European Open: Kyle Edmund wins to set up Gael Monfils final

21-10-2018 Britain's Kyle Edmund beats Richard Gasquet and will play Gael Monfils in the European Open final in Antwerp.

Danny Cipriani sent off for shoulder to face as Munster beat Gloucester

21-10-2018 • Pool 2: Munster 36-22 Gloucester• Gloucester fly-half apologises after being shown red cardDanny Cipriani capped a bad week with a first-half red card for a high tackle that sent 14-man Gloucester spinning to defeat against at Thomond Park. Cipriani, snubbed by Eddie Jones on Thursday when England’s autumn series squad was named, was sent off in the 28th minute by the French referee Alexandre Ruiz after the fly-half’s right shoulder made contact with the head of the Munster centre Rory Scannell.Tries from Mike Haley and Rhys Marshall then gave Munster a 15-3 half-time lead. The Irish province had their bonus point by the 55th minute thanks to Joey Carbery’s first European try in the red jersey and a Sam Arnold score. Continue reading...

Meg Lanning fires Australia to ODI series victory over Pakistan

21-10-2018 Australia 7/273 (50 overs) defeats Pakistan 123 (40.1)Lanning and Rachael Haynes lead way with 124 and 79A century from captain Meg Lanning has spearheaded Australia’s crushing 150-run ODI victory over Pakistan in Malaysia.The Australians cruised to a 2-0 lead in the three-match series by posting an impregnable 7-273 after Lanning opted to bat first at Kuala Lumpur’s Kinrara Oval on Saturday. Continue reading...

What happened in the Premier League on Saturday?

21-10-2018 Manchester City cruise back to the top of the Premier League after thumping Burnley, while Newcastle slip to the bottom

Itoje shines as Saracens crush Lyon in Champions Cup

21-10-2018 Saracens made it two wins from two in their hunt for a third Champions Cup title, seeing off Lyon at Allianz Park.

'Fantastic result for Chelsea, an awful result for us', says José Mourinho – video

21-10-2018 A late equaliser from Ross Barkley maintained Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season as tempers flared on the touchline at Stamford Bridge. However, it was clear that the Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, felt his side deserved to take the three points from his former employers. ‘When you are the best team, you want to win,’ said Mourinho Continue reading...

Leicester Tigers finally bare their teeth as Manu Tuilagi savages sorry Scarlets

21-10-2018 • Leicester 45-27 Scarlets• Tigers score five tries with big centre powering over for fourthLeicester and England have both been waiting a long time for a rejuvenated Manu Tuilagi and finally the big man is back.With his national coach, Eddie Jones, in attendance, the fit-again centre chose the perfect night to produce his most compelling display of the season and help the Tigers secure the bonus-point victory they required to revive their European campaign. Continue reading...

American Koepka to become world number one for first time after win in South Korea

21-10-2018 American Brooks Koepka is set to become world number one for the first time after winning the CJ Cup in South Korea.

Barcelona thump Sevilla but fractured arm rules Lionel Messi out of clásico

21-10-2018 Lionel Messi will miss next week’s clásico against Real Madrid with a fracture in his right arm, Barcelona have announced.Messi was injured when he fell awkwardly in the first half of Saturday’s 4-2 win over Sevilla, and the Argentinian now faces three weeks out. Continue reading...

European Rugby Champions Cup: Wasps 35-35 Bath

21-10-2018 Wasps and Bath score five tries apiece in a thrilling Champions Cup encounter that only lacked a winner.

Manchester Grand Prix: Lauren Williams wins Taekwondo gold for Great Britain

21-10-2018 Great Britain's Lauren Williams beats Croatia's Matea Jelic to win her second successive home soil Taekwondo Grand Prix with victory in the 67kg event in Manchester.

Roberto Pereyra strikes as Watford stun Wolves with two goals in one minute

21-10-2018 Just when Wolves supporters thought this Premier League lark was easy. Two goals in 58 seconds during the first half, courtesy of Étienne Capoue’s long-distance effort and a deft finish from Roberto Pereyra, inflicted their first home defeat of the season to offer Nuno Espírito Santo’s side a timely reality check.The Wolves manager had named an unchanged side in the league for the ninth match in a row – a run that had seen them go six matches unbeaten, conceding only six goals and picking up 15 points. Continue reading...

A Peter Brackley tribute, premature celebrations and Ironman triathlon | Classic YouTube

21-10-2018 This week’s roundup also features a rugby union penalty shootout, Gianfranco Zola magic and a failed marriage proposal1) RIP Peter Brackley. He worked for Sky and ITV but for many, he was the voice of the 1990s as Serie A was beamed into our living rooms with Football Italia – it is a testament to his skill that the programme never felt poorer for a lack of co-commentator and there are few things more musical than Brackley screaming “Ravenelli” into a microphone. He was also the voice of Pro Evolution Soccer 2 – “oh that’s torn it!” – and he did a fantastic Jimmy Greaves impression on Spitting Image – so good that he was invited to appear, alongside Greaves, on ITV before the 1987 FA Cup Final. Related: Golden Goal: John Barnes for Liverpool v QPR (1987) Continue reading...

Real Madrid: How bad does it look for manager Julen Lopetegui?

21-10-2018 A fourth defeat in five games leaves Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui under mounting pressure - a week before they face rivals and La Liga leaders Barcelona.

José Mourinho's record against his previous clubs – video

21-10-2018 José Mourinho's Manchester United face high-flyers Chelsea in the early kick-off on Saturday. His side currently sit eighth in the table, seven points behind his former club. Throughout his career Mourinho has managed some of the world's biggest clubs. How has he fared against his former employers? Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Neymar dreaming of Messi reunion at Barça?

21-10-2018 Today’s fluff needs something to rely onNeymar is sad and bored and lonely in Paris and is dreaming of a return to Barcelona, says Mundo Deportivo. “Paris is a great city,” it notes, “but its climate is not that of Barcelona, nor is the Parc des Princes the Camp Nou or the Seine the Mediterranean.” The Brazilian continues to shower his former teammates, whom he left so willingly in 2017, with messages concerning a move back to Spain. “Neymar longs for his old club and his old teammates, especially Lionel Messi, as well as his old life in Barcelona and the greatness of his old club,” it writes. These feelings have never been reciprocated, with many at Barcelona still scarred by the betrayal they saw in the Brazilian’s departure. “However, lately this perception has changed,” Mundo Deportivo continues, “and the return of the Brazilian is already being considered as a plausible possibility.”That’s as may be. But several members of the Barcelona team, including Gerard Piqué, Lionel Messi and Samuel Umtiti, appear to think priorities should lie elsewhere and are campaigning for the club to buy Paul Pogba, says the Daily Mail. “Manager Ernesto Valverde is also keen,” it reports. So with the manager, their greatest player and a host of other dressing-room regulars all behind the move, and the club coffers assumed to be bulging with booty, it looks as if the move is bound to happen – except the Mail also reports that profits are down to a meagre £10m, and not everyone is in favour of the deal happening anyway. “Barcelona scouts are split,” it says, “with some believing the club’s slick passing game requires midfielders who take fewer risks on the ball and have greater positional sense.” Continue reading...

Dominant Taylor retains world titles with unanimous points win over Serrano

21-10-2018 Ireland's Katie Taylor defends her IBF and WBA world titles with a unanimous points win over Cindy Serrano in Boston.

Smith and Carlos embodied many African Americans' Summer of Love and Reckoning

21-10-2018 Fifty years ago this week, two proud Olympians raised their fists to call attention to social injustices. Their gesture made my heart swell with prideIn the summer of 1967, 100,000 fashion-forward and social-forward youth gathered in San Francisco in what has famously been called the Summer of Love. Similar gatherings occurred throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, all in an effort to reject the Vietnam War, consumerism, and governments who had proven less than forthright, while promoting the ideals of love, kindness, and compassion. The Summer of Love has been branded and celebrated as a symbol of the 60s. African Americans had another name for that summer: the Long, Hot Summer of 1967. During that time, 150 black communities burned in riots, with 26 people killed in Newark, New Jersey, and 43 in Detroit. By the following summer, Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Bobby Kennedy, two guiding lights in civil rights, had been assassinated. Black people were not feeling the love. That’s the context for the 1968 Summer Olympics when, 50 years ago this week, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their gloved fists from the podium in Mexico City, medals dangling from their necks, while the US national anthem played. To many African Americans, that was the Summer of Love – and Pride, and Reckoning. Related: Colin Kaepernick sounds the alarm against a re-emerging evil | Richard Williams Continue reading...