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

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

21-11-2018

There are far better female NFL head coaching candidates than Condoleezza Rice

The former US Secretary of State has been linked to the Cleveland Browns job. The story highlights important issues within professional sportsThe story caused a buzz in the football world on Sunday: former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was being considered for the head coach position of the Cleveland Browns. Like many people who saw the headline, I felt perplexed.There is no question that Rice is a smart woman, and beyond her academic accolades, she is an ardent sports fan, and in particular she loves football. In fact, in October 2013 Rice was chosen as one of the 13 inaugural members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. That appointment surprised many, but when it was revealed that Rice watched “14 or 15 games every week live on TV on Saturdays and recorded games on Sundays,” her part-time job made more sense. Continue reading...

21-11-2018

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...

21-11-2018

Charlton Athletic's Lyle Taylor secures hat-trick with sublime chip

Watch Charlton striker Lyle Taylor's sublime chip which secured his hat-trick for Charlton Athletic in their 5-0 win over Mansfield Town.

21-11-2018

Van Dijk snatches a point from Germany and finals ticket for the Netherlands

• Germany 2-2 Netherlands• Denmark 0-0 Republic of IrelandVirgil van Dijk scored a last-minute equaliser with a fierce volley against already relegated Germany in Gelsenkirchen on Monday night to secure the Netherlands a week in Portugal next June for the finals of the Nations League. Related: Germany 2-2 Netherlands, Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland: Nations League – as it happened Continue reading...

21-11-2018

ECB to develop 2,000-strong female coaching network in British Asian communities

• £1.2m funding secured to build network over four years• ECB to address grassroots shortfall of female role modelsSix months after unveiling its ambitious South Asian Engagement Plan, the England and Wales Cricket Board has secured £1.2m of lottery funding to develop a network of 2,000 volunteer female coaches and mentors over the next four years. Related: Anya Shrubsole: England’s all-round asset in T20 semi-final with India Continue reading...

21-11-2018

Martin O'Neill defiant amid growing Republic of Ireland frustration

Draw in Denmark extended scoreless run to 397 minutes‘Enthusiasm is everything – I have had it in abundance’Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill insists his enthusiasm has never waned as he turns his attention to the quest for Euro 2020 qualification. The curtain fell on Ireland’s ill-fated Nations League campaign with a battling 0-0 draw in Denmark, three days after their relegation to League C had been confirmed. It came courtesy of a resilient defensive display, but one which lacked any real creativity as their run without a goal extended to 397 minutes of football at the end of a calendar year which saw them win only one of their nine games. Continue reading...

21-11-2018

FA Cup: Charlton Athletic 5-0 Mansfield Town highlights

Watch highlights as Charlton Athletic thrashed Mansfield Town to reach the FA Cup second round.

21-11-2018

Wales v South Africa: Leigh Halfpenny ruled out of Springbok Test

Leigh Halfpenny has failed to recover from concussion and will miss Saturday's Test between Wales and South Africa.

21-11-2018

The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

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...

21-11-2018

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...

21-11-2018