19-10-2018 Manchester United defender Luke Shaw signs new five-year deal

• The England left-back has faced criticism from José Mourinho• His career at Old Trafford has been restricted by injuryLuke Shaw has signed a new five-year deal at Manchester United in a development he admitted would have seemed “impossible” not long ago. The 23-year-old has faced public criticism from José Mourinho and has been limited to 50 Premier League appearances at United in nearly four and a half years by a serious injury, form and fitness issues. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Is Keisuke Honda alone in managing internationally while still playing? | The Knowledge

Plus: prolific first-half goalscorers, sticking peppers where the sun don’t shine, and more. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Recently Keisuke Honda signed for my hometown club Melbourne Victory in the A-League,” writes Karan Dhamija. “A few days later, he was also announced as manager of the Cambodian national team. Has a player been a manager of another team while playing? Even better if there has been a case of a player managing a national team like Honda?”The Knowledge has been close to this subject before, in 2010, when we found a few examples of footballers turning out for their international teams while player-managers at club-level. These include Graeme Souness, who captained Scotland at Mexico 1986 shortly after being appointed to the dual role at Rangers; Jim Platt, who turned out for Northern Ireland while player-manager at Coleraine; and Gunnar Gren, who played for Sweden in the World Cup final against Brazil in 1958 while managing and turning out for Orgryte. But none of these ever managed an international team. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Online aggression skews debate over suspended West Ham youth coach | Jacob Steinberg

Disreputable or an individual’s right? Battle lines on social media have sent the temperature soaring regarding the actions of West Ham’s Mark PhillipsWhen Kick It Out contacted West Ham about the youth coach who went on the Democratic Football Lads Alliance march through central London last Saturday, football’s anti‑discrimination organisation was not trying to stir the pot. Its aim was not to land Mark Phillips in hot water. It had an obligation to act after receiving an anonymous report about Phillips appearing to align himself with an organisation accused of Islamophobia and of having links with far-right groups.Yet the temperature inevitably rose on Twitter as soon as the Guardian broke the story about Phillips on Tuesday morning. For people who see nothing wrong with the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, a group condemned by anti-racist campaigners, it was a case of political correctness gone mad. Because it had acted on an anonymous complaint against the coach of West Ham’s Under-18s, Kick It Out was accused of being snowflakes who wanted to shut down free speech and, even more bizarrely, of being the real fascists. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Scottish cyclist smashes round-the world record

Jenny Graham arrives in Berlin after cycling 18,000 miles across four continents in 124 days A British adventurer has become the fastest woman to cycle around the world. Jenny Graham circumnavigated the globe in 124 days, knocking nearly three weeks off the previous record.The 38-year-old from Inverness arrived at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Thursday. She managed the feat in 20 days fewer than the 144 it took Italy’s Paola Gianotti in 2014. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Roma fan cleared of inflicting GBH on Liverpool supporter

Filippo Lombardi jailed for three years for violent disorder before Champions League tieA Roma fan has been cleared of inflicting grievous bodily harm on a Liverpool supporter but has been jailed for three years for violent disorder.Filippo Lombardi, 21, from Rome, was found not guilty at Preston crown court on Thursday of assaulting Sean Cox, who suffered “catastrophic injuries” in an incident on Walton Breck Road before a Champions League semi-final in April. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Former Crewe coach Paul McCann found not guilty of sexually abusing player

• McCann was Barry Bennell’s assistant at Crewe• Cleared of four charges relating to late 1980sPaul McCann, formerly Barry Bennell’s assistant at Crewe Alexandra, has been cleared of four specimen charges of indecent assault after being accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a teenager during his time with the club. Related: Crewe suspend academy coach over safeguarding issue and spark FA inquiry Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Salah and Van Dijk back in full Liverpool training after injury scares

• Players set to face Huddersfield after missing internationals• Mané and Keïta are doubts for match on SaturdayMohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk are expected to be fit for Liverpool’s visit to Huddersfield Town on Saturday despite missing recent internationals through injury.The influential duo completed full training sessions at Melwood on Wednesday and, barring any late setbacks, will be included in Jürgen Klopp’s plans against David Wagner’s winless side. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 The Fiver | The collapse of the Wembley deal

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Huzzah, another victory for this proud land! How many times do we have to tell the world to take their investments and their jobs elsewhere? HAVE YOU GOT THE MESSAGE YET? Well, Shahid Khan has, “respectfully withdrawing” (for now) his offer to buy Wembley Stadium after the weight of popular opposition to the deal finally became clear, leaving the nation to rejoice in the continued ownership of a building nobody really needs and the exhilarating absence of funding for grassroots sport. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Fifty years on: Bob Beamon smashes long jump world record at Mexico Olympics

Lynn Davies looks back 50 years ago today, when Bob Beamon smashed the long jump world record at the Mexico Olympics.

19-10-2018 Should José Mourinho be punished for his foul-mouthed outburst? | Paul MacInnes

The Manchester United manager has been charged by the FA for using ‘abusive, insulting or improper language’ but it seems reasonable to raise the question: was it really offensive?In this week’s episode of the José Mourinho show the Manchester United manager could have another sentimental return to Stamford Bridge ruined by the threat of a touchline ban for swearing in Portuguese.The Football Association has charged the Premier League’s most accomplished attention seeker with the use of “abusive, insulting or improper language” after he apparently repeated the phrase “fodas filhos de puta” into the TV cameras following United’s late win against Newcastle. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Kaneria admits spot-fixing after six years of denials

Former Pakistan leg spinner Danish Kaneria admits to spot-fixing while at Essex, ending six years of denial.

19-10-2018 Wayne Rooney's stunning free-kick continues DC United's remarkable revival

Team were bottom of Eastern Conference when Rooney arrivedEnglishman has scored 10 goals in 18 apperancesWayne Rooney rolled back the years as his stunning 30-yard free-kick earned DC United a 1-0 home win over Toronto. The former England captain bent a glorious effort over the wall and into the top corner in the 18th minute.Victory strengthened United’s hold on a play-off spot in the Eastern Conference, they are now four points ahead of Montreal Impact for the sixth and final playoff place with two matches remaining. A victory in their next match would seal their place in the postseason, a remarkable achievement given they were at the bottom of the Eastern Conference when Rooney joined the club. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Hart has nothing to prove on Man City return - Dyche

Joe Hart "has nothing to prove" when he returns to Manchester City as an opponent for the first time on Saturday, says Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

19-10-2018 The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.• Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10• Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Johanna Konta into Kremlin Cup semi-finals after battling win

British No 1 into second WTA semi-final of yearSimona Halep withdraws from WTA Finals The British No 1 Johanna Konta battled past Aliaksandra Sasnovich in three sets at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow to make just her second WTA semi-final of the year.After the first two sets were won 6-2, both players turned up the quality in the third but it was Konta who edged out the world No 31, 7-6 (7-2) in the decider. Konta will now play the Russian sixth seed Daria Kasatkina in the last four. The welcome win for 27-year-old comes a week after she split with her coach Michael Joyce. She is now working with Dimitri Zavialoff. Continue reading...