15-11-2018 From Craig Cathcart to André Gomes: 10 underrated Premier League players

Underrated they may be but from the Premier League’s unsung heroes are quietly going about their businessNomination for the October player of the month award (well, one of them – he made the PFA’s shortlist, but not the official Premier League-endorsed version) showed that Duffy’s sterling performances are being noticed. Since being named man of the match in the 3-2 win over Manchester United in August, the 6ft 3in centre-back has been vital to Brighton’s good form, scoring vital goals against United and Southampton and being responsible for more clearances (96) and more clearances off the line (two) than any other top-flight player. The five-year contract he signed last month was reward for his efforts. Continue reading...

15-11-2018 World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

15-11-2018 Joe Cokanasiga: Why Eddie Jones picked Bath winger for England debut

England head coach Eddie Jones explains why Bath's 21-year-old winger Joe Cokanasiga will make his international debut against Japan.

15-11-2018 England v Japan: Joe Cokanasiga to start Twickenham Test

Bath wing Joe Cokanasiga will make his England debut against Japan as Eddie Jones makes sweeping changes from the side that lost to New Zealand.

15-11-2018 'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

15-11-2018 UFC at 25: Things were a lot different back at UFC 1

BBC Sport throws it back to 1993, when the first UFC numbered event featured a boxer with one glove, non-existent weight divisions and a pair of very tight pants.

15-11-2018 Fifa’s youth transfers investigation: six key questions | Paul Wilson

What are Fifa’s rules on signing minors? Which clubs have fallen foul of them? And what are the consequences?No, Barcelona were handed a two window ban in 2014 for irregularities over the signing of players under the age of 18, when they had a number of prospects from Korea and Africa on their books. The club appealed and succeeded in getting the ban pushed back to 2015, shrewdly using the time thus bought to bring in a clutch of new signings including Luis Suáraz, Ivan Rakitic, Marc-André ter Stegen and Thomas Vermaelen. A year later both Madrid clubs were found guilty of the same offence and forbidden to make any new signings for two windows. Both appealed to the court of arbitration for sport. Atlético had their ban upheld while Real Madrid, who had signed minors including the sons of the then coach Zinedine Zidane, had their punishment reduced to a single window. Continue reading...

15-11-2018 Lewis Hamilton: Formula 1 world champion explains 'poor place' India comments

Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton clarifies comments he made about India being a "poor place".

15-11-2018 Richard Scudamore: Departing Premier League chief to receive £5m farewell gift

Outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore will get a £5m farewell bonus paid by clubs, the Premier League confirms.

15-11-2018 Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy has operation on injured knee

• No timescale has been given for defender’s recovery• Mendy was sidelined for the majority of last seasonBenjamin Mendy will be sidelined again for Manchester City after undergoing a knee operation on Wednesday.The defender had surgery on his left knee in Barcelona after pulling out of the France squad, City confirmed. Continue reading...

15-11-2018 'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

15-11-2018 Alexis Sánchez signing plays part in Manchester United 10% wage bill rise

• Sánchez signing and new Fellaini contract part of £77m bill• Club’s revenue down to £135m from £143mManchester United’s wage bill has increased by more than 10%, the club’s latest financial figures have shown. The rise was attributed primarily to investment in the first-team squad and follows the arrival of players including Alexis Sánchez. Related: Football rumours: Wenger turned down Fulham with Bayern in waiting? Continue reading...

15-11-2018 VAR: Video assistant referees set to be used in Premier League next season

Video assistant referees are set to be used in the Premier League next season, after clubs agree in principle to the move.

15-11-2018 Jockey narrowly avoids getting trampled after jogging on to track – video

A young jockey has narrowly avoided injury after running on to a track in front of a pack of oncoming racehorses. Evan Daly, 18, was preparing for a race later in the meeting at Navan, in the Republic of Ireland and said he had not noticed the horses because he was wearing headphonesTalking Horses: jockeys avoid disaster as people stray on to tracks Continue reading...

15-11-2018 Sri Lanka surge as England toil despite Ben Stokes' brilliance in the field

Roshen Silva leads way for Sri Lanka to frustrate EnglandEngland 290; Sri Lanka 336. Sri Lanka lead by 46 runsFor the first time in the series England’s plans have gone awry. A first-innings lead was expected after their spirited recovery on Wednesday evening on a helpful pitch, which, as promised, is encouraging more turn for the spinners. Yet 24 hours later Sri Lanka were still batting and in proud possession of a significant lead. A gripping pitch brings a gripping contest and after two days the home side, seemingly in disarray after the first Test in Galle, were just about winning it.Roshen Silva, the replacement for the injured captain Dinesh Chandimal, led the way with a beautifully judged innings of 85, which ended with England having to bat for one over. It was defended successfully by Jack Leach, which presumably means that England will have a new No 3, Keaton Jennings, on Friday. Continue reading...