15-10-2018 Wing Nareki plays with 'smashed testicle'

Wing Jona Nareki plays with a "smashed testicle" in his Otago side's 23-19 win over Waikato in New Zealand.

15-10-2018 James Corden, Colin McRae & dodging goats - all while playing table tennis in Nigeria

In the latest in a series of pieces, Scottish table tennis player Gavin Rumgay recounts a car journey in Nigeria that was a cross between Carpool Karaoke and a rally stage with Colin McRae.

15-10-2018 Paul Gascoigne hits back at Scottish FA over Hall of Fame snub

Former Rangers player: ‘I feel the love & support of the People’ Gascoigne tweets footage of Euro 96 goal against ScotlandPaul Gascoigne has hit back at the Scottish Football Association and insisted he does not need to be in the Scottish Football Hall of Fame to know he was “the best”. Related: Eden Hazard faces impossible choice with the benefit of perspective | Jacob Steinberg Continue reading...

15-10-2018 Bruma fires rocket to seal routine win for Portugal against Scotland

Scotland ended a difficult week in no better shape after a 3-1 defeat by Portugal in their low-key friendly at Hampden Park.Alex McLeish made six changes to the side that performed abysmally in the 2-1 Nations League defeat by Israel on Thursday night and they were competent in a half-full stadium until the debutant Hélder Costa scored for the visitors just before the break. Continue reading...

15-10-2018 Sports quiz of the week: misses, nicknames, thieves and a circus act

Who can’t score? Who was worried? And who hit the spot?Which of these football teams has not scored a goal in more than 600 minutes of action?Bayern MunichBarcelonaReal MadridMonacoThe circus troupe Cirque du Soleil are producing a new show about which athlete?Tiger WoodsRafa NadalLionel MessiConor McGregorRiyad Mahrez hit one of the worst penalties in Premier League history on Sunday. Which of these players never missed a penalty in the league?Yaya TouréMatt le TissierThierry HenryDanny Murphy This trophy was stolen this week. Who did it belong to?Thomas BjornGeraint ThomasJavi GraciaMo FarahThe last time England played Croatia, in the World Cup semi-final, there were 78,000 fans in the stadium. How many will attend their game on Friday night?None1,96690,000130,000 Why did Dulwich Hamlet goalkeeper Preston Edwards start panicking during a match this week?Midway through the first half he realised he wasn’t wearing gloves It was announced over the Tannoy that his car was going to be towed He went out to play without wearing his contact lenses He had his phone in his pocket and it started ringingThe Benin Football Federation has set up a committee to come up with a new nickname. What are they called at the minute?The Bengaboys The SquirrelsThe CarpetmenThe Candy StripesCroatia have played one competitive match since the World Cup final. What was the score in that game?They won 7-0They lost 6-0They drew 5-5They won 4-2Warrington will play in the Super League Grand Final on Saturday. How have their last two finals gone?They lost them both to WiganThey lost them both without scoring a pointThey won them both by the same 40-0 scorelineThey lost them both to Leeds Rhinos At which defunct stadium did Warrington win their last title, in 1955? (Clue: the final is taking place nearby this weekend)Boleyn GroundHighburyMaine RoadNinian ParkItaly played Ukraine this week. Which two Serie A title winners were in charge of the teams?Antonio Conte and Andriy VoroninRoberto Mancini and Andriy ShevchenkoLuigi Di Biagio and Serhiy RebrovCarlo Ancelotti and Ruslan Rotan 2 and above.Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend3 and above.Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend4 and above.A decent performance. Have a great weekend5 and above.A fine performance. Have a great weekend6 and above.A fine performance. Have a great weekend7 and above.Fantastic work. Have a great weekend8 and above.Fantastic work. Have a great weekend9 and above.Fantastic work. Have a great weekend10 and above.Perfection. Have a great weekend11 and above.Perfection. Have a great weekend0 and above.Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend1 and above.Ah well. At least you gave it a go. Have a great weekend Continue reading...

15-10-2018 Harry Kane says he is not concerned about his England goal drought

• ‘I don’t think my game has dipped’• Kane expects tougher test against SpainHarry Kane has defended his recent form and insisted his all-round game has not dipped in the aftermath of a busy summer at the World Cup and early return to pre-season training, with the England captain declaring himself fit and eager to lead the side out against Spain.The Tottenham striker struck the bar against Croatia on Friday and had another effort ruled out for offside, leaving the Golden Boot winner without a goal in six games for his country to equal his worst run of scoreless games at that level. Continue reading...

15-10-2018 'Goodness me!' - Zazai hits perfect six sixes in over

Afghanistan's Hazratullah Zazai hits six sixes in an over off the bowling of Abdullah Mazari for Kabul Zwanan against Balkh Legends in the Afghanistan Premier League.

15-10-2018 Olly Stone quick to make his case for World Cup service with England

The fast bowler announced himself in second ODI with Sri Lanka and Eoin Morgan says he is already in shake-up for World CupBefore what could generously be described as nice weather for ducks, a fast bowler who started out with Vauxhall Mallards of the East Anglian Premier League showed why he could fit the bill for England come next summer’s World Cup.Olly Stone is only six overs into his international career after Saturday’s rain-affected win over Sri Lanka in the Dambulla jungle, with his figures of one for 23 some two wickets fewer than the attack leader, his county colleague Chris Woakes. Continue reading...

15-10-2018 How Sri Lanka’s magical 1996 cocktail paved the way for Morgan’s men | The Spin

Echoes of Arjuna Ranatunga’s World Cup-winning blueprint – potent spinners, pinch-hitting openers, bucket loads of confidence – can be seen in the England ODI side todayAs England and Sri Lanka prepare for the five-match one-day series starting on Wednesday in Dambulla, a warm-up of sorts for the World Cup now less than eight months away, it feels the right time to stumble backwards 22 years, to one of cricket’s greatest stories.On 17 March 1996, in the sultry atmosphere of Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka’s captain, lifted the World Cup high into the air. No one could quite believe it. Sri Lanka, the baby brother of the Asian block, the international whipping boys, had popped out of the hat, brandishing a party popper, a grin and a new kick-ass way of playing the game. Continue reading...

15-10-2018 BHA clashes with Tim Farron over equine welfare before Westminster debate

• Horse welfare to be debated in Westminster after e-petition • RSPCA praises BHA and is ‘happy to keep working with them’Racing’s ruling body has clashed with Tim Farron, the former Liberal Democrats leader, on the eve of a parliamentary debate about racehorse welfare. The debate, to take place in Westminster Hall on Monday afternoon, is the result of an e-petition which gathered more than 100,000 signatures, calling on the government to set up a new regulator for equine welfare, independent of the British Horseracing Authority.The creation of such a body is now Lib Dem policy, following the passing of a motion at the party’s conference last month – the aim being “to prevent abuse of racehorses and reduce avoidable deaths”. Farron, who is the party’s spokesman on rural affairs and farming, hopes to attend the debate. Continue reading...

15-10-2018 Newcastle stand firm in Toulon to seal remarkable comeback triumph

• Toulon 25-26 Newcastle• Visitors fight back from early 10-point deficitThe Newcastle director of rugby, Dean Richards, refused to get carried away with his side’s 26-25 win against the three‑times winners Toulon at Stade Fleix Mayol as they returned to the Champions Cup with a bang.It was Newcastle’s first time in the top tier of European club rugby for 13 years and it was a brutal return to the competition as they fell behind in 21 seconds. Continue reading...

15-10-2018 Sanath Jayasuriya charged by ICC with breaching its anti-corruption code

Sri Lanka legend has 14 days to respond to the ICCJayasuriya accused of failing to co-operate with investigationSri Lankan cricket has been rocked by the news that Sanath Jayasuriya, the nation’s pioneering former opener and World Cup winner, has been charged by the International Cricket Council with two counts of breaching its anti-corruption code.The accusations against the 49-year-old relate to “failure or refusal to co-operate” with an ongoing ICC investigation into alleged match-fixing in the country, as well as “concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant”. Continue reading...

15-10-2018 Patriots edge Chiefs in thriller as Brady outduels Mahomes … for now

New England inflicted defeat on Kansas City for the first time this season but the Chiefs showed they will be a power for years to comeIt had all the elements to be the game of the NFL season so far. One one side was the most exciting young player in the league and, on the other, maybe the greatest player in history. At the end of the first half, however, it was looking like the Sunday Night Football match-up between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots was going to be a bust. Patrick Mahomes, the wunderkind quarterback manning the (at the time) undefeated Chiefs, tossed his second interception of the night, a forced throw into triple coverage. With the turnover, New England were ahead 24-9 heading into halftime and the Patriots have historically been near-invulnerable at Gillette Stadium when they’ve started the second-half with a lead.If anyone was worried the game was going to be a huge disappointment, Mahomes promptly settled those fears. He threw for his first touchdown of the game on the second half’s first drive, cutting the lead down to eight points. The Patriots responded with a field goal but by this point it was clear that the promised shootout between the 41-year-old Brady and the 23-year-old Mahomes was on. Field goals were not going to cut it. Continue reading...

15-10-2018 Women's Super League: Nikita Parris stars for Manchester City

Watch the best goals and star performances from the Women's Super League where Nikita Parris scores twice for Manchester City on a weekend with 23 goals in five matches.