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...

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Women's World T20: India beat Ireland and take 'team hat-trick'

Three wickets in successive balls - though not all credited to the bowler - help India beat Ireland by 52 runs to reach the Women's World Twenty20 semi-finals.

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Michael O'Neill: It is a game Northern Ireland should have won

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill says he is disappointed his side failed to take their chances in the 0-0 draw away to the Republic of Ireland.

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Steve Smith and David Warner welcomed back by IPL teams

Disgraced duo retained by respective franchises2019 tournament starts on day their bans endSteve Smith and David Warner will be able to use next year’s Indian Premier League to prepare for the one-day World Cup after being welcomed back by their respective franchises. Left out of last year’s tournament amid the fallout of the ball tampering saga, the pair will return to the competition next March.It means Smith will be free to play with the Rajasthan Royals on the $2.4m contract he was picked up on in last year’s auction. His former vice captain Warner will be back playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad on a similar deal, after he led them to victory in 2016. Continue reading...

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Chelsea accused of paying Andreas Christensen’s father for work he did not do

• Football Leaks says father was paid £11,400 plus VAT a month• Chelsea say they ‘do not comment on confidential contracts’Chelsea are facing further allegations that they breached Fifa and Premier League rules by making illegal payments to the father of Andreas Christensen in order to sign the Denmark defender.According to documents obtained by Football Leaks, and published on Thursday by the Danish newspaper Politiken, Chelsea recruited Sten Christensen as a scout on the day they signed Andreas from Brondby six years ago. Continue reading...

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Talking Horses: Cheltenham's autumn meeting puts jumping at centre stage

Grand National and three-time Festival winner Tiger Roll will be present at a meeting that often unearths top-class talentIt is 196 days since the first race of the 2018-19 National Hunt season, but there will still be a sense of a new beginning as racegoers assemble below Cleeve Hill for the first day of Cheltenham’s November meeting on Friday afternoon. For the next four-and-a-half months, jumping is centre-stage and there is a good chance that at least one of next spring’s Grade One championship winners will be lurking somewhere on Friday’s card.One certainty is that there will be a Grand National winner on the cast-list, as Tiger Roll, who held on by a fast-diminishing head at Aintree back in April, returns to the scene of his third Cheltenham Festival success in the Cross-Country eight months ago. When it comes to the current season, though, it is two of Friday’s novice events which are likely to prove most significant. Continue reading...

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Anna Gasser makes history as first female snowboarder to land triple cork – video

Olympic champion Anna Gasser has written another chapter in her snowboard career after becoming the first woman to land a cab triple cork. The 27-year-old pulled off the jump on her first attempt at the Stubai Glacier in Austria.The cab triple 1260 involves taking off in the switch position with your 'wrong' foot forward, followed by three and a half rotations in the air, and then landing in the forward position. The Austrian also made history in 2013 with a cab double cork 900 kicker, and 2015 when she became the first woman to land a competition cab double underflip. She also claimed the gold medal in the Big Air competition at the Pyeongchang Games.Winter Olympics: hits and misses from Pyeongchang Continue reading...

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Magnus Carlsen thwarts Game 5 ambush in draw with Fabiano Caruana

Carlsen and Caruana play to 34-move draw – as it happenedCarlsen: ‘There is serious room for improvement at this point’World title match remains knotted at 2½-all after five gamesMagnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana played to a fifth draw in as many games on Thursday in the latest episode of their world championship showdown in London, as the Norwegian champion adroitly weathered early fireworks to negotiate a peaceful result after 34 moves and three-and-a-quarter hours. Related: Magnus Carlsen weathers early Fabuano Caruana surprise in Game 5 draw – as it happened Continue reading...

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Croatia 3-2 Spain: Home win means England can still advance in Nations League

Croatia gain a dramatic injury-time victory over Spain in their Nations League Group A4 tie - and keep alive England's hopes of winning the tournament.

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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.

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Olivier Giroud says it is ‘impossible’ to show homosexuality in football

• Chelsea forward says there is a lot of work to be done• Giroud has posed on the cover of a gay magazineChelsea’s forward Olivier Giroud has admitted he “understands the pain and difficulty” that prevents professional footballers coming out as gay, saying that it is “impossible” to show homosexuality in the sport.Giroud, who is in the France squad to face the Netherlands and Uruguay this week, posed on the cover of a gay magazine in 2012. Continue reading...

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Football rumours: Wenger turned down Fulham with Bayern in waiting?

Today’s rumours think nothing says Christmas quite like an extended trailer for next year’s biopicManchester United defender Chris Smalling could swap life at one mid-table Premier League club for another if speculation linking with with a move to Everton turns out to carry any weight. Tabloid tittle-tattle says the Goodison Park outfit want to take him on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer, but could make a bid for him in January instead. Smalling is currently negotiating a new contract with United, in a state of affairs that cynics might suggest is in some way related to the coincidental appearance of stories linking with him a move elsewhere. Related: Chelsea to let Gary Cahill leave on loan in January as a reward for his service Continue reading...

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José Mourinho: People who don't understand football analyse with statistics – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has blamed exertions for his side's 3-1 derby defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City.United fought back for a 2-1 victory against the Italian champions Juventus in Turin on Wednesday while City cruised through a home game against Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0.'Everybody has to agree - it is one thing to go to Juventus and play against one of the best teams in the world for 90 minutes and another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home 6-0 and be very relaxed. We arrived in different circumstances,' said the Portuguese coach. But in contrast with some defeats this season, Mourinho was unwilling to criticise his team's attitude and effort, saying 'for me zero words against my players, everything is positive. I am with them and they are with me.'Sportblog: Would Pep Guardiola win the title with this Manchester United squad? Continue reading...

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Ben Ryan: ‘If rugby were a company people would be comparing it to an Enron’

Fiji’s gold-medal winning sevens coach is unhappy with the direction he believes the game is moving in – from the treatment of tier-two nations to laws being overlooked by refereesIf you love rugby union what follows will be a tough read. According to one of the world’s leading coaches, however, the time has come for the sport to get real. “If rugby were a company people would be comparing it to an Enron,” says Ben Ryan, Fiji’s Olympic gold-medal winning sevens mastermind. “It’s completely dysfunctional.”Ryan’s charge sheet is long and chilling. With Japan set to visit Twickenham this weekend he says tier-two nations continue to be treated with almost feudal disregard, that the sport’s law-book is being wilfully ignored and that skilful players are becoming disillusioned with where 15-a-side rugby is heading. Central to it all, he believes, is the selfish decision-making of certain stakeholders which is steering the global game into deeply worrying territory. Continue reading...

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