Said & Done: Ronaldinho, marquee clubs and multiple defamations

The season so far – also featuring Fifa 2.0, a fined lion and football’s saddest lament Continue reading...



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...



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...



Salah and Van Dijk back in full Liverpool training after injury scares

• Players set to face Huddersfield after missing internationals• Mané and Keïta are doubts for match on SaturdayMohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk are expected to be fit for Liverpool’s visit to Huddersfield Town on Saturday despite missing recent internationals through injury.The influential duo completed full training sessions at Melwood on Wednesday and, barring any late setbacks, will be included in Jürgen Klopp’s plans against David Wagner’s winless side. Continue reading...



Watch: Extreme wakeboarding in Greenland

Watch as Russian wakeboarder Nikita Martyanov decided to take it to the extreme by riding across icebergs on the west coast of Greenland.



'It's OK to not be OK': what top athletes have said about mental health in sport – video

Professional athletes are said to be seeking mental health help in record numbers. More than ever before sportspeople have been speaking out on their struggles to cope with the pressure that comes with competing at an elite level. Here's what Serena Williams, Clarke Carlisle, Kevin Love, Kelly Holmes, Michael Phelps and many others have said about mental wellbeing over the years.In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email [email protected] In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org. Continue reading...



The Premier League Show: Five common myths about goalkeeping

Card-carrying members of the Goalkeepers' Union, Lloyd Griffith and David Preece, expose five common misconceptions about the art of goalkeeping for The Premier League Show.



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...



'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...



Ironman winner proposes to girlfriend after breaking course record – video

A few moments after winning the Ironman World Championship on Saturday, triathlete Patrick Lange decided to celebrate by proposing to his girlfriend Julia Hoffmann.This was the German's second straight victory in the traditional Ironman triathlon race. He completed the 226km course in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in just under eight hours (07:52:39). Continue reading...



Should José Mourinho be punished for his foul-mouthed outburst? | Paul MacInnes

The Manchester United manager has been charged by the FA for using ‘abusive, insulting or improper language’ but it seems reasonable to raise the question: was it really offensive?In this week’s episode of the José Mourinho show the Manchester United manager could have another sentimental return to Stamford Bridge ruined by the threat of a touchline ban for swearing in Portuguese.The Football Association has charged the Premier League’s most accomplished attention seeker with the use of “abusive, insulting or improper language” after he apparently repeated the phrase “fodas filhos de puta” into the TV cameras following United’s late win against Newcastle. Continue reading...



Roma fan cleared of inflicting GBH on Liverpool supporter

Filippo Lombardi jailed for three years for violent disorder before Champions League tieA Roma fan has been cleared of inflicting grievous bodily harm on a Liverpool supporter but has been jailed for three years for violent disorder.Filippo Lombardi, 21, from Rome, was found not guilty at Preston crown court on Thursday of assaulting Sean Cox, who suffered “catastrophic injuries” in an incident on Walton Breck Road before a Champions League semi-final in April. Continue reading...



Konta wins final-set tie-break to reach Kremlin Cup semi-final

British number one Johanna Konta reaches just her second semi-final this year by beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the Kremlin Cup.



From the fast lane, to the catwalk to the spa - Asher-Smith's stellar 2018

'I'm not famous,' insists British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith but after the gold medals and catwalk shows of 2018 it is hard to agree.



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

This week's sport on the BBC includes the United States Grand Prix, the NFL International Series and Premier League action, including Chelsea v Man Utd.



Stephen Hendry: ‘I hate the word yips, it trivialises it. It was much more than that’ | Donald McRae

The seven-times world champion on his duels with Davis, Higgins, White and O’Sullivan and how his famed mental strength disintegrated leaving him no choice but to quit“It was a mixture of embarrassment, anger, frustration, sadness, everything,” Stephen Hendry says as he remembers how his dominance of snooker unravelled into, in his mind, a shambling wreck of a game. When the end came, in the quarter-finals of the 2012 world championships, Hendry was so besieged by psychological demons “there was nothing positive left”.Hendry’s favourite sportsmen are Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher, Nick Faldo and AP McCoy and he was once as imperious as they had been. He holds the record for the most world titles, with all seven being won in the 1990s, and he was world No 1 for eight successive seasons. But the great champions feel it most when vulnerability takes over. Continue reading...



Two-time Olympic champion Moses says he was told to 'shut up' at Wada meeting

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Ed Moses says he was told to "shut up" at a World Anti-Doping Agency meeting.