FA 'appalled' by rape & death threats to England's Carney

The Football Association urges police to tackle abuse on social media after death threats are made to England's Karen Carney.

Christian Wade set for shock Wasps exit in a bid to play in the NFL

• Wing is one of the most prolific try-scorers in Premiership• Wade has struggled to make an impact for EnglandChristian Wade appears set for a remarkable career change to American football after it emerged he is leaving Wasps to pursue a future in the NFL on Thursday night/last night. Related: Dai Young calls for overhaul after ‘ridiculous’ ban for Nathan Hughes 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...

Wayne Rooney's stunning free-kick continues DC United's remarkable revival

Team were bottom of Eastern Conference when Rooney arrivedEnglishman has scored 10 goals in 18 apperancesWayne Rooney rolled back the years as his stunning 30-yard free-kick earned DC United a 1-0 home win over Toronto. The former England captain bent a glorious effort over the wall and into the top corner in the 18th minute.Victory strengthened United’s hold on a play-off spot in the Eastern Conference, they are now four points ahead of Montreal Impact for the sixth and final playoff place with two matches remaining. A victory in their next match would seal their place in the postseason, a remarkable achievement given they were at the bottom of the Eastern Conference when Rooney joined the club. 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...

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.

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...

'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...

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 Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage

With the best of our sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action, you won’t miss a thingLet our team of editors be your guide to the best of the Guardian’s award-winning sport coverage from the past week. We’ll email you the stand-out features and interviews, insightful analysis and highlights from the archive, plus films, podcasts, galleries and more – all arriving in your inbox at 12pm every Friday. And we’ll tee you up for the weekend and let you know our live coverage plans so you won’t miss a thing. Continue reading...

Youth Olympics: Russia score bizarre own goal in futsal gold-medal match

Russia's Danil Karpuik scores a bizarre own goal in the early stages of the Youth Olympics men's futsal gold-medal match.

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.

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...

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.

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...

Just when England rugby needs clarity the waters have been muddied | Robert Kitson

Eddie Jones was at his complicated best as he shared the thinking behind his 36-man squad for the autumn internationalsThe big problem with coaching England, believes Eddie Jones, is the media. In a nutshell they ask too many questions. “Anywhere else you do the press conference for about five minutes and then you are done. Here it is two hours of non-stop questioning.” It partially explains, apparently, why he is now naming co-captains who can take turns feeding the daily news beast.Nice try, Eddie, but what a load of old cobblers. Continue reading...

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.