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Ireland's hopes fade as South Africa named preferred nation for RWC 2023

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Sydney Roosters' new recruit James Tedesco was reportedly involved in a fight with a teammate at the Rugby League World Cup on the weekend. The candidate nations do not have a vote. "I would like to congratulate South Africa on a superb bid and all the bid teams for their dedication and professionalism throughout the process to date". Read More »

Benitez "happy with work rate" despite Burnley defeat

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So what can fans take away from the clash in the north west? "We are earning respect, a side that feels like it can do what the Premier League needs, but there's still work to be done. The match looked to be heading for a draw after James Tarkowski's header could only be directed at Newcastle's Rob Elliot while at the other end, Nick Pope produced a fine save to deny Ayoze Perez . Read More »

Isco: 'Real Madrid must prove they are great'

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Real Madrid midfielder Isco says that the La Liga giants must start to show they are a "great" team after falling eight points off the pace in Spain. But the winger is desperate to return in time to face his former side at Wembley. Real were also without former Tottenham winger Gareth Bale against Girona and the Wales global is set to miss the game against his old club. Read More »

NAACP, political leaders call Texans owner's comment deplorable

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The HOUSTON CHRONICLE's Wilson notes in a front-page piece McNair "didn't attend" yesterday's game because of his "health issues". As I said earlier, McNair should know better. A Texas City native, Foreman won the Doak Walker Award for the nation's top running back as a junior at Texas in 2016. "McNair reached for an idiom and chose the wrong one" ( SI.com, 10/27 ). Read More »

Gurriel Suspended Five Games in 2018; Eligible for World Series

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The Astros lead the best-of-7 series 2-1 heading into Game 4 on Saturday night in Houston . "There is complete unanimity there is no place in our game for any behavior like the behavior we witnessed last night", Manfred said. It's kind of like saying that what Yuli Gurriel did was bad, but not "suspending him from the World Series " bad, which just causes confusion. That includes both you and I. Read More »

Burnley's Jack Cork: 'We knew we could nick it from Newcastle United'

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Seventh place is a dizzying, and not flattering, height for the home side this morning, thanks to Jeff Hendrick's winning goal in the 74th minute. Hendrick, the match-winner, was full of praise for his manager following the victory. " Sean Dyche has been great for me. he's a man who wants hard work and honesty at all times". "It's a good atmosphere to be in". We keep that clarity of thought and I keep that clarity of thought myself. Read More »

Kansas City Chiefs Host the Denver Broncos

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The four-time Pro Bowler was cut by Kansas City this offseason after nine seasons, amassing 7,260 rushing yards and 63 total touchdowns as a Chief. Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson could return to practice this week for the club, preparing to clear the way for his return to the lineup October 30 against the Denver Broncos . Read More »

Patriots trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo to 49ers

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Garoppolo, 25, was taken by New England in the second round of the 2014 draft and has served as Brady's backup ever since. San Francisco had two second-round picks, but the one traded for Garoppolo is its original second-round pick, a source said. Read More »

Troy Deeney: Watford captain charged with violent conduct

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Both players received a yellow card at the time of the incident by referee Michael Oliver . He faces a three-match ban if found guilty. The 29-year-old was instrumental in firing Watford back into the top flight back in 2015, and his goals have helped ensure the club's survival in back-to-back Premier League campaigns. Read More »

Champions League: AS Roma vs Chelsea preview

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For him and the team, tomorrow we try to make the best decision". Di Francesco added that Roma , who host Chelsea in Champions League Group C on Tuesday, were investigating their recent spate of injuries and he did not believe they were just a coincidence. Read More »

Eagles & Jaguars Are Both Interested In Trading For Calvin Johnson

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Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press posited the idea of a potential comeback to Johnson in May, citing the return of friend Marshawn Lynch after his own one-year hiatus. "Calvin has been working out, I guess". But at least two teams have been curious enough to inquire within the past week. Jacksonville is kind of- their ears are perked up. Read More »

Tiger Woods announces he'll return to golf at Hero World Challenge

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After a nine-month recuperation from his latest back operation, Woods announced on Twitter that he and Daniel Berger will round out the field. After weeks of videos and speculation , Tiger Woods made it official: He's coming back. He showed flashes of the brilliant golf that carried him to 14 major titles. "It's a more relaxed type of event". "We'll have to see how he is physically, how he is mentally and how his nervous system holds up". Read More »

Hendrick strikes to give Burnley rare home joy

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Burnley upped the tempo and eventually took the lead on 73 minutes as Johann Gudmundsson's fine cross found Jeff Hendrick, who slotted into an empty net. And Ashley Barnes , on his 28th birthday, making his first start of the season, nearly picked up the flawless present but the forward guided his header narrowly wide of the post from Stephen Ward's cross. Read More »

Seattle Storm star Breanna Stewart says she was molested as a child

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She explained how the incidents of sexual assault were by a construction worker, who she knew as a child, and how the man responsible was eventually arrested for the crimes against her. Stewart, a 6-foot-4 forward, wrote that basketball helped her cope with the trauma of the abuse. Her abuser confessed and was arrested. "And what memories I still have, I'll never be able to erase them". Read More »

Mystery as several octopuses work their way across Welsh beach

Recent storms may have disrupted their normal behaviour on the sea bottom or the attentions of predators such as dolphins may have forced them to head for the beach. The sea dwellers measure about 20 inches (50cm) in length and have been seen curled up on the sand. Local wildlife sanctuary Sea Mor sent out an appeal for locals to help return the octopuses back into the ocean after a few had been found dead on the shore on Saturday. Read More »

JuJu Smith-Schuster burns Lions D on 97-yard TD

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After a short 3-yard run by running back Le'Veon Bell and a holding call on fullback Roosevelt Nix , the Steelers were faced with a 2nd and 9 from the 3-yard line and made a decision to get aggressive with the play calling. Smith-Schuster said during the week he didn't take Bryant's comment personally. The Sunday portion of the NFL Week 8 slate wrapped up with the Steelers vs. Read More »

Ohio State moves to No. 3 after win over Penn State

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At 7-1, Notre Dame has quite the impressive resume. The first set of rankings for the College Football Playoff are revealed on Tuesday and we can pretty safely say that they won't look exactly like this. The Badgers should run the table, but need to win the Big Ten title game to make the playoff because their schedule isn't strong. Their only loss of the season came against Oklahoma in the second game of the year, a quality loss as the Sooners remain a top-10 team. Read More »

Man Utd fans should support Lukaku: Mourinho

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Saturday's 1-0 home victory over Tottenham saw striker Lukaku fail to score for a fifth successive game but he did set up substitute Anthony Martial's 81st-minute victor, moments after hitting the post with a header. Today we had two strikers playing together against three top central defenders , the best we have in Europe. "Probably I have the player I didn't think it was possible to have but we got the player I really wanted". Read More »

Phillies to name Kapler manager

Kapler , 42, had a 12-year Major League Baseball career and now serves as the Los Angeles Dodgers' director of player development. The Phillies began a search for a new manager in late September, when they announced that Pete Mackanin would assume a new role in the front office after the conclusion of the season. Read More »

Emergency surgery for Bears TE

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He was carted off the field several minutes later and was taken to a New Orleans-area hospital, ESPN reported . Regardless, as former National Football League vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said on the Fox Sports broadcast, the "process" of the catch ended once Miller hit the ground and maintained control. Read More »

Chelsea striker Morata regrets ever leaving Juventus

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I miss plenty about life in Italy ". Other elements contributed to his decision - including a collection of Spaniards at Chelsea and Morata's wife Alice's willingness to relocate to London . "My wife would like to live in Spain; I'd like to live in Italy ". And, according to the Chelsea, striker, he wished he'd never left Turin. "There were contractual agreements to respect, but the disappointment was enormous - I found myself right back where I had started", Morata said. Read More »

Sebastian Vettel surprised himself with Mexico pole lap

Despite knowing even a win in Mexico is unlikely to keep his title hopes alive, Vettel said he is ready to push hard and try to deliver Ferrari its first win since the Hungarian Grand Prix before the summer break. I was on the inside, he was doing his line, and he locked up - so there is no incident. That looks to be in the past, however, as the 30-year-old showed an improved performance in Mexico, though, he also said that Ferrari has to be on top for the final sessions of the season if the ... Read More »

Eden Hazard: 'Injury problems are behind me'

The Belgium worldwide scored the victor in Saturday's 1-0 victory at Bournemouth to keep the Blues in the top four of the Premier League table. "I'm training hard, the injury is the past", he told Chelsea TV. Lamenting the fact that they scored much less then they deserved, Hazard said "The only problem is that we should score more goals. I am happy. I scored, we won". Read More »