Christian Pulisic open to Premier League move with Chelsea leading chase

• Borussia Dortmund forward out of contract in 2020 • ‘There is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here’Christian Pulisic has said he is open to moving to the Premier League, with Chelsea understood to be leading the race to sign the forward from Borussia Dortmund next summer.The USA international is expected to face his clubmate Jadon Sancho at Wembley on Thursday having been left out of the Dortmund side that beat Bayern Munich on Saturday in favour of the 18-year-old Englishman. Continue reading...



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

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...



Fulham appoint Claudio Ranieri as manager after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic

• Ranieri described as ‘risk-free’ appointment by owner• Jokanovic dismissed with Fulham bottom of tableFulham have appointed Claudio Ranieri as their manager after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic. The Italian, who led Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016 and has also managed Chelsea, takes over with the club bottom of the Premier League. Related: Football transfer rumours: Liverpool to bid £85m for Ousmane Dembélé? Continue reading...



Players called for Rooney to captain England and wear No 10 against USA

• Rooney will be given armband when he comes on as substitute• Gareth Southgate says players called for a fitting tributeWayne Rooney will end his glittering England career wearing the No 10 shirt and the captain’s armband against the United States after the squad’s senior players determined that would be the most appropriate way for the side’s record goalscorer to bow out.Gareth Southgate will hand Rooney a second-half cameo in Thursday’s friendly fixture at Wembley, 734 days after he earned his 119th and most recent cap, having described the 33-year-old as the best striker he ever played alongside. The current captain, Harry Kane, who will not start against the US, had led the player delegation championing the returning forward to reclaim the No 10 shirt he wore over much of the second half of his England career. Continue reading...



UFC at 25: Things were a lot different back at UFC 1

BBC Sport throws it back to 1993, when the first UFC numbered event featured a boxer with one glove, non-existent weight divisions and a pair of very tight pants.



Rugby union: talking points from the second round of autumn Tests

England take heart from All Blacks defeat, Springboks’ power will test Scotland’s growing optimism and Italy prove a point In 2012 England also went 15-0 up on New Zealand at Twickenham and went on to win 38-21. This time they could not score a point after the 25th minute, instead allowing the All Blacks to snatch a 16-15 victory in a classic encounter of its type. Which team, though, is on the steeper upward curve? If the heavy rain was a leveller, there was no disguising the fact England, after a tough year, are on the way back. They now know they can ruffle the All Blacks, even with a patched-up pack, and South Africa’s two shuddering recent games against New Zealand also showed the world’s No 1 side are not invincible. Brodie Retallick may have had the last laugh at Twickenham but the All Black pack will have to dig deep again to avoid being ambushed in Dublin on Saturday. Robert Kitson Continue reading...



Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.



'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?



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.



Women's World Twenty20 highlights: Pakistan beat Ireland and Australia see off New Zealand

Watch the best moments from day five of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 as Javeria Khan sets a record score for Pakistan and Alyssa Healy's half-century provides the platform for Australia's win.



World T20: Funky dancing, weird catches & a party in the stands as West Indies beat South Africa

Watch the best moments from day six of the Women's World T20 as Stafanie Taylor takes 4-12 to set up a West Indies win over South Africa.



Confusion over Owen Farrell’s tackle is widespread and understandable | The Breakdown

Kurtley Beale’s expression said it all when he was asked about the controversial hit, and his incredulity is shared by manyWhen Kurtley Beale was asked this week about Owen Farrell’s challenge on André Esterhuizen, his first thought was to glance in the direction of Australia’s media officer. The Wallabies’ playmaker clearly had a view, but with Twickenham their final destination this month, it needed to be placed in a diplomatic bag.Beale, like other players, coaches and fans, was confused. He pointed out that a few years ago Farrell’s tackle was unlikely to have been deemed fair as the outside-half led with his shoulder and made a cursory effort at best to wrap his left arm around the Springbok replacement. It would have merited a penalty at least with a card of either colour an option. Continue reading...



The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage

With the best of our sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action, you won’t miss a thingLet our team of editors be your guide to the best of the Guardian’s award-winning sport coverage from the past week. We’ll email you the stand-out features and interviews, insightful analysis and highlights from the archive, plus films, podcasts, galleries and more – all arriving in your inbox at 12pm every Friday. And we’ll tee you up for the weekend and let you know our live coverage plans so you won’t miss a thing. Continue reading...



Blow for IOC as Calgary set to be latest city to stop bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

Referendum looks likely to oppose bid for GamesOnly two cities have officially declared for hosting rightsCalgary’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics was rebuffed on Tuesday when local voters said “no” in a non-binding referendum. Unofficial results showed that 56% voted against bidding for the Olympics. Results showed that out of 767,734 eligible voters, 304,774 cast ballots and 171,750 of those voted against the Olympic bid.The city council is expected to address the results on Monday, but the bid appears dead. The council has already shown skepticism, with eight of 15 members voting last month to scuttle the public vote. Ten votes were required for the vote not to be held. Continue reading...



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

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...



José Mourinho: People who don't understand football analyse with statistics – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has blamed exertions for his side's 3-1 derby defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City.United fought back for a 2-1 victory against the Italian champions Juventus in Turin on Wednesday while City cruised through a home game against Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0.'Everybody has to agree - it is one thing to go to Juventus and play against one of the best teams in the world for 90 minutes and another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home 6-0 and be very relaxed. We arrived in different circumstances,' said the Portuguese coach. But in contrast with some defeats this season, Mourinho was unwilling to criticise his team's attitude and effort, saying 'for me zero words against my players, everything is positive. I am with them and they are with me.'Sportblog: Would Pep Guardiola win the title with this Manchester United squad? Continue reading...



FA Cup: Second-round tie between Solihull Moors and Blackpool live on BBC

The FA Cup second-round tie between non-league Solihull Moors and League One Blackpool will be shown live on BBC Two.



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.