Gareth Southgate’s young side continue adding to their list of firsts | Daniel Taylor

17-10-2018 England manager and his burgeoning team have passed through several barriers already and now they have an away win against a top sideAs Gareth Southgate reflected on the most striking result of his two years as England manager – and the considerable evidence that, on his watch, they are going to fear nobody – he thought back to a moment in Croatia to illustrate his point that these are uncommon, and happy, times for the national team.The first player to congratulate Jadon Sancho for making his debut, Southgate wanted us to know, was possibly the one with the most to lose. Raheem Sterling, after all, had been the player to make way for the 18-year-old substitute during the goalless draw in Rijeka. Yet Sterling, Southgate revealed, had been “straight over” to England’s new kid on the block to embrace. Southgate watched this dressing-room scene unfold and was so impressed he wanted to share what he saw. Continue reading...

Bemusement in Crawley over Ronnie O’Sullivan’s ‘hellhole’ comments | Sean Ingle

17-10-2018 Fellow players and staff do not share O’Sullivan’s dim view of the leisure centre that is hosting the English Open, while Barry Hearn has a theory on why the snooker star hit outIt is not – you suspect – a question that the four-times world champion John Higgins has been asked before during his 26 years as a professional. “So John. Did you notice a smell of urine out there?” To his credit the Wizard of Wishaw raised a bushy eyebrow, shook his head, then offered a polite “No”.How did it come to this? Blame Ronnie O’Sullivan. Twenty-four hours earlier, he had serenely breezed past his first-round opponent, Kurt Maflin, in the English Open before blindsiding world snooker by suggesting the venue, the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley, which was built in 2005, was “a hellhole” that “smelled of urine”. Continue reading...

Gareth Southgate hails England's 'quality' and 'bravery' after win over Spain – video

17-10-2018 England's 3-2 Uefa Nations League victory in Seville filled manager Gareth Southgate with pride after his young side stunned in-form Spain with a performance brimming with 'huge courage'.Raheem Sterling ended his goal drought with a first-half brace and Marcus Rashford also chipped in before the break, leaving Southgate to call on his players to use the result as a platform to continue their progress. Continue reading...

Racing driver Charlie Martin speaks about being transgender in motorsport

17-10-2018 Racing driver Charlie Martin tells BBC Sport about her experience of being transgender in motorsport.

NFL: Inch-perfect Aaron Rodgers leads Green Bay Packers to win over San Francisco 49ers

17-10-2018 Aaron Rodgers makes an inch perfect throw in a stunning 33-30 comeback win for the Green Bay Packers over the San Francisco 49ers.

Sri Lanka ‘not distracted’ by Sanath Jayasuriya case for ODI series

17-10-2018 • Former opener stresses ‘integrity and transparency’• Tom Curran favourite to replace Liam Dawson for third ODIThe grass-banked Pallekele Stadium should provide a pleasant setting for the resumption of Sri Lanka and England’s rain-affected one-day series. But going into Wednesday’s third match, the dark clouds of cricket’s battle with corruption hovered overhead. Related: Sanath Jayasuriya charged by ICC with breaching its anti-corruption code Continue reading...

Nations League: Antoine Griezmann scores twice as France beat Germany 2-1

17-10-2018 Antoine Griezmann scores twice as France come from behind to claim a second Nations League win and continue Germany's abysmal run.

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

17-10-2018 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...

MLB looks into allegations Houston Astros have cheated during playoffs

17-10-2018 Cleveland said to have lodged formal complaint over matterMetro Boston claims man with camera removed from gameA person familiar with the situation says the Cleveland Indians have filed a complaint with Major League Baseball about a man associated with the Houston Astros attempting to film in their dugout during Game 3 of the AL Division Series. MLB also says it is aware of a report by Metro Boston that a man claiming to be an Astros employee was removed from an area near the Boston Red Sox dugout during the AL Championship Series opener at Fenway Park last weekend.During Houston’s series-clinching win last week at Progressive Field in Cleveland, a man with a cellphone standing by the photographer’s pit was removed “several times” by security personnel. The man’s credential was requested by Houston, a source told the Associated Press. MLB said in a statement Tuesday night the matter “will be handled internally.” Continue reading...

Yarnold 'ready for new chapter' after announcing retirement

17-10-2018 Two-time Winter Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold says she is "ready for a new chapter" after announcing her retirement from skeleton.