West Ham’s Grady Diangana: ‘I feel I can go out there and express myself’

The young winger says time spent alone in the park growing up has helped him make an exciting start to his careerGrady Diangana is weighing up the issue of discipline in walking football. Specifically, and this happens quite often, when players break out into a run. “It’s because you’ve got that temptation in you,” he says. “Even sometimes when the ball is ahead of you, you want to have a run. It’s really hard not to.” But still, it’s against the spirit of the game, so should runners be sent off? “Er … no! I think they should be given a caution.”Diangana has witnessed a lot of infractions in walking football. He will likely be exposed to many more. The West Ham United youngster, who has won the affection of the London Stadium support since breaking into the first team this season, has taken on a role as ambassador for the club’s participation programme, which includes walking football, a sport played largely by the over-50s. Continue reading...

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James Forrest’s snappy hat-trick crowns ascension day for nervy Scotland

• Scotland 3-2 Israel• Forrest 34 43 64; Kayal 9, Zahavi 75That the Nations League carries greater significance than the friendly matches it replaced hardly requires debate. The sense that this event became wholly relevant for the future and reputation of Alex McLeish was also plain to see. The same arguably applies to his paymasters at the Scottish FA.McLeish can enjoy a last laugh over his many detractors. Scotland’s progression from the group stage at the expense of Albania and Israel may not look momentous, but in context it is wholly important to the manager. The governing body has also been afforded a valuable cash boost courtesy of his men winning group C. Continue reading...

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Alexander Zverev charms crowd after beating Novak Djokovic – video

Alexander Zverev landed the biggest win of his career by shocking Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Finals on Sunday. The 21-year-old German, who was booed by indignant Roger Federer fans after beating their idol 24 hours earlier, saw off the world No 1 6-4 6-3. Zverev delighted the crowd during the post-match ceremony with quips and jokes that kept them laughing. Continue reading...

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Magnus Carlsen springs Game 8 escape thanks to Fabiano Caruana's false step

Carlsen saves draw as Caruana falters – as it happenedBest-of-12-games match knotted at 4-all after eight drawsMagnus Carlsen admitted he was “happy to survive” after saving a draw in Monday’s eighth game of the world chess championship, which left the series deadlocked at 4-4 with four games remaining. Related: Magnus Carlsen saves draw as Fabiano Caruana falters in Game 8 – live! Continue reading...

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Great golf duels, quick pitstops and sticking it up the punter | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features propelling things at targets and narrowly avoiding being trampled1) It’s Tiger Woods v Phil Mickelson nonsense next week, which means an ideal time to look back at some maverick and even random golf matches. Here’s Tiger v Sergio in the Battle at Bighorn (2000), Seve v Jack in the Toyota Challenge of Champions (1986) and Ben Hogan v Sam Snead (1965). Then Skins … at Wentworth in 1988, Walton Heath in 1991, Lee Trevino at PGA West (1987) and Woods, again, at the Memorial Skins in 2009. And how about the $18,000 Putt-Putt Skins Game – 1989 edition and then 1992? And how could we possibly forget a famous 1964 duel at Stoke Park?2) Ferrari didn’t keep Sebastian Vettel waiting in the pits for his second stop at last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix – he was on his way again after an incredible 1.97 secs. Yet it’s still not the fastest ever. The pit lane ballet isn’t always so well choreographed, however. And beware: tyre jack. Continue reading...

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Racism in football: Study finds half of UK fans have witnessed racism while watching matches

Half of the football fans in the United Kingdom have witnessed racism while watching football, a new global study finds.

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Sports quiz of the week: Wayne Rooney, All Blacks and a generous fan

Who has 125 caps? Who coughed up? Who is being ripped off?Callum Wilson scored on his England debut on Thursday night, meaning he has one cap and one goal. Which of these players has the same international record?Carlton Palmer Rickie Lambert Francis JeffersMark Hateley Wayne Rooney finished his England career with 120 caps. Who is the only player with more?David Beckham Steven Gerrard Peter ShiltonBobby Moore Who will provide the voice of the Green Goblin in the French language version of the new Spider-Man film?Olivier GiroudThierry HenryMathieu BastareaudTyson FuryThe two best rugby teams in the world – New Zealand and Ireland – meet in Dublin on Saturday night. Ireland have only ever beaten the All Blacks once. Where? FranceAustraliaEnglandUSA Why did the FA suspend referee David McNamara for 21 days?He called a ball boy a “little dweeb” when he wouldn’t give back the ballHe laughed in the face of a player who missed a sitterHe lost his whistle so was forced to shout “STOP” to get the attention of the playersHe forgot to bring a coin for the toss so asked the two captains to play rock, paper, scissors insteadNew Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri has managed some of Europe's biggest clubs in his career – including Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atlético Madrid, Juventus, Roma, Inter, Valencia, Monaco and Chelsea – but he has only ever managed one national team. Which one? ItalyAustraliaGreeceSwitzerlandHow did Coalville Town supporter Damien Trown help the club this week?He ran on to the pitch wearing a full kit without the referee noticing and scored from a cornerHe went to their ground with his lawnmower after the manager had complained about the pitchHe ran on to the field and rugby tackled a streaker – his mumHe gave his replica shirt back to the club as they didn't have one big enough for their new signingThe Golden State Warriors have offered fans a new ticket that costs $100 a month. What is the only drawback for fans?They won’t have a seat or view of the basketball court They are in the singing section and have to pass an audition They have to pick up litter for 15 minutes after matchesThey have to live within a mile of the stadium to qualify for the ticket Which of these football teams has not lost a game in 2018? Borussia Dortmund Paris Saint-Germain The US women's teamEngland women's team Complete this sequence: Moscow, Samara, Kazan, New Jersey, Maryland, Riyadh, Jeddah, London …New YorkMilton KeynesColchesterBerlin1 and above.Oh dear, oh dear2 and above.Oh dear, oh dear3 and above.You'd done OK there. Something to build on for next week4 and above.You'd done OK there. Something to build on for next week5 and above.You'd done well there. A decent score and something to build on for next week6 and above.You'd done well there. A decent score and something to build on for next week7 and above.You're among the elite with that score8 and above.You are excelling in life9 and above.You're among the elite with that score0 and above.Oh dear10 and above.What a score. One to print out and keep. Or at least screengrab Continue reading...

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Jordan Nobbs' injury hits England World Cup hopes - Kelly Smith

Jordan Nobbs' serious knee injury is a "big blow" to England's World Cup chances in France next year, according to record goalscorer Kelly Smith.

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Portugal 1-1 Poland: Relegated Poles secure top-10 spot in Nations League

Poland come from behind to draw with Portugal and ensure they will be in pot one for the Euro 2020 qualifying draw.

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Great Britain sprinter Nigel Levine given four-year doping ban

• Levine tested positive out of competition in November 2017• Sprinter was hoping to make comeback after motorcycle crashThe sprinter Nigel Levine, who was an integral part of Great Britain’s 4x400m relay squad for nearly a decade, has been banned for four years after testing positive for clenbuterol – a performance-enhancing drug that helps burn fat, builds muscle, and improves athletic performance.Levine, who won nine world and European championship medals, blamed the failed test on two contaminated supplements he was taking at the time of the out-of-competition test in November 2017. However, the UK Anti-Doping Agency rejected the 29-year-old’s defence after he was unable to provide samples from the correct batch of the supplements to the UK Anti-Doping Agency for testing. Continue reading...

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Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny ruled out of Springboks match due to concussion

• Scarlets full-back injured in win over Australia on 10 November• Absence creates dilemma at full-back and outside-halfWales will be without Leigh Halfpenny against South Africa on Saturday. The Lions’ full-back has not recovered from the concussion he suffered after being clattered by Samu Kerevi during the victory over Australia this month, creating a dilemma in his position and at outside-half for a side seeking a first autumn clean sweep. Related: South Africa stick with their back-up scrum-halves as De Klerk stays at Sale Continue reading...

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Anna Gasser makes history as first female snowboarder to land triple cork – video

Olympic champion Anna Gasser has written another chapter in her snowboard career after becoming the first woman to land a cab triple cork. The 27-year-old pulled off the jump on her first attempt at the Stubai Glacier in Austria.The cab triple 1260 involves taking off in the switch position with your 'wrong' foot forward, followed by three and a half rotations in the air, and then landing in the forward position. The Austrian also made history in 2013 with a cab double cork 900 kicker, and 2015 when she became the first woman to land a competition cab double underflip. She also claimed the gold medal in the Big Air competition at the Pyeongchang Games.Winter Olympics: hits and misses from Pyeongchang Continue reading...

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Nigel Levine: European indoor gold medallist banned for failing drugs test

British sprinter Nigel Levine, a former European 4x400m relay gold medallist, is banned for four years after failing a drugs test.

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Cheltenham Festival glory and tragedy: Campbell Gillies and Brindisi Breeze

In an extract from Chris Cook’s new book Three Of A Kind: The Scudamores, the trainer Peter, his partner, Lucinda Russell, and Campbell Gillies’ mother Lesley talk about the double tragedy that befell the jockey and his Cheltenham winnerIn March 2012, Brindisi Breeze won the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle, a first training success at the Cheltenham Festival for Lucinda Russell and Peter Scudamore. For the wider world, it was an introduction to the winning jockey, Campbell Gillies. Appallingly, both horse and jockey had died by midsummer. Peter Scudamore: He had a spaniel-like charm, Campbell. We love spaniels because they’re always puppies. He had that charm that almost made him a surrogate son to us. You could never really get cross with Campbell. He was never infuriating. He knew his boundaries with his humour, it was just joy of life. He’d ride out in little short, pink wellingtons. Why? I never found out. Continue reading...

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