Women's World Twenty20: Anya Shrubsole hat-trick inspires England win over South Africa

17-11-2018 England take a major step towards the Women's World T20 semi-finals with a nine-wicket win over South Africa as Anya Shrubsole takes a hat-trick.

Magnus Carlsen narrowly avoids Fabiano Caruana stunner in Game 6 epic

17-11-2018 Carlsen stages bold escape in Game 6 thriller – as it happenedBest-of-12-games match deadlocked at 3-all after six drawsMagnus Carlsen narrowly avoided a devastating upset on Friday in the sixth game of his world championship match with Fabiano Caruana in London, scratching back from the brink to save a miraculous draw after 80 moves. Related: Magnus Carlsen barely saves draw as Fabiano Caruana misses win in Game 6 epic – live! Continue reading...

Chess: Deadlock continues after Magnus Carlsen escapes in Game 6

17-11-2018 As the encounter reaches the halfway stage all the games have been drawn and the challenger Fabiano Caruana will be aware of the world No 1’s undefeated record in play-offsMagnus Carlsen’s plan of a mid-match push recoiled badly in Friday night’s sixth game of the €1m world title match in Holborn, London, but the champion, a knight down and on the verge of defeat, found the rare plan of a defensive fortress which Fabiano Caruana could not break down. The game was drawn in 80 moves after six and a half hours’ play when the American abandoned his winning attempts.The €1m match in London remains level at 3-3 with six games left. The prescribed colour sequence gives Carlsen a second successive White in Sunday’s seventh game, so he still has the chance of a mid-match push which was foreshadowed when he chose Black in game one. Continue reading...

Croatia stun Spain to set up Nations League decider against England

17-11-2018 • Tin Jedvaj’s stoppage-time winner gives Croatia 3-2 win• Wembley showdown will decide qualification and relegationTin Jedvaj scored a last-gasp winner to revive Croatia’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals as Spain fell to a 3-2 defeat in Zagreb.The game was goalless until Andrej Kramaric tucked Ivan Perisic’s headed pass beyond David de Gea in the 54th minute. However, Spain responded immediately when Dani Ceballos recorded his first senior goal with a left-footed drive. Continue reading...

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

17-11-2018 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...

RFU in turmoil after chief executive Steve Brown’s shock resignation

17-11-2018 • Concern over RFU’s financial position triggers departure• News follows 64 staff redundancies at TwickenhamIncreasing disquiet about the Rugby Football Union’s financial position has triggered the abrupt departure of Steve Brown as chief executive. Brown will leave the world’s wealthiest union next month after less than 15 months in the role amid claims by one of his predecessors, Francis Baron, of financial mismanagement at Twickenham.The former England captain Nigel Melville is to act as interim chief executive until a replacement is found for Brown, who joined the RFU in 2011 and held a number of roles including chief financial officer before he replaced Ian Ritchie in the top job. Despite the huge windfall of hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the RFU had to make 64 people redundant this summer and its finances are under growing scrutiny. Continue reading...

RFU: Steve Brown resigns as chief executive after 14 months in charge

17-11-2018 Steve Brown resigns as chief executive of the Rugby Football Union, after 14 months in the role.

Claudio Ranieri puts burgers on menu to beef up Fulham survival mission

17-11-2018 The Tinkerman got a pizza the action in his Leicester miracle but knows he must up the ante to save Fulham from relegationThere has been little to light up Craven Cottage this season, but on a shale-grey November afternoon Claudio Ranieri was a one-man sunbeam – offering optimism, old-world charm and an iron promise to do everything possible to keep Fulham from the drop. “If I come here it’s because I believe,” he said, smiling after being unveiled as the club’s new manager. “I’m mad but not stupid.”At Leicester Ranieri promised his players pizza every time they kept a clean sheet. This time, he joked, he would have to up the ante for a side that have conceded 31 goals in 12 Premier League games this season. “I have to promise something more,” he said. “Pizza is not enough now. Better everybody to McDonald’s! I hope to pay for a McDonald’s big burger very soon!” Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Godín or Alderweireld to Manchester United?

17-11-2018 Today’s fluff might be heading north soonIf Thursday felt like deadline day for the British cabinet then it follows that Friday should be a little woozy, a touch mellow, spent in a fug of regret and looming fear of whatever the Bad Thing was. Fortunately The Mill only knows football and, well, have we got a never-ending stream of guilt-free tittle-tattle for you. First of all, who was José Mourinho watching in Brussels on Thursday when Belgium beat Iceland? None of his Manchester United players were involved, so does that mean he wants another nibble at Toby Alderweireld – who helped Belgium to keep a clean sheet in the 2-0 win – this January? The centre-back was by far the most obvious target out there and it is little secret that Mourinho would like to convince his superiors – a word we naturally wouldn’t use lightly – that United desperately need reinforcing in that position. Related: Alexis Sánchez signing plays part in Manchester United 10% wage bill rise Continue reading...

Watch: Alexander Zverev seals semi-final place with vital victory over America's John Isner

17-11-2018 Watch the best shots from Alexander Zverev's win over John Isner at the ATP Finals in London, setting up a semi final showdown with Roger Federer.

How can Renato Sanches be so bad at one club and so good at another? | Stuart James

17-11-2018 The midfielder is rebuilding his career at Bayern and is clearly a huge talent, which makes his failed spell at Swansea so bafflingSeptember 2017, the London Stadium. Renato Sanches is brought down by Cheikhou Kouyaté deep inside the West Ham half and is determined to take the free-kick. He tells his Swansea teammates he is going to put it in the top corner. One swing of his right boot later and the ball is on its way to the top corner ... of the stadium rather than the net. Swansea’s players are already turning on their heel before gravity has started to do its work. Related: Dele Alli, Twitter loneliness and the cautionary tale of Renato Sanches | Barney Ronay Continue reading...

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

17-11-2018 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

Ballad of Ousmane Dembélé: £100m victim of football’s fat greasy hands | Barney Ronay

17-11-2018 From Rennes to Barcelona via Dortmund the Dembélé story has been a sad saga of interests and agents and endless friction among the Dembélé sporting-industrial complexSympathy for Ousmane Dembélé: looking from a distance at the struggles of the world’s most destructively overpriced 21-year-old footballer, it is hard to detect a great deal of this out there right now.This week Dembélé’s troubled time at Barcelona reached another minor point of crisis. The player and his agents were called into a meeting with the club hierarchy, where Dembélé was urged to pull his socks up and the club hierarchy was urged to stop leaking stories to the press, a story that was immediately leaked to the press. Continue reading...

Women's World Twenty20 highlights: India beat Ireland, New Zealand end losing streak

17-11-2018 Watch the best moments from day seven of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 as India beat Ireland to reach the semi-finals and New Zealand end their losing streak.