Van Dijk snatches a point from Germany and finals ticket for the Netherlands

• Germany 2-2 Netherlands• Denmark 0-0 Republic of IrelandVirgil van Dijk scored a last-minute equaliser with a fierce volley against already relegated Germany in Gelsenkirchen on Monday night to secure the Netherlands a week in Portugal next June for the finals of the Nations League. Related: Germany 2-2 Netherlands, Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland: Nations League – as it happened Continue reading...



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.



FA Cup: Cameron King puts National League Halifax ahead after twisting run and finish

Halifax Town of the National League take the lead over League Two's Morecambe via a twisting run and finish from Cameron King in their FA Cup first-round replay.



Championship clubs ‘gravely concerned’ by EFL decision to sign new TV deal

• Statement says 19 clubs asked to discuss deal before agreement• ‘This was ignored’ says statement from unnamed clubsA group of Championship clubs are considering a legal challenge or a vote of no-confidence in the Football League’s board after expressing “grave concern” at a £595m television deal with Sky Sports.Senior officials from Leeds, Derby, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, Stoke and Aston Villa are understood to have been among those who met in Birmingham on Tuesday to plot their next move. “There is a calm determination within Championship clubs to ensure the matter is not left here,” an unnamed collection of teams said in a statement. Continue reading...



Burnley fan running to every Premier League away game this season

Scott Cunliffe will cover 3,000 miles in running to each of Burnley's Premier League away games this season for charity.



'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.



Women's World Twenty20 highlights: Fantastic fielding, funky hats & Windies win England epic

Watch the best moments from day 10 of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 as West Indies beat England to top group A and South Africa get the better of Bangladesh.



The slow death of US greyhound racing

Florida has become the latest state to pass legislation that will phase out the sport. It marks a victory for animal rights campaignersWay back in 1919, the Blue Star Amusement Company built an oval track in Emeryville, California, so a mechanical lure invented by Owen Patrick Smith could be used for racing greyhounds. Smith intended to charge spectators 99 cents to watch the exotic dogs race.According to a history of the sport by Grey2K USA Worldwide, a greyhound protection organization, Smith devised the rabbit-like lure, attached to the outside rail of a track, because he thought it would be a more humane alternative to the live hares used in greyhound field coursing. Continue reading...



Mo Farah to run 2019 London marathon but leaves door open for track return in Tokyo

• Farah admits he could target third 10,000m gold at Tokyo 2020• ‘You do it any way you can get a medal. Our career is so short’Mo Farah has admitted for the first time that he is tempted by an unprecedented third Olympic 10,000m gold medal in Tokyo – despite giving up the track for good last year.The 35-year-old confirmed on Tuesday that he will run in next April’s London marathon and that running over 26.2 miles remains his priority for now. But he left the door open for a sensational return to 10,000m by saying his choice of event at the 2020 Olympics would be determined by which gave him the best chance of a medal. Continue reading...



FA Cup: Oxford City 0-2 Tranmere Rovers highlights

Watch highlights as two first-half goals from James Norwood and Paul Mullin sees League Two Tranmere progress past National League South's Oxford City.



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...



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...



'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...



David Warner and Steve Smith ball-tampering bans stand, Cricket Australia says

Players’ union submission to overturn bans dismissedCameron Bancroft’s nine-month sanction also upheldA definitive line in the sand has been drawn under the ball tampering scandal after Cricket Australia dismissed a submission by the players’ union which asked for amendments to the bans handed to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.CA directors discussed the options available to them on Monday, following calls from the Australian Cricketers’ Association to immediately lift the sanctions. Despite the union’s claims the trio had “already been punished enough”, the board of directors unanimously decided the bans were fair, and saw no reason to alter them. Continue reading...



Great Britain sprinter Nigel Levine given four-year doping ban

• Levine tested positive out of competition in November 2017• Sprinter was hoping to make comeback after motorcycle crashThe sprinter Nigel Levine, who was an integral part of Great Britain’s 4x400m relay squad for nearly a decade, has been banned for four years after testing positive for clenbuterol – a performance-enhancing drug that helps burn fat, builds muscle, and improves athletic performance.Levine, who won nine world and European championship medals, blamed the failed test on two contaminated supplements he was taking at the time of the out-of-competition test in November 2017. However, the UK Anti-Doping Agency rejected the 29-year-old’s defence after he was unable to provide samples from the correct batch of the supplements to the UK Anti-Doping Agency for testing. Continue reading...



Chris Ashton ruled out for England while Australia struck by stomach bug

England wing Chris Ashton is ruled out of Saturday's match with Australia, who have been struck down by a stomach bug.