21-10-2018 Taekwondo: GB's Bianca Walkden wins silver at Manchester Grand Prix

Great Britain's Bianca Walkden was pipped to the top prize, going down 6-4 in the final to the Olympic champion Zheng Shuyin of China.

21-10-2018 Spurs’ Moussa Sissoko emerges from shadows with a crucial assist

• Tottenham midfielder makes case for regular first-team place• Mauricio Pochettino now shifts focus to Champions LeagueTottenham’s narrow victory against West Ham at a noisy London Stadium was a difficult one to get the head round. On the one hand it was almost unwatchable. The game got persistently bogged down, attacking moves dribbling away to nothing. On the other the match had a constant intensity and there was a tense tactical battle at work. The way Spurs came out on top, Mauricio Pochettino hopes, might prove telling. Related: Érik Lamela the star as Tottenham hold on for narrow win at West Ham Continue reading...

21-10-2018 Chelsea and Manchester United likely to be warned by FA after chaotic scenes

• José Mourinho provoked by Marco Ianni after late equaliser• FA could issues charges depending on Mike Dean’s reportChelsea and Manchester United are expected to be let off with a warning and reminded of their future conduct by the Football Association following the chaotic scenes that marked the closing stages of their 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Related: How should Mourinho fix Manchester United’s defence? By attacking | Jonathan Wilson Continue reading...

21-10-2018 Karen Carney misses penalty as Birmingham City hold Chelsea

• Birmingham City 0-0 Chelsea• Hayley Ladd sent off for second bookable offenceThis was a startling admission from the Chelsea manager, Emma Hayes. “The league is over, the league is finished,” she said, having watched her champions again fail to score. “That’s certainly in Birmingham or Arsenal or Man City’s hands.”In Hayes’s view, in drawing 0-0 at Birmingham, who began the day as joint leaders of the Women’s Super League, her team had “gained a point” but the sight of recently mighty Chelsea huffing and puffing at Solihull did not match that positive spin. One win from six matches with only two goals scored in total, with this a third 0-0 away draw, is a poor return but to write off a title defence so early in a campaign is unusual to say the least. Continue reading...

21-10-2018 Marquez wins fifth MotoGP title then dislocates shoulder while celebrating

Spaniard Marc Marquez wins a fifth MotoGP title and third in a row - then suffers a bizarre shoulder injury when celebrating victory in Japan.

21-10-2018 Miralem Pjanic: ’We were in danger. Football wasn’t the most important thing’ | Paolo Bandini

As Juventus prepare to face Manchester United in the Champions League, the midfielder tells of how his tears as a baby helped his family flee war in BosniaFahrudin Pjanic knew war was coming. As a footballer for FK Drina Zvornik in the Yugoslavian third division, he travelled around the country enough to see the social and political tensions that were building in the early 1990s. As the father of a newborn son, Miralem, his instinct was to get his family out before the worst happened. Related: Skill, desire and Sir Alex: how Ronaldo transformed Manchester United Continue reading...

21-10-2018 Is Keisuke Honda alone in managing internationally while still playing? | The Knowledge

Plus: prolific first-half goalscorers, sticking peppers where the sun don’t shine, and more. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Recently Keisuke Honda signed for my hometown club Melbourne Victory in the A-League,” writes Karan Dhamija. “A few days later, he was also announced as manager of the Cambodian national team. Has a player been a manager of another team while playing? Even better if there has been a case of a player managing a national team like Honda?”The Knowledge has been close to this subject before, in 2010, when we found a few examples of footballers turning out for their international teams while player-managers at club-level. These include Graeme Souness, who captained Scotland at Mexico 1986 shortly after being appointed to the dual role at Rangers; Jim Platt, who turned out for Northern Ireland while player-manager at Coleraine; and Gunnar Gren, who played for Sweden in the World Cup final against Brazil in 1958 while managing and turning out for Orgryte. But none of these ever managed an international team. Continue reading...

21-10-2018 Blackpool FC, a Kyrgyzstan money-laundering conviction and a non-takeover

Valeri Belokon thought he had the go-ahead to take over Blackpool from Owen Oyston but a court hearing in Kyrgyzstan – which he says ignored natural justice – has the club in limboWhen the Latvian bank mogul Valeri Belokon won his landmark high court case against Blackpool owner, Owen Oyston, last November, it seemed finally to deliver the means of ending Oyston’s long, toxic tenure at Bloomfield Road. Yet nearly a year on Oyston remains in charge despite the ruling he “illegitimately stripped” the club of £26.77m after its one jackpot season in the Premier League, and must pay that huge sum to Belokon, plus the Latvian’s original £4.5m investment and costs.Belokon can seize and sell any Oyston assets to realise that £34m total but the club is out of his reach. He is prevented by the EFL’s owners and directors “fit and proper person” test, which bars people who have a criminal conviction involving dishonesty. Obscure as it appears, Belokon does have one, for money laundering, in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, following a court hearing there last year in his absence. Continue reading...

21-10-2018 Highlights: Los Angeles Chargers 20-19 Tennessee Titans

Highlights of the Los Angeles Chargers narrow 20-19 win over the Tennessee Titans at the second NFL International game at Wembley.

21-10-2018 SPOTY 2018: Kare Adenegan wins BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2018

Kare Adenegan has been crowned BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year at the star-studded Radio 1 Teen Awards.

21-10-2018 Tonga Test gives a glimpse of huge potential for the global game | Matt Cleary

The sea of red at Mt Smart Stadium for the Tonga and Australia game proves more matches between the two are needed Tonga’s population is 109,000 while there are an estimated 80,000 people of Tongan heritage in Australia and New Zealand. According to a 2010 census, there are another 60,000 Tongans in the United States. Extrapolate these numbers to suit your premise and it means a little under 15 per cent of all Tongans in the Southern Hemisphere were at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Saturday night.That a sold-out crowd of 26,214 would turn out and sing all night and create such an occasion must give rugby league internationalists belief. We built it and they came. And while Australia won the first international fixture between these nations 34-16, it was rugby league, as they have been known to say, that was the winner. It’s also clear Tonga deserve better than “second-tier” status. Continue reading...

21-10-2018 The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.• Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10• Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 Continue reading...

21-10-2018 Chargers hold on to beat Titans at Wembley - highlights & report

The Tennessee Titans fail with a last-gasp two-point conversion attempt as the Los Angeles Chargers hold on for a dramatic 20-19 victory at Wembley.

21-10-2018 Alex Lewington’s late try adds gloss to Saracens’ routine win over Lyon

• Saracens 29-10 Lyon• Maro Itoje opens scoring as Saracens make it two wins from twoThis is no time to be sniffy if you are an Englishman in Europe, so two wins from two for Saracens, English flag-bearers, is on balance an achievement to celebrate. But the faithful of north London remained largely in their seats throughout this mundane exercise in result collection.No one thought for a moment that Saracens would not win; nor did they have to do a whole lot for victory. Alex Lewington’s try with three minutes remaining brought the garnish of a bonus point – and was by some distance the most pleasing element. Continue reading...

21-10-2018 World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 14-21 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

21-10-2018 American Koepka to become world number one for first time after win in South Korea

American Brooks Koepka is set to become world number one for the first time after winning the CJ Cup in South Korea.

21-10-2018 Dominant Taylor retains world titles with unanimous points win over Serrano

Ireland's Katie Taylor defends her IBF and WBA world titles with a unanimous points win over Cindy Serrano in Boston.

21-10-2018 Barker & Evans add to GB medals at Track Cycling World Cup

Megan Barker wins silver and Neah Evans bronze as Britain take their medals tally to six at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in France.