13-11-2018 Man City v Man Utd: Five charts that show the Manchester derby divide

Is there a gulf in class between Manchester United and Manchester City? BBC Sport looks at whether the stats back this up.

13-11-2018 Rassie Erasmus 'teaches' Springboks new tackle after Farrell controversy – video

South Africa's head coach has been filmed 'teaching' his players a new tackling technique after Owen Farrell's controversial challenge on André Esterhuizen went unpunished during England’s 12-11 victory over the Springboks.During training for their next match against France, Rassie Erasmus was seen repeatedly instructing Esterhuizen to tackle higher and higher, finally applauding the full-back when he did so.Many fans on social media have called this 'comic genius' and the 'ultimate trolling' of World Rugby, who have been criticised for confusion over how referees interpret the laws of the game, particularly Farrell's challenge last Saturday. Continue reading...

13-11-2018 Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck undergoes two operations on broken ankle

• Club say both procedures ‘went well, without complications’• Squad spoke to Welbeck on FaceTime before Wolves matchArsenal forward Danny Welbeck has had two successful operations to repair his broken ankle, the Premier League club have announced.The 27-year-old faces a long spell on the sidelines after suffering what the club described as a “significant” injury in last week’s goalless Europa League draw against Sporting. Continue reading...

13-11-2018 Jonny Bairstow may have to serve England’s drinks a little while longer

Joe Root has confirmed that Ben Foakes will start the second Test which suggests Bairstow is unlikely to force his way back into the starting XI in KandyThe stadium in Pallekele is something of a rarity in the cricketing world: an out-of-town venue that works really well. The practice facilities had the England team purring and they kept going for more than three hours in anticipation of a lighter workout on Tuesday in the interests of energy conservation. It is heating up in Sri Lanka and the locals say the rain has passed.The net pitches are excellent, though probably more helpful to the seam bowlers than the playing surface that awaits them in the middle, which is drier than anticipated. The outfield is a lush green carpet; the grassy banks square of the wicket are manicured and ready to receive thousands of English supporters and, hopefully, Sri Lankan ones. The stand, which houses the dressing rooms and the VIPs, not to mention the VVIPs, is spotless. In the background are the lush forests on the hillsides, a lovely sight, reminiscent of the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad, a venue England seldom visit now because it is not a prime holiday destination. Continue reading...

13-11-2018 Memphis Depay is a big club player with a small time attitude

Depay has been more effective in Ligue 1 this year than Neymar or Kylian Mbappé but his mentality is holding him backBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsMemphis Depay is not often associated with the words “effective” or “consistent” but he is on a remarkable run. He scored two goals and set up two more as Lyon beat Guingamp 4-2 on Saturday, continuing his brilliant form this year. Depay has either scored or set up 29 of his club’s goals in 2018. That’s more than Kylian Mbappé and Neymar – and every other player in Ligue 1 for that matter. In fact, only Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi and Luis Suárez have been more effective so far this calendar year. However, despite Depay’s newfound end product and a mooted return to Manchester United, his attitude continues to hold him back.Depay was dropped for Lyon’s 2-1 win at Angers last month but, after coming off the bench to score the winning goal, he berated Lyon coach Bruno Génésio. “I do not always feel like I am a player who is respected,” said the Dutchman. “I do the job each time. I have to accept the decisions of the coach but I deserve more than this and I should be playing every match.” Continue reading...

13-11-2018 Daniel Sturridge: Liverpool striker charged with breaching betting rules

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is charged by the FA with misconduct over alleged breaches of its betting rules.

13-11-2018 Rugby won’t flourish as it should while its laws remain so twisted | Robert Kitson

Hairline TMO decisions such as that which led to Sam Underhill’s try being disallowed against New Zealand risk alienating new audiences and ruining the gamePart of the allure of the ceaseless puzzle that is rugby union lies in its multiple possibilities. Sometimes the laws feel like a giant Rubik’s Cube which very few ever entirely solve. Erno Rubik is 74 now and prefers walking, sailing and gardening but rugby’s quest for structure and simplicity against significant odds would surely strike a chord.Increasingly, though, all the lawbook-related twisting and turning is driving the sport mad. Twice in consecutive weekends the outcome at Twickenham has been definitively shaped by calls that rugby’s governors would probably have preferred to see go the other way. What does it do for their efforts to broaden its appeal when something as glorious as Sam Underhill’s “try” against New Zealand is disallowed on a still-disputed, arcane technicality while Owen Farrell’s upright collision with André Esterhuizen is ruled legal? Continue reading...

13-11-2018 The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.• Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10• Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 Continue reading...

13-11-2018 Eddie Jones is left five minutes short against All Blacks but time is on his side | Andy Bull

It felt like this match was coming 12 months too late but after a brave display it is like England’s coach is starting afreshThe rain came 30 minutes before kick‑off but the storm broke only when the match started, the first collision the opening crack of thunder. It blew for two hours until, in the very end, England lost a brilliantly entertaining, brutally competitive game, 16-15. They had pushed the best team in the world right to the brink. Back in 2016, Eddie Jones promised that “everything we are doing now is about coming up with a game to beat New Zealand, to make them uncomfortable. You can and hopefully will see that by 2018.” Two years later, England were two points away from making good on his promise. Even so, Jones said he was proud of them. And rightly so.There have been times this year when it felt like this match against the All Blacks had come 12 months too late. Last year England were so keen, so confident, that there were people who wanted to bump the All Blacks’ autumn match against the Barbarians just so England could get in an early shot at them. But the team have had a long, rough 12 months, suffering losses to Scotland, Ireland, France, and South Africa. The team that reached a peak in the world rankings when they beat Scotland by 40 points at Twickenham for their 18th straight win last March belongs to a different era. Half of that side are gone now: four injured, three dropped, another retired. Continue reading...

13-11-2018 Pressure grows on Ladbrokes after settlements over ‘cancelled’ bets

• Company has settled at least four ‘cancelled’ bet cases • Speculation that Ladbrokes knew about issues for monthsLadbrokes is under increasing pressure to explain what appear to be longstanding issues with its process for accepting and rejecting bets after it emerged that the firm has reached out-of-court settlements with at least three more customers whose bets had apparently been “cancelled”.The news will add to speculation that Ladbrokes was aware of a potential problem for many months, and is also likely to attract the attention of the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (Ibas), which is currently considering three separate cases brought by Ladbrokes customers in near-identical circumstances. The three cases with Ibas include one which involves an attempt to place a bet with the firm in October 2017. Continue reading...

13-11-2018 Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

13-11-2018 Tony Bellew leaves the ring for the quiet life as plain Anthony | Kevin Mitchell

After Oleksandr Usyk brought his 34-fight career to an end in Manchester, the Liverpool boxer is aiming to ‘lead a normal life’Tony Bellew, beaten but not bowed by one of the best fighters in the world, Oleksandr Usyk, is determined to seek peace and quiet in retirement, the dividend of his loud endeavours, as “plain Anthony, my real name”.Whether that is what appears on any Hollywood billboards the 35‑year‑old former world champion is likely to grace in years to come will be up to the movie people he worked with two years ago in Creed. Whatever they want to call him, Bellew brings authenticity to everything he says and does. Continue reading...

13-11-2018 NFL week 10 review: Quarterback Drew Brees stars as New Orleans Saints make it eight wins in a row

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees moves up to second in list of all-time touchdown passes as in-form New Orleans Saints hand Cincinnati Bengals record defeat.