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...

Great golf duels, quick pitstops and sticking it up the punter | Classic YouTube

18-11-2018 This week’s roundup also features propelling things at targets and narrowly avoiding being trampled1) It’s Tiger Woods v Phil Mickelson nonsense next week, which means an ideal time to look back at some maverick and even random golf matches. Here’s Tiger v Sergio in the Battle at Bighorn (2000), Seve v Jack in the Toyota Challenge of Champions (1986) and Ben Hogan v Sam Snead (1965). Then Skins … at Wentworth in 1988, Walton Heath in 1991, Lee Trevino at PGA West (1987) and Woods, again, at the Memorial Skins in 2009. And how about the $18,000 Putt-Putt Skins Game – 1989 edition and then 1992? And how could we possibly forget a famous 1964 duel at Stoke Park?2) Ferrari didn’t keep Sebastian Vettel waiting in the pits for his second stop at last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix – he was on his way again after an incredible 1.97 secs. Yet it’s still not the fastest ever. The pit lane ballet isn’t always so well choreographed, however. And beware: tyre jack. 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...

Tales of the 1948 Ashes show sport’s purpose is to brighten our lives | Emma John

18-11-2018 Jack Fingleton’s delightful take on Don Bradman’s Invincibles details the escapist pleasure of the series for post-war EnglandThis past week, I bought something for nine pence. It felt something of an achievement, even in a charity shop. Perhaps the manager of this one didn’t see much value in sport or perhaps she cared about it so passionately that it inspired her to rare feats of generosity. Either way, the cricket books on the shelves were being offered at a price as nostalgic as their contents.Which is why I have finally read Brightly Fades the Don. My previous experiences with some of the so-called classics of cricket writing had put me off – I’d rather eat corrugated cardboard than read any more Neville Cardus – but Jack Fingleton’s account of the 1948 Ashes series was an unexpected delight. Written in the days before we could relive most magic moments with a cursory YouTube search – it is sportswriting as much about the what as the why. Continue reading...

Race to Dubai: Francesco Molinari wins as Tommy Fleetwood misses out

18-11-2018 Francesco Molinari wins the Race to Dubai after defending champion Tommy Fleetwood fails to win the season-ending Tour Championship.

Rankings, redemption, running: how England are shaping up for World Cup

18-11-2018 Some of the areas Eddie Jones must tackle if England are to succeed in Japan next yearEddie Jones’s aim when he took charge was to get England to the top of the world rankings before the start of the World Cup. Reaching the top three would be an achievement with Ireland following their Six Nations grand slam with victory over New Zealand and Wales on course for a first clean sweep in the autumn internationals. Ireland and Wales have developed strength in depth and while it does not quite match England’s, they both know what they are about. England still look a work some way off completion, not helped by a perpetually long injury list; they attempted 100 more tackles than Japan and got away with missing 32, winning the match despite having only 37% of possession. 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...

African Footballer Of The Year: Watch goals from our 2018 AFOTY nominees

18-11-2018 Watch some of the best goals scored by BBC Sport's African footballer of the year nominees in 2018.

Portugal hold Italy to become first team to reach Nations League semi-finals

18-11-2018 • Rui Patrício the Portugal hero in goalless draw at San Siro • Mitrovic scores and misses Panenka-style penalty in Serbia winPortugal became the first team to qualify for the Nations League semi-finals when they held on for a goalless draw away to Italy to make sure of top spot in Group Three in the competition’s top tier.Italy dominated the first hour and Portugal were rescued by the Wolverhampton Wanderers keeper Rui Patrício, who twice denied Ciro Immobile when the forward looked set to score. He also saved Lorenzo Pellegrini’s header from close range in stoppage time. Continue reading...

Ireland’s 113-year wait over as O’Mahony and Marmion make magic | Andy Bull

18-11-2018 Here was a delirious and genuinely historic Dublin evening to sweep away a century of hard-luck stories against the All BlacksIn the minutes before kick-off, the All Blacks’ Steve Hansen handed over a wodge of notes to Ireland’s coach, Joe Schmidt. What was it Steve? A card? A letter? A contract? No, Hansen explained later, it was €760. He had needed a few extra tickets for the game and the only way to do it was to ask Schmidt to buy them for him. This game was such a hot ticket that even Hansen had to pull strings to get people in. But then the Irish had been waiting 113 years for this, ever since they first played, and first lost to the All Blacks here in Dublin back in 1905. Ask around Dublin, or any other place Irish fans were watching on Saturday night, and they will tell you the wait was worth it.There are plenty of good yarns about Ireland’s home matches against the All Blacks in that time. They are all heartbreakers, though, not a happy ending among them. They had played 16 home Tests against New Zealand before this one, lost 15 and drawn one. It all added up to a lot of ifs, buts, glorious stories about players who almost did, teams who couldn’t quite, and wins that nearly were. Like the one draw, in 1973, which was settled in the end by a freak gust of wind that blew Barry McGann’s last-minute conversion just wide of the upright. Or at least, that’s what they’ll tell you. Continue reading...

Teenager apologises to Gareth Thomas over homophobic attack in Cardiff

18-11-2018 Former Wales international, who posted emotional video, met with boy under restorative justiceSouth Wales police said a 16-year-old boy has admitted and apologised for assaulting the former Wales rugby player Gareth Thomas, who said he had been the victim of a homophobic attack in Cardiff.The former Wales rugby captain posted an emotional video on social media in which he said he had been attacked. Continue reading...

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

18-11-2018 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

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...

Steve Hansen decision could lead to Ireland’s Joe Schmidt joining All Blacks

18-11-2018 • New Zealand coach set to reveal decision on future soon• Hansen challenges Ireland to live up to being world’s bestSteve Hansen will reveal a decision on his future before Christmas that could yet see Joe Schmidt join New Zealand’s coaching ranks after the 2019 World Cup.The All Blacks coach said he already knows his plans and will make them public before the turn of the year. Continue reading...