Back to Netball: Why you need to don a bib and get back on the court

Back to Netball is 10 years old and, six months on from England Roses' win at the Commonwealth Games, this is why the sport is more popular than ever.

Eddie Pepperell's spectacular hole-in-one at the British Masters – video

England's Eddie Pepperell struck a wonderful hole-in-one in the first round of the British Masters. The ace gave Pepperell a share of the lead with Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Wallace. It was the first hole-in-one of Pepperell's European Tour careerThe amazing world of sport Continue reading...

Australia refocus after epic draw against Pakistan | Geoff Lemon

Tim Paine’s team are desperate for victory in Asia, a region where they have not won a series since 2011A few days on from the feats of resistance by Usman Khawaja and Tim Paine in Dubai, some of are still digesting the significance of that draw. Michael Atherton holds the record for the most time spent batting in the final innings to save a Test, in his bloody-minded masterpiece of resistance against the ferocity of Allan Donald’s South Africa back in 1995. It was the only such innings longer than Khawaja’s. No Australian team in Asia had ever batted as long to save a game.We knew we had a classic on our hands by halfway through that last day. We could feel it building, the tension and duration stretching out unbearably. The resolution was cathartic. But the numerical magnitude took a while longer to appreciate, as did the feeling that the Australian team had given home supporters something to be proud of, not just in terms of on-field feats but the conduct in achieving them. Continue reading...

'Parkour 3.0': freestyle skier masters elaborate obstacle course – video

Freestyle skier Andri Ragettli has successfully completed a complex parkour obstacle course without touching the ground once - after 53 attempts.The 19-year-old athlete shared a video of the challenge, which was filmed in Switzerland on 30 September, along with the caption, 'never give up'. His impressive feat has now been dubbed 'Parkour 3.0'.Ragettli has enjoyed a strong start to the winter, winning the season's first World Cup in Cardrona, New Zealand in the discipline Big Air in September. Continue reading...

Lizzy Yarnold quits skeleton after living the Olympic ice queen dream

• Yarnold won winter golds in Sochi and Pyeongchang • New challenge beckons for fearless and steely competitorBritain’s most decorated Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold, who captured the hearts of the nation by winning consecutive skeleton gold medals in Sochi and Pyeongchang, has announced her retirement.“I have lived out my dream and achieved far more than I ever thought possible in my 10 years in the sport,” Yarnold said, “but it’s time to move on. I am ready for a fresh challenge.” Continue reading...

England's dazzling front three fills gap on Gareth Southgate’s CV | Dominic Fifield

Gareth Southgate’s young side were quickly into their stride against Spain and finally have a win against a team of pedigreeThere must have been times as the interval approached when even Gareth Southgate, such a staunch believer in the talent of this youthful group, found himself peering in disbelief up at the big screen at one end of this bowl of an arena. The list of English goalscorers had become cluttered by then, the board increasingly untidy if gloriously lopsided. The eerie silence in Rijeka last week had felt surreal but the stunned hush among the locals in Andalusia was far harder to comprehend. Related: Raheem Sterling’s double inspires England to stunning victory in Spain Continue reading...

Nations League: Northern Ireland a work in progress - O'Neill

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill says his side need to be more clinical in attack after a 2-0 defeat by Bosnia-Herzegovina.

'Sacking McLeish would make no sense, he deserves a full campaign'

Ditching Alex McLeish as head coach before he completes one qualification campaign would not make sense, says Willie Miller.

Where does this England win rank? Have your say

It was undoubtedly a landmark performance for England, but where does the win in Spain sit among victories from the past 18 years?

Women's Super League: Nikita Parris stars for Manchester City

Watch the best goals and star performances from the Women's Super League where Nikita Parris scores twice for Manchester City on a weekend with 23 goals in five matches.

Crisp, clear, fun: TalkSport’s opening cricket stint avoids apocalypse | Barney Ronay

Roguish interloper who stole radio rights to England’s winter tours bowls tidy opening over for listeners fearing loss of TMSThe barbarians are at the gates. The lunatics are on the grass. Ten kilo bags of mixed gravel aggregate are two‑for‑one at your local Bumcrack Warrior Warehouse. And most alarming of all, starting with Wednesday’s rain‑ravaged first one‑day international in Dambulla, the cricket is now on commercial radio.When the news broke in April that TalkSport had outbid the BBC to take the radio rights for England’s tour of Sri Lanka the response was mixed. Reactions tended to veer between mild irritation at the loss, for a few months, of a much‑loved programme; to wistful, sun-bleached nostalgia for a world shadowed with decay (cricket’s chief default setting to any news whatsoever, from signs of the impending apocalypse to news that the tea van by the pavilion has run out of Double Deckers). Mixed in with this was a degree of snobbery, concern about other voices, a different kind of tempo intruding into what has always felt like a much‑cherished private garden square. Continue reading...