Jesse Lingard admits to ‘consistency’ struggles at Manchester United but is enjoying West Ham loan

Jesse Lingard admits to ‘consistency’ struggles at Manchester United but midfielder is ‘really enjoying’ himself at West Ham having regained that playing regularly during current loan Jesse Lingard is excelling on loan at West Ham since leaving Manchester United Lingard has scored three goals in four appearances since his January transfer He had only played … Read more

England pay price on spinners’ paradise

While debate continues over the state of the Ahmedabad pitch, England shot themselves in the foot before a ball was bowled by opting for a pace-heavy attack on a spinners’ paradise in the third Test against India. The hosts wrapped up an extraordinary 10-wicket victory inside two days in the day-night contest at the Narendra … Read more

Brumbies wary as Tahs’ Swinton returns

Blunting the NSW Waratahs’ beefed-up backrow is Brumbies captain Allan Alaalatoa’s primary focus as the Super Rugby AU defending champions get comfortable in Canberra. The Brumbies will play their next four games at home, beginning with Saturday’s second-round clash against the depleted Waratahs. A 41-7 loss to the Queensland Reds last Friday was compounded by … Read more

Football advocate Bonita Mersiades issues retraction, apology to Football Queensland executives

Bonita Mersiades has issued an apology to Football Queensland directors Rob Cavallucci and Ben Richardson to settle their defamation action against her. Key points: Bonita Mersiades and Fair Play Publishing issued an apology and a retraction of a January 2020 article Football Queensland said in a statement an undisclosed sum was paid to Rob Cavallucci … Read more

MCG welcomes 50,000 fans to the stands as Victorian crowd capacities increase

The MCG will welcome the largest crowd capacity at a sporting event in Victoria since the coronavirus pandemic first hit last year when reigning premiers Richmond host Carlton for AFL’s season opener. Key points: Richmond face Carlton for the season opener on Thursday March 18 Docklands Stadium can host up to 28,961 fans Crowd attendance … Read more

What are the claims, what happens next and who is behind it?

Nearly nine months since the first bombshell allegations of abuse at the heart of British Gymnastics, the governing body has now been served notice of a group claim being brought against it by 17 gymnasts, including three Olympians. After a “culture of abuse” was exposed in the sport last July, UK Sport and Sport England … Read more

Eric Dier rejects Jose Mourinho’s ‘crisis of confidence’ claims

Eric Dier has dismissed Jose Mourinho’s claim that he has suffered a crisis of confidence this season and insisted he can cope with the tough love dished out by Tottenham Hotspur’s head coach. Central defender Dier was recently dropped by Mourinho for the games against Brighton and West Bromwich Albion, following costly errors in the … Read more

Rangers and Antwerp produce another goal fest as Steve Gerrard’s team stride into Europa League last-16

For the second time in a week Rangers and Royal Antwerp produced a fusillade of goals that necessitated periodic checks to establish exactly how their relative positions had adjusted in this Europa League tie. In the event, Rangers strode into the last 16 for the second year in succession, inspired by Alfredo Morelos, who opened … Read more

Arsenal’s David Luiz must end his career at Benfica according to club legend Nuno Gomes

David Luiz MUST end his career at Benfica according to club legend Nuno Gomes – who would ‘love it’ if the Brazilian swapped Arsenal for the Portuguese club where he rose to stardom David Luiz has been encouraged to leave Arsenal and end his career at Benfica Club legend Nuno Gomes, who played with Luiz, … Read more

Yates to spearhead BikeExchange Giro bid

Australian cycling’s Team BikeExchange has confirmed that its spearhead rider Simon Yates will return to the Giro d’Italia for a fourth successive year in a bid to finally win the elusive grand tour. Following the unveiling of what looks an ideal route for the Briton in the great Italian challenge, with its six mountain-top finishes … Read more

Six Nations thrown into chaos as France’s clash with Scotland postponed over fresh Covid positive test

The Six Nations has been thrown into chaos with France’s game against Scotland set to be postponed until after the tournament was due to finish and both teams facing the prospect of fielding weakened sides.  A positive Covid test in the French camp on Thursday morning – the 11th positive over the past week – saw Sunday’s … Read more

Ex-stars unimpressed with two-day Test

Former England captain Sir Alastair Cook admitted he felt uncomfortable watching the “mayhem” of India’s rapid victory in the day-night third Test due to the state of the Ahmedabad pitch. Seventeen wickets fell in just two sessions on Thursday as batsmen on both sides were left in a spin by the pink ball before India … Read more

Arsenal v Benfica, Rangers v Antwerp: Europa League clockwatch – live! | Football

Arsenal v Benfica Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney; Ceballos, Xhaka; Ødegaard, Smith Rowe, Saka; Aubameyang Subs: Ryan, Hein, Cedric, Chambers, Pablo Mari, Elneny, Partey, Willian, Pepe, Nketiah, Martinelli, Lacazette Benfica (5-4-1): Hélton; Diogo Gonçalves, Vertonghen, Otamendi, Veríssimo, Grimaldo; Rafa Silva, Weigl, Pizzi, Taarabt; Seferovic Subs: Svilar, Odysseas, Gilberto, Nuno Tavares, Everton, Gabriel, … Read more

Nadal out of ATP event with back trouble

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s Rotterdam Open due to the back injury that also troubled him during the Australian Open. The 20-time grand slam winner has been struggling with the issue for a while, having also been forced to skip Spain’s ATP Cup ties earlier this month. “It is with great sadness … Read more

England 81 all out, India home in on win

England have been skittled out for 81 in their second innings, setting India a victory target of just 49 runs in the day-night third Test in Ahmedabad. Ben Stokes (25) top scored for the tourists with only three English batsmen managing double digits in the spin-dominated contest which appears to be heading towards a finish … Read more

Bencic weathers Aussie Storm in Adelaide

Australia’s last hope at the Adelaide International has crashed out after Swiss Belinda Bencic beat Storm Sanders in straight sets in the quarterfinals. Sanders battled hard throughout Thursday night’s match, but her inability to convert break points proved costly as Bencic secured the 6-2 6-4 win in 95 minutes. The final scoreline didn’t truly reflect … Read more

Eddie Jones makes two changes in the pack

Elliot Daly is set to make his 50th appearance for England, at full back, while captain Owen Farrell is at inside centre, Henry Slade at outside centre and George Ford stays at fly half. In the pack Jamie George returns at hooker, while Mark Wilson starts at blind-side flanker. England starting XV: E Daly (Saracens), A Watson (Bath), H … Read more

India v England: third Test, day two – live! | Sport

9.49am GMT09:49 43rd over: India 121-6 (Ashwin 6, Sundar 0) Ashwin comes down the ground to lift the ball over mid on for four, but those are the only runs of the over. Leach gets one to turn mightily past the bat, and Foakes collects it wide to his right and has the bails off … Read more

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s father has died after drowning in a lake in Brazil

The father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker dies after drowning in a dam at his holiday home in Brazil, with police finding his body hours after he dived in for an afternoon swim Alisson Becker’s father Jose, 57, has died after a swimming accident in Brazil The incident happened in a lake near a dam … Read more

Jockey Jim Johnson, who won three Melbourne Cups, two Cox Plates and a Caulfield Cup, dies aged 92

Champion jockey and Australian hall of fame member Jim ‘Jimmy’ Johnson has died at the age of 92. Key points: Jim Johnson retired in 1976, having won 2,158 races as a jockey Johnson is one of the few jockeys to have won the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate He was inducted into the … Read more

Women’s sport brings an audience – we proved that with cycling magazine takeover

Women’s sport doesn’t sell, isn’t that what we’re always told? When I was asked to guest-edit the first ever women’s issue of one of the biggest cycle sport magazines in the world, Rouleur, I had no doubt we would find the stories, writers, illustrators and photographers to make an issue that was both beautiful and … Read more

Father of Liverpool keeper Alisson drowns

The father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has drowned in a lake near his holiday home in southern Brazil. Jose Becker, 57, had been swimming at a dam on his property when the accident happened on Wednesday. Police spokesman Doroteo Machado Filho said foul play was not suspected. Alisson joined Liverpool in 2018 from Roma … Read more

About 1000 volunteers quit Tokyo Olympics

About 1,000 Olympics volunteers have quit over the past month, organisers said, during which time organising committee president Yoshiro Mori resigned due to sexist remarks and a new president was chosen to replace him. Volunteers are the backbone of any Games, performing everything from guiding people to venues, translating and driving visitors around. A significant … Read more

New Zealand v Australia: second T20 international – live! | Sport

2.44am GMT02:44 Australia must chase 220 to win What a performance from New Zealand. Guptill was in Destructo-Mode, Williamson backed him up perfectly, and then Neesham at the end – 45 runs from 16 balls, a Laxman-respecting strike rate of 281, or by another metric he was scoring at 16.86 per over. He hit six … Read more

Brisbane sprinter Julie Brims smashes ageist stereotypes with sprinting records

Brisbane’s Julie Brims has broken sprinting world records but the mother of two says clearing ageism hurdles has been the biggest challenge. In January this year, a couple of weeks after her 55th birthday, the runner broke the 100-metre, 200-metre and 400-metre world records for sprinting at local competitions. And just last week Brims smashed … Read more

Female cyclists discouraged by lack of recognition as men in the same race awarded prize money

When Alana Leabeater became the first woman to cross the line in a race at her local club this week, she was overjoyed. Key points: Alana Leabeater identified several cycling events where women don’t get podiums or prize money She says it is discouraging and also creates an unwelcoming environment for women Stef Hanson says … Read more

Lucky-to-be-alive Tiger Woods faces hardest test

In a career filled with remarkable comebacks, Tiger Woods faces perhaps his toughest recovery of all. Woods was driving alone through a sweeping, downhill stretch of road through coastal suburbs of Los Angeles on Tuesday when his SUV struck a sign, crossed over two oncoming lanes and flipped several times before coming to rest on … Read more

Queensland Premier flags possible new stadium, aquatic facility to be built for Brisbane Olympics 2032

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has flagged a new venue may be built in South-East Queensland to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics if the region secures the Games. Key points: Brisbane bid announced as “preferred candidate city” to host the 2032 Summer Olympic Games Existing infrastructure to be heavily relied … Read more

Atalanta v Real Madrid: Champions League last 16 – live! | Football

8.27pm GMT20:27 25 min: Most of Real’s most dangerous attacks have come down the left, particularly through Mendy. But this time it’s Nacho who embarks on a drive down that flank … and he carries on all the way into the box before booming a shot high and wide! Lovely play! Until the last bit. … Read more

Tiger Woods took the golfing world by storm — his highs and lows have made headlines ever since

It’s impossible to overestimate the impact of Tiger Woods. A black man in the whitest of white sports — Tiger tore golf apart. He was an outstanding junior and college golfer who took the professional world by storm, winning everything in sight by so far that the rest of the field became almost irrelevant. He … Read more

Tottenham Hotspur v Wolfsberger: Europa League last 32 – live!

Europa League news from the 5pm GMT kick-off (first leg: 4-1) Mourinho backs his experience to turn Spurs around Get in touch! Email Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 6.21pm GMT 66 min: Ben Davies is the latest player to be booked. 6.20pm GMT 65 min: Baumgartner is now replaced by Giorbelidze, while Peric is on for … Read more

Lucky-to-be-alive Tiger faces hardest test

In a career filled with remarkable comebacks, Tiger Woods faces perhaps his toughest recovery of all. Woods was driving alone through a sweeping, downhill stretch of road through coastal suburbs of Los Angeles on Tuesday when his SUV struck a sign, crossed over two oncoming lanes and flipped several times before coming to rest on … Read more

India names biggest stadium after PM Modi

India has renamed the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a move that has drawn immediate praise and criticism. The name change to the Narendra Modi Stadium was unveiled at the 132,000-seat venue, formerly known as Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, in the western state of Gujarat, on Wednesday. … Read more

Musiala pledges soccer future to Germany

Champions League sensation Jamal Musiala has chosen Germany over England after making an agonising decision on his international future. The 17-year-old, who became Bayern Munich’s youngest goalscorer in Europe’s premier club competition in Tuesday night’s 4-1 victory over Lazio, was born in Stuttgart to a German mother and a British-Nigerian father, but moved to England … Read more

live score and latest updates from Ahmedabad

Good morning and welcome to coverage of the third Test between India and England, a day-night match starting at a respectable hour with the series poised 1-1 after back-to-back Tests at Chennai. We do not really know what to expect at Motera, AKA the Sardar Patel Stadium, the vast enclosed bowl that has risen from … Read more