Johanna Konta into Kremlin Cup semi-finals after battling win

British No 1 into second WTA semi-final of yearSimona Halep withdraws from WTA Finals The British No 1 Johanna Konta battled past Aliaksandra Sasnovich in three sets at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow to make just her second WTA semi-final of the year.After the first two sets were won 6-2, both players turned up the quality in the third but it was Konta who edged out the world No 31, 7-6 (7-2) in the decider. Konta will now play the Russian sixth seed Daria Kasatkina in the last four. The welcome win for 27-year-old comes a week after she split with her coach Michael Joyce. She is now working with Dimitri Zavialoff. Continue reading...



Youth Olympics: Caroline Sara Dubois of Great Britain wins boxing gold

Caroline Sara Dubois of Great Britain wins boxing gold in the women's light 57-60kg category at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires to extend her unbeaten run of bouts to 35.



The Fiver | The collapse of the Wembley deal

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Huzzah, another victory for this proud land! How many times do we have to tell the world to take their investments and their jobs elsewhere? HAVE YOU GOT THE MESSAGE YET? Well, Shahid Khan has, “respectfully withdrawing” (for now) his offer to buy Wembley Stadium after the weight of popular opposition to the deal finally became clear, leaving the nation to rejoice in the continued ownership of a building nobody really needs and the exhilarating absence of funding for grassroots sport. Continue reading...



Watch: Pakistan batsman run out after thinking ball had gone to boundary

Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali is run out in bizarre circumstances, after mistakenly thinking the ball had reached the boundary on the third day of the second Test with Australia.



Dai Young calls for overhaul after ‘ridiculous’ ban for Nathan Hughes

• The Wasps forward has been banned for six weeks• Hughes will miss three of England’s internationalsThe Wasps director of rugby, Dai Young, has described Nathan Hughes’s six-week ban – which rules him out of three of England’s four autumn internationals – as “ridiculous” and called for an overhaul of the Rugby Football Union’s disciplinary process.Hughes was initially set to be banned for four weeks for punching Gloucester’s Lewis Ludlow but his ill‑timed “what a joke” tweet at the end of that hearing led to two more weeks being added to his suspension. Young has no issue with Hughes being penalised for his tweet but was adamant the No 8 should not have been in the dock in the first place. Continue reading...



Youth Olympic Games 2018: Caroline Dubois and Karol Itauma win boxing golds

Great Britain end the Youth Olympic Games with three gold medals after Caroline Dubois and Karol Itauma win boxing titles on the final day in Buenos Aires.



A Peter Brackley tribute, premature celebrations and Ironman triathlon | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features a rugby union penalty shootout, Gianfranco Zola magic and a failed marriage proposal1) RIP Peter Brackley. He worked for Sky and ITV but for many, he was the voice of the 1990s as Serie A was beamed into our living rooms with Football Italia – it is a testament to his skill that the programme never felt poorer for a lack of co-commentator and there are few things more musical than Brackley screaming “Ravenelli” into a microphone. He was also the voice of Pro Evolution Soccer 2 – “oh that’s torn it!” – and he did a fantastic Jimmy Greaves impression on Spitting Image – so good that he was invited to appear, alongside Greaves, on ITV before the 1987 FA Cup Final. Related: Golden Goal: John Barnes for Liverpool v QPR (1987) Continue reading...



Is Keisuke Honda alone in managing internationally while still playing? | The Knowledge

Plus: prolific first-half goalscorers, sticking peppers where the sun don’t shine, and more. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Recently Keisuke Honda signed for my hometown club Melbourne Victory in the A-League,” writes Karan Dhamija. “A few days later, he was also announced as manager of the Cambodian national team. Has a player been a manager of another team while playing? Even better if there has been a case of a player managing a national team like Honda?”The Knowledge has been close to this subject before, in 2010, when we found a few examples of footballers turning out for their international teams while player-managers at club-level. These include Graeme Souness, who captained Scotland at Mexico 1986 shortly after being appointed to the dual role at Rangers; Jim Platt, who turned out for Northern Ireland while player-manager at Coleraine; and Gunnar Gren, who played for Sweden in the World Cup final against Brazil in 1958 while managing and turning out for Orgryte. But none of these ever managed an international team. Continue reading...



Christian Eriksen set to return for Tottenham at West Ham

• Mauricio Pochettino says midfielder will either start or be sub• Manager says he would welcome new signings in JanuaryChristian Eriksen will be available for Tottenham’s visit to West Ham on Saturday, according to Mauricio Pochettino, despite the uncertainty surrounding his abdominal injury.The midfielder has sat out Spurs’ past four matches and there were fears he could face an extended lay-off when the Denmark manager, Åge Hareide, said the problem could become “chronic”. Hareide suggested Denmark’s marquee player had carried the injury for a little while. Continue reading...



Scottish cyclist smashes round-the world record

Jenny Graham arrives in Berlin after cycling 18,000 miles across four continents in 124 days A British adventurer has become the fastest woman to cycle around the world. Jenny Graham circumnavigated the globe in 124 days, knocking nearly three weeks off the previous record.The 38-year-old from Inverness arrived at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Thursday. She managed the feat in 20 days fewer than the 144 it took Italy’s Paola Gianotti in 2014. Continue reading...



European club rugby surprises may offer barometer in World Cup year | The Breakdown

From next week international squad players in Europe will spend more time with their countries than with their clubs and lessons learned at highest level of club rugby could be vitalThe result of a weekend in Europe that kicked convention high into the stand came in Paris, where a Worcester side laced with academy players achieved a bonus-point Challenge Cup victory over Stade Français, who lie second in the Top 14.Europe, in the form of the Champions Cup, is regarded as being close to international standard, exemplified by teams such as Leinster and Saracens. But over the years it has not been that reliable a barometer for Test rugby, although the last three winners of the tournament have represented the countries that took the Six Nations title. Continue reading...



Former Crewe coach Paul McCann found not guilty of sexually abusing player

• McCann was Barry Bennell’s assistant at Crewe• Cleared of four charges relating to late 1980sPaul McCann, formerly Barry Bennell’s assistant at Crewe Alexandra, has been cleared of four specimen charges of indecent assault after being accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a teenager during his time with the club. Related: Crewe suspend academy coach over safeguarding issue and spark FA inquiry Continue reading...



Fifty years on: Bob Beamon smashes long jump world record at Mexico Olympics

Lynn Davies looks back 50 years ago today, when Bob Beamon smashed the long jump world record at the Mexico Olympics.