Why did one of the NFL's best players give up $14.5m and a year of his prime?

18-11-2018 The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell will sit out the entire 2018 season, as players try to tilt the balance of power away from the league’s ownersAs many had expected, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, one of the best players in the NFL, did not turn up at team headquarters on Tuesday. The move means he’s not eligible to play for the remainder of the season and has forfeited the $14.54m he was due to make. What exactly happened on Tuesday? Continue reading...

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

18-11-2018 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

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

18-11-2018 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?

England women 27-19 Canada: Lark Davies scores twice in battling victory

18-11-2018 England need two late tries to secure victory over a resilient Canada at Castle Park in Doncaster.

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

18-11-2018 In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

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

18-11-2018 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...

Sophia Floersch fractures spine after airborne crash in Formula 3

18-11-2018 • German 17-year-old lost control at Macau Grand Prix• Car flew into photographers’ bunker after collisionThe 17-year-old Formula 3 driver Sophia Floersch sustained a spinal fracture in an accident at the Macau Grand Prix.The Van Amersfoort Racing driver lost control into the Lisboa bend before flying over the barriers and into a photographers’ bunker. Continue reading...

Moeen Ali strikes as England wrap up Test series victory against Sri Lanka

18-11-2018 England win second Test by 57 runs - as it happenedSri Lanka collapse from 221-5 to 243 all outThe mercurial Moeen Ali, world-class all-rounder one day, wayward talent the next, yet a rock-solid team man every day of the week, took the vital wickets on the final morning to enable his side to win the most beguiling of Test matches.England won by 57 runs and therefore secured the series with one match, in Colombo, to play; it was the first time they have won a Test without a pace bowler taking a wicket since the Old Trafford match against Australia in 1956, when the wickets were shared by Tony Lock (one) and Jim Laker (19). In all, 38 of the 40 wickets fell to spinners in Pallekele, which has never happened before in a Test match. Continue reading...

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

18-11-2018 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...

Sports quiz of the week: Wayne Rooney, All Blacks and a generous fan

18-11-2018 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...

Browns reportedly considering interviewing Condoleezza Rice for head-coach job

18-11-2018 Team may interview former US Secretary of State for roleRice is a lifelong fan and was tipped as future NFL commissionerThe Cleveland Browns’ incompetence is legendary in the NFL. They have failed to win a championship in the Super Bowl era, have not reached the playoffs since 2002 and have won a grand total of seven games in the last four seasons. So maybe it’s time to start looking for radical solutions, although most people would think appointing the former Secretary of State of the United States as the team’s new head coach would be taking things a little too far. Related: 'I want to play better': is 2018 the start of Tom Brady's NFL decline? Continue reading...

Gareth Thomas: 'A lot of people want to hurt us, but more want to help us heal' – video

18-11-2018 Former Wales rugby union international Gareth Thomas has said he was the victim of a homophobic attack in Cardiff in a video on social media.Thomas, who came out as gay in 2009 two years before fully retiring, has since become a campaigner for equal rights. He appeared to have suffered facial bruising from the attack, which he said took place on Saturday night in the Welsh capital.In a post on Twitter, the former Wales captain said: 'there’s a lot of people out there who want to hurt us. But, unfortunately for them, there’s a lot more who want to help us heal.'Gareth Thomas says he was victim of homophobic attack in Cardiff Continue reading...

Which football teams have worn most kit combinations in a season? | The Knowledge

18-11-2018 Plus: huge gaps between victories in the same competition, winning the same title with multiple teams, and loose dentures. Mail [email protected] or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“It appears that Fulham’s kit designer is having as bad a season as their defensive coach,” muses Richard Hilton. “Fulham have worn five different kit combinations in their first five away matches of the season (red/red; black/black; blue/blue; white/black; white/white). Is this a record?”It turns out Fulham’s kit designer still has a little more meddling to do, Richard. Here’s Chris Oakley. “I can confirm that they have some way to go yet! I’ve been creating some illustrations for Rochdale AFC’s official matchday programme, The Voice of Spotland, which show they had seven kits during the 1997-98 season. Two of them used elements of a kit worn two seasons before.” Continue reading...

Valentino Lazaro’s late strike for Austria ends Northern Ireland’s search for point

18-11-2018 • Northern Ireland 1-2 Austria• Lazaro scores in injury time after Corry Evans’s equaliserValentino Lazaro broke Northern Ireland hearts as he struck a winner for Austria with virtually the last kick of the game at Windsor Park.Corry Evans’s first international goal in eight years had cancelled out Xaver Schlager’s opener and looked to have earned Northern Ireland their first point in the Nations League. But Lazaro fired the ball into the top corner after Stuart Dallas lost possession on another frustrating night for Michael O’Neill’s side. Continue reading...

Wales v Tonga: Aled Davies scores 'try of the autumn'

18-11-2018 Aled Davies scores a superb second-half try as Wales thump Tonga 74-24 in their autumn international at the Principality Stadium.

Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

18-11-2018 This week's sport on the BBC includes the ATP World Tour Finals, the ICC Women's World Twenty20 and the home nations' football internationals.

Lalor romps home at Cheltenham to hand Kayley Woollacott ‘massive day’

18-11-2018 • Lalor’s odds cut for Cheltenham Festival Arkle Trophy• Child-friendly chaser rewards Twitter followersLalor, the horse who is helping a stable cope with bereavement, looks like being every bit as good over fences as was hoped and is the second-favourite for the Arkle Trophy in March after an accomplished display to score at Cheltenham. Richard Woollacott, who took his own life in January, spotted him as an unheralded youngster three years ago and guided him through the early stages of his career as a racehorse.Woollacott’s widow, Kayley, has taken over the training business, after some initial hesitation, and there can be no question it was the right decision. “She knows how to train a horse,” said Lalor’s owner, David Staddon, who would have been welcomed with open arms by any trainer in the country if he had elected to take his horse to a more established stable in the spring. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Godín or Alderweireld to Manchester United?

18-11-2018 Today’s fluff might be heading north soonIf Thursday felt like deadline day for the British cabinet then it follows that Friday should be a little woozy, a touch mellow, spent in a fug of regret and looming fear of whatever the Bad Thing was. Fortunately The Mill only knows football and, well, have we got a never-ending stream of guilt-free tittle-tattle for you. First of all, who was José Mourinho watching in Brussels on Thursday when Belgium beat Iceland? None of his Manchester United players were involved, so does that mean he wants another nibble at Toby Alderweireld – who helped Belgium to keep a clean sheet in the 2-0 win – this January? The centre-back was by far the most obvious target out there and it is little secret that Mourinho would like to convince his superiors – a word we naturally wouldn’t use lightly – that United desperately need reinforcing in that position. Related: Alexis Sánchez signing plays part in Manchester United 10% wage bill rise Continue reading...