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 USA Gymnastics couldn't handle Larry Nassar. Now it can't even handle itself

The organization is responsible for the safety of thousands of young athletes, yet it has moved from disaster to disaster in the wake of a sexual abuse scandalHow difficult is it for USA Gymnastics, an organization whose inability to deal with sexual abuse now overshadows its distinguished Olympic history, to find a leader who will put athletes first?A few months after longtime president Steve Penny resigned in March 2017, Kerry Perry took over as president and CEO. She stepped into a leadership void and failed to fill it, making a disastrous appearance on Capitol Hill to answer questions about the Larry Nassar abuse scandal, ducking from reporters, and drawing criticism from athletes and clubs for inaction. Continue reading...

19-10-2018 Messi & Ronaldo then ... ? Vote for your third-best player in the world

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have won the past 10 men's Ballon d'Or awards - but who did you decide is the third-best player in the world?

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 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 England stun Spain, no Khan do and Gibraltar's rocks – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, John Ashdown and Hayley McQueen discuss the Nations League, Wembley, José Mourinho’s latest Chelsea return – and how to do a fitba cornerJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, John Ashdown and Hayley McQueen to run through all the biggest talking points from the Nations League, including England’s stunning first-half performance in Seville, which led to a 3-2 victory. Attention also has to be given to the behaviour of some away fans in the city. 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 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 Youth Olympics: Caroline Sara Dubois of Great Britain wins boxing gold

Caroline Sara Dubois of Great Britain wins boxing gold in the women's light 57-60kg category at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires to extend her unbeaten run of bouts to 35.

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...