Wales' Morgan wins first professional title after 18 years

22-10-2018 Wales' Becky Morgan wins her first event after 18 years on the Ladies European Tour with victory at the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

Ellie Downie: ‘My foot is very, very sensitive but I’m happy to be back’

22-10-2018 The European all-around gold medallist is ready for the gymnastics world championships in Doha after 18 months of painThe Lilleshall National Sports Centre is buried in Shropshire woodland. It has the flavour of a public school crossed with an army base and is operated by Serco. It is also home to British Gymnastics and, in one of the satellite buildings on the campus, where Ellie Downie has been going through boot camp.Last year, at the age of 17, Downie became the first British gymnast to claim an all-around title at a major tournament when she won gold at the European championships. Then, just as she was taking off, the Nottingham teenager was grounded. A persistent ankle injury, through which she had competed at the Europeans, required surgery. Then, after the operation, the foot did not get better. Downie went back to training but things felt the same, as if the surgery had not made a difference. Continue reading...

BBC Young Sports Personality 2018: Kare Adenegan wins award

22-10-2018 Para-athlete Kare Adenegan is chosen as the winner of the 2018 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

Newcastle seal thriller over Montpellier with 39-phase, 89th-minute try

22-10-2018 • Newcastle 23-20 Montpellier• Falcons’ Chick completes second tight victoryIs it written in the stars for Newcastle Falcons? How else to explain a grandstand finish as remarkable as this, finally ended by Callum Chick’s matchwinning try after a staggering 39 phases, deep into the 89th minute. Newcastle have claimed two major French scalps – the three-times winners Toulon and now Montpellier, dark horses to lift the trophy – in consecutive weeks. The final is down the road at St James’ Park in May. They couldn’t, could they? Related: Alex Lewington’s late try adds gloss to Saracens’ routine win over Lyon Continue reading...

Six Nations set to unveil HSBC as championship’s new title sponsor

22-10-2018 • Bank sponsored 2009 and 2013 British & Irish Lions tours• Hearing will decide Danny Cipriani’s red-card fate this weekThe Six Nations is set to unveil HSBC as the championship’s new title sponsor, the Guardian understands. HSBC, which sponsored the 2009 and 2013 British & Irish Lions tours of South Africa and Australia respectively, is in line to replace NatWest after just one year.NatWest was parachuted in for the 2018 Six Nations only after the organisers were forced into an embarrassing climbdown. Continue reading...

England fans’ stag-do mentality deserved a snub not players’ applause | Daniel Taylor

22-10-2018 England’s away following is neither as racist nor as violent as it used to be but the scenes in Seville did the country down and Gareth Southgate and co could have taken a standWe appear to be in that period now that could probably be described as the backlash against the backlash. Social media have certainly been a frothy place since a few of my journalistic colleagues had the temerity to write about England abroad and how, in short, it can be a bit wearing treading through the broken glass or watching brave lads in expensive trainers trying to pick fights with stationary cars.The people who make it their business to cause offence seem to be offended that anyone could possibly be offended, though I am not entirely sure they will get the irony bearing in mind a lot of the ones who have inserted the words “no surrender” into the national anthem and sing about the pope – more than they sing about, say, their own captain – also make the Irish pub their first port of call when visiting some of Europe’s more vibrant cities. Continue reading...

Great South Run: Eilish McColgan and Chris Thompson win Great South Run titles

22-10-2018 Eilish McColgan and Chris Thompson shine at the Great South Run as they emerge victorious in the elite races.

Paul, Rondo and Ingram suspended after brawl in Lakers-Rockets game

22-10-2018 Chris Paul claims Rajon Rondo spat during confrontationHouston Rockets beat Lakers 124-115 in stormy gameOnce the fists started flying late in the fourth quarter, LeBron James’ home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers was relegated to the undercard.A sprawling fight that included the normally mild-mannered Chris Paul and Brandon Ingram stole part of the spotlight on LeBron’s official landing on the West Coast. The Houston Rockets stole the rest with a gritty victory. Continue reading...

Thierry Henry forgets about translator during first Monaco press conference – video

22-10-2018 Thierry Henry says Pep Guardiola will provide the 'reference' for him as he begins his managerial career at Monaco. The France and Arsenal legend starts his 'dream job' with a trip to Strasbourg in Ligue 1 on Saturday.'This club will always have a big place in my heart,' Henry told reporters on Wednesday. But he did also commit a slight faux pas. He took around four minutes to answer two separate questions in English – forgetting that what he said would need to be translated into French for the mediaThierry Henry checks in at Monaco and aims to emulate Guardiola’s approach Continue reading...

'I forgot to do my research to be honest' - Pickford on penalty save

22-10-2018 Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford reveals all to Match of the Day 2 pundits after saving Luka Milivojevic's penalty during their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Sports quiz of the week: Thierry Henry, unicorns and the smell of urine

22-10-2018 Who broke a record? Who won twice? Who missed a penalty?Hiromu Inada completed the Ironman World Championship on Saturday, swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and running 26.2 miles in just under 17 hours. What made his achievement extra special?He is 13 years oldHe completed the whole race alongside his dog, Rio It was his seventh Ironman in a weekHe is 85 years oldMore than 40,000 people have petitioned the Bank of England to put which Harry on the new £50 note?Harry KaneHarry RedknappHarry WinksHarry Maguire Thierry Henry has taken over as manager of Monaco, where he started his playing career. Which British footballer was in the Monaco team alongside Henry when the club won the league in the 1996-97 season?Paul LambertGlenn HoddleJohn CollinsMark HateleyHazratullah Zazai hit six sixes in a single over in the Afghanistan Premier League this week. What happened next?He completed a century in just 26 shotsHis team lost the gameHe took off his shirt and was dismissed for the “unbecoming” celebrationHe was bowled out on the next ball he facedWhich striker has now scored 55 goals for his country – a total that no player from England, France or the Netherlands can match?Romelu LukakuEdin DzekoSergio RamosMarko ArnautovicWhich two teams have won all of their games in the Nations League without conceding a goal?France and Portugal Finland and GeorgiaKosovo and Belarus Norway and SwedenOn Monday, Ronnie O’Sullivan called the venue for the English Open, a leisure centre in Crawley, “a hellhole” with “no atmosphere” that “smells of urine”. On Wednesday …He starred in an advert for a toilet cleaning productHe walked out to the table spraying a bottle of perfumeHe lost 11-0 to a teenagerHe hit a 147 in the same venueWhich football team had never won a competitive match a week ago, but have now won two in a row?LiechtensteinGibraltarSan Marino Faroe Islands Lewis Hamilton is hoping to win his fifth F1 title on Sunday in Texas at the US Grand Prix. What age was Hamilton when he won his first title?19212325Chelsea play Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday. When the teams met in the Champions League final a decade ago, the game was decided on penalties. Who missed the final kick?John TerryAshley ColeNicolas AnelkaMichael Ballack 1 and above.Oh dear. You're better than this.2 and above.Not the greatest score. There's always next week3 and above.You almost got half of them right. Take solace in that and enjoy your weekend.4 and above.You almost got half of them right. Take solace in that and enjoy your weekend.5 and above.That's a pass. Enjoy your weekend.6 and above.You've done well there. Well done. Enjoy your weekend.7 and above.A fine score. You should be proud of that performance.8 and above.A fine, fine score. You should be proud of that performance.9 and above.A fine, fine score. You should be proud of that performance.0 and above.Oh dear. You're better than this.10 and above.Top marks for you. Life doesn't get any better than this. Continue reading...