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

17-11-2018 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...

Sri Lanka v England: Joe Root says Pallekele hundred could be his best

17-11-2018 England captain Joe Root believes his 124 against Sri Lanka in Pallekele could be the best of his 15 Test centuries.

Anna Gasser makes history as first female snowboarder to land triple cork – video

17-11-2018 Olympic champion Anna Gasser has written another chapter in her snowboard career after becoming the first woman to land a cab triple cork. The 27-year-old pulled off the jump on her first attempt at the Stubai Glacier in Austria.The cab triple 1260 involves taking off in the switch position with your 'wrong' foot forward, followed by three and a half rotations in the air, and then landing in the forward position. The Austrian also made history in 2013 with a cab double cork 900 kicker, and 2015 when she became the first woman to land a competition cab double underflip. She also claimed the gold medal in the Big Air competition at the Pyeongchang Games.Winter Olympics: hits and misses from Pyeongchang Continue reading...

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

17-11-2018 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Farewell to Wayne Rooney brought cheers and a hymn to the new age | Barney Ronay

17-11-2018 It was a slightly odd occasion and Rooney’s reappearance in an England shirt provided a reminder how much football has changedIn the end Wayne Rooney got the biggest cheer of the night. Which was, after all, the whole point. With 58 minutes gone there was a roar from the bleachers that almost became a full standing ovation as the crowd rose to clap and gawp, sucking the sweetness from the last of those big Rooney moments.He looked pretty much the same, just a little stiffer in this light and speedy England team. Rooney’s first act was to watch DeAndre Yedlin skim past him on the outside. He leaped for a couple of headers. A bit later a man in a red shirt ran on to the pitch and threw an arm around his shoulder before being led away by stewards, but nobody really seemed to mind much. Continue reading...

Talking Horses: Jerry McGrath aiming to right a wrong at BetVictor Gold Cup

17-11-2018 Rather Be presents Nicky Henderson’s jockey with a shot at the biggest success of his career on SaturdayThe chance to right an old wrong is presented to the jockey Jerry McGrath on Saturday, when he gets a shot at the biggest success of his career in the BetVictor Gold Cup aboard the favourite, Rather Be. The pair were edged out in a photo at the Cheltenham Festival in March but the betting market fancies their chance of revenge over Mister Whitaker.“They keep showing replays of the Cheltenham run on TV,” said McGrath between races at Bangor on Wednesday. “I still can’t let that go. But hopefully we’ll try and make amends for it. Continue reading...

NBA: Detroit Pistons beat Toronto Raptors in thrilling final six-second finish

17-11-2018 Watch the thrilling finish to the Detroit Pistons' 106-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors in the NBA on Wednesday, with a Kawhi Leonard mistake costing the Raptors dear.

Psychology helps Oxtoby close gap between Bristol and WSL’s big-hitters

17-11-2018 Tanya Oxtoby’s Indigenous Australian background and scientific training give her coaching a unique perspectiveFootball coaches often like to talk about their individual “journey” towards the dugout but few have followed a route as richly scenic as the long and winding pathway taken by Tanya Oxtoby.The distance between the 36-year-old’s home town of Wickham in Western Australia and her current posting is 8,592 miles and, along the way, Bristol City’s manager has regularly enjoyed branching off to explore some life-enhancing diversions. Continue reading...

Steven Gerrard: ‘If I text, call or see him, Jürgen’s always got time for me’

17-11-2018 The Rangers manager on why his club is like Liverpool, his craving for pressure and what he thinks now about rejecting Chelsea“It’s a serious business,” Steven Gerrard says with familiar intensity when he is asked about laughter and football. The former Liverpool captain and enduring icon, who is carving out an impressive new career as the manager of Rangers, considers a memory that belongs to his mother. In Make Us Dream, a feature-length documentary about Gerrard’s 27 years at Liverpool, from the age of eight, his mum remembers how he laughed often as a little boy.Since then there has been glory and pain, loyalty and agony. I know Gerrard pretty well and, in 2015, just as his emotional final season as a Liverpool player approached the end, we spent a memorable few months working on his autobiography. He was much warmer than his slightly morose public image – and he smiled a lot when recalling the sweetest times. But, with Gerrard also facing his darkest days, laughter was limited. Continue reading...

Statues, All Blacks and 6am training: lifting the lid on rugby in Japan

17-11-2018 As the hosts of the 2019 World Cup come to Twickenham for the first time, it is worth understanding the impact Eddie Jones had on rugby in JapanWhen Eddie Jones was the coach of Japan he once cancelled a training session and gave everyone the day off. In response, he had never seen his players so upset. Related: Japan plot fast route to ‘emotionally smash’ Eddie Jones’s England Continue reading...

Denmark hold on for promotion after Gareth Bale scores in frantic finale

17-11-2018 • Wales 1-2 Denmark (Bale 89; N Jørgensen 42, Braithwaite 88)• Result means Republic of Ireland will drop into Group CFor Wales it was a frustrating case of what might have been as their twin hopes of securing a Euro 2020 play-off berth and promotion to Group A of the Nations League were extinguished by a ruthless and streetwise Denmark side. Nicolai Jørgensen delivered the first blow, expertly finishing off a sweeping move that saw Denmark go from one end of the pitch to the other in the blink of an eye, before Martin Braithwaite volleyed home the second two minutes from time.Unable to break Denmark down for so much of the game, Wales roused in the dying moments and pulled a goal back through Gareth Bale within seconds of Braithwaite’s strike. The sight of the fourth official indicating that there were five additional minutes lifted the home supporters but Denmark are too good a team to make the same mistake twice. Continue reading...

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

17-11-2018 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...

Video assistant referees (VAR) in English football - the story so far

17-11-2018 Match of the Day pundits debate how successful the video assistant referee system has been so far in England.

Women's World Twenty20: Anya Shrubsole hat-trick inspires England win over South Africa

17-11-2018 England take a major step towards the Women's World T20 semi-finals with a nine-wicket win over South Africa as Anya Shrubsole takes a hat-trick.

UFC at 25: Things were a lot different back at UFC 1

17-11-2018 BBC Sport throws it back to 1993, when the first UFC numbered event featured a boxer with one glove, non-existent weight divisions and a pair of very tight pants.