Steve Ogrizovic: ‘I enjoyed the police. I was good at clearing bars and clubs’

16-11-2018 In the first of a series on 90s throwback footballers, Coventry’s former goalkeeper and current coach discusses the team’s shaves with relegation and his father’s escape from the Nazis“He had a trench coat on, he was fleeing the village, and Nazis were opening up on them. They just ran.” Steve Ogrizovic is explaining why his family settled in Mansfield and how a harrowing journey made by his father – ending in England but starting in Yugoslavia during the second world war – shaped his life. Nicola Ogrizovic had already seen his own father shot dead when he fled his home as a 14-year-old in 1942, leaving behind his mother and two sisters.“That was the last time he ever saw his village and his family,” Ogrizovic says. “There was a lake – he went over it and into the woods. It was only when he felt safe in the forest that he checked himself. His coat had been flapping in the wind, there were bullet holes both sides but nothing hit him. He spent the next two years living rough, on the move all the time, evading capture.” Continue reading...

It's time for troubled scion Brian France to let Nascar go

16-11-2018 Nascar’s CEO always came off like he wanted no part of the family trade. As the season winds down, they’d be better off without himBrian France did not ask to be born into stock car racing’s first family. He did not ask to be the face of America’s most anachronistic sport. He did not ask for the mission of making Nascar great again. No, this is a life that holds him in thrall: it is not the path that he chose.Or at least that’s what the 56-year-old CEO and chairman of Nascar would have you believe, ever since his arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and illegal possession of a controlled substance back in August. The affair has hung over what has otherwise been a historic Nascar season (three drivers have combined for 20 of 35 wins). As police in New York’s Sag Harbor tell it they pulled over France for blowing through a stop sign and found him to be in an impaired state. It is alleged his blood-alcohol level returned a reading of 0.18, more than twice the New York state limit. An on-the-spot search dredged up five oxycodone pills. It was enough to land France in jail for the night. Continue reading...

Ireland's Joe Schmidt expects ‘spiky’ All Blacks encounter to decide world’s best

16-11-2018 • Schmidt: side ‘will give as good as we get’ against New Zealand• Coach defends Bundee Aki’s right to represent IrelandTest rugby is no place for the faint-hearted. With this in mind, Joe Schmidt has predicted another “spiky” clash with the All Blacks which will, in the visitors’ minds at least, decide the mantle of the world’s best team.In their past three drama-filled Tests only three points separate the All Blacks and Ireland, the two top-ranked sides, but much of that engrossing recent history has faded to form a near singular focus on the brutality that punctuated their last match in Dublin. Continue reading...

NFL: Aaron Rodgers makes two ‘big-time’ throws as Green Bay lose in Seattle

16-11-2018 Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers makes two 'big-time' throws in the 27-24 defeat by play-off rivals the Seattle Seahawks.

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

16-11-2018 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Ivan Rakitic: ‘We saw Football’s Coming Home and thought: yeah, but you still have to play us’

16-11-2018 The Barcelona and Croatia midfielder talks about playing England at the World Cup with a virus, how to stay calm when taking penalties and post-tournament exhaustionIvan Rakitic packed his bag, kissed his family goodbye and said see you on the 15th. It was early June and he was not planning to be back until mid-July, four days after his daughter’s birthday. His wife, Raquel Mauri, told him he had better explain, so he made a promise: “I told her: ‘Don’t worry, when it’s over we’ll have a big party,’” he grins. “And I kept my word.” The day Althea turned five, he was still in Moscow. That night he called, wished her happy birthday and said sorry: daddy wasn’t coming home just yet. He had a World Cup final to play. Related: Croatia stun Spain to set up Nations League decider against England Continue reading...

Ryan Giggs urges Wales to seal Nations League promotion and Euro 2020 boost

16-11-2018 • Victory over Denmark would move Wales up to Group A • Win would also help chances of qualifying for Euro 2020Ryan Giggs has likened Friday night’s Nations League game against Denmark to a cup final and urged his players to secure the win that would put Wales within 180 minutes of qualifying for Euro 2020 and enable them to be “among the big boys” in Group A when this tournament starts again in two years’ time. Related: Nations League and international football: 10 things to look out for Continue reading...

Croatia stun Spain to set up Nations League decider against England

16-11-2018 • Tin Jedvaj’s stoppage-time winner gives Croatia 3-2 win• Wembley showdown will decide qualification and relegationTin Jedvaj scored a last-gasp winner to revive Croatia’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals as Spain fell to a 3-2 defeat in Zagreb.The game was goalless until Andrej Kramaric tucked Ivan Perisic’s headed pass beyond David de Gea in the 54th minute. However, Spain responded immediately when Dani Ceballos recorded his first senior goal with a left-footed drive. Continue reading...

Sri Lanka v England: Joe Root's sublime 124 puts tourists on top

16-11-2018 England captain Joe Root hits a sublime century to put his side in a strong position to win the series against Sri Lanka on day three of the second Test.

'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

16-11-2018 The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

Chess: Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Caruana match remains tightly poised

16-11-2018 As the encounter reaches the halfway stage, all the games have been drawn so far and the challenger will be aware of the world No 1’s undefeated record in play-offsIt is still level pegging, 2.5-2.5, in the €1m, 12-game world championship match where Friday’s sixth game and Sunday’s seventh may determine whether Magnus Carlsen’s long-term match strategy of choosing Black at the start has paid off.Carlsen will regret his missed chances in game one where Fabiano Caruana, new to high level matchplay, was too cautious, passive, and slow on the clock, allowing the champion to dominate. Continue reading...

ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev beats John Isner to set up Roger Federer semi-final

16-11-2018 Germany's Alexander Zverev clinches his place in the ATP Finals semi-finals with a straight-set win against John Isner.

'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

16-11-2018 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?