Talking Horses: Cheltenham's autumn meeting puts jumping at centre stage

Grand National and three-time Festival winner Tiger Roll will be present at a meeting that often unearths top-class talentIt is 196 days since the first race of the 2018-19 National Hunt season, but there will still be a sense of a new beginning as racegoers assemble below Cleeve Hill for the first day of Cheltenham’s November meeting on Friday afternoon. For the next four-and-a-half months, jumping is centre-stage and there is a good chance that at least one of next spring’s Grade One championship winners will be lurking somewhere on Friday’s card.One certainty is that there will be a Grand National winner on the cast-list, as Tiger Roll, who held on by a fast-diminishing head at Aintree back in April, returns to the scene of his third Cheltenham Festival success in the Cross-Country eight months ago. When it comes to the current season, though, it is two of Friday’s novice events which are likely to prove most significant. Continue reading...

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Jarryd Hayne reportedly under investigation over allegations of sexual assault

Woman told police she suffered injuries during a sexual encounter with the out-of-contract NRL star on grand final nightJarryd Hayne’s immediate NRL future appears even more uncertain with the out-of-contract star reportedly being investigated over allegations of sexual assault.Without an NRL club for next season, Hayne is the subject of an investigation by the New South Wales sex crimes squad following an incident on grand final night, according to the Nine Network. Continue reading...

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Roger Federer marches on at ATP Finals as battle over Davis Cup’s future goes on

• Federer defeats Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3 to top his group• Davis Cup could merge with new ATP Cup to resolve rowTennis might be fighting for its soul but Roger Federer remains its beating heart.On a day when it was learned that a merger of the revamped 118-year-old Davis Cup and the new ATP Cup – which will be held within six weeks of each other at the end of next year and the beginning of 2020 – is one solution being considered to break the impasse that has gripped the sport for five years, the Swiss cruised into the semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals for the 15th time. Continue reading...

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Great Britain's women's hockey team: What's it like being a reserve goalkeeper?

Great Britain's Sabbie Heesh and Amy Tennant tell BBC Sport what it is like to be a reserve hockey goalkeeper.

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The Fiver | The potential commercial benefits of honouring former heroes

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Almost two years to the day since he made his final appearance for England at Wembley, Wayne Rooney will make his final appearance for England at Wembley on Thursday, in what amounts to a testimonial for the 33-year-old striker. Rooney called time on his international career in 2017, but like a well-intentioned ex-con in a cliched heist movie has been talked into one last job. The grizzled old veteran will take his place among the substitutes in Gareth Southgate’s squad for a friendly against the USA! USA!! USA!!! so England fans can thank a loyal servant who played quite well in one major tournament England didn’t come close to winning, before playing quite badly in several others they also didn’t come close to winning. As an homage to an international career in which he earned 119 caps and scored 53 goals, Rooney will receive a guard of honour from both sets of players, come on as a substitute and take the captain’s armband from Fabian Delph. Continue reading...

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'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

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Australians sledging less says South Africa's Faf du Plessis

In-your-face style their strength, says SA captainTwo sides to meet in one-off T20 on SaturdaySouth African captain Faf du Plessis says Australia’s in-your-face style is their strength and should not be sacrificed despite the fallout over the ball tampering controversy.Du Plessis said the challenge of playing Australia still brought out the beast in him ahead of Saturday’s one-off Twenty20 international on the Gold Coast. Continue reading...

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Northern Ireland Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan sails into quarter finals

Ronnie O'Sullivan advances to the Northern Ireland Open quarter finals while Mark Selby, Judd Trump and Ryan Day also progress.

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Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

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Cricketers risk being caught out in quest for life beyond the boundary | Andy Bull

Pally dressing-room habits prove hard to undo for some of those hoping to forge new careers outside the sportIt’s a long way from Burton upon Trent to Galle and in the Hilton at St George’s Park last Thursday you could feel every yard of the gap. Away in Sri Lanka, England had just declared their second innings and were now pressing on towards victory in the first Test. Back in the Midlands, a couple of dozen of their county colleagues were in the Hilton’s Howard Wilkinson suite, listening to a presentation about how to get ahead in sustainable investment. Earlier that morning, they had sat through a talk on how improve their networking and presentation techniques, and later that day they had another scheduled how to build a LinkedIn profile. Outside, the rain beat against the windows. Related: Ben Stokes to bat at three as England look to win series in Kandy Continue reading...

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No shock in Federer scheduling claims but Laver Cup row more problematic | Kevin Mitchell

Everyone knows Roger Federer gets to play when and where he wants in every tournament he enters but Laver Cup issue is a sign of turbulent timesIt is rare to see Roger Federer flustered or short-tempered but both those sides of his personality were on show in London this week, and how revealing they were.Everyone knows (including the man himself) that he gets to play when and where he wants in every tournament he enters. He has earned it. He is not only the biggest draw in tennis, he has been one of the genuinely major stars of international sport for nearly two decades. Continue reading...

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The Spin | England reaping the benefits of Lions tours that turn tyros into Test players

Four of England’s winning Test team in Galle were on a successful Lions tour to Sri Lanka two years ago and this is one part of ECB planning that should be praisedAs the projected costs of The Hundred mount, tripling from the original estimate of £13m up to £40m – and counting – budgets are being slashed at ECB Towers. Gone is Andrew Strauss’s pet North-South series, gone is the not-so-mourned Pace Programme, gone are the Overseas Placements that so benefited Ollie Pope and Mason Crane in consecutive winters in Sydney.But still hanging on, whether by thread or rope, is the Lions Programme, perhaps English cricket’s most secret and deadly weapon. The first part of this winter’s tour starts on Sunday against Pakistan A, with a four-day match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Five one day and two Twenty20 games follow over the next three weeks, ricocheting between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Pope has been dispatched from the main England tour to get more match practice than he would twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines in Sri Lanka. Then, after Christmas, the Lions head to India. Continue reading...

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Great golf duels, quick pitstops and sticking it up the punter | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features propelling things at targets and narrowly avoiding being trampled1) It’s Tiger Woods v Phil Mickelson nonsense next week, which means an ideal time to look back at some maverick and even random golf matches. Here’s Tiger v Sergio in the Battle at Bighorn (2000), Seve v Jack in the Toyota Challenge of Champions (1986) and Ben Hogan v Sam Snead (1965). Then Skins … at Wentworth in 1988, Walton Heath in 1991, Lee Trevino at PGA West (1987) and Woods, again, at the Memorial Skins in 2009. And how about the $18,000 Putt-Putt Skins Game – 1989 edition and then 1992? And how could we possibly forget a famous 1964 duel at Stoke Park?2) Ferrari didn’t keep Sebastian Vettel waiting in the pits for his second stop at last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix – he was on his way again after an incredible 1.97 secs. Yet it’s still not the fastest ever. The pit lane ballet isn’t always so well choreographed, however. And beware: tyre jack. Continue reading...

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The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.• Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10• Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 Continue reading...

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Hannah Rankin ready to face Olympic champion Claressa Shields in Kansas

Farmer's daughter Hannah Rankin is a classically-trained musician, but on Saturday she aims to become Scotland's first female world champion.

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Race to Dubai: Francesco Molinari leads rival Tommy Fleetwood

Francesco Molinari finishes the opening round of the DP World Tour Championship a shot ahead of Race to Dubai title rival Tommy Fleetwood.

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'He's been a pivotal figure': Lingard praises Rooney after England beat USA – video

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard was full of praise for Wayne Rooney after the forward made his final appearance for 'The Three Lions' during a 3-0 win over the USA Continue reading...

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