Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

17-11-2018 This week's sport on the BBC includes the ATP World Tour Finals, the ICC Women's World Twenty20 and the home nations' football internationals.

Sri Lanka v England: Joe Root says Pallekele hundred could be his best

17-11-2018 England captain Joe Root believes his 124 against Sri Lanka in Pallekele could be the best of his 15 Test centuries.

ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev to face Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic wins

17-11-2018 Alexander Zverev reaches the last four of the ATP Finals by beating John Isner and ensures Novak Djokovic finishes as group winner.

Elise Christie: Speed skater considered quitting after Winter Olympics

17-11-2018 British speed skater Elise Christie says she considered quitting the sport after the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Steve Ogrizovic: ‘I enjoyed the police. I was good at clearing bars and clubs’

17-11-2018 In the first of a series on 90s throwback footballers, Coventry’s former goalkeeper and current coach discusses the team’s shaves with relegation and his father’s escape from the Nazis“He had a trench coat on, he was fleeing the village, and Nazis were opening up on them. They just ran.” Steve Ogrizovic is explaining why his family settled in Mansfield and how a harrowing journey made by his father – ending in England but starting in Yugoslavia during the second world war – shaped his life. Nicola Ogrizovic had already seen his own father shot dead when he fled his home as a 14-year-old in 1942, leaving behind his mother and two sisters.“That was the last time he ever saw his village and his family,” Ogrizovic says. “There was a lake – he went over it and into the woods. It was only when he felt safe in the forest that he checked himself. His coat had been flapping in the wind, there were bullet holes both sides but nothing hit him. He spent the next two years living rough, on the move all the time, evading capture.” Continue reading...

Schmidt’s Ireland sense All Blacks scalp as world’s best brace for collision

17-11-2018 Ireland are unbeaten at home in 10 games as they prepare for what is potentially the year’s most compelling 80 minutesIt is not every day that Ireland are a good bet to beat the All Blacks. Not just any old bunch of silver ferns, either, but a team unbeaten in Tests on European soil since 2012 and still the world’s No 1 side. New Zealand are knocked from their rankings perch about as often as Steve Hansen fancies doing Strictly Come Dancing.Ireland, though, are increasingly sure-footed on the game’s biggest stages. At home they have not lost in their last 10 Tests, dating back to New Zealand’s contentious 21-9 victory two years ago. Under Joe Schmidt they now march to a different tune to previous Irish squads. The 40-29 victory over the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016 will always be celebrated but their ambitions remain far from satisfied. Continue reading...

The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

17-11-2018 Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.• Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10• Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 Continue reading...

Who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

17-11-2018 After Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world title on Sunday, BBC Sport is asking you just who is the greatest F1 driver ever?

Jadon Sancho and Callum Wilson point to bright England future | Jacob Steinberg

17-11-2018 Lewis Dunk failed to allay concerns over his ability at the highest level while USA’s limitations were also clearOn a night when England fielded their least experienced side in 38 years, nobody epitomised the hunger in this young squad more than Jesse Lingard. After missing last month’s win over Spain with a groin injury, the Manchester United midfielder was desperate to make a strong impression and he did not take long to make his mark against the USA, setting the hosts on their way to a comfortable win with a brilliant opening goal in the 25th minute. As the competition for places in midfield grows ever more fierce, it was pleasing for Gareth Southgate to see Lingard rise to the challenge and seize the initiative with an effective display in the final third. Continue reading...

Netherlands secure victory over France to condemn Germany to relegation

17-11-2018 • Wijnaldum and Depay on target for Dutch in Nations League• World champions’ unbeaten run ended after 15 gamesGermany were relegated from Group A1 of the Nations League after the Netherlands earned a surprise 2-0 win over France. Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay crowned a dominant display from the Dutch in Rotterdam which in turn ended the world champions’ 15-game unbeaten run.Friday’s result leaves Joachim Löw’s winless Germany rooted to the bottom of the table and heading to League B. And the Netherlands will have the chance to qualify for the finals of the competition ahead of France when they complete the group stage against the Germans in Gelsenkirchen on Monday. Victory would see Ronald Koeman’s men top the group, while a draw would also be sufficient because of their superior goal difference. Continue reading...

The Breakdown | It was tough on Sam Underhill, but England try was rightly disallowed

17-11-2018 Courtney Lawes took a gamble and lost when he charged down TJ Perenara’s kick against the All Blacks. The referee was correctSam Underhill may be one of England’s youngest, least experienced players but he reacted to one of the biggest disappointments of his senior career with a mature detachment. “If the referee says the grass is pink, then the grass is pink,” he said when asked about his disallowed try five minutes from time against New Zealand when Courtney Lawes was ruled to have been offside when he charged down a kick. Related: Japan captain Leitch says his side will not bow down at Twickenham Continue reading...

Croatia stun Spain to set up Nations League decider against England

17-11-2018 • Tin Jedvaj’s stoppage-time winner gives Croatia 3-2 win• Wembley showdown will decide qualification and relegationTin Jedvaj scored a last-gasp winner to revive Croatia’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals as Spain fell to a 3-2 defeat in Zagreb.The game was goalless until Andrej Kramaric tucked Ivan Perisic’s headed pass beyond David de Gea in the 54th minute. However, Spain responded immediately when Dani Ceballos recorded his first senior goal with a left-footed drive. Continue reading...

UFC at 25: Things were a lot different back at UFC 1

17-11-2018 BBC Sport throws it back to 1993, when the first UFC numbered event featured a boxer with one glove, non-existent weight divisions and a pair of very tight pants.

Talking Horses: Rather Be can lift BetVictor Gold Cup for Henderson

17-11-2018 The first major race of the new jumps season can fall to the champion trainerThe first major race of the new jumps season can fall to champion trainer Nicky Henderson, who has not won the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham since Fondmort landed him the prize in 2003. The Lambourn handler has a fine chance with Rather Be (2.25) and, while the betting market is well aware of this horse’s ability, odds of 5-1 remain acceptable, with the possibility that he may edge out a bit as punters look for value elsewhere. Related: Count Meribel survives bad mistake to make his mark at Cheltenham Continue reading...

NFL: Aaron Rodgers makes two 'big-time' throws as Green Bay lose in Seattle

17-11-2018 Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers makes two 'big-time' throws in the 27-24 defeat by play-off rivals the Seattle Seahawks.

Nations League Wales didn’t take chances against Denmark - Ryan Giggs

17-11-2018 Manager Ryan Giggs said there were elements of Wales' performance in the 2-1 defeat to Denmark that he "enjoyed."

The Fiver | The potential commercial benefits of honouring former heroes

17-11-2018 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Almost two years to the day since he made his final appearance for England at Wembley, Wayne Rooney will make his final appearance for England at Wembley on Thursday, in what amounts to a testimonial for the 33-year-old striker. Rooney called time on his international career in 2017, but like a well-intentioned ex-con in a cliched heist movie has been talked into one last job. The grizzled old veteran will take his place among the substitutes in Gareth Southgate’s squad for a friendly against the USA! USA!! USA!!! so England fans can thank a loyal servant who played quite well in one major tournament England didn’t come close to winning, before playing quite badly in several others they also didn’t come close to winning. As an homage to an international career in which he earned 119 caps and scored 53 goals, Rooney will receive a guard of honour from both sets of players, come on as a substitute and take the captain’s armband from Fabian Delph. Continue reading...