Decision on Michael Cheika's Wallabies future to be made 'ahead of Christmas'

10-12-2018

Rugby Australia board hear presentation from coachChairman Cameron Clyne refuses to answer questionsRugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne has declined to guarantee or clarify the position of Michael Cheika following a presentation from the Wallabies’ coach, but says a thorough review will be completed before Christmas.Clyne came out seven hours into an unfinished RA board meeting on Monday, but spent just 50 seconds giving a statement to the media. He didn’t answer questions despite being asked if Cheika’s job was safe. Continue reading...



Newcastle 1-2 Wolves: Visitors score 95th-minute winner against 10 men

10-12-2018

The Premier League needs video assistant referees now, says Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez after the 2-1 defeat by Wolves.



Walks on the white side: bold, impressive … but what's the point? | Tim Lewis

10-12-2018

Two men are racing across the Antarctic but what is the value in these polar adventures?Been feeling some anemoia of late. If I were 20, this nostalgia for a time I’ve never known might have led me to listen non‑ironically to the Spice Girls or to buy a Fila tracksuit. But I’m older than that, so I went further back. To 1875 to be precise. I knew the name, Captain Matthew Webb, and his signature achievement: that he was the first man to swim the English Channel unaided. But nothing else, and his story is a belter, full of derring-do and godforsaken tragedy.Part of the appeal of Captain Webb is that his challenges were often so weirdly, byzantinely pointless. They included floating for 60 hours in a whale tank in Westminster and swimming 14 hours a day for six days. He once took on a Newfoundland dog whose owner boasted of its legendary stamina in a test of endurance in choppy seas. The poor mutt almost drowned while Webb happily trod water for more than an hour. Continue reading...



The Knowledge: heavy FA Cup upsets and long-distance journeymen

10-12-2018

Plus: the clubs named after breweries, and the Newcastle fan who invented the windscreen wiper. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“What is the heaviest defeat inflicted on a top-division side by lower-league opposition in the FA Cup?” asks Lindsay Davis. “The best I can discover is Scunthorpe United (2nd Div) 6-2 Blackpool (1st Div) in the 1961 third round.” Related: From signing to scoring: what is football's fastest ever debut goal? | The Knowledge Continue reading...



World Taekwondo Grand Slam: Lauren Williams aims to pay off parents' mortgage

10-12-2018

Lauren Williams aims to win the season-ending World Taekwondo Grand Slam event in China to help pay off her parents' mortgage.



Tom Brady breaks Peyton Manning record for NFL touchdown passes

10-12-2018

Tom Brady sets a new NFL record for touchdown passes, beating Peyton Manning's previous best of 579.



Chelsea 2-0 Man City: Pep Guardiola has 'no regrets' after defeat at Stamford Bridge

10-12-2018

Man City boss Pep Guardiola says his side were "fantastic" during their 2-0 defeat by Chelsea and has "no regrets" over the way they played.



Favourite Sizing Tennessee likely to miss Welsh Grand National

10-12-2018

• Colin Tizzard horse struggling to recover from Newbury outing• Min heads impressive six-timer for Willie MullinsSizing Tennessee is likely to miss the Welsh Grand National, for which he has been favourite since a storming success last weekend in the Ladbrokes Trophy. Colin Tizzard, who trains the 10-year-old, said the horse had not recovered as well as had been hoped from the Newbury race and now requires a bit more time between his races.“I don’t think Sizing Tennessee will go for the Welsh National,” Tizzard said on Sunday. “He’s an older boy, he had a harder race than I thought. He’s a little bit shuffly. It’ll work very well to give him five or six weeks. The Welsh National is quite close and he had a hard old race. Continue reading...



David Luiz could be forced out by Chelsea’s over-30s contract policy

10-12-2018

• Club only offers one-year contract extensions to over-30s• David Luiz can negotiate with foreign clubs from JanuaryDavid Luiz’s future at Chelsea beyond the summer has been cast into considerable doubt after the club’s hierarchy made it clear they are reluctant to change their policy of offering only one-year contract extensions to players in their 30s.The club are seeking to prolong the stays of some key personnel, not least because they are one of a number of English sides under investigation by Fifa over possible violations of rules on the signing of foreign players under the age of 18 and could be the subject of lengthy transfer embargoes if found guilty by the world governing body’s disciplinary committee. Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kanté and César Azpilicueta have all agreed new terms recently, and are likely to be followed in the near future by Antonio Rüdiger. Continue reading...



Afghan football officials suspended over sexual and physical abuse allegations

10-12-2018

• Country’s attorney general acts against six Afghan FA members• Allegations relate to abuse of the Afghanistan women’s teamThe Afghanistan attorney general, Farid Hamidi, has suspended six members of the Afghanistan Football Federation, including the president, Keramuddin Karim, after reviewing allegations of sexual and physical abuse of the Afghanistan women’s national team by AFF staff. Related: Fifa examining claims of sexual and physical abuse on Afghanistan women’s team Continue reading...



Washington show NFL teams would rather lose than sign Colin Kaepernick

10-12-2018

Washington were pushing for the playoffs until two of their quarterbacks went down injured. But they have ignored a perfectly solid replacementColin Kaepernick will never play in the NFL again, that much was made clear this week. Washington’s decision to sign the lightweight talents of Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson over Kaepernick, a week after claiming Reuben Foster – a man arrested twice in the last year for domestic violence – on waivers and announcing to the world that it was prioritizing winning football games above all else, is as shameful as it is predictable.Washington plucked Johnson, who last threw a pass in the NFL in 2011, out of obscurity this week to back up Sanchez after Colt McCoy’s season ended with a broken fibula. McCoy previously replaced Alex Smith, who is out for the season with a broken leg suffered in Week 11. Continue reading...



Gerard Deulofeu: ‘At Barcelona you always have eyes on you … I’m happy at Watford’

10-12-2018

The forward reflects on the pressures of being a hyped youngster and his tricky journey from Camp Nou to Vicarage RoadGerard Deulofeu is discussing Barcelona, how the spotlight burns and the pressure can contort, when he mentions the club’s latest wonderkid. “Look at Riqui Puig,” the Watford winger says, with a nod towards the 19-year-old who thrilled on his debut in the Copa del Rey against Cultural Leonesa last Wednesday. “All the people say: ‘He is this and this,’ but you have to be careful because the guy is so young.“It’s difficult because at Barcelona, you always have eyes on you. All the people speak. It’s good [in one way] but after, it’s bad because the people think you are Messi or a player with a lot of experience. You have to be careful because you have to go step by step.” Continue reading...



The Breakdown | Neath’s sad decline laid bare as they face judgment day in court | Paul Rees

10-12-2018

In dire financial trouble off the pitch, short of players and bottom of the Welsh Premiership, the famous club faces a winding-up order in court on ThursdayBack in the day spectators used to clamber up the floodlight pylons at the Gnoll to get a better view because the terraces were so packed. Now, as Neath faces a winding-up order on Thursday for failing to repay a £30,000 loan taken out to cover wages, the lights may go out for good on Wales’s oldest club.Neath are due to entertain Llanelli on Friday night, a fixture that not long ago would have been a highlight of any club weekend. It will be preceded by a bash for supporters in the clubhouse, but if the court hearing goes against a club whose nickname has long been the Mourners, it would turn into a wake. Continue reading...



The Spin | 81 declared: a tale of torrential rain and two extraordinary Tests

10-12-2018

In only two Test matches have both captains declared with a score below 150 and both involved England and plenty of rainIn only two Test matches have both captains declared with scores below 150 and in those games, by definition extraordinary, the higher of those totals was a mere 81. Both involved England and both had one other thing in common: rain, plenty of it, and pitches at best partially protected and massively affected.The two third-innings declarations remain the two lowest such totals in the history of Test cricket and they set the two lowest fourth-innings, post-declaration targets ever, though one was almost three times as big as the other. Continue reading...



Stalemate at Old Trafford and Wolves at Chelsea's door – Football Weekly Extra

10-12-2018

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Amy Lawrence and Mike Calvin discuss ‘four crap goals’ in the game between Manchester United and Arsenal, Morgan Gibbs-White, a very strange game in Brighton, the French for ‘putting your foot in it’ and sprinting managersJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football, starting with Manchester United’s 2-2 draw at home with Arsenal, with the away side the ones to pile late pressure on at the one-time home of Fergie-time. Continue reading...



The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

10-12-2018

Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the weekend’s Premier League actionView the Dozen archive Continue reading...



Jason Roy could add spice to England setup as Ed Smith mulls Test squad

10-12-2018

Selector has not shied away from bold picks and may use West Indies Tests to experiment with the exciting over the pragmaticSince Ed Smith became the chief selector it has been worth keeping an eye on the announcement of England squads. He has delivered a few surprises in his nine months in the job, during which he has never seemed intimidated by the enterprising selection that might attract some flak.Smith’s best call for the Test team was probably his first – he has suggested as much – when he selected Jos Buttler, who had not expected the call because of the long-accepted drawback of him not having encountered a red ball for months. His most controversial was the recall of Adil Rashid, who was in retirement from red-ball cricket at the time. Both decisions provoked plenty of criticism, which has long since evaporated. Continue reading...



River Plate claim Copa Libertadores against 10-man Boca with Quintero goal

10-12-2018

• River Plate 3-1 Boca Juniors (aet; 5-3 on agg)• Pratto 68 Quintero 109 Martínez 120 | Benedetto 44It may be marked with an asterisk and there could be more chapters to come in this extraordinary story, soaked in symbolism, sport and society, drama and emotion too, raw and exhilarating to the last, but River Plate are the Copa Libertadores winners – clinching a title they and Boca Juniors, their great rivals from across Buenos Aires, always knew would be forever.The game that would never end, reached the very, very end. “It’s been almost 60 days since this started and there is tremendous sadness,” said the Boca manager, Guillermo Schelotto. With 120 minutes gone and River 2-1 up, he watched as Leonardo Jara hit the post, the tension clawing at nerves as never before. That left Boca with one last chance: a corner the referee seemed determined to delay, as if clinging to this game, not wanting to let it go, and their goalkeeper Esteban Andrada in attack where he had been for seven or eight minutes already. It also left them exposed. Continue reading...



UK Snooker Championship 2018: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Mark Allen - best shots

10-12-2018

Watch the best shots as Ronnie O'Sullivan secures a record seventh UK Championship and 19th Triple Crown title, beating Mark Allen 10-6.