17-11-2018 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...

17-11-2018 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?

17-11-2018 Gareth Southgate using Croatia’s ‘favourites’ claim against them

• England need Wembley win to reach Nations League finals• Defender Jedvaj said Croatia ‘favourites despite playing away’Gareth Southgate and his players hope to exploit Croatian over-confidence in Wembley’s winner-takes-all tie and end a resurgent year on a high by securing passage into the inaugural Nations League finals.Members of Zlatko Dalic’s squad have made a point of referencing Croatia’s extra-time victory over England at the World Cup – when they had apparently been motivated by a perceived lack of respect from their opponents – in the buildup to Sunday’s third meeting in four months. Tin Jedvaj, the Bayer Leverkusen defender whose stoppage-time winner defeated Spain on Thursday, suggested England had been beaten “without any problems” in Moscow and the visitors at Wembley should be considered “favourites, despite the fact we are playing away”. Continue reading...

17-11-2018 Statues, All Blacks and 6am training: lifting the lid on rugby in Japan

As the hosts of the 2019 World Cup come to Twickenham for the first time, it is worth understanding the impact Eddie Jones had on rugby in JapanWhen Eddie Jones was the coach of Japan he once cancelled a training session and gave everyone the day off. In response, he had never seen his players so upset. Related: Japan plot fast route to ‘emotionally smash’ Eddie Jones’s England Continue reading...

17-11-2018 Women's World Twenty20: Anya Shrubsole hat-trick ends South Africa innings

England's Anya Shrubsole takes a hat-trick to end the South African innings in their group A tie at the Women's World Twenty20.

17-11-2018 Dele Alli: ‘We don’t look back on the Iceland defeat with such anger now’

The Spurs forward experienced first-hand the despondency after England’s Euro 2016 disaster. The feeling couldn’t be more different as their Nations League decider against Croatia loomsThe situation for England on Sunday afternoon is somewhat strange, with both sides involved in the summer’s World Cup semi-final now capable of topping their Nations League group above Spain or being relegated to a lower level, though it certainly achieves the objective of providing a competitive fixture. Dele Alli shrugs and smiles. The last couple of years have been odd, full of ups and downs. He is used to it.“It is a strange one, but it’s another stepping stone for us,” the Tottenham forward says. “Croatia have proved they are a great team, so we know it’s going to be a difficult game, but we are still improving as I think we have shown. Our morale was always high even before the win in Spain, but to post a result like that was a big statement. We know what we are capable of and no one wants to be relegated.” Continue reading...

17-11-2018 The Spin | England reaping the benefits of Lions tours that turn tyros into Test players

Four of England’s winning Test team in Galle were on a successful Lions tour to Sri Lanka two years ago and this is one part of ECB planning that should be praisedAs the projected costs of The Hundred mount, tripling from the original estimate of £13m up to £40m – and counting – budgets are being slashed at ECB Towers. Gone is Andrew Strauss’s pet North-South series, gone is the not-so-mourned Pace Programme, gone are the Overseas Placements that so benefited Ollie Pope and Mason Crane in consecutive winters in Sydney.But still hanging on, whether by thread or rope, is the Lions Programme, perhaps English cricket’s most secret and deadly weapon. The first part of this winter’s tour starts on Sunday against Pakistan A, with a four-day match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Five one day and two Twenty20 games follow over the next three weeks, ricocheting between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Pope has been dispatched from the main England tour to get more match practice than he would twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines in Sri Lanka. Then, after Christmas, the Lions head to India. Continue reading...

17-11-2018 Danny Willett challenging for redemptive victory with lead in Dubai

• Patrick Reed shares lead at DP World Tour Championship • Willett aiming to enjoy chance for first win since 2016 MastersThe European Tour has turned into a backdrop for redemption stories. A week after Lee Westwood was reduced to tears, after securing a first victory in more than three years, Danny Willett and Patrick Reed are on the verge of bouncing back in a similar manner.With 18 holes of the DP World Tour Championship to play, Willett and Reed have set the pace at 14 under par. Willett’s slide in the aftermath of winning the Masters in 2016 was such that many feared it could prove inexorable. He has had an upturn in fortunes this season – to the point where he qualified for the European Tour’s season finale – but winning for the first time since Augusta National would represent a significant achievement. Willett has battled injury as well as form loss over the past two years, with an association with Sean Foley – the former coach of Tiger Woods – apparently fruitful. Continue reading...

17-11-2018 ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic beats Kevin Anderson to reach final

World number one Novak Djokovic puts in a ruthless display to beat Kevin Anderson and reach the final of the ATP Finals in London.

17-11-2018 'Humble and generous, but a private enigma' - who was Leicester City's owner?

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is revered in Leicester as the man who presided over one of sport's great triumphs - but who was the billionaire Thai businessman?

17-11-2018 Gordon Taylor, football’s fattest cat, must go if PFA is to modernise | Daniel Taylor

Benevolent payments to ex-players are a fraction of Gordon Taylor’s salary and on issues from dementia to the abuse scandal the PFA’s leader has failed to leadWhat would your reaction be if I were to point out that in the past week Gordon Taylor has quietly passed the 40th anniversary since he took his place at football’s top table and set about the process of transforming himself from a barrel-chested winger at Bury, from the puddles and potholes of the old Third Division, into a life of establishment wealth?If you could put aside any cynicism, try not to dwell too long on the deficiencies of his organisation and overlook that it is traditionally he, not Richard Scudamore, who is the real Bagpuss of football’s fat-cat culture, it might even be possible to manage some grudging admiration for such a feat of longevity. Continue reading...

17-11-2018 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.

17-11-2018 Portugal into Nations League semi-finals after goalless draw at wasteful Italy

Portugal seal top spot in Group A3 and a place in the Nations League semi-finals with a hard-fought point against a wasteful Italy.