20-11-2018 Wales v South Africa: Leigh Halfpenny ruled out of Springbok Test

Leigh Halfpenny has failed to recover from concussion and will miss Saturday's Test between Wales and South Africa.

20-11-2018 Chris Ashton ruled out of England's Test against Australia due to calf injury

Scan confirms Ashton set to be sidelined for two weeksEngland winger suffered calf problem in victory over JapanChris Ashton’s international comeback has stalled after the England wing was ruled out of Saturday’s climax to the November series against Australia by a calf problem.Ashton will be limited to three appearances this month due to the injury sustained in the 35-15 victory over Japan at Twickenham, a scan confirming that he will be sidelined for a fortnight. Continue reading...

20-11-2018 Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny ruled out of Springboks match due to concussion

• Scarlets full-back injured in win over Australia on 10 November• Absence creates dilemma at full-back and outside-halfWales will be without Leigh Halfpenny against South Africa on Saturday. The Lions’ full-back has not recovered from the concussion he suffered after being clattered by Samu Kerevi during the victory over Australia this month, creating a dilemma in his position and at outside-half for a side seeking a first autumn clean sweep. Related: South Africa stick with their back-up scrum-halves as De Klerk stays at Sale Continue reading...

20-11-2018 David Warner and Steve Smith ball-tampering bans stand, Cricket Australia says

Players’ union submission to overturn bans dismissedCameron Bancroft’s nine-month sanction also upheldA definitive line in the sand has been drawn under the ball tampering scandal after Cricket Australia dismissed a submission by the players’ union which asked for amendments to the bans handed to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.CA directors discussed the options available to them on Monday, following calls from the Australian Cricketers’ Association to immediately lift the sanctions. Despite the union’s claims the trio had “already been punished enough”, the board of directors unanimously decided the bans were fair, and saw no reason to alter them. Continue reading...

20-11-2018 NFL plays of the week: 'Phenomenal' Kenny Golladay & TY Hilton's fancy footwork

Watch the best plays from Sunday's week 11 games in the NFL, including a phenomenal Kenny Golladay catch for Detroit and some fancy footwork from Indianapolis' TY Hilton.

20-11-2018 European Super League ‘won’t happen’ says Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin

• European Club Association chairman backs Uefa’s vision• Der Spiegel reported secret talks over possible new leagueAleksander Ceferin, the president of Uefa, says a European Super League “will not happen”.Ceferin and Andrea Agnelli, the chairman of the European Club Association that represents more than 200 top teams, have made their positions clear following a report by Der Spiegel that a leaked document revealed secret discussions over a possible new league competition. Continue reading...

20-11-2018 EFL TV deal: Several Championship clubs 'gravely concerned' after announcement

Several Championship clubs are "gravely concerned" by the EFL board's announcement it has approved a new domestic broadcasting rights deal.

20-11-2018 Championship clubs ‘gravely concerned’ by EFL decision to sign new TV deal

• Statement says 19 clubs asked to discuss deal before agreement• ‘This was ignored’ says statement from unnamed clubsSeveral Championship clubs have expressed “grave” concern after the English Football League board approved a new long-term domestic broadcasting rights deal.Leaders of Championship clubs met on Tuesday to discuss the five-year broadcasting deal the EFL board has signed with Sky Sports. Continue reading...

20-11-2018 Great golf duels, quick pitstops and sticking it up the punter | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features propelling things at targets and narrowly avoiding being trampled1) It’s Tiger Woods v Phil Mickelson nonsense next week, which means an ideal time to look back at some maverick and even random golf matches. Here’s Tiger v Sergio in the Battle at Bighorn (2000), Seve v Jack in the Toyota Challenge of Champions (1986) and Ben Hogan v Sam Snead (1965). Then Skins … at Wentworth in 1988, Walton Heath in 1991, Lee Trevino at PGA West (1987) and Woods, again, at the Memorial Skins in 2009. And how about the $18,000 Putt-Putt Skins Game – 1989 edition and then 1992? And how could we possibly forget a famous 1964 duel at Stoke Park?2) Ferrari didn’t keep Sebastian Vettel waiting in the pits for his second stop at last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix – he was on his way again after an incredible 1.97 secs. Yet it’s still not the fastest ever. The pit lane ballet isn’t always so well choreographed, however. And beware: tyre jack. Continue reading...

20-11-2018 '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.

20-11-2018 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.

20-11-2018 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.

20-11-2018 Scotland v Israel: Nations League – live!

Nations League updates from the game at Hampden ParkItaly v USA – follow the international friendly live!And feel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 6.57pm GMT Scotland: A McGregor; Paterson, Bates, McKenna, Robertson; Forrest, C McGregor, Armstrong, Fraser; Christie; Fletcher.Israel: Harush; Dasa, Yeini, Taha, Ben Harush, Twatha; Peretz, Natcho, Kayal; Zahavi, Dabbur. 6.24pm GMT Hello. You’ve got to love the Nations League. In different circumstances, these would be grim times for Scotland. If Uefa had chosen to keep the status quo intact, it’s unlikely that a couple of wins over Albania would have made Scottish fans feel so optimistic. Instead they’d be focusing on a run of three defeats in their past five games, Belgium, Portugal and Israel meting out the damage, and talking about whether Alex McLeish deserves to be replaced by Craig Levein. Nobody would be excited about this evening’s home game against Israel, that’s for sure.Yet the quirky format of the Nations League, the competition that keeps on giving, means that those wins over Albania have given Scotland a chance of earning a Euro 2020 play-off spot. That’s quite the incentive for a country that hasn’t qualified for a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, though let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. Scotland still need to beat Israel to guarantee they finish top of Group C1. No point tempting fate. Having emerged victorious when the sides met in Haifa last month, Israel only need a draw to hold on to first place and gain promotion to Division B. Continue reading...

20-11-2018 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.

20-11-2018 WSL round-up: Amazing acrobatics & Arsenal win eight in a row

Chelsea's Erin Cuthbert scores one of the goals of the season while leaders Arsenal maintain their perfect start to the Women's Super League.

20-11-2018 Highlights: Dominant Alexander Zverev beats Novak Djokovic to win ATP Finals in London

Watch highlights of Alexander Zverev's dominant display over world number one Novak Djokovic to win the season-ending ATP Finals and earn the biggest victory of his career in straight sets.