England dealt another blow as Mako Vunipola joins Eddie Jones’s injury list

• Calf tear rules Saracens prop out of Autumn internationals• Eddie Jones has now lost 15 key players for November TestsEngland’s injury crisis for next month’s autumn internationals has deepened after Mako Vunipola was ruled out for up to six weeks with a calf tear. With Mako’s brother Billy among 15 other frontline players missing, Eddie Jones’s plans for England’s November series are in turmoil and with a particular lack of experienced options at loosehead prop.Saracens confirmed Mako Vunipola will be sidelined with the injury suffered against Glasgow last Sunday, ending his chances of featuring in Tests against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. “Mako’s got a calf injury, so it looks like it’s going to be around six weeks,” said the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall. Continue reading...

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Wembley: Shahid Khan withdraws 'divisive' offer to buy national stadium from FA

Fulham owner Shahid Khan withdraws his offer to buy Wembley Stadium from the Football Association.

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United States GP: Can Lewis Hamilton wrap up title at a track where he has dominated?

Lewis Hamilton is on the brink of winning a fifth world title in Austin - a track where he has been imperious in recent years.

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A look back at the life of 'Mr Aston Villa', Sir Doug Ellis – video obituary

The former Aston Villa chairman Sir Doug Ellis has died aged 94. Ellis enjoyed two periods at the club, the first from 1968 to 1975 before returning in 1982. He left the club in 2006 after the club was bought by American billionaire Randy Lerner. A stand was named in his honour and he was made life president of the club Continue reading...

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Have kids, surf the wave and love yourself - World Superbike champion Rea on how to win

Jonathan Rea has conquered the world - again. But what are his secrets for success? And why did starting a family lead to him winning?

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Scotland call up England youth player Sam Skinner for autumn internationals

• Exeter second rower among Scotland coach’s uncapped trio • Scarlets’ Sam Johnson has represented New Zealand Under-20sGregor Townsend has included the uncapped trio of Sam Skinner, Sam Johnson and Blade Thomson in his Scotland squad for the autumn Tests and the coach has told the players their audition for the 2019 World Cup starts next month.“I believe everyone in this squad can play in the World Cup,” he said. “There are a few outside the squad as well. But the World Cup had to be in our minds. We’re entering a period where there is less than 12 months to our first game. Continue reading...

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Women-only motor racing contest still leaves some petrolheads fuming

The W Series should be a cause for celebration but life is never as simple as thatSometimes you just have to sit one out. Like this year, when the FA announced it was now using Disney princesses to get girls playing football. Sure, I felt my insides clenching with a buildup of lactic irony, felt the rush of ready sarcastic remarks to my brain. And yes, there was every chance that the campaign was reinforcing the very stereotypes it was trying to overcome. But as addled ideas go, it was not football’s most offensive. Who was I to judge, anyway? I still cried when I watched Brave.The thought recurred this week, when the creators of the W Series announced their new just-for-women single-seater motor racing competition. It aims to provide a nurturing home for female drivers still struggling to break the glass ceiling and make it to the upper echelons of global motorsport – in particular Formulas 3, 2 and 1. So far so feminist, at least according to the organisers, who have been privately refining their pitch for many months and would like the world to welcome it as a grand narrative of female empowerment. Continue reading...

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France add to Germany’s woes as Antoine Griezmann leads comeback win

• France 2-1 Germany• Griezmann 62, 80pen; Kroos 14penAntoine Griezmann scored twice in the second half as France came from behind to beat Germany in the Nations League and increase the pressure on Joachim Löw.Germany looked to be producing the desired response to a 3-0 defeat by Holland on Saturday that left them in danger of relegation when Toni Kroos scored an early penalty. Continue reading...

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Wigan hold 'positive' talks on World Club Challenge date

Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan is confident a World Club Challenge meeting with Sydney Roosters can be agreed for February.

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Ironman winner proposes to girlfriend after breaking course record – video

A few moments after winning the Ironman World Championship on Saturday, triathlete Patrick Lange decided to celebrate by proposing to his girlfriend Julia Hoffmann.This was the German's second straight victory in the traditional Ironman triathlon race. He completed the 226km course in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in just under eight hours (07:52:39). Continue reading...

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Which fruit and vegetables have been hurled at footballers and managers? | The Knowledge

Plus: dotty names, goalscoring streakers and the Socceroos’ animal-heavy crest. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“After Steve Bruce had a cabbage thrown at him, it got me wondering what other odd fruits or vegetables have been tossed in the direction of underperforming managers or players?” asks George Jones.It wouldn’t take a genius to guess which vegetable was thrown at the late Graham Taylor back in the 1990s. Here’s an extract of Jeremy Alexander’s match report from Bolton Wanderers’ 5-1 defeat of Wolves in 1995. “As Graham Taylor settled on the bench three turnips winged past him on to the pitch. Compared to his goalkeeper he got off lightly. Three shots flew in from 30 yards like sticks of celery.” Three turnips! And not one hit the target. That’s a poor conversion rate. Continue reading...

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