BHA forced to row back on chief executive’s comments on whip use

• Nick Rust commented on discussions not yet taken place• The New One retires as Brain Power wins the dayRacing’s ruling body found itself in the embarrassing position of having to row back on comments made this week by its own chief executive, Nick Rust, on the highly emotive subject of whip use. Rust told a BBC journalist that “a new structure for penalties and deterrents for overuse of the whip” would be announced next month, when in fact initial discussions on any such change have not even begun.Mere hours after Rust’s comments were published on Friday night, the BHA confirmed it had not yet broached the subject. “We are in a position to consider how to progress this issue,” it said in a statement, adding that its review of fatalities at Cheltenham had to be completed before the whip review could start. Privately officials concede that Rust had spoken wildly out of turn and it is understood he made a contrite phone call to Paul Struthers, his opposite number at the Professional Jockeys Association, in an attempt to smooth things over. Continue reading...

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Sterling’s racism ordeal was ugly but the reaction has been positive | Eni Aluko

Fallout from the Manchester City forward’s complaint about the media scrutiny black players face has been hearteningThis week could be a eureka moment for football. Most of the reaction to Raheem Sterling’s claims that parts of the media have racially biased agendas has been very positive. It feels like a genuine step forward is being made and that Sterling has managed to turn something outrageous into a catalyst for long, overdue change. Related: If every racist at football was silenced stadiums would still be full of racists | John Barnes Continue reading...

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Jürgen Klopp: trophies are not everything, Liverpool need solid base

• Manager wants to build foundation for lasting success• ‘If I’m not as smart as Einstein should I not even try?’Jürgen Klopp has said silverware is not the only measure of success but Liverpool’s progression as a club should provide the basis for sustained achievement at Anfield.The Liverpool manager accepted José Mourinho’s latest reminder that “trophies matter” before Manchester United’s visit to Anfield, with his Old Trafford rival making reference to the absence of silverware from Klopp’s tenure in the buildup to Sunday’s fixture. Klopp, however, insists his reign should not be judged on trophies alone but on the clear development of the squad and club since his arrival in October 2015. He claimed life would be “shit” if not finishing first was considered worthless. Continue reading...

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Olivier Giroud: ‘Winning the Premier League is my last dream as a footballer’

Chelsea striker and the French voice of the Green Goblin discusses his World Cup high, how he coped with once being jeered by France fans and how being a fringe player involves patienceFive months on and Olivier Giroud still struggles to get his head around the fact he is a World Cup winner. Reality kicks in on occasion. Most obviously there was the moment on the open-top bus, crawling down the Champs Élysées in mid-July serenaded by half a million compatriots, when nine air force jets roared overhead trailing red, white and blue in their plumes and he felt “like a rock star”. He will receive a replica of the trophy any day now to sit alongside the framed photograph of his eldest daughter, Jade, kissing the real thing amid the ticker tape and pyrotechnics at the Luzhniki. Related: Liberté, égalité, diversity: how France won the World Cup Continue reading...

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Men: how to be kinder to yourself – and feel more confident

A growing ‘kindful movement’ is gathering pace, says author Caroline Millington, and men have much to gain from itYou’d have had to be trapped in the Love Island villa all summer with no access to the outside world to have missed the latest movement in self-care.It’s on T-shirts, phone covers, Instagram quotes, street art … I’ve even written an entire book about it. The buzzword? “Kind”. Continue reading...

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New Zealand put Sri Lanka under pressure right from the start

Tim Southee takes 5-67 as New Zealand exploit influential toss on first day of first testTim Southee took 5-67 as New Zealand exploited an influential toss to contain Sri Lanka to 275-9 on the first day of the first test at the Basin Reserve.A late unbeaten half century by wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella helped swing the day a little in Sri Lanka’s favor. Dickwella hit 10 fours and was unbeaten on 73 at stumps, losing his last partner, Kasun Rajitha, to the last ball of the day. Continue reading...

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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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European Rugby Champions Cup: Cardiff Blues 14-26 Saracens

Owen Farrell's 16 points in a 26-14 win help Saracens keep their unbeaten Champions Cup record and end Cardiff Blues' hopes of reaching the last eight.

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Raúl Jiménez puts Wolves on their way as Bournemouth struggle again

Nuno Espírito Santo is proud of the way his Wolves players have bounced back from a difficult run of results to create a notable piece of club history.Wanderers have won three straight top-flight matches for the first time in almost 40 years after beating Bournemouth 2-0. After successes against Chelsea and Newcastle in the past 10 days, it is the first time since March 1980 that Wolves have recorded three consecutive victories in the top division. Continue reading...

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Spurs, saves, Street Fighter and Atlanta United – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini and Lars Sivertsen to discuss Spurs and Liverpool squeaking through in the Champions League, easy but great saves, Italian strife, Atlanta United and Street FighterJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football, starting with Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Camp Nou, which in combination with Inter’s draw with PSV was enough to see Mauricio Pochettino’s side qualify for the round of 16. Continue reading...

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The Breakdown | England’s dilemma: undermine Eddie Jones or risk scramble for a top coach

Looking for a successor could be a distraction in World Cup year but waiting could mean the talent is snaffled up and Wales and Ireland have already made their moveThe start of the World Cup is nine months away but countries are already thinking about their next coach. Wales are sorted, appointing Wayne Pivac in the summer knowing Warren Gatland would be off after his side’s final match in Japan, as are Ireland, with Andy Farrell to take over from Joe Schmidt.In New Zealand, Steve Hansen is due to announce this evening UK time as to whether he will seek a new contract after the World Cup. Rassie Erasmus has told South Africa he will not be carrying on after Japan, focusing on his director of rugby role instead. Australia’s Michael Cheika may not last that long after taking part in a performance review this month after the Wallabies’ worst year, in terms of results, for 60 years. A decision is expected before Christmas. Continue reading...

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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.

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Wasps out of Champions Cup as Antoine Dupont-inspired Toulouse seal win

• Toulouse 42-27 Wasps• Dupont scores two tries as Pool One leaders pull away late onWasps’ hopes of reaching the Champions Cup quarter-finals ended as Toulouse claimed a 42-27 bonus-point victory at the Stade Ernest-Wallon. Related: Jamie George’s late try seals victory for Saracens over Cardiff Blues Continue reading...

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Alisson’s heroics underpin subtle shift in balance for steadier Liverpool | Jonathan Wilson

The goalkeeper’s form has been vital for Jürgen Klopp’s team but is part of a tweaked approach that could pay rich dividendsA cross from the right. Two defenders jump and can’t quite connect. Dejan Lovren, startled that the ball has got as far as the back post, realises too late that Arkadiusz Milik has stolen behind him; he cannot get to the forward in time. Time slows. Milik is in form; he has the best goals‑per‑minute ratio in Serie A this season. Eight yards out with just the goalkeeper to beat, it seems he must score the goal that will put Napoli through.But Milik doesn’t score. He jabs without conviction. Alisson does everything he can, springing from his line, spreading himself towards the ball, which hits his body and cannons to safety. Liverpool have survived. Continue reading...

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