13-11-2018 Eddie Jones is left five minutes short against All Blacks but time is on his side | Andy Bull

It felt like this match was coming 12 months too late but after a brave display it is like England’s coach is starting afreshThe rain came 30 minutes before kick‑off but the storm broke only when the match started, the first collision the opening crack of thunder. It blew for two hours until, in the very end, England lost a brilliantly entertaining, brutally competitive game, 16-15. They had pushed the best team in the world right to the brink. Back in 2016, Eddie Jones promised that “everything we are doing now is about coming up with a game to beat New Zealand, to make them uncomfortable. You can and hopefully will see that by 2018.” Two years later, England were two points away from making good on his promise. Even so, Jones said he was proud of them. And rightly so.There have been times this year when it felt like this match against the All Blacks had come 12 months too late. Last year England were so keen, so confident, that there were people who wanted to bump the All Blacks’ autumn match against the Barbarians just so England could get in an early shot at them. But the team have had a long, rough 12 months, suffering losses to Scotland, Ireland, France, and South Africa. The team that reached a peak in the world rankings when they beat Scotland by 40 points at Twickenham for their 18th straight win last March belongs to a different era. Half of that side are gone now: four injured, three dropped, another retired. Continue reading...

13-11-2018 Roger Federer in line of fire over scheduling and Davis Cup claims

• Veteran Julien Benneteau makes accusations against Swiss• Wins for Djokovic and Zverev at ATP World Tour finalsRoger Federer, reaching for the 100th tournament win of his 20-year career in London this week, found himself at the centre of an awkward controversy on Monday over claims he has long benefited from preferential scheduling, and that he is undermining the integrity of the Davis Cup.Julien Benneteau, who came out of retirement this year to help France to reach the Davis Cup final, says Federer has put his financial involvement in the rival Laver Cup above the future of the oldest team event in international sport. The outspoken Benneteau told a French radio station: “With all that Federer is, OK. But it’s an exhibition, his thing [promoted by his company, Team8]. The Laver Cup has no sporting legitimacy. There are no sporting criteria with the selections. There are no ATP points. It’s just financial. Because he gives Nick Kyrgios $750,000 to come and play matches that don’t count, the guys say: ‘OK, those are the rates for the Laver Cup.’” Continue reading...

13-11-2018 Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

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

13-11-2018 Tony Bellew: Costello and Bunce debate if he should have been interviewed after Usyk defeat

Mike Costello and Steve Bunce discuss whether Tony Bellew should have been interviewed so soon after losing to world champion Oleksandr Usyk.

13-11-2018 Carlsen and Caruana play to third straight draw in World Chess Championship

Carlsen flips script on Caruana in Game 3 draw – as it happenedCarlsen has five games with white remaining; Caruana has fourMagnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana played to a third straight draw on Monday in the third game of their world championship showdown in London, though the balance of the best-of-12-games match continues to tip slightly in the Norwegian champion’s favor.Caruana, playing with the white pieces, started with the same 1. e4 as Friday’s opening game and Carlsen again responded with the Rossolimo Variation of the Sicilian Defence. Continue reading...

13-11-2018 Max Verstappen would have won race if he had let Esteban Ocon through | Giles Richards

The feisty Dutchman cost himself victory in Brazil and caused a lot of trouble by not letting the Force India driver unlap himselfYoung, feisty, uncompromising, unapologetic and talented – we already knew that about Max Verstappen but it turns out he is sweary too and not adverse to being a tad fighty. If he is auditioning as a role model for teenage rebels, this wild one may as well be fitted for his “What’ve you got?” leathers now.Yet for all the uproar and condemnation of his altercation with Esteban Ocon at the Brazilian Grand Prix, the incident, a moment of public emotion increasingly rare in F1, should be the least of his regrets after Sunday’s race. Continue reading...

13-11-2018 Pressure grows on Ladbrokes after settlements over ‘cancelled’ bets

• Company has settled at least four ‘cancelled’ bet cases • Speculation that Ladbrokes knew about issues for monthsLadbrokes is under increasing pressure to explain what appear to be longstanding issues with its process for accepting and rejecting bets after it emerged that the firm has reached out-of-court settlements with at least three more customers whose bets had apparently been “cancelled”.The news will add to speculation that Ladbrokes was aware of a potential problem for many months, and is also likely to attract the attention of the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (Ibas), which is currently considering three separate cases brought by Ladbrokes customers in near-identical circumstances. The three cases with Ibas include one which involves an attempt to place a bet with the firm in October 2017. Continue reading...

13-11-2018 FA Cup: Best goals from FA Cup first round

Watch some of the best goals from the first round of the FA Cup, including a screamer from Guiseley's Will Hatfield and a superb Walsall team goal finished by Andy Cook.

13-11-2018 José Mourinho: People who don't understand football analyse with statistics – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has blamed exertions for his side's 3-1 derby defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City.United fought back for a 2-1 victory against the Italian champions Juventus in Turin on Wednesday while City cruised through a home game against Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0.'Everybody has to agree - it is one thing to go to Juventus and play against one of the best teams in the world for 90 minutes and another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home 6-0 and be very relaxed. We arrived in different circumstances,' said the Portuguese coach. But in contrast with some defeats this season, Mourinho was unwilling to criticise his team's attitude and effort, saying 'for me zero words against my players, everything is positive. I am with them and they are with me.'Sportblog: Would Pep Guardiola win the title with this Manchester United squad? Continue reading...

13-11-2018 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.

13-11-2018 Super League awards: the complete review of the 2018 season | Aaron Bower

Catalans Dragons created history, John Bateman was a force at Wigan and the Shaun Wane story had a very happy endingBen Barba may have won the Man of Steel award, but it is hard to imagine Wigan going all the way to Old Trafford and lifting the Super League trophy had it not been for John Bateman. The 25-year-old is the most talented British forward in years, and those talents have been recognised by the NRL. Bateman will begin a deal with Australian side Canberra next year: expect him to be outstanding. Continue reading...

13-11-2018 Which match has featured the most Ballon d'Or winners on one pitch? | The Knowledge

Plus: Glenn Murray’s ridiculous record, a straight flush of goalscorers and Freddy Eastwood, Southend legend • Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“I have a memory from an old childhood annual that Manchester United are the only team to have fielded three Ballon d’Or winners on the same pitch, back when Charlton, Law and Best were playing,” notes Dan Wardle. “Is this right? And which match featured the most winners at the same time?”Dara O’Reilly kicks off with an excellent answer. “While Dan Wardle’s annual was probably correct at the time of going to press, I’m sure I won’t be the only person to point out that, when Michael Owen joined Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and Original Ronaldo at Real Madrid in 2004, that meant the club were able to, on numerous occasions over that season, field four players who had won football’s most prestigious individual prize. Continue reading...

13-11-2018 'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

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?

13-11-2018 Women's World Twenty20: England beat Bangladesh after more rain in St Lucia

Debutant Kirstie Gordon takes 3-16 as England beat Bangladesh by seven wickets on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method at the Women's World T20.

13-11-2018 Sublime Klassiker suggests there's finally life in the Bundesliga again | Andy Brassell

Borussia Dortmund’s victory despite an impressive Bayern Munich performance shows how far they have come and how competitive the German league is this seasonThe 95 minutes-plus of Der Klassiker – and every extra second of the 47 over the 95, which was felt keenly by Borussia Dortmund’s coach Lucien Favre, pushed up tensely on to the edge of his technical area, waving his arms maniacally – were part of such a dizzying swirl of fluctuating momentums and emotions that it’s hard to pick a moment to distil it.If we were going to try, though, how about 13 seconds before Paco Alcácer’s winner hit the net as Dortmund, typically for a Favre side, tore Bayern apart at the seams on the counterattack? This was the moment when Jadon Sancho – whose second-half display of incandescent talent and industry eclipsed a flat first period and fully justified his hype – dispossessed Franck Ribéry, so often the focal point of bustling energy in this fixture and rolling back the years to his irrepressible best in Bayern’s lusty first-half display. Continue reading...