England 35-15 Japan: Eddie Jones' side hold off spirited visitors

18-11-2018 England need a second-half fightback to overcome a spirited Japan, with Joe Cokanasiga scoring a debut try.

Northern Ireland Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Mark Selby on final black to reach final

18-11-2018 Ronnie O'Sullivan holds his nerve to beat world number one Mark Selby on the final black and will face Judd Trump in the Northern Ireland Open final.

The Breakdown | It was tough on Sam Underhill, but England try was rightly disallowed

18-11-2018 Courtney Lawes took a gamble and lost when he charged down TJ Perenara’s kick against the All Blacks. The referee was correctSam Underhill may be one of England’s youngest, least experienced players but he reacted to one of the biggest disappointments of his senior career with a mature detachment. “If the referee says the grass is pink, then the grass is pink,” he said when asked about his disallowed try five minutes from time against New Zealand when Courtney Lawes was ruled to have been offside when he charged down a kick. Related: Japan captain Leitch says his side will not bow down at Twickenham Continue reading...

World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

18-11-2018 A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

Ireland’s 113-year wait over as O’Mahony and Marmion make magic | Andy Bull

18-11-2018 Here was a delirious and genuinely historic Dublin evening to sweep away a century of hard-luck stories against the All BlacksIn the minutes before kick-off, the All Blacks’ Steve Hansen handed over a wodge of notes to Ireland’s coach, Joe Schmidt. What was it Steve? A card? A letter? A contract? No, Hansen explained later, it was €760. He had needed a few extra tickets for the game and the only way to do it was to ask Schmidt to buy them for him. This game was such a hot ticket that even Hansen had to pull strings to get people in. But then the Irish had been waiting 113 years for this, ever since they first played, and first lost to the All Blacks here in Dublin back in 1905. Ask around Dublin, or any other place Irish fans were watching on Saturday night, and they will tell you the wait was worth it.There are plenty of good yarns about Ireland’s home matches against the All Blacks in that time. They are all heartbreakers, though, not a happy ending among them. They had played 16 home Tests against New Zealand before this one, lost 15 and drawn one. It all added up to a lot of ifs, buts, glorious stories about players who almost did, teams who couldn’t quite, and wins that nearly were. Like the one draw, in 1973, which was settled in the end by a freak gust of wind that blew Barry McGann’s last-minute conversion just wide of the upright. Or at least, that’s what they’ll tell you. Continue reading...

Stink hits darts grand slam as match features flatulent end

18-11-2018 Gary Anderson and Wesley Harms both deny responsibility for ‘rotten’ fart smell during Wolverhampton tournamentThe world of professional darts has been rocked by two players accusing each other of repeatedly breaking wind during a match.Gary Anderson of Scotland and the Dutchman Wesley Harms blamed each other for “rotten” farts during their clash in the Grand Slam of Darts. Continue reading...

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

18-11-2018 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

18-11-2018 This week's sport on the BBC includes the ATP World Tour Finals, the ICC Women's World Twenty20 and the home nations' football internationals.

Nat Sciver credits risky change for success as England face West Indies

18-11-2018 All-rounder and coach Mark Robinson worked on adjustment to Sciver’s bowling action before she thrived in World Twenty20It was a punt but one the England coach, Mark Robinson, thought was worth taking. During the home summer, he identified an increasingly troubling technical flaw with Nat Sciver’s bowling action and decided there had to be an intervention. Specifically, the tall right-armer was over-rotating in her delivery stride, meaning that she was losing momentum with the ball coming from too far behind her, hurting her accuracy and rhythm.By any measure, straightening up Sciver’s action – which Robinson acknowledges was a risk, coming as it did in the two months between the end of the season and the World T20 – has worked. In England’s vital win against South Africa on Friday, she was player of the match with the outstanding figures of three for four, combining with Anya Shrubsole – who claimed a hat-trick – to record combined figures of six for 15 from England’s two-pronged pace attack. Continue reading...

Women's World Twenty20: Ireland's Isobel & Cecelia Joyce retire after losing to New Zealand

18-11-2018 Isobel and Cecelia Joyce retire from internationals after Ireland lose their final Women's World Twenty20 game to New Zealand by eight wickets.

Scotland 20-26 South Africa: Handre Pollard scores 18 points as Springboks hold on

18-11-2018 South Africa edge out Scotland 26-20 at Murrayfield to inflict a first home defeat on Gregor Townsend's side in a year.

ATP Finals: Roger Federer beaten by Alexander Zverev in semi-finals

18-11-2018 Watch highlights as Alexander Zverev beats Roger Federer 7-5 7-6 (7-5) in a controversial semi-final at London's O2 Arena.

Wales’ Liam Williams helps turn scramble into a frolic against Tonga

18-11-2018 • Wales 74-24 Tonga• Tonga level early in second half but Wales then launch try spreeWarren Gatland praised the strength in depth of the Wales squad after his side claimed an eighth consecutive win by crushing Tonga. Wales’ winning sequence is their longest since the 2004-05 season, and victory over South Africa next Saturday would complete a first autumn Tests clean sweep. Related: Jacob Stockdale scores only try as Ireland earn historic win over All Blacks Continue reading...

Steven Gerrard: ‘If I text, call or see him, Jürgen’s always got time for me’

18-11-2018 The Rangers manager on why his club is like Liverpool, his craving for pressure and what he thinks now about rejecting Chelsea“It’s a serious business,” Steven Gerrard says with familiar intensity when he is asked about laughter and football. The former Liverpool captain and enduring icon, who is carving out an impressive new career as the manager of Rangers, considers a memory that belongs to his mother. In Make Us Dream, a feature-length documentary about Gerrard’s 27 years at Liverpool, from the age of eight, his mum remembers how he laughed often as a little boy.Since then there has been glory and pain, loyalty and agony. I know Gerrard pretty well and, in 2015, just as his emotional final season as a Liverpool player approached the end, we spent a memorable few months working on his autobiography. He was much warmer than his slightly morose public image – and he smiled a lot when recalling the sweetest times. But, with Gerrard also facing his darkest days, laughter was limited. Continue reading...