Olivier Giroud says it is ‘impossible’ to show homosexuality in football

15-11-2018 • Chelsea forward says there is a lot of work to be done• Giroud has posed on the cover of a gay magazineChelsea’s forward Olivier Giroud has admitted he “understands the pain and difficulty” that prevents professional footballers coming out as gay, saying that it is “impossible” to show homosexuality in the sport.Giroud, who is in the France squad to face the Netherlands and Uruguay this week, posed on the cover of a gay magazine in 2012. Continue reading...

James Conner: The cancer survivor starring for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL

15-11-2018 Pittsburgh running back James Conner describes his journey, from being diagnosed with cancer while at the University of Pittsburgh, to a sensational season in the NFL.

Rugby union: talking points from the second round of autumn Tests

15-11-2018 England take heart from All Blacks defeat, Springboks’ power will test Scotland’s growing optimism and Italy prove a point In 2012 England also went 15-0 up on New Zealand at Twickenham and went on to win 38-21. This time they could not score a point after the 25th minute, instead allowing the All Blacks to snatch a 16-15 victory in a classic encounter of its type. Which team, though, is on the steeper upward curve? If the heavy rain was a leveller, there was no disguising the fact England, after a tough year, are on the way back. They now know they can ruffle the All Blacks, even with a patched-up pack, and South Africa’s two shuddering recent games against New Zealand also showed the world’s No 1 side are not invincible. Brodie Retallick may have had the last laugh at Twickenham but the All Black pack will have to dig deep again to avoid being ambushed in Dublin on Saturday. Robert Kitson Continue reading...

Joe Cokanasiga: Why Eddie Jones picked Bath winger for England debut

15-11-2018 England head coach Eddie Jones explains why Bath's 21-year-old winger Joe Cokanasiga will make his international debut against Japan.

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.

Why did one of the NFL's best players give up $14.5m and a year of his prime?

15-11-2018 The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell will sit out the entire 2018 season, as players try to tilt the balance of power away from the league’s ownersAs many had expected, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, one of the best players in the NFL, did not turn up at team headquarters on Tuesday. The move means he’s not eligible to play for the remainder of the season and has forfeited the $14.54m he was due to make. What exactly happened on Tuesday? Continue reading...

Anna Gasser makes history as first female snowboarder to land triple cork – video

15-11-2018 Olympic champion Anna Gasser has written another chapter in her snowboard career after becoming the first woman to land a cab triple cork. The 27-year-old pulled off the jump on her first attempt at the Stubai Glacier in Austria.The cab triple 1260 involves taking off in the switch position with your 'wrong' foot forward, followed by three and a half rotations in the air, and then landing in the forward position. The Austrian also made history in 2013 with a cab double cork 900 kicker, and 2015 when she became the first woman to land a competition cab double underflip. She also claimed the gold medal in the Big Air competition at the Pyeongchang Games.Winter Olympics: hits and misses from Pyeongchang Continue reading...

'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

15-11-2018 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

Magnus Carlsen weathers early Fabuano Caruana surprise in Game 5 draw – live!

15-11-2018 Carlsen and Caruana play to draw after 33 moves and three hoursWorld championship match remains tied at 2½-all after five games Tweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 7.02pm GMT The general thinking was Caruana faced an extra spot of pressure today as white. That’s because Carlsen, who won the draw and elected to play Game 1 as black, will get to play back-to-back contests on Friday and Sunday as white under the rules, which dictate the rotation of the colors is reversed at the midpoint of the match.Asked whether he feels any disappointment that he wasn’t able to capitalize ahead of Carlsen’s consecutive white games, Caruana is to the point. 6.49pm GMT “This line is really interesting and if Black cooperates it can get also very, very exciting,” Caruana says of the 6. b4!? surprise. “But Magnus knew the line quite well and I think played it in a very logical way. I guess the endgame we got was more or less balanced.” Continue reading...

Sports quiz of the week: Wayne Rooney, City v United and Formula 1

15-11-2018 Who scored? Who stripped? Who is out of action?Wayne Rooney is likely to win his final England cap later this month. His first game for England ended in a 3-1 defeat to Australia. Which other young striker made his international debut that night, scored England’s only goal of the game and never played for his country again?Rickie Lambert Francis JeffersDavid Nugent James Beattie Where are England playing New Zealand at rugby this weekend?Bradford and BathLondon and LeedsManchester and CardiffWigan and SheffieldWhen it comes to the Manchester derby, what makes Ernest Mangnall unique?He scored for both sides in the derby in 1935 (a fine header for United and a scrappy own goal for City)He is the only man to have managed both clubsHe is the only player to have been sold from one club to the otherHe is the only United player who has gone on to manage CityIf it was Singapore in 2008, United Arab Emirates in 2009, South Korea in 2010 and India in 2011, where will it be in 2020?South AfricaVietnamWalesTurkeyWhy will Aldershot Town have to do without midfielder James Rowe for the next few months?After winning Britain’s Got Talent with his ukulele playing, he "wants to concentrate on music for a while"He has stepped away from football for a few months to star in a pantomimeHe has gone to Buenos Aires “to watch the Copa Libertadores final and check out Argentina”He was injured by a bottle of RibenaThe Women’s World Twenty20 begins this weekend. Who are the hosts and reigning champions?EnglandAustraliaIndiaWest Indies Bradley Stoke Town FC signed a new player this week. What is he called?Donald TrumpObama BarracksMichel BarnierBradley StokesHuddersfield's victory on Monday night means that every team in the Premier League has won a game this season. Who scored Huddersfield's winner?A Huddersfield playerA Newcastle player (on loan from Chelsea)A Cardiff City player (on loan from Liverpool )A Fulham player (on loan from Manchester United) Fernando Ovelar scored a goal for Cerro Porteño against Club Olimpia in the Paraguayan Superclásico this week. What is unusual about Ovelar’s goal?He was the refereeHe is also the club’s ownerHe is just 14 years old He played the first half for Olimpia but was signed for Cerro Porteño at half-time Who is the only player to have scored at Anfield and the Etihad this season?David Silva Danny Ings Callum Wilson Wesley Hoedt Zeki Celik was shown a yellow card for stripping Neymar of which item of clothing in Lille’s defeat to PSG?A hatA snoodA necklaceA gloveWho said: "I wanted to do something different. I want to give the people what they want – blood, sweat and tears. I can do it all"?José MourinhoTony BellewFloyd MayweatherWayne Rooney12 and above.You are a true credit to yourself. Have a cracking weekend. You've earned it1 and above.That's not very good. 2 and above.That's not a great score but it's something to build on next week 3 and above.That's not a great score but it's something to build on next week 4 and above.You've done OK there. Not great but not embarrassing either5 and above.You've done well there. Give yourself a thumbs up6 and above.You've done well there. Give yourself a thumbs up7 and above.You've done well there. Give yourself a thumbs up. Enjoy the weekend8 and above.You've done very well there. Enjoy the weekend9 and above.You've done very, very well there. Enjoy the weekend10 and above.You've done very, very, very well there. Have a cracking weekend0 and above.That's not very good. 11 and above.You are a credit to yourself. Have a cracking weekend. You've earned it Continue reading...

Ben Ryan: ‘If rugby were a company people would be comparing it to an Enron’

15-11-2018 Fiji’s gold-medal winning sevens coach is unhappy with the direction he believes the game is moving in – from the treatment of tier-two nations to laws being overlooked by refereesIf you love rugby union what follows will be a tough read. According to one of the world’s leading coaches, however, the time has come for the sport to get real. “If rugby were a company people would be comparing it to an Enron,” says Ben Ryan, Fiji’s Olympic gold-medal winning sevens mastermind. “It’s completely dysfunctional.”Ryan’s charge sheet is long and chilling. With Japan set to visit Twickenham this weekend he says tier-two nations continue to be treated with almost feudal disregard, that the sport’s law-book is being wilfully ignored and that skilful players are becoming disillusioned with where 15-a-side rugby is heading. Central to it all, he believes, is the selfish decision-making of certain stakeholders which is steering the global game into deeply worrying territory. Continue reading...