Tony Adams to become new president of Rugby Football League

• Former Arsenal player made contacts through Sporting Chance• Charity has helped more than 400 rugby league playersTony Adams, the former Arsenal and England footballer, will become the new president of the Rugby Football League next summer. Adams, who has worked with the RFL in developing rugby league’s player welfare programmes via his Sporting Chance charity, will succeed Andy Burnham and become the 29th person to occupy the role.“It will be an honour to become the next president of the RFL,” Adams said. “I am passionate about working with everyone in the sport to raise the profile of mental health, wellness and resilience, for players and for everyone in rugby league. I’d like to play my part in championing this brilliant sport on the national stage.” Continue reading...

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Yokozuna, controversies and a 'Dump Truck': a sumo history – in pictures

The origins of sumo date back 2,000 years and it was from the 17th century that saw its rise as a spectator sport. However, viewing figures and homegrown participants have declined over the past two decades with the sport also under the spotlight due to a number of controversies including a lack of women’s access Can Sumo survive? The crossroads facing Japan’s national sport – video Continue reading...

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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...

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Why should someone like Raheem Sterling be seen as ‘fair game’? | Daniel Taylor

Stan Collymore argues that nothing will be done about abuse of Sterling because nothing ever is, but if there was more diversity in the newsrooms it might shape the thinking differentlyBefore going into football journalism full-time I spent a few years on the news beat for various tabloid newspapers. That may surprise a few people because, outside the industry, there seems to be a perception you are either one or the other: broadsheet or red-top, luvvie or rotter. But it doesn’t actually work like that. I worked for a freelance agency in the Midlands, covering for virtually all the national titles, and there was no room for journalistic snobbery for a young reporter with a provisional driving licence and 40-words-per-minute shorthand.But it was definitely an eye-opener. One story was of a car being stolen in Leicester while, unbeknown to the thief, a baby was strapped into the back seat. The car was still missing and the police had organised a press conference for her mother, who had not been identified, to make a public appeal. It was a big story and there were a lot of national newspaper journalists in attendance. But I can still remember the awkwardness when she came in and the vibe from several reporters – not just the tabloids – that there was an issue, news-wise. The woman in question wasn’t white. She was Indian and that was a problem, I was told, because the relevant newspapers might no longer think it was a photograph, or story, their readership wanted. Continue reading...

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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss on 'unbelievable' win to reach Champions League last 16

Jurgen Klopp says he could "fill his adrenaline in bottles" after an "unbelievable" win over Napoli earned his side place in the Champions League knockout stage.

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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?

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What is the smallest football ground a European champion has lost at? | The Knowledge

Plus: the longest delay for any new stadium in history and the worst goal difference you can get away with and still qualify in the Champions League. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Real Madrid recently lost 3-0 to Eibar in a stadium that holds just 7,000 people,” begins Robin Tucker. “That got me thinking: have any former European champions lost a competitive match in a smaller stadium? This would be only counting results after their first European success, so games such as Liverpool’s 1959 defeat to Worcester City would not count.”A fine question, but it’s not even the smallest stadium a former European champion has lost in this season. The 1986 winners Steaua Bucharest, now snappily known as FCSB, have suffered plenty of turmoil recently, including a defeat earlier this month to Sepsi OSK. That was in front of an estimated 2,500 at the 5,200-capacity Stadionul Municipal. Continue reading...

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'Solari the stopgap with bigger name to come' - what is going on at Real Madrid?

The relatively unknown Santiago Solari has been placed in charge of Real Madrid - but he is not likely to be in the role for long, writes Andy West.

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David Squires on … the mistreatment of Raheem Sterling

Our cartoonist on why it’s hard to exaggerate the vilification Raheem Sterling has been subjected to in recent yearsIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his book Goalless Draws Continue reading...

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Stalemate at Old Trafford and Wolves at Chelsea's door – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Amy Lawrence and Mike Calvin discuss ‘four crap goals’ in the game between Manchester United and Arsenal, Morgan Gibbs-White, a very strange game in Brighton, the French for ‘putting your foot in it’ and sprinting managersJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football, starting with Manchester United’s 2-2 draw at home with Arsenal, with the away side the ones to pile late pressure on at the one-time home of Fergie-time. Continue reading...

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Australia head west and into the unknown for second Test against India | Geoff Lemon

The series moves to Perth and a new Test venue with plenty of local influence in the home team “A good South Australian question,” laughed Justin Langer at Adelaide airport when local journalists finished his departure press conference on the topics of local boys Alex Carey and Travis Head. But the national men’s coach is from Western Australia, and his state is no less parochial.If you didn’t know where Langer was from, a walk around the old Waca Ground would soon get you up to date. “The water that Langer and co grew up on,” promises a sign above the drinking taps, while an elevated bar is named “Langer’s Loft”. The walkway walls are covered in huge photos of various Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers, and inside one gate is a three-man montage mural of Marshes: Geoff flanked by sons Mitchell and Shaun, in a visual display of elite lineage. Continue reading...

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Alvarez v Fielding: Briton ready to seize chance against Mexican legend

Rocky Fielding used his selfie with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez to impress Mexicans on holiday - now he is preparing to fight the country's boxing icon.

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Justin Gimelstob pleads not guilty to assault in Los Angeles

Two-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion Justin Gimelstob pleads not not guilty to a charge of battery causing serious bodily injury in a Los Angeles court.

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Ravens' Super Bowl winning QB Flacco loses starting job to rookie Jackson

Flacco returns from injury but will be team’s back-upBaltimore have gone 3-1 since Lamar Jackson became starterJoe Flacco has lost his job as the Baltimore Ravens’ starting quarterback and will be the back-up Sunday for the first time in his 11-year NFL career.Flacco is finally healthy after missing the past four games with a hip injury. The Ravens went 3-1 during his absence under rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, and coach John Harbaugh has decided to stick with the first-round draft pick with Baltimore striving to end a three-year playoff drought. Continue reading...

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