Scottish Premiership: Does Scotland have a title race this season?

One of four teams could be top of the Premiership this weekend but what can the table after eight games tell us about how it might end?



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.



Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe gets tattoo for Bradley Lowery

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe gets a tattoo in memory of his friend Bradley Lowery, the Sunderland fan who died aged six after a long illness.



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...



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...



Shaun Marsh departs early as Australia face second Test defeat to Pakistan

• Day three: Pakistan 282 & 400-9d; Australia 145 & 47-1• Marsh out early after Australians were set 538 to win In the early evening Abu Dhabi sunlight, in a wash of warm mango colour that lit up the grass and the grandstands of the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, we may just have seen the last of Shaun Marsh’s Test career. Related: Danish Kaneria admits guilt in Mervyn Westfield spot-fixing case after six years Continue reading...



'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 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...



Wembley decision unrelated to allegations against Fulham, says Shahid Khan

• Craig Kline’s allegations being reviewed by the FA• Former Fulham employee lodges employment tribunal claimThe Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan, has said the withdrawal of his £600m offer to buy Wembley stadium had nothing to do with the allegations being made against Fulham by Craig Kline, the club’s former assistant director of football. Kline went public when he left the club last year with allegations, including racism, made in tweets which he deleted, and he timed his renewed intervention this year to coincide with key Football Association votes on whether to sell Wembley to Khan.Kline, a US university friend of Shahid Khan’s son Tony, has now made a series of allegations against Fulham and named individuals at the club in an employment tribunal claim that he lodged on Wednesday. He claims wrongful dismissal in the circumstances of his departure from the club, victimisation and that a financial settlement he agreed with a duty of confidentiality is not enforceable against him. Kline left Fulham after a troubled few years at the club in which he repeatedly found himself in conflict with colleagues, then made a series of complaints internally and was periodically suspended. Continue reading...



Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

José Mourinho will want to make a point at Stamford Bridge while Chris Hughton returns to a chaotic St James’s ParkIn Manchester United’s last match, against Newcastle, José Mourinho demonstrated some of the audacity with which he made his name. He made a tactical substitution after 19 minutes, swinging a game his team was already losing 2-0 back in his side’s favour. Two of the three goals United scored came from his substitutes. It was an impressive demonstration of a coach’s ability to affect a match, the only shame being that the transformation was made necessary by the appalling performance of his starting XI. United are still some way from convincing anyone of their outstanding quality, with the best team they have beaten so far ninth-placed Watford. If they are to set a new marker in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off against Chelsea, Mourinho will have to demonstrate his tactical astuteness again – only without the woeful opening this time. SB Continue reading...



Youth Olympics: 'I'm over the moon' - Great Britain's Karol Itauma wins second boxing gold

Karol Itauma says he is "over the moon" after winning Great Britain's second gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.



Higgins, Robertson & Trump knocked out of English Open

Former world champions John Higgins and Neil Robertson and world number five Judd Trump are knocked out of the English Open.



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...



Serena Williams' coach advocates change in rules after US Open controversy

Patrick Mouratoglou says in-match coaching would help tennisWilliams was given violation for being coached at US OpenSerena Williams’ coach says in-match coaching should be allowed in tennis to help the sport’s popularity.Patrick Mouratoglou, who admitted he used hand signals to try to help Williams during her controversial loss in this year’s US Open final, posted a statement to Twitter on Thursday saying that coaching would let “viewers enjoy it as a show” and “ensure that it remains pivotal in the sport.” Mouratoglou also pointed out that other non-team sports such as boxing and golf permit athletes to consult someone during competition. Continue reading...



Take The Ball, Pass The Ball: trailer for documentary on Barcelona's Guardiola years – video

Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry, Xavi and many other top footballers have shared their reasons as to why they believe Barcelona are the greatest football club in the world. In the documentary, Take The Ball, Pass The Ball, former and current Barça players look back at when Pep Guardiola led the team to 14 trophies in four years from 2008-2012.The all-star cast reveal the tension of the bitter Guardiola-Mourinho rivalry, the importance of Johan Cruyff’s vision and blueprint for success, the emotion of Abidal’s fight back from cancer and how Messi was almost rejected by the club as a teenager.Take the Ball Pass the Ball will be available in OurScreen cinemas from 9th November, then on DVD and Digital Download from 12th November Continue reading...



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...



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.