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McKayla Maroney says sexual abuse by team doctor started when she was 13

Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney said on Wednesday that she was sexually abused by her USA Gymnastics doctor from the age of 13 until her retirement from the sport last year.

Chicago Bulls ban Bobby Portis for punch that put team-mate in hospital


The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for the first eight games of their season for injuring team-mate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice.

NFL ratings down 7.5% as Goodell says league won't force players to stand


The NFL’s embattled season continues as the latest figures showed TV ratings are down 7.5% compared with the first six weeks of last season, and down 18.7% on the same period in 2015.

Rashford preys on Benfica keeper’s error for Manchester United winner

This was a regulation Manchester United victory pulled straight out of the José Mourinho playbook. His side were uneven yet in Marcus Rashford had a player of elevated class who dragged United to three consecutive victories in Group A with…

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Calls for FA officials to resign as Aluko says treatment ‘bordered on blackmail’

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The Football Association’s senior management were facing calls for multiple resignations after a calamitous day for the people running the sport when their failings in the Mark Sampson affair were brutally exposed and the chief executive,…


Eden Hazard strikes twice to earn Chelsea draw after Edin Dzeko double for Roma

Chelsea halted a losing run here but, even in the knowledge that their leadership of this group is maintained, Antonio Conte will not be hoodwinked by this result. There had been moments when his side gasped at the ferocity of Roma’s…

Celtic thrashed by rampant Bayern Munich in Champions League mis-match

Celtic are becoming ominously accustomed to Champions League mis-matches. The margin of defeat here may not have been as harrowing as delivered by Barcelona and Paris Saint‑Germain in the past 13 months but the tale of a gulf in class was…

Bayern Munich v Celtic: Champions League – as it happened

Bayern Munich crushed Celtic at the Allianz Arena thanks to goals from Thomas Muller, Joshua Kimmich and Mats Hummels

Benfica v Manchester United: Champions League –as it happened

Goalkeeping blunder gifts victory to United; Mourinho’s team top of their group with maximum points

Chelsea 3-3 Roma: Champions League – as it happened

Edin Dzeko scored twice – one a wonder goal – but Eden Hazard scored a brace himself to rescue a point for Chelsea in a pulsating game that Roma dominated


Leicester’s new manager search goes on as Allardyce and Ancelotti are ruled out

Leicester City’s search for a new manager in the wake of Craig Shakespeare’s dismissal looks like being far from straightforward, with Carlo Ancelotti and Sam Allardyce among the high-profile names to distance themselves from a vacancy…

Jack Wilshere backs Arsenal to bounce back in Red Star Belgrade cauldron

Jack Wilshere leapt to the defence of his Arsenal team-mates whose temperament was savaged by Troy Deeney in the aftermath of the defeat at Watford last weekend. “As a player if your attitude is questioned it’s horrible,” Wilshere said. “I…


For now I have full support of the Everton board, says Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman believes he still retains the confidence of the Everton board as he tries to turn round a disappointing start to the season but admits he needs a win at home in the Europa League against Lyon.

Senegal call up Liverpool’s Sadio Mané for World Cup qualifiers despite injury

Senegal have named Sadio Mané in their squad for next month’s crucial World Cup qualifiers despite the Liverpool forward being sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Tottenham reaping rewards of Pochettino’s vision, on and off the pitch | David Hytner

Spurs manager ran through his options in the commendable draw at Real Madrid and the Argentinian is increasing his sphere of influence at the club


Denmark Women’s World Cup qualifier in Sweden called off in pay dispute

Denmark Women’s World Cup qualifier against Sweden has been cancelled because of a pay dispute.


ESPN kneels before advertisers by silencing Jemele Hill for doing her job | Marina Hyde

ESPN asked Jemele Hill to ‘discuss sports topics, news, culture, and social issues’ and to tweet on ‘a current issue impacting sports’ – then suspended her for doing exactly that


Unfriendly confines: the unsung history of America's low-key hooliganism


Don’t let all of the mascots, cheerleaders, Kiss Cams and marriage proposals give you the wrong idea: US sports stadiums are often as dangerous as European ones

NYC FC's Jack Harrison making mark from St George’s Park to the Bronx


The New York City FC winger is making headlines on both sides of the pond after debuting for England’s Under-21s amid his club’s play-off push


Celtics' Gordon Hayward suffers horrific injury as Cavaliers win NBA opener

Boston’s Gordon Hayward broke his left ankle just five minutes into the season, a grisly injury that overshadowed Kyrie Irving’s return to Cleveland and the Cavaliers’ 102-99 win over the shocked Celtics on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, Oct 17

Spurs’ Harry Kane rues missed chance after Cristiano Ronaldo earns Real draw

Harry Kane’s reaction said it all. It was a mixture of disbelief and deep regret. There were 71 minutes on the clock and, suddenly, Tottenham Hotspur’s main man was in. The pass from Fernando Llorente was made to measure and, when Kane…

ESPN host calls out Barstool Sports over sexism ahead of partnership


ESPN’s decision to partner with members of Barstool Sports, a publication known for its crude humour and sexist jokes, has already been met with displeasure from one of the network’s hosts.

Gregg Popovich calls Donald Trump a 'soulless coward' after Obama comments

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On the opening day of the NBA season the San Antonio Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich, has launched his latest broadside at Donald Trump.

NBA 2017-18 predictions: our writers forecast the winners and Trump baiters

Can anything stop the Warriors? Will the 76ers finally make the playoffs? And who will win MVP? Guardian writers on what’s coming up this season

Monday, Oct 16

Aaron Rodgers to miss 'significant' time after collarbone surgery


Aaron Rodgers will undergo surgery after breaking his collarbone on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy says.

Will Colin Kaepernick's collusion case win him a place back in the NFL?

The former 49ers quarterback has accused NFL team owners of colluding to keep him out of the league. But how likely is he to win his case?

Aaron Rodgers' injury shows how quickly Super Bowl dream can be dashed

No player is bigger than their team. But the Green Bay Packers quarterback, who broke his collarbone on Sunday, comes close

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Anthony Knockaert could make the difference for Brighton, Pablo Zabaleta fed up with West Ham’s ill-discipline and Kevin de Bruyne is drawing more praise

Sunday, Oct 15

Colin Kaepernick to file lawsuit against NFL owners over collusion

Colin Kaepernick, who many believe has been blackballed by the NFL following his protest against racial injustice in the US, is reportedly set to file a lawsuit against the league’s team owners.

Aaron Rodgers could miss rest of Packers season after breaking collarbone


Aaron Rodgers, arguably the NFL’s best player, could miss the rest of the season after he broke his collarbone on Sunday.

A week after Mike Pence walks out on 49ers protest, players kneel again

A week after Vice-President Mike Pence left an NFL game when San Francisco players knelt during the national anthem, members of the team chose to continue their protest.

The decline of Holland: how Dutch are doomed by total obsession with past | Priya Ramesh

Nostalgia, arrogance and an insular group of legends turned coaches have stalled the once potent Oranje Machine and results and style have suffered

Saturday, Oct 14

Watford 2-1 Arsenal: Premier League – as it happened

Tom Cleverley’s injury-time winner lifted Watford to fourth in the table and gave them their first home victory over Arsenal since 1987

Atlético Madrid 1-1 Barcelona: La Liga – as it happened

Luis Suárez’s header finally broke Atlético’s resistance with 10 minutes to go after Saúl’s first-half strike had threatened to end Barcelona’s unbeaten league start

Kevin De Bruyne leads the way as Manchester City thrash Stoke 7-2

Something fairly amazing happened in the 27th minute of this latest Manchester City goalfest. A slick first-time passing move produced an unanswerable goal for the home side, but a bamboozled Stoke City defence was already wearily familiar…

Liverpool left frustrated again by David de Gea and Manchester United

If nothing else, Liverpool should probably take it as a compliment that Manchester United would choose to approach the game this way. It was the second successive season this fixture has ended goalless and it did not need a suspicious mind…