'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

13-11-2018 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

Harry Kewell leaves Notts County amid flurry of Football League sackings

13-11-2018 • Former Australia forward dismissed after 10 weeks at helm• AFC Wimbledon, Swindon and Shrewsbury all sack managersHarry Kewell has been sacked by Notts County after just over two months at the helm. The former Australia forward was appointed to replace Kevin Nolan at the end of August but saw his side win just three out of 14 matches under his stewardship.With County 22nd in League Two after last week’s 2-2 draw with Oldham, a statement from chairman Alan Hardy on Tuesday confirmed that Kewell, assistant manager Warren Feeney and first-team analyst Paul Murphy have all left with immediate effect: “Harry’s passion and commitment as a coach is unquestionable. I enjoyed seeing first-hand his love for the job and it gives me absolutely no pleasure to take that away from him. Continue reading...

Roger Federer in line of fire over scheduling and Davis Cup claims

13-11-2018 • Veteran Julien Benneteau makes accusations against Swiss• Wins for Djokovic and Zverev at ATP World Tour finalsRoger Federer, reaching for the 100th tournament win of his 20-year career in London this week, found himself at the centre of an awkward controversy on Monday over claims he has long benefited from preferential scheduling, and that he is undermining the integrity of the Davis Cup.Julien Benneteau, who came out of retirement this year to help France to reach the Davis Cup final, says Federer has put his financial involvement in the rival Laver Cup above the future of the oldest team event in international sport. The outspoken Benneteau told a French radio station: “With all that Federer is, OK. But it’s an exhibition, his thing [promoted by his company, Team8]. The Laver Cup has no sporting legitimacy. There are no sporting criteria with the selections. There are no ATP points. It’s just financial. Because he gives Nick Kyrgios $750,000 to come and play matches that don’t count, the guys say: ‘OK, those are the rates for the Laver Cup.’” Continue reading...

‘Footballers can feel lost in real life’: the network encouraging clubs to care

13-11-2018 Premier Sports Network was founded to address off-field player welfare. Its latest conference drew a capacity audienceThe lineup invited up on stage carried considerable clout. The Premier Sports Network offered a platform to figures as wide-ranging as the former England midfielder Ryan Mason, on coping with premature retirement, to Mauricio Sulaiman, the president of the World Boxing Council. Jermaine Pennant and David Cotterill spoke eloquently about careers touched by controversy and depression, while Nicky Butt, Manchester United’s academy manager, talked of Sir Alex Ferguson “the forward thinker” and addressed the pressures placed on the next generation.Yet it was arguably the make-up of the audience, crammed into the ballroom at the Corinthia hotel on London’s embankment, which demonstrated sport’s increasing commitment to off-field player welfare. There were representatives of 17 top-flight clubs and 25 from further down the pyramid, alongside administrative figures from the Football Association and Johan Cruyff Institute, Premier League and RFU, NFL and Premiership Rugby. Continue reading...

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

13-11-2018 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

USA call up Jürgen Klinsmann's son for squad to play England and Italy

13-11-2018 Jonathan Klinsmann is a goalkeeper for Hertha BerlinTwenty-one year-old was raised in CaliforniaJonathan Klinsmann, the son of German World Cup winner Jürgen Klinsmann, has been added to the USA squad for their upcoming friendlies against England and Italy. Klinsmann was born in Germany but moved with his parents to California while still an infant. His mother, Debbie, is American and his father coached the US national team between 2011 and 2016. Continue reading...

FA Cup: Chris Dickson gives Hampton & Richmond lead against Oldham

13-11-2018 Chris Dickson scores from the penalty spot to give National League South side Hampton & Richmond the lead over League Two Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup first round.

England v Japan: Touring players 'paid £13 per day'

13-11-2018 Some Japan players are paid £13 a day while on tour, says coach Jamie Joseph before Saturday's autumn Test against England.

Guiseley draw Fleetwood in FA Cup second round – as it happened

13-11-2018 Guiseley were rewarded for their 4-3 win over Cambridge with a home tie against Joey Barton’s League One side, while Wrexham will host Newport County in a Welsh derby 7.47pm GMT National League North side Guiseley, who knocked Cambridge United out in a first-round thriller, will host Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town in the second round after the draw was made on Monday.Other standout ties will see National League leaders Wrexham face Newport County in an all-Welsh affair, Solihull Moors host 1953 Cup winners Blackpool and Woking travel to Swindon Town, who are managerless after the departure of Phil Brown.Guiseley v Fleetwood TownBury v Luton TownWrexham v Newport CountyTranmere or Oxford City v SouthportSouthend United or Crawley v BarnsleyShrewsbury Town or Salford City v ScunthorpeSolihull Moors v BlackpoolChesterfield or Billericay Town v GrimsbyPeterborough United v Aldershot or Bradford CitySwindon Town v WokingMaidstone United v Oldham AthleticLincoln City v Carlisle UnitedMorecambe or Halifax v WimbledonPlymouth v Oxford United or Forest GreenBarnet or Bristol Rovers v Stockport CountyRochdale v PortsmouthWalsall v SunderlandAccrington Stanley v Ebbsfleet or CheltenhamMansfield or Charlton v Chorley or DoncasterSutton United or Slough v Gillingham or Hartlepool 7.31pm GMT Guiseley v Fleetwood TownBury v Luton TownWrexham v Newport CountyTranmere or Oxford City v SouthportSouthend United or Crawley v BarnsleyShrewsbury Town or Salford City v ScunthorpeSolihull Moors v BlackpoolChesterfield or Billericay Town v GrimsbyPeterborough United v Aldershot or Bradford CitySwindon Town v WokingMaidstone United v Hampton & Richmond or OldhamLincoln City v Carlisle UnitedMorecambe or Halifax v WimbledonPlymouth v Oxford United or Forest GreenBarnet or Bristol Rovers v Stockport CountyRochdale v PortsmouthWalsall v SunderlandAccrington Stanley v Ebbsfleet or CheltenhamMansfield or Charlton v Chorley or DoncasterSutton United or Slough v Gillingham or Hartlepool Continue reading...

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

13-11-2018 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...

Manchester City dominant while giants are killed on the continent – Football Weekly

13-11-2018 Max is joined by Barry Glendenning, Philippe Auclair and Marcela Mora y Araujo to discuss City’s win in the Manchester derby, Arsenal and Chelsea dropping points, the Superclásico, Parklife and Sol Bamba’s torsoJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Philippe Auclair and Marcela Mora y Araujo to discuss the weekend of football just gone, starting with the Manchester derby, in which Pep Guardiola and Manchester City continue to display their dominance over all comers. Continue reading...

Natalie Sciver guides nervy England to win over Bangladesh in World Twenty20

13-11-2018 • Bangladesh 76-9, England 64-3, Eng win by seven wickets (DLS)• Sciver scores 23, Amy Jones 28; Kirstie Gordon shines on debutEngland’s World Twenty20 campaign finally got under way in St Lucia on Monday in far from convincing fashion, the seven-wicket margin of victory belying their nervy performance with the bat. The win eventually came in the 10th over courtesy of the DLS method, England’s target reduced to 64 after four overs were lost to rain, but not before their star opening batters Danni Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont had departed for 0 and 2 respectively, giving their side a real scare.England, having won the toss and opted to bowl, had initially reduced Bangladesh to 3-2 in the first half of the powerplay, with the debutant Kirstie Gordon having a dream debut, her four overs yielding three wickets for 16 runs. Gordon, who was player of the match, said it had been a “really special” occasion. “I didn’t know if I was going to make my debut tonight,” she continued. “We didn’t even know if we were going to get a game in. It’s great to be part of this team.” Continue reading...

Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

13-11-2018 This week's sport on the BBC includes the ATP World Tour Finals, the ICC Women's World Twenty20 and the home nations' football internationals.

The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

13-11-2018 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...

Max Verstappen would have won race if he had let Esteban Ocon through | Giles Richards

13-11-2018 The feisty Dutchman cost himself victory in Brazil and caused a lot of trouble by not letting the Force India driver unlap himselfYoung, feisty, uncompromising, unapologetic and talented – we already knew that about Max Verstappen but it turns out he is sweary too and not adverse to being a tad fighty. If he is auditioning as a role model for teenage rebels, this wild one may as well be fitted for his “What’ve you got?” leathers now.Yet for all the uproar and condemnation of his altercation with Esteban Ocon at the Brazilian Grand Prix, the incident, a moment of public emotion increasingly rare in F1, should be the least of his regrets after Sunday’s race. Continue reading...

ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev is victorious in straight-sets win over Marin Cilic

13-11-2018 Germany's Alexander Zverev punishes Croatian Marin Cilic with a straight-sets win 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-1) in his opening game of the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London.

Why is Floyd Mayweather so bored?

13-11-2018 The American boxing legend conquered his profession and piled up more money than he’ll ever be able to spend, but a sense of purpose in retirement has proven far more elusiveAll told it could have been worse for Floyd Mayweather.On Wednesday, the five-division boxing champion backed out of a planned New Year’s Eve fight with the Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa less than three days after he appeared at a downtown Tokyo press conference announcing the bout, claiming he was “blindsided” by the promoter regarding the magnitude of the event. Continue reading...

FA Cup: Callum Lang volley gives Oldham victory over Hampton & Richmond

13-11-2018 Callum Lang scores a 95th-minute winner to break Hampton & Richmond hearts and seal Oldham's passage to the second round of the FA Cup.

Rock-solid John Stones shows quiet magnificence for Manchester City | Barney Ronay

13-11-2018 The England defender, who has regularly been picked out for his mistakes in the past, often goes unnoticed when at his bestJohn Stones didn’t make much of an impression in the Manchester derby: didn’t register on the headline stats, wasn’t singled out in the post-match montage, didn’t come steaming across to launch a heroic goal-bound siege-tackle, or head the ball away with a conical white bandage twined around his bloodstained brow.This is usually a good sign when it comes to Stones, a player who only ever seems to get picked out when he makes a mistake, and whose recent run of form in a reconfigured defence provides another convincing argument City may just be ready to reach down and hit a deeper gear this season. Continue reading...