'Hard to stand here a loser' says Hodgson after late Everton double sinks Palace

Everton score twice in the last three minutes to snatch a dramatic victory over Crystal Palace in a tight Premier League game at Goodison Park.

21-10-2018



MotoGP: Marc Marquez dislocates shoulder after winning fifth title in Japan

Spaniard Marc Marquez wins a fifth MotoGP title - his third in a row - then suffers a dislocated shoulder while celebrating his victory in Japan.

21-10-2018



Highlights: Los Angeles Chargers 20-19 Tennessee Titans

Highlights of the Los Angeles Chargers narrow 20-19 win over the Tennessee Titans at the second NFL International game at Wembley.

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Black Power salute: 50 years on how much has changed? – video explainer

Fifty years ago, two 200m runners set the Olympics in Mexico City alight by giving Black Power salutes on the podium as they collected their medals. Tommie Smith and John Carlos said their clinched fists showed the solidarity of black America. The pair had no shoes on - to represent those living in poverty - and had human rights logos on their jackets, which Australian silver medalist Peter Norman wore as well. They both say there is still a great deal more to be done to tackle racism. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Smith and Carlos embodied many African Americans' Summer of Love and Reckoning Continue reading...

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Tonga Test gives a glimpse of huge potential for the global game

The sea of red at Mt Smart Stadium for the Tonga and Australia game proves more matches between the two are needed Tonga’s population is 109,000 while there are an estimated 80,000 people of Tongan heritage in Australia and New Zealand. According to a 2010 census, there are another 60,000 Tongans in the United States. Extrapolate these numbers to suit your premise and it means a little under 15 per cent of all Tongans in the Southern Hemisphere were at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Saturday night.That a sold-out crowd of 26,214 would turn out and sing all night and create such an occasion must give rugby league internationalists belief. We built it and they came. And while Australia won the first international fixture between these nations 34-16, it was rugby league, as they have been known to say, that was the winner. It’s also clear Tonga deserve better than “second-tier” status. Continue reading...

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Rochdale’s saviour Joe Thompson on surviving cancer: ‘Karma comes around’

The winger’s goal that kept Rochdale in League One capped an extraordinary comeback from a recurrence of Hodgkin lymphoma“Have you ever envisaged paradise?” asks Joe Thompson. He imagined it as a walk along a beach towards sunset, listening to the waves with clarity of thought and no distractions. He experienced it at the Crown Oil Arena on the final day of last season, shortly after preserving Rochdale’s League One status with the winner against Charlton and surrounded by more than 5,000 jubilant supporters. Less than a year earlier the 29-year-old had undergone chemotherapy plus a stem cell transplant to survive cancer for a second time. Saved, and now the saviour; he broke from the celebrations on 5 May to absorb a truly extraordinary comeback.“Everything went silent, like white noise, and time stood still for me,” the winger recalls of the realisation that his goal, combined with Oldham’s failure to beat already relegated Northampton Town, had kept Rochdale afloat against the odds. “It lasted 10 to 15 seconds and in that time I was just flying. It was the beauty of football, the power it can have and why everyone loves it for those magical moments. Then I remember there was just noise. I’d never heard noise like it at the Crown Oil Arena. People who lived a mile up the road heard it and said it was incredible. Continue reading...

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'I have no regrets': Mauricio Pochettino on Tottenham's lack of transfers – video

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he has no regrets about failing to add to his squad in the summer. They have gone on to amass a joint club-record 18 points from their opening eight games, and resume their Premier League campaign with Saturday’s trip across London to West Ham. Continue reading...

21-10-2018



Karen Carney misses penalty as Birmingham City hold Chelsea

• Birmingham City 0-0 Chelsea• Hayley Ladd sent off for second bookable offenceThis was a startling admission from the Chelsea manager, Emma Hayes. “The league is over, the league is finished,” she said, having watched her champions again fail to score. “That’s certainly in Birmingham or Arsenal or Man City’s hands.”In Hayes’s view, in drawing 0-0 at Birmingham, who began the day as joint leaders of the Women’s Super League, her team had “gained a point” but the sight of recently mighty Chelsea huffing and puffing at Solihull did not match that positive spin. One win from six matches with only two goals scored in total, with this a third 0-0 away draw, is a poor return but to write off a title defence so early in a campaign is unusual to say the least. Continue reading...

21-10-2018



Grand Pardubice Steeplechase: the world's toughest horse race – a photo essay

Photographer Tom Jenkins travelled to Pardubice in the Czech Republic to document the 128th Velka Pardubicka Steeplechase (the Czech Grand National) – the world’s oldest and most difficult cross-country horse raceThe 128th Velka Pardubicka Steeplechase or Grand Pardubice Steeplechase (the Czech Grand National) was first run on 4 November 1874, when 14 runners started the race. The winner, Fantom, ridden by Englishman George Sayers received 11,700 florins for his owner Count von Cramm. The race has been held every year since on the second Sunday in October – except during the two world wars and the 1968 Russian invasion, and it has been abandoned twice due to frost and snow. Continue reading...

21-10-2018



NFL: Tennessee Titans' Wembley gamble backfires as Chargers hold on for win

The Tennessee Titans come up short on two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter at Wembley as the Los Angeles Chargers hold on for a 20-19 win.

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'Fantastic result for Chelsea, an awful result for us', says José Mourinho – video

A late equaliser from Ross Barkley maintained Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season as tempers flared on the touchline at Stamford Bridge. However, it was clear that the Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, felt his side deserved to take the three points from his former employers. ‘When you are the best team, you want to win,’ said Mourinho Continue reading...

21-10-2018



Vera Caslavska and the forgotten story of her 1968 Olympics protest

The incredible tale of how a Czech gymnast protested against the Soviet Union's invasion of her country at the 1968 Olympics.

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No Halep, no Williams - who will win the WTA Finals?

Eight of the world's best players are competing for the WTA Finals, as Caroline Wozniacki aims to defend the title in Singapore.

21-10-2018



Wales' Morgan wins first professional title after 18 years

Wales' Becky Morgan wins her first event after 18 years on the Ladies European Tour with victory at the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

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Glazers do not intend to sell Manchester United amid reports of Saudi interest

• Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia linked with £4bn takeover bid• United’s owners not even interested in selling stake in clubManchester United’s owners, the Glazer family, have no immediate intentions to sell the club, or even a stake in it.Rumours first began to circulate around a week ago that the Glazers, United’s owners since 2005, were considering a takeover bid from Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, with reports on Saturday suggesting an offer in the region of £4bn was to be discussed between both parties in the next couple of weeks. Continue reading...

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How should Mourinho fix Manchester United’s defence? By attacking | Jonathan Wilson

Manchester United seem incapable of doing the thing José Mourinho’s teams are renowned for so the manager must change his approachThere are times when you wonder whether the gods of football have almost too pronounced a sense of irony. Not content with a script that pitted an under-pressure José Mourinho against a series of ghosts of his past (Manuel Pellegrini, Rafa Benítez and Chelsea lining up like the conspirators around Julius Caesar, with Juventus, a club he clashed with repeatedly in Italy and now bolstered by his agent’s most high-profile other client, to come), they have devised a new torment for their plaything: his teams have become incapable of doing the thing he was renowned for getting his teams to do – defending. Related: Maurizio Sarri admits Chelsea in wrong while José Mourinho accepts apology Continue reading...

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Sprint legend Bolt 'offered contract by Mariners'

Eight-time Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has been offered a deal by Central Coast Mariners, says his agent Ricky Simms.

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