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Randwick connection surfaces as Michael Cheika and Eddie Jones renew rivalry | Bret Harris

Sibling rivals from the same rugby nursery, the Australia and England coaches have much to prove in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finalBonded by a common background, torn apart by raging ambition, the coaching rivalry between Michael Cheika and Eddie Jon…


Golf – Spieth sets out his goals

Jordan Spieth is desperate to return to winning ways and hopes he can finally end his trophy drought at this week’s CJ Cup in South Korea.

The Texan has not tasted success since his triumph in The Open at Royal Birkdale 27 months ago and is keen to r…


Soccer – Giroud’s predicament concerns Deschamps

Olivier Giroud has been urged to leave Chelsea in January by France boss Didier Deschamps.

The 33-year-old has not featured for Frank Lampard’s team in the Premier League since August and has only started 14 top-flight matches since moving to Stamfor…


Japan’s heroics have fans daring to dream at Rugby World Cup

Home crowd refused to stop believing in their side who showed resilience and provide hope in a difficult momentJapan’s sports teams have a knack of applying a balm at moments when the population is otherwise occupied by darker thoughts about their coun…


St Helens v Salford Red Devils: Super League Grand Final – live!

Live updates from Old Trafford, kick-off 6pm (BST)St Helens confident of ruining Salford fairytale in Grand FinalFeel free to email Will or tweet @Will_Unwin your thoughts 5.03pm BST St Helens: Coote, Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Fages, Lomax, W…


Heather Watson powers into first WTA final in over three years

Beats Kudermetova 6-1, 6-4 in Tianjin Open semi-finalWill face world No 59 Rebecca Peterson of Sweden in finalBritain’s Heather Watson reached her first WTA final in over three years by overcoming Russian Veronika Kudermetova 6-1 6-4 in the Tianjin Ope…


Marco Silva shuffles towards the Everton abyss despite spending big

Everton manager shows no sign of solving old problems and a team assembled at great expense lack spirit and commitmentEverton’s concerns are concentrated near the bottom of the table but the situation at the top elsewhere unwittingly adds to the proble…


Chris Silverwood’s England brief is to reinvent Root as batsman and captain

• We want a coach to give Joe more support, says Giles• Team culture also an issue as England player profiles riseIt caused restless nights in the lead-up to the appointment, but Ashley Giles is pleased to have broken the cycle of England head coaches …


Watching LeBron James against the backdrop of a heavy hip-hop bass beat

Billy Taylor, our winner of our Young Sports Writer of the Year, ages 10 to 12, describes his visit to the Staples CentreI made my way to the Staples Centre in Los Angeles with a mix of trepidation and excitement. Excitement brought about by what would…


Sports quiz of the week: love, revenge, scoring and the sack

Who was up early? Who has new blood? Who couldn’t keep up? Romelu Lukaku scored his 50th and 51st goals for Belgium this week. Which of these countries has never produced a striker with as many international goals?EnglandNetherlandsArgentinaRepublic of…


Emre Belozoglu the wise old head as Turkey’s young generation impresses

Turkey are top of their qualifying group with a team of young players developed at home benefiting from the guidance of 39-year-old Emre BelozogluTurkey sit top of their Euro 2020 qualifying group, ahead of France on head-to-head, but perhaps the most …


‘We will not be collateral damage’: Scotland to fight moves to cancel Japan match

• SRU’s Dodson promises to fight moves to cancel Japan match• Scotland says cancellation would harm integrity of World CupThe Scottish Rugby Union chief executive, Mark Dodson, says he will not allow Scotland to become the World Cup’s “collateral damag…


Cricket – Sibley revels in new deal

England new boy Dom Sibley heads off to New Zealand later this month with a new Warwickshire contract in his back pocket.

Sibley, 24, has agreed to extend his time at Edgbaston until the end of the 2022 season following a highly successful switch fro…


Soccer – Tarkowski rues England snub

Burnley defender James Tarkowski has admitted he was disappointed not to be included in Gareth Southgate’s most recent England squad.

The Clarets centre-back won his second cap last September against Switzerland but hernia problems and a difficult sp…


Jonson Clarke-Harris takes scenic route to top of the scoring charts

Fierce forward with a heart of gold has been England’s in-form striker since moving to Bristol Rovers. What took him so long?Bristol Rovers, or indeed any League One club, are scarcely mentioned in the same breath as Premier League or Champions League …


Soccer – Dropped points concern Gundogan

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan admits that Pep Guardiola’s team face a mammoth task if they are to win their third Premier League title in a row this season.

City are 13/10 with bet365 to win the 2019/20 Premier League title following thei…


Rugby League – Holbrook won’t take Salford lightly

St Helens head coach Justin Holbrook does not think his team will have it all their own way in Saturday’s Grand Final against the Salford Red Devils.

Salford caused a major surprise when they defeated Wigan Warriors 28-4 to book their place at Old Tr…


Soccer – Injured Lloris avoids surgery

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is unlikely to play again in 2019 after the club confirmed the France international dislocated his elbow at Brighton on Saturday.

Paulo Gazzaniga replaced Spurs’ captain as last season’s beaten Champions League finali…


Dario Gradi retires from Crewe role three years after FA suspension

• Gradi suspended in connection with sexual abuse investigation• Former manager found in August not to have reported offenderCrewe Alexandra have announced that Dario Gradi has retired as the club’s director of football at the age of 78.Gradi has been …


Cricket – Silverwood eyes Test focus

Former England and Yorkshire pace bowler Chris Silverwood has been named as the man to succeed Trevor Bayliss as head coach of the national team across all three formats of the game.

The 44-year-old was already inside the national team set-up as bowl…