David McNamara: Referee ban for rock, paper, scissors kick-off 'draconian'

15-11-2018 The decision to ban David McNamara for three weeks after he forgot his match coin is criticised by former referees' chief Keith Hackett.

$100 to not see games? The Warriors' 'In the Building' pass is Silicon Valley in ticket form

15-11-2018 Golden State games will be sold out for the foreseeable future, but they’ve discovered a new way to sell the experience: offering fans passes that don’t include a view of the courtThey say things are expensive in the Bay Area, but this is officially out of hand. The Golden State Warriors are now charging $100 for the privilege to not actually attend games. OK, technically you can watch the court with the team’s new “In the Building Pass”, but only from the television sets in the club areas at Oracle Arena. In the long line of Silicon Valley “innovations” that are just expensive variations on things that already exist, the Warriors have essentially reinvented the concept of “going to a sports bar”.Here’s how the “offer” works: fans get the opportunity to pay $100 for the ability to get into the arena for every home game. That’s basically all they get. They do not get a seat and they don’t even get a chance to see the game in person. Instead they can watch the action unfold on the various televisions at Oracle and, if they want, enjoy some ridiculously priced food and drink at the various bars and restaurants within. Yes, those who have a (non-transferable) pass are eligible for promotional giveaways. No, the offer doesn’t extend to the postseason. Continue reading...

Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

15-11-2018 Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.

David Squires on … a European Super League and other life-affirming stories

15-11-2018 Our cartoonist on the possibility of impoverished big clubs finally stumbling upon a way to make some moneyIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book: Goalless Draw Continue reading...

Women’s World Twenty20 highlights: Javeria Khan stars as Pakistan punish Ireland

15-11-2018 Captain Javeria Khan hits an unbeaten 74, the highest T20 score by a Pakistani woman, as she steers her team to a convincing 38-run win over Ireland in Group B at the World T20 in Guyana.

Football quiz: Wayne Rooney (on and off the field)

15-11-2018 Today’s questions are back for one night only• Sports quiz of the week: Rooney, City v United and F1Against which team did Wayne Rooney make his Premier League debut for Everton on 17 August 2002?LiverpoolTottenhamArsenalNorwich In which part of Liverpool did Rooney grow up?HuytonToxtethDingleCroxtethRooney scored his first England goal in a Euro 2004 qualifier against which team? DenmarkMacedoniaLiechtensteinCroatiaRooney has tattoo of which Stereophonics album title?Performance and CocktailsWord Gets AroundYou Gotta Go There to Come BackJust Enough Education to PerformRooney scored a hat-trick against which team on his Manchester United debut?GalatasarayBesiktasFenerbahceOlympiakosWhat did Rooney "love writing" when he first met his future wife, Coleen?SongsPoemsStoriesLettersHow many Premier League titles has Rooney won?FourFiveSixSevenRooney once said he does what the night before a game …"I listen to an audiobook the night before a game to relax""I lie in bed the night before a game and visualise myself scoring goals""I build lego models the night before a game to switch off" "I listen to jazz"Which sitcom has Rooney said is his favourite TV show?Father TedOnly Fools and HorsesFriendsBreadWhich striker was Rooney talking about when he said: "He was the best. I was actually watching a documentary on him yesterday. It was in the massage room on the TV and it was great to see how he played. Sometimes you forget how good he was as a finisher, quick, strong, different type of goals. As an out-and-out forward he was probably the best." Cristiano RonaldoRomarioRonaldoAlan Shearer0 and above.Go home, son. You're useless ...1 and above.You're not fit to wear the shirt ...2 and above.You're not even good enough to play for Accrington Stanley ...3 and above.You're not fit to polish Danny Cadamarteri's boots ...4 and above.You're the Paul Telfer of Football Quiz land ...5 and above.Stay off the shandy and you might one day play professionally ...6 and above.You're a reasonable winger but you need to work on your crossing ...7 and above.You could get an international call-up if you maintain this kind of form ...8 and above.You're so good you've got a wag and a mock Tudor house in the suburbs ...9 and above.You've won the league, you could star in Dallas, you've got more silver than Buckingham Palace ...10 and above.Maradona, Pele, Zidane. They've got nothing on you ... Continue reading...

Women's World Twenty20 highlights: Pakistan beat Ireland and Australia see off New Zealand

15-11-2018 Watch the best moments from day five of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 as Javeria Khan sets a record score for Pakistan and Alyssa Healy's half-century provides the platform for Australia's win.

Claudio Ranieri's most memorable Premier League quotes

15-11-2018 Claudio Ranieri returns to the Premier League as manager of Fulham - BBC Sport looks back at his most memorable quotes from his tenure as Leicester boss.

Tributes flow for UK Sport’s ‘incredible’ departing CEO Liz Nicholl

15-11-2018 • Nicholl to step down after spearheading huge success• Katherine Grainger praises ‘tireless work, humour, resilience’For the past eight years Liz Nicholl has been one of the most powerful figures in British sport, the high priestess of UK Sport’s controversial no-compromise approach and a guiding and steady hand behind Team GB’s unparalleled success at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics. But there were tears in the UK Sport office on Tuesday after she announced that she will step down as chief executive next summer after 20 years at the organisation.Nicholl’s successor will be named in the spring, with the England Hockey chief executive, Sally Munday, seen as an early frontrunner. Andy Parkinson, the highly respected CEO of British rowing, and UK Sport’s current chief operating officer Simon Morton, who some regard as Nicholl’s anointed son, are also expected to throw their hats into the ring. Whoever takes charge, however, will have huge shoes to fill. Continue reading...

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

15-11-2018 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

Claudio Ranieri: Fulham will never give up, says new manager

15-11-2018 Fulham will "never give up" as the Premier League's bottom side look to avoid relegation, says new manager Claudio Ranieri.

Eddie Jones steps up preparations for Japan by having a sushi night

15-11-2018 • Head coach wants to minimise ‘cultural stress’ of World Cup• Jones surprised players with sushi meal on TuesdayEddie Jones has stepped up his efforts to help his squad acclimatise to playing next year’s World Cup in Japan by arranging a sushi night as part of a week designed to prepare England for their first two fixtures of the 2019 tournament.While New Zealand have played two Test matches in Japan this autumn and a number of England’s other rivals including Australia, Ireland and Scotland have visited next year’s host nation since the last World Cup, Jones has failed in his previous attempts to take his squad to the country. Continue reading...

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

15-11-2018 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...

Cricketers risk being caught out in quest for life beyond the boundary | Andy Bull

15-11-2018 Pally dressing-room habits prove hard to undo for some of those hoping to forge new careers outside the sportIt’s a long way from Burton upon Trent to Galle and in the Hilton at St George’s Park last Thursday you could feel every yard of the gap. Away in Sri Lanka, England had just declared their second innings and were now pressing on towards victory in the first Test. Back in the Midlands, a couple of dozen of their county colleagues were in the Hilton’s Howard Wilkinson suite, listening to a presentation about how to get ahead in sustainable investment. Earlier that morning, they had sat through a talk on how improve their networking and presentation techniques, and later that day they had another scheduled how to build a LinkedIn profile. Outside, the rain beat against the windows. Related: Ben Stokes to bat at three as England look to win series in Kandy Continue reading...

Rugby union: talking points from the second round of autumn Tests

15-11-2018 England take heart from All Blacks defeat, Springboks’ power will test Scotland’s growing optimism and Italy prove a point In 2012 England also went 15-0 up on New Zealand at Twickenham and went on to win 38-21. This time they could not score a point after the 25th minute, instead allowing the All Blacks to snatch a 16-15 victory in a classic encounter of its type. Which team, though, is on the steeper upward curve? If the heavy rain was a leveller, there was no disguising the fact England, after a tough year, are on the way back. They now know they can ruffle the All Blacks, even with a patched-up pack, and South Africa’s two shuddering recent games against New Zealand also showed the world’s No 1 side are not invincible. Brodie Retallick may have had the last laugh at Twickenham but the All Black pack will have to dig deep again to avoid being ambushed in Dublin on Saturday. Robert Kitson Continue reading...

Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

15-11-2018 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Players called for Rooney to captain England and wear No 10 against USA

15-11-2018 • Rooney will be given armband when he comes on as substitute• Gareth Southgate says players called for a fitting tributeWayne Rooney will end his glittering England career wearing the No 10 shirt and the captain’s armband against the United States after the squad’s senior players determined that would be the most appropriate way for the side’s record goalscorer to bow out.Gareth Southgate will hand Rooney a second-half cameo in Thursday’s friendly fixture at Wembley, 734 days after he earned his 119th and most recent cap, having described the 33-year-old as the best striker he ever played alongside. The current captain, Harry Kane, who will not start against the US, had led the player delegation championing the returning forward to reclaim the No 10 shirt he wore over much of the second half of his England career. Continue reading...