The breakout star of this football season may very well be a punter. If that sounds like some sort of backhanded compliment of a 2016 NFL season that has seen poor reviews and declining ratings, maybe it is.
England are poised to restore Northampton’s Tom Wood to their back row against South Africa but have dropped Alex Goode and Semesa Rokoduguni from the squad to face the Springboks. The uncapped Nathan Hughes, Ben Te’o, Kyle Sinckler and Josh Beaumont have made the cut, with at least three set to be on the replacements’ bench at Twickenham on Saturday.
It was a three-word tweet which spoke volumes. No sooner had Andy Murray completed his remarkable ascension to the top of men’s tennis, Nick Kyrgios paid homage on social media. “U the man” wrote the Australian before posting a picture of him rubbing Murray’s head. A heartwarming tennis “bromance” for the ages.
Take two quarterbacks. QB1 throws for 281 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Stuart Broad, a cricketer not prone to hyperbole, has conceded England’s five-Test series in India will be the toughest challenge of his career but views Wednesday’s opener in Rajkot, where he will win his 100th cap, as the perfect chance to “right some wrongs” from Bangladesh.
Pick up any dictionary and check the definition of honesty.
Jon Jones, the UFC’s interim light heavyweight champion, and one of the organization’s biggest draws, has been given a one-year suspension by the US Anti-Doping Agency.
For a brief Sunday afternoon spell, Thorbjorn Olesen must have contemplated a horror scenario. The seven-shot lead as held by the Dane before the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open had been whittled down to one by the marauding David Horsey. One of the great golfing capitulations of our time was very much on the cards.
Andy Murray celebrated his elevation to world No1 by winning the Paris Masters in three tense sets against John Isner here on Sunday, extending his lead over Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings to a slender 405 points.
All 34 players who trained with England in the Algarve last week have regathered in Bagshot in preparation for Saturday’s opening Test of the Old Mutual Wealth Series. The fitness of Courtney Lawes to face South Africa remains uncertain but Eddie Jones has a range of other options to consider.
Manchester United and Feyenoord go head-to-head on Thursday night.
Liverpool target Sardar Azmoun scored as Rostov beat Bayern Munich 3-2 this evening.
Chelsea should be wary of losing Dominic Solanke to Manchester United.
Former Newcastle maestro Hatem Ben Arfa provided an assist for PSG against Arsenal.
Tottenham Hotspur have won just once in their last nine outings.
Celtic started Callum McGregor against Barcelona in the Champions League last night.
The West Ham United forward would have plenty of motivation to excel.
Roy Keane thinks Celtic should look towards Dutch football for some new signings.
Pundit says Tottenham would not have made the same mistake as West Ham.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers already appears to be looking for players who he could bring to Glasgow in January.
Nico Rosberg has won his maiden Formula One world championship. Needing to finish in the top three in Sunday’s final race of the season in Abu Dhabi he was second to his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton snared pole for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but there was still a glint of destiny in the eyes of Nico Rosberg. Hamilton’s celebrations were more subdued than normal. Rosberg is the overwhelming championship favourite – the German needs to finish in the top three to secure his first title, as he has a lead of 12 points going into the last race of the year.
Lewis Hamilton arrived on the back foot in China following successive victories for Nico Rosberg in Australia and Bahrain.