21-11-2018 Family of World Cup worker waits for answers over death at Qatar stadium

Nepali worker Tej Narayan Tharu died at al-Wakrah StadiumQatari authorities say they have taken ‘corrective measures’Tej Narayan Tharu’s family cremated him by the banks of the Budhi river in southeast Nepal. His wife, Renuka Chaudhary, wailed in despair. She circled the red coffin before tossing sugar, mustard seeds and barley on to the pyre to purify it. As the flames engulfed her husband’s body, she collapsed and was carried away.Chaudhary and the couple’s four-year-old daughter, Sadikshya, spoke to her husband by phone every two or three days, until the day they received a call from Qatar from a number she did not recognise. Tharu, 23, died in August when he fell from a high walkway at the £512m al-Wakrah stadium, being built for the 2022 World Cup. Continue reading...

21-11-2018 West Ham’s Grady Diangana: ‘I feel I can go out there and express myself’

The young winger says time spent alone in the park growing up has helped him make an exciting start to his careerGrady Diangana is weighing up the issue of discipline in walking football. Specifically, and this happens quite often, when players break out into a run. “It’s because you’ve got that temptation in you,” he says. “Even sometimes when the ball is ahead of you, you want to have a run. It’s really hard not to.” But still, it’s against the spirit of the game, so should runners be sent off? “Er … no! I think they should be given a caution.”Diangana has witnessed a lot of infractions in walking football. He will likely be exposed to many more. The West Ham United youngster, who has won the affection of the London Stadium support since breaking into the first team this season, has taken on a role as ambassador for the club’s participation programme, which includes walking football, a sport played largely by the over-50s. Continue reading...

21-11-2018 Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

This week's sport on the BBC includes the semi-finals of the Women's World T20, the Premier League and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

21-11-2018 Gareth Thomas: 'A lot of people want to hurt us, but more want to help us heal' – video

Former Wales rugby union international Gareth Thomas has said he was the victim of a homophobic attack in Cardiff in a video on social media.Thomas, who came out as gay in 2009 two years before fully retiring, has since become a campaigner for equal rights. He appeared to have suffered facial bruising from the attack, which he said took place on Saturday night in the Welsh capital.In a post on Twitter, the former Wales captain said: 'there’s a lot of people out there who want to hurt us. But, unfortunately for them, there’s a lot more who want to help us heal.'Teenager apologises to Gareth Thomas over homophobic attack 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 England v All Blacks, delicious drop shots and teen strikers | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features a monumental high school football comeback and vintage Australian motorsport mayhem1) It’s England against the All Blacks at Twickenham this weekend, which is a rivalry of sorts … albeit deeply one-sided as New Zealand have won 16 of the 23 contests there since 1925. The Red Rose’s last victory was in 2012, featuring three tries in eight minutes and a show-stopping performance from Manu Tuilagi; for balance, witness Joe Rokocoko in his pomp in 2006 as the hosts were thrashed 41-20, the highlight being Carl Hayman scoring one of his two international tries, and what a try it was. Perhaps the greatest ever contest between the two teams, at least on English shores, was this try-fest from 2002; or maybe it’s this 26-26 humdinger from 1997. The opening match of the 1991 World Cup included a big hit by Peter Winterbottom on Graeme Bachop; the great No 7 had also been in action eight years earlier as England claimed their first win over New Zealand at Twickenham for 47 years.2) No matter what transpires on Saturday afternoon, though, it’s unlikely to top Auguy Slowik’s 80m try for Jersey against London Irish in the Championship last weekend. Continue reading...

21-11-2018 Rugby union: talking points from the third round of autumn Tests

Scotland need not be downhearted in defeat but Warren Gatland has an embarrassment of riches with WalesScotland continue to dazzle in attack while being susceptible at the breakdown and in defence. Huw Jones embodied both traits in their 26-20 defeat by South Africa at Murrayfield, laying on a try for Pete Horne but being stripped of possession for one of the Springboks’ scores. A first home loss for a year has not disheartened Gregor Townsend, who believes his team are still learning by the match, but the depth of their squad will be tested when the head coach makes changes for the visit of Argentina this weekend. South Africa go to Wales and must wait to find out if their captain Siya Kolisi is cited after what appeared to be a headbutt on Horne. Stuart Bathgate Continue reading...

21-11-2018 European Super League ‘won’t happen’ says Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin

• European Club Association chairman backs Uefa’s vision• Der Spiegel reported secret talks over possible new leagueAleksander Ceferin, the president of Uefa, says a European Super League “will not happen”.Ceferin and Andrea Agnelli, the chairman of the European Club Association that represents more than 200 top teams, have made their positions clear following a report by Der Spiegel that a leaked document revealed secret discussions over a possible new league competition. Continue reading...

21-11-2018 'How can I raise my daughter?' Widow of Qatar World Cup worker fears for future – video

Renuka Chaudhary has said she is fearful for her young daughter's future after her husband died while helping to construct a stadium for the World Cup 2022.Tej Narayan Tharu died in August when he fell from a high walkway at the £512m Al Wakrah stadium, being built for the tournament in Qatar in four years time. After cremating Tharu's body near their home in Nepal, Chaudhary told the Guardian: 'I’m so worried. We have no one to earn money for the family now. How can I pay for [our daughter’s] education and raise her?'Qatar World Cup 2022: inside construction workers' accommodation – video Continue reading...

21-11-2018 FA Cup: Charlton Athletic 5-0 Mansfield Town highlights

Watch highlights as Charlton Athletic thrashed Mansfield Town to reach the FA Cup second round.

21-11-2018 Ryan Giggs: Wales boss angered by 'complacent' display in Albania

Wales manager Ryan Giggs is scathing in his criticism of his "complacent" players after a 1-0 friendly defeat in Albania.

21-11-2018 Cheltenham Festival glory and tragedy: Campbell Gillies and Brindisi Breeze

In an extract from Chris Cook’s new book Three Of A Kind: The Scudamores, the trainer Peter, his partner, Lucinda Russell, and Campbell Gillies’ mother Lesley talk about the double tragedy that befell the jockey and his Cheltenham winnerIn March 2012, Brindisi Breeze won the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle, a first training success at the Cheltenham Festival for Lucinda Russell and Peter Scudamore. For the wider world, it was an introduction to the winning jockey, Campbell Gillies. Appallingly, both horse and jockey had died by midsummer. Peter Scudamore: He had a spaniel-like charm, Campbell. We love spaniels because they’re always puppies. He had that charm that almost made him a surrogate son to us. You could never really get cross with Campbell. He was never infuriating. He knew his boundaries with his humour, it was just joy of life. He’d ride out in little short, pink wellingtons. Why? I never found out. Continue reading...

21-11-2018 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.

21-11-2018 Anna Gasser makes history as first female snowboarder to land triple cork – video

Olympic champion Anna Gasser has written another chapter in her snowboard career after becoming the first woman to land a cab triple cork. The 27-year-old pulled off the jump on her first attempt at the Stubai Glacier in Austria.The cab triple 1260 involves taking off in the switch position with your 'wrong' foot forward, followed by three and a half rotations in the air, and then landing in the forward position. The Austrian also made history in 2013 with a cab double cork 900 kicker, and 2015 when she became the first woman to land a competition cab double underflip. She also claimed the gold medal in the Big Air competition at the Pyeongchang Games.Winter Olympics: hits and misses from Pyeongchang Continue reading...

21-11-2018 Premier League number crunch: who has run furthest and missed most chances? | Simon Burnton

After 12 games the statistics are revealing and at times surprising and José Mourinho will be all too aware of what some meanTwelve games into the Premier League season, we have probably learned enough about each team, using the most basic statistical metrics of goals scored, goals conceded and points gained, to come to certain conclusions about their style and their prospects. But with international fixtures forcing the league into a pause there is time to take a deeper dive into the statistical swamp, which reveals a few interesting details. Continue reading...