Sports quiz of the week: misses, nicknames, thieves and a circus act

17-10-2018 Who can’t score? Who was worried? And who hit the spot?Which of these football teams has not scored a goal in more than 600 minutes of action?Bayern MunichBarcelonaReal MadridMonacoThe circus troupe Cirque du Soleil are producing a new show about which athlete?Tiger WoodsRafa NadalLionel MessiConor McGregorRiyad Mahrez hit one of the worst penalties in Premier League history on Sunday. Which of these players never missed a penalty in the league?Yaya TouréMatt le TissierThierry HenryDanny Murphy This trophy was stolen this week. Who did it belong to?Thomas BjornGeraint ThomasJavi GraciaMo FarahThe last time England played Croatia, in the World Cup semi-final, there were 78,000 fans in the stadium. How many will attend their game on Friday night?None1,96690,000130,000 Why did Dulwich Hamlet goalkeeper Preston Edwards start panicking during a match this week?Midway through the first half he realised he wasn’t wearing gloves It was announced over the Tannoy that his car was going to be towed He went out to play without wearing his contact lenses He had his phone in his pocket and it started ringingThe Benin Football Federation has set up a committee to come up with a new nickname. What are they called at the minute?The Bengaboys The SquirrelsThe CarpetmenThe Candy StripesCroatia have played one competitive match since the World Cup final. What was the score in that game?They won 7-0They lost 6-0They drew 5-5They won 4-2Warrington will play in the Super League Grand Final on Saturday. How have their last two finals gone?They lost them both to WiganThey lost them both without scoring a pointThey won them both by the same 40-0 scorelineThey lost them both to Leeds Rhinos At which defunct stadium did Warrington win their last title, in 1955? (Clue: the final is taking place nearby this weekend)Boleyn GroundHighburyMaine RoadNinian ParkItaly played Ukraine this week. Which two Serie A title winners were in charge of the teams?Antonio Conte and Andriy VoroninRoberto Mancini and Andriy ShevchenkoLuigi Di Biagio and Serhiy RebrovCarlo Ancelotti and Ruslan Rotan 2 and above.Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend3 and above.Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend4 and above.A decent performance. Have a great weekend5 and above.A fine performance. Have a great weekend6 and above.A fine performance. Have a great weekend7 and above.Fantastic work. Have a great weekend8 and above.Fantastic work. Have a great weekend9 and above.Fantastic work. Have a great weekend10 and above.Perfection. Have a great weekend11 and above.Perfection. Have a great weekend0 and above.Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend1 and above.Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend Continue reading...

Said & Done: Ronaldinho, marquee clubs and multiple defamations

17-10-2018 The season so far – also featuring Fifa 2.0, a fined lion and football’s saddest lament Continue reading...

Beefed-up Zach Mercer out to show England he is more than fast feet

17-10-2018 The Bath No 8 has added bulk to go with his quick feet and could get a chance with England amid back-row crisisBy his own admission, Zach Mercer is “the last one hanging on”. It is less of a case of the next cab off the rank, more of the last, but one of Eddie Jones’s apprentices looks likely to finally win his first England cap this autumn. Amid England’s back‑row crisis through injury and suspension, opportunity knocks for Mercer.In truth, he is not doing himself justice and Todd Blackadder, not one prone to hyperbole, describes the 21-year-old No 8 as Bath’s form player of the season so far and as having “the best feet in the game at the moment”. But perhaps therein lies the problem for a player previously perceived as flashy in attack but suspect in defence. Continue reading...

Injuries mount for England as Mako Vunipola ruled out of autumn Tests

17-10-2018 England suffer a further injury blow before the autumn Tests as Mako Vunipola is ruled out for about six weeks - joining brother Billy on the sidelines.

Premier League should contribute more after collapse of Wembley sale | David Conn

17-10-2018 Shahid Khan has withdrawn his £600m offer for the stadium so top-flight clubs need to do more to help fund grassroots gameSo Shahid Khan, the Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner, has withdrawn his proposed £600m purchase of Wembley Stadium, which grew to seem more jarring and unnecessary the longer the Football Association’s consultations went on.The FA board, chairman Greg Clarke, and chief executive Martin Glenn had sought a “significant majority” from the governing body’s 127-member council to sell Wembley and spend the proceeds on improving grassroots facilities, which generally constitutes a national disgrace. Khan had written to council members stressing his good intentions for the stadium and English football heritage, but it was always clear his motivation was to strengthen the Jaguars’ and NFL’s lucrative presence in London. Continue reading...

London Stadium should be making money and rent is not too low - Karren Brady

17-10-2018 West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says the London Stadium should be making money, not incurring huge losses.

Pakistan’s Mohammad Abbas takes five to leave Australia lagging in second Test

17-10-2018 • Day two: Pakistan 282 & 144-2; Australia 145• Abbas takes career-best five for 33End of the line, terminus approaching. Australia may have dodged what looked like an inevitable flattening in Dubai, but met the full brunt of a collision on the second day in Abu Dhabi, bowled out for 145. Related: Sri Lanka v England: third ODI – live! Continue reading...

USA Gymnastics couldn't handle Larry Nassar. Now it can't even handle itself

17-10-2018 The organization is responsible for the safety of thousands of young athletes, yet it has moved from disaster to disaster in the wake of a sexual abuse scandalHow difficult is it for USA Gymnastics, an organization whose inability to deal with sexual abuse now overshadows its distinguished Olympic history, to find a leader who will put athletes first?A few months after longtime president Steve Penny resigned in March 2017, Kerry Perry took over as president and CEO. She stepped into a leadership void and failed to fill it, making a disastrous appearance on Capitol Hill to answer questions about the Larry Nassar abuse scandal, ducking from reporters, and drawing criticism from athletes and clubs for inaction. Continue reading...

Ronnie O’Sullivan takes it to the max with ‘hellhole’ 147 break

17-10-2018 • Fifteenth career maximum secured at English Open• O’Sullivan had said Crawley venue smelled of urineTwo days after Ronnie O’Sullivan described the venue as a “hellhole”, the five-times world champion treated the crowd at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley to the 15th maximum break of his career.The 147 sealed O’Sullivan’s 4-0 victory against Allan Taylor in the second round of the English Open. Continue reading...

Climber Bosi looking to scale Olympic ladder

17-10-2018 Edinburgh's Will Bosi believes he is in a good position to represent Britain as climbing makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo.

England beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in third ODI and take 2-0 series lead

17-10-2018 • Sri Lanka 150-9 (21 overs); England 153-3 (18.3 overs)• England win by seven wickets with 15 balls to spareIt was 11.33pm local time when Ben Stokes crashed the left-arm spin of Amila Aponso down the ground for an almighty six, the shot sealing a seven-wicket victory for England against Sri Lanka in which the tourists had scarcely looked troubled.Even a near six-hour rain delay that cut this third one-day international into a 21-overs-per-side match – and thus nearer to a Twenty20 – could not reduce the gulf between the two teams at present; Eoin Morgan’s No 1-ranked side, who had knocked off a target of 151 with 15 balls to spare, now sit 2-0 up in this monsoon-afflicted series with two matches to play. Continue reading...