18-11-2018 Ryan Fraser fires Scotland close to Nations League promotion

• Albania 0-4 Scotland• Fraser 14, Fletcher 45pen, Forrest 55 67Scotland are within 90 minutes of promotion from the third tier of the Nations League after an emphatic 4-0 win over 10-man Albania at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder.Ryan Fraser’s first international goal after 14 minutes gave the visitors the lead before home skipper Mergim Mavraj was sent off six minutes later by the referee, Vladislav Bezborodov, for a headbutt on Ryan Christie. Continue reading...

18-11-2018 Co-captain Owen Farrell helps navigate England through choppy waters | Gerard Meagher

When Farrell came off the bench against a dangerous Japan Eddie Jones’s side were given directionEddie Jones recently explained that Owen Farrell is not the kind of player to be wrapped in cotton wool. He may want to think again. If this victory, ultimately comprehensive but anything but comfortable, told us anything it is that England’s reliance on Farrell remains almost total; going into next year’s World Cup without him is unthinkable.It would be harsh on the eye‑catching performances of Kyle Sinckler and Sam Underhill from the bench, perhaps on the endeavour of Maro Itoje and Courtney Lawes, too, to say that Farrell swung the match in England’s favour single‑handed but the biggest factor was without doubt his introduction and the bloody-mindedness he brought. He came on at half-time – it is easy to imagine Jones had little say in the matter – and immediately gave England purpose. Continue reading...

18-11-2018 'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

18-11-2018 England 2-1 Croatia: Harry Kane seals Nations League finals spot

Harry Kane comes to England's rescue as they come from a goal down to beat Croatia and earn a place in the next summer's Uefa Nations League finals.

18-11-2018 Teenager apologises to Gareth Thomas over homophobic attack in Cardiff

Former Wales international, who posted emotional video, met with boy under restorative justiceSouth Wales police said a 16-year-old boy has admitted and apologised for assaulting the former Wales rugby player Gareth Thomas, who said he had been the victim of a homophobic attack in Cardiff.The former Wales rugby captain posted an emotional video on social media in which he said he had been attacked. Continue reading...

18-11-2018 ATP Finals: Crowd boo Alexander Zverev after defeating Roger Federer

Alexander Zverev faces boos during his post-match interview after beating Roger Federer over an incident in which he stopped a point because a ball boy dropped a ball.

18-11-2018 Formula 3: Sophia Floersch hospitalised after horror crash at Macau Grand Prix – video

Formula 3 driver Sophia Floersch, 17, has sustained a spinal fracture following a huge accident at the Macau Grand Prix.Video posted on social media shows the Van Amersfoort Racing driver losing control into a bend before flying over the barriers and into a photographers’ bunker at high speed.‘Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into surgery tomorrow morning,’ Floersch wrote on Twitter.Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi was taken to hospital with back pain. Race organisers confirmed two photographers and a marshal were also in hospital.Sophia Floersch fractures spine after huge airborne crash in Formula Three Continue reading...

18-11-2018 Rankings, redemption and running: how England are shaping up for World Cup

Eddie Jones still has plenty of jobs to do if his side are to be competitive at the tournament in Japan next yearEddie Jones’s aim when he took over was to get England to the top of the world rankings before the start of the World Cup. Reaching the top three would be an achievement with Ireland following their Six Nations grand slam with victory over New Zealand and Wales on course for a first clean sweep in the autumn internationals. Ireland and Wales have developed strength in depth and while it does not quite match England’s, they both know what they are about. England still look a work some way off completion, not helped by a perpetually long injury list; they attempted 100 more tackles than Japan and got away with missing 32, winning the match despite having only 37% of possession. Continue reading...

18-11-2018 England 35-15 Japan: Cokanasiga and Hartley tries help England rally to victory over Japan

Watch highlights as a debut try for Joe Cokanasiga and score from Dylan Hartley helped England mount a second-half comeback to overcome an impressive Japan at Twickenham Stadium.

18-11-2018 Sports quiz of the week: Wayne Rooney, All Blacks and a generous fan

Who has 125 caps? Who coughed up? Who is being ripped off?Callum Wilson scored on his England debut on Thursday night, meaning he has one cap and one goal. Which of these players has the same international record?Carlton Palmer Rickie Lambert Francis JeffersMark Hateley Wayne Rooney finished his England career with 120 caps. Who is the only player with more?David Beckham Steven Gerrard Peter ShiltonBobby Moore Who will provide the voice of the Green Goblin in the French language version of the new Spider-Man film?Olivier GiroudThierry HenryMathieu BastareaudTyson FuryThe two best rugby teams in the world – New Zealand and Ireland – meet in Dublin on Saturday night. Ireland have only ever beaten the All Blacks once. Where? FranceAustraliaEnglandUSA Why did the FA suspend referee David McNamara for 21 days?He called a ball boy a “little dweeb” when he wouldn’t give back the ballHe laughed in the face of a player who missed a sitterHe lost his whistle so was forced to shout “STOP” to get the attention of the playersHe forgot to bring a coin for the toss so asked the two captains to play rock, paper, scissors insteadNew Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri has managed some of Europe's biggest clubs in his career – including Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atlético Madrid, Juventus, Roma, Inter, Valencia, Monaco and Chelsea – but he has only ever managed one national team. Which one? ItalyAustraliaGreeceSwitzerlandHow did Coalville Town supporter Damien Trown help the club this week?He ran on to the pitch wearing a full kit without the referee noticing and scored from a cornerHe went to their ground with his lawnmower after the manager had complained about the pitchHe ran on to the field and rugby tackled a streaker – his mumHe gave his replica shirt back to the club as they didn't have one big enough for their new signingThe Golden State Warriors have offered fans a new ticket that costs $100 a month. What is the only drawback for fans?They won’t have a seat or view of the basketball court They are in the singing section and have to pass an audition They have to pick up litter for 15 minutes after matchesThey have to live within a mile of the stadium to qualify for the ticket Which of these football teams has not lost a game in 2018? Borussia Dortmund Paris Saint-Germain The US women's teamEngland women's team Complete this sequence: Moscow, Samara, Kazan, New Jersey, Maryland, Riyadh, Jeddah, London …New YorkMilton KeynesColchesterBerlin1 and above.Oh dear, oh dear2 and above.Oh dear, oh dear3 and above.You'd done OK there. Something to build on for next week4 and above.You'd done OK there. Something to build on for next week5 and above.You'd done well there. A decent score and something to build on for next week6 and above.You'd done well there. A decent score and something to build on for next week7 and above.You're among the elite with that score8 and above.You are excelling in life9 and above.You're among the elite with that score0 and above.Oh dear10 and above.What a score. One to print out and keep. Or at least screengrab Continue reading...

18-11-2018 Rainbow corner flags and armbands arrive to welcome LGBT fans

• Football among sports in Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign• Premier League’s Bill Bush: ‘We’re proud to use our reach’Football fans attending matches between now and early December should not be startled by the sight of rainbow-coloured corner flags and substitution boards. Rather than representing a vividly dramatic rebrand of the game, the bright imagery is part of a wider inclusivity campaign designed to extend a welcome to LGBT supporters and participants.A host of other sports will also be promoting the leading equality charity Stonewall’s annual Rainbow Laces campaign. These include judo, cricket, netball, rugby union – which, during Premiership fixtures at the end of this month, will showcase rainbow referee’s shirts and touch judge flags – darts and athletics. Continue reading...

18-11-2018 Sri Lanka v England: Joe Root wants team to 'set the trend' in Tests

Joe Root says he wants his England team to "set the trend instead of following suit" after winning the Test series in Sri Lanka.

18-11-2018 Women's World Twenty20: Australia's Tayla Vlaeminck takes a "staggering" catch v India

Australia's Tayla Vlaeminck takes a "staggering" catch on debut to dismiss India's Veda Krishnamurthy in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 group B game.

18-11-2018 Josh Maja rescues point for Sunderland with late equaliser against Wycombe

A new word has entered the north-east football lexicon. “Rossolution”, deriving from Wearside, is a cousin of Newcastle’s “Rafalution” and refers to the manner in which Jack Ross is revolutionising Sunderland.As if to prevent everyone getting completely carried away, this renaissance hit a bump in the road as Wycombe not only deservedly denied Ross’s side a ninth straight win but prevented them rising to the top of League One. Continue reading...