Manchester United defender Luke Shaw signs new five-year deal

• The England left-back has faced criticism from José Mourinho• His career at Old Trafford has been restricted by injuryLuke Shaw has signed a new five-year deal at Manchester United in a development he admitted would have seemed “impossible” not long ago. The 23-year-old has faced public criticism from José Mourinho and has been limited to 50 Premier League appearances at United in nearly four and a half years by a serious injury, form and fitness issues. Continue reading...

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...

Clare Connor and Nathan Leamon may vie to be ECB’s director of cricket

• Head of women’s game and lead analyst have impressed• Andrew Strauss to assist in search for his successorThe search for the new director of England cricket officially starts on Friday with Clare Connor, head of the women’s game, and Nathan Leamon, the national team’s lead analyst, two of the more eye-catching names said to be in contention.Andrew Strauss called time on a three-year spell in charge of the England men’s teams this month as his wife, Ruth, continues her treatment for cancer. But the former captain will continue to work on ad hoc consultancy projects, including the search for his successor alongside Tom Harrison, the ECB chief executive, and the head-hunting firm SRI. Continue reading...

The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.• Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10• Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 Continue reading...

USA Gymnastics couldn't handle Larry Nassar. Now it can't even handle itself

The organization is responsible for the safety of thousands of young athletes, yet it has moved from disaster to disaster in the wake of a sexual abuse scandalHow difficult is it for USA Gymnastics, an organization whose inability to deal with sexual abuse now overshadows its distinguished Olympic history, to find a leader who will put athletes first?A few months after longtime president Steve Penny resigned in March 2017, Kerry Perry took over as president and CEO. She stepped into a leadership void and failed to fill it, making a disastrous appearance on Capitol Hill to answer questions about the Larry Nassar abuse scandal, ducking from reporters, and drawing criticism from athletes and clubs for inaction. 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.

The British hammer thrower with a metal hip eyeing medal at Tokyo Olympics

Two-time Commonwealth gold medallist Mark Dry could not walk without pain. Now, after having his hip resurfaced, he is targeting Olympic glory.

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.

Kaneria admits spot-fixing after six years of denials

Former Pakistan leg spinner Danish Kaneria admits to spot-fixing while at Essex, ending six years of denial.

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.