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Cricketer Phillip Hughes dies two days after being hit by ball during match

*Batsman struck by short ball during Sheffield Shield*Tributes for Phillip Hughes – rolling report*Clarke leads emotional tributes to Hughes*Obituary: a batsman who was heading for greatness Cricketer Phillip Hughes has died in hospital after he was struck on the head by a short delivery during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.The 25-year-old from Mack

Time for this game of naked aggression to take stock and calm down | Mike Selvey

Following the death of Phillip Hughes emotion is running high but cricket has to try to retain the essence of what makes it the spectacle that it is – without the needless animosity• Phillip Hughes dies after being hit by ball• Australia captain Michael Clarke leads tributes• Obituary: a modern batsman destined for greatnessThere is a numbness in the world of cricket, and beyond. A bouncer

Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys: Thanksgiving NFL – live!

*Paolo Bandini previews the Packers-Pats clash*Email tom.lutz@theguardian.com - he’s lonely*Tweet him @tom_lutz - he’s still lonely*Bucs stadium serves coloured water as tequila 5.02pm ET Mark Sanchez advancing on the Cowboys if he was a storm in Australia rather than a football player in Texas. Look it’s symolic, not literal. Like a movie scene #brisbanestorm (Credit Kai Linkerh

Tottenham Hotspur v Partizan Belgrade: Europa League – live!

*Group C updates from the 20.05pm GMT kick-off at White Hart Lane*Email jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com or tweet @jacobsteinberg 10.02pm GMT 88 min: Stambouli charges clean through the middle, through on goal, and instead of shooting he decides to pass it to Lamela - but galootishly ends up knocking it so far wide that Lamela has to slide to reach it and can only knock it wide. What was

Wolfsburg 0-2 Everton | Europa League match report

Everton are through to the Europa League knockout rounds as Group H winners with one game to spare after pulling off a fine 2-0 away victory over Wolfsburg.The Toffees’ qualification for the next round was actually confirmed during half time of this match due to the other game in the pool on Thursday, Krasnodar against Lille, finishing in a draw. Continue reading...

Terry Burton says Arsenal are way behind Chelsea in youth development

• Burton: They should have hired me to replace Liam Brady• Andries Jonker’s appointment is a ‘big mistake’• Interview: Terry Burton• Wilshere out for three monthsArsenal have fallen a long way behind Chelsea in all aspects of their youth set up and made a “big mistake” by appointing an overseas academy manager to replace Liam Brady – that is the verdict of Terry Burton, who left his position

Billy Twelvetrees to start for England against Australia on Saturday

• Gloucester centre replaces Owen Farrell at inside-centre• Farrell dropped for first time since June 2012England have dropped Owen Farrell for Saturday’s autumn international against Australia at Twickenham with Billy Twelvetrees selected in his place at inside-centre.Farrell has been overlooked for the starting XV for the first time since June 2012 after under-performing against New Zeala

Sam Burgess baptism for Bath has ripple effect for England’s World Cup

• Stuart Lancaster doubts Burgess will feature in Six Nations• ‘Sam is very realistic and knows he has to learn the game’• Billy Twelvetrees to start against AustraliaHow fascinating it will be to watch the respective careers of Billy Twelvetrees and Sam Burgess play out over the next 10 months. The former is about to take centre stage against Australia at Twickenham this weekend, with the pr

Michael Hooper highlights Australia’s desire to beat England

Wallabies captain acknowledges recent ‘topsy-turvy results’ but promises no lack of motivation at Twickenham on SaturdayThe Wallabies trained on Thursday under leaden skies, with bowed heads and in the blackest melancholy. Not so long ago Australia’s rugby union squad enjoyed dinner with their country’s Test cricketers in Cairns and forged bonds in shared jokes and stories. Now, with the tragic

Jimmy Tibbs: It’s not been an easy road. The Lord’s kept me in boxing

The born-again Christian has done time but found peace as trainer of Billy Joe Saunders, who fights Chris Eubank JrAlthough Jimmy Tibbs talks now with the gentleness of a vicar, he is not a man to mess with. But he knows someone harder to beat than even he was in his prime.“I was brought up as a Roman Catholic,” he says, his deeply-lined, 67-year-old face a map of his own history, as well as

Will International Premier Tennis League be a game changer or a flop? | Kevin Mitchell

Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Serena Williams among host of grand slam winners lured to the fresh global format, which organisers hope will do for tennis what the IPL has done cricketTennis is at an intriguing point in its development. The left-field experiments being tried at the end of another draining season will either augment the established, imperfect model that has none the less served

Phillip Hughes: helmet manufacturers may change their designs

• Shocking death of Australian may result in changes to helmets• Tributes pour in from Lord’s to the Sydney Cricket GroundThe International Cricket Council has offered its deepest condolences to the family of Phillip Hughes and will wait until next week before considering the potential ramifications of the batsman’s death, as tributes poured in for the Australian.The cricketing world reacte

‘Hughesy used to light up the room … he was liked wherever he went’ | Rod Bransgrove

The Hampshire chairman, Rod Bransgrove, remembers Phillip Hughes as an ebullient character who made many friendsHughesy might not have been with us for very long at Hampshire, after we signed him towards the back end of the 2010 season, but he made such an impact. He was a guy who used to light up the room, he was very ambitious and had a real character about him. He was very talented and so ke

Phillip Hughes – ‘He died playing the sport he loved’

Cricket world salutes batsman who suffered fatal head injury during match at Sydney Cricket GroundFlags flew at half mast from Lord’s to the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Adelaide Oval’s famous old scoreboard read simply: “Vale Phillip Hughes 1988-2014”.Meanwhile, a stunned cricket community tried to come to terms with the death of the Australian batsman from injuries sustained when he was stru

Horse racing tips: Friday 28 November

The Paul Nicholls-trained Saphir Du Rheu is the selection in the Grade Two Novice Chase at NewburyNewbury12.25 Karezak 12.55 Barenger 1.30 Unique De Cotte (nb) 2.05 Saphir Du Rheu 2.40 The Paparrazi Kid 3.15 Port Melon 3.45 Simon Squirrel Continue reading...

Shane Sutton slams Joanna Rowsell’s omission from Spoty shortlist

• Rowsell has Olympic, world and Commonwealth titles• ‘Jo has been the best sportswoman in Britain this year’• BBC Sports personality of the year shortlistThe British Cycling technical director, Shane Sutton, has expressed his disappointment that Joanna Rowsell, who currently has a full house of Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth Games pursuit titles, has been left off the shortlist fo

Night Games: Sex, Power and a Journey into the Dark Heart of Sport – extract

An extract from Night Games: Sex, Power and a Journey into the Dark Heart of Sport by Anna Krien, which has won the William Hill Sports Book of the YearWhen the members of the jury – 10 men and two women – emerge from the back room, they don’t look at him. Their eyes do a darting sweep of the court, lifting up and over our outlines. The defendant’s seats are full, the complainant’s seats behind

Night Games by Anna Krien named William Hill Sports Book of the Year

• Judges commend ‘balanced yet fearless’ investigation• Only second woman to win prize after Laura Hillenbrand • Night Games – book extractNight Games by Anna Krien, described as a “balanced yet fearless” investigation into the darkest recesses of sporting culture, has been named William Hill Sports Book of the Year.Described by the judges as a “painstaking, intelligent, but above all, ope

Sam Burgess named on bench for Bath’s match with Harlequins

• Debut would come month ahead of schedule• League star set to make rugby union bowSam Burgess is set to make his Premiership debut most likely at centre a month ahead of scheduleafter being named on the bench for Bath’s Friday night meeting with Harlequins.The 25-year-old Rugby League convert had been pencilled in to make his top-flight union debut in Bath’s Christmas home derby game with

Nicky Henderson reveals Sprinter Sacre and Simonsig will miss targets

• Trainer rules chasers out of Tingle Creek and Peterborough• Brilliant Queen Mother winner not to be risked on soft groundSprinter Sacre, who has not seen a racecourse since being pulled up with an irregular heartbeat at Kempton Park 11 months ago, will miss his intended seasonal debut in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park on Saturday week, Nicky Henderson, the trainer of the brilliant 20

Pakistani cricketers mourn Phillip Hughes - video

Cricketers in Islamabad, Pakistan, observe a minute's silence in tribute to Phillip Hughes who died on Thursday. The players express their sadness and shock, saying all cricketers 'are like family'. Hughes was hit by a cricket ball during a domestic match and received emergency surgery to no avail Continue reading...

Manny Pacquiao challenges Floyd Mayweather during victory parade – video

Manny Pacquiao challenges Floyd Mayweather to a fight in a video uploaded to Instagram mocking the WBO welterweight champion. It shows Pacquio's knockout defeat by Juan Manuel Márquez in December. Pacquio returned home to the Philippines to a hero's welcome after successfully defending his title against Chris Algieri on Sunday Continue reading...

Phillip Hughes dies: reaction and tributes

Tributes have come in from across the world of cricket to Phillip Hughes, who has died two days after being struck on the head by a short delivery during a Sheffield Shield match*Phillip Hughes: a very modern batsman who was heading for greatness*Michael Clarke leads emotional tributes*Tragedy of a batsman cut down in his prime 11.48pm AEST Those are memories nobody can take away,

Sports picture of the day: Misfiring Kobe Bryant shooting for the Lakers

Despite his awesome reputation, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant's recent form has been below par, with his crunch-time shooting below the league average. In this picture, he shoots against the Memphis Grizzlies as their guard Tony Allen tries to get in a block. The Grizzlies won 99-93 Continue reading...

Jonathan Sexton at the heart of Ireland’s golden men in green | Paul Rees

Sexton, the world’s leading fly-half this year, is playing with supreme confidence. It is his virtuosity, a man for all seasons, that has helped make Ireland Europe’s form teamBrodie Retallick was not an unexpected choice as World Rugby’s player of the year, a second-row who blends his duties in the set pieces with a presence and athleticism in the loose, but Jonathan Sexton would have pushed h

England camp devastated by tragic death of Phil Hughes

• Saturday’s second ODI set to go ahead as planned• Hughes dies two days after being hit by ball during match• Australia captain Clarke leads emotional tributes to Hughes• Australia-India Test may be cancelledThere was only one topic of conversation in Colombo and it had nothing to do with the second one-day international, which is due to start on Saturday morning.The cricketing community

Wolfsburg v Everton: Europa League – as it happened

*Lukaku and Mirallas score as Everton finish top of their group 7.53pm GMT Everton finish top of their group with a game to spare thanks to an away performance that was pleasingly close to a cliche: resolute defending and swift, sharp counter-attacking. Martinez can take particular satisfaction from the performances of his defence, in which Luke Garbutt looked at ease, and also of Lukaku.

Brazil legend Pelé ‘doing fine’ despite move to special care unit

• 74-year-old football icon is in a hospital in São Paulo• He was admitted on Monday with a urinary infectionThe Brazil football legend Pelé was on Thursday moved to a special care unit of a São Paulo hospital where he is being treated for a urinary infection.The Brazilian website globo.com quoted a Pelé adviser, Jose Fornos Rodrigues, as saying that the 74-year-old was “doing fine” and cou

George North out of Wales’ Test finale against South Africa

• Wing suffered blow to head against All Blacks• Scarlets back Liam Williams steps up George North has been ruled out of Wales’ autumn Test finale against South Africa at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.The Northampton wing suffered a blow to his head during last weekend’s 34-16 loss to the world champions New Zealand. North is replaced in the No11 shirt by the Scarlets back Liam William

Tony Abbott on Phillip Hughes: 'we are shocked and dismayed' – video

Australian prime minster Tony Abbott laments the death of cricketer Phil Hughes as a 'terrible accident' as flags fly half-mast at Adelaide Oval stadium. Abbott says thoughts and prayers should also be with bowler Sean Abbott, whose ball hit Hughes on the head during a domestic game. Hughes was rushed to emergency surgery but died two days later Continue reading...

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