21-11-2018 Cheltenham Festival glory and tragedy: Campbell Gillies and Brindisi Breeze

In an extract from Chris Cook’s new book Three Of A Kind: The Scudamores, the trainer Peter, his partner, Lucinda Russell, and Campbell Gillies’ mother Lesley talk about the double tragedy that befell the jockey and his Cheltenham winnerIn March 2012, Brindisi Breeze won the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle, a first training success at the Cheltenham Festival for Lucinda Russell and Peter Scudamore. For the wider world, it was an introduction to the winning jockey, Campbell Gillies. Appallingly, both horse and jockey had died by midsummer. Peter Scudamore: He had a spaniel-like charm, Campbell. We love spaniels because they’re always puppies. He had that charm that almost made him a surrogate son to us. You could never really get cross with Campbell. He was never infuriating. He knew his boundaries with his humour, it was just joy of life. He’d ride out in little short, pink wellingtons. Why? I never found out. Continue reading...

21-11-2018 Nations League and internationals: 10 talking points from this week's games

Virgil van Dijk is leader of the flying Dutchmen, Kosovo are on the verge of something special and a fed up Britt abroadWhen Gareth Southgate needed to turn the tide against Croatia at the World Cup, his options were limited by a lack of forward players on England’s bench. It was difficult for Southgate to alter the flow of the game and it was unsurprising to see his side run out of steam. Yet England have continued to progress since then and offered an indication of their greater strength in depth when they reached the Nations League finals at Croatia’s expense. What a difference it made for Southgate to introduce Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho after Andrej Kramaric had given the visitors the lead. Lingard, a player with the knack of popping up in the right place at the right time, grabbed the equaliser and England were rewarded for throwing caution to the wind when Harry Kane prodded in the winner. Extra competition for places in the forward areas is already having a positive effect. Jacob Steinberg Continue reading...

21-11-2018 Tiger Woods and Phil Mickleson's attempt to face-off ends in laughter – video

Phil Mickelson has said bragging rights are worth more to him than the $9m (£7m) prize money when he takes on Tiger Woods in an 18-hole winner-takes-all  showdown in Las Vegas.'Every time I see you I want to be able to rub [my victory] in,' Mickleson told Woods at a news conference to promote the event, which is being billed as The Match.But that was about as close as the rivals came to trash talk as they attempted to help sell their pay-per-view duel on 23 November.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Tiger Woods may not be a hero for black people but he is a beacon for the aging Continue reading...

21-11-2018 Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

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

21-11-2018 'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

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

21-11-2018 Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.

21-11-2018 NFL: 'Are you not entertained?!' - Osi Umenyiora amazed by Chiefs-Rams game

NFL This Week's Osi Umenyiora, Jason Bell and Mark Chapman discuss the Los Angeles Rams' thrilling 54-51 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday.

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 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 FA to push for cut on overseas players in Premier League regardless of Brexit

• Non-homegrown players would be reduced from 17 to 13• Clubs are anxious to avoid a struggle for work permitsThe Football Association will seek to cut the number of foreign players permitted in Premier League squads, even if the United Kingdom does not leave the European Union.The FA has drawn up proposals to deal with Brexit under which the allowance of non-homegrown players in the 25-man squads would be reduced from 17 to 13, and will pursue that course regardless. Continue reading...

21-11-2018 'A liquid catapult': big-wave surfer returns to scene of nightmare wipeout

Andrew Cotton, who broke his back on a huge wave at Nazaré in Portugal in 2017, prepares to scale the notorious peaks againLooking out from the jagged headland at Nazaré in Portugal, the Atlantic Ocean below looks tranquil. Baby waves – or so they seem from above – peel left across the town’s northern beach and there’s barely a sign that this stretch of water is considered one of the most monstrous surf spots in the world.“It’s impossible to visualise it on a day like today when it’s beautiful and sunny but sometimes it gets big out there and sometimes it gets to the next level, beyond the realms ...” says the surfer Andrew Cotton, tapering off as he considers how best to describe the 60ft wave that flattened him exactly a year ago. “It’s like moving mountains,” he adds. Continue reading...

21-11-2018 Sports quiz of the week: Wayne Rooney, City v United and Formula 1

Who scored? Who stripped? Who is out of action?Wayne Rooney is likely to win his final England cap later this month. His first game for England ended in a 3-1 defeat to Australia. Which other young striker made his international debut that night, scored England’s only goal of the game and never played for his country again?Rickie Lambert Francis JeffersDavid Nugent James Beattie Where are England playing New Zealand at rugby this weekend?Bradford and BathLondon and LeedsManchester and CardiffWigan and SheffieldWhen it comes to the Manchester derby, what makes Ernest Mangnall unique?He scored for both sides in the derby in 1935 (a fine header for United and a scrappy own goal for City)He is the only man to have managed both clubsHe is the only player to have been sold from one club to the otherHe is the only United player who has gone on to manage CityIf it was Singapore in 2008, United Arab Emirates in 2009, South Korea in 2010 and India in 2011, where will it be in 2020?South AfricaVietnamWalesTurkeyWhy will Aldershot Town have to do without midfielder James Rowe for the next few months?After winning Britain’s Got Talent with his ukulele playing, he "wants to concentrate on music for a while"He has stepped away from football for a few months to star in a pantomimeHe has gone to Buenos Aires “to watch the Copa Libertadores final and check out Argentina”He was injured by a bottle of RibenaThe Women’s World Twenty20 begins this weekend. Who are the hosts and reigning champions?EnglandAustraliaIndiaWest Indies Bradley Stoke Town FC signed a new player this week. What is he called?Donald TrumpObama BarracksMichel BarnierBradley StokesHuddersfield's victory on Monday night means that every team in the Premier League has won a game this season. Who scored Huddersfield's winner?A Huddersfield playerA Newcastle player (on loan from Chelsea)A Cardiff City player (on loan from Liverpool )A Fulham player (on loan from Manchester United) Fernando Ovelar scored a goal for Cerro Porteño against Club Olimpia in the Paraguayan Superclásico this week. What is unusual about Ovelar’s goal?He was the refereeHe is also the club’s ownerHe is just 14 years old He played the first half for Olimpia but was signed for Cerro Porteño at half-time Who is the only player to have scored at Anfield and the Etihad this season?David Silva Danny Ings Callum Wilson Wesley Hoedt Zeki Celik was shown a yellow card for stripping Neymar of which item of clothing in Lille’s defeat to PSG?A hatA snoodA necklaceA gloveWho said: "I wanted to do something different. I want to give the people what they want – blood, sweat and tears. I can do it all"?José MourinhoTony BellewFloyd MayweatherWayne Rooney12 and above.You are a true credit to yourself. Have a cracking weekend. You've earned it1 and above.That's not very good. 2 and above.That's not a great score but it's something to build on next week 3 and above.That's not a great score but it's something to build on next week 4 and above.You've done OK there. Not great but not embarrassing either5 and above.You've done well there. Give yourself a thumbs up6 and above.You've done well there. Give yourself a thumbs up7 and above.You've done well there. Give yourself a thumbs up. Enjoy the weekend8 and above.You've done very well there. Enjoy the weekend9 and above.You've done very, very well there. Enjoy the weekend10 and above.You've done very, very, very well there. Have a cracking weekend0 and above.That's not very good. 11 and above.You are a credit to yourself. Have a cracking weekend. You've earned it Continue reading...