The Fiver | Bushcraft skills which extend no further than walking his dogs

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The worst kept secret in showbusiness has been confirmed – ‘Arry Redknapp will be participating in this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! So rife had speculation been, due in no small part to the fact ‘Arry basically kept telling anyone who enquired that, yes, he’d signed up for the show, that jokes about him taking Niko Kranjcar, Milan Mandaric’s chequebook or the driver’s side door of a Range Rover with fully functioning electric window as his luxury item have been doing the rounds of assorted social media disgraces for weeks. Continue reading...



Agnieszka Radwanska: Wimbledon finalist retires from tennis aged 29

Former world number two Agnieszka Radwanska announces her retirement from tennis at the age of 29.



Dinnage will be one of most powerful women in sport as Premier League chief

• Susanna Dinnage to replace Richard Scudamore in January• Head of Discovery’s Animal Planet will be new chief executiveThe television executive Susanna Dinnage is to become one of the most powerful women in professional sport after being named Richard Scudamore’s successor at the Premier League.Dinnage will take up her role as chief executive at the beginning of next year. She is currently the global president of Animal Planet, part of the Discovery group of TV channels. She replaces Scudamore, who will step down from his position as executive chairman after nearly 20 years in charge. Continue reading...



Lewis Hamilton: Michael Schumacher's record has never been a target

Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton says reaching Michael Schumacher's record of seven Formula 1 world titles "has never been on his mind".



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...



Furore over £5m Scudamore gift overshadows Premier League meeting

• All 20 Premier League clubs to meet in London on Thursday• Supporters’ groups express dismay over proposed paymentPublic furore over a prospective £5m golden handshake payment to Richard Scudamore has cast a shadow over his last meeting as the Premier League’s executive chairman, despite continuing uncertainty over whether the payment will be made at all.Scudamore is set to chair his final gathering of the Premier League’s 20 clubs in London on Thursday. On the agenda are issues such as a potential cap on foreign players in the English top-flight after Brexit. Not on the agenda however is Scudamore’s parting gift, nor are there any plans to vote on it. Continue reading...



‘Cowardly’ Wada betraying clean athletes over doping, says Robertson

• Accusation made by former chief investigator Jack Robertson• ‘Russia has never admitted guilt, lied and destroyed evidence’The World Anti-Doping Agency has been accused of having a “cowardly” attitude towards Russia and “betraying” clean athletes by the investigator who exposed Russian state-sponsored doping.Jack Robertson, who was Wada’s chief investigator until January 2016, also said the decision by the organisation’s executive committee to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency in September had “tarnished Wada’s reputation forever”. Continue reading...



Caught on tape: the story behind Australian cricket's greatest fall | Geoff Lemon

In an extract from his new book, Geoff Lemon recalls the moment Australia’s sporting reputation was scuffed foreverYou know it’s serious when Mluleki Ntsabo isn’t smiling. The South African Broadcasting Corporation commentator is small in stature and huge in energy, beaming a high-wattage grin as he booms away in English on the main mics or Xhosa on the update line. But as I walked into the broadcast area on the third afternoon of the Cape Town Test in March 2018, he came bouncing round the doorway behind me like a rubber ball, rebounding off the far wall, his face stern as he rushed along. “Did you see?” he asked with urgency. “Cameron Bancroft has something on the ball.”We piled into our commentary box where the ABC and SABC were running a joint broadcast. On the gantry outside our window were the three lead Supersport camera operators, adjusting and aiming their artillery-sized lenses, making fine calibrations beyond our understanding. They were chattering away on their walkie-talkies, coordinating with the other cameras all around the ground. There were close to 30 cameras overall, each with a part to play. Continue reading...



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...



Benjamin Mendy: Manchester City and France full-back has knee surgery

Manchester City and France full-back Benjamin Mendy has surgery on the cartilage in his left knee.



ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic beats Alexander Zverev in group match

World number one Novak Djokovic reaches the semi-finals of the ATP Finals after a clinical victory over Alexander Zverev and a favourable result in the group's other match.



Which football teams have worn most kit combinations in a season? | The Knowledge

Plus: huge gaps between victories in the same competition, winning the same title with multiple teams, and loose dentures. Mail [email protected] or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“It appears that Fulham’s kit designer is having as bad a season as their defensive coach,” muses Richard Hilton. “Fulham have worn five different kit combinations in their first five away matches of the season (red/red; black/black; blue/blue; white/black; white/white). Is this a record?”It turns out Fulham’s kit designer still has a little more meddling to do, Richard. Here’s Chris Oakley. “I can confirm that they have some way to go yet! I’ve been creating some illustrations for Rochdale AFC’s official matchday programme, The Voice of Spotland, which show they had seven kits during the 1997-98 season. Two of them used elements of a kit worn two seasons before.” Continue reading...