Last Update: November 14, 2018 - 8:30 am
Last Update: November 14, 2018 - 8:30 am
Last Update: November 14, 2018 - 8:30 am
Last Update: November 14, 2018 - 8:30 am
Sri Lanka v England: second Test, day one – live!
Sri Lanka v England: second Test, day one – live!

45th over: England 170-6 (Buttler 62, Curran 1) One off the over again, shoved to cover by Buttler.

“May I humbly suggest a new team song for England in Sri Lanka?” emails Kim Thonger. “The Mary Poppins Dick van Dyke classic... ‘Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cher-ee. A sweep is as lucky as lucky can be’.”

44th over: England 169-6 (Buttler 61, Curran 1) So this is the partnership really; England need a hunnert out of these two at the very least ... and that does not seem likely when Perera finds drift, spin, grip and leap. This Test is not long for this world. One from the over, a sweep from Buttles, and the pitch is turning so much the batsmen will feel they’ve no choice but to play shots.

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Carlsen and Caruana still deadlocked after YouTube 'leak' controversy
Carlsen and Caruana still deadlocked after YouTube 'leak' controversy

Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana are no closer to a verdict in their world championship match after playing to a straightforward 34-move draw in Game 4 on Tuesday afternoon in London. There was added spice away from the board, though, as a clip that appeared to reveal tightly held secrets of the American challenger’s preparation was uploaded to YouTube and into the public domain.

Related: Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana play to bloodless draw in Game 4 – live!

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Roger Federer shrugs off loss to Kei Nishikori to blow away Dominic Thiem
Roger Federer shrugs off loss to Kei Nishikori to blow away Dominic Thiem

• Federer beats Thiem 6-2, 6-3 in just over one hour
• World No 3 refutes allegations of preferential treatment

It doesn’t do to prod the sleeping lion. Roger Federer, who played as if he had been tranquillised in a desultory opening defeat by Kei Nishikori, swept away the limp challenge of Dominic Thiem in little over an hour on Tuesday night, and looks in the mood to prove a few people wrong in the 2018 ATP World Tour Finals.

However, allegations this week by the semi-retired French player Julien Benneteau that Federer has often received preferential treatment over scheduling, and had undermined the integrity of the Davis Cup with his company’s promotion of the exhibition Laver Cup, met with a cool reception afterwards.

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$100 to not see games? The Warriors' 'In the Building' pass is Silicon Valley in ticket form
$100 to not see games? The Warriors' 'In the Building' pass is Silicon Valley in ticket form

Golden State games will be sold out for the foreseeable future, but they’ve discovered a new way to sell the experience: offering fans passes that don’t include a view of the court

They say things are expensive in the Bay Area, but this is officially out of hand. The Golden State Warriors are now charging $100 for the privilege to not actually attend games. OK, technically you can watch the court with the team’s new “In the Building Pass”, but only from the television sets in the club areas at Oracle Arena. In the long line of Silicon Valley “innovations” that are just expensive variations on things that already exist, the Warriors have essentially reinvented the concept of “going to a sports bar”.

Here’s how the “offer” works: fans get the opportunity to pay $100 for the ability to get into the arena for every home game. That’s basically all they get. They do not get a seat and they don’t even get a chance to see the game in person. Instead they can watch the action unfold on the various televisions at Oracle and, if they want, enjoy some ridiculously priced food and drink at the various bars and restaurants within. Yes, those who have a (non-transferable) pass are eligible for promotional giveaways. No, the offer doesn’t extend to the postseason.

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From Craig Cathcart to André Gomes: 10 underrated Premier League players
From Craig Cathcart to André Gomes: 10 underrated Premier League players

Underrated they may be but from the Premier League’s unsung heroes are quietly going about their business

Nomination for the October player of the month award (well, one of them – he made the PFA’s shortlist, but not the official Premier League-endorsed version) showed that Duffy’s sterling performances are being noticed. Since being named man of the match in the 3-2 win over Manchester United in August, the 6ft 3in centre-back has been vital to Brighton’s good form, scoring vital goals against United and Southampton and being responsible for more clearances (96) and more clearances off the line (two) than any other top-flight player. The five-year contract he signed last month was reward for his efforts. “We’re conscious of how well he’s done for us,” said Chris Hughton, “and it’s a good opportunity for this club to protect an asset.”

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Bullying and backstabbing: the Ottawa Senators are pro sport's biggest mess
Bullying and backstabbing: the Ottawa Senators are pro sport's biggest mess

A beloved NHL franchise has drifted away from its fans and into another reality as the team’s owner has alienated fans

Earlier this month, a handful of players from the NHL’s Ottawa Senators were recorded surreptitiously during an Uber ride in Phoenix. The video of their conversation was later published online, reportedly by the driver who was unhappy about the tip they left him, tweeting they were “cheap, entitled kids”.

The leak was bad enough as an invasion of privacy. Worse, was what the players were caught saying: trashing members of their coaching staff and lamenting some of their on-ice play. “Do you notice that when [assistant coach Martin Raymond] runs the video, if you actually do pay attention, he doesn’t ever teach you anything?” defenseman Chris Wideman asked the group.

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Real Madrid appoint Santiago Solari as permanent head coach
Real Madrid appoint Santiago Solari as permanent head coach

• Solari handed contract until June 2021
• Argentinian oversaw four wins as interim coach

Real Madrid have confirmed the appointment of Santiago Solari as their permanent manager after his successful spell in caretaker charge.

Solari oversaw four consecutive victories in all competitions, with 15 goals scored, as Real’s interim manager after the departure of Julen Lopetegui last month and has now been handed the reins full-time until June 2021. Last season’s Champions League winners are four points behind the leaders Barcelona in La Liga.

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Harry Kewell leaves Notts County amid flurry of Football League sackings
José Mourinho: People who don't understand football analyse with statistics – video
José Mourinho: People who don't understand football analyse with statistics – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has blamed exertions for his side's 3-1 derby defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City.

United fought back for a 2-1 victory against the Italian champions Juventus in Turin on Wednesday while City cruised through a home game against Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0.

'Everybody has to agree - it is one thing to go to Juventus and play against one of the best teams in the world for 90 minutes and another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home 6-0 and be very relaxed. We arrived in different circumstances,' said the Portuguese coach. 

But in contrast with some defeats this season, Mourinho was unwilling to criticise his team's attitude and effort, saying 'for me zero words against my players, everything is positive. I am with them and they are with me.'

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Rassie Erasmus 'teaches' Springboks new tackle after Farrell controversy – video
Rassie Erasmus 'teaches' Springboks new tackle after Farrell controversy – video

South Africa's head coach has been filmed 'teaching' his players a new tackling technique after Owen Farrell's controversial challenge on André Esterhuizen went unpunished during England’s 12-11 victory over the Springboks.

During training for their next match against France, Rassie Erasmus was seen repeatedly instructing Esterhuizen to tackle higher and higher, finally applauding the full-back when he did so.

Many fans on social media have called this 'comic genius' and the 'ultimate trolling' of World Rugby, who have been criticised for confusion over how referees interpret the laws of the game, particularly Farrell's challenge last Saturday.

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Leicester City players attend Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's Bangkok funeral – video
Leicester City players attend Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's Bangkok funeral – video

Leicester City manager Claude Puel and his players have been paying their respects to the club's late owner at his funeral in Bangkok.

Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died, along with four others, when his helicopter came down in a car park at the King Power Stadium on 27 October. 

Members of the Leicester City team, including the striker Jamie Vardy, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and captain Wes Morgan, as well as club officials flew to Thailand after their match against Cardiff. 

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The Fiver | A contemptuous disregard for simplistic gauges of a team's success
The Fiver | A contemptuous disregard for simplistic gauges of a team's success

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When José Mourinho faced the ladies and gentlemen of the Fourth Estate in the wake of his side’s humiliation at Manchester City on Sunday evening, The Fiver was curious to see how he’d spin the horrors of what he’d just seen unfold. It being too soon after the game for him to have gone full White House press secretary and show doctored footage that made it look as if Manchester United had actually won, Mourinho was left with little option but to rubbish the lack of knowledge of those rat-a-tatting statistics his way, by pointing out that things like match results and league positions don’t really amount to much in the cosmic scheme of things.

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Sports quiz of the week: Wayne Rooney, City v United and Formula 1
Sports quiz of the week: Wayne Rooney, City v United and Formula 1

Who scored? Who stripped? Who is out of action?

Wayne Rooney is likely to win his final England cap later this month. His first game for England ended in a 3-1 defeat to Australia. Which other young striker made his international debut that night, scored England’s only goal of the game and never played for his country again?

Rickie Lambert

Francis Jeffers

David Nugent

James Beattie

Where are England playing New Zealand at rugby this weekend?

Bradford and Bath

London and Leeds

Manchester and Cardiff

Wigan and Sheffield

When it comes to the Manchester derby, what makes Ernest Mangnall unique?

He scored for both sides in the derby in 1935 (a fine header for United and a scrappy own goal for City)

He is the only man to have managed both clubs

He is the only player to have been sold from one club to the other

He is the only United player who has gone on to manage City

If it was Singapore in 2008, United Arab Emirates in 2009, South Korea in 2010 and India in 2011, where will it be in 2020?

South Africa

Vietnam

Wales

Turkey

Why will Aldershot Town have to do without midfielder James Rowe for the next few months?

After winning Britain’s Got Talent with his ukulele playing, he "wants to concentrate on music for a while"

He has stepped away from football for a few months to star in a pantomime

He has gone to Buenos Aires “to watch the Copa Libertadores final and check out Argentina”

He was injured by a bottle of Ribena

The Women’s World Twenty20 begins this weekend. Who are the hosts and reigning champions?

England

Australia

India

West Indies

Bradley Stoke Town FC signed a new player this week. What is he called?

Donald Trump

Obama Barracks

Michel Barnier

Bradley Stokes

Huddersfield's victory on Monday night means that every team in the Premier League has won a game this season. Who scored Huddersfield's winner?

A Huddersfield player

A Newcastle player (on loan from Chelsea)

A Cardiff City player (on loan from Liverpool )

A Fulham player (on loan from Manchester United)

Fernando Ovelar scored a goal for Cerro Porteño against Club Olimpia in the Paraguayan Superclásico this week. What is unusual about Ovelar’s goal?

He was the referee

He is also the club’s owner

He is just 14 years old

He played the first half for Olimpia but was signed for Cerro Porteño at half-time

Who is the only player to have scored at Anfield and the Etihad this season?

David Silva

Danny Ings

Callum Wilson

Wesley Hoedt

Zeki Celik was shown a yellow card for stripping Neymar of which item of clothing in Lille’s defeat to PSG?

A hat

A snood

A necklace

A glove

Who said: "I wanted to do something different. I want to give the people what they want – blood, sweat and tears. I can do it all"?

José Mourinho

Tony Bellew

Floyd Mayweather

Wayne Rooney

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You are a true credit to yourself. Have a cracking weekend. You've earned it

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That's not very good.

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That's not a great score but it's something to build on next week

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That's not a great score but it's something to build on next week

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You've done OK there. Not great but not embarrassing either

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You've done well there. Give yourself a thumbs up

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You've done well there. Give yourself a thumbs up

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You've done well there. Give yourself a thumbs up. Enjoy the weekend

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You've done very well there. Enjoy the weekend

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You've done very, very well there. Enjoy the weekend

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You've done very, very, very well there. Have a cracking weekend

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That's not very good.

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You are a credit to yourself. Have a cracking weekend. You've earned it

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England v All Blacks, delicious drop shots and teen strikers | Classic YouTube
England v All Blacks, delicious drop shots and teen strikers | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features a monumental high school football comeback and vintage Australian motorsport mayhem

1) It’s England against the All Blacks at Twickenham this weekend, which is a rivalry of sorts … albeit deeply one-sided as New Zealand have won 16 of the 23 contests there since 1925. The Red Rose’s last victory was in 2012, featuring three tries in eight minutes and a show-stopping performance from Manu Tuilagi; for balance, witness Joe Rokocoko in his pomp in 2006 as the hosts were thrashed 41-20, the highlight being Carl Hayman scoring one of his two international tries, and what a try it was. Perhaps the greatest ever contest between the two teams, at least on English shores, was this try-fest from 2002; or maybe it’s this 26-26 humdinger from 1997. The opening match of the 1991 World Cup included a big hit by Peter Winterbottom on Graeme Bachop; the great No 7 had also been in action eight years earlier as England claimed their first win over New Zealand at Twickenham for 47 years.

2) No matter what transpires on Saturday afternoon, though, it’s unlikely to top Auguy Slowik’s 80m try for Jersey against London Irish in the Championship last weekend.

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Ed Smith’s clever picks have given England a Ferguson-style makeover | The Spin
Ed Smith’s clever picks have given England a Ferguson-style makeover | The Spin

National selector is doing a brilliant job by using rotation to craft bespoke XIs as the former Man Utd manager once did

It’s often said that selectors, like wicketkeepers and umpires, are doing their best work when you don’t notice them. Since taking over as national selector, Ed Smith has been in the news more than many of the players he has picked – yet he’s doing a brilliant job.

There are two main reasons for Smith’s profile. The first, a slightly cringeworthy media obsession with his education, is not his fault. And the second is a virtue – a series of selections that have managed to be innovative and eye-catching without being ostentatious.

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Which match has featured the most Ballon d'Or winners on one pitch? | The Knowledge
Which match has featured the most Ballon d'Or winners on one pitch? | The Knowledge

Plus: Glenn Murray’s ridiculous record, a straight flush of goalscorers and Freddy Eastwood, Southend legend

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“I have a memory from an old childhood annual that Manchester United are the only team to have fielded three Ballon d’Or winners on the same pitch, back when Charlton, Law and Best were playing,” notes Dan Wardle. “Is this right? And which match featured the most winners at the same time?”

Dara O’Reilly kicks off with an excellent answer. “While Dan Wardle’s annual was probably correct at the time of going to press, I’m sure I won’t be the only person to point out that, when Michael Owen joined Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and Original Ronaldo at Real Madrid in 2004, that meant the club were able to, on numerous occasions over that season, field four players who had won football’s most prestigious individual prize.

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Joe Root can make England team his own as winter of rare content beckons | Tim de Lisle
Joe Root can make England team his own as winter of rare content beckons | Tim de Lisle

After the Test win over Sri Lanka in Galle, England have the chance to polish a tarnished record while for Root the new-look side look easier to lead

Show England’s Test team to the top of a ladder and they will look around for the nearest snake. But this tendency may just be fading: the victory in Galle was their fourth in a row, or, as cricketers are now contractually required to say, on the bounce. It took Joe Root’s record as captain to 11-9, still not great but getting there. If you’re an England fan any optimism has to be of the cautious variety but the next six Tests – two more in Sri Lanka, three in West Indies, one at home against Ireland – do look relatively comfy. For England, they are an invitation to polish an ugly record (only seven wins in the seven winters before this one, against 24 defeats). For Root they are an opportunity to make the captaincy, and the team, his own. A three-Test series can be brutal, allowing one side to prevail in about seven days flat. England have that chance and will seldom get a better one.

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Tony Bellew leaves the ring for the quiet life as plain Anthony | Kevin Mitchell
Tony Bellew leaves the ring for the quiet life as plain Anthony | Kevin Mitchell

After Oleksandr Usyk brought his 34-fight career to an end in Manchester, the Liverpool boxer is aiming to ‘lead a normal life’

Tony Bellew, beaten but not bowed by one of the best fighters in the world, Oleksandr Usyk, is determined to seek peace and quiet in retirement, the dividend of his loud endeavours, as “plain Anthony, my real name”.

Whether that is what appears on any Hollywood billboards the 35‑year‑old former world champion is likely to grace in years to come will be up to the movie people he worked with two years ago in Creed. Whatever they want to call him, Bellew brings authenticity to everything he says and does.

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