-year-old has faced public criticism from José Mourinho and has been limited to 50 Premier League appearances at United in nearly four and a half years by a serious injury, form and fitness issues. Continue reading...

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