19-10-2018 Dai Young calls for overhaul after ‘ridiculous’ ban for Nathan Hughes

• The Wasps forward has been banned for six weeks• Hughes will miss three of England’s internationalsThe Wasps director of rugby, Dai Young, has described Nathan Hughes’s six-week ban – which rules him out of three of England’s four autumn internationals – as “ridiculous” and called for an overhaul of the Rugby Football Union’s disciplinary process.Hughes was initially set to be banned for four weeks for punching Gloucester’s Lewis Ludlow but his ill‑timed “what a joke” tweet at the end of that hearing led to two more weeks being added to his suspension. Young has no issue with Hughes being penalised for his tweet but was adamant the No 8 should not have been in the dock in the first place. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Watch: Fan costs Houston Astros by blocking 'amazing leap' from Red Sox player

Watch the moment a fan costs the Houston Astros a two-run home run by interfering with play and stopping Boston Red Sox fielder Mookie Betts from catching the ball.

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 Christian Eriksen set to return for Tottenham at West Ham

• Mauricio Pochettino says midfielder will either start or be sub• Manager says he would welcome new signings in JanuaryChristian Eriksen will be available for Tottenham’s visit to West Ham on Saturday, according to Mauricio Pochettino, despite the uncertainty surrounding his abdominal injury.The midfielder has sat out Spurs’ past four matches and there were fears he could face an extended lay-off when the Denmark manager, Åge Hareide, said the problem could become “chronic”. Hareide suggested Denmark’s marquee player had carried the injury for a little while. Continue reading...

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19-10-2018 Boxing faces 'unprecedented risk' of losing Olympic status

England Boxing believes the sport is facing the "grave" threat of omission from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

19-10-2018 Stephen Hendry: ‘I hate the word yips, it trivialises it. It was much more than that’ | Donald McRae

The seven-times world champion on his duels with Davis, Higgins, White and O’Sullivan and how his famed mental strength disintegrated leaving him no choice but to quit“It was a mixture of embarrassment, anger, frustration, sadness, everything,” Stephen Hendry says as he remembers how his dominance of snooker unravelled into, in his mind, a shambling wreck of a game. When the end came, in the quarter-finals of the 2012 world championships, Hendry was so besieged by psychological demons “there was nothing positive left”.Hendry’s favourite sportsmen are Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher, Nick Faldo and AP McCoy and he was once as imperious as they had been. He holds the record for the most world titles, with all seven being won in the 1990s, and he was world No 1 for eight successive seasons. But the great champions feel it most when vulnerability takes over. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Youth Olympics: 'I'm over the moon' - Great Britain's Karol Itauma wins second boxing gold

Karol Itauma says he is "over the moon" after winning Great Britain's second gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

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 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...

19-10-2018 Lewis Hamilton hails Formula One ‘Godfather’ Juan Manuel Fangio

• Hamilton is on the verge of matching Fangio’s five world titles• The British driver can clinch the championship in TexasLewis Hamilton says Juan Manuel Fangio is the Formula One “Godfather” as he stands on the verge of history by matching the Argentinian’s championship haul.Hamilton needs to outscore Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by only eight points in Austin, Texas to clinch his fifth world drivers’ championship with three rounds to spare. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Two police officers could be charged over Dalian Atkinson death

File passed to CPS over death of former footballer who was shot with stun gunProsecutors are to consider if two police constables should face criminal charges over the former footballer Dalian Atkinson, who died after a clash with officers.The clash saw Atkinson shot with a Taser, physically restrained and the officers use other force. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 'I have no regrets': Mauricio Pochettino on Tottenham's lack of transfers – video

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he has no regrets about failing to add to his squad in the summer. They have gone on to amass a joint club-record 18 points from their opening eight games, and resume their Premier League campaign with Saturday’s trip across London to West Ham. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 European Open: Kyle Edmund thrashes Albert Ramos-Vinolas in Antwerp

British number one Kyle Edmund thrashes Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-0 6-2 to reach the European Open quarter-finals.

19-10-2018 NBA 2018-19 predictions: Greek Freak to peak and Warriors to three-peat

How will LeBron James get on in California? Is Russell Westbrook in decline? Can anyone stop Golden State? Our writers have their sayGiannis Antetokounmpo in Mike Budenholzer’s offense. Milwaukee’s new coach will install a system that complements everything the Greek Freak does well – which is practically everything – and mask his one flaw: perimeter shooting. If it works, Antetokounmpo’s surges up the court will resemble an alien attack rather than a basketball offense. OC Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Blackpool FC, a Kyrgyzstan money-laundering conviction and a non-takeover

Valeri Belokon thought he had the go-ahead to take over Blackpool from Owen Oyston but a court hearing in Kyrgyzstan – which he says ignored natural justice – has the club in limboWhen the Latvian bank mogul Valeri Belokon won his landmark high court case against the Blackpool owner, Owen Oyston, last November, it seemed finally to deliver the means of ending Oyston’s long, toxic tenure at Bloomfield Road. Yet nearly a year on Oyston remains in charge despite the ruling that he “illegitimately stripped” the club of £26.77m after its one jackpot season in the Premier League, and must pay that huge sum to Belokon, plus the Latvian’s original £4.5m investment and costs.Belokon can seize and sell any Oyston assets to realise that £34m total but the club is out of his reach. He is prevented by the EFL’s owners and directors “fit and proper person” test, which bars people who have a criminal conviction involving dishonesty. Obscure as it appears, Belokon does have one, for money laundering, in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, following a court hearing there last year in his absence. Continue reading...