Pressure grows on Ladbrokes after settlements over ‘cancelled’ bets

12-11-2018 • Company has settled at least four ‘cancelled’ bet cases • Speculation that Ladbrokes knew about issues for monthsLadbrokes is under increasing pressure to explain what appear to be longstanding issues with its process for accepting and rejecting bets after it emerged that the firm has reached out-of-court settlements with at least three more customers whose bets had apparently been “cancelled”.The news will add to speculation that Ladbrokes was aware of a potential problem for many months, and is also likely to attract the attention of the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (Ibas), which is currently considering three separate cases brought by Ladbrokes customers in near-identical circumstances. The three cases with Ibas include one which involves an attempt to place a bet with the firm in October 2017. Continue reading...

What Manchester United must do to end stagnation under José Mourinho

12-11-2018 The latest Manchester derby provided more evidence of a gulf in class but United can bridge the divide with a squad overhaulManchester United face a crisis: are they prepared to accept mediocrity or will Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, allow José Mourinho a serious squad overhaul? When wages are factored in the bill for this will run to close to half a billion – as much as United are in debt via their owners, the Glazers. Here is what is required to end United’s stagnation as the one-step forward, one-step back proposition they have become. Related: José Mourinho’s midfield dogs of war yap harmlessly at City ankles | Jonathan Wilson Continue reading...

Nick Chubb, Dion Dawkins and Ezekiel Elliot star in NFL plays of the week

12-11-2018 The Cleveland Browns' Nick Chubb produces the longest play from scrimmage of the season so far, while the Buffalo Bills' Dion Dawkins scores a fantastic 'big man touchdown' in our NFL plays of the week.

David Squires on … a European Super League and other life-affirming stories

12-11-2018 Our cartoonist on the possibility of impoverished big clubs finally stumbling upon a way to make some moneyIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book: Goalless Draw Continue reading...

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

12-11-2018 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

12-11-2018 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Talking Horses: jockeys avoid disaster as people stray on to tracks

12-11-2018 Incidents at Navan and Fontwell over the weekend have highlighted how riders are being exposed to unnecessary risksTwice in the last four days, jump jockeys have had to contend with people wandering about on the track in front of them. On Sunday at Navan, it was their fellow rider Evan Daly who got in the way while jogging round the track with headphones on. On Friday at Fontwell, the culprits were a couple of members of groundstaff, who had seemingly forgotten that the race required three laps of the track rather than two.The Navan incident came closer to disaster. Daly, a conditional jockey in his second season, doesn’t seem to have realised there was a race on until the horses were alongside him. He was cautioned by the stewards, which shows a likeable degree of understanding for a young lad who made a mistake. Continue reading...

Rock solid John Stones shows quiet magnificence for Manchester City | Barney Ronay

12-11-2018 The England defender, who has regularly been picked out for his mistakes in the past, often goes unnoticed when at his bestJohn Stones didn’t make much of an impression in the Manchester derby: didn’t register on the headline stats, wasn’t singled out in the post-match montage, didn’t come steaming across to launch a heroic goal-bound siege-tackle, or head the ball away with a conical white bandage twined around his bloodstained brow.This is usually a good sign when it comes to Stones, a player who only ever seems to get picked out when he makes a mistake, and whose recent run of form in a reconfigured defence provides another convincing argument City may just be ready to reach down and hit a deeper gear this season. Continue reading...

Memphis Depay is a big club player with a small time attitude

12-11-2018 Depay has been more effective in Ligue 1 this year than Neymar or Kylian Mbappé but his mentality is holding him backBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsMemphis Depay is not often associated with the words “effective” or “consistent” but he is on a remarkable run. He scored two goals and set up two more as Lyon beat Guingamp 4-2 on Saturday, continuing his brilliant form this year. Depay has either scored or set up 29 of his club’s goals in 2018. That’s more than Kylian Mbappé and Neymar – and every other player in Ligue 1 for that matter. In fact, only Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi and Luis Suárez have been more effective so far this calendar year. However, despite Depay’s newfound end product and a mooted return to Manchester United, his attitude continues to hold him back.Depay was dropped for Lyon’s 2-1 win at Angers last month but, after coming off the bench to score the winning goal, he berated Lyon coach Bruno Génésio. “I do not always feel like I am a player who is respected,” said the Dutchman. “I do the job each time. I have to accept the decisions of the coach but I deserve more than this and I should be playing every match.” Continue reading...

Rassie Erasmus 'teaches' Springboks new tackle after Farrell controversy – video

12-11-2018 South Africa's head coach has been filmed 'teaching' his players a new tackling technique after Owen Farrell's controversial challenge on André Esterhuizen went unpunished during England’s 12-11 victory over the Springboks.During training for their next match against France, Rassie Erasmus was seen repeatedly instructing Esterhuizen to tackle higher and higher, finally applauding the full-back when he did so.Many fans on social media have called this 'comic genius' and the 'ultimate trolling' of World Rugby, who have been criticised for confusion over how referees interpret the laws of the game, particularly Farrell's challenge last Saturday. Continue reading...