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Australia grind out victory over England to take Quad Series lead

• Australia 52-47 England• Diamonds gain revenge as visitors miss injured Jo HartenAlmost five months to the day since England sensationally beat Australia to claim netball gold at the Commonwealth Games, a less-than-sparkling Diamonds team exacted the…

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The NFL’s Rooney Rule: why football’s racial divide is larger than ever

The NFL’s Rooney Rule has helped minority head coaches advance their careers. But the racial disparity between offensive and defensive coordinators has never been greaterAs the NFL opened another season earlier this month, eight of the NFL’s 32 teams f…

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England turn to Olly Stone to bolster pace ranks for Sri Lanka ODI tour

• Uncapped Warwickshire fast bowler comes in for Liam Plunkett• Sam and Tom Curran included as Mark Wood returnsThe pace of Olly Stone is set to be unleashed on Sri Lanka’s batsmen after England handed Warwickshire’s fast but fragile right-armer a call…

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From chatroom to the bootroom: Rene Maric’s very modern coaching journey | Nick Ames

A blog dissecting teams, players, tactics and managers started a journey which has led the 26-year-old to a coaching job at Red Bull SalzburgRene Maric feels there are occasions when people get him wrong. “Sometimes I read articles and comments about m…

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Rugby union power rankings: All Blacks still No 1 despite rare defeat | Gerard Meagher

A year from the World Cup New Zealand look good for a hat-trick of wins but Ireland, South Africa and Wales are all on the rise with England and Australia heading in the other directionDefeat by South Africa in Wellington reminded the world that the Al…

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Soccer – Poch talks up Spurs performance

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino felt a good performance by Tottenham went unrewarded as they lost 2-1 at Inter Milan in the Champions League.

Spurs, 1/1 with bet365 to qualify from Group B, appeared to be on course for a famous victory in the San Siro…

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Golf – Rose aims to fill the gaps

Englishman Justin Rose says he will continue to try and carefully improve his game, having reached the top of the world rankings for the first time in his career.

Rose heads into the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake as the top-ranked player in the …

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Tennis – Sharapova forced to rest up

Maria Sharapova will miss the remainder of the 2018 season as she requires prolonged rest to try and ease a problem in her right shoulder.

The former world number one and five-time Grand Slam champion, 12/1 with bet365 to win the Australian Open next…

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Tottenham’s Érik Lamela: we need to be ruthless and ease burden on Harry Kane

• Lamela says teammates must ease pressure on leading striker• Argentinian calls for ruthlessness after 2-1 defeat at InterÉrik Lamela has called for Tottenham to show greater ruthlessness in front of goal and he maintains that the burden ought not to …

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Talking Horses: second-guessing the Samcro decision plus Wednesday tips

Star jumper probably needs to be starting over fences now if the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the ultimate aimMoments ago, I became the latest reporter to pester Eddie O’Leary about what Samcro will be doing this winter, a discussion that has been kicking ar…

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Wada appears to have complied with Russia – wasn’t it meant to be the other way round? | Marina Hyde

The World Anti-Doping Agency is set to ignore the clamour from outraged athletes and national doping federations and relax its ban on RussiaHas a performance ever felt less enhanced than that of World Anti-Doping Agency? The body notionally responsible…

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County cricket: Yorkshire v Hampshire, Sussex v Warwickshire and more – live!

Keep up with all the latest around the county groundsRead the latest Spin column or sign up hereTweet @tykestravels or leave your comment below the line 11.10am BST Read Tanya Aldred’s paean to New Road, and the importance of Worcestershire in the West…

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PSG are not playing Tuchel football. It may not even be football | Jonathan Wilson

Leaving three forwards to float about and occasionally turn a trick may be enough in Ligue 1 – but not when it comes to elite level. How have PSG not learned?A net €750m spent in eight years and that’s all you get? Success without money is all but impo…

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From elf to Championship survival: the rise of Rotherham’s Paul Warne

Paul Warne says it is important for his players to have ‘emotional intelligence’ and is hoping that his values and the squad’s hard work will help the club stay in the ChampionshipIt is almost two years since Paul Warne was lounging in the foyer of Rot…

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What is the highest combined shirt number in a football substitution? | The Knowledge

Plus: most international debutants, ugly strips (2) and the largest country never to compete at the European Championships. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“In the recent Burnley v Olympiakos match, the away team replaced No 56 with No 66, meaning the…

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‘Don’t disrespect my players’: Pochettino angry at media after Spurs defeat – video

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has hit back at questions over his squad selection after they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Internazionale, despite leading until the 86th minute. Christian Eriksen put Spurs ahead in the second half before Mauro Icardi’…

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Nabil Fekir’s failed transfer and World Cup glory give Lyon much to celebrate

The France forward was so close to joining Liverpool he even conducted an interview with the club’s TV channel. On Wednesday, he lines up for Lyon against Manchester CityThe day after Nabil Fekir joined his France teammates and an estimated million sup…

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Nabil Fekir’s failed transfer and World Cup glory give Lyon much to celebrate

The France forward was so close to joining Liverpool he even conducted an interview with the club’s TV channel. On Wednesday, he lines up for Lyon against Manchester CityThe day after Nabil Fekir joined his France teammates and an estimated million sup…

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Football transfer rumours: Paquetá to PSG, Barça or Manchester United?

Today’s fluff nearly didn’t make itThere is nothing that quite perks the interest of the Mill and its followers quite like a £35m Brazilian that you’ve never heard of. But despite the fact that Lucas Paquetá was recently called up by Tite for the Seleç…

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Ivan Gazidis leaves Arsenal just as his biggest challenge was about to begin | David Hytner

The Arsenal chief executive is departing after nearly a decade and says he is energised by a move to Milan. Did he decide the gap to the top at the Emirates was too big?Ivan Gazidis loves to talk about process, about journeys, about minutiae and he was…