Watch: Dominic Thiem's dominant display over Kei Nishikori

15-11-2018 Watch the best shots from Dominic Thiem's convincing win over Kei Nishikori which keeps his hopes alive of making it through to the last four of the ATP Finals in London.

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

15-11-2018 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.

England v Japan: Joe Cokanasiga to start Twickenham Test

15-11-2018 Bath wing Joe Cokanasiga will make his England debut against Japan as Eddie Jones makes sweeping changes from the side that lost to New Zealand.

Women's World T20: India beat Ireland and take 'team hat-trick'

15-11-2018 Three wickets in successive balls - though not all credited to the bowler - help India beat Ireland by 52 runs to reach the Women's World Twenty20 semi-finals.

Thousands of Leicester City fans march to honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – video

15-11-2018 Thousands of Leicester City fans marched on Saturday to honour former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others, who were killed when their helicopter crashed following Leicester's previous home match against West Ham. Fans gathered in Jubilee Square and marched towards the team's King Power Stadium  ahead of their match with Burnley waving Leicester City and Thai flags, with others holding up banners. Continue reading...

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

15-11-2018 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...

Wayne Rooney's record-breaking England career in numbers – video

15-11-2018 Former England captain Wayne Rooney will bring down the curtain on his record-breaking international career with an honorary appearance against the USA on Thursday.The 33-year-old has been invited back into the national team squad to mark his achievements as the country’s all-time leading goalscorer and as the outfield player with the most capsFootball quiz: Wayne Rooney (on and off the field) Continue reading...

Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy has operation on injured knee

15-11-2018 • No timescale has been given for defender’s recovery• Mendy was sidelined for the majority of last seasonBenjamin Mendy will be sidelined again for Manchester City after undergoing a knee operation on Wednesday.The defender had surgery on his left knee in Barcelona after pulling out of the France squad, City confirmed. Continue reading...

Richard Scudamore’s £5m reflects greedy and ruthless Premier League | David Conn

15-11-2018 The executive chairman’s departure sits awkwardly next to fudged pledges to help football’s grassrootsIt was strangely appropriate that London was in political chaos over the UK’s impending exit from the European Union when the Premier League clubs gathered unruffled at their meeting and awarded their executive chairman Richard Scudamore an eye-popping £5m for choosing to leave his job. There they were, modern representatives of football clubs formed as social enterprises in Victorian England, by churches, schools and enlightened employers, presenting an image of being in a kind of money bubble, voting to give grossly excessive thanks to the man who has enriched them over 19 years. Related: Richard Scudamore will accept £5m departure bonus from Premier League Continue reading...

Claudio Ranieri fastens in for Premier League homecoming at Fulham | Amy Lawrence

15-11-2018 The new manager cannot expect to repeat the success of his Leicester days but will hope his experience helps elicit a quick reaction from the struggling west London sideHi Claudio. Welcome back to a place you loved, and where you were loved. The Ranieri of the Premier League, regarded in different moments as a gentleman, a tinkerman, a caricature joker, a miracle worker, an expert at somehow maintaining composure when form has faltered and the axe has lurked, returns with the words “risk free” ringing around him. Ranieri has seen enough in 32 years of management across five countries to smile wryly at such notions before he gets to work.Preconceptions have followed Ranieri around for long enough – way longer than the infamous reaction to his supposedly left-field appointment at Leicester City (and we all know how that turned out). A certain amount of optimism from the Fulham hierarchy, who chose Ranieri to follow Slavisa Jokanovic, is understandable. But there is no sense jumping to the question of whether Ranieri can recreate something resembling the phenomenon he oversaw at Leicester in his new role at Craven Cottage. Continue reading...

Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

15-11-2018 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Football rumours: Wenger turned down Fulham with Bayern in waiting?

15-11-2018 Today’s rumours think nothing says Christmas quite like an extended trailer for next year’s biopicManchester United defender Chris Smalling could swap life at one mid-table Premier League club for another if speculation linking with with a move to Everton turns out to carry any weight. Tabloid tittle-tattle says the Goodison Park outfit want to take him on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer, but could make a bid for him in January instead. Smalling is currently negotiating a new contract with United, in a state of affairs that cynics might suggest is in some way related to the coincidental appearance of stories linking with him a move elsewhere. Related: Chelsea to let Gary Cahill leave on loan in January as a reward for his service Continue reading...

World T20: Funky dancing, weird catches & a party in the stands as West Indies beat South Africa

15-11-2018 Watch the best moments from day six of the Women's World T20 as Stafanie Taylor takes 4-12 to set up a West Indies win over South Africa.

Boca Juniors v River Plate: the fiercest rivalry in football – video

15-11-2018 For the first time ever city rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate will meet in the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America’s most prestigious club trophy. The derby, referred to as the Superclásico, is renowned for its drama, bitterness and the sheer hatred between the two Argentinian sides. The first leg ended in a 2-2 draw at La Bombonera, the home of Boca. The second leg takes place at River’s home stadium El Monumental on 24 NovemberBuenos Aires 2-0 Brazil: how River and Boca set up a Superclásico final Continue reading...

England v USA: international friendly – live!

15-11-2018 All the action from the 8pm GMT kickoff at WembleyClockwatch: Croatia v Spain and more with Ed AaronsGiggs urges Wales to seal promotion and Euro 2020 boostAnd feel free to email Ben or to tweet @benfisherj 7.24pm GMT A couple of killer pre-match stats, courtesy of our chums Opta:• Lewis Dunk will become the first Brighton player to play for England since Steve Foster vs Kuwait in the 1982 World Cup• Sancho will become the first outfield player to start a game for England while playing for a club from outside of the UK since David Beckham (LA Galaxy) against Netherlands in August 2009 7.16pm GMT Gareth Southgate talks, and says the plan is for Wayne Rooney to play about half an hour off the bench. “We will look to give him 25-30 minutes,” Southgate says. “We’ve a few changes we want to make in the second half of the game, a few players who need minutes before Sunday. There’s a few objectives from the game.” And has the Rooney factor helped in the buildup to kick-off? “We’ve had a nice moment back at the team hotel, where he has presented them [debutants] with their shirts and spoken to them about his memories and what it’s meant to play for England. I think that’s already had a compelling effect on them. It’s been great having him this week to pass on those bits of gold dust really.”As for the likes of Callum Wilson, Lewis Dunk and Jadon Sancho, he adds: “We’ve a good opportunity to look at some players we have not had the chance to work with before, three debutants making their full debuts. It’s exciting, we want to see how they cope against an equally young and energetic team.” Continue reading...

Joe Schmidt issues strong defence of Bundee Aki’s right to play for Ireland

15-11-2018 • Connacht centre Aki will face All Blacks for first time• Schmidt restores lock Devin Toner to starting lineupJoe Schmidt has strongly defended Bundee Aki’s right and readiness to wear Ireland’s colours against his native New Zealand on Saturday. The Connacht centre will face the All Blacks for the first time while earning his 12th cap.The All Blacks assistant coach, Ian Foster, quipped earlier this week about Aki: “You have moulded him into an Irish man, he looks like an Irish man now doesn’t he?” Continue reading...