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Steve Smith ‘finds hands’ in ominous sign ahead of Australia’s first ODI against India

Familiar feelings return in nets before Friday’s first ODI‘It’s taken a lot longer than usual,’ says batsmanThe world’s best batsman Steve Smith has revealed a training breakthrough has him feeling like his old self at the crease for the first time sin…

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Neto poaches Wolves equaliser after Walcott strikes for Southampton

Fleetingly, it looked like Theo Walcott’s first goal since rejoining Southampton would yield a precious win. Instead it spurred Wolves, who struck back thanks to Pedro Neto and came close to claiming a victory that had looked unlikely for most of the m…

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Kyle Sinckler thanks Eddie Jones and visit from barber for return to form

Prop admits he was performing at 20% of abilitySinckler moved to Bristol during lockdownThe England prop Kyle Sinckler has admitted that a mid-lockdown move to Bristol left him performing at just 20% of his ability but credited Eddie Jones’s faith in h…

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Nacho Monreal: ‘I’ve never been a star but I gave my all for Arsenal’

The Real Sociedad defender on topping the La Liga table, Arteta, Wenger and the ‘shock’ early morning call that took him to north London“I don’t know if he got a commission or something,” Nacho Monreal says and starts laughing again. “I woke up one mor…

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Wolves 1-1 Southampton: Theo Walcott’s first goal since rejoining Saints earns draw

Southampton missed the chance to go third in the Premier League as Theo Walcott’s first goal since rejoining the club was only enough for a draw at Wolves.Saints had looked on course for victory when Walcott steered in Che Adams’ cross – his first Prem…

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Blender may be drugs source, says banned swimmer Shayna Jack

Jack offers three sources of possible contaminationCas has halved four-year ban for positive Ligandrol testAustralian swimmer Shayna Jack suggested a contaminated blender used by her partner or brothers as a possible source of her positive drugs test. …

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Maurice Setters, Republic of Ireland assistant to Jack Charlton, dies aged 83

Former midfielder played for Manchester United and West BromSetters had reportedly been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s diseaseMaurice Setters, the former Manchester United player and Jack Charlton’s assistant manager with the Republic of Ireland, has died …

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No 1 pick Joe Burrow could miss up to 12 months after tearing ACL and MCL

Bengals quarterback has torn ACL and MCL in left kneeInjury usually takes between nine and 12 months to healJoe Burrow, the No 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, according to reports.The Cincinnati Ben…

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FA Cup set to introduce concussion substitute trial this season

Ifab board expected to give assent at 16 December meetingRule could be in place for FA Cup third round ties in JanuaryThe FA is to fast track trials of concussion substitutes in this season’s FA Cup, following their approval by an expert International …

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Wolves v Southampton: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 8pm GMT kick-off at MolineuxCrowds of up to 4,000 to be allowed after lockdownEmail Daniel here or tweet @DanielHarris 7.38pm GMT Only joking. I’d hoped to post a pic of the actual Gary Stevens of Spurs but our library is silent on the…

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Burnley get first win of season after Chris Wood strike sinks Crystal Palace

Burnley are on the move at last, not only scoring their first home Premier League goal of the season but holding on for another 82 minutes to secure a first victory and climb out of the bottom three.Such an outcome seemed unlikely at times, with Crysta…

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Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace: Chris Wood goal gives Burnley first league win of season

Burnley won for the first time in the Premier League this season by beating Crystal Palace at Turf Moor to move out of the relegation zone.The Clarets had lost five and drawn two of their first seven games to leave them second from bottom in the table….

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England’s veneration of Eoin Morgan may cause complications when he steps down | Jonathan Liew

The captain is adored by all but he will not be in charge forever and a succession plan will need to be in place in good timeA quick quiz question: without looking it up, what do you remember about Eoin Morgan’s contribution to the 2019 World Cup final…

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Drug concerns in cycling not followed up by UK Anti-Doping, tribunal hears

Father of Olympic champion Nicole Cooke gives evidenceTony Cooke left meeting feeling evidence would not be acted onThe father of the 2008 Olympic road race champion, Nicole Cooke, raised concerns about alleged drug use in cycling with UK Anti-Doping a…

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Former NYC FC intern accuses David Villa of sexual harassment

Former Spain striker denies allegations over time in MLSSkyler Badillo says club did not take complaints seriouslyA former intern at New York City FC says she was sexually harassed by David Villa, and the club failed to take her complaints seriously. S…

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Wilfried Zaha: Crystal Palace forward tests positive for coronavirus

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating, the club has confirmed.The 28-year-old was left out of the squad to face Burnley in the Premier League on Monday.”He is awaiting the results of the next tes…

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Solskjær: Manchester United ‘need at least 10 points’ in Champions League

United host Basaksehir on Tuesday after 2-1 loss in TurkeyTeam have taken six points from their first three matchesOle Gunnar Solskjær has said Manchester United cannot afford further lax concentration against Istanbul Basaksehir after poor defending c…

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Olivier Giroud still in Chelsea plans but Lampard may not block January move

‘At the moment I want him to stay,’ says LampardFrench striker has started only once this seasonFrank Lampard says Olivier Giroud remains an important part of his plans but suggested he may not put up resistance if the striker would like to leave in Ja…

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Pope salutes NBA ‘champions’ for work on racial justice during Vatican meeting

Pope Francis invited players to Vatican City for receptionNBA players led protests against social injustice this summerPope Francis lauded a delegation of NBA players who met him at the Vatican on Monday as “champions” and said he supported their work …

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Team GB coaches see talent emerging but grassroots tennis needs nurturing

Anne Keothavong and Leon Smith are presiding over competitive Billie Jean Cup and Davis Cup squads yet know there is still much to improve for Britain’s young playersFor one cloudy afternoon, Luke Milligan was as famous as Tim Henman. For the first tim…