14-11-2018 Marko Arnautovic may leave West Ham to pursue Champions League dream

• Austrian forward wants to compete with the best players• ‘I’m 29, so that’s the best age,’ he tells Austrian newspaperMarko Arnautovic has admitted he is ready to leave West Ham to play in the Champions League, with the Austria forward determined to compete at the highest level possible before his career is over.Arnautovic, who moved to east London in the summer of 2017 from Stoke for a then club record fee worth up to £25m, has been in outstanding form since being handed a more central role by former manager David Moyes last season, and scored 11 Premier League goals last term. He has continued to impress this season having already found the net five times in 10 matches despite West Ham’s early struggles under Manuel Pellegrini. Continue reading...

14-11-2018 Tributes flow for UK Sport’s ‘incredible’ departing CEO Liz Nicholl

• Nicholl to step down after spearheading huge success• Katherine Grainger praises ‘tireless work, humour, resilience’For the past eight years Liz Nicholl has been one of the most powerful figures in British sport, the high priestess of UK Sport’s controversial no-compromise approach and a guiding and steady hand behind Team GB’s unparalleled success at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics. But there were tears in the UK Sport office on Tuesday after she announced that she will step down as chief executive next summer after 20 years at the organisation.Nicholl’s successor will be named in the spring, with the England Hockey chief executive, Sally Munday, seen as an early frontrunner. Andy Parkinson, the highly respected CEO of British rowing, and UK Sport’s current chief operating officer Simon Morton, who some regard as Nicholl’s anointed son, are also expected to throw their hats into the ring. Whoever takes charge, however, will have huge shoes to fill. Continue reading...

14-11-2018 Roger Federer shrugs off loss to Kei Nishikori to blow away Dominic Thiem

• Federer beats Thiem 6-2, 6-3 in just over one hour• World No 3 refutes allegations of preferential treatmentIt doesn’t do to prod the sleeping lion. Roger Federer, who played as if he had been tranquillised in a desultory opening defeat by Kei Nishikori, swept away the limp challenge of Dominic Thiem in little over an hour on Tuesday night, and looks in the mood to prove a few people wrong in the 2018 ATP World Tour Finals.However, allegations this week by the semi-retired French player Julien Benneteau that Federer has often received preferential treatment over scheduling, and had undermined the integrity of the Davis Cup with his company’s promotion of the exhibition Laver Cup, met with a cool reception afterwards. Continue reading...

14-11-2018 Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

This week's sport on the BBC includes the ATP World Tour Finals, the ICC Women's World Twenty20 and the home nations' football internationals.

14-11-2018 Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

14-11-2018 Referee suspended over using rock, paper, scissors instead of coin toss in WSL game

• David McNamara suspended for three weeks• Incident happened before Man City v Reading gameReferee David McNamara has been suspended for three weeks after accepting a charge of “not acting in the best interests of the game” before a Women’s Super League match in which he used a game of rock, paper, scissors instead of the traditional coin toss to decide who should kick off.A Football Association spokesperson confirmed that McNamara will return to duty from 17 December. Continue reading...

14-11-2018 Women’s World T20 highlights: Healy's half century provides platform for Australia win

Opener Alyssa Healy's 53 provides the platform for Australia's 33-run win over New Zealand in Group B at the World T20 in Guyana.

14-11-2018 Amy Jones looking to seize World Twenty20 chance with both gloves

• England’s wicketkeeper impressed against Bangladesh• ‘This is a great opportunity for me to show what I can do’Wicketkeeper Amy Jones says England are relieved to have finally got their World Twenty20 campaign under way and said their seven-wicket victory against Bangladesh on Monday had been “convincing”.“It’s been very frustrating with all the rain around and we’ve had to be a bit creative with training – batting under the stands and stuff like that,” Jones said. “I’m glad we managed to stay confident and wait for our chance.” Continue reading...

14-11-2018 Scotland v South Africa: Huw Jones returns as Gregor Townsend makes six changes

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend makes six changes to his side for Saturday's Murrayfield Test with South Africa.

14-11-2018 ATP Finals: Could the permutations be any more complicated?

The permutations to qualify for the semi-finals of the ATP Finals are complicated - and it seems they are causing headaches on social media.

14-11-2018 Talking Horses: Chelmsford night card abandoned after lights go out

Racing at Chelmsford was abandoned after a power failure caused a virtual blackout during the running of the third raceRacing at Chelmsford on Tuesday night was abandoned after a power failure caused a virtual blackout during the running of the third race. The floodlights at the Essex circuit went out with about two and a half furlongs to run of the feature race on the card. That seven-furlong event was declared void and the rest of the meeting called off, as the course remained in darkness. Related: Pressure grows on Ladbrokes after settlements over ‘cancelled’ bets Continue reading...

14-11-2018 Carlsen and Caruana still deadlocked after YouTube 'leak' controversy

Carlsen, Caruana play to tidy draw in Game 4 – as it happenedCarlsen and Caruana tied at 2-all entering Thursday’s Game 5Controversy as Caruana’s prep allegedly uploaded to YouTubeMagnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana are no closer to a verdict in their world championship match after playing to a straightforward 34-move draw in Game 4 on Tuesday afternoon in London. There was added spice away from the board, though, as a clip that appeared to reveal tightly held secrets of the American challenger’s preparation was uploaded to YouTube and into the public domain. Related: Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana play to bloodless draw in Game 4 – live! Continue reading...

14-11-2018 Boca Juniors v River Plate: the fiercest rivalry in football – video

For the first time ever city rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate will meet in the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America's most prestigious club trophy. The derby, referred to as the Superclásico, is renowned for its drama, bitterness and the sheer hatred between the two Argentinian sides. The first leg ended in a 2-2 draw at La Bombonera, the home of Boca. The second leg takes place at River's home stadium El Monumental on 24 NovemberBuenos Aires 2-0 Brazil: how River and Boca set up a Superclásico final Continue reading...