19-10-2018 Take The Ball, Pass The Ball: trailer for documentary on Barcelona's Guardiola years – video

Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry, Xavi and many other top footballers have shared their reasons as to why they believe Barcelona are the greatest football club in the world. In the documentary, Take The Ball, Pass The Ball, former and current Barça players look back at when Pep Guardiola led the team to 14 trophies in four years from 2008-2012.The all-star cast reveal the tension of the bitter Guardiola-Mourinho rivalry, the importance of Johan Cruyff’s vision and blueprint for success, the emotion of Abidal’s fight back from cancer and how Messi was almost rejected by the club as a teenager.Take the Ball Pass the Ball will be available in OurScreen cinemas from 9th November, then on DVD and Digital Download from 12th November 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 Grand Pardubice Steeplechase: the world's toughest horse race – a photo essay

Photographer Tom Jenkins travelled to Pardubice in the Czech Republic to document the 128th Velka Pardubicka Steeplechase (the Czech Grand National) – the world’s oldest and most difficult cross-country horse raceThe 128th Velka Pardubicka Steeplechase or Grand Pardubice Steeplechase (the Czech Grand National) was first run on 4 November 1874, when 14 runners started the race. The winner, Fantom, ridden by Englishman George Sayers received 11,700 florins for his owner Count von Cramm. The race has been held every year since on the second Sunday in October – except during the two world wars and the 1968 Russian invasion, and it has been abandoned twice due to frost and snow. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 A Peter Brackley tribute, premature celebrations and Ironman triathlon | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features a rugby union penalty shootout, Gianfranco Zola magic and a failed marriage proposal1) RIP Peter Brackley. He worked for Sky and ITV but for many, he was the voice of the 1990s as Serie A was beamed into our living rooms with Football Italia – it is a testament to his skill that the programme never felt poorer for a lack of co-commentator and there are few things more musical than Brackley screaming “Ravenelli” into a microphone. He was also the voice of Pro Evolution Soccer 2 – “oh that’s torn it!” – and he did a fantastic Jimmy Greaves impression on Spitting Image – so good that he was invited to appear, alongside Greaves, on ITV before the 1987 FA Cup Final. Related: Golden Goal: John Barnes for Liverpool v QPR (1987) Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Raheem Sterling and England show value of fearlessness in Spain | Eni Aluko

The Manchester City forward looked almost carefree in Spain and Gareth Southgate’s team need to keep this upEngland delivered an impressive display against Spain on Monday and it was kickstarted by a fine opening goal from Raheem Sterling. I was delighted for him. Few, if any, players have had to put up with as much negative energy from the media in recent years as Sterling and this was his way of showing that despite it all he still has what it takes to score goals for England.A huge part of Sterling’s burden in an England shirt has been dealing with all the critics. That is part of being a professional footballer but the scrutiny on Sterling has gone too far. I’d now like to see those who have criticised Sterling about irrelevant things such as his tattoo and his Poundland purchases give him the praise that is due from a purely footballing point of view. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage

With the best of our sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action, you won’t miss a thingLet our team of editors be your guide to the best of the Guardian’s award-winning sport coverage from the past week. We’ll email you the stand-out features and interviews, insightful analysis and highlights from the archive, plus films, podcasts, galleries and more – all arriving in your inbox at 12pm every Friday. And we’ll tee you up for the weekend and let you know our live coverage plans so you won’t miss a thing. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Red Sox close on World Series slot after fan interference wipes out Astros homer

Umpire rules fan interfered with Mookie Betts’s attempted catchHome run would have yielded two runs in 8-6 loss for HoustonJose Altuve was sure he’d hit a tying home run for the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series. Then, he saw the signal: he was out.Altuve’s potential homer was wiped away when umpire Joe West ruled that fans reaching for the ball interfered with Boston right fielder Mookie Betts’s attempt to make a leaping catch. Now Houston’s chances to repeat as World Series champions are nearly out of reach after an 8-6 loss on Wednesday night that put the Red Sox ahead 3-1 in the best-of-seven matchup. In the National League Championship Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers lead the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 after beating them 5-2 in Game 5. Continue reading...

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 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 Harry Maguire: Leicester defender remains focused and 'ambitious'

England defender Harry Maguire says he wants to win trophies and play in the Champions League, but owes Leicester City for giving him a platform.

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 Higgins, Robertson & Trump knocked out of English Open

Former world champions John Higgins and Neil Robertson and world number five Judd Trump are knocked out of the English Open.

19-10-2018 Crewe suspend academy coach over safeguarding issue and spark FA inquiry

• Head of foundation Carl Everall’s behaviour investigated• Crewe back in spotlight after Gradi and Bennell casesCrewe Alexandra have suspended their head of foundation because of a safeguarding issue that has led to the club notifying the Football Association.Carl Everall, who has been coaching in the club’s academy since 2013, is also understood to have been suspended from all football-related activities by the FA while the governing body conducts inquiries into allegations relating to his behaviour. “This is a safeguarding and police matter so therefore the FA is not in a position to comment,” an FA spokesman said. 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...