F1 finally admits concern over woman jailed for Bahrain Grand Prix protests

16-11-2018 • Najah Yusuf jailed for three years over 2017 protests• F1 says it is making ongoing enquiries in BahrainFormula One chiefs have admitted for the first time that they are “concerned” that an activist who protested against the Bahrain Grand Prix on Facebook was jailed for three years by the country’s authorities.F1 has traditionally been reluctant to intervene on politics and human rights cases but has made a rare exception in the case of Najah Ahmed Yusuf, who claims she was beaten, sexually abused and imprisoned following a series of posts in April 2017 that were critical of the race and the regime. Continue reading...

Hannah Rankin ready to face Olympic champion Claressa Shields in Kansas

16-11-2018 Farmer's daughter Hannah Rankin is a classically-trained musician, but on Saturday she aims to become Scotland's first female world champion.

Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

16-11-2018 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Japan plot fast route to ‘emotionally smash’ Eddie Jones’s England

16-11-2018 • Masakatsu Nishikawa returns fire at former coach • ‘Sometimes size doesn’t work for you,’ says Jamie JosephIf you are looking for a little hint of Eddie Jones’s lingering influence on Japanese rugby, have a read of what the flanker Masakatsu Nishikawa had to say about the England pack he will be playing against on Saturday.Nishikawa said he was not too familiar with the two rookie back-rowers, Mark Wilson and Zach Mercer, but it did not matter because “we just need to smash them whoever is on the field”. Continue reading...

Olivier Giroud says it is ‘impossible’ to show homosexuality in football

16-11-2018 • Chelsea forward says there is a lot of work to be done• Giroud has posed on the cover of a gay magazineChelsea’s forward Olivier Giroud has admitted he “understands the pain and difficulty” that prevents professional footballers coming out as gay, saying that it is “impossible” to show homosexuality in the sport.Giroud, who is in the France squad to face the Netherlands and Uruguay this week, posed on the cover of a gay magazine in 2012. Continue reading...

Ireland's Joe Schmidt expects ‘spiky’ All Blacks encounter to decide world’s best

16-11-2018 • Schmidt: side ‘will give as good as we get’ against New Zealand• Coach defends Bundee Aki’s right to represent IrelandTest rugby is no place for the faint-hearted. With this in mind, Joe Schmidt has predicted another “spiky” clash with the All Blacks which will, in the visitors’ minds at least, decide the mantle of the world’s best team.In their past three drama-filled Tests only three points separate the All Blacks and Ireland, the two top-ranked sides, but much of that engrossing recent history has faded to form a near singular focus on the brutality that punctuated their last match in Dublin. Continue reading...

Jarryd Hayne reportedly under investigation over allegations of sexual assault

16-11-2018 Woman told police she suffered injuries during a sexual encounter with the out-of-contract NRL star on grand final nightJarryd Hayne’s immediate NRL future appears even more uncertain with the out-of-contract star reportedly being investigated over allegations of sexual assault.Without an NRL club for next season, Hayne is the subject of an investigation by the New South Wales sex crimes squad following an incident on grand final night, according to the Nine Network. Continue reading...

Slavisa Jokanovic deserved more time to transform Fulham’s fortunes | Eni Aluko

16-11-2018 All too often the very manager who brought success is the one who makes way at the first bump in the roadThe fact we had entered November and not seen a single manager sacked in the Premier League made for a refreshing change. All too often, dismissals are made in a panic and without the long-term good of the club in question taken into proper consideration. This season it appeared a sense of calm and rational thinking had taken over. All managers seem to have been given time.That was until Wednesday, however, when Fulham sacked Slavisa Jokanovic and immediately announced Claudio Ranieri as his successor. Unfortunately, normal service has been resumed. Continue reading...

Joe Cokanasiga has power and pace to add to England’s strength in depth

16-11-2018 Eddie Jones gives Bath wing his debut against Japan, having been impressed with how his fitness has improvedWhen Joe Cokanasiga was plucked from obscurity to tour Argentina last year, Eddie Jones was typically blunt as to why: “He’s big and he’s fast.” On Thursday – Cokanasiga’s 21st birthday – Jones handed the Fiji-born wing a Test debut and cited his immeasurable progress over the past 18 months. Truth be told however, the reason has not changed, even if the soundbite has: “He’s got power and he’s got pace.” Related: The Breakdown | It was tough on Sam Underhill, but England try was rightly disallowed Continue reading...

Richard Scudamore: Departing Premier League chief to receive £5m farewell gift

16-11-2018 Outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore will get a £5m farewell bonus paid by clubs, the Premier League confirms.

The Fiver | The potential commercial benefits of honouring former heroes

16-11-2018 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Almost two years to the day since he made his final appearance for England at Wembley, Wayne Rooney will make his final appearance for England at Wembley on Thursday, in what amounts to a testimonial for the 33-year-old striker. Rooney called time on his international career in 2017, but like a well-intentioned ex-con in a cliched heist movie has been talked into one last job. The grizzled old veteran will take his place among the substitutes in Gareth Southgate’s squad for a friendly against the USA! USA!! USA!!! so England fans can thank a loyal servant who played quite well in one major tournament England didn’t come close to winning, before playing quite badly in several others they also didn’t come close to winning. As an homage to an international career in which he earned 119 caps and scored 53 goals, Rooney will receive a guard of honour from both sets of players, come on as a substitute and take the captain’s armband from Fabian Delph. Continue reading...

Wayne Rooney's record-breaking England career in numbers – video

16-11-2018 Former England captain Wayne Rooney will bring down the curtain on his record-breaking international career with an honorary appearance against the USA on Thursday.The 33-year-old has been invited back into the national team squad to mark his achievements as the country’s all-time leading goalscorer and as the outfield player with the most capsFootball quiz: Wayne Rooney (on and off the field) Continue reading...

Michael Cheika puts faith in Wallabies rookie Jordan Petaia for Italy Test

16-11-2018 Winger one of six changes to Australian sideJake Gordon will also make his debut in Padua Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed 18-year-old rookie Jordan Petaia to successfully make the transition to Test rugby. The Queensland Reds flyer has been named on the wing for the weekend’s clash with Italy in Padua – one of six changes to the side that lost 9-6 in Cardiff to Wales last week.Cheika said he was initially being tipped off about Petaia by Reds coach Brad Thorne last year and had shown in training in Europe this month that he is comfortable playing alongside international players. Continue reading...

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

16-11-2018 Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

Race to Dubai: Francesco Molinari leads rival Tommy Fleetwood

16-11-2018 Francesco Molinari finishes the opening round of the DP World Tour Championship a shot ahead of Race to Dubai title rival Tommy Fleetwood.

Talking Horses: Jerry McGrath aiming to right a wrong at BetVictor Gold Cup

16-11-2018 Rather Be presents Nicky Henderson’s jockey with a shot at the biggest success of his career on SaturdayThe chance to right an old wrong is presented to the jockey Jerry McGrath on Saturday, when he gets a shot at the biggest success of his career in the BetVictor Gold Cup aboard the favourite, Rather Be. The pair were edged out in a photo at the Cheltenham Festival in March but the betting market fancies their chance of revenge over Mister Whitaker.“They keep showing replays of the Cheltenham run on TV,” said McGrath between races at Bangor on Wednesday. “I still can’t let that go. But hopefully we’ll try and make amends for it. Continue reading...