21-11-2018 England rest Jimmy Anderson for final Sri Lanka Test with Broad to come in

• Fast bowler has taken one wicket in the series• Jonny Bairstow to replace injured Sam Curran and bat at No 3England have shuffled their pack for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka that begins in Colombo on Friday. With the series decided they have chosen to use the rotation system they often talk about. So Jimmy Anderson has been omitted from the team for the first time since the Chennai Test of 2016. He will be replaced by Stuart Broad, who was a bystander in the first two Tests. Related: Jonny Bairstow bides time and works hard as he looks to beat England drop Continue reading...

21-11-2018 Australia snap losing T20 streak with rain-affected win over India

Australia 158-4; India 169-7 (target 174)Australia win by four runs on DLS at the GabbaAustralia prevailed by four runs in an action-packed T20 opener against India at the Gabba. The hosts survived some nervous moments to hold off a valiant Indian chase at the Gabba with a four-run win that snapped a four-game Twenty20 losing streak.Storms reduced Wednesday’s tour opener to a 17-a-side fixture, with India requiring 174 for victory after the hosts posted 158-4. And they looked on track with Shikhar Dhawan (76 from 42) piloting the chase, until Adam Zampa (2-22 from four overs) dismissed captain Virat Kohli for just four. Continue reading...

21-11-2018 'A liquid catapult': big-wave surfer returns to scene of nightmare wipeout

Andrew Cotton, who broke his back on a huge wave at Nazaré in Portugal in 2017, prepares to scale the notorious peaks againLooking out from the jagged headland at Nazaré in Portugal, the Atlantic Ocean below looks tranquil. Baby waves – or so they seem from above – peel left across the town’s northern beach and there’s barely a sign that this stretch of water is considered one of the most monstrous surf spots in the world.“It’s impossible to visualise it on a day like today when it’s beautiful and sunny but sometimes it gets big out there and sometimes it gets to the next level, beyond the realms ...” says the surfer Andrew Cotton, tapering off as he considers how best to describe the 60ft wave that flattened him exactly a year ago. “It’s like moving mountains,” he adds. Continue reading...

21-11-2018 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.

21-11-2018 Boris Becker calls Alexander Zverev a ‘superstar’ – and tennis should listen | Kevin Mitchell

Not every comment made by Becker hits the mark but he is perfectly qualified to judge the progress of his fellow German wunderkind, who came of age by winning the ATP FinalsOf all the praise heaped on Alexander Zverev after his rare double over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Finals, the comments of Boris Becker stand out as the most worthwhile, and not only for the obvious reasons. Related: Alexander Zverev stuns Novak Djokovic to win ATP World Tour Finals title Continue reading...

21-11-2018 Tiger Woods may not be a hero for black people but he is a beacon for the aging

Tiger has never have been universally popular among African Americans but his match-up with Phil Mickelson offers relief from the burdens of ageOn Friday Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play for a winner-takes-all purse of $9m in Las Vegas. The biggest question isn’t which of these multimillionaires will triumph, but why anyone would care. The match-up has nothing to do with golf any more than Muhammad Ali’s 1976 fight with Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki had anything to do with boxing. Or, for that matter, my 1992 one-on-one matchup with Julius Irving had anything to do with basketball. Since these showbiz events don’t enhance or redefine sport in any way, there must be some kind of metaphoric value that justifies the millions of dollars they generate – a glitzy-yet-heartfelt theme we can all get behind.My own match against Dr J 26 years ago – billed as the “Clash of the Legends” – wasn’t great basketball, but it wasn’t meant to be. Julius was 41 and I was 44, roughly the same ages as Woods and Mickelson are now. It was showbiz, giving fans what they wanted. We huffed and puffed and did our best, but we were clearly not the players we were in our prime. But so what? The fans wanted to see two middle-aged men work their asses off to prove that we still had the spark of greatness, if not the full-blown flames. We did just that. The score didn’t matter, nor who won. What mattered was that we showed we still had a few moves, a few flashes of glory. Continue reading...

21-11-2018 Hot dog stocks and snowploughs: life as a Premier League stadium manager

While everyone else is watching the match, the venue manager is looking out for smoke bombs, bread knives and bad weatherBy Harvey Smith for WSC, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkLast season was the first in a decade where my life has not been dictated by the fixture list. This isn’t because I’ve fallen out of love with the game. Quite the opposite. I’ve enjoyed watching more football than I have for some time. Before a recent change of career I worked for two Premier League clubs, most recently as venue manager.Being a full-time employee of a professional football club normally means making yourself available for every single home game, every year. There’s no prospect of a mid-season holiday booking or a day off to attend a relative’s wedding. And don’t forget the pre-season friendlies, reserve and youth games, and those charity games held after the season when most people just want to sit in the garden. You can’t just slink off when the team cease to have anything to play for or break up at the end of their season. The stadium could still be in use for concerts, schools’ finals and various sponsors who are entitled to play on the pitch. And by the time that’s all done, next season’s fixtures will be out and that’s your life sorted for another year. Continue reading...

21-11-2018 The Breakdown | It was tough on Sam Underhill, but England try was rightly disallowed

Courtney Lawes took a gamble and lost when he charged down TJ Perenara’s kick against the All Blacks. The referee was correctSam Underhill may be one of England’s youngest, least experienced players but he reacted to one of the biggest disappointments of his senior career with a mature detachment. “If the referee says the grass is pink, then the grass is pink,” he said when asked about his disallowed try five minutes from time against New Zealand when Courtney Lawes was ruled to have been offside when he charged down a kick. Related: Japan captain Leitch says his side will not bow down at Twickenham Continue reading...

21-11-2018 Venus Williams agrees settlement in fatal Florida car crash

Tennis star Venus Williams reaches an agreement over a collision that resulted in a man's death.

21-11-2018 Qatar 2022: £40 a week to build the World Cup stadiums

Workers from some of the world’s poorest countries are being paid a pittance to deliver the football dream of the world’s wealthiest per capita stateThe men employed on building the 40,000-seat al-Rayyan football stadium were having their lunch, in the model accommodation camp of the “supreme committee” organising the 2022 World Cup, when I talked with them about their lives as migrant workers in the wealthiest country on earth. They had come from Ghana, where they said adverts about construction jobs in Qatar were broadcast on the radio, and about 300 of them had taken the opportunity. All four had paid agents, an exploitation that is officially outlawed but is endemic in the recruitment of millions of people from poorer countries to work all over the oil and gas-rich Gulf.“The agent said to me: ‘Qatar is the richest country in the world; you can Google it,’” one man told me. “He said we would earn a ‘huge salary’. But when we came here, we found it was the opposite.” Continue reading...

21-11-2018 The Spin | Jack Leach and Ajaz Patel show left-arm spin is alive and well in cricket

Both may be new to the Test scene but still bowled England and New Zealand, respectively, to famous away wins, timely entrances given Rangana Herath’s retirementRangana Herath did not want to end his Test career with a defeat in Galle but in the early days of the Sri Lankan’s new life as a retired cricketer, he may well have afforded himself just a little smile at two fellow purveyors of left-arm spin, Jack Leach and Ajaz Patel, bowling their sides, England and New Zealand, to famous away victories.A good man by all accounts, Test cricket’s most prolific exponent of the art would probably enjoy the respective stories of their ascent to the highest level too (even if Leach is delivering against Herath’s former teammates right now), arriving as they have on the international stage not after some frictionless progression up the ranks but through dogged persistence and differing degrees of personal reinvention. Continue reading...

21-11-2018 Snowboarder Charlotte Bankes defects from France to Britain

Charlotte Bankes - one of the world's leading snowboard cross athletes - defects from the French national team and joined the British set up.

21-11-2018 Scotland v Argentina: Gregor Townsend makes eight changes

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend makes eight changes to his side to face Argentina in the final autumn Test.