21-11-2018 Talking Horses: Samcro and Buveur D'Air on course for Newcastle clash

Ireland’s jump racing flag-bearer hope Samcro will face dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air in the Fighting Fifth next monthRain arrived in the north-east on Tuesday afternoon and the timing could not have been better, as Newcastle remains on course to stage one of the best jump races in its long history. Samcro, Buveur D’Air and Summerville Boy, who were all Grade One winners at Cheltenham in March, are among the potential runners in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle on 1 December and with the ground starting to ease after one of the driest summers for years, all three could now line up at Gosforth Park next month.A first meeting between Buveur D’Air, the dual Champion Hurdle winner, and Samcro, who took last season’s Ballymore Novice Hurdle, certainly seems more likely after Nicky Henderson, Buveur D’Air’s trainer, said on Tuesday that the possibility of “good or good-to-firm” was his main concern ahead of the Fighting Fifth. “There is a problem looming,” Henderson said, “and while this wind is in the east, you aren’t going to see much rain.” Continue reading...

21-11-2018 How are Premier League players on loan faring? Part one: Arsenal to Huddersfield

From Reiss Nelson to Kevin Mirallas we check how the players are doing to see if they have a future at their parent clubsReiss Nelson, 18, Hoffenheim: A whirlwind start to Bundesliga life has seen Nelson flourish, keen to express himself and take responsibility. Often a supersub, the goals are flowing, as is his confidence, and he was named Rookie of the Month for October. 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 The Breakdown | It was tough on Sam Underhill, but England try was rightly disallowed

Courtney Lawes took a gamble and lost when he charged down TJ Perenara’s kick against the All Blacks. The referee was correctSam Underhill may be one of England’s youngest, least experienced players but he reacted to one of the biggest disappointments of his senior career with a mature detachment. “If the referee says the grass is pink, then the grass is pink,” he said when asked about his disallowed try five minutes from time against New Zealand when Courtney Lawes was ruled to have been offside when he charged down a kick. Related: Japan captain Leitch says his side will not bow down at Twickenham Continue reading...

21-11-2018 Sports quiz of the week: Wayne Rooney, All Blacks and a generous fan

Who has 125 caps? Who coughed up? Who is being ripped off?Callum Wilson scored on his England debut on Thursday night, meaning he has one cap and one goal. Which of these players has the same international record?Carlton Palmer Rickie Lambert Francis JeffersMark Hateley Wayne Rooney finished his England career with 120 caps. Who is the only player with more?David Beckham Steven Gerrard Peter ShiltonBobby Moore Who will provide the voice of the Green Goblin in the French language version of the new Spider-Man film?Olivier GiroudThierry HenryMathieu BastareaudTyson FuryThe two best rugby teams in the world – New Zealand and Ireland – meet in Dublin on Saturday night. Ireland have only ever beaten the All Blacks once. Where? FranceAustraliaEnglandUSA Why did the FA suspend referee David McNamara for 21 days?He called a ball boy a “little dweeb” when he wouldn’t give back the ballHe laughed in the face of a player who missed a sitterHe lost his whistle so was forced to shout “STOP” to get the attention of the playersHe forgot to bring a coin for the toss so asked the two captains to play rock, paper, scissors insteadNew Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri has managed some of Europe's biggest clubs in his career – including Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atlético Madrid, Juventus, Roma, Inter, Valencia, Monaco and Chelsea – but he has only ever managed one national team. Which one? ItalyAustraliaGreeceSwitzerlandHow did Coalville Town supporter Damien Trown help the club this week?He ran on to the pitch wearing a full kit without the referee noticing and scored from a cornerHe went to their ground with his lawnmower after the manager had complained about the pitchHe ran on to the field and rugby tackled a streaker – his mumHe gave his replica shirt back to the club as they didn't have one big enough for their new signingThe Golden State Warriors have offered fans a new ticket that costs $100 a month. What is the only drawback for fans?They won’t have a seat or view of the basketball court They are in the singing section and have to pass an audition They have to pick up litter for 15 minutes after matchesThey have to live within a mile of the stadium to qualify for the ticket Which of these football teams has not lost a game in 2018? Borussia Dortmund Paris Saint-Germain The US women's teamEngland women's team Complete this sequence: Moscow, Samara, Kazan, New Jersey, Maryland, Riyadh, Jeddah, London …New YorkMilton KeynesColchesterBerlin1 and above.Oh dear, oh dear2 and above.Oh dear, oh dear3 and above.You'd done OK there. Something to build on for next week4 and above.You'd done OK there. Something to build on for next week5 and above.You'd done well there. A decent score and something to build on for next week6 and above.You'd done well there. A decent score and something to build on for next week7 and above.You're among the elite with that score8 and above.You are excelling in life9 and above.You're among the elite with that score0 and above.Oh dear10 and above.What a score. One to print out and keep. Or at least screengrab Continue reading...

21-11-2018 Tiger Woods v Phil Mickelson: Face-off aborted before pay-per-view duel

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson's bid to "talk smack" ahead of their winners-takes-all clash in Las Vegas ends in laughs and handshakes.

21-11-2018 World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

21-11-2018 The slow death of US greyhound racing

Florida has become the latest state to pass legislation that will phase out the sport. It marks a victory for animal rights campaignersWay back in 1919, the Blue Star Amusement Company built an oval track in Emeryville, California, so a mechanical lure invented by Owen Patrick Smith could be used for racing greyhounds. Smith intended to charge spectators 99 cents to watch the exotic dogs race.According to a history of the sport by Grey2K USA Worldwide, a greyhound protection organization, Smith devised the rabbit-like lure, attached to the outside rail of a track, because he thought it would be a more humane alternative to the live hares used in greyhound field coursing. Continue reading...

21-11-2018 Gay rugby player wins temporary reprieve from deportation

Kenneth Macharia fears persecution because of his sexuality if deported to KenyaA gay rugby player threatened with deportation to Kenya, where he fears he will face persecution because of his sexuality, has been given a temporary reprieve.Kenneth Macharia, a member of Bristol Bisons, a gay and inclusive rugby club, was being held at Colnbrook immigration centre near Heathrow airport. Continue reading...

21-11-2018 FA Cup: Crawley Town 2-6 Southend United highlights (aet)

Watch highlights as League One Southend United score four extra-time goals to move into the second round of the FA Cup at the expense of spirited League Two opponents Crawley Town.

21-11-2018 Pat Nevin: Scotland have 'something to get excited about' after beating Israel

Former Scotland winger Pat Nevin is enthused by the "youthful energy" and "vibrancy" of the team that beat Albania and Israel.