18-11-2018 Football transfer rumours: Godín or Alderweireld to Manchester United?

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...

18-11-2018 Lewis Hamilton’s F1 vision suggests bid to match Michael Schumacher

Champion wants the sport to develop in established nations and overhauling Schumacher’s records appears part of the planLewis Hamilton believes Formula One should be looking to the European heartland if it is to add new races. It is an understandable viewpoint given he takes huge pleasure in racing on classic circuits packed with fans but much less so in front of empty grandstands. Yet that he should express his feelings having recently claimed a fifth title suggests a possible subtext. Hamilton is considering F1’s future and therein lies his final challenge: matching or beating Michael Schumacher. Related: Mercedes tribute to ‘exceptional’ Lewis Hamilton after F1 constructors’ title win Continue reading...

18-11-2018 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?

18-11-2018 '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.

18-11-2018 The Fiver | Lovren v Ramos, bad looks and the sense of box office

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!During the Ethics World Cup, Dejan Lovren was the darling among those grubbing for a sentence, a word, a mere arching of the eyebrow from footballers as they traipsed past hacks taking urgent phone calls or struggling with a particularly troublesome earbud. Lovren would stand in front of the massed quote-seekers, shooting from the hip and giving the impression that he’d happily come along for a post-match loosener if there wasn’t a bus to catch. Continue reading...

18-11-2018 Race to Dubai: Francesco Molinari wins as Tommy Fleetwood misses out

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

18-11-2018 The Breakdown | It was tough on Sam Underhill, but England try was rightly disallowed

Courtney Lawes took a gamble and lost when he charged down TJ Perenara’s kick against the All Blacks. The referee was correctSam Underhill may be one of England’s youngest, least experienced players but he reacted to one of the biggest disappointments of his senior career with a mature detachment. “If the referee says the grass is pink, then the grass is pink,” he said when asked about his disallowed try five minutes from time against New Zealand when Courtney Lawes was ruled to have been offside when he charged down a kick. Related: Japan captain Leitch says his side will not bow down at Twickenham Continue reading...

18-11-2018 All Blacks’ Steve Hansen hails Ireland as best in world after defeat

• ‘As of now they are the No 1 team in the world,’ says coach• Ireland’s Joe Schmidt laughs off compliment from HansenThe All Blacks may be top of the rankings but according to their head coach, Steve Hansen, Ireland have overtaken them and become the best team in the world. After Ireland’s 16-9 win in Dublin, Hansen explained: “What it does do is this: I said this at the beginning of the week that these are the two best sides in the world playing each other. So as of now they are the No 1 team in the world.” Hansen said that he also felt Ireland were now favourites to win next year’s World Cup in Japan, too.Hansen’s compatriot Joe Schmidt was not about to fall into that trap. “The World Cup? In 11 months’ time? We’ve got to work hard in the next week to make sure we’re ready for the USA,” the Ireland head coach said. “Steve’s probably enjoying a little bit of banter. Continue reading...

18-11-2018 Sophia Floersch fractures spine after airborne crash in Formula 3

• 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...

18-11-2018 WSL Highlights: Everton Ladies 0-4 Arsenal Women

Watch highlights as two Vivianne Miedema goals help Arsenal thrash Everton and maintain their 100% start in the Women's Super League.

18-11-2018 Moeen Ali strikes as England wrap up Test series victory against Sri Lanka

England win second Test by 57 runs - as it happenedSri Lanka collapse from 221-5 to 243 all outThe mercurial Moeen Ali, world-class all-rounder one day, wayward talent the next, yet a rock-solid team man every day of the week, took the vital wickets on the final morning to enable his side to win the most beguiling of Test matches.England won by 57 runs and therefore secured the series with one match, in Colombo, to play; it was the first time they have won a Test without a pace bowler taking a wicket since the Old Trafford match against Australia in 1956, when the wickets were shared by Tony Lock (one) and Jim Laker (19). In all, 38 of the 40 wickets fell to spinners in Pallekele, which has never happened before in a Test match. Continue reading...