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 Wembley decision unrelated to allegations against Fulham, says Shahid Khan

• Craig Kline’s allegations being reviewed by the FA• Former Fulham employee lodges employment tribunal claimThe Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan, has said the withdrawal of his £600m offer to buy Wembley stadium had nothing to do with the allegations being made against Fulham by Craig Kline, the club’s former assistant director of football. Kline went public when he left the club last year with allegations, including racism, made in tweets which he deleted, and he timed his renewed intervention this year to coincide with key Football Association votes on whether to sell Wembley to Khan.Kline, a US university friend of Shahid Khan’s son Tony, has now made a series of allegations against Fulham and named individuals at the club in an employment tribunal claim that he lodged on Wednesday. He claims wrongful dismissal in the circumstances of his departure from the club, victimisation and that a financial settlement he agreed with a duty of confidentiality is not enforceable against him. Kline left Fulham after a troubled few years at the club in which he repeatedly found himself in conflict with colleagues, then made a series of complaints internally and was periodically suspended. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 The British hammer thrower with a metal hip eyeing medal at Tokyo Olympics

Two-time Commonwealth gold medallist Mark Dry could not walk without pain. Now, after having his hip resurfaced, he is targeting Olympic glory.

19-10-2018 Christian Wade set for shock Wasps exit in a bid to play in the NFL

• Wing is one of the most prolific try-scorers in Premiership• Wade has struggled to make an impact for EnglandChristian Wade appears set for a remarkable career change to American football after it emerged he is leaving Wasps to pursue a future in the NFL on Thursday night/last night. Related: Dai Young calls for overhaul after ‘ridiculous’ ban for Nathan Hughes Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Just when England rugby needs clarity the waters have been muddied | Robert Kitson

Eddie Jones was at his complicated best as he shared the thinking behind his 36-man squad for the autumn internationalsThe big problem with coaching England, believes Eddie Jones, is the media. In a nutshell they ask too many questions. “Anywhere else you do the press conference for about five minutes and then you are done. Here it is two hours of non-stop questioning.” It partially explains, apparently, why he is now naming co-captains who can take turns feeding the daily news beast.Nice try, Eddie, but what a load of old cobblers. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

José Mourinho will want to make a point at Stamford Bridge while Chris Hughton returns to a chaotic St James’s ParkIn Manchester United’s last match, against Newcastle, José Mourinho demonstrated some of the audacity with which he made his name. He made a tactical substitution after 19 minutes, swinging a game his team was already losing 2-0 back in his side’s favour. Two of the three goals United scored came from his substitutes. It was an impressive demonstration of a coach’s ability to affect a match, the only shame being that the transformation was made necessary by the appalling performance of his starting XI. United are still some way from convincing anyone of their outstanding quality, with the best team they have beaten so far ninth-placed Watford. If they are to set a new marker in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off against Chelsea, Mourinho will have to demonstrate his tactical astuteness again – only without the woeful opening this time. SB Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Two police officers could face charges over Taser death of ex-footballer Atkinson

Ex-Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson died in August 2016 after being Tasered by police.

19-10-2018 FA 'appalled' by rape & death threats to England's Carney

The Football Association urges police to tackle abuse on social media after death threats are made to England's Karen Carney.

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...