Hughes 'deeply regrets' tweet that led to additional ban, says England boss Jones

England number eight Nathan Hughes "deeply regrets" the social media post that triggered a further two-week ban says coach Eddie Jones.



Harry Maguire: Leicester defender remains focused and 'ambitious'

England defender Harry Maguire says he wants to win trophies and play in the Champions League, but owes Leicester City for giving him a platform.



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...



Champions Day: Cracksman to wear blinkers for first time in his final race

Champions Stakes favourite will use blinkers to keep focusSoft ground is expected to suit colt in last race of careerCracksman, the odds-on favourite for the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, will wear blinkers for the first time in the final race of his career, in an attempt to coax him back to the form that secured a seven-length success in the same race last season.Cracksman beat Poet’s Word, this year’s King George winner, into a distant second place at Ascot last October but he has not seen a racecourse since being two and a quarter lengths behind Poet’s Word at Royal Ascot in June. That defeat followed two Group One victories, in the Prix Ganay and the Coronation Cup. Continue reading...



Crewe suspend academy coach over safeguarding issue and spark FA inquiry

• Head of foundation Carl Everall’s behaviour investigated• Crewe back in spotlight after Gradi and Bennell casesCrewe Alexandra have suspended their head of foundation because of a safeguarding issue that has led to the club notifying the Football Association.Carl Everall, who has been coaching in the club’s academy since 2013, is also understood to have been suspended from all football-related activities by the FA while the governing body conducts inquiries into allegations relating to his behaviour. “This is a safeguarding and police matter so therefore the FA is not in a position to comment,” an FA spokesman said. Continue reading...



Online aggression skews debate over suspended West Ham youth coach | Jacob Steinberg

Disreputable or an individual’s right? Battle lines on social media have sent the temperature soaring regarding the actions of West Ham’s Mark PhillipsWhen Kick It Out contacted West Ham about the youth coach who went on the Democratic Football Lads Alliance march through central London last Saturday, football’s anti‑discrimination organisation was not trying to stir the pot. Its aim was not to land Mark Phillips in hot water. It had an obligation to act after receiving an anonymous report about Phillips appearing to align himself with an organisation accused of Islamophobia and of having links with far-right groups.Yet the temperature inevitably rose on Twitter as soon as the Guardian broke the story about Phillips on Tuesday morning. For people who see nothing wrong with the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, a group condemned by anti-racist campaigners, it was a case of political correctness gone mad. Because it had acted on an anonymous complaint against the coach of West Ham’s Under-18s, Kick It Out was accused of being snowflakes who wanted to shut down free speech and, even more bizarrely, of being the real fascists. Continue reading...



Lewis Hamilton hails Formula One ‘Godfather’ Juan Manuel Fangio

• Hamilton is on the verge of matching Fangio’s five world titles• The British driver can clinch the championship in TexasLewis Hamilton says Juan Manuel Fangio is the Formula One “Godfather” as he stands on the verge of history by matching the Argentinian’s championship haul.Hamilton needs to outscore Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by only eight points in Austin, Texas to clinch his fifth world drivers’ championship with three rounds to spare. Continue reading...



Premier League predictions: Lawro v cricket legend Shane Warne

BBC Sport football pundit Mark Lawrenson takes on Australia cricket legend Shane Warne to predict this weekend's Premier League results.



Ianis Hagi: Is Gheorghe's son Romania's next big thing?

BBC Sport looks at Ianis Hagi - son of Romania great Gheorghe, and who is following in some famous footsteps...



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.



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...



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.



FA urges police and social media companies to act after threats to Karen Carney

• Chelsea player subjected to sickening threats after win• Phil Neville asks Instagram: ‘Are you going to do something?’The Football Association has called on the police and social media companies to help shut down online abuse after the England and Chelsea midfielder Karen Carney was subjected to sickening threats.Phil Neville, the England Women manager, pointed out the abuse Carney had received, sharing an Instagram post which wished “cancer, leukaemia and rape” on the 133-cap player. Continue reading...