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    Rihanna ‘declined Super Bowl half-time show gig in support of Kaepernick’

    Rihanna was the NFL's first choice for the Super Bowl half-time showThe NFL has refused to comment on reports that Barbadian singer Rihanna declined an invitation to headline the Super Bowl half-time show in support of Colin Kaepernick. Quarterback Kaepernick, 30, was the first player to kneel during the US ... Read More

    Can Chelsea and Man Utd be separated? Lawro’s predictions v cricket great Warne

    The Premier League returns this weekend, with Chelsea playing Manchester United at lunchtime on Saturday in the first action after the international break. "It is a big game - talk about announcing that the Premier League is back," BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson said. "The story is former Chelsea ... Read More

    Hamilton in all-time top five F1 drivers – Alonso

    Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso were McLaren team-mates in 2007, with both men missing out on the world title by one pointLewis Hamilton is one of the five greatest champions in Formula 1 history, says Fernando Alonso. Hamilton will become only the third man to clinch a fifth world title ... Read More

    Would Man Utd sacking Mourinho be justified?

    Months? Weeks? Days? How much longer will Mourinho stay at Man Utd?The Premier League weekend before the international break was dominated by talk Jose Mourinho was about to lose his job as Manchester United manager. According to one national newspaper, the Portuguese's time at the club would come to an ... Read More

    FA ‘appalled’ by rape & death threats to England’s Carney

    Karen Carney scored a penalty for Chelsea in the Women's Champions League on Wednesday Warning: Some readers may be offended by the content in this article The Football Association has urged police to tackle abuse on social media after rape and death threats were made to England midfielder Karen Carney ... Read More

    Alvarez signs ‘historic’ £278m deal with streaming service

    Alvarez (left) will take on Liverpool's Rocky Fielding in New York on 15 DecemberSaul 'Canelo' Alvarez says he has signed a "historic" contract after agreeing a £278m ($365m) deal with streaming service DAZN. The Mexican, who holds the WBA and WBC world middleweight titles, has signed a five-year, 11-fight deal ... Read More

    O’Sullivan makes 15th career 147 at ‘hellhole’ venue

    Ronnie O'Sullivan holds the record for the fastest maximum 147 break - made in just over five minutesRonnie O'Sullivan hit his 15th career maximum 147 break at the English Open, two days after describing the venue as a "hellhole". The five-time world champion made the total clearance in the final ... Read More

    ‘It’s like Amir Khan v Anthony Joshua – taekwondo needs reform’

    Lutalo Muhammad (left) won -80kg silver at the Rio 2016 OlympicsTaekwondo must be given more Olympic weight divisions to stop athletes risking their long-term health, British fighter Lutalo Muhammad says. There are four categories per gender at an Olympics, compared to a combined total of 16 at a World Championships ... Read More

    Five doping tests in seven weeks a joke – Bellew

    Bellew faces Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk for all four world cruiserweight titles on 17 NovemberBritish cruiserweight Tony Bellew says doping tests are having an impact on his training camp and that he has provided five samples in seven weeks. The 35-year-old challenges Oleksandr Usyk for all four world cruiserweight titles in ... Read More

    Bolt ‘turns down’ contract with Maltese champions Valletta FC

    Usain Bolt scored twice in a 4-0 win over Macarthur South West last weekUsain Bolt has turned down a two-year deal from Maltese champions Valletta FC, as he continues his pursuit to become a professional footballer. The winner of eight Olympic sprinting titles, who retired from athletics in 2017, is ... Read More

    England beat Sri Lanka to take 2-0 series lead

    Adil Rashid led England's fightback in the Sri Lanka innings with four wickets Third one-day international, Pallekele Sri Lanka 150-9 (21 overs): Dickwella 36; Rashid 4-36 England 153-3 (18.3 overs): Morgan 58*, Roy 41 England beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets Scorecard England outclassed Sri Lanka to win a rain-affected ... Read More

    You wait 22 games for a victory then two come along at once – world 198 Gibraltar win again

    Gibraltar are second in Nations League Group D4Typical. You wait 22 games for a competitive victory and then two come along in the space of four days. Having broken their duck in Armenia on Saturday, Gibraltar claimed a second competitive win by coming from behind to beat Liechtenstein in the ... Read More

    Messi & Ronaldo then … ? Vote for your third-best player in the world

    AC Milan and Brazil forward Kaka (centre) was the last man other than Lionel Messi (left) or Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d'or, back in 2007The Ballon d'Or - the most high-profile individual award in men's football - will be handed out in Paris at the start of December ... Read More

    ‘I’d be on full chickens’ – GB’s Dubois on his journey to the heavyweight ranks

    Daniel Dubois has sparred with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin"This is the wild west now, you've got to be a gunslinger." Daniel Dubois is talking about his switch from the relative comfort zone of amateur boxing to the demands of the professional game. Billed by some as ... Read More

    USA Gymnastics boss quits after four days in role

    Mary Bono was appointed on Friday after Kerry Perry, who was criticised for her handling of the fallout from the Larry Nassar abuse scandal, resigned in SeptemberThe interim boss of USA Gymnastics has resigned after her appointment was questioned by Olympic champions Simone Biles and Aly Raisman. Mary Bono was ... Read More

    From the fast lane, to the catwalk to the spa – Asher-Smith’s stellar 2018

    Dina Asher-Smith wins 100m gold with a British record time of 10.85 seconds 5 live Track and Field Listen to Dina Asher-Smith's interview with Darren Campbell on BBC Radio 5 live on Thursday 18 October at 20:00 BST. The pundits, previews and predictions were certain. Based on the form lines ... Read More

    Superb Wilson free-kick gives Wales win over Republic in Dublin

    Harry Wilson scored his second international goal on his sixth appearance for WalesA depleted Wales side beat the Republic of Ireland as Harry Wilson's beautiful free-kick illuminated an otherwise lifeless Nations League match in Dublin. Without Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, the visitors were a pale imitation of the team ... Read More

    England Roses lose third Test in Jamaica

    England captain Ama Agbeze was back from injury on MondayEngland have been beaten for the third time in a row by Jamaica, this time 58-43 in Kingston.The Roses had already lost the three-game series to the Sunshine Girls following a 58-39 loss on Saturday.England captain Ama Agbeze's returned from injury ... Read More

    ‘Goodness me!’ – Zazai hits perfect six sixes in over

    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, becoming only the third batsman to achieve the feat in a Twenty20 match.Pictures courtesy of: Cricingif Available to UK users only ... Read More

    ‘Hellhole’ English Open venue smells of urine, says O’Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan won the 2017 English Open in BarnsleyRonnie O'Sullivan has described the venue for this year's English Open as "a hellhole" and urged World Snooker to spend more money on tournament hosts.The five-time world champion, 42, won his first-round match at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley against Kurt ... Read More

    Double Olympic skeleton champion Yarnold retires

    Yarnold 'ready for new chapter' after announcing retirementLizzy Yarnold, Great Britain's most decorated Winter Olympian, has announced her retirement from skeleton.Yarnold became the first British athlete to retain a Winter Games title when she won gold at Pyeongchang 2018. The 29-year-old said she was "ready for a new chapter" and ... Read More

    O’Neill rues misses ‘that hurt us’ in Northern Ireland defeat

    Nations League: Northern Ireland a work in progress - O'NeillNorthern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill was disappointed as his team hit the woodwork three times in a 2-0 defeat by Bosnia-Herzegovina.The result leaves O'Neill's side bottom of their Nations League group after losing all three games."We don't have that player who ... Read More

    Southgate praises ‘courage’ of England side after Spain victory

    England scored with all three of their shots on target against SpainEngland manager Gareth Southgate praised the "courage" of his side after they beat Spain to claim their first Uefa Nations League victory.The 3-2 loss was Spain's first at home in a competitive match for 15 years.A superb first-half showing ... Read More

    Gloucester number eight Morgan hopes for England recall

    Gloucester's Ben Morgan put in a man-of-the-match display against Castres in the Champions Cup on SundayBen Morgan would be ready to make a shock return to international rugby to help solve England's potential crisis at number eight. Billy Vunipola was injured in Saracens' win at Glasgow on Sunday, while Nathan ... Read More

    ‘Let’s go, Floyd’ – Nurmagomedov calls out Mayweather

    Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor at UFC 229UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov wants to succeed where rival Conor McGregor failed, calling out boxer Floyd Mayweather by saying: "In the jungle there is only one king."Russian Nurmagomedov, 30, beat McGregor on 6 October to extend his unbeaten mixed martial arts record to ... Read More

    Seahawks thrash Raiders at Wembley – highlights & report

    Highlights: Oakland Raiders 3-27 Seattle SeahawksThe Seattle Seahawks dominated the Oakland Raiders to run out 27-3 winners in the first game of the 2018 International Series at Wembley.Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns, while counterpart Derek Carr was sacked six times and forced into several fumbles.The Raiders were ... Read More

    Wilder apologises for ‘breaking mascot’s jaw’

    Wilder punched the mascot as part of a segment on Spanish language sports show Nacion ESPNWBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has apologised if he injured a mascot after punching it on US television.It had been reported the American had broken the mascot's jaw when he appeared on Spanish language sports ... Read More

    ‘I have to be brave’ – McLeish after latest Scotland defeat

    Scotland suffered defeat to Portugal at HampdenAlex McLeish says he will need to "stand up and be brave" as the pressure increases on the Scotland manager.Sunday's 3-1 home loss to Portugal means he has won two of his six games in charge of the national side.The friendly defeat came just ... Read More

    Schumacher’s son wins European F3 title

    Mick Schumacher has won eight F3 European races this seasonMick Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael, won the Formula 3 European title with a race to spare.The 19-year-old finished second in race two of the season finale in Hockenheim, Germany, to establish an unassailable lead in ... Read More

    GB’s Charles second in Ironman World Championship

    Charles (left) also finished second in the event last yearGreat Britain's Lucy Charles finished second on a record-breaking day at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.The 25-year-old broke the course swimming record at the event in Kona on her way to equalling the second place she recorded on her debut ... Read More

    Australia tried to be too aggressive, says England’s Anderson

    Australia batsmen Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are all serving bans for their part in the ball-tampering scandalAustralia's cricketers have "tried too hard to be aggressive" in the past few years, says England bowler James Anderson.A draw with Pakistan was Australia's first Test since the ball-tampering scandal that ... Read More

    Germany ‘broke apart’ in Nations League loss to Dutch, says boss Low

    Virgil van Dijk's goal was his second for the Netherlands after netting in a 3-0 away win over Portugal in MarchGermany "broke apart" in their 3-0 Nations League defeat by the Netherlands, says boss Joachim Low. Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk headed the opener while Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum added ... Read More

    Wigan win Grand Final in Wane’s last game – highlights & report

    Wigan beat Warrington in Super League Grand FinalBetfred Super League Grand FinalWigan (8) 12Tries: Manfredi 2, DaviesWarrington (4) 4Tries: CharnleyShaun Wane ended his tenure as Wigan Warriors head coach on a high with a gripping victory over Warrington Wolves in the Super League Grand Final.Appointed in 2011, Wane took charge ... Read More

    ‘The announcer could have had the night off’ – England’s weird evening in Croatia

    Can you let me in please?It was a game like no other.England faced Croatia in Rijeka behind closed doors, with the goalless draw described as "weird" and "strange" by the players.At times, events bordered on farcical.We look at some of the particularly unique elements of a game played in front ... Read More

    Who is going to win the European Cup? Predictions, debate and vote result

    Leinster's 2018 triumph followed successes in 2009, 2011 and 2012After finishing bottom of their pool two seasons previously, Leinster completed a remarkable turnaround by lifting the Champions Cup for a record-equalling fourth time in Bilbao in May.Their defence starts on Friday as they entertain Wasps in this season's tournament opener ... Read More
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