PFA’s lack of support for retired players behind call for independent review

• Union chairman Ben Purkiss in conflict with Gordon Taylor• ‘The PFA needs to evolve otherwise you get left behind’Discontent among players over the support offered by the Professional Footballers’ Association when they finish their careers is a key reason why the union’s chairman, Ben Purkiss, wants an independent review, the Guardian understands.Purkiss’s call for a review has left Gordon Taylor facing potentially the most serious challenge in his 37 years as the PFA’s chief executive. The issue has caused a schism between the pair and Taylor is understood to be resistant to such a proposal. Continue reading...

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Lewis Hamilton’s F1 vision suggests bid to match Michael Schumacher

Champion wants the sport to develop in established nations and overhauling Schumacher’s records appears part of the planLewis Hamilton believes Formula One should be looking to the European heartland if it is to add new races. It is an understandable viewpoint given he takes huge pleasure in racing on classic circuits packed with fans but much less so in front of empty grandstands. Yet that he should express his feelings having recently claimed a fifth title suggests a possible subtext. Hamilton is considering F1’s future and therein lies his final challenge: matching or beating Michael Schumacher. Related: Mercedes tribute to ‘exceptional’ Lewis Hamilton after F1 constructors’ title win Continue reading...

17-11-2018

The Breakdown | It was tough on Sam Underhill, but England try was rightly disallowed

Courtney Lawes took a gamble and lost when he charged down TJ Perenara’s kick against the All Blacks. The referee was correctSam Underhill may be one of England’s youngest, least experienced players but he reacted to one of the biggest disappointments of his senior career with a mature detachment. “If the referee says the grass is pink, then the grass is pink,” he said when asked about his disallowed try five minutes from time against New Zealand when Courtney Lawes was ruled to have been offside when he charged down a kick. Related: Japan captain Leitch says his side will not bow down at Twickenham Continue reading...

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Magnus Carlsen narrowly avoids Fabiano Caruana stunner in Game 6 epic

Carlsen stages bold escape in Game 6 thriller – as it happenedBest-of-12-games match deadlocked at 3-all after six drawsMagnus Carlsen narrowly avoided a devastating upset on Friday in the sixth game of his world championship match with Fabiano Caruana in London, scratching back from the brink to save a miraculous draw after 80 moves. Related: Magnus Carlsen barely saves draw as Fabiano Caruana misses win in Game 6 epic – live! Continue reading...

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

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

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Women's World Twenty20: Anya Shrubsole hat-trick ends South Africa innings

England's Anya Shrubsole takes a hat-trick to end the South African innings in their group A tie at the Women's World Twenty20.

17-11-2018

Ireland can repeat Chicago win over New Zealand, says Rory Best

• Joe Schmidt’s side beat All Blacks in the US in 2016• Captain Best says injuries will not have big impactRory Best is confident Ireland can repeat their history-making efforts in Chicago by claiming a maiden win over New Zealand on home soil despite suffering more late injury dramas.Already without the Lions flanker Sean O’Brien, who broke his arm against Argentina last week, Ireland suffered another major setback on the eve of the match with the loose forward Dan Leavy ruled out. Leavy’s absence adds to a growing injury list which includes O’Brien, the influential half-back Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw. Continue reading...

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‘I had to make a statement’: Joe Root says century was special innings

England captain helps England to 278-run lead in Kandy‘You have to try to enjoy the occasion, not feel the pressure’As good leaders must Joe Root has practised what he preached. Throughout this tour Root has promised a more aggressive approach on the turning tracks of Sri Lanka and when the going became tougher his players did not desert those ambitious plans. “There might have been a temptation to go into our shell after we had a deficit after the first innings,” he said. “Yet it was the inexperienced men at the top of the order [Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings] who set the benchmark. That was very pleasing.” Related: Bold and brave Root century puts England back in the driving seat Continue reading...

17-11-2018

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

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...

17-11-2018

NI Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Selby advance to semi-final match

Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Selby will meet in the semi-finals of the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast on Saturday.

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How can Renato Sanches be so bad at one club and so good at another? | Stuart James

The midfielder is rebuilding his career at Bayern and is clearly a huge talent, which makes his failed spell at Swansea so bafflingSeptember 2017, the London Stadium. Renato Sanches is brought down by Cheikhou Kouyaté deep inside the West Ham half and is determined to take the free-kick. He tells his Swansea teammates he is going to put it in the top corner. One swing of his right boot later and the ball is on its way to the top corner ... of the stadium rather than the net. Swansea’s players are already turning on their heel before gravity has started to do its work. Related: Dele Alli, Twitter loneliness and the cautionary tale of Renato Sanches | Barney Ronay Continue reading...

17-11-2018

Ballad of Ousmane Dembélé: £100m victim of football’s fat greasy hands | Barney Ronay

From Rennes to Barcelona via Dortmund the Dembélé story has been a sad saga of interests and agents and endless friction among the Dembélé sporting-industrial complexSympathy for Ousmane Dembélé: looking from a distance at the struggles of the world’s most destructively overpriced 21-year-old footballer, it is hard to detect a great deal of this out there right now.This week Dembélé’s troubled time at Barcelona reached another minor point of crisis. The player and his agents were called into a meeting with the club hierarchy, where Dembélé was urged to pull his socks up and the club hierarchy was urged to stop leaking stories to the press, a story that was immediately leaked to the press. Continue reading...

17-11-2018

Gloucester 36-13 Leicester Tigers: Danny Cipriani shines on return from suspension

Danny Cipriani shines on his return from a three-week ban as Gloucester outclass Leicester Tigers in the Premiership.

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